On the 26th of Sept, I set off with my eldest son Ethan for our very first ever overseas adventure. Excitement was an understatement as we were off to a wedding in Hawaii!!
Cath, my very beautiful best friend of twenty plus years was marrying her soul mate Jamie and asked me to photograph their wedding …eeep! Naturally I said “Hell YES!” and couldn’t WAIT to be a part of their big plans. Jamie, Cath and Imogen live in NSW. We venture there as often as possible, my kids love Sydney too. I call it my “home away from home” because I can’t stand to not see them and we always have a fab time. I couldn’t believe my ears when Cath called me and asked us to fly to Hawaii with them…it’s come around so fast.
So our adventure begins…
After a 10.5 hour flight we arrived safely in the beautiful tropical Hawaii. Cath and Jamie who had arrived on a flight a couple of hours before, greeted us with gorgeous smiles and fresh Lei’s.
We caught a shuttle bus to the car rental and as we’re driving in I noticed two hot convertible Mustangs. In my usual cheeky humour I said to Cath “oh look, there’s our cars!” she shot me a look and I zipped it because little did I know they HAD hired the two Mustangs! a “his and hers” for the entire time we were there. Sooooo excited!! You should’ve seen Ethan’s face hehe. So we jump in our sexy Mustangs and headed off to our accommodation at The Bay Front Kohola Hale Estate in Kaneohe, Oahu. Now I had seen photos on the internet of where we were staying but nothing prepared us for how beautiful and tranquil it was. Not to mention the amazing hospitality offered. Mahalo Jennifer. (for the Aussies, Mahalo means thankyou)
We spent the next few days, eating and shopping and then some more eating and shopping haha…Pearl Harbour, Waikiki and a gorgeous secluded beach was also part of our adventures. I have to mention that Peter and Brenda, Jamie’s parents celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary the day before the wedding ♥ that night we went out for dinner at the Hawaiian Luau Show at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Congratulations Peter and Brenda xx
The day before the wedding the guys went to the local Air show and had their massive dose of man stuff, jet engines, a flash fire jet truck and fighter planes etc. Oh wow did they come back with humongous grins on their faces and some fantastic photos taken by Jamie’s best man Moloy. He soon became my new photog buddy haha…poor guy got his ears talked off about nerdy photography stuff! And a big thankyou to Moloy for taking a few photos on the day when I couldn’t be in two places at once, you’re a star!
Jamie found out the USA Navy Blue Angels were going to do a fly over on his wedding day.
Jamie: “I would like to thank Capt Greg Mcwherter, LCDR David Tickle and Maj Brent Stevens of the United States Navy for being kind enough to organise the Blue Angels to do a flyover of our wedding, guys that was seriously cool and it was quite a nice touch to an amazing day”
The beautiful bride and her ladies took off to China town to hunt down the flowers for the wedding. There were quite a few florists to choose from and we thought we had found the one until we walked a few metres down the road where we met Kay. Super lovely and so talented, she soon gave Cath all the information we needed for traditional Lei’s and bouquets for a Hawaiian wedding and set about making them right in front of our eyes! It was amazing to watch her. Cath’s lei was called a Purple Christina orchid Lei and is made with nearly 600 dendrobium orchid petals precisely layered back-and-forth upon each other to create a “feathered” look. Kay had a pug dog, her baby who was quite obviously used to the traffic of visitors in her store and happily went on with her day snoring at high decibels!! Haha…it never got boring, we laughed so much!
The weather was warm and balmy, the USA Navy Blue Angels did a fly over, Cath and Immi looked radiant, Jamie scrubbed up pretty good (hehe) and the ceremony was perfect, loving and intimate. Their reception dinner was at Nobu in Waikiki. All I can say is W.O.W! if you ever venture to Waikiki please do yourself a favour and go, incredible experience. Only one photo of Nobu (the very last shot on the page) as we were in Zen and couldn’t muster lifting a camera haha. I was so happy to be there with them, witnessing my dearest friends who have such an incredible bond, give their hand in marriage and their hearts to each other.
Dearest Cath, Jamie and Immi
from the depths of our hearts thank you from myself and Ethan for inviting us to share such a special day with you all. I love you guys, and I hope these photos flood back all the happy memories of a truly special time. Hope you’re enjoying your honeymoon, will see you soon
Sim and Ethan xx