#MerryMe: At last

We did it.

We got hitched.

And it’s rather appropriate that my blog — which was hacked and had been down for weeks — was finally revived (with the help of Brian Dote of Tapiki) the day after Independence Day and exactly two weeks after our wedding.


So here’s the deal: Derek and I tied the knot on June 21 — summer solstice — at a beach in Aina Haina. We celebrated with family and friends in a small reception — about 160 people — at the Waikiki Aquarium.

We ditched the formal wedding for a casual outdoor, pau hana-style event — with an outstanding live jazz band — under the stars in Waikiki. No dress code, no program. It was a very laid-back affair.

Instead of a buffet, we did food stations, with dishes from Tanioka’s Seafood & Catering, Rainbow Drive-In and Alicia’s Market. We had huli huli-style chicken, Ono Pops and a live sushi chef. And the cake — designed and baked by Aloha Cakery — was really a bunch of beautifully decorated cupcakes with an ocean theme.

Seriously, it was perfect.

Here’s what our wedding entailed — and what the Big Day looked like:

We love surfing

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First order of business: photos. We hired my pal Dave Miyamoto to shoot our photos — and he was stoked to find out we both surf. So he came out to Queen's — our spot — to catch us in action.

Thanks for sharing this special occasion with us!

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22 Responses to “#MerryMe: At last”

  1. Kristi Bonney July 5, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

    Congratulations, Cat! Love the photos. :)

  2. uncleb July 5, 2012 at 11:46 pm #

    Congrats Cath! Glad to see your blog is up and running again!

  3. Ron July 6, 2012 at 1:36 am #

    Great approach to a wedding and reception. Simplify the day to accent what really matters….love it! Congratulations and best wishes.

  4. turkfontaine July 6, 2012 at 4:28 am #

    i’ll bet the old guys cried too. this one did. when you wake up tomorrow, thirty years will have gone by. think you’re in love now? just wait until then! have a journey.

  5. J July 6, 2012 at 5:10 am #

    Best wishes.

    Just a note, had to get to this entry via link posted on FB. Going directly to the website “Top 10 Maui Moments” was first on the home page.

  6. Melissa July 6, 2012 at 5:12 am #

    Nice! And glad I can finally comment on your blog to congratulate you! You guys look sooooo happy! (Not that you didn’t before.) Best wishes for a wonderful life together.

  7. hawaiiobsessed July 6, 2012 at 5:21 am #

    Yeah!! So happy the blog is back up and we get to “go” to your wedding! It looked beautiful and special and fun! Kind of how I see you, Cat. ;) Congratulations and mahalo for sharing it with us!

  8. matt July 6, 2012 at 6:50 am #

    congrats and “Welcome to the club”

  9. expat jen July 6, 2012 at 7:07 am #

    congratulations! :) What a fun-looking wedding day! You look gorgeous! All the best, Cat & Derek!

  10. Makiki July 6, 2012 at 8:01 am #

    Congratulations! Thanks for sharing!

  11. M July 6, 2012 at 8:38 am #

    Great Pixs!
    Happy for both of you!
    Glad that your blog is up and running again too!

  12. rayboyjr July 6, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    Hey CatAWESOME!!!

    … seeing this just put a big smile on my face …

  13. Ellsworth July 6, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    Congratulations, Cat! So very happy for you!!

  14. Annoddah Dave July 6, 2012 at 9:02 am #

    CAT: Aaaiiiyyyaaahhh! Fuud Pix! Tenks! and congratulations to you both. Thanks for letting your Dad give you away…I know it made him very proud and happy. Are you taking Derek’s name?

  15. L July 6, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    love it! making me tear up now! congrats guys :)

  16. zzzzzz July 6, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    Congrats Cat!!!

    Great choice for your reception.

    Definitely a local wedding: “a small reception — about 160 people”

  17. jaydee July 6, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    Thanks for sharing your day with us Cat. Congrats to you and Derek and best wishes to the both of you!

  18. lihinggirl July 6, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    Congrats Cat! Thanks for sharing your awesome pictures. We attended a wedding @ the Aquarium and it was laid back too. Welcome to “the club”. Here’s to many years of making beautiful memories together!

  19. JulieD July 6, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

    Huge congrats!!! Love that you got married on June 21st, that’s the day of our wedding anniversary. The photos were really awesome. Hope you guys have many, many happy years together!! :)

  20. 808pooh July 6, 2012 at 11:25 pm #

    Congratulations! Looked like everything went just as planned…you both looked well relaxed and happy in all the pictures. Ono pops sounded like it was a hit! Wishing you both endless happiness.
    A happy wife happy life!

  21. king katonk July 9, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    Congrats to you and Derek. Talk about kismet…my first visit to Ala Moana during vacation and I run into you and your mom. It was a pleasure meeting you IRL. I wish the two of you nothing but happiness and joy. BTW – the day after Independence Day is my anniversary.

  22. snow July 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

    a little late but congratulations!! looks like it was a perfect day and the perfect wedding for you and derek! you both look so happy… isn’t life grand? ;) enjoy each other! thanks for sharing your special day with us!

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