Over the past few months, I’ve had the pleasure of shooting a few weddings at the Four Seasons on Lanai. Here is Jarah & Vince’s love story, in their words:
We met the first week of business school, at the popular MBA bar. It was a time when our class of 800 people was trying to get to know each other very quickly. We realized we had a lot in common almost instantly, and have been pretty much inseparable since. After school we both found jobs and moved to Los Angeles- we both love California. Vince proposed at the top of a beautiful hike in Joshua Tree. The proposal almost didn’t happen that weekend. He tried to surprise me with a weekend getaway, but I said I was tried and wanted to stay home that weekend. But he kept insisting, so I knew I better get with the program. We arrived at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs (which I love) only to discover it was White Party weekend, which meant a bumping dance party at the pool all night! Not exactly the most romantic environment, so we moved to a more subdued hotel and went on the hike the next day. I remember thinking something was going on because on the way to the park he almost ran a red light- I screamed “Stop!” and he did, and had to reverse the car. The car was still in reverse when the light turned green again, oops….luckily no one was behind us. At the top of the hike he pulled the ring out of his pocket and then everything made sense. I was overcome with joy and of course the answer was yes.
Vince was the one who chose Lanai. I was working a lot and getting no where with wedding planning, so I asked him to find something in Hawaii. We’d taken several special vacations to Puerto Rico while living on the east coast, and I wanted to recreate the secluded beach feeling somewhere closer to our new home. Lanai was the ideal location- beautiful, quiet, charming, with near-empty beaches- perfection. We had the best time relaxing on the beach with our closest family and friends, and everyone at the Four Seasons made sure our day was incredibly special. I miss Lanai already, we will certainly be back!
Congratulations Jarah & Vince!
Wedding ceremony & reception site: Four Seasons Lanai ~ Manele Bay
Florals: Lois Hiranaga Floral Design