Painted Church Wedding, Captain Cook, Allisha & Edward

Travelling the back roads of Hawaii is always a serene experience. The roads in the Kona coffee growing region, in South Kona, are loaded with small country churches so unassuming their exteriors speak to the simplicities of life in the mid 1800’s. St. Benedict Church in Captain Cook is known as “The Painted Church.” A quaint, simple church on the outside, but upon opening the doors, one is transported to another world….the interior walls of the church are beautifully painted with some striking scenes of the Bible. Designed, constructed and painted as a miniature European Gothic Cathedral by Father John, St. Benedict Church is now considered to be rather unique in the annals of American Art. Without any professional training and using house paint on ordinary wood he beautified the church with his paintings. In those days few Hawaiians could read and so he taught with pictures-most successfully.

The painted church is a photographers dream, the way the light hits the walls and envelops the paintings…. so much texture and color. Take a look at Allisha and Edwards wedding and you’ll see why they fell in love with this little church, and why i was thrilled to photograph it!Honaunau wedding © Karen Loudon photographySt. Benedict's Roman Catholic Church HawaiiPainted Church © Karen Loudon Photography-0005the painted churchHonaunau wedding © Karen Loudon photographypainted churchHonaunau wedding © Karen Loudon photographyPainted Church wedding HawaiiPainted Church © Karen Loudon Photography-0207Painted Church wedding Hawaii © Karen Loudon Photography-0470Painted Church wedding Hawaii © Karen Loudon Photography-0595St. Benedict's Painted Church weddingPainted Church wedding Hawaii © Karen Loudon Photography-0647painted Church Captain CookBig Island Catholic Church HawaiiBig Island Hawaii Catholic weddingHonaunau wedding © Karen Loudon photographyPlace of Refuge weddingPlace of Refuge Hawaii wedding © Karen Loudon Photography-0955Captain Cook weddingHonaunau wedding © Karen Loudon photographyHonaunau wedding © Karen Loudon Photography-0762Place of Refuge Hawaii wedding © Karen Loudon Photography-0974Holuakoa wedding reception © Karen Loudon Photography-1036Holuakoa wedding reception © Karen Loudon Photography-1051Holuakoa cafe wedding

wedding coordination: Vintage & Lace
beach photography location: Place of Refuge Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau
reception: Holuakoa Cafe