The Merle-Jones Family Island Weddings and Blessings Fern and Michael were married on Kauai in 1979. At that time there were no wedding companies offering weddings in scenic locations and not being affiliated with a specific local church, they were married in the Judges Chambers in Lihue.
Michael worked for many years as a carpenter and Fern became a licensed massage therapist and developed a full time practice teaching as well as performing massage. Life was busy raising two sons and being active in the community. Shortly after they moved to Kauai, Michael activated his Ministerial License and friends and family started to ask him to perform wedding ceremonies for them.
Over the next several years, Michael and Fern assisted many of their friends and neighbors with planning wedding celebrations. By that time, Kauai had increased in popularity as a visitor destination and people in general were looking for exotic and unusual places to celebrate their weddings and honeymoons.
In 1989, Fern became an ordained Minister and the focus was set for Island Weddings and Blessings to become a full time dedication.
Since that time, Fern and Michael have performed ceremonies for people from all over the United States as well as from Canada, England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
Probably the biggest thrill for Fern & Michael was planning their own son, Quinn’s wedding to Helen in July of 2005. The wedding was held at a private estate in the Kilauea area with approximately 80 people attending from all parts of the States and Canada. "Putting on a wedding for our own son was a most rewarding way of utilizing all the skill and know how that we have gained through our years of experience. It was a most joyous day!"
The arrival of the newest family member, Lea, has added a whole new dimension to the Merle-Jones Family. Her name means "Joy" in Hawaiian and she is that & more.
Meanwhile, son Jesse has become a professional surfer, traveling around the world attending competitions and representing his sponsors. What a life!
In 2006, Fern & Michael were surprised to learn that they had been awarded the Best of the Best Wedding Company on Kauai. "We were off Island when the contest happened and returned home to a call telling us that we had won this prestigious award. At first we thought it was just a sales hype - low and behold, we were honored along with other local businesses and professionals at an awards ceremony that November."
In addition to wedding ceremonies, Fern and Michael perform Blessing Rituals which honor special events such as, Baby Naming and Blessing, Land & House Blessings, Couple Commitments & Life Transitions.
Fern and Michael work with Aloha International teaching Couple and Relationship trainings as well as offering counseling.
Since Fern & Michael were married on Kauai, they have a deep, personal connection with the romantic uniqueness and beauty of this Island.
Their ceremonies reflect their respect and caring for the Island, for each other, and the people whom they are serving in performing these Weddings.
Each ceremony is individually designed and may include:
- Non-denominational or religious observances
- Vow Renewals and Special Blessings
- Hawaiian Lei Exchange
- Ancient Hawaiian Water Sharing
- Special Sharings created by couple
Michael & Fern Merle-Jones
P.O.Box 603, Kilauea, Kauai, HI 96754