Last Sunday fellow Xangan Andy was married to Sugi at the King Kamehameha Country Club on Maui. I shared one picture a few days ago, but let me share a few more for my family and friends who know the couple.
Beautiful view of the wedding site, which offered a sweeping vista from one end of the Maui neck to the other.
The flower girl (Sugi’s niece Taylor) and ring bearer (Andy’s nephew Cayden) needed a little encouragement.
The bride is escorted by her father, Mike. As soon as she started down the aisle, tears started flowing. And lest you think that Andy is some tough guy, he started crying, too.
Sugi and Andy exchange rings. A Shinto priest from the temple close to Sugi’s family’s house in Pa’ia performed the ceremony.
Sealing the deal with a kiss. The flower girl, Taylor, is barefoot because she said her shoes hurt her feet.
The newlywed couple walk down the aisle.
The bride’s sister and matron of honor, Jessica, escorted by the groom’s best man Travis. The flower girl is Taylor, Jessica’s three-year old daughter.
The bride’s mother and father. Beautiful Japanese-themed dress and cloak!
The bride and her nearly 95-year old grandfather, who was the hit of the party.
The couple immediately after the ceremony!
Tawn poses with the flower girl while she still had her sandals on!
Andy W (obscured by request), Kenny, me, Tawn, Sugi, Andy, Fei, and Travis. Fei and Travis went to high school in Omaha with Andy.
The groom and bride address the guests. I was the emcee for the event and, with only a short while to practice, had to introduce all the out of town guests and family members!
The beautiful wedding cake. They went for a small cake because the main desserts were pie including my favorite macadamia nut cream pie!
Tawn and I pose with one of the cutest children at the wedding, Chinasa. The friend of Sugi’s college roommate, Chinasa was this perfectly calm one-year old who didn’t mind everybody holding her. No fussing, no crying. But she kept a poker face the whole time and was slow to smile!
It was a beautiful wedding – one of the nicest I’ve been to – and we were really glad we made the effort to fly over to be a part of it. Congratulations to Andy and Sugi and may you have many happy years together!