Nephew Drew had announced on the Family Reunion Facebook chat page a while back that everybody had to reserve our Hawaii Friday for he and his girlfriend Maritza.
Once in Kona a few days, we were told that we were all going to a beautiful beach resort 20 or so miles toward Hilo.
Dinner at 4 in the restaurant.
Wedding on the beach to follow.
The surprise was out.
We knew by then how much we adored Maritza. Drew had picked well up there in Alaska.
When we arrived, my dear wife Karen and I, terrific daughter Elisabeth and fantastic significant George Three spotted our meeting spot way down there. This was a big and beautiful place.
Some of the family had already gathered.
Maritza and Drew made the rounds while we ate and socialized.
They also made some time for themselves as staff photographer George caught the moment.
At 6, they changed into their wedding clothes.
Yes, they were a relaxed couple.
Their wishes were for all of us to take their lead and wind through the pool veranda …
… until we went down a flight of stairs, across a lawn and onto the sand.
With Drew’s mom Jana officiating, the setting was storybook.
The family loved it.
After reading their hand-written vows, they threw their arms up in joy.
Somebody decided a walk out to the lava rocks was a good idea.
Well, it was slippery.
Spirits remained high.
Our very gracious wedding took George’s camera to capture us all for a post-wedding group shot. So many smiles!
Tuesday: Cool Kona town