Sarah and Richard
Cayman Island dwellers Sarah and Richard, with their Australian and New York backgrounds, had a bit of a challenge on their hands when they decided to tie the knot. With so many loved ones all over the world, where could they marry that would allow most of their friends and family to attend? With palm trees, oceans, beautiful weather and a tropical vibe – it was all about the Hawaiian island of Oahu. It was always going to be a stunning occasion; Adriana Watson Photography was flown to the sunny shores to make sure every moment at the stunning Loulu Palm Estate was captured.
The couple met over Australian football. The bride explaining, “we met at an Australian Rules Football party in New York City. I went with one of my friends who was seeing a guy on the team. I had never heard of Aussie Rules (being American). When we got to the party, my friend told her beau to point out all the “nice, single guys for Sarah”. He went through about five guys in the crowd, then pointed to Richard. I looked at all of them, pointed to Richard, and said: “I like that one.”
The bride chose a tulle gown by Beccar from Posh Bridal Salon. She tells “Since we live in the Caribbean, I only had two days to pick a dress on a trip home to the United States. I chose a Beccar gown from a local shop in my hometown.”
The beautiful venue of Loulu Palm Estate hosted the weekend’s celebrations. Says Sarah, “we had our ceremony and reception at Loulu Palm Estate on the North Shore of Oahu. We hadn’t seen the venue until three days before the wedding. We loved it from the pictures online and fell even more in love with it when we walked on the grounds.”
Sarah walked down the aisle with her parents to the song she was born to – Pachelbel’s “Canon in D”.
The ceremony was filled with blessings, Sarah remarks, “I customized the ceremony taking inspiration from different services. I incorporated both Christian and Jewish elements. We had a reading from “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coehlo, a letter and blessing from my 96-year-old grandma, a Hebrew blessing read by my dad, and the poem “To Love Is Not to Possess” by James Kavanaugh. Richard and I wrote individual vows that we read to each other as well. I wanted the ceremony to feel personal and meaningful.”
Weddings by Savvy planned and styled the tropical celebration with gorgeous florals designed by Marie Blooms Floral. Sarah noting, “I wanted lots of greenery with pops of white and a few blush roses here and there.”
Guests gathered under a clear-top marquee for speeches, a feast and dancing.
Of their photographer, Sarah tells “Adriana is amazing. She made Richard and I feel at ease! She was taking photos throughout the day and gathered the most wonderful candid shots. Her style is exactly what we wanted – elegant, natural, and romantic – everything that I wanted my wedding to feel like! She truly captured the feelings, scenery, emotions, and story of our day.”
The bride added special family pieces to her look, explaining, “I had pieces from all the important women in my life: I wore beautiful blue earrings from my mom. Then I had an embroidered handkerchief from my grandma and my other grandma’s diamond pieces wrapped my bouquet.”
The newlyweds chose “I Think of You” by Rodriguez for their first dance, explaining “I found it and played it for Richard one night – he immediately said, ‘I love this.'”