As I shared in a previous post, earlier this year Ian and I renewed our vows at Disney’s Aulani. The shortest part of any wedding, but most special always seems to be the ceremony. Ours was very short and sweet with our own vows of continued dedication shared. Since I never had a wedding when we got married, and there was no wedding rehearsal, I totally tried to skip the aisle and walk straight towards the front. It was quite funny, everyone telling me, “Wrong way!””
Disney provided the officiant and a ukulele player. We got to pick the songs that he played and sang before and after the ceremony. When we walked down the aisle together he played, “Kiss the Girl” from The Little Mermaid. After the ceremony he preformed “our” song, “Happy Together” by the Turtles and one of our favorite songs, “Starlight” by Muse. Before the vows, he sang, “I Can’t Help Falling in Love” as a musical interlude. All of the songs were magical and better than I ever could have envisioned. We were blessed with beautiful weather, as you can see in the photos. All ceremonies are “rain or shine” and with rain in Hawaii being a regular occurrence, I was happy to have the sun.
Not being able to meet or know the officiate before the service was a little nerve-wracking, but thankfully he did a great job and there were no issues. Part of a Hawaiian Wedding ceremony is having the officiant blow on a shell and you are supposed to hold the kiss until her stops. We were able to make that work. I guess after fifteen years we have had a lot of practice kissing. Walking back down the aisle our guests blew bubbles, which I thought was a cute “under the sea” element for our Ariel inspired event.
Planning the Disney Wedding had a few snags along the way. Their communication was not the best and that added some stress to the planning, which can be stressful enough as it is. Thankfully the day of the event there were no let downs and everything went fabulous with no mishaps or disappointments. We didn’t do a ring exchange (but I did get a wedding band, nice to actually have on after 15 years) in the ceremony.
Hold you in my arms
I just wanted to hold
You in my arms
Starlight by Muse