Different locations, different couples, different tastes with one shared goal: to create a personal, authentic, perfect day
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Lee Anne Ramsey & Christopher Weldon
Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii | February 18, 2007
Lee Anne and Chris are both from originally from the East Coast. They work in San Francisco as broadcast producers, and they share a passion for good food, travel and lazy weekends. But when you ask them what first brought them together as a couple after two years of friendship, they mention none of this. “We have a mutual love of cheesy ’80s movies,” Lee Anne says. Christopher corrects her. “I’d have a hard time saying it wasn’t specifically Patrick Swayze movies.” She has to agree.
Their wedding on Kauai last February embodied all their key interests: it was a destination wedding, it had great food, it included a weekend’s worth of events—many of them centered around eating—and, of course, Patrick Swayze was there. In spirit, at least.
The couple had become engaged on Kauai’s north shore the previous year and knew right away that’s where they wanted to get married. What they didn’t want was a big hotel wedding, this wasn’t their style. “We wanted it to be at a house with a big lawn. We wanted a family feel,” say Lee Anne. “There were only three places on the north shore that we would consider,” Christopher says. With the help of a wedding planner, they found the ideal spot, a set of classic Hawaiian cottages fronted by a huge lawn leading to the beach on Hanalei Bay.
They were lucky enough to have many talented friends. Fabric designer Lotta Jansdotter did their invitations. Another friend designed the save-the-date cards. Photography was provided by a commercial photographer who normally doesn’t shoot weddings but agreed to shoot theirs as a favor. A group of musically inclined friends played and sang during the ceremony. Their minister, who officiated barefoot, was a college roommate of the groom’s. “We didn’t want to feel like we were putting on a show,” Christopher says. “We wanted everyone to be part of it.” Lee Anne adds, “We didn’t really have an exact vision. We just took a leap of faith and let people do their thing. For two producers, [that] was pretty incredible.”
There was, however, one perfectly choreographed part, something the couple kept secret from everyone until the big moment. When it came time for their first dance together, a bubble machine let loose and “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” a song forever linked in the minds of a generation to Baby Houseman and Johnny Castle, began to play. Christopher and Lee Anne proceeded to do the final dance from Dirty Dancing, step for step, to the whoops and cheers of their friends and family. And yes, they even did the lift.
Location: Paniolo & Nalu Cottages, Hanalei Land Company, 808.826.1454, hanaleiland.com
Photographer: Toby Burditt, tobyburditt.com
Caterer: Contemporary Flavors, contemporaryflavorscatering.com
Flowers: Sally at Blossoms Kauai, blossomskauai.com
Music: Slack guitar by Paul Togioka, paultogioka.com, during guest arrival and cocktail hour. Dancing tunes by Kustom Sounds Kauai, kskauai.com
Invitations: designed by Lotta Jansdotter, jansdotter.com; printed by Elinor Nissley at Krank Press, cloverfieldpress.com
Wedding planner: Deanna Schafer, I Do weddings, idoweddingskauai.com
Dress: Joan Gilbert Bride, San Francisco, joangilbertbride.com