Amanda and Dillon decided to have a beautiful Moana Surfrider Wedding in Waikiki and it was such a classic location for a memorable Hawaii celebration!
FROM THE BRIDE:
We decided to do a destination wedding since a majority of our family would already need to travel anyways. A lot of family lives in Canada while we live in California. We wanted to do something tropical but also stay in the USA so it wouldn’t be difficult to travel/plan. Plus COVID was still a thing so we wanted to go somewhere within USA. We both have vacationed in Oahu as children with our families so we decided to go together before deciding if we wanted to have our wedding there. We fell in love bc it felt like we were in another world but also not to far from home (6 hour plane ride). Hawaii feels like a getaway and when we landed everything like work and stuff was out the window.
We stayed at the Royal Hawaiian and loved it but ultimately decided to have the wedding at the Moana Surfrider because of its history and it always seemed lively from day to night. The lobby doors are wide open and the pool bar is always busy. We thought it would be fun for us and our guests to be in that environment. Since we aren’t doing too much of a traditional wedding we liked the history and classic decor that the Moana offered.
We met in college because we were assigned to work together on a group project and started hanging out casually not taking anything serious at the time it was really easy going. We’ve been together 5 years before getting engaged then 6 years before getting married
Wedding inspiration was really to take in the venue and location (Hawaii) we really wanted to embrace where we were. We wanted to provide an experience to our guests so the wedding took place over 3 days. Day 1 we did a sunrise hike at Diamond head then we had a beach day where we rented all the beach chairs by the Moana Surfrider and spent the day in the sun, water, surfing, etc. That evening we had our official “welcome” event which was having our guests attend the Royal Hawaiian luau. What’s a Hawaiian experience without a luau?! It was absolutely perfect. Next day we had our wedding which started at sunset on the Moana rooftop garden lanais with a short ceremony with a sand ceremony and lei exchange. Followed by cocktails which featured our signature drink, the Rufus. Named after our dog. Then reception which included a 5 course dinner live entertainment and hula dancer. Afterwards guests either called it a night or came up to the penthouse where we continued the celebration.
The following morning we reserved the ocean front room at the Moana restaurant where we had brunch prepared for all our guests before they started the journey home or went on their own to explore other Hawaiian islands.
Amanda Cassidy is an Oahu wedding photographer also specializing in elopements, engagements, family sessions, maternity and more and is available for travel around the island of Oahu in Hawaii.
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