Destination I Do
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Red, White and Blue Goes Hawaiian in This Real Wedding

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Courtney Cox
Photos courtesy of Joanna Tano Photography

Briana and Ian knew they wanted a destination wedding from the start and Hawaii was the winning locale. Like a wedding we featured on October 13, this couple also got married at Gannon's Restaurant in Maui. Comparing two weddings which took place at the same venue shows just how personalized a destination wedding can be. Hawaii is a location that not only features a laid-back, island vibe, but also exudes a romance that's hard to beat. No wonder so many couples jet-set to these islands to say "I do."

The couple held their ceremony on the lush green lawn of the Gannon's property. More and more couples are choosing to get married overlooking the ocean rather than right on the beach. While it's certainly personal preference, getting married on solid ground is much easier logistically-wise. For example, brides don't have to worry about blowing sand and granny doesn't have to worry about gingerly navigating the sandy beach.

Briana and Ian committed themselves to each other for life in front of a small group of their closest friends and family. A traditional lei ceremony was a must considering the wedding locale. The beginning of the ceremony was signaled by the sound of a conch shell and guests were called to their blue-ribbon wrapped seats. Personalized fans were provided for each guests to fend off the island heat.

Briana did a wonderful job of making her red, white and blue color scheme romantic and vintage looking. This color combination often generates a mental picture of plastic flags and cheap paper plates, but that's definitely not the case with Briana and Ian's wedding. After the emotional ceremony, the couple's guests sat down to enjoy a delicious meal served by the Gannon's staff.

The wedding party had an unbelievable show during dinner in the form of a classic Hawaiian sunset. This intimate and romantic occasion is an example of all the best things about a destination wedding--close friends and family, a stunning setting and a couple who are clearly meant for each other. We wish Ian and Briana all the best in their future and we couldn't have asked for a cuter couple.

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