On this day, August 28th, back in 2004, I married Max in Upcountry Maui (Kula). As Catholics we spent months preparing for the day – visiting our church’s deacon, taking marriage preparation classes and doing a lot of translating from Italian to English and vice versa so that all the documents that the church required could be completed. Somehow everything worked out and we had everything complete in time for the trip to Hawaii.
We are very simple people and do not have tons of money. Paying for everything ourselves we had to keep it simple and uncomplicated (that is as uncomplicated you can make a wedding)!! I wore a simple bridesmaid dress that I picked up in a dress shop in downtown LA. Max dressed in Tommy Bahamas. Our guests wore sundresses and shorts to the ceremony; then we did a luau reception. It has been 9 years since our special day at Holy Ghost Mission. We returned to the church for mass years later with Malina, and to say the least this parish holds a very special place in my heart. Here are a few photos from our special day.
Holy Ghost Mission
Keeping it simple- bringing the flowers to the church
Wedding favors that we made in Los Angeles and brought over
Max signing the documents
The ceremony – ring exchange and the wedding kiss
It’s official – we’re married!
A kiss at the beach (Kaanapali)