Friday, August 31, 2012
Dreams Come True
It began with the forest itself, emerald green understory of giant ferns, mossy paths, swaying ohia high overhead. We found a high point in the forest, and added a Balinese style pavilion for creating private space and shelter. We had an altar carved with shell ginger flowers, the flowers that grow at the end of the drive onto the grounds. The altar converts to a bar for parties, and serves to add a sense of the sacred to the place that is already heavily imbued with the aura of Pele. This is her sacred forest, and you can feel that as you walk up the mossy path set with beach washed lava stones.
Fire bowls bring Pele's element right into the pavilion and add warmth to cool afternoons and evenings. Tiki torches illuminate the path. Balinese benches and moss green velvet chenille upholstered chairs provide seating.
Island flowers such as the ones pictured to the left flank the pavilion entry. The flowers that greet you there always depend on what is in season. An ultra large arrangement of island flowers adorns the altar, usually a mix of anthurium, ginger, heliconia, fern, orchids, maybe bird of paradise, tuberose - again, the flowers of the season.
Clusters of candles sit amidst greens from the forest upon the railings. A crystal and sea glass chandelier hangs overhead. When you look out into the forest, you overlook the mid canopy of tree ferns due to the elevation of the pavilion. In summer and fall, you will find the fragrance of ginger and tufts of bright yellow flowers. Orchids planted in the ohia and hapu'u re-bloom year round.
And this is just the setting. It is also just one setting, one venue, you may choose from for your remarkable island wedding. If a beachfront wedding is what you have in mind, there are some locations that are far more spectacular and more private than others.
If you bring us your dream, it is with the same sense of place and beauty and respect we brought to our forest, to Pele's forest, that we will help you make that dream happen on this island.