WHO: Hana and Cory
VENUE: Westhaven State Park, Westport, with reception at Half Moon Bay Bar and Grill
COLORS: Hawaiian florals
THEME: The couple incorporated their love for the ocean and natural surroundings into their ceremony.
The couple were married by an Elvis impersonator on Jan. 17, 2010, but decided to hold a ceremony with their families, closest friends and their son, Sonny, on Sept. 8, 2012.
They exchanged leis woven by their friend Ann Parker, who also served as their officiant. “Cory’s open-ended ti leaf lei represented openness to all the blessings and good fortunes coming our way,” says Hana. “My flower lei was a symbol of love. In a complete circle, it represents eternity, love with no end.”
“We loved our ceremony location because there was a 360-degree view of the horizon all around us — mostly ocean and beach,” says Hana. “Simply beautiful. For me, it was just so nostalgic because it is my hometown, my home beach that just represents and encompasses me. And I love dune grass!”
For the reception, the couple rented the entire restaurant. The guests enjoyed a Hawaiian luau buffet for dinner, with a Hawaiian reggae band supplying the music. “It is just a beautiful place with a romantic, beachy feel,” says Hana.
As a family, Cory, Hana and Sonny scooped sand from underneath one another’s feet and poured it into a hat (they had forgotten the vase) to keep it as a memento. “The sand represents how all the experiences from our individual lives and paths we have taken have led us to one another,” says Hana. “Now the sands of our history from being apart and together will forever be combined as the foundation of our future.” Later the sand was poured into a jar for safekeeping.
To battle the autumn chill, Parker invited guests to stand close to the bride and groom. “All of a sudden it became so warm with everyone standing close together, and all the love and energy flowing,” says Hana.
The couple wrote the vows. “They were very emotional and memorable,” says Hana.
At the reception, Cory and Hana danced to Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic.” “This is a very meaningful song to us as a couple.” Hana and her dad danced to “Surfer Girl” by the Beach Boys.
Decor: To carry out the Hawaiian theme, the bridesmaids wore Hawaiian sarongs and carried tropical flowers, as did the bride. The groomsmen wore Hawaiian shirts. The reception centerpieces were made of tropical flowers and foliage.
PHOTOS: Darcia Davis Photography
RECEPTION: Half Moon Bay Bar & Grill (Update: This location is no longer available.)
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