Together we will bring aloha to your ceremony. It is an honor to share your special day.
Nani officiated our wedding last October and her special touches made our day so beautiful and painless! She helped us put together an amazing set of readings and vows for our waterfall elopement and helped to relieve a lot of stress we otherwise would have had for our wedding day by being a calming and reassuring presence. The ceremony was wonderfully heartfelt, and the hand fasting ritual was my favorite part (I probably would not have thought to considered it without Nani’s expertise!). My husband and I are overjoyed Nani was able to help make our wedding ceremony so memorable and we hope to have her assist us with our 10 year vow renewal in the future.
Nani was perfect for our wedding ceremony! We had it at the base of a waterfall on a day which was pouring down rain, and she handled it all with such grace. She was prompt, motivated, and helped keep our group in good spirits throughout the hike up to the waterfall base. She performed our ceremony just as we wanted and remained very flexible with the proceedings. It felt very personal and beautiful, and I loved her energy and positivity, despite weather circumstances. I'm so glad we chose her for this very special and sacred experience! My highest recommendation!
Nani brought so much to our wedding just by simply asking us a few questions about what we wanted. She took our wishes and turned them into magic. She’s professional and kind, and very helpful.
Response from Reverend Nani Wedding Officiant:
There is so very much love surrounding you and Akia. Thank you for having me be apart of such a special day.
What to Expect
Our first conversation is to see whether we both feel like a good fit. Then, we will consult about what you want for your wedding ceremony. I will offer to support you in a customized fashion. Usually, couples and I meet about four times and more frequently as needed toward the last two weeks before your wedding.
I am completely available to you the day of your ceremony. My standard is to be on site and available up to two hours prior to your event.
Beyond the ceremony we or I design for your day, I will include a prayer or opening in Hawaiian. It is my tradition that I can give to you and your loved ones. Also, I honor your traditions and will set mine aside to completely create your ideal moment.
I have hiked miles in the rain to wed at a waterfall, assisted gathering the wedding party to begin, and been the calm to nervous brides and grooms. I am actively with you until you thee wed.
Aloha. I am Nani and I am part native Hawaiian from the island of O'ahu. My home is in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. I am surrounded again in majesty and beauty. I am deeply spiritual and my island nature is filled with love which permeates in my services.
I have had the joy of marrying couples for nearly 18 years. What I love most is sharing each couples dream and helping bring their ideal ceremony into reality. It is very important to be supportive and allow couples to share where they've come from and what they envision together. We then imbue their ceremony with their thoughts and feelings.
My rich life experiences provide compassion and empathy to a variety of couples. My passionate artistic soul can co-create and embrace unique ceremonies. My patience and humor allow couples to be calm during the excitement of their wedding preparation.
I have a loving family, husband and three red headed daughters and a dog. We are all a bit quirky and a lot wonderful. My life is filled with family and I would say we are creatives, so all somewhat unconventional free spirits too. I am a dancer among other labels. I teach hula, meditation, and massage. I dance hula, belly, samba, bachata, and hip hop.
Celebrating, laughing, and growing are key to who I am. My service is to support and elucidate the beauty and joy in each couple. My service is to be apart of making what is deep in the hearts of my couples come forward and allow it to be seen by their chosen loved ones.
Additional Booking Notes
I will provide handfasting cord and other particular like details for your ceremony. I do not use or own a PA system. If you would like me to be microphoned, please let me know and I will make arrangements to create that experience. My services are technically simple and natural. Primarily, you may expect me to be present and ready. I do give my newly weds a commemorative wedding certificate and will officially file your wedding documents.