Alexis Tashima & Shane Rothermel
May 21, 2015 in Huntington, New York
After meeting at medical school in Hershey, Pennsylvania, it didn’t take long for Alexis Tashima and Shane Rothermel to realize they were compatible beyond the point of being good study partners. Shane thought Alexis was a breath of fresh air in the midst of a stressful medical school setting–she was smart and driven, yet calm and collected. For Alexis, it was Shane’s quirkiness that initially intrigued her. “He was smart and talented with an endless list of interests,” she adds, “but his goal was not to further himself–it was to help others in every way he can. I’m still inspired by his generous heart every day.”
Shane and Alexis had discussed the possibility of marriage while applying for residency positions, so Alexis was suspicious when her boyfriend planned a surprise birthday trip for her to an undisclosed location. “I was crushed when Shane told me that casual clothing was fine, and no formal attire needed to be packed,” Alexis says. “I envisioned a proposal involving me in a nice dress, so I was sure that it meant this trip wouldn’t include a diamond ring.” Much to her surprise, Shane had booked a trip to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the two stayed in a beautiful home with their own private beach. It was on that beach that Shane proposed; and the intimate setting, with no fancy dress, was perfect.
When the couple visited Oheka Castle for the first time, they knew it would be the perfect wedding venue for their big day. Not only did they fall in love with Oheka Castle’s obvious beauty and the grandeur of its gardens, but they were excited to bring friends and family from around the nation to stay with them at the castle. The whole wedding planning process was fun and enjoyable due to the support of wedding planner, Karyn Michael Events, and Alexis’s parents.
The wedding day was filled with more joy than the bride and groom could have imagined. Their vision for the décor was to keep everything elegant and clean, but with personal touches including 1,000 paper cranes made by the bride’s father–a symbol of good luck and prosperity. The cranes were used as place card holders, as well as decoration for a beautifully constructed cherry blossom tree in the ballroom (a nod to the bride’s Japanese heritage).
The newlyweds’ first dance was a particularly special moment. “Growing up, music was a large part of my life due to my father’s love of singing and playing music,” says the bride. “Shane and I felt it would be that much more meaningful if my father sang our first dance song.” Guests enjoyed dancing the night away and ended the evening with an elaborate dessert room set up in an adjacent ballroom.
“Watching all our friends and family dancing and enjoying themselves was a surreal experience,” Alexis says. “We felt surrounded by love on our wedding day and blessed to have the opportunity to rejoice in that love.”
>Written By: Lauren Malamala