I survived. That seemed to be the theme after the week in Hawaii was over. Not that we survived the flight out there, or the warm weather, the wedding, or the dancing and good times all night long. Nope! This was a different, once in a lifetime (I hope!) survival. We survived a real life Tsunami in Hawaii. Well, to be fair not much really came of it except maybe a very minor swell in and out a couple of times. If you really want you can read up on it here! Even shows a cool time lapse video.
It was a lot of fun that week. Actually got to enjoy some time off for a little bit of rest, relaxation and other fun stuff. Stayed in Waikiki Honolulu the entire time. Its a big big city, downtown feel almost but we were far enough on the edge of the hotel strip that we had a pretty good 9th floor ocean front view as well as a view of Diamond Head.
Outside of that the day of the wedding was the most interesting. I woke up with a note from the hotel telling us to prepare for a Tsunami siren evacuation to go off at about 5am. This was not a drill. Not thinking much of it, I went back to bed, woke up at 7am. Went for a run, and by the time I got back about 830am there were lines wrapped around the very few stores that were open. People had their hands full of any water and food they could get. Thats where reality set it. I thought “wow, this is a real thing and a big deal.” A quick bite to eat, a mandatory evacuation by police and fire engines, and all roads and highways to be completely shut down at 10am we were ready to ride it out. From the 9th floor we watched, and watched, and waited…and waited. Yup pretty insignificant, not much to see but we made it. I survived the Oahu Tsunami 2010! (We could have made shirts and made a fortune!)
But enough rambling on and on…Here are a few pics from the day. You may notice the funny ones of people sitting on balconies waiting for Tsunami 2010 to hit…
Oh, Erik and Megan. Cheers to you and to your families. You guys all made it work, you all came together and made it happen. The support for incredible. The wedding was amazing. It captured everything a wedding should. Friends, family, good times and being surrounded by those you truly love. You guys conquered any limitations or problems that came your way on that day. Even that minor detail of that thing we call a caterer. You guys pulled it off! Cheers!
So all in all, things came together super fast and everyone was at extra quick pace to make it happen!
Everyone gathered outside the hotel patios waiting for Tsunami 2010!
Being the Lifeguard veteran Erik is, he was more then ready to conquer this Tsunami
Hotel ocean view ‘during’ the Tsunami 2010! You can see all of the boats that went out to sea to ride out the potential tsunami
Erik had this awesome authentic Polynesian shirt
Quick make-up session
Mal is Megan’s sister. She has her own make-up freelance company, email me if your interested! She does amazing work!
Team work on the hair
Ready! Absolutely stunning
Did I already mention beautiful?
Down the aisle (stairs)
It really showed the entire day how excited they both were to be there getting married and surrounded by their friends and family
Ocean Front…amazing location right on the shoreline
Just in time to get an awesome sunset in the background
It was a perfect evening for photos
There was a guy just paddling in from a surf session and he was nice enough to let us borrow his board. The colors were perfect and it made for some great photos
Part two to follow soon…let the fun times begin there!