Real Wedding : Jessica & Marino

Real Wedding : Jessica & MarinoReal Wedding : Jessica & Marino


Bride: Jessica Canalin

Groom: Marino Taiatini

Reside:Hawai’i, USA

Officiant: Kalani Shelford

Ceremony Venue: Turtle Bay Resort, Hawai’i , 

Reception Venue: Kuilima Ballroom, Turtle Bay Resort

Styling: Steven Boyle Design, 

Photographer: Christina Schmidt,


Marino and Jessica were originally wed on 11 November 2015 in Nikao, Rarotonga, Cook Islands.

Unlike most couples, the two separated after the wedding – Marino went back to New Zealand and Jessica went back to Hawaii. Because of the USA’s immigration policies, Marino was not yet allowed to permanently enter the US. Their first year of marriage was spent apart, and they waited in anticipation for Marino’s immigration approval.

Exactly one year to the date of their original wedding, Marino and Jessica held their Reaffirmation of Vows ceremony on O’ahu, Hawai`i – finally reunited, and reciting their original vows in the presence of their family and friends from New Zealand, Hawaii, and California.

Real Wedding : Jessica & MarinoHONEYMOON

Four days after the event, Jessica and Marino hopped on plane to make their final immigration interview at the US Embassy and Consulate General in Auckland, New Zealand. At that appointment, Marino was official!


Having every single person on the dance floor line dancing with the Bride and Groom.


Be in the same country!

Cultural traditions and details matter! Take the time to appropriately honour and celebrate the journey of two cultures coming together.

BRIDE’S GOWN, Janene’s Bridal Boutique, – Designed by Essence of Australia,

SHOES, Badgley Mischka,


HAIR + MAKEUP, Flaunt Makeovers,

CAKE: A Cake Life,

Real Wedding : Jessica & MarinoEMCEE/DJ, Kooldip Productions,



The bride had a cascading bouquet created with all white flowers: roses, tulips, spray roses, white tulip anthuriums, orchids, hydrangea, blushing bride protea, peonies and tuberose. The eight bridesmaids and Maid of Honour also had white bouquets but with pops of blue.

Four wooden columns at the ceremony were topped with sprays of fresh white and blue flowers that spilled down the side.

Two white leis were placed on empty chairs at the ceremony to represent and remember those who weren’t able to join the couple.

White rose petals were scattered down the aisle.

At the reception, tropical flowers were placed in the centre of each table, accented with fresh fruits and complemented by candlelight. The place settings were further enhanced with square rattan chargers and olive linen napkins.

EXTRA DETAILS: The Korowai (feather cloak) was flown in from New Zealand by Nikora Edwards and Hikairo Moorehead.The Whale Bone Fish Hook was flown in from Australia from Uncle George Taiatini.The Hawaiian Maile Lei was from Steven Boyle Design in Hawai`i.

Real Wedding : Jessica & MarinoSOMETHING OLD …

OLD: Traditional coins from the Philippines from Uncle Jim.

NEW: Bouquet locket with photographs of maternal and paternal grandmothers from Maid of Honor, Kelsey Canalin.

BORROWED: Diamond bracelet from Bride’s mother, Sue Canalin.

BLUE: Fabric of Bride’s paternal grandmother’s traditional Filipino barang.


Bright and fun lights were used to enhance the “Havana nights” look and theme. The designer used wall washes as well as a wash over the event space, including gobo projections and break up patterns. As the night continued, the lights changed to flashing and pulsing lights to bring the club look to the party.


A round, two-tiered white fondant cake, hand-painted ombre blue to white. The top tier flavour was Yellow Butter cake with Lilikoi cream filling. The bottom tier was Devil’s Food with Cookies N Cream. The dessert table also included matching cake pops dipped in white chocolate and individual cake shooters.

Real Wedding : Jessica & Marino

Real Wedding : Jessica & Marino


Real Wedding : Jessica & Marino

Real Wedding : Jessica & Marino


Real Wedding : Jessica & Marino