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Jenn & Ken: A Military Wedding in Honolulu, HI

  • Love Story Weddings, Honolulu
    Gayle, Weddings and Lifetime Events, Honolulu
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Hosting a wedding in Hawaii caused a slight problem for Jenn when she wanted Black Magic roses for her bouquet, but had difficulty obtaining them overseas. Instead, she chose to carry a bouquet of Fire & Ice roses accented with crystal sprays.
Easley Designs, Honolulu
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The bridesmaids wore two-piece, cornflower blue, halter gowns designed by Alfred Angelo. The maid of honor wore a similar dress with a spaghetti-strap neckline and a slim, A-line, floor-length skirt. A family friend created the blue Swarovski crystal bracelets and matching earrings for the attendants to wear.
Bridal Emporium, Honolulu
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The ceremony aisle was framed with four bamboo stanchions on each side decorated with bouquets of iris, lilies, orchids, roses, carnations, and greenery. Leis of dendrobium orchids and ti leaves were strung between each stanchion.
Easley Designs, Honolulu
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Jenn and Ken took their vows in a 1970s-style white lattice gazebo, surrounded by lush greens from the garden sanctuary. The white gazebo was accented with a large bouquet of iris, lilies, and other fragrant flowers, as well as strands of dendrobium orchid leis.
Flowers by Easley Designs, Honolulu
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Jenn and Ken chose to incorporate the “arch of sabers” tradition into their nondenominational outdoor ceremony. Honor Guard volunteers from Hickam Air Force Base stood at the top of the aisle, drawing their swords when Jenn and her father began their walk toward the gazebo. Once the couple walked back up the aisle, the volunteers again drew their s ...
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Jenn knew when designing her bridesmaid bouquets that she didn’t want her maids holding smaller versions of her bouquet. Instead, Jenn’s florist created an arrangement of pink orchids, red roses, and purple and blue irises -- to match the cornflower blue bridesmaid dresses and tie in with Jenn's red bridal bouquet. “The bouquets incorporated the we ...
Easley Designs, Honolulu
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The groomsmen, who were also active duty military, wore their U.S. Air Force service dress uniforms. The groom also wore his U.S. Air Force service dress uniform and his military ribbons and pins. As military protocol instructs, there were no flowers adorning the groom or his attendants. The ring bearer and father of the bride were the only men wea ...
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A five-tiered wedding cake was the highlight of the dessert table, with the bottom tier featuring white cake with guava mousse, and the top layer a chocolate cake with vanilla mousse. Each tier of the buttercream-frosted confection had a baby-blue piping design, and a scattered arrangement of blossoms to match the wedding flowers.
Cake Garden, Honolulu
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Jenn and Ken celebrated their marriage with a brunch reception for their 230 guests in the Waikiki Ballroom of Hale Koa Hotel. The bridal party sat at the head table, which was decorated with floral arrangements that matched the bouquets from the gazebo. Each attendant and parent was given a personalized toasting glass.
Linen Effects Inc., Minneapolis, MN
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For the three parent tables, the bouquets that had decorated the aisle were brought from the ceremony and placed in a rattan-and-iron candleholder. The other guest tables were decorated with floral centerpieces in a lauhala box, surrounded by clear and blue glass beads and candles, as well as a personalized bottle of wine in a lauhala wine bag.
Easley Designs, Honolulu
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It didn’t take long for Jenn to find her wedding gown. In fact, her strapless, satin, A-line gown designed by Maggie Sottero was the first gown she tried on. The elegant yet simple gown featured a floral-beaded design of Swarovski crystals, pearls, sequins, and seed beads on the neckline, as well as beaded tulle panels on the sweep train. She compl ...
Bridal Emporium, Honolulu

Jenn & Ken in Honolulu, HI

Two months after dating Jenn, Ken knew he wanted to propose -- so he spent four hours at Ben Bridge Jeweler learning about diamonds to select the perfect engagement ring. On Jenn’s 32nd birthday, he proposed with a platinum princess-cut ring, and she happily accepted. With a palette of blue, silver, and white, Jenn and Ken incorporated their love for Hawaii and the groom’s military background -- from the lei ceremony to the arch of sabers. The Bride Jennifer (Jenn) Throneberry, 33, certified medical coder The Groom TSgt. Ken Rassmussen, 34, active duty U.S. Air Force The Date October 29 Mutual friends attempted numerous times to set up a date between Jenn and Ken. But when email didn’t work, they took matters into their own hands and tricked Jenn and Ken into meeting at their house in September 2004. The first meeting didn’t go very well, and it took Ken over a month to ask Jenn out again. Luckily, she said yes, and the couple spent their official first date talking at a local coffee shop until 3 a.m.
- Kelsey Collins
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  • Love Story Weddings, Honolulu
  • Gayle, Weddings and Lifetime Events, Honolulu
  • Hale Koa Hotel
  • Easley Designs, Honolulu
  • Bridal Emporium, Honolulu
  • Flowers by Easley Designs, Honolulu
  • Cake Garden, Honolulu
  • Linen Effects Inc., Minneapolis, MN

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