Ross and Noa were born and raised on the same island of Oahu in Hawaii. They both went to California colleges, and the two of them landed in NYC.
Despite almost identical paths, they have never met and have different personalities. Noa is as homebody as Ross is a party-animal.
They end up chatting out of the blue on Facebook, hang, meet and never leave each other.
Six years later it is Noa who, under the false pretext of a professional trip, organizes in surprise their engagement in Paris.
The Champs Elysees, the house Dior, a first red box… Cartier, then a second, blue this time… Tiffany. Three stacked rings, eight grooves, eight diamonds, eight grooves, the symbol of eternity in Asian culture.
This evening keeps going at L’Avenue, a restaurant in which 4 of their very close friends join them, congratulate them loudly with a cocktail in hand. (Any resemblance to the final scene of the film Sex & the city during which Big surprises Carrie by preparing a reunion with her friends at the exit of the Court… is entirely voluntary!)
They decide to fix the date of their union two years after this request and choose to bet on their respective strengths to organize their pretty day.
Noa, more Cartesian, has a global vision of their marriage while Ross focuses on the details… a lot!
“His friends literally take him for a madman but recognize that it’s all these little details that made the difference on d-day
They don’t hesitate any second and decide to unite in Hawaii, their home.
They seek for months for a wedding planner and a venue that reflect their sensibilities. When they were starting to lose hope, they find a picture of a 19th-century sugar cane factory in the north of the island, Haiku Mill, which became a breathtaking ruin in a private estate.
They also meet Kimiko Hosaki, their wedding planner, who is now one of their dearest friends.
Inspired by the film Great Expectation (and especially by Mrs. Dinsmoor, the character played by Anne Bancroft and her manor with a thousand shades of green, admits Ross), they encourage their guests to adopt a dress code by joining a Pantone card to their stationery! Brilliant idea;)
The instructions for Kimiko and Mandy Grace, the floral designer, are simple: chic, masculine, overflowing but not overwhelming decorations, composed of elements whose purpose is not initially to be used at weddings.
Both create a majestic green world around the Mill as if it had been decorated 20 years ago and left like this.
Noa and Ross give their trust to David Hart, one of the best creators of the United States, regarding their clothing. Two personalized smockings, a bold cashmere pattern for Noa, darker green for Ross.
Their six bridesmaids wear pieces from the Theory house, ivory suits with a deep neckline, wearing no bra. The 7th, Edward Barsamian, editor of Vogue Style, treats himself by personalizing his look, wearing Victoria Beckham, her favorite designer.
Silver shoes from Loeffler Randall are the final touch for this “army of warriors” look! (Not last in the end as Ross starts looking for the exact shade of nail polish – it was impossible for him to have his warriors have nude or blush nails… too bridal!)
Their reception is full of winks and surprises.
Their vintage cufflinks are a reference to the Rusty Knot in NYC, where they had their first “Rendez-Vous”. The St Germain as a welcome cocktail is a nod to their engagement in Paris. The Banzai, traditional Japanese toast is a complete surprise (and a bit puzzling) for their American guests! The iced tea with mango is coming from the centenary tree located on the Mill. Fashion shows inspire the arrangement of their ceremony and the entry script written of their “army”. Having the major of the promotion of Ross who was six months pregnant as their officer, along with their exchange of very moving vow was an unusual choice and combination!
Not to forget the natural photobooth they wanted alive and breathable, the gourmet dinner in the heart of an enchanted jungle, the performance of the Polynesian dancers, the late night in the villa of the couple, covered entirely with golden garlands and finally Ross who trades his smocking against a green silk pyjamas to dance comfortably while Noa keeps up to his buttonhole until the end of the evening… two opposing personalities that complement each other perfectly!
Photography: Melia Lucida | Wedding Planner: Kimiko Hosaki of K.H & co. | Floral Design: Mandy Grace Designs | Grooms’ Suits: David Hart | Wedding Party Attire: Theory, Victoria Beckham | Invitations: Becca Goldberg of Suite Paperie | Paper Products: Alannah Rae Calligraphy | Catering: Cutting Edge Catering | Cocktails & Bar: Garnish Cocktail Catering | Rentals: Winters Events, Signature Boutique Rentals, Mandy Grace Designs, Yummi Candles, Set Maui, K.H. & co. | Getting Ready Location & Cocktail Hour Chairs: Haiku House | Cocktail Hour Entertainment: Kalo Deleon | DJ & Entertainment: Clarity Entertainment | Fire Dancer, Drummer & Lei Po’o: Manutea Nui E | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Haiku Mill