Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Celebrating Marriage -Wedding On A Beach by Lisa Orchard

I've invited some authors to share the memories (and photos!) of their special days with us. 

Today it's Lisa Orchard and her beach wedding in Hawaii...

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m Lisa Orchard the author of the best-selling Mystery/Thriller Series, “The Super Spies.” I’m here today to share with you my outdoor wedding experience.
My hubby and I got married on March 30th 2004. We live in Michigan and anyone who lives in the Mitten State will tell you, it’s still winter. When I was younger, I enjoyed winter, sledding, skating, and building snow forts. However, as I grow older I enjoy the cold less and less.
The reason we decided on March 30th is that my hubby didn’t want to wait to get married. J Isn’t that the sweetest thing? We eloped, but told everyone. We were that excited!

Since we were both sick of winter, we decided to get married on Kauai, one of the Hawaiian Islands. I was so excited! I’ve never been to Hawaii before and I was looking forward to warm weather and getting married on the beach.

We arrived on that beautiful island in the dead of night. It must have been around midnight Hawaii Time. They’re seven hours ahead of us in Michigan, which is the Eastern Time zone. Our sister in law, Patty, met us at the airport and led us to the cottage where we’d be staying.

We chatted with her for a little while and then immediately went to bed. Before we turned off the lights, Patty warned us that we might hear a few chickens in the morning. No worries, we told her and fell fast asleep.

At four o’clock in the morning, Hawaii Time, the island erupted with the cock-a-doodle doos of about a million roosters. We looked at each other and just started laughing. There was nothing in the guidebooks documenting the chicken situation and we had a good chuckle over that omission.

According to locals, a hurricane blew through the islands and freed all the chickens. I believe this story, because every place we went there were chickens running around. They were everywhere, alongside the road, outside restaurants and stores, and even on the sidewalks.

But I digress, back to the wedding. J We got married on Shipwreck Beach and it was a beautiful sunny day. The waves crashed against the shore and there was just enough of a breeze to keep us cool in the hot sun.

Everything about that day was wonderful. I would definitely recommend a beach wedding. We were so relaxed! Afterward, we went to a fancy restaurant and had a fantastic dinner. There were little ponds in the floor and we watched the Koi swimming as we ate. We stayed on Kauai for two weeks and it was outstanding. The island is full of beautiful waterfalls, caves, and beaches.

There’s a lot to do on Kauai. We snorkeled and went whale watching. Along with the whales, we saw a school of playful Spinner Dolphins. They swam all around the boat and gave us quite a show. We also hiked quite a bit. The spot we liked the best was Waimea Canyon, and yes, there were chickens up there too!    

We’ll go back someday when the kids are a little older and will appreciate the trip. Then of course, we returned to good old Michigan where a snowstorm had just gone through. Sigh.

At least we had our wedding and honeymoon memories to keep us warm! ;)
Thanks for stopping by and reading my post today! Please share your memories of your wedding day! I’d love to read them!

This book opens in a small town in Michigan where fifteen-year-old Sarah Cole is stuck spending the summer at her Aunt and Uncle’s with her sister, Lacey. She’s not happy with the situation until she befriends a girl named Jackie. The three girls stumble upon the ruthless murder of a reclusive neighborhood woman. One of the officers investigating the crime believes the girls are responsible for her death. Fearing that this officer will frame them for the murder, the girls organize their own detective squad. They become the Super Spies and start their own fact-finding mission.  The Super Spies can’t understand why anyone would want to murder the “Cat Lady” until they start digging into her past and discover a horrible crime that happened thirty years ago. They uncover a connection between the two crimes and attempt to bring this information to the police, only to be reprimanded for meddling in the inquest. Not only are the girls upset by the admonition, but they also struggle with the fact that their exuberant investigating could provide a legal loophole allowing the killer to go free. To make matters worse, the police don’t even believe them. Frustrated by this turn of events, the Super Spies realize it’s up to them to snare the Cat Lady killer, or die trying…

Buy links for Lisa's books:

“The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer”

Amazon US

“The Super Spies and the High School Bomber”

“The Super Spies and the Pied Piper”

Amazon US

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  1. Thanks for having me as a guest today, Zanna! :)

  2. Wow, what a beautiful (and stress-free) wedding you and your hubby enjoyed! That's the way to go! Thanks for whisking me away to Hawaii, if only for a moment. Now, back to reality... brrrrr! Best wishes for Bestsellers!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Sharon! I I want to go back so bad! :) It's such a beautiful place! A great place for a writer's retreat wouldn't you say? ;)

  3. Sharon, I know what you mean about the weather! It's been snowing today...

  4. Awwww....thanks Elaine! You're so sweet and thanks for stopping by! :)


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