Kahua Ranch is located on the Big Island of Hawaii, on the western slope of the Kohala Mountains, 3000 feet above sea level. This 8,500 acres of private ranch land provides a variety of awesome landscapes, from grazing cattle, sheep and horses to vistas of ocean and coastal shoreline. A beautiful setting for a rustic chic wedding styled by Swept Away Events. The gorgeous flower arrangements were made by Grace Flowers.
Kelsey wore a breathtaking dress by Blue Bridal and her makeup was perfectly done by Mara McMichael for the special day. During the ceremony Keoni Thompson filled the air with a sweet serenade and at night DJ Tiger Jones took the floor for the reception. The cake was thoughtfully prepared by Pineapple Bakery, gold adorning the simple white two tiered cake. The newly weds danced the night away to a starry night sky, crisp mountain air and surrounded by family and friends.
JT and Kirsten met the night before he was moving away. They hit it off, and although there were reservations about starting a long distance relationship, they decided to go for it and continued to date, flying back and forth from Seattle to Southern California every weekend for over a year. They talked about marriage on and off throughout their relationship with discussions getting more serious as time went by. Last year Kirstin’s best friend took her to Tiffany’s to try on rings and get sized “just for fun” and a few months later JT surprised her with a proposal when they were on vacation on the big island. That night, he took her to a nice dinner, and then they went back to the Sheraton Kona to check out the Manta Rays as they both love nature and wild life. He proposed to her on the lava rocks with a full speech that he repeated a few times because of nerves and then got down on one knee and opened the ring box. That trip was Kirstins first to the big island and JT’s first to Hawaii. They fell in love with the spirit of the island and decided that they wanted to go back for their ceremony, whic took place at the beautiful Puakea Ranch in Kona.