As we look at some destination weddings this week, it is worth mentioning that several of our couples have had two weddings, one away and one back home. Some just have a second reception back home if many family and friends were unable to attend a destination wedding. In the case of Gabrielle and Chad, they live in Hawaii near the groom's family, but the bride's family lives here in Chicago. It didn't work out for them to have everyone in the same place, so they decided to have two small weddings in both locations, Chicago and Hawaii.
The cool thing about having two weddings, is that you can have two different styles for each one, as Gabe and Chad did. For the Chicago wedding with the bride's Italian family, it was a 1950's theme, with the ceremony at the small chapel at Northwestern University, where the bride's mother also was married decades before. The reception was an intimate family dinner a Chicago neighborhood Italian restaurant.
WEDDING #1: CHICAGO WEDDING
WEDDING #2: HAWAII WEDDING
For the Hawaii wedding, it was a vibrantly colorful and more casual affair on the beach near the bride and groom's home in Honolulu. The groom's family, native Hawaiian Kona coffee farmers, helped with the decorations and details.
And the day after, it was an afternoon of surf and sun for the newlyweds.