I arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii at 2:30 on Monday afternoon with Julie Gambrell (fantastic wedding designer – Classic Creations). Honestly, all I wanted was Chipotle. I quickly discovered that the nearest Chipotle was an ocean away. After a few deep, calming, breaths of warm Pacific air, I settled on the fact that it is ‘okay’ that there’s not my perfect restaurant in Hawaii. Rather, on the North Shore, there were these little trucks (or permanently placed school busses) with the world’s best fresh shrimp plates. I couldn’t believe how satisfying a plate of shrimp could be, served out of the back of a bus, after a surfing lesson.
On another note… During the surfing lesson, while I was paddling back out to the breakers, I spotted a monk seal right next to me and my board. Surreal to say the least! When I told Gina about the seal spotting (instead of being excited) she gasped, paused, and said, “You know… sharks love seals.” Gina may not have entered the water. Period. She has a fierce fear of sharks (yet watches every episode of Shark Week). The last picture of this post is of a monk seal that came up onto the beach during the trash the dress session. I’m pretty sure Gina would have locked herself in the car right about then.
Lacey and Nick were the most gracious couple I think I’ve ever met. When Gina and I travel for weddings, we give our time to the couple. Whatever they want/need – we’re committed to it. During this solo trip, Lacey and Nick continually checked in to make sure I was having a wonderful time and made sure that I took all the time in the world to explore the North Shore.
Thank you – Lacy and Nick. I had a wonderful experience in Hawaii – and have even fonder memories of our times together on the beach, documenting the beginning of your new chapter in life.
Thank you – Julie Gambrell (Classic Creations). We share some really fun experiences spotting turtles, exploring shrimp stands, surfing, walking in volcanic craters, and of course Skyping home to our families while driving on the North Shore highway.
Sharks terrify me. 🙂