Both of them have beaming smiles that light up the room and they’re always smiling. Always. Justin and Raylene had their hearts set on putting their family at the center of their big day, even from the very beginning. When we were setting up our first consultation meeting, we chose to meet at the Kailua Public Library. It is one of their favorite places to go with their three kids. We were a little surprised when we pulled up on that Saturday to find it closed (this bookworm double-checked the library hours and everything) so we moved our meeting across the street to McDonalds, much to the delight of the kids….okay, and me. We chatted over a table of shakes and french fries. They didn’t have much wedding details just yet, their days are filled to the brink with homework, carpooling, and family trips to the beach. But they didn’t seem concerned and I certainly wasn’t worried. Just tell me, the date, the time, and the place and I’ll be there. Easy-peasy. Even later when Justin shyly mentioned just two weeks from the big day that they hadn’t thought to find an officiant yet, that wasn’t even a hiccup. I happen to be married to this tall, handsome pastor with quite a sense of humor (well, we think so). Perfect.
No bridesmaids. No groomsmen. At first, Raylene didn’t even want to walk down the aisle. She bashfully laughed and waved that thought off. Thankfully, someone managed to change her mind because she was radiant as she walked across the grass field towards her groom. The sinking sun was just starting to fall behind Justin but he didn’t see anything but his bride. Their three children also walked down the aisle. Their youngest flower girl took a little break and her big brother patiently helped her back on her feet and filled her flower basket again with the soft rose petals. The guests stayed late into the night under an open sky splattered with twinkling stars. Live music played while everyone enjoyed amazing food under hanging lights. Justin and Raylene went from table to table welcoming each guest while the kids were thrilled to be playing with all their friends. We were at the beautiful Officer’s Club on Hickam Air Force Base but it somehow felt we were at an intimate backyard party and we felt right at home.Ceremony and Reception Venue: Officer’s Club, Hickam Air Force Base Bridal gown fromWhite House Black Market Ala Moana Bride’s make-up by Nalei Lacio Food catered by the Officer’s Club Cupcakes by Delite Bakery And live music by Borderline
Congratulations to the newly married couple, Justin and Raylene!!!