September 17, 2012
“Aruba, Jamaica, ooo I wanna take ya to Bermuda, Bahama…” well you get the gist. There are endless locations available for the picking for destination wedding couples. Fred and I researched all of the typical spots like Jamaica, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, and even Las Vegas. So how did we end up choosing Hawaii, you ask? Have you ever heard the saying “Good things come in threes?” Well, this story gives credibility to that saying. Good thing 1: Exactly one year before Fred proposed, I received an email about Maui vacations. The picture in the email was so striking that I immediately did a quick Google search on traveling there. Something just drew me to South Maui, and I quickly fell in love with the Wailea area and knew I just had to visit one day, perhaps for my honeymoon. Good thing 2: A few weeks after I got engaged, I started chatting with my co-worker and good friend Leslie about potential locations for my destination wedding. She mentioned a once in a lifetime trip she took with her family to Maui. The way she spoke about her stay at the Grand Wailea was so magical, and the stunning beauty of the online photographs enchanted me. We literally stared at my computer screen with our mouths hanging open. It was all so breathtaking, and the thought of marrying there instantly calmed me. I was immediately reminded of my research on Maui vacations the year before. Good thing 3: Every potential setting for our wedding seemed a bit “blah” to Fred until one particular evening. On one random night following my conversation with Leslie, Fred blurted out “What about Hawaii?” He had no clue about my conversation with Leslie or my secret desires of going there. I asked him why Hawaii, and he said because who doesn’t want to go there? Such simple and true words spoken from the fiance’ himself. So I quickly jumped on board saying we should do it. When he asked which island, I already knew the answer.