It’s safe to say that pro surfer Carissa Moore and her husband, Luke Untermann, coasted off into the sunset after their wedding.
The pair, who exchanged vows on December 16, 2017, in the backyard of a friend’s Oahu estate, kept the theme of island living consistent throughout their ceremony and reception, but were otherwise laid back about how the day unfolded. “I’m so happy with how everything turned out!” Moore, 25, tells The Knot in an exclusive interview. “My wedding planner really did an amazing job making this a huge dreamy luau on the North Shore. Luke and I are so grateful.”
During the ceremony itself, which was officiated by a friend from the World Surf League, the couple shared a few silly, heartfelt moments. Untermann’s vows included one particularly sweet promise: “I promise to hug and kiss you every time you walk through the door even if it’s only been five minutes.”
And Moore’s promise to the groom, 25: “I’m not sure I can give you the small football team of children you’re dreaming for, but I promise to be the best mother and the best wife.”
After the ceremony, the newlyweds, who met in high school, kept their 350 guests entertained with music and specialty drinks throughout the night, and wanted above all to encourage “good vibes” and “an environment for people to kick back and enjoy the evening.”
Here are all the details of the couple’s special day and their wedding planning process.
Moore and Untermann had very minimal requirements for their venue, but their friend’s home in Oahu happened to fit them all. “We wanted to get married at [a] home, outdoors and have the reception and ceremony at the same place,” Moore says. And true to form, the pair said “I do” among decorations and attire that made the day “a very Hawaiian wedding.”
Three-hundred guests watched the couple exchange vows, including numerous professional surfers and peers of the bride. They include Bethany Hamilton, John John Florence, Coco Ho, Stephanie Gilmore and Kelia Termini.
Moore maintained a relaxed attitude about her look for the day, donning a “super minimalistic” white dress from a little shop on the north shore. “High neck. Low back. White. Stretchy and comfortable fabric,” she says of her dress, adding that she opted to go without veil or shoes to keep things beachy. (She did, however, wear her favorite gold Hawaiian bracelet and Cartier, as well as vintage earrings.)
The Bridal Party
The colors that Moore ultimately went with were those she found most easily in her surroundings: yellow, coral, orange and green. So it was a no-brainer to incorporate those tones into her bridal party’s outfits; it was just a matter of how.
“I have eight bridesmaids,” she says. “I wanted their dress style to be free-flowing and match the backyard feel of the wedding. It was hard to find something affordable and that everybody liked. I ended up finding a two-piece crop top and long skirt in olive green Nordstrom at a very affordable price.” The couple’s flower girls wore coral-toned floor-length dresses.
Because Moore was busy traveling and competing during much of the time leading up to the wedding, she entrusted many major decisions to her wedding planner, Mimi. “Get a wedding planner and don’t stress yourself out!” Moore advises future brides.
It might come as no surprise that Moore, a world class athlete, wanted to go the healthy route with her reception menu: “We wanted a really healthy spread so our dinner menu included several salads, fish, Hawaiian pork, chicken, quinoa, brown rice and sweet potatoes,” she says. And Lemon Crunch Cake (vanilla cake with lemon layers and toffee topping) to cap off the night!
To make sure that guests were keeping their island flow going, Moore and Untermann served up several specialty cocktails that were tropically themed, including a special passion fruit Mojito as a signature drink (“Luke loves passion fruit and mojitos are pretty much the only alcoholic drink I like, so we combined the two!”) and three signature Red Bull drinks that used tropical, lime and berry flavors.
“With my hectic surfing tour schedule I didn’t have time to think about most of these details so I put all my trust in our wedding planner, Mimi,” Moore tells The Knot. “I told her my favorite colors and she exceeded all of my expectations. She picked a combo of sweet-smelling yellow and coral roses, big protea and beautiful greenery amongst others. I absolutely love it!” Furthermore, Untermann built the altar for their ceremony, which Mimi draped in greenery for a completely personalized, earthy feel.
The newlyweds had a DJ who spun good tunes throughout (and late into!) the night, and Moore planned a surprise song for her new husband. “Music .. is another element I didn’t stress over too much and put my trust in the people coordinating,” she says. “I just wanted good vibes that create an environment for people to kick back and enjoy the evening.”