Meet Julie, a sweet, bubbly, bride with a humanitarian heart, and a smile twice as big. Meet Scott, her funny, artistic husband, with mad drawing and design skills. They met at the bowling alley, Pali Lanes, here in Kailua. From what I hear their chemistry was palpable, the connection evident. It was love at first sight. They were head over heels, crazy for each other. They were wed by Scott’s father at Sunset Ranch on the North Shore of Oahu. Their ceremony was touching. Everyone present, joined hands and formed a large circle. Scott and Julie’s wedding bands were then passed from hand to hand, as each friend or family member infused a blessing or well wish into their rings. A great reminder that married people have a community of support, full of people praying for their success and happiness. I felt very lucky to witness their commitment to one another.
Julie’s dress was simply stunning. It was an elegant lace dress with a vintage Old World feel. My favorite part, she wore Tom’s as her wedding shoes. Tahiti Rey and Jason Alan provided the acoustic goodness. The vibe was laidback and chill. It was an intimate gathering with all their favorite people. There were lawn games and picnic blankets and horses and even a sweet aqua VW van. Camille’s Food truck cooked up some delicious food and probably the best home made pie I have ever had in my entire life. Try it if you haven’t.
As the day progressed, Sunset Ranch lived up to it’s name. The blue sky faded into a rich orange, then dusky grey to a deep blue, and finally black. There was a banyan tree with twinkle lights strung from it, set a ways apart from the reception tent. Julie and Scott danced underneath the black sky next to the banyan roots. They held each other close. It was a slow, intimate quiet dance as if they were in no rush to let this moment pass. As if no one else, nothing else mattered. They savored it. It was my favorite tug at your heart strings moment of their entire wedding day. A romantic, vulnerable, trust filled, memory, to save for a rain day 3 years from now. Ok. Lump in my throat definitely. I’m a hopeless romantic and I love my job. I love love and seeing other people live out their happily ever after.
Wishing you two all the happiness in the world.
-Crystal & Ivan
Crystal Chanel - Julie,
I’m so happy you found us! Because of you I now know the amazingness of Kalapawai Cafe!
Julie Lee Smith - Absolutely beautiful and touching words and photos, Crystal!! Sniffle, sniffle…so happy, blessed, & proud that you were there to capture the vibe, energy, feelings and love of such an amazing day & night. Thank you to you and Ivan for really being a part & adding to all the love! Xoxo