Ka’a’awa Valley was humming last week when 5 helicopters landed for Kamilla and Leigh’s wedding ceremony. The couple originally from Australia surprised their 2 dozen guests with a helicopter adventure to their ceremony site tucked back in Ka’a’awa Valley. Makanikai and Blue Hawaii Helicopters teamed up to deliver the guests and bride with the utmost safety and care.
I however was in charge of getting the Reverend and Cello player from our Ranch Headquarters to Ka`a`awa Valley, not the easiest feat as the Rev did not realize it would take us 20 minutes to get back to the ceremony spot. When he wasn’t there at the appointed time to meet me I was almost in panic mode, ready to dial our in house officiate (aka our mechanic) to fill in for the Rev who was running on “Hawaiian time.” Phew, with only 10 minutes allotted for travel time, the Rev arrived and off we went. As we left the visitors center parking lot I turned around to Chris the cello player and said, “hold on, secure your instrument!” It was a bumpy ride to the back of the valley, those of you who have been on our jungle expedition would know exactly what I mean! It had been raining all week, a little bit of a mud bog so 4 wheel drive was in order. I love working on this ranch!
When I arrived on site, just in the nick of time, I saw Leigh, the groom waiting eagerly for his soon to be bride to arrive via helicopter. The guests unloaded to a little bit of rain but the couple had wisely brought umbrellas for everyone.One after another the helicopters dropped guests with wonderment on their faces. The clouds parted and the rain ceased as the bridal chopper was landing, hallelujah, I knew the weather would cooperate! Kamilla was stunning, she is a gorgeous blonde and her dress, wow, it was a pale pink with a side of mud as soon as she stepped out of the heli. She didn’t mind a bit but seemed to be so taken with the surrealness of the moment.
The ceremony was short and sweet the Rev did a great job, so did Joseph Esser, my new favorite photographer (I have a long short list). I can’t wait to see the entire collection of images and if you are lucky I may share them with you.