Tanna Dang had a couple of advantages working in her favor when she decided to create a book about real-life Hawaiʻi-style nuptials.
She didn’t have to look far to find local brides—she and husband Bryson have assisted countless couples since becoming owners of The Wedding Café, a resource center for brides, as newlyweds in 2005.
And she had developed interviewing and writing skills as a journalism and communications major (BA ’01 Mānoa) and staffer at Hawaiʻi Bride & Groom magazine.
The result is Wedding Belles: Ideas and Inspiration from Island Brides (Watermark Publishing).
Although filled with useful tips and advice, the book isn’t your typical how-to guide.
“There are lots of books out there that list vendors or tell you how to plan your wedding,” Dang says. “I thought having real, local brides share, in their own words, what they learned through the wedding planning process would be a great way for new brides to find amazing ideas and advice they can trust.”
The book includes photos and anecdotes from more than 70 recent brides who talk about local traditions, family involvement, wedding-day details and horror stories with happy endings.
Bryson isn’t surprised by his wife’s latest project. “Tanna was always talking about weddings—our wedding, our friend’s wedding, her cousin’s wedding, everything was weddings!”
The book even tells the story of how an impromptu rainy-day stroll became the Dang’s own favorite wedding photo.