Getting married on the Big Island is a wonderful thing. There are a multitide of different environments here. Tara and Darren planned the perfect intimate wedding in the most amazing little church near Kalapana, on the east side of the Big Island. The Star of the Sea Painted Church has a rich history and is stunningly painted inside. It makes for a beautiful location for a ceremony. The dress was gorgeous. The flowers amazing. What we didn't count on, was the rain.
Now rain is not necessarily a horrible thing. In fact, in Hawaii, rain is considered a blessing and a good omen. The Hawaiian word for water is wai and the Hawaiian word for wealth is waiwai. The idea that one who was blessed with lots of water was wealthy is rooted in Hawaiian language and culture.
Tara and Darren took the abundant blessing (it was pouring), in stride. Tara even arrived wearing a bright orange rain poncho.
The ceremony was beautiful. Full of emotion and laughter. There is nothing like a couple that is so obviously in love to make me go all warm and fuzzy. After the cheering and the congratulations, we moved to go outside and do more formal photos. Then we realized that the blessing of rain was coming down even harder than before. Rather than everyone getting soaked, we decided to try again for the next day and went to my personally favorite restaurant in Pahoa, Kaleo's , to celebrate.
The next day arrived clearer and less wet and we went out along the Puna coastline to get some cool near sunset images.
I loved working with Tara and Darren. They were fun and flexible working around the rain and didn't even get upset when Mother Ocean snuck up and smacked everyone with a wave.
Congratulations Tara and Darren! You two are the best!