The Fairmont Orchid, Big Island, Hawaii set the scene for a sunset ceremony in front of 75 guests. The couple wrote their own vows and shared a Koa wood and Ti leaf ring blessing – a Hawaiian ceremony that signifies washing obstacles into the ocean and beginning a new relationship together.
Tough decision: “Initially, we were planning to get married locally, in Toronto, in a more intimate setting,” says Han. “We found that it was really too difficult to cut down our guest list, especially with huge families. So we decided to return to Hawaii (Patrick had proposed in Maui) with our closest friends and family, and hold a local reception afterwards for everyone else.”
Musical guests: Music was a very important part of the wedding planning and the couple was not disappointed. The band was able to create a laid-back, acoustic atmosphere. Three different DJs (friends and family) spun sets at the after party with Patrick making a short guest appearance on the turntables as well!
Overall feeling: The couple wanted a relaxed, intimate affair, full of joy – and that’s exactly what they got. After securing their vendors, Han says, “We were able to let go of a lot of the little details and just let the day come together. I think the lack of total control over a destination wedding is one of the beauties of it.”
Remember, to let her into your heart: Patrick’s younger brother and best man, Timothy, surprised the groom with an amazing guitar rendition of “Hey Jude,” which got the entire crowd arm in arm, swaying to the music.
Photography: Christine Lim Photography
Originally published in Destination Wedding magazine, Fall/Winter 2018.