Jul 11, 2013

Toasty in Temecula

They may have won the Guiness world record for the world’s biggest wedding party.  They could have won it for the prettiest bride and the handsomest groom.  They could have won it for the happiest wedding couple.  They might have won it for having the two of the world’s greatest families coming together as one.

Anyway you look at it, Amanda Loya and Doug Gramann had a wedding to be remembered.   The event was held at a place called Los Willows in Temecula —southern California’s wine country.

See the groomsmen, all dressed in tuxedos.   There were a couple of ways in which these guys were hot.   Even the weather was heated up about this union:  the day of the wedding it was 108 degrees. (a little warmer than the 76 degree farenheit average).  By the time 4 o’clock and vows time came around, it may have been a bit cooler, and there was a slight breeze… but all-in-all it was a hot day, and everyone survived it beautifully.

It really was a family affair.  Everyone participated.  The folks from Hawai`i rented two big houses, filling them with lots of love.  Doug’s aunties, led by Charla, made the bouquets and the corsages.  Doug’s cousins, led by Noah, made sure he had a bachelor party the-night-before-the-night-before the wedding.   The assorted female ohana, led by Sarah, spent the day-before-the-night-before-the-night-before the wedding trying to find out where the boys had ordered up the stripper so they could call and change the gender.  Alas, their efforts were to no avail.  Finally, Doug’s aunt Sherry, an ordained minister, performed the ceremony.

Both the Loya and the Parker-Gramann families are huge, and both have huge extended ohana.  Mark and I were “on the groom’s side” and have been lucky enough to be part of the Parker-Gramann ohana for more than 20 years.  The first time I met Doug, he was two and learning to throw a ball at a tiny basket with his twin brother Adam.  I watched them grow up and they turned out wonderfully.

As for Amanda, I have known her only a short while, and she is beautiful outside and in.  Amanda and Doug’s relationship separated them by thousands of miles:  he in Florida and she in Hawai`i, but their hearts were together all the time.

Now Amanda and Doug are married.  Now they are one, and I know they will live this life happily.

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Gloria. Circa 1955.

Gloria. Circa 2012.

Other than working for the American Red Cross in Korea for two years, Gloria Garvey has lived in Hawai`i since 1971. Her opinion and other writing has appeared in: The American Philatelist. Honolulu Weekly, The Honolulu Advertiser, The Honolulu Star Bulletin, The Star Advertiser, Hawai`i Reporter, Pacific Business News, Island Scene, The Design Management Journal.

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