Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Our Kukio Beach Hawaiian Elopement

Whether a couple chooses to elope or host a more traditional wedding, a lot of planning is involved. This is especially true for destination weddings with the catch being that most decisions need to be made on instinct. J and I didn’t have the luxury of scoping out our ceremony site in advance, nor did we get to meet our officiant or photographer before we returned to Hawaii.

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Ultimately, we were incredibly lucky that the choices we made ended up being absolutely perfect for us. Our wedding day was completely relaxed, totally fun and incredibly memorable. Here are a few of my favourite snapshots from the day…

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Our ceremony was conducted by Cheryl of Aloha Weddings, based on Hawaii Island. We got to know Cheryl quite well through email during the course of the year before our wedding, so by the time we met on the day before our ceremony, we all felt like great friends already.

Her ceremony was deeply thoughtful, heartfelt and incorporated a lot of Hawaiian wedding traditions including starting the ceremony with a lei exchange. Cheryl’s husband, Pas, joined us and played the ukulele and sang for us before and after our ceremony.

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Five-inch heels won’t cut it in the sand. My (incredibly sweet) pair of $10 jelly shoes worked out just fine.

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I took a lot of time and effort in searching for the right photographer. I felt really lucky to have stumbled upon Karen Loudon, a Canadian-born photographer now residing in Hawaii. Karen’s photos instantly drew me in with their dreamy, vintage Hawaiiana quality.

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All photos © Karen Loudon Photography 2013

My advice to couples when planning a destination wedding or elopement is simply to trust your gut. It takes a lot of faith to plan a wedding sight unseen. You can only hope that most things will go well and expect that a few hiccups may occur. Always remember that, at the end of the day, it’s about the marriage and not the wedding.


Venue: Kukio Beach at Four Seasons Hualalai
Officiant: Cheryl of Aloha Weddings
Photographer: Karen Loudon Photography
Videographer: Image Sense Hawaii
Wedding Gown: White by Vera Wang
Groom’s Attire: [groom's own]

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Wedding Night At The Fairmont Orchid On Hawaii Island

When my husband and I travel we prefer doing things our own way. For us that normally means avoiding hotels and resorts and instead opting for a little villa, a cottage or even just a campsite. That said, wedding days are certainly anything but normal. Wanting to ensure that every detail of our day was […]

Monday, January 6, 2014

You Did WHAT? Why I Said “Yes” To Eloping

“Are you pregnant?” Should you ever decide to elope instead of planning a traditional wedding, know now that that reaction – or some less direct variation thereof – will be more common than any other. “Congratulations!” comes in at a close second with “I thought you looked tanned…” in third place. Confession time: When I […]

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

My Week-Long Test Drive: The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

When Chevrolet contacted me a few weeks ago and invited me to test drive a Cruze for a week, I wasn’t sure what to expect. On our trip to Hawaii last November, J and I rented a Cruze for the week and – being that it was a rental car – it was lacking in […]

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Autumn Visit to Shamrock Farm

One of my family’s absolute favourite annual traditions is a visit (or two) to Shamrock Farm in the autumn. Pumpkins are plentiful, the garlic is harvested and the barn is ready to welcome everyone in time for Halloween. Upon arrival, Sienna almost always makes a bee-line for the spooky seasonal decorations in the barn, including […]

Thursday, October 10, 2013

We’re Gettin’ Hitched!

From what many people tell me, having engagement photos taken is a trend that seems to have sprung out of my generation. While some don’t see the point, I can think of countless great reasons to step in front of the lens with one’s future spouse. Not only does it help ease any camera anxiety […]

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

“Be Skin Happy” At Bare Essentials Skin Bar

With a few very busy work weeks in my rearview mirror, I had been looking for a quick way to de-stress my mind (and my skin). Around that time, an e-mail popped into my inbox from Amy Sahota, the founder of Vancouver’s brand new Bare Essentials Skin Bar. Amy invited me to check out their […]

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Labour Day Long Weekend in Victoria and a Visit to Magnolia Hotel & Spa

It wasn’t so long ago that, here on the coast of British Columbia, we were frolicking in sunshine and warm temperatures. Though it appears that cool and wet autumn weather has arrived, nothing warms me more than awesome memories. Over the recent Labour Day long weekend, J and I made our way to Victoria with […]

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Two F’s Of Running

Fitness and fun! (I can’t believe I just agreed to the second of those.) When I went wedding dress shopping with my mom and Rebecca, I broke the cardinal rule: I ordered a dress in a size smaller than the one I tried on and ultimately chose. While the majority of brides work hard to […]

Thursday, August 29, 2013

So There’s This Logging Road…

It starts just east of Pemberton and runs along Lillooet Lake. From there the logging road winds through the woods before connecting with the north end of Harrison Lake. Eventually it becomes Morris Valley Road and flows into Highway 7 east of Mission. Map: Google Maps The logging road is close to 200 kilometres of […]


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