A Bright Tropical Wedding at Waimea Valley in Haleiwa, Hawaii

Dana (24 and a surgical technician) met Steven (26 and a nuclear electrician for the US Navy) through his sister. Dana was invited to Steven’s parents' lake house for the Fourth of July, where she was first introduced to Steven. They dated for a year and a half before separating for college, keeping in touch and hanging out whenever they got the chance. Dana got time off to visit Steven in Hawaii, and a few months later, he asked her to move in with him. Steve proposed on a trip to Kauai at Waimea Canyon in the middle of a rainstorm. After an eight-month engagement, Dana and Steven got married at Waimea Valley, a botanical garden in Haleiwa, Hawaii, where they held their ceremony on the upper meadow under a canopy of trees right next to a waterfall. As the bride is a New Orleans native, she wanted to incorporate some of that old-fashioned French Quarter feel with a vintage-inspired trumpet-fit dress, Cajun food, and even a vintage Rolls Royce for her wedding transportation! Brightly-colored, exotic flowers in the bouquets and centerpieces emphasized the tropical environment, and a unique pistachio wedding cake decorated with fresh orchids reflected the couple's passion for food. The groom even got his own cake to celebrate his favorite football team, the Redskins. For favors, donations were made to the Wounded Warrior Foundation and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Dana and Steven’s picturesque wedding is definitely memorable, but Dana says, “It seemed like my wedding day was five seconds long. It goes by so fast! Make sure to take a deep breath every now and then and just soak everything in.”