Kanoa Kukaua and Jessica Lewis Married Friday, Nov. 13, 2015
When two Maui artists decided to join in matrimony, the event was music to our ears. The couple that performs together as Louis and Lewis is known for their harmonizing, and their engagement was no different. Louis Kanoa Kukaua had planned to propose at one of their Ambrosia performances, but keeping Jessica Lewis in the dark, while making sure her family members were there, proved to be quite a challenge, as she says below.
He started singing “Infatuated.” He has been singing this song forever. I know the harmonies and the breaks. So he’s singing it and then stops singing but still playing. I think, that is kind of weird, then I start noticing everyone is videotaping this song, and I’m thinking why are they taping, he sings this song all the time? Then he sings the one line and stumbles over the words. My heart is racing. I’m thinking he’s going to propose! Of course I say yes. Then Kanoa says we have to finish the song! I don’t even know how I finished the set that evening.
Our engagement was two years. We had planned it in the next 24 hours! But six months down the road we weren’t ready for the date we originally reserved. It was hard to tell everyone we wanted to move the date but we are so glad we did. We got our savings plan and paid everything off before the wedding.
Hers: Diamonds–Benbridge. His: wood and guitar string–Etsy. We should have been sponsored by Etsy. I bought everything on Etsy. My dress lace, bridesmaid dresses, my shoes, my garter, rings. I love it.
This dress is actually two pieces, a top and skirt. The skirt was from the Enchantress. I loved having Koa Johnson of Kojo Couture custom-create this look for me. I promised my mom none of my tattoos would show and I delivered.
I wanted a lot of drama with my look. When I decided to do a dark maroon eye and lip I knew it would be a risk, but it paid off. Ry-n Shimabuku nailed it, and those lashes and makeup lasted till my second reception the next day.
We kind of brainstormed where we could do a wedding that would not be on the shore. We knew we didn’t want a beach wedding. We thought the winery or the lavender farms but those are so out of the way. Then we found Ka Hale Olinda and I really liked that location, and it overlooks Rainbow Bridge where Jimmi Hendrix played, that sealed the deal.
Photo & Video
Food and Libation
We worked with Fat Daddy’s and Aloha Bars.
We’re going on a month-long dream trip on the mainland. There will be Disneyland, an RV rental, friends, time in New York and family. It will be a dream come true.
MauiTime Wedding Guide
Maui boasts a multi-million dollar wedding industry that serves brides and grooms from all over the world. The island offers unparalleled locations, hidden beaches and luxurious honeymoon amenities. In fact, nearly 87 percent of the nearly 7,000 weddings performed on Maui each year are destination weddings for non-residents. Put another way, Maui hosts about 30 percent of all the weddings held in Hawaii.
This year’s MauiTime Wedding Guide profiles a local bride and groom, explains why the wedding tech industry has Maui in their crosshairs, touches on homegrown bridal couture and offers a bit of advice on the latest trends from wedding industry experts.
Weddings can be manic events, so let our guide help smooth things over.
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