The sparks were instantaneous when friends introduced me to a hilarious redhead I absolutely had to meet. David works in real estate and I teach high school English in Atlanta. After dating for two years, he proposed, and we knew our wedding had to be in Maui, where my parents own a vacation home in the Kapalua Resort on the northwest shore of Maui.
The community offers beautiful wedding venues, but we preferred a small ceremony in my parents' backyard, catered by The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. We chose planner Hawaii Weddings by Tori Rogers; she had become a family friend while planning my twin sister's big day.
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Most of our 40 guests stayed at The Ritz and the Bay Condos on the resort grounds, where zip lines, hiking trails, beaches and golf kept them happily occupied. Out-of-towners attended a rehearsal dinner at Lahaina Grill.
Just before sunset on the big day, all our guests gathered for a poolside ceremony combining our Jewish traditions with Hawaiian wedding customs.
During cocktail hour, passed hors d'oeuvres included kalua-pork empanadas and opakapaka (snapper) ceviche sesame cones. Guests then enjoyed a poolside sit-down dinner of grass-fed filet as Omar and Rare Vibrations entertained. Sparks flew again in the magic-hour light at the end of a day we'll never forget in this beautiful end-of-the-earth place. ?