Hawaii has been known to leave a lasting impression. For Rebecca and Walter, a month-long adventure by VW bus around the island of Maui was all it took to convince the couple it was home. "We fell in love and knew this is where we wanted to start our life together," Rebecca says. "We both knew we wanted a place of simplicity and find the perfect place to start a family." On the last day of their vacation, Walter asked Rebecca to marry him and they set out to plan an island-style celebration that reflected their genuine love and strong family roots. They returned to the island with 30 loved ones for an intimate and colorful wedding at the Wailea Marriott, an Outrigger Resort.

"We knew we wanted to have our wedding in Hawaii the day we stepped foot on the island," Rebecca tells us. "The natural beauty that surrounds the Hawaiian culture and the islands is like no other. Our vision was a day filled with our closest friends and family where we could enjoy every single minute with the people who were happy for us and the people who we wanted to share our special moment with. We did not want big...we wanted a romantic, intimate and timeless...a day filled with love and laughter."

The bride found her dream dress at Bella Bridal Shoppe-- a silk organza St. Pucchi gown embroidered in a silk floral applique. A silk illusion chapel length veil added a touch of vintage romance.

"From the moment I tried that dress on I just knew it was perfect. The alterations were done impeccably by Maria (the sweetest woman in Westerly, Rhode Island) at La Sarta Maria." The groom and groomsmen were island casual in tan dress pants, vests and ties in coral to match the bridesmaids. 

The bride says, "I choose light pink, coral, ivory and a dash of jade blue for the flowers because it was feminine and timeless." The reception was adorned in white linens with gold chiavari chairs and candlelight for the ultimate romance. "I used mother-of-pearl in the d

"An especially hard part of the day (but beautiful) was that my father passed away when I was 10 years old. I walked down the aisle to Somewhere over the Rainbow by Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo?ole in memory for my father. I was then guided down the aisle by my beautiful mother and stepfather, and met my husband and our dog Chance at the end. They have both been the love, light and rocks in my life. We lite a candle in honor of my father who could not be with us. Walter and I danced to Better Together by Jack Johnson. Our day was more than beautiful!"