October 29th, 2014
"I DO!" Two such simple words...but they hold everlasting meaning. Especially when spoken in front of an audience of your family and friends proclaiming your never ending love for your betrothed.
This weekend, I had the pleasure of officiating the wedding of my niece that flew in from Florida. She has Hawaii ties in that her mom and dad are both from Hilo. Though she's an Air Force "brat" and lived in Germany and Texas and eventually ended up in Florida, she still loves the islands and visits every chance she gets! Not to mention, her husband is an avid surfer!
So when she was planning her "Wedding in Hawaii", the idea of my becoming ordained got tossed around. I looked into it and decided "why not?!" The process in itself isn't difficult...you don't take any classes, you basically just sign up, pay the fee and they send your certification! Tah dah! Then all you need to do is register with the State of Hawaii so that you are able to legally perform a wedding. Did you know that various celebs are ordained? Tony Danza, Sharon Stone, Goldie Hawn...and many more!
As the date got closer, I found myself getting nervous. I was thinking to myself..."SELF...what are you doing??? This is a very important event in Cheryl and Kelly's life! What if you screw up the vows or something!" Aiyah! WTH! Yes, those thoughts did run through my head.
Needless to say, the bride and groom were stunning...and the wedding went off without a hitch! (Play on words there...lol!)