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Julia Elizabeth Pons and Donald Claiborne Blanton were united in marriage on Friday, August twentieth at Five O’clock in the evening at the Private ocean front estate, Lanikuhonua on the island of Oahu.

Julia Elizabeth Pons Blanton

Reverend Chris Cain performed the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Julia O’toole Pons and the Late Richard Gregory Pons of Arlington, Virginia.

The groom is the son of Donald Walter Blanton and Judy Boswell Blanton of Selma, Alabama.

Given in marriage by Brother Gregory Lawrence Pons, the bride wore an Ivory silk chiffon trumpet shape gown. The neckline was a tip of the shoulder v-neck and v-back gown embellished with whimsical chiffon flowers. The bride wore two cymbidium orchids in her hair.

She carried a bouquet of stargazer lilies, fragrant tuberose, pink ginger and pink ranunculus. Draped from the bouquet was a four strand fragrant pikake flower lei.

Kelley Dougherty Smith served as matron of honor. Meghan McCreary Dougherty served as maid of honor. Also attending were Margaret Blanton, sister of the groom, who resides in Washington, DC,

Kathleen Haines, sister of the bride, who resides in Arlington, Virginia, Caroline Abromavage – sister of the bride, who resides in Fairfax, Virginia, Angela Coffey, friend of the bride, who resides in Hawaii on the island of Kauai, Angela Ellinwood , friend of the bride, who resides in Atlanta, Georgia, Erin Bond, friend of the Bride, who resides in New York, NY, Mollie “Gleason” Johnston, friend of the bride, who resides in Charleston, South Carolina, and Halina Kunz, friend of the Bride, who resides in Honolulu, Hawaii on the island of Oahu.

Seven of the ten bridesmaids wore navy blue knee length silk taffeta dresses by Ann Taylor and three bridesmaids wore complimentary peacock green silk shantung dresses with flower eyelet V-neck from Adrianna Papell.

They carried very simple, delicate single tuberose, pink ginger, ranunculus and stargazer lilies to compliment bride’s bouquet. They also wore white dendronium orchids in their hair. The maid and matron of honor wore traditional Pikake lei for the ceremony.

Nora Collins Abromavage & Sydney Olivia Pons of Arlington, Virginia were the flower girls and wore white dresses with a plumeria in their hair and the girls carried white loose orchids.

Nephew of the bride, Sean Philip Haines of Arlington Virginia served as ring bearer followed by nephews Mark Richard Haines and Tyler Murphy Pons who served as Lei bearers.

Serving as best men were the groom’s father Donald Walter Blanton and the groom’s brother William Price Blanton.

Groomsmen and ushers were Benjamin Martin, Daniel Brennan, Davis Mange, Nathan Crowell, William Holley, Justin Nicols, Donald “Mac” Russell, Brandon Oakes, and Brendan Henderson. Wedding music was provided by Hawaiian Slack key guitarist Darin Leong. Bridal party processional was Cannon D performed by Darin Leong and bride’s processional was to “sliding down” performed by Darin Leong and written by Edgar Meyer.

Readings were read by Grooms Aunt, Nancy Davis of Auburn, Alabama.

The wedding ceremony took place on the lawn of an exquisite oceanfront private estate rich with natural beauty and Hawaiian history. The aisle was covered with one thousand loose white orchids. Following the ceremony, the reception took place on the estate under a tent with tables of ivory and champagne colored linens along with centerpieces of muted tropical floral of pink ginger, pink and green tea leaves, tuberose and orchids. The bride’s brother in law, Michael Abromavage, designed and made the couple’s wedding cake cake which was a triple tiered hummingbird cake covered in pearly white fondant and decorated with bouquets of red ginger and pink stargazer lilies that was made by brides family friend, Miranda Atnip. Bride’s cousin, Collin Gillis of Marietta, Georgia was the master of ceremony for the couple’s wedding celebration.

Attending the bride’s book was Gina Bacon Kerr of Honolulu, Hawaii.

Following a trip to The Four Seasons Manele bay on the Island of Lanai, Hawaii, the couple makes their home in Honolulu, Hawaii.