Casey Jones and Gino Gianneschi’s first date, at Sant Ambroeus in SoHo, took place four years to the day before they said “I do” in a chic tropical wedding on Maui, March 4, 2018. From the moment they saw each other and shared a laugh-filled evening, closing down the restaurant and “making out on the street like teenagers,” says Casey, they both knew they’d found something really special. “Days later we deleted all our dating apps and have spent pretty much every day together since,” says Gino.
Fast forward a couple of years to a vacation in Gallipoli, Italy, a country Gino had been waiting to visit until he knew the person he would want to spend his life with. To commemorate the trip to his “motherland,” Gino made Casey a special memento, and gave it to him while popping the question as they walked along the water at sunset. For their big day, however, it was Hawaii that stole their hearts, and they discovered a Maui venue set on the water with beautifully landscaped foliage that had them truly enamored.
The pair’s wedding planner, Erica Goldsmith of Couture Events, was key in nailing their vintage Hawaiian aesthetic, thanks to some key pieces of furniture and decor. There were lots of conference calls and sharing of inspiration over cocktails, at least on Casey’s and Gino’s end of the line, during the year leading up to their 70-person affair. “We had an instant crush on Erica,” say the newlyweds of their planner, who vetoed anything she felt was overdone or too expected. “She is probably one of the chicest women on the island and she really understood what we were looking for—her taste is just impeccable.” So keep reading to see how it all came together!
Customized tropical-themed welcome bags were filled with Maui-appropriate favors like a Turkish towel and SPF.
“We had always envisioned a Hawaiian vintage feel for our wedding, and the Olowalu House was a great starting point,” says Casey, who along with his fiancé encouraged people to “go bold with their vintage Hawaiian best,” as a dress code. He, too, took this dress code to heart.
Gino wore a cream tuxedo jacket by Ralph Lauren Purple Label, which he paired with a pale pink Saint Laurent tuxedo shirt, navy silk bowtie, and custom Prada platform shoes in variants of blue. He also wore his father’s silver chain and mother’s embroidered monogrammed handkerchief.
Casey’s wedding look included a hand-painted silk jacket from SS17 Dolce & Gabbana runway, emblazoned with black and white overlapping palm fronds. He added a lightweight tuxedo shirt from Lanvin, a classic black Tom Ford satin bow tie, and Ferragamo shoes (made of neoprene with black crystals, hand-placed in a herringbone pattern).
Olowalu House felt like just the right fit for the couple. “One huge banyan tree, in particular, wowed Gino as a sign from his deceased mother that this was the perfect place for the celebration,” says Casey.
“We wanted the only flowers at the event to be the leis for our guests,” says Casey. They draped white floral leis over the guests’ bamboo chairs for the ceremony, encouraging them to wear them for the rest of the day.
The couple's two ring bearers, Hunter and Maddox, wore suspender shorts with custom tropical leaf print bow ties by Elise Fife. They all walked down the aisle to Elvis Presley’s “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You,” played by Barefoot Minded.
The couple wrote their own personal vows and shared their first kiss as newlyweds before recessing to “You’re My Best Friend,” by Queen, but the Renee and Jeremy version performed by Barefoot Minded.
The couple's wedding planner found a pair of beautiful vintage wooden surfboards to act as the ceremony centerpieces. After the wedding, multiple humpback whales breached out in the ocean, a memorable moment for everyone.
Gino’s and Casey’s wedding was a reflection of their love of travel, and everything vintage, which was evident in their ensembles and special touches throughout the wedding.
“We love a good drink, so we ensured that everyone was greeted with a glass of Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut and treated to carefully crafted cocktails that were freely flowing all night," says Casey. Written on a giant tropical leaf in metallic ink, drink options included the Queen Mary (with heirloom tomatoes, basil, aged balsamic and house-made Thai chili with vodka), rum-based Oh Mai, and the mezcal-, grilled pineapple– and jalapeno-laden Smoke & Mirrors.
Because they used flowers only in the leis worn by guests, the rest of the floral design consisted of lush green tropical leaves as centerpieces. Leaf-printed dishes, votives, gold utensils, and gold-rimmed crystal glassware completed the glam yet natural look.
During dinner Manutea Nui E performed a hula show for the guests, and everyone got up during dinner for a hula lesson. As the sun went down a fire dancer heated things up.
The pair had a custom geometric wooden dance floor designed to match their tables. Because they couldn’t find a DJ in Hawaii that resonated with their musical tastes, the pair flew in DJ Lina from NYC, and the dance floor was packed all night long!
Planning: Couture Events Maui
Venue: Olowalu House
Catering: Private Maui Chef
Cocktail Catering: Garnish Craft Cocktails
Cake: Cake Fanatics Maui
Engagement Rings & Wedding Bands: TJ Hearn
Stylist: Joe Randazzo of Phil’s Barber Shop
Floral Design: Teresa Sena
Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy
Tabletop Rentals: Set Collections
Invitations: Paper Presentation
Photography: Angie Diaz Photography