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The afternoon heat builds, sucking the humid air off the Pacific.  It tumbles as it rises up the dead volcano under our feet, tossing the palm trees languidly, and bringing fat afternoon raindrops down on our heads.  We huddle in the farmhouse, dry for now.  The cock crows again, too late or too early, and the horse plods gently across the verdant green acres that stretch before us, down to the blue ocean beyond.  It is almost time.  The guests mingle and find their seats.  Everything is touched with misty anticipation.  The farmhouse door swings rustily out.  The rain has stopped.  She holds her breath, just for a second, and then exits into her new life.

Puakea Ranch, located on the west coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, was the tropical backdrop for this stunning destination wedding.  Lauren, an American, and Dan, from Australia, decided to split the difference for their nuptials.  After dodging rainclouds all afternoon, the sun lit up the sky for a breathtaking sunset before the wedding guests retired to the shelter of the outdoor pavilion for dinner and dancing.  It was a destination wedding that brought me full circle, having lived in Hawaii for several years myself.  This was my first visit to the Big Island and I immediately fell into the island rhythms and it felt just like coming home.  If you’re considering a Hawaii elopement or ceremony, let me show you some of my favorite spots.  It would be my pleasure.

 

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