Will and Jane
Aug. 27, 2012
The pediatric ICU is not the most romantic place in the world but that’s where sparks flew for pediatric resident Jane and pediatric neurosurgeon intern William. Their physician’s studies and practice barely left time for romance but they certainly did not let that stand in their way.
While working at the hospital over common patients in the ICU, romance blossomed and Will decided to find the perfect birthday surprise for Jane. In a moment of impulse he bought tickets to Maui and found a great six-day stay at the Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas. He convinced colleagues to help with the plan, even going so far as to create a phony list of appointments when they had cleared Jane’s schedule of patients.
“The only thing left was to talk to Tom Florin from the Westin, and he helped me plan the perfect evening and proposal on the beach,” says Will. “We had a private dining table set up overlooking the beach at sunset, and I got down on one knee. I think at that point she kind of figured out that something was going to happen.”
The couple was ecstatic about each other but that didn’t make the engagement easy. Jane had originally made plans to move to Korea when she graduated as a pediatrician, and Will still had his neurosurgery residency ahead of him.
“It was complicated,” says Will. “We got off to a rocky start. I had to convince her to stay with me in the states. I wouldn’t say our romance was stormy, but it definitely turned her well laid-out plans for the future completely upside down.”
They decided to return to Maui for their small wedding, which was themed in pink and purple, Jane’s two favorite colors. They tied the knot along the beach boardwalk at Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas with traditional vows. Officiant Keli‘i Arruda began the ceremony with a blow of his conch and a Hawaiian oli. The bride walked down the aisle while Kalani Smythe strummed “Morning Dew” on the ukulele.
“Since we were all staying at the Westin we didn’t have anywhere to escape after the ceremony, but I knew Jane really wanted to drive away in a limo after the wedding,” says Will. “So afterwards I surprised her with a big party bus for us and the whole bridal party for a quick cruise along the Honoapi‘ilani Highway, complete with Dom Perignon and a DJ. It was a great way to end the night.”