S: Nicholas and Tania got Maui'd November 7, 2009
FC: Nicholas and Tania got Maui'd
1: A Love Made in Paradise
2: Everyone has the story of how they met. It is the happiest story a couple has; the story of what brought them together to begin sharing their lives with one another. For Nick and I, it starts back in August of 2006. We both just started working at Anchor Bank and were in initial training together. Over those six weeks, a strong friendship emerged. He was the funny guy in class and always made me laugh, and I was just the cute girl to sit next to. We were both in relationships at the time, and the relationship we shared was nothing more than a great friendship and someone to talk to during training. We remained in touch after training for a short while. Both of our lives got busy, as they tend to do, and we lost touch. I ended up leaving Anchor Bank to pursue other opportunities, as did he shortly after I left. It was a year later, in the summer of 2007. I was working for Bank of America now in downtown Auburn. I was coming back from my break and saw my manager speaking with someone and then point to me and say, "there she is!" The last person I expected to see turn around was Nick. He said that he walked into the branch and saw my name tag and knew there couldn't possibly be two people in the world with my name. So he waited for me to come back from my break to see me.
3: We chit-chatted back and forth; did the "hey how are you? How's life?" He said that his marriage was on the outs and that he was in the midst of a separation, and I told him I was battling the dating field. He said that he knew a great guy; his best friend in fact! I figured, sure, why not. So I told Nick he could give him my number to set us up. So Tom and I went on a date. We went to Melaque's in Milton, and we met there. We had a great dinner, did the typical first date talk about ourselves, and then parted ways. We left the date open ended, no one saying "I'll call you" or "Let's do this again." It was pretty mutual that the date was a dud. | After I got home from the date with his friend, I called Nick right away to let him know how it went. I told him we totally were not a good match. (Later to find out, Nick says that he tried to set me and Tom up so that if he couldn't have me, at least he could still keep tabs on me through his friend). Our phone call lasted three hours. We started hanging out more often, and Nick would stop by my work alot just to say hi. We always had so much fun together. And then one day we just went from being friends to dating. It wasn't anything formal, just a smooth transition; it was perfect! Like all couples, we had our rough spots that we had to fight through. I ended up moving to Anchorage, Alaska for work, so we had to deal with a long distance relationship. | Nick was struggling back and forth on whether or not he ever wanted to remarry or have more kids. That was our biggest hurdle to overcome. After a couple years, I expressed my feelings to him one last time. All I have ever wanted was to be happily married and to have a child of my own. He still said that he couldn't provide that. I had no choice but to say goodbye. I was heartbroken! After a week of being apart, Nick called me and told me that me leaving him made him realize how much he needed me in his life. He never wanted to be without me again, and that he was open to the idea of being married again. We got back together and a month later he proposed!
4: "Believe in happily ever after, and it will come true"
6: The morning of November 7, 2009; the day was finally here! Our wedding day! We got ready at our hotel room and then loaded up to head to our wedding spot. We were getting married at 9:30 in the morning (so early!!!) because our wedding coordinator recommended that time since the colors are more vibrant in the morning. Not to mention a little cooler as well. Good thing since it was already 80 degrees in the morning and only got hotter! As we got closer to Kapalua Bay in Ka'anapali, it started to down pour. Of all the days to rain! With no sight of the rain easing up, our wedding coordinator said that she had another wedding location available that was only a half hour south of where we were and it was beautiful and sunny there.
7: So we were now on our way to Lahaina to get married on Baby Beach. It was beautiful and perfect! We met with our Pastor, videographer and photographer once we arrived at our location. Our Pastor had broken his left arm a few days earlier when he fell off while paddle boarding. He was a great guy and had a great sense of humor. We got situated and started right away with the ceremony. It was started with the Pastor singing a Christian Hawaiian Proverb to bless our marriage. He continued the ceremony by blessing our rings, and then keeping with the Hawaiian tradition of exchanging leis, which symbolize the continuous love that we share. It was a beautiful ceremony. Very simple and romantic.
9: "This day I will marry my friend, the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love."
10: With this ring, I thee wed
11: We Got LEI'D
12: First Kiss First | Kiss First Kiss | Fi | Kiss First Kiss | First Kiss First
14: It's official, we are married! We signed our marriage certificate right there on the beach. It was my very first time signing my new name. It didn't occur to me that I should have practiced before hand. It definitely needs some practice. When you get married in the state of Hawaii, you can change your middle name as well and the guy also has the option of changing his name. Nick was toying with the idea of becoming Mr. Nicholas Tania Schwarz Bray Papageorgio, but figured it would be too much to sign. (Oh Nick) I'm very happy to finally be Mrs. Bray!
17: N | T | &
19: The happiest day of my life... | I'm so happy I can finally call this man my husband. It really is a dream come true.
21: The photo shoot was so much fun after the ceremony and cake and everything. Our photographer was really nice and she had us do all sorts of fun poses. She had one where Nick was to tip me back to kiss me; but he kept going and picked me all the way up! I felt like I was upside down. She had us do one where we took my veil and put it over us and we were under it. I didn't like it! Not only did it mess up my hair, but it was awkward and it looked like we were under mosquito netting. All in all it was good fun and you could never tell that Nick and I were so hot and sweating. And poor Nick was in a full suit!
24: "IT ONLY TAKES A SECOND TO SAY 'I LOVE YOU' BUT A LIFETIME TO SHOW IT."
26: "There is only one happiness in life, to love and to be loved."
27: "Man & wife, being two, are one in love." -William Shakespeare
28: Our journey begins now...