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Published: June 26th 2009
Pen getting her groove on, and her dress.
Oahu - Hawaii - Part II: Wedding Day!
The big day, the Wedding Day. Scott & I both woke up early, my head was racing with a million thoughts, there was no way I could go back to sleep. Scott got up and went surfing with Jay & Stu and I hung out with my mum around the pool. We all met for lunch at 1pm down at our local restaurant the 24hr and then the boys & girls separated. All of the girls came to my room to start getting ready and the boys all went to Jays. Ally, Cathy & Kelly were making little flowers to sew on their shoes so it matched their dresses. Cathy is a star xoxo. Kelly & Ally did my hair and then they started to get ready themselves. Cathy raced off to get ready and when the boys left the hotel, I came down to the reception. I couldn’t let Scott see me :o).
When I arrived at Magic Island, I was told not to panic but Toni the celebrant wasn’t there. So of course, the first thing I did was PANIC!!!! My stress level was pretty high and I was
Pen and her crew
Pen with her mom Anne and her sister Kelly
just trying to breathe through it…breathe in breathe out! Finally a car drove pass me really really slowly and a lovely lady wound the window down and said ‘Hi, are you waiting for a lady named Toni?’ …. talk about relief. So now that everyone was there, the groom & groomsmen ( in their Kilts ) walked with Toni to find a spot to get married. When I walked up to where the boys were standing, Nigel played ‘ I’m a believer ‘ by the Monkeys on the ukulele, this is when I first started to feel the tears swell up, but I kept it together. When I stood next to Scott, both he & my mum were teary eyed. My mum hugged me and all I could feel was this sloppy wet feeling on my shoulder. The ceremony went smoothly; Toni made us feel at ease and we both remembered to say ‘ I do !’. I now pronounce you husband & wife!!!! Yippee, Mr & Mrs Lescak. After the official “I do’s” Scott announced he had a few words to say. He read a poem he had written called “Grains”. It was definitely a tear jerker, it was
Ladies, but no tramp
All the ladies, Ally, Anne, Penny, my mom (Cathy) and Kelly
about us meeting in Japan and separating then meeting up again in Thailand, and being like two little grains of sand that fate has put together. I really loved the poem and I think everyone enjoyed the poem. For anyone interested it’s at the end of this blog entry. We then all got a group photo and started to make our way to the Shorebird for the reception. The Shorebird Restaurant is located right on the beach front, I feel the location was just perfect. We had a few speeches and drinks (thanks to my Father in law Frans for picking up the tab for the drinks!) then everyone had to cook their own main meal which I thought was quite novel, cooking in my wedding dress! After dinner, a few more speeches and drinks, we made our way over to the dance floor where we all got into the karaoke. Nigel, Kelly & I sang the first song, and then it was free for all. We had a fantastic evening, singing, dancing and laughing.
The next day, we all had a few sore heads but we all got up and did things. Nigel went and did a day
Pumped for Action
The girls getting ready for the main event, Pen looks a bit triumphant...how many coffees did you have that morning babe?
trip around the island, Dean & Catherine left to go to Kauai, Cathy & Frans went to the big island, Stuart & Al went shopping and drinking with the cast from Jackass, and the rest of us went to Hanama Bay ( old volcanic crater ) to do some snorkelling. We all regrouped again for dinner and we had the most expensive cheese burgers in existence. We will never be going to that place again! It was a sad evening as more people were leaving, we had to say goodbye to Stuart, Allan and Nigel .
Thursday morning, up bright and early….5am. Scott opted out on our early day trip and decided to hang out with the girls at the beach. Mum, Kelly, Stu & I caught the number 42 bus to Pearl Harbour. We were literally the first people there. We bought our tickets then went in to a theatre to watch a 20 minute movie with actually footage of what happened on that day 7th December 1941. It was quite emotional, I could appreciate how the American people felt. After the movie, we jumped on a ferry and crossed over to the memorial. The memorial is a
Penny and the Minstrel
Nigel, Penny's cousin played the Ukulele he had bought earlier in the week while we got married...awesome, can't get more Hawaaian than a Uke at the wedding! Chere Nige!
floating pontoon situated over the sunken vessel USS Arizona. On the back of our tickets was the name of one of the military personnel who were there that day. The men who did not survive had their names in the memorial. My ticket had the name of Doris Miller who Cuba Gooding Jnr played in the film. He received an award for bravery and was the only African American to receive an award. We jumped back on the ferry to the mainland and then onto a shuttle bus to take us over to the Battleship Missouri. We spent over an hour wandering around the decks, looking at the kitchen, guns, living quarters, it was a real eye opener. We stopped for a quick banana ice-cream, Kelly got some really cool dog tags made up for herself & her boyfriend Martin. We then went back onto the shuttle to the main area again to look through the Submarine Bowfin. This was a self guided tour, we were given free headsets. The submarine was really hot and quite claustrophobic inside, it was nice to get outside for some fresh air. We then jumped on our bus and headed back to Waikiki to
Penny's Stu flew in from Australia for 3 days to be at the wedding, before flying back to his business in Oz. Thanks for being there Stu!
meet up with everyone again for dinner. We all decided to go out for all you can eat pizza which turned into a disasters. We got tricked into thinking it was all you could eat…grrr. Scott was really ill and only had ½ slice of pizza and then went back to the hotel to sleep. Everyone who was up to more fun wandered down to the beach and we had a few beer on the sand. Overall, it was a great day.
Friday morning, another sad day. We had to say goodbye to my mum & sister, Stu & Tray and Scott’s parents. We had our last lunch together and then Jason, Scott & I jumped on a plane for another island called Kauai. Catherine, Dean and Ally were already on the island. The flight was only 45 minutes. Goodbye Oahu for now :o).
Oceans apart, two grains of sand
Were carried along, in Gods hands
Brought together, in strange lands
We met in the morning, and parted at night
Something was there, a spark of light
Something was felt, something was right
Time had passed, nights and days
Drifting along, upon life’s waves
Kilts will add a touch of class to any event, even if it's 25c and in Hawaii!!!
Two grains of sand, who had parted ways
Currents had shifted, and tides had turned
What was meant to be, had now returned
That smouldering spark, it now still burned
Under the moon, and on a beach
Two grains of sand, within arms reach
Two hearts together, to listen and teach
Two grains of sand, adrift at sea
Together as one, together and free
To face what will come, to face what will be
Across all the world, in all my life
Never have I loved so much, nor felt so right,
With this grain of sand, you, my wife
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