A quick weekend trip home for my sister's special day. After a quick regional flight, I was on my way from Chicago directly to Honolulu.
Michele and Owen had everything planned and taken care of so it was a relaxing time leading up to the wedding. The two days before the wedding were filled with a few errands. I spent lots of time with my Dad as his errand and carpool buddy. We were in charge of picking up the dresses from the dry cleaners, stopping by the floral warehouse and dropping off the orchids at the cake shop. We also spent time preparing for the brunch at our house on Sunday.
The rehearsal and set up for the wedding went smoothly and we were at the church for a couple hours. After the rehearsal, we had family over for coffee and sweets that included Leonard's malasadas, pies and pastries.
On Saturday, Michele, Lauren and I spent a leisurely morning getting our hair and makeup done. We headed over to the church and Grandpa rode with us in the limo. It was his first limo ride. The church was filled with family and friends. Michele looked radiant and her dress was perfect.
The evening was filled with lots of laughter and the feeling of a large family party. The reception was a great time and filled with lots of special memories...father daughter dance that included free style dancing, our dad singing from his heart, my mom looking beautiful, Owen and Michele's first dance, Lauren (Owen's daughter) catching the bouquet and many more. The Hawaiian buffet and wide selection of desserts included haupia, chocolate cake, bread pudding was yummy. The wedding cake had three different options: cheesecake, carrot cake and kona coffee cake with mocha buttercream chocolate ganache and macadamia nut.
On Sunday, we woke up reminiscing about the wedding and the memories that were made. We then spent the morning preparing brunch. Family and friends came over and continued to laugh and share stories. The day went quickly as I left in the afternoon for Madison.
It was a wonderful weekend celebrating Michele and Owen's wedding.