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Dream Easter Wedding

Updated on April 7, 2012
My bridal shower
My bridal shower
The young us
The young us

I once dreamt of one day marrying a handsome prince in a fairytale like wedding, somewhere in a land of breathtaking beauty. But, then, don't most young girls do and somewhere, somehow forget or dismiss it as mere childish notion? I don't think i threw mine away as much as it got buried in an onslaught of unexpected events. Oh the grace of God! Just when we think we've had our portion and there's no more. The best is yet to be poured on us, abundanly and in the exceeding!

Our reunion was too far-out, too unexpected, and way beyond belief. We had lost tract of each other, and too many years have gone by. But, there we were, by divine stroke, talking to each other on the telephone, reconnected, and as if, time and distance never separated us. One thing led to another, we made plans to see each other, in the very same place we last shared happiness. In Hawaii.It seemed unreal, but i felt someone orchestrating everything that would lead to the fulfillment of a dream. Without wasting time, he had proposed marriage, and we made plans for our wedding. Yes, a wedding in paradise!

We went on a planning mode. We chose the date, Easter time, to symbolize the 'ressurection' of our love. My daughter was more than happy to help plan the event and be our coordinator. We had only 3 months to put it all together, so we didnt waste any moment. It was going to be a dream wedding, and we wanted everything to go right. We chose a charming Hotel overlooking the ocean, a perfect setting for an outdoor ceremony. We decided on a select number of special guests, representing our family and friends, which came out to a hundred, We had to travel back to North Carolina to take care of some business. In between, we were able to get our invitations printed, make our guest list, go to Asheville to find the right wedding gown and order a tuxedo. We chose the color "burgundy" for our theme, symbolic of our 'maturity', like old vintage red wine. Yes, we ordered a 30 year vintage Cabernet, Sauvignon wine, produced and bottled by Robert Mondavi Winery, for the event of our lifetime, which we found online!

We were impeccable with our details and it was well managed and stress free.

1. We chose our flowers, for the outdoor gazebo and the reception area, and worked with a highly recommended florist. We wanted red, long stemmed roses, but used white orchids for my hair and my bridesmaids.

2.For music, we hired a live jazz band (my son in laws musician friends from Seattle flew in), and a local artist for the dance session.

3.We gave away Red Heart Swarovskis for our lady guests and a "Wedding Book" which i wrote and had printed.

4.We picked our Video/photographers based on work we saw from an ad in a Hawaii Wedding Magazine, who did a marevelous job.

5.We had a wedding website to keep our friends all over updated on activities we had planned, before and after the wedding. These included, a Luau Pre-wedding dinner, a little island tour, some dolphin watching sail, for our out of town guests.

6.We had live classic guitar music played during our wedding rites.

7.We wrote our wedding vows, and read it to each other.

8. We had a video show of our 'love journey', while we danced to Barry Manilow's "Somewhere Down the Road", which brought tears to everyone's eyes, including ours. Then, it was fun dancing all night!

9. We chose special people close to us, to do the wedding 'toast' and wish us well.

10.We requested no 'gifts', and in lieu, we asked that gifts of cash be given to our favorite children's charity.

Indeed, it was a wonderful wedding, one we will always cherish.

This happened in the year 2005, and we're still honeymooning in paradise, where we now live!


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      Sylvia Van Velzer 7 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks Winsome! Believe me, the honeymoon continues in Paradise. Best to you.

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      Winsome 7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Sylvia, this is an incredibly sweet and romantic account. Herman, I applaud your determination to "get it right". Anna, what a tribute to your mother to know her so well and to act on her behalf. I hope your honeymoon lasts all your lives.

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 8 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks Anath!

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      Anath 8 years ago

      What a lovely story!

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      Herman,the husband 8 years ago

      My wife,I'm proud to say...SAID IT ALL! Amost precious memory for us both...all thanks to Sylvia's daughter,Anna,who brought us back together

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 8 years ago from Hawaii

      Aloha dealornodealwitit,

      We can never lose hope about finding love, because it can happen, anytime. I wish you the best! Thanks for the visit. Blessings to you too!

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      dealornodealwitit 8 years ago

      I cried. I have been in touch with the love of my life, to no avail. He is happily married, and I am not a home wrecker. To find love again, and keep this precious gift is the only time that I am happy to see a wedding. You give me hope that there is love out there. What a precious love and memory to share, God bless you and your husband!

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 8 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks Dottie. The Islands continue to seduce and mystify the likes of us. Hope to see you back here.

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      How romantic.  I've been to Hawaii and could just picture being there and having a wonderful time at a Hawaiian wedding.   It must have been gorgeous especially with a love rekindled.  Thumbs up.

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 8 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you Princessa. When i told my husband we may be getting gifts like, coffee makers, he said:" But we don't need another coffee maker!". It was funny. But, that's how we came to the decision to let our guests decide if they would instead help a bunch of streetchildren who were more in need. Gifts are great for the young couple who are just starting out. I enjoyed this topic.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      Hi, It is the first time I hear about a couple requesting for gifts of cash to be given to their favorite children's charity. It sounds like agreat idea and the best way to start a new life giving to other's a bit of happiness!