This real wedding comes to us with sunshine on its heels! Lets take a minute to remember how gorgeous this summer was in the NW, and share in the joy of this awesome couple’s perfect day!



 Joel & Ray’s gorgeous wedding was full of love, family, good food and happy times. Joel would like to give a word of thanks: “First to my loving mother.  She cooked and prepped everything for our traditional luau.  To my stepdad and his friends for cooking in the hot sun.  To all my loving friends and family who dedicated a whole day to witness our union, helping with setup and clean up, you guys are rockstars, you know who you are!  Especially to my childhood best friend Emerald, who flew from Hawai’i, with her 3 month old baby girl, Kailea.  And lastly, to my Husband — who put up with all my tantrums, you kept me sane! I love you all!”

The most personal and touching moments of their day included the special traditions they observed, both in the ceremony and reception. Joel’s favorites were the Hawaiian wedding dance to Keali’i Reichel, E pili mai, “…a gift to my husband”, and the exchanging of lei’s during their vow’s…  “A representation of our promises to each other”.

Joel’s special day included many details she made herself, from chalk-board label mason jars, to “Bride & Groom” signs for the back of their chairs. Her favorite DIY projects (which are just to die for!) included her Antique Brooch Bouquet, and “Make Your Own Smore’s” Bar. The decor was simple, summery, and very Joel & Ray.

The highlight of the day? “Trashing my wedding dress by jumping in the Lewis-ville river.” And one can hardly call it “trashing” the dress, doesn’t she look just stunning? Jumping in the river at the end of the day was such a special moment for the happy newly weds…Something they will never forget.  

When we asked Joel if she had any advice for Brides-to-Be, she said: “Planning a wedding is the most monumental thing in every woman’s life, so it’s difficult to not let things go, be sure to compromise and agree to disagree.  Live in every moment.  Remember to eat on your wedding day and try not to stress over every minor detail.  Laugh and enjoy the ride.”

July 21, 2012, Lewisville Park, WA, Photographer: Louisa Moriatti