College Sweethearts marry at The Westin Maui!
Paul and Mira’s journey together began in 2008 during their freshman year in college at Illinois State University (Home of the Redbirds) ISU GO. Mira lived across the hall from Paul at the South side Residence Hall and thanks to a mutual friend, Paul and Mira met and have been inseparable since.
The couple came from completely different backgrounds. Paul grew up in the small farming town of Pocahontas in Southern Illinois; while, Mira lived in the bustling city of Sofia, Bulgaria until her family moved to Chicago in 1998.
They loved learning about each others backgrounds, especially the interesting quirks. It was only a matter of time before they fell so in love. <3
Paul and Mira dated all throughout college and together they graduated from ISU in 2012, Mira giving the College of Business Commencement speech at the graduating ceremony. Shortly after graduation, Paul proposed on July 4th at the Riva Restaurant at Navy Pier in Chicago. They had their first “kid” the following October, a sweet Golden Retriever puppy “Reggie” named after the ISU mascot, “Reggie the Redbird”.
The couple wanted a small, intimate wedding and after extensive research, they both fell in love with Maui as their romantic destination. To keep the wedding intimate, only immediate family were invited. Mira’s two parents, Georgia and Slav and her little sister, Christine, traveled from Chicago for the BIG day! Paul’s mother, Laurie, also came to support the couple on their special day.
Once the big day arrived, Paul could not wait to see his beautiful bride walk down the aisle alongside her father. Paul and Mira were excited to follow many Hawaiian traditions from the conch shell blowing to the exchange of leis during their special day. They shared individually prepared vows to express their love for each other and vowed to love one another forever. As a surprise wedding gift, Mira had Paul’s wedding band engraved with the phase “Обичам те” which means “I love you” in Mira native language, Bulgarian.
The couple could not have asked for a more perfect day and are so happy Tad was able to capture their special moments.
Special Thanks to:
Wedding Venue: Westin Maui Resort & Spa – At the Wedding Gazebo
Coordinator: Sarah Snyder from The Westin Maui Resort & Spa
Officiant: Fred Torres
Bride’s Dress: Ellis
Bride’s Shoes: Betsy Johnson
Bride’s Rings: Shane Company
Groom’s Suit: J Crew
Groom’s Ring: Erin Gallagher Jewelry
Photography: Tad Craig Photography