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

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.”

Dana carried a colorful bouquet of white and pink roses, yellow and orange orchids, baby's breath, pink peonies, succulents, and purple foxglove-like flowers. Drawing on the tropical surroundings of the Waimea Valley botanical gardens, Dana's bouquet was a vibrant and colorful extension of the island's flora.
Dana wanted a modern dress with a vintage feel and ended up with a stunning Cristiano Lucci trumpet-fit gown with lace overlay. The illusion neckline and short sleeves were embellished with ornate beading. She paired the dress with gifts from her mother--diamond earrings and a cathedral-length veil.
The two-tier wedding cake was minimally decorate with ivory buttercream icing and bright purple and green orchids to complement the tropical setting. Both the main wedding cake and the groom's cake were Dana and Steven's favorite flavor--pistachio! The couple also served an assortment of cupcakes in lemon chiffon, chocolate raspberry, chocolate peanut butter, red velvet, and carrot cake.
Bride's On-Site Makeup and Updo in Haleiwa, Hawaii
Bride's Dramatic Eye Makeup, Updo and Headband, and Colorful, Tropical Bouquet
Bridesmaids Carry Train of Short-Sleeve Ivory Lace Dress with Illusion Neckline
For an amazingly inventive photo op, bridesmaids and the mother of the bride held chalkboard signs indicating their relationship to the bride.
The bridesmaids all wore short, royal blue dresses that were either strapless or one-shoulder, and they complemented them with a pair of strappy silver heels. The maid of honor wore a full-length version of the same dress with a jeweled belt to stand out, and they all carried smaller versions of the bride's colorful bouquet.
According to Dana, Steven always wears his naval uniform with the sleeves rolled up, so the groomsmen paid tribute to this by rolling up their shirtsleeves (they decided against jackets in the warm weather). They all wore matching beige vests with brown shoes and mismatched, striped, royal blue ties.
Beige Vintage Rolls Royce Wedding Transportation
The Tropical Wedding Ceremony at Waimea Valley
The open-air cocktail hour and reception had an abundance of island-themed food and drinks. Two specialty cocktails included a Lavaflow, a strawberry daiquiri and piña colada hybrid, and a Ginger Lemonade. A huge food selection included Hawaiian treats, like raw Ahi tuna and Kalua pork grilled cheeses, and some of Dana's New Orleans favorites, like jambalaya, shrimp po boys, and cheese grits.
Table numbers and centerpieces were kept simple with royal blue glass wine bottles filled with single stems of colorful flowers to match the bride's bouquet. At every place setting, cookies from the Honolulu Cookie Company served as favors, along with notes indicating a donation was made to the Wounded Warrior Foundation and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Bright Redskins Sports Groom's Cake with Purple Orchids
Bright, Tropical Wedding Party and Guests at Waimea Valley
Bride and Groom Kiss at Waimea Valley Waterfall