I woke up early on the morning of our wedding, and much to my delight and surprise it was a gorgeous and sunny day. Perhaps because Oahu was all rained out from the prior days, there was no rain left to be had on our wedding day. Either way, it was a good sign for the day ahead.
Our wedding site the morning of
Mr. Eel had already started getting breakfast ready, so I jumped in and helped him with our final tag-team task as an unmarried couple. We weren’t really concerned with traditions like not seeing each other before the ceremony, and seeing him that morning helped to ease my nerves. Everyone else was still waking up, so while we cooked breakfast together we shared an excited “We’re getting married today!”
After breakfast the girls and I got ready to leave for the newly built bridal cottage at Kualoa Ranch Moli’i Gardens. Setup for our reception had already begun when we arrived, and I could slowly start to see my vision becoming reality. The tent was up, tables and Chiavari chairs were starting to arrive, chandeliers and lighting were being hung…it was a surreal moment.
The girls from Whik’d Hair and Makeup arrived and started working on the girls. I left their hair and makeup choices entirely up to each of my friends to decide based on their preferences—my only request was that they don’t do the exact same hairstyle as me; everything else was free game. I wanted them to feel beautiful and comfortable as this would be a big day for all of us.
MOH J was worried about feeling hot, so she chose to do a classic updo. BMs J and C wanted their hair down with soft waves. They all left their makeup style up to the expertise of the makeup artist, and I must say, everyone looked amazing.
Finally, it was my turn to get ready. Sarah from Whik’d did my hair and makeup as we had decided on during my trial, with a few tweaks—longer lashes and more shimmery eye shadow. I definitely recommend doing a trial if you can fit it into your budget. I was able to pinpoint exactly what I wanted so that I was 100% happy with the results on my wedding day.
Up next: The boys get ready and we exchange gifts!
All photos by Keoni Michael Fine Art Weddings