There’s a paradise out there in the Pacific, and two social families from two American cities found it on the island of Hawaii when exquisite Emily Brown Negley from San Antonio married William Roth Martin from San Francisco on the long, green lawn of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel overlooking the ocean. There was a two-family conference to choose the wedding setting of the California Martins and Texas Negleys, all too numerous to mention. The final decision was made by Mrs. Charles Spalding, Bren to her friends, who is Roth Martin’s maternal grandmother and the doyenne of one of the most beautiful houses on the island. It was also where Roth asked Emily to marry him last Memorial Day weekend on the third green of the Mauna Kea golf course. They actually wanted the ceremony to be held on the green itself, but as Emily had 11 bridesmaids and Roth 12 groomsmen, that went right out the window. So Bren’s house and the Mauna Kea Hotel played host to the 200 guests and members of the wedding who assembled for four days of celebration.
The first evening, Connie Spalding, Candy Martin, Helen Goodyear and Priscilla Tamkin, Roth’s aunts, along with his father, Francis Martin, and his wife, Elizabeth, gave an opening night buffet complete with flaring torches and a full moon. The next evening, Bren Spalding, along with her daughter, Brenni, and her son-in-law, Larry Brackett, Roth’s mother and stepfather, hosted the rehearsal dinner for 200 in a silken tent on the shore with exotic flowers everywhere as only Hawaii has them. Bren Spalding did her "hot hula" at which she has been a known expert for years. You could say she brought down the tent.
There were more relatives at this wedding on both sides than ever turned up in a verse of "I’m My Own Grandma" and most of them had the same last names, Negley and Martin. The bridesmaids wore shocking pink dresses with orchids in their hair and Roth’s groomsmen sported blue blazers and cream trousers with narrow shocking pink belts. So Pacific Ocean chic. The 5 p.m. outdoor ceremony started with a young Hawaiian boy, wearing no more than orange-and-white printed swimming trunks, announcing the arrival of the bride — as is the tradition in Hawaiian weddings — with a long call blown on a conch shell. Emily arrived escorted by her father, Richard Burleson Negley, wearing a classically beautiful dress with a not-so-simple Reem Acra-designed train, a tiny orchid tucked in her hair and carrying white roses and orchids. The bride and groom had a problem not laughing out loud during the ceremony as Emily’s short veil, blown by those unruly trade winds, kept tangling in her eyelashes. And she almost put the ring on his right hand. Nerves, you know. As for the bride’s mother, Brooke Negley, she looked lovely in a short flower-embroidered beige silk skirt with a bright orange sleeveless top.