They always told me planning a wedding was tough. Jeez, if I had known just how tough it was, I probably wouldn’t have done it myself. Between scheduling vendors, tasting food, picking out things (lots of things), and smoothing out conflicts with relatives and bridesmaids, preparing for the wedding was…pretty stressful. By pretty stressful, I mean, there were points when I wanted to scream, curl up into a ball, and then cry for 24 hours straight. That may or may not have happened on multiple occasions.
I kept saying to myself, “Just try and make it to the wedding day.” And, “On the wedding day you’ll feel better.” The wedding day approached – and I’d say maybe 10 more lbs of weight was heaved onto my shoulders. With last minute changes and trying to please and say hi to everyone, my husband and I couldn’t catch a break. Attendees seemed to have a great time and I heard the food was great, but as we drove away in the limo, away from our family and friends, away from what was supposed to be the best day of my life, I asked myself, “Did I have a good time?”
The first time I was able to relax and enjoy myself – and actually connect with my husband – was when I entered the doors of Maui Kai for our honeymoon. The energy I felt when walking onto the property was serene and relaxing. And the spirit of the people was jovial and comforting. I knew right away that the stress I had was already starting to ooze out of my system.
The rooms were exactly what we needed. A full kitchen and a furnished balcony for me, and a TV with cable for my husband. Looking out onto Ka’anapali beach, literally 5 steps from the Maui Kai building, I finally felt peace and solace from the months of craziness before. Watching our first Maui sunset from our oceanfront condo, my husband and I felt at home and we finally found the connectedness we had hoped to find during our wedding.
After a week long vacation in paradise, we packed up our bags, relaxed, rejuvenated, and were ready to take on the world for the first time as a married couple. It’s been over four years since our wedding and we plan to go back to Maui Kai for our five year anniversary to relive our amazing experience.