#AlohaPopz, One year later

It’s been one year since the best day ever, my wedding day!! I can’t believe an entire year has flown by. Smoochies and I got married on 11/11/16 in Palm Springs, California where we exchanged our vows together with our families and friends. It was the perfect day and it would not have been possible without our amazing ohana and friends.

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Our wedding was truly a reflection of us, incorporating traditions from our cultures and celebrating our love for each other.

Hawaiian traditions: Ti Leaf and lava rock rite represents the union of two people and an eternal commitment. Lava rock represents the commitment of the bride and groom to each other. The purpose of Ti leaf and lava rock ritual is that it strengthens and blesses the union of the bride and groom.

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Filipino Traditions:

The Wedding Coins, also known as Arras, symbolize the prosperity that will be shared by the new couple. The Wedding Coins symbolize the couple’s commitment to mutually contributing to their relationship, their children, and their community.

The Wedding Veil, represents everything and everyone who will protect them, their home, and their families.

The Wedding Cord, in the shape of a figure 8 (infinity) is a symbol of their intimate union and a sign of their bond to each other and their inseparable unity.

Polish Wedding Tradition – Bread, Salt & Vodka

With the bread, the family wishes that the bride & groom will never go hungry. The salt reminds the couple that their life may be difficult at times and they must learn to persevere.

One glass is  filled with water and the other with vodka. Whomever chooses the vodka will be the head of the household. (I got the water shot lol).

#AlohaPopz: Cake Topper-California Lustre; Wedding Cake-Over the Rainbow Desserts

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Growing up in Southern California, my sister and I used to be part of a Halau (hula school) in our hometown and also part of Hawaii Club in college at UC Irvine. I wanted to do something special for Smoochies, so I surprised him by performing “E Pili Mai,” which means Sweetheart mine, come to me. I secretly took lessons from Lanialoha Lee at the Aloha Center in Chicago. 🙂

Happy Anniversary Smoochies, one year down & forever to go.

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Wedding gown: BHLDN, 8 E. Walton; Bhldn.com  // Shoes: Kate Spade, 56 E. Oak; Katespade.com // Hair & makeup: Chelsea Nicole Makeup & Hair; Chelseanicolemakeup.com // Groom’s & groomsmen’s attire: The Black Tux, 918 W. Armitage; Theblacktux.com // Bridesmaids’ dresses: Vow To Be Chic; Vowtobechic.com // Wedding planner: Abby Lee Events; Abbyleeevents.com // Cake: Over the Rainbow Cupcakes and Desserts; Romanblas.com // Sweets: tropical glazed doughnuts, Chicago Cubs groom’s cake, Chicago mix popcorn and s’mores // Photographer: Florescio Films; floresciofilms.com/weddings // Entertainment: DJ belTRON, Soundcloud.com/beltron; Halau Hula a Kawika Laua ‘o Leinani Hoike, Kawikaleinani.com // Hula Lessons: Aloha Center Chicago, 1626 W. Lawrence; Facebook.com/alohacenterchicago // Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas; Weddingpaperdivas.com // Calligraphy: Calligraphy Chick; Instagram.com/calligraphychick

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