A Hindu Vedic ceremony with a Hawaiian twist.AB Wire
WASHINGTON, DC: Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, 33, married videographer Abraham Williams, 26, in a Hindu Vedic ceremony in Windward Oahu in Kahaluu, Hawaii.
The marriage took place at the Pohai Ke Aloha Pavilion and Garden at the historic Kahaluu Fishpond, reported Khon2.
It concluded with a traditional yoga kirtan with friends and family celebrating the newly married couple with song and dance.
“It was the fish pond that the native Hawaiian people used to feed the village,” Gabbard told People Magazine days before the wedding, of the wedding location. It’s “a secluded area with palm trees, with flowers, a quiet peaceful place.”
Gabbard met Williams when he worked on her campaign, said the Khon report.
“A little over a year ago, when he first asked me out, we had a chance to just talk story, hang out, chill out for a little bit. What I saw was somebody who is not only my friend, but somebody who is genuinely kind and a good person who every day I see him put other people before himself,” Gabbard previously told KHON2.
Gabbard says she will be keeping her last name and Hawaii will always be the couple’s primary home.
Hawaii News Now said though a traditional Brahmin priest acting as the officiant, there was a Hawaiian twist since they said their “I do’s” in Hawaii.
Williams, a cinematographer and musician, was in charge of music and asked some friends to play.
Gabbard said the menu at the reception wouldn’t include meat since both she and Williams are vegetarians.
The guest list included former U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, Former Gov. Neil Abercrombie, U.S. Rep. Mark Takai, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and former U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa.
Williams popped the question with a 1.17-carat diamond ring during a sunset surfing session while Gabbard was home for her Thanksgiving break, reported Hawaii News Now.