Although most people envision a quiet coconut tree to sit under, perhaps with a Mai Tai, life here on Kauai is pretty hopping!
Not too long ago we had our second scare of the season with hurricane Anna. It traveled by us on a Northwest course missing us again as the two previous hurricanes did. I learned a new phrase the meteorologists were using in discussing the hurricane: the “Cone of Influence.” The phrase refers to the effect of the hurricane and its path out to a certain distance; or the influence of wind, rain and surf.
I had a wedding scheduled on the day the hurricane was to pass by. Although I tried everything I to convince the bride to switch to a different day or at least an earlier time, I couldn’t convince the bride to budge. Her sunset wedding was the exact time we would be witnessing the influence of the hurricane passing by. I prayed to the heavens that the storm would somehow move away or just hold back for one little hour.
There I stood at Shipwreck Beach (a.k.a. Keoneloa Bay) on the south side of Kauai. I was waiting and honestly pacing a little for the bride. I looked out to sea and right off the shore it stood: the cone of influence. A dark wall of clouds coming my way. I texted the bride to make sure she was on her way. I prayed again.The clouds were right off shore. The bride showed up and we quickly got started.
The very minute we started, the storm bank shifted and the sky started to open up. A warm glow appeared as the storm began to break. I couldn’t believe it.
The ceremony continued and she had her sunset wedding just the way she prayed for.I kept shaking my head because not only did she get her sunset wedding, it was with pzazz!! The clouds created a 3D effect with a dark orange glow that was only possible because the storm clouds combined with the sunset. Let my photos explain.
I left that night embarrassed for ever doubting the Bride. For those that don’t or can’t believe this, all I can say is, have faith and believe!!!!