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A Rustic, Beach Wedding at Sunset Ranch in O'ahu, Hawaii

Amy Young (30 and a high school teacher) and Craig Teal (30 and a financial analyst) met online through plentyoffish.com. They met at the Amsterdam Al

Amy Young (30 and a high school teacher) and Craig Teal (30 and a financial analyst) met online through plentyoffish.com. They met at the Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and immediately began dating. For a Valentine's Day gift, Craig made reservations at a a bed and breakfast in the Finger Lakes in upstate New York. They spent the weekend visiting wineries, hiking and exploring. On one of the hikes, they had a picnic by a waterfall where Craig popped the question! The couple chose to have the wedding at Sunset Ranch on the North Shore of O'ahu because they wanted an outdoor wedding overlooking Waimea Valley and the Pacific Ocean. To partner with the beach atmosphere, Amy and Craig chose a coral and teal color palette seen in the bridesmaid dresses and floral bouquets. To add a unique touch to the wedding, Amy and Craig made custom table numbers that highlighted special family members with mini biographies on each card. With a light rain shower during the ceremony, the couple chose to have the reception inside a nearby barn. This provided shelter to the wedding party and guests after the pacific-asian fusion dinner when the power went out due to torrential rain and wind. When it seemed like the night was to be cut short, one of the bridesmaids organized the guests to shine the light from their cell phones onto the dance floor so the bride and groom could have their first dance. As the couple began dancing, Craig's mother starting singing "You Are My Sunshine" and the guests joined in to accompany the magical experience. To continue the music, one of the guests brought his guitar into the barn and sang "Let It Be" with his son a capella. "After that, the ranch was able to start a generator to turn on one of the chandeliers and speakers so we could enjoy the rest of the evening," says Amy.

Calla Lily, Orchid, and Fiddlehead Fern Bridal Bouquet
V-Neckline Wedding Dress with Beaded Strap
Something Blue Handkerchief
Amy wanted her bridesmaids to be comfortable on the day of the wedding, so she chose a dress that was affordable and her bridesmaids could wear again.
"For the guys, we found wonderful aloha shirts and pants at Tommy Bahama that matched our color scheme and that were classy but casual," says Amy.
Amy's father passed away a year before the wedding, so Amy's mother proudly escorted her daughter down the aisle.
Sunset Ranch has an amazing view of the Pacific ocean and also overlooks Waimea Valley.
Orange and Light Pink Bridesmaid Bouquets
Newlywed's First Kiss in Hawaii
Newlywed Recessional Surrounded by Loving Guests
After Ceremony Photo Session on a White Bridge in Hawaii
"We really liked the rustic feel and the fact that we were able to pick our own vendors and customize our wedding to fit our desires," says Amy.
Wedding Ceremony Program
The theme revolved around the couple's family tree, so tables were named for each parent/grandparent or places they grew up and lived together. On the back of the cards, they wrote biographies and/or listed their favorite things about each place.
Mini Water Bottle Wedding Favors with Customized Labels
Amy and Craig opted out of having a wedding cake and chose to go with brownies and blueberry pies from Georgie's Pies.
Barn Wedding Reception with Chandelier
Made with a lot of locally grown ingredients and catered by Happy's, the reception dinner featured kalbi short ribs, lucky buns, and local fish.
Due to hurricane like winds, the electricity went out during the reception. However, Craig's mother suddenly singing "You Are My Sunshine" and as guests joined in, the newlyweds still had their first dance.
"One of our guests, who is a musician, had bought a guitar that day and brought it out from his car.  He and his son played and sang "Let it Be" and others, all acapella," says Amy.
Newlywed Kiss on the Beach of O'ahu
Sun Shines on Newlyweds on the Beaches of O'ahu
Newlyweds Hold Pictures of Their Parents' Wedding Day
Local and Tropical Flowers and Ferns in Mason Jar Centerpieces