Jessica Mandelin and Jedediah Mclin
May 10 2012
Rock and Roll Wedding, South Maui
With a ring in his pocket and a secret on his lips, Jedidiah McLin packed a Thermos of coffee and drove his girlfriend to the Haleakala summit to watch the sunrise. As the sun rose over the iconic volcano, a stranger asked Jedediah if he’d take a picture of her and her husband. “Yes, if you return the favor,” Jedediah said. She was game and after he handed her his camera, Jedediah walked over and got down on one knee next to Jessica Mandelin, his girlfriend. There he proposed as the woman neither of them knew snapped shots of him slipping the ring on her finger.
The next day they set a date: on May 10, they’d have a South Maui Rock & Roll wedding. Their first date had been on May 10, and Rock & Roll embodied their mutual love for music, a topic that Jedediah says got his foot in the door.
“We were talking about an Alice and Chains CD and I said she would love Mad Season,” says Jedediah. “I asked her address and said I would drop it off to her.”
“When he got there I met him in the driveway,” says Jessica. “In my mind I was just going to grab the CD and send him on his way. But my heart decided otherwise and somehow I invited him in. Two years later we are married.”
Island Girl Pinups and Tamiz Photography captured their ecstatic engagement with a styled make-up and hair photo shoot (done pin-up style) that Jessica and Jedidiah used to announce their big day. They had their wedding ceremony at Keolahou Church in North Kihei and the reception in Wailea at Gannon’s. A friend made their cake, and a co-worker at Joe’s did their flowers. (for more Tamiz Photography engagement shots please see this page)
“We kept it easy and tried to follow our own style,” says Jessica. “We agreed on everything from the decor to the clothes and colors. The groom wore black and white, I wore white, and the wedding party was in black and red, with my bridesmaids in fishnets. Our friends did the set-up at Gannon’s, and we both work at Joe’s Bar and Grill.”
After the ceremony, there was a surprise waiting for the couple in the parking lot.
“I drive a ’53 Chevy Bel Air, and my friends attached cans to the bumper for the drive to the reception,” says Jedidiah. “Everyone was cheering and whistling as we drove down South Kihei Road. That was such an amazing feeling with my bride in my car.”