They say that island life is basically paradise on earth, and after seeing Jazmyne and Julius' wedding day we are sure, without a doubt, that it most certainly is. Not only was Jazmyne stunning in her custom wedding dress, flocked by her bridesmaids in soft pastels; but the venue was a shiny star of this wedding. The whole event took place on the brides family farm and was positively dripping with lovely Hawaiian tradition.
Keep scrolling to find out more, hint: our absolute favorite detail was that Jazmyne and Julius' ceremony took place on the exact spot there their home will be built! You can find these and all of the photos taken by Dmitri and Sandra Photography in the full gallery.
A Rich History To Fall In Love With
From Bliss Wedding Design & Spectacular Events: Jazmyne and Julius' upcountry Maui wedding was as unique, special, and inspired by nature and Maui as the couple themselves. Helping them plan and design this beautiful celebration was truly like taking a peek into their history. Their cultures, traditions, and connection to the island were woven into almost every aspect of their wedding.
The couple chose to celebrate outside on her parents' land, an ethereal olive farm up in the lush countryside of Kula, Maui. The inspiration for their wedding day "was the spirit and beauty of the land," Jazmyne recalls, "one of the big reasons we moved back here." They felt that the olive farm, like their marriage, "created a bridge between Europe and Hawai'i" and that the lovely farm style outdoor wedding would best represent "land and 'ohana in a very pure sense." Jazmyne and Julius had recently moved back to Maui from Germany (where Julius is from) and decided to have their ceremony on the property that will be where they build their own house someday.
Saying their vows and exchanging rings on the very land that will one day be where they build their home was the perfect way to, as Jazmyne says, "represent our "future" and continued growth of our marriage." Every wedding decision they made was purposeful and from a place of respect and love for the places and people that have made them who they are today and helped them along their journey.
Family Farm Sourced & Handcrafted Details
Each wedding detail creatively connects back to them in some way-- from Jazmyne's one of a kind, feminine and delicate handcrafted dress made of woven leather and hand dyed silks by Michele Zane-Faridi from Hana Hou Hilo, to the delicious refreshments that Garnish Craft Cocktail Catering created by utilizing and fresh-pressing tangerines from the property, and of course the resourceful use of olive branches and king and queen proteas from the surrounding Kula area.
We feel so blessed to have helped these two celebrate their journey through life together, and are still mildly obsessing over the gorgeous and dreamy photographs by Dmitri and Sandra Photography.
From the Bride: My dress was a one of a kind dress made by Michele Zane-Faridi from Hana Hou Hilo, a true crafts maker and perpetuator of cultural arts. This was only her second dress! She does amazing work, and is a lovely human being.
Beautiful Wedding Traditions
Incorporating some of my Japanese heritage, we went with a modern take on the Japanese Senbazuru (1000 cranes usually formed into the family’s mon --family crest). Instead of just the bride and or family doing the paper folding, we invited all guests and family members to fold cranes as gifts to us as a sign of “well wishes, health, and happiness”. The 1000 cranes were strung on strings that were hung on the olive branches and the trees surrounding the ceremony area, as well as the bar and diner tables.
Family Farm Sourced
We also tried to be resourceful and use what was around us, decorating with olive branches and king and queen proteas from the kula area (both huge themes to our color palette and decor concept). We also did an olive oil shot, sharing last year’s harvest with all of our guests.
Garnish Craft Cocktail Catering was also lovely to fresh press our tangerines to use in the refreshments they were offering. We also added yard games, some that were made by our circle of makers, as well as a self decorated photo booth made by the bridesmaids.
I also made the beautiful jade lei as a gift for Julius from the flowers that hang on the trellis by the house. These aspects made it special and really pertaining to “us” — Julius, me, the environment and our circle of family and friends. The environment was breathtaking.