Summer & Justin live in Northern California, they wanted to do a beach portrait session on their Hawaii vacation and get some images that they could blow up into art pieces for their house. Summer is a dancer for the San Jose Sabrecats and Justin works at a zoo, plays drums in the punk band the Pounders, and in Street Drum Corps. Young, in love, and talented! These two radiated fun and were so comfortable in front of the lens….. for the first part of our session, while Justin played the drums Summer danced on the beach. They made for a blissful evening on the beach filled with music and dancing…
Being a wedding photographer in Kona has its perks, namely the weather. Let’s just say I’m spoiled with year-round sunnyness…almost every day. In fact, rain is so infrequent on the beaches here that most couples don’t have a plan B for the wedding location, so, when we are hit with the occasional rain we usually have to scramble to make last-minute changes to the wedding. This is exactly what was going on yesterday at 4pm, when it started raining at Old Airport Beach, and with Jordan and Jeremiah’s ceremony scheduled for 5pm. Now, I think there is something really romantic about the rain. I absolutely love that this adorable couple didn’t let rain on the day of their wedding stop them. I think it really just added to the magic of the day……….because they decided to stay and have the ceremony outdoors on the beach, and the rain just stopped, magically, shortly after Jordan arrived. The wedding ceremony was officiated by Rev. Patrick Thompson and the couple wrote their own vows …which were incredibly touching. We headed back to the Royal Kona Resort for cocktails and dinner and I need to take a moment to thank Brian Scully for orchestrating a beautiful reception.
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Some weddings I book years in advance and know every detail on what to expect from my couple, some weddings I book them right around the corner and am surprised with every thoughtful detail they created to make the day even more special! Anastasiya and Cory’s wedding day was filled a whole lot of love from everyone in attendance.
Destination beach weddings are all about the organic textures, tropical bouquets & centerpieces, and simple touches. Anastasiya and Cory had a beautiful outdoor ceremony on the beach in front of the elegant Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts on the Kohala Coast of the Big island of Hawaii. The pureness and authenticity of their day is what stands out in my mind.
Thank you Anastasiya and Cory for your kindness, authenticity and grace. Thank you … for everything!!
Laura and Evan met at a wedding 5 years ago, then crossed paths again 1 ½ years later. They always joke that they know they will last forever because they did things backwards…. they fell in love, broke up, then fell back in love. They had a magical Hawaiian wedding and are now living their happily ever after! Their love story has been a roller coaster but it is their amazing love that has helped them make it through some very tough challenges. They are best friends and their love still amazes them every day! They wouldn’t change their story one bit because they have a level of respect and love for one another that they would never have had otherwise, and two of the cutest children you could ever ask for!
The reception took place at an amazing Mauna Kea Resort vacation home . Their gorgeous beach themed cake was made by one of my favorite bakeries, Pineapple bakery…I adore Robin’s creations! Robin her staff at Sam’s Place also catered the event .
Laura is a photographer herself, so knowing how important photography is to her, I felt honored to be chosen as her wedding photographer.
Laura and Evan…you’re the best! Thank you for welcoming me like an old friend and allowing me to capture your love. And your friends. And your family. And everything in between! Your wedding was amazing and I was honored to be a small part of the day you married your best friend. Much Love and Appreciation… Karen
It was love at first sight during a snow ball fight in a snow storm. Stew face washed Alicia with a snow ball and they’ve been hanging out ever since. Stew and Alicia live in Northwest Washington, on their first real date he took her to a spot out on Chuckanut Dr. over looking Puget Sound & beautiful Chuckanut Bay. 2 1/2 years later he took her back to watch the sunrise and asked her to marry him! She said yes! He had the ring custom made by a local jeweler because she’s in love with sapphires.
Alicia and Stewart are two very happy people! I was so thrilled when Alicia contacted me and asked me to photograph their wedding. She wanted to know if I could start from the time they woke up on their special day…. what a novel idea, I loved it!
I knocked on the door to their beautiful suite located in the Palace tower at the Hilton Waikoloa Village at approximately 8am, to find the two of them lounging over a leisurely room service breakfast. They were so relaxed. We went back into the bedroom for a do-over wake-up photo session, I had an idea of them having a pillow fight (with a feather pillow that just happened to spill a few feathers, naturally!). Alicia and Stewart were up for it. I love it when couples just feel like friends you have known forever. That is exactly how I feel with these two. It was so FUN!
hair and makeup by Jackie Zimmerman http://jackiezimm.com
Terre and Mat are the kind of couple that inspire you to love.
They met in 2008 in Kailua, Oahu at Morning Brew which is a coffee shop (they are both coffee fanatics). Terre was studying for nursing school finals and Mat was having lunch. They’ve been drinking buddies ever since! They loved living in Oahu – they enjoyed hiking and their first official date was a hike at north shore. Mat is a skin diver and Terre likes to snorkel so they would go to the ocean as much as possible. He proposed on Christmas Day 2009 first thing in the morning after they had both just gotten up. Mat had the engagement ring made in Germany and he did not expect it to arrive so soon, but because it had, he thought Christmas would be perfect – and Terre agreed ! They decided to move to the mainland because they thought it would be best for a growing family in the future. They’ve settled in Austin, TX. Now they have a 4 bedroom house and they can’t wait to fill the rooms with children!
Initially, they thought their Hawaii vacation was just going to be that, but they could no longer wait – they really wanted to get married. A big fancy wedding was not important to them. On a trip to Terre’s hometown (NYC) in July, they managed to get custom made wedding rings done within days, then they decided to look for a small chapel in Hawaii where they could say their vows in a church. Terre happened upon photos of Ke Ola Mau Loa Church (the Green Church) in Waimea when surfing the internet, and contacted Rev. Terminello, who was very accommodating.
The church was even more beautiful in person than in the photos. The simple ceremony started and ended with Hawaiian blessings. It was sweet and beautiful and just felt natural. Terre’s bouquet was picked from a plumeria tree that morning. After the ceremony the newlyweds drove straight to Mauna Kea Observatory in their wedding attire. They took pictures up there and other visitors complimented them on being the best dressed tourists. The “reception” was at the shops at Mauna Lani. The Sunday following the wedding they attended services at the church. Rev Terminello, the Kahu of the church, and the church goers were very friendly, and invited them to lunch afterwards.
I didn’t meet Terre or Mat before their wedding, in fact our photo session was the day after the real wedding. Rev Terminello was also nice enough to open the church again the next day. it didn’t matter one bit. From the second Terre and Mat emerged newly married from their rental car, they were grinning from ear to ear and ready for photosAfter spending about 45minutes taking pictures at the church, we headed off to Hapuna Beach in time for a beautiful sunset.
Terre and Mat were were married on August 10, 2011 on the Big Island of Hawaii.
I’ve had a great time getting to know Rick and Ellen over the past few years. These two fun-loving former New Orleaneans moved to Kailua Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii about 4 years ago. Ellen is a former elephant manager at the Audubon zoo in New Orleans and was among those who rode out hurricane Katrina with the animals, so having their wedding at the zoo had special significance for the couple.
This is a couple that works hard, plays hard, and throws some amazing parties. It’s difficult to sum up their wedding into just one day….. the wedding festivities truly began a week before for me, with the arrival of myself along with many other Hawaiians into New Orleans in time for the end of jazzfest, followed by a full week of festivities leading up to the wedding, which included a crawfish boil, the bachelor and bachelorette parties, the reception dinner and finally the wedding…..
Rick & Ellen married on May 14, 2011! Preparations for the day began at the beautiful Avenue Plaza Hotel on St. Charles, then we headed to the Audubon Zoo where their evening ceremony took place in front of the fountain close to the sea lion exhibit.
The reception took place at the Louisiana Swamp Exhibit which is a re-creation of a 1930s swamp settlement equipped with a trapper’s cottage, Spanish moss, white alligators and cypress knees. This wedding included a blend of Hawaiian and Louisiana traditions. Ellen wore a white orchid haku lei in her hair and Rick wore a traditional maile lei. Their first dance, “A Beach in Hawaii”, was followed by a New Orleans wedding tradition, the Second Line Parade, which signifies the start of a new beginning of life for the bride and groom. Friends and family danced the night away in celebration in the Cajun Ballroom.
Rick and Ellen, you both are wonderful, kind hearted people and it was truly a pleasure to be there for your wedding day. I enjoyed the entire week, but after all those parties, I’m definitely looking forward to a vacation from this vacation! Congratulations! KL
Kestrel and Mike met while they were both performing in a theater production of Hamlet in Waimea. They started dating after opening night. Mike proposed at their favorite beach, Mauna Kea, they had packed a picnic lunch and found a spot in the shade. He disappeared to get something out of the car and when he came back, he told Kestrel he had just spoken to her father. He got down on one knee, read a beautiful poem he had written for her and proposed. The engagement ring is pink sapphire (sapphire is Kestrels birth stone) and white gold. He got it at their friend Moses’ shop, Mountain Gold Jewellers, in Kawaihae. He actually told Kestrel he was going to rehearsal for a show early and instead he drove to Kawaihae. He had the ring for 2 weeks before he proposed! The inspiration for their engagement photo session was 40s movie star glamour, as well as the Hawaiian beauty of the Keauhou Beach Resort grounds and their love for each other and their son.
Kestrel and Mike’s story and pictures were also published at your engagement 101.com
Kestrel and Mike’s story and pictures were also published at www.yourengagement101.com
I’m excited today to bring you Mac and Sienna’s very beautiful and classic wedding and reception. The day started by walking into the beautiful Hale Kiwi Plantation vacation home, this home was made for wedding photography and perfectly complimented Mac and Sienna’s classic wedding feel and decor. Enter through the magnificent crystal cut glass front doors and you are greeted by an expansive view of the blue Pacific Ocean, framed by an open 40 foot sliding glass wall of the great room with it’s own indoor atrium reaching 25 feet to the sky light. I went directly to the bridal suite to take some pictures of the brides preparations, then off to the ceremony!… a short walk to the gardens just beyond the pool. The lovely 20 minute ceremony was directly followed by the reception. There were so many lovable parts to this reception. Everything from the lively Hawaiian music by Aloha in Motion Trio to the amazing selection of fish for dinner, which was caught and brought in from the Bahamas by Sienna’s father, Mike. Mac and Sienna, I had a blast capturing your gorgeous day. You two are truly awesome people, and I am a big, big fan! Thank you again for allowing me to be there along side you on your wedding day!