Kenneth and I had our first date on August 6th, 2013 after meeting online! Kenneth was just arriving in Spokane to begin his next chapter at Fairchild AFB after leaving Dayton, Ohio and literally was checking into the Davenport Towers the night of our date. From what I’ve been told by Kenneth, he wasn’t necessarily looking to find “the one”, but as we know now, God had a different plan. We met for a drink at the Safari lounge and right when he walked in there was an instant attraction. True to Kenneth’s style, he was a few minutes late so when he asked to be excused for a minute while he checked into his room. I, true to my style, asked if he didn’t mind me ordering a glass of wine while I waited. Right away, the southern gentleman in him shined as he told the bartender “get her whatever she needs and put it on my card”. We spent the evening talking about our faith, music, family and more! I could tell by the end of the date that Kenneth was a truly a gentleman (he is from Texas) and different than anyone else I had met before. It was the best first date for both of us! As Kenneth says…..since then we’ve been ‘”living the dream”!
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Adelyn Mae came into this world three days past her due date, but when she decided to come she was good and ready! The night she was born she held up her own head and at that moment I knew she was going to live up to the framed picture of a Shakespeare quote her Auntie M bought her, “And though she be but little, she is fierce.” Throughout Addy’s first year she has proved that again and again! She knows what she wants and at the tender age of one is ready to take on the world. In the words of her daddy, “oh man those baby blues…we are in trouble!”
March 12, 2015
Wedding Coordinator= Diana Caro-Salvador (Oahu Weddings)
Florist= Passion Roots
Reception Venue & Catering =The Outrigger Canoe Club
Ceremony Venue= Mystical Rose Oratory-St. Louis Campus
DJ = Troy Michael DJ
Surfboard & Guest Sign-in Plaque= Haleiwa Surfboard Company
Grooms Suit= Ted Baker from Nordstrom Men’s Shop
Brides Dress= La Belle Elaine’s Bridal (Bellevue, WA)
Rings=Dodson’s Jewelers (Family stone in engagement band)
Decorations = various vendors/retailers
Menus/place cards/programs = Wedding Paper Divas
When planning our wedding, Ryan and I started with location. We thought that a “destination” type wedding would be fun because it provides an opportunity to spend more time with guests, but we also wanted the wedding to be in a location that was meaningful for us and that we had a strong connection to. Honolulu, HI was the perfect fit. Next we thought, “what’s the best time to leave Spokane and head to a tropical destination?”… February!
In February 2014 we took a quick weekend trip to Honolulu to celebrate Ryan’s grandmother’s birthday and choose a venue and exact date. We decided on the chapel at the St. Louis campus for the ceremony as both our families have connections to the school (Ryan’s dad is an alum, and my mom is an alum of the sister school Sacred Hearts) and the campus is truly gorgeous. For the reception, there was a lot to consider. We knew we wanted to be somewhere that evokes the laid-back, tropical island vibe we love, so hotel ballrooms and resort locations just didn’t fit. Given the number of guests we expected and logistics of traveling/transportation, the outdoor private estate venues also weren’t a great option. We started thinking about some of our favorite spots that we could share with our guests, and quickly remembered the Outrigger Canoe Club. The Club sits directly on the beach and the restaurant and lanai is a favorite lunch location whenever we’re in Hawaii. After a quick walk through (and mahi mahi sandwiches with mai tais for good measure) we decided this was definitely the best venue.
In terms of wedding “details”, Ryan and I really focused on what was most important to us. Delicious, local inspired food and drinks; a fun DJ who would get people on the dance floor; and sharing our perspective and experiences that make Hawaii such a special place for us with those people who matter most. We couldn’t have been happier with how everything turned out not just with the wedding itself, but with all the activities in the days before and after. We feel truly blessed that we had an opportunity to celebrate with so many friends and family members all in one place. For us it was a week that can’t be replicated, full of memories that will never be forgotten, and we owe a big THANK YOU to everyone who made our wedding so special!
March 1, 2015
Hawaii, May 2014 – We’re sitting down for a nice dinner at a beachfront sushi restaurant talking about what we love most about each other. For those of you who don’t know Jeff very well…. Well, romance and mushy love stuff is not really his thing. So, most of the things said revolved around how compatible we are and how much sense it makes that we’re together. The couple next to us was celebrating their one year anniversary and they were enjoying part of their wedding cake. I remember looking at them and wondering what kind of wedding they had… was it a small intimate evening wedding with soft glowing candles on every table? Then I remember asking myself what kind of wedding Jeff would like to have one day. We started walking back to our hotel and out of nowhere Jeff wanted to walk on the beach instead of the sidewalk. I wasn’t too keen on the idea since I was wearing high heels and a long dress but in the spirit of romance I decided to follow. Shortly after we hit the sand, Jeff wanted to sit and take a break and the first thing that went through my mind is that he ate too much and needs a break. Boy was I wrong! Jeff began sharing his most beautiful thoughts and feelings with me and by the time I said yes, we were both in tears and holding each other. A few months later, on February 15, 2015 Jeff and I were married in a beautiful ceremony at the Davenport Hotel. As we begin our married life together, my biggest hope is that we will always be brave enough to be ourselves around each other and share our deepest thoughts. Crazy enough, we fell in love with each other just the way we are and I hope our love will only grow stronger with time.
Venue: Davenport Hotel
Flowers: Davenport Hotel
Hair: Amanda Winkler, Wink Salon
Makeup: Alexa Jourdan, Kiss and Makeup
Dress: Marcella’s Bridal
Cake: Marsells Cakes & Desserts
DJ: Justin Haas, AMP’D Entertainment
Piano Player: Doug Scott
February 23, 2015
Countless letters, postcards, Skype dates, phone calls, and texts have been exchanged the past 8 months between Nathaniel and Brittney thanks to a possy of friends who worked together to set them up. Brittney, who resides in Washington, traveled to Michigan to attend a previous roommate’s wedding. Just days before the flight her friend sent a message informing Brittney that there was a groomsman she needed to meet! Unbeknownst to Brittney, Nathaniel was also being prepped by the bride and groom of her arrival. Both Nathaniel and Brittney were a bit reluctant of what their friends were scheming. Fast forward to their friend’s wedding, Nathaniel introduced himself to Brittney and the two hit it off. A month later Nathaniel and Brittney started dating and 5 months later they were engaged! During this time the couple has flown back and forth between Washington and Michigan to see each other until they will be married July of 2015!