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  • My sister got married and it was pretty much the best day ever.

    I've been looking forward to my sister's wedding for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I can't say I ever had grand visions of my "dream wedding," but my sister's wedding, that was another story. She is the glamorous one that always looks flawless; I'm the one that always looks like I just finished a hike. I've been waiting my whole life for her to get married, most excitedly the past three and a half years since she got engaged, and when it finally happened it was everything I imagined and more.

    I don't know how she and Warren pulled off the most stunning wedding with such a short planning time frame, but they did! They created a beautiful, intimate celebration full of special details. Family helped with everything from the shuttle snacks made by our grandma and sister-in-law, to the rolled paper crane favors our mom brought back from Japan. Our brother and my boyfriend also set up the gorgeous ceremony site.

    Huge thanks to our dear family friends for allowing Erin and Warren to use their stunning Tantalus estate for the ceremony, which was even more special because our brother got married at the same spot almost two years ago. A big mahalo to the talented Leslie Fair who worked her hair and makeup magic while keeping us laughing the whole time, and to Blake Entertainment Hawaii for creating Erin's beautiful bouquet and setting up the stunning reception decor at the Halekulani Hotel. Chef Vikram Garb created the most amazing seven course dinner that had all of us speechless at some point during the night. It was truly an incredible day and night filled with love.

    One of the best decisions I made as sister-of-the-bride was encouraging Erin to hire a photographer. ;) We discussed having me shoot the wedding and I'd figure out how to get in a few family photos, but the more I thought about it I knew I wanted to be present and a part of the day rather than trying to document everything. She's my only sister and I'd looked forward to this for so long! She agreed and discovered the incredibly talented Kylie Martin, who through some stroke of luck was free with a month's notice.

    While it was wonderful not being responsible for photos that day, of course I couldn't help myself and took a lot anyway. Thanks to Kylie and Amber for being so nice and not minding me shooting from the background. These are some of my favorites...I know I'm a biased younger sister, but really, brides just don't get prettier. :) Check out Kylie's post to see her beautiful photos!