photos by Steven Kanemori (left) and Kai-photo (right)

Some of you may know me by a different name. My very first wedding job was working as a wedding planner for a Japanese wedding company and my boss said that my name sounded too similar to an employee already working there named “Roland” and that I needed to come up with another name. She also said that while I was at it, I should use a different last name too that would be easier for our Japanese customers to use. From that moment, I created the moniker “Joy Kawai” which was my middle name and my grandmother’s last name. I thought it would be fitting that I resurrect the name for this business.