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Two beautiful families from Sun Valley and Tahiti were joined by marriage September 3, 2016 at the home of the bride’s grandfather, Hal McNee, in Lane Ranch. Ashley Watson married the love of her life, Jake Roometua in a Tahitian themed wedding. While Ashley grew up in Sun Valley, graduating from Wood River High, Jake was across the Pacific but had vacationed here since childhood. Though their extended families have known each other for over 30 years, they had never met until college, which is where their love story began. On Valentine’s Day 2013 at college in St Louis, Ashley’s secret admirer (Jake) surprised her with chocolates, roses and a plush puppy. After an ‘official date’ they were inseparable. Later that summer, Jake dropped everything to come to Ashley’s side when her grandmother passed away and he moved in with her grandfather to keep him company. Then just as Jake was planning to leave, he ended up staying to help the family evacuate from the Beaver Creek Fire. Ashley knew then how much she loved Jake and would forever be in good hands. On Ashley’s birthday in Hawaii, while scuba diving 60 feet below the surface, Jake wrote on a chalkboard “Will You Marry Me?” She nodded YES between the bubbles as he placed her ‘one of a kind’ pink sapphire ring on her finger! As they surfaced, Ashley screamed “We’re getting married” and next exclaimed “I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU DOVE WITH THE RING!” Guests were greeted with shell leis and palm leaf fans. As the music began, Ashley’s sweet niece delicately placed rose petals down the aisle. Nine bridesmaids carried bouquets of fan palms and orchids, while the eight groomsmen in attendance wore kukui nut leis. The ceremony was held under an arbor laden with bouquets of pink ginger, anthurium, orchids, fan palms, leis and sea shells. The bride wore a stunning blush wedding gown that complemented her pink wedding ring. Ashley’s bouquet was a cascade of pale pink orchids and garden roses. Ashley’s brother, Bret McNee, officiated and guided the couple in an exchange of leis for their mothers, Lori McNee and Elizabeth Roometua, and for each other. The Tahitian theme continued into the reception. A magical evening treated guests to a tropical buffet, a beautiful wedding cake, dancing and a tiki torch and sparkler send off. Jake and Ashley’s plans for a honeymoon will take them back to the Big Island, where he proposed! Flowers: Karen Dickens / Primavera Photographer: Kirsten Shultz Second Photographer: Roland Lane Photographer’s Assistant: Koko Furlong SUN VALLEY TAHITIAN FUSION 36 SUN VALLEY SOURCE


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