A couple weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending a spring haku workshop taught by Hakus by Nicole and coordinated by Elements Luxury Events. The women who attended the workshop were such a delight! Haku leis, also known as head leis or flower crowns, are worn by brides, mothers, daughters, hula dancers, and women throughout Hawaii and often mark special occasions in a person’s life. Looking back, I chose to wear white orchids pinned throughout my hair during my wedding ceremony, but I could totally have seen myself wearing a haku as well. They are gorgeous!
I hadn’t been back to the Haiku Mill, where the workshop was located, since my wedding day in 2010 and when I stepped onto those beautiful, historic ruins of the old sugar mill, I started to tear up. Its lush foliage and old world décor are awe-inspiring, and being there – in that tranquil, bucolic setting, felt like a glimpse of Heaven. Sylvia, the owner and chief caretaker of the Mill is a dear friend, and I felt blessed to see her after all these years of living out of state. It truly is great to be home.
Here are some photos of the workshop taken by Tehani at Water Gypsies Photography! She is one talented and super sweet photographer!
Can you spot me in the group photos?
Water Gypsies Photography also blessed me with these special maternity photos! I’m about 26 weeks along in my pregnancy and feeling bittersweet as this may be our last babe.
And for a quick trip down memory lane, here are some photos of our wedding at the Haiku Mill in August of 2010. Special thanks to Jenna Strubhar of Jenna Michelle Photography for these beautiful pics!