“We chose a morning ceremony on Baldwin Beach on Maui’s North Shore on April 4, 2017. When I chose my dress, Sophia Tolli Palila, we had already chosen Hawaii as our location, and so learning that Palila was a Hawaiian bird confirmed I had selected my perfect dress. It was a magical morning with personalized ceremony and vows reflecting our spiritual beliefs and recited by Reverend Joe, and Jimi the ukulele musician performing some very special songs we had selected. We returned to our rental cottage to change and spent the day along the North Shore beaches, returning to Paia for dinner at Mama’s Fish House.
I had found Palila online, and then after calling various boutiques to “find” her, traveled about 75 minutes to Taylor’s Bridal Boutique in Elmira, Ontario to try her on. She was the first dress I tried on, and while I did try on 3 more, there was no hesitation when it was decision time. She was “the one”! The sheer side panels were perfect for our beach wedding – I just love her!”