Sunday, August 28, 2005

Just Maui'd

So E. and I tied the knot yesterday morning on the beach here in west Maui. We're both still in a mild state of shock.

The ceremony was fairly low-key, which was nice. My bouquet was a yellow-orange hibiscus and a purple flower that I picked from the resort's 11-acre garden. There was a bit of drama at the beginning: We were running a few minutes late, and as we ran to the car, E. realized that he forgot to bring the rings. He dashed back to our hotel room to retrieve them.

We met the officiant and our photographer on the beach. The officiant asked for our marriage license, which she has to sign. E. then realized he forgot to bring the marriage license too. So he had to drive back to our resort to get that.

Meanwhile, some tourists gawked from a safe distance as the photographer took some candids of me waving at snorkelers and chatting with K., the hippie officiant, who is very nice and patient.

The wind whipped my hair (which I kept down, instead of putting it up, as E. likes it that way) back and forth, so it'll be interesting to see how the wedding photos turn out. I could look like Medusa, with hair flying about my head.

The ceremony itself was pretty short, but very sweet. The officiant recited a Hawaiian love poem, and she talked about setting aside any grievances so we can start a new life together. We exchanged fragrant leis. I'll post a photo once I return to the mainland.

Running update: Before the computer again kicks me off here in about 10 minutes, just a few words about running. Where we are in West Maui is very hilly. There is maybe 1/10 of a mile of flat road, and the rest is steep, steep inclines and declines.

I've gone on 5- mile runs the past three days, and they all were quite tough. People in cars driving by looked at me as if I was crazy. I had to stop once each time because I thought my heart was going to jump out of my chest. Today is my long run of 10-11 miles. Will try to pace myself.

19 comments:

  1. COngrats to you both! What an exciting and beautiful way to start your lives together!

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  2. Best wishes Bex. I know you were nervous, but now you can relax and enjoy!

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  3. Congratulations, Bex and E.!

    Sounds like a perfect wedding. The beach with a hippie officiant (another word to look up). Gotta love a little drama in your life too. Hey, with your job, hustling around at the last minute comes with the territory. :)

    "...setting aside any grievances so we can start a new life together." I like this thought. Clean slate. The best way to start.

    Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip! Congrats on your marriage! Can't wait for the photos!

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  4. The goof ups make for laughable memories years later so do not sweat those. Sounds like a wedding we would all enjoy. The RBF was all dressed in their appropriate attire for the wedding, I believe.
    Have a good time!

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  5. Congratulations. Enjoy it. I'm pretty sure that's a big part of what marriage is about--just enjoying it and each other.

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  6. Congratulations!! I can't wait to see the pictures....

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  7. Congratulations! I, too, am looking forward to the pictures :-)

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  8. Congratulations and best wishes to both of you. What a lovely place to get married. Can't wait to see your pictures.

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  9. hoping for some good kuwento from maui po.

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  10. Congrats Bex! Maui is the best! If you are in Lahaina, make sure you stop by the Lahaina Fish Company for a casual lunch on the water's edge. My mouth still waters whenever I think about their Mahi Mahi fish sandwich! BTW, does the Burger King there still charge a zillion dollars for a Whopper?

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  11. Congratulations! Looking forward to pics. Have a safe trip back to DC.

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  12. Wow, congratulations and best wishes.

    Good job on running on your honeymoon too... :)

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  13. Thanks for all the congrats! Much appreciated. When I was in Lahaina, in west Maui, I ate at Aloha Mixed Plate, which serves great local Hawaiian food on the beach. Didn't eat at Burger King - why when there's so much fresh fish, fruit and vegetables for the asking?!

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  14. > Didn't eat at Burger King

    I didn't either. I just found the prices to be amusing.

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  15. WOW!!! congratulations to you both!! thats so exciting, i cant wait to see pics! enjoy the rest of your trip!

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  16. CONGRATULATIONS!

    Jones and I just pushed our date to Aug. 25 of next year.

    YEAH!!! looks like it was a gorgeous day!

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