A Hawaiian Wedding, Complete With Tractors and Cattle


A marriage ceremony in Hawaii normally conjures photographs of sandy white seashores and clear blue waters. But Alexa Wilhelm and Ikaika Sarme opted to marry at Kahua Ranch, a working cattle ranch on the Big Island, as a substitute.

“We wanted something that felt more like the Hawaii Ikaika knew growing up,” Ms. Wilhelm mentioned. “We wanted a place that showed the Big Island countryside, a place that most of the guests are likely to never see,” Mr. Sarme mentioned.

Ms. Wilhelm, 28, grew up in Newport Beach, Calif., the place the couple now lives. Mr. Sarme was born on the Big Island in Hawaii, although moved to Newport Beach when he was 6.

She acquired a bachelor’s diploma in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a bachelor’s diploma in nursing from Western Governors University. She is an aesthetic nurse at MySkin, a medical spa, and additionally works at NRC Research Institute, a scientific analysis and growth facility.

Mr. Sarme acquired an affiliate diploma in aviation sciences at Orange Coast College and is employed as a licensed flight teacher out of John Wayne Airport in Orange County. “Once I have reached 1500 flight hours, my goal is to work for a major airline and eventually fly internationally,” Mr. Sarme mentioned.

After assembly by mutual pals at a Halloween get together in Newport Beach in 2016, Ms. Wilhelm mentioned she “friend requested him on Facebook, after figuring out how to spell his name.”

Two weeks later, they went on their first date at an In-N-Out Burger in Costa Mesa. “We ordered it to-go and ate back at the house. I like to eat my Double-Double in private so I don’t look like a monster in public,” Mr. Sarme mentioned. (Ms. Wilhelm described him as somebody who “had no cares” and “long surfer boy hair.”)

After 11 months collectively, he moved into her dad and mom’ Newport Beach residence together with her and they lived there for about three years. “It’s a very supportive environment,” Mr. Sarme mentioned of the family. “We were both in school — nursing and pilot — and just could not afford to live in Orange County without taking a huge loan out,” Ms. Wilhelm mentioned.

In 2019, they have been in Paris for the New Year’s vacation. “One day we rented a tiny little car and drove out to the countryside. After champagne tasting and eating sandwiches in our little car, Ikaika asked me to walk up this little hill,” Ms. Wilhelm mentioned.

“I had a hard time convincing Alexa to walk further because we were running late and she didn’t want to get charged extra on the rental car,” Mr. Sarme mentioned. But comply with she did and that’s when he proposed. “I don’t remember a single word I said, but I was crying.”

118 company joined them for his or her Kahua Ranch marriage ceremony on Aug. 27. Local rules required anybody flying in to Hawaii to be vaccinated or get examined for Covid.

Kahu Tom Fernandez, senior pastor of the Big Island’s Kalāhikiola Congregational Church, led a conventional Hawaiian ceremony, in Hawaiian and English.

“Just before I walked down the aisle with my dad, Tom gave a Hawaiian blessing and blew the conch shell,” Ms. Wilhelm mentioned. “The Big Island has a lot of mana, and if you have a ceremony of any kind, it’s good to set the intent with some positive Hawaiian prayer,” Mr. Sarme mentioned.

The ceremony was on the garden, with the reception on the lanai and dancing within the barn. “You see tractors and other farming machines as you drive up and then nothing but rolling hills, animals, and rustic buildings,” Ms. Wilhelm mentioned.

The sit-down dinner featured a recent Hawaiian menu, together with pitaya caprese skewers, seared ahi on ‘uala and kalo chips, Kalbi ribs and assorted malasadas, “with ingredients sourced directly from the island,” Mr. Sarme said. The “guest book” was one of Mr. Sarme’s surfboards, and the caterer made a particular sizzling sauce as marriage ceremony favors.

After the ceremony, they lastly had “time to soak in what was happening,” he mentioned. “And the sunset was awesome.”