Ana Makihele and Charles ‘Siale’ Fa’avesi

October 14, 2016

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After meeting through mutual friends, Ana and Siale fell in love almost instantly. Things haven’t always been easy for the couple – in fact, they were first married eight years ago, and then divorced. But their divorce didn’t keep them apart. Ana says, “we never really stopped seeing each other for any significant amount of time.” With plans to remarry, but with no budget to do so, the couple entered a “Wedding Crashers” contest by a local radio station for an all-expenses-paid wedding – and they won. With the help of their vendors, who were predetermined by the contest, Ana and Siale were able to bring to life a beautiful “romantic boho” themed wedding in less than a month. Using a color scheme of neutrals and earthy wine-red colors, “the décor looked amazing, especially in the Alaska Native Heritage Center’s Gathering Place.” Ana’s bishop performed the ceremony, and while it was stressful in the moment, it made the ceremony even more memorable. “English is not his first language (it may not even be his second). So the vows were a little off, and our names were different each time he said them…. Afterward, we had a good laugh about it and appreciated how it lightened our moods.”

Photographer: Lewing Photography · Ceremony, reception & rehearsal dinner site: Alaska Native Heritage Center · Cake: Bake Anywhere · Catering & wedding coordinator: Great Land Events · Rings: Giamante · Flowers: Evalyn’s Floral · Dress: Orainda’s Bridal Boutique · Groom’s & groomsmen’s formal wear: Stallone’s · Hair: Cassie Thompson, Yu Beauty Lounge · Makeup: Yam’s Glam · Entertainment & music: Great Land Events · Decorations, party supplies & rentals: Great Land Events

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