Having gone to design school in Cincinnati and then to California for work, it only made sense for Joe and Jen to continue their journey west for their wedding. When deciding on the “where” part of your celebration, if the majority of your guests are going to have to travel regardless, you might as well pick somewhere epic. Joe and Jen did just that! Waimea Valley Botanical Gardens on Oahu is a conservation refuge flooded with every type of tropical flora you can dream up. With a ceremony tucked underneath a banyan tree in a private clearing and the grounds to ourselves after admission hours, it was a magical Hawaiian experience. From waterfall tours to custom leis to a massive family-style dinner, the day was filled with thoughtful touches that brought guests together. It was 5 years in the making from proposal to wedding day and even a Covid reschedule in the mix, but it was well worth the wait!