Kurt and I are SOOOO fortunate to have traveled to Hawaii for the AMAZING wedding of Dan and Cheril. Many from the Quad Cities know and love Dan…he’s the greatest. He’s truly like a brother to everyone he meets. We were all THRILLED when Dan met Cheril after moving to Hawaii and when they announced their engagement!
Their wedding day was perfect, romantic, joyful and everything all weddings should be. And, from early morning until the end of the night, everything was absolutely lovely, including the bride!! I adore vintage jewelry and recognized the pearls as antiques right away. I asked Cheril and she explained they were her grandmother’s. <3 Love <3
Cheril and Dan opted to do a first look in a gorgeous Waikiki park. I’ll save those images for them to share…except this one (I can’t resist).
Since we had some time before the ceremony, we were able to do all of the bride and groom photos before we headed to the site. LOVE LOVE LOVE ALL OF THEM SOOO MUCH!!
And how sweet is this? We were even able to make time to go to the very spot Dan proposed to Cheril overlooking the ocean. <3 Aloha, Paradise! I still can't believe people are lucky enough to actually LIVE here. This is only about ten minutes from their house!
Their ourdoor ceremony was heartfelt and tear-FILLED, thanks to them writing their own super-sweet vows. Guests sat in perfect rows of little white chairs and the ceremony took place under a large tree with long strings of hanging flowers.
Now would be a good time to mention how much I loved the officiant. I introduced myself and politely asked the [dreaded] question, “Is there anything you wouldn’t like us to do during the ceremony?” (all the while praying he didn’t tell me to stay away from the altar area). “Yes,” he said sternly, leaning in closely. “Don’t miss anything!” he said with a HUUUGE smile. Soooo cute! I’m still laughing about it! LOVVVVE HIM!
Also, thanks to my own husband for capturing these fab images of Cheril and her parents. I literally shrieked with joy when I saw them after we got back to Iowa! Kurt hangs at the back of the ceremony site while I chill it out in the altar area with the groom to get some reaction shots.
We have sooo many gorgeous ceremony photos but here are just some of my favorites.
The reception was so much fun! During our visit, Cheril was telling us that the Hawaiian culture is all about giving back. So if you take something from the land, give something back. They used earth-friendly themes throughout their adorable wedding and reception details. I thought it was such a cute idea.
And you could just feel the joy throughout the entire day and night; they are both loved so much by everyone.
I will have more posts on our many Hawaiian adventures soon, but for now I wanted to share the gorgeous photos from their big day. I couldn’t imagine a lovelier couple or a more beautiful wedding day. We’re all sooooo happy for you!
Congrats to Dan and Cheril!! Thanks for having us be a part of it all! xoxo!
Ann & Kurt