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“When we got back, my family was waiting with tears and bubbly. He knew how important my family was to me and I loved that he asked me with my family there,” Kelsi said. Hawaii is more than just a location to Kelsi. Hawaii is home to her favorite beaches and truly where her heart is. Getting married in Hawaii, was an easy decision. “Ruy was born and raised between Nicaragua and Florida with family scattered among many different states. He is very close to his family, but has been nomadic throughout his life,” Kelsi said. “His family and friends were all extremely excited to make their way to Hawaii to celebrate our love. I know it meant the world to him that they made it from so far.” Kelsi and Ruy had a total of 91 out of town guests from all over the world, attend their wedding at Ko Olina Ocean Gardens. The sun was shining and the weather was perfect for their Hawaiian beachy and chic wedding. Kelsi’s bridesmaids stood next to her in yellow floral dresses, holding a luscious yellow rose and green bouquet, while Ruy’s groomsmen stood by him in collared white long sleeve shirts, khaki pants, matching seafoam colored Nike shoes, and long maile leis around their necks. Under their white tent ceremony, their guests relaxed at white linen tables, detailed with burlap and large sunflower floral arrangements. The newlyweds danced their first dance as husband and wife, Kelsi’s dress was perfect for showing off her moves. To Ruy’s surprise, Kelsi planned a special hula dance for her husband. “I was told to sit down in a chair on the dance floor and I was thinking, I am not sure what part of the program this is,” Ruy said. “Then Kelsi came out with flowers around her head and ankles and performed for me. It truly took my breath away.” Being from Hawaii, Kelsi knew she had to take advantage of the beautiful sunset for their pictures. Standing with Ruy taking sunset photos was a moment that Kelsi will cherish forever. “Ruy and I were standing on the rocks in a bed of seaweed. The water was warm and the seaweed under our feet was so soft,” Kelsi said. “The sky was like cotton candy and for a moment, I forgot we were taking photos. It just felt so perfectly us, alone. I was staring into the eyes of my soul mate in one of the most beautiful places on earth, with all of our closest friends and family.” After Kelsi graduates from medical school in Portland, Oregon, the couple plans on moving back to Hawaii. “Ruy and I plan to move back for my residency and start a family somewhere close to the beach. A place where both of our hearts are,” Kelsi said. Y

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