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Laura Hunt

Sandy and Marc - a Hawaiian Wedding


Photography by Martina Konietzny,

Sandy and Marc had already booked a country club in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area for their wedding. Then they decided they really did not want to have such a large production. On a trip to Maui, they had fallen in love with the island and the Kapalua Bay Hotel. They decided to celebrate their wedding and share their sentimental attachment to that beautiful island with 25 of their family and closest friends.

From the beginning Sandy looked forward to handing over the detailed planning of the wedding to a local event coordinator. On a trip before the wedding, she met Cherise, recommended by the hotel. Cherise was very professional and accommodating and Sandy felt comfortable entrusting her with her vision for the wedding. From home the long-distance planning followed. To show Cherise her tastes, Sandy sent pictures of ceremony and reception decorations she liked and others she disliked. With those photos in hand, the coordinator worked with the hotel and other local vendors to bring all the details together. In addition, Sandy worked with other travel vendors to arrange transportation and lodging discounts for the guests. It was especially important for Sandy and Marc to host an event that was fun and intimate, where everyone invited felt a part of their new family. Guests arrived two days prior to the wedding, and were greeted with welcome-packets in their rooms. Festivities began with a beach-side luau the first evening and continued with plenty of food, fun, and sun, up to the day of the wedding.

What would be a successful wedding without drama? The day before, Friday, September 13, when Marc and Sandy went to the ceremony site for the rehearsal, gardeners had torn up the lawn for re-landscaping. The hotel apologized, was very accommodating, and prepared a different site for the ceremony, bringing in extra decorations to make up for the glitch. The guests were unaware of the last minute changes as the wedding party danced down the aisle to a medley of classics by John Coltrane and Nat King Cole. The ceremony was marked by Hawaiian accents, including leis for the guests, a lei exchange for the wedding party, and a special Hawaiian wedding chant performed by the local minister.

Knowing the importance of capturing those wedding memories, the couple made no compromises on the photographer. They hired Martina Konietzny, one of the best in the Bay Area, and flew her to Hawaii. Thanks to her I can share with you these beautiful photographs from this Hawaiian wedding.

Sandy: "I would recommend an intimate destination wedding to anyone. It was a wonderful wedding celebration, an almost stress-free and headache-free experience. We truly were able to share our wedding with the ones we love."

To make things easier Sandy and Mark got their wedding license in the Bay Area.

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