Heart-to-Heart with Jill Henderson
It all began with a vision. A vision that was so vividly etched in my brain.
I knew exactly what I wanted because I could see it perfectly. I replayed this vision over and over:
Our wedding day; on the beach in Kauai, barefoot, at sunset, with my children, and my true love, Greg by my side.
Given that this was my second marriage, I naturally had much more life experience behind me. My priorities were very different second time around. The things that were once important to me were no longer a focus. Our focus was on the true beauty of our love for one another; on the depth of honoring our love; on the strength of our commitment; and the extraordinary gratitude for our love. Those were our unyielding priorities. The intangibles of worshiping and nurturing love.
To do this, the “intangibles” needed to be honored appropriately. And the vision I had seen so clearly in my head over and over was me in a beautiful, elegant, luxurious, sensual, simple, original sarong-‐type dress that flowed when I walked; and was graceful and exquisite as I stood. Ultimately, that was ME.
My journey had begun in the search of that vision of myself on my wedding day.
I then began my exhaustive internet search. I searched for, “Beach wedding dresses” and “Sarong wedding dresses”. A variety of choices were given, and I took the time to visit each site in hopes that I would stumble upon my vision.
And there it was.
I found the treasure chest tha I was looking for: Jasmine Sky Designs. In all honesty and seriousness, when Jasmine’s site appeared before me, I literally heard an assemblage of angels singing around me: The colors; the textures; the styles; the beauty; the originality; and the quality. I bathed in Jasmine’s site for days, book marking almost all of her pages on her site. I looked at every single picture not only in great detail, but would pretend that I was wearing each of these creations. Every single dress had a feel to them that was soft, feminine, powerful, and Goddess-‐like. I was overwhelmed, and my senses were on overload. I loved too many of them. Yet at the same time, I knew mine was not amongst these because it had not been created for me-‐-‐yet. After coming down from my high on finding Jasmine’s website, I decided to get to know more about this artist- designer. I read everything she had written about herself and the process in which she follows when she creates. It was hard for me to believe that Jasmine could be as equally beautiful and talented as the dresses she creates.
But she is – – and even more so.
The moment I connected with Jasmine was the true moment that my real journey began. She took my vision and made it come alive. Jasmine has an innate way of connecting with you because she genuinely listens to you; hears you; and wants all of your dreams and desires to come true. Jasmine’s passion lies not only in the creations she customizes for each person, but also in her sincere passion for caring about the people she is creating for. Your uniqueness is her true joy. Your uniqueness allows her to continue to create original pieces of art. She makes you understand that you are your own masterpiece ‐ you cannot be replicated or copied. You are exquisitely you.
Jasmine gave me so much time on the phone before we decided on the final creation. Being across the country from one another this could have posed a problem, but not with Jasmine. I felt as though she were right next door. She is incredibly professional and an expert in her field yet she is warm, real and eager to learn about you. The more she understands who you are and how you are, the more fine tuned she can be on creating your vision.
Jasmine’s ultimate goal is to not make a sale, but to shine the light on your worthiness; your beauty; and to give yourself permission to be deserving of something made just for you—reflecting the true beauty of you. How often do we ever allow this opportunity to flourish? This was my first.
Jasmine didn’t care what dress she would be creating, what she cared about was my true happiness at the end of this process. She wanted me to have what I wanted. Not what I could or couldn’t afford. Jasmine was my compass during this journey to my true desires of what I wanted on this special, and everlasting day in my life. Jasmine knows how to see the bigger picture and doesn’t allow you to get stuck by the river. She guides you to the top of the mountain where you can understand the whole picture so you can make the right choices without regret. Jasmine taught me that creation is a process-‐-‐-‐it can’t be rushed, forced or faked. It is about allowing the whispers of your heart to be in the driver’s seat and allowing the logical mind to be the passenger. It’s a balance and harmony that cannot be denied. Jasmine was by my side through every single facet of this process of envisioning; creating; discovering; implementing; and unveiling.
She was flexible, tenacious, guiding, and loving through it all. Do I dare call her a dear friend without even having met her? I feel as though I can because of the relationship and bond we shared through this thoughtful and insightful experience.
The day of my wedding had finally come. Putting on my silk wedding sarong was nothing shy of glorious and magnificent. For it wasn’t just a “dress”, it had become a mirror of how I saw myself; an honest expression of myself. I have never in my life felt more beautiful, more empowered and more feminine. I felt like a true Goddess of Light and Love.
And the beauty continues… Jasmine creates your vision (dress) to not only accommodate your “occasion”, but to be celebrated again and again. Jasmine’s designs are specifically designed to be worn throughout your life-‐-‐NOT to be tucked away neatly in a box as a “keepsake” in the back of your closet just taking up space.
During our honeymoon, I was able to wear my wedding sarong dress several times: To a casual dinner; to slip it on upon waking up to walk down to the ocean with my morning coffee; or just to slip it on to feel beautiful. My husband loves me in it no matter what the occasion, and cannot take his hands off of me because the silk beckons to be touched. There’s nothing quite like wearing this silk. And how rare it is to be able to wear your wedding dress over and over again with wonderful versatility.
Jasmine inadvertently taught me many things during this journey of creating my dress that I am oh so grateful for: 1) My worthiness; 2) The power of being original; and 3) Empowering yourself with sticking to what your heart believes is true.
Jasmine is unequivocally one of the most talented artists I have ever known, but on top of that Jasmine is one of the most insightful, intuitive, sage listeners of all-‐time. You are not only working with a phenomenal artist with Jasmine, you are also learning how to embrace and celebrate the true beauty and power of yourself as a woman.
Thank you Jasmine for all that you are; all that you do; and all that you continue to create and give back. You make a difference to this world by the beauty you allow us to see in ourselves with the creations you make to reflect our own hearts’ paradise with Jasmine in bloom.
Jill Avery Henderson