Real Weddings | Kapolei, HI

Tim and Rachel first met as teens in Northern California and began dating their freshman year at the University of Arizona. Six years after their first kiss, Tim popped the question on a beautiful San Diego morning in September of 2007. Tim and Rachel planned to get married 11 months later after Tim finished the California Bar Exam, but decided to throw the plans to the wind and hit the beaches of Oahu with family and friends who could make the elopement. Tim and Rachel had anticipated a fair amount of wedding stress that they just didn’t want, so how does a couple avoid stress? They fly to Hawaii to tie the knot, of course! They had 3 short weeks to put together a wedding and even flew out the family rabbi to officiate. Together, with the closest Home Depot, they all created a chuppah while on the island and picked up Hawaiian floral yarmulkes at a local Chabad. With short notice came lots of flexibility. The JW Marriott Ihilani took care of many of the details as Rachel easily allowed her wedding coordinator to oversee the event.

Rachel proved to be the poster child for relaxed bride when the wedding ceremony entailed all kinds of chaos. From a move of the ceremony site to a wrong turn in the weather, Rachel and Tim accepted the changes with grace. The true test of love came when the ceremony was interrupted by fire alarms due to a fire in the hotel laundry room, but the couple and their guests continued on and now tell this story with giggles. The adventures of the wedding planning and big day were as fast-paced as the hula, but Rachel and Tim let the spirit of Aloha guide the start of their marriage!

Mazel tov, Rachel and Tim!

Venue – JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa
Photographer – Dawn Nash of The Romance Specialists
Videographer – Prince7 Studios
Hair & Make-Up – Dorys Foltin
Bridal Salon – Here Comes the Bride
Gown Designer – Michelle Roth

  • Shelly says:

    Those are the cutest yarmulkes I have ever seen. I love how they tie in with the Hawaiian theme!

  • Rhonda says:

    Hawaii is the one place I’m trying to get my daughter to go for her destination wedding. This is gorgeous. I love the bride’s dress. I like that it’s still classic even on the islands.