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Not every photographer is lucky enough to call Hawaii his or her studio. The Islands provide some of the most dramatic and beautiful backdrops for a wedding, family portrait, or event. From lush tropical rainforests, to expansive sunsets, being a Hawaii photographer on the island of Oahu is certainly living Aloha (the breath of life).

Bridal portrait in palm trees

Brynne and Jons destination wedding at a Private Estate on the East side of Oahu could best be summed up as fresh, playful, and romantic! It was a beautiful sunny Hawaiian day for this locally styled wedding. The venue was filled with simple, elegant tropical flora which tied in neatly with the lush greenery that the estate offered. All of this, with the Ko’olau mountains in the distance, made an altogether epic yet intimate affair.

This adorable young couple were college sweethearts in Oklahoma , and many of their friends and family were visiting the islands from my home state! Being from Texas, I knew these guys would know how to have a good time. Between mustache disguises, a few awkward family photos (an inside joke), and no one holding back on the dancefloor, this party turned into a downright Texas hootenany.

Congrats to this lovely couple, who are hopefully currently relaxing on the beach and sipping fancy drinks.  :)

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Catering – Kenekes Catering

Cake – A Cake Life

Florist – Bill and Heidi Wise

Bride and Father of the Bride enter the Photo of the kiss during a wedding ceremony at  Saint John Vianney Parish to begin her wedding ceremony

I haven’t had many opportunities to shoot weddings in Kailua and Kaneohe, Hawaii. I felt so privileged to be a part of Kristen and Ryan’s wedding, and to be able to capture the majestic beauty of Kaneohe Bay and Hawaii’s famous and tragically beautiful Ko’olau mountains.  Kristen and Ryan’s wedding took place at a beautiful Catholic church, Saint John Vianney Parish in the heart of Kailua, and their reception at the YWCA Kokokahi on Kaneohe Bay.  The surroundings were incredible. Even though the east side of Hawaii quickly looses its sunlight in the early evening, somehow the warm sunlight was able to trickle through the Ko’olau Mountains and illuminate the passion and joy that this amazing couple has for each other. Their joy, happiness and quiet gentleness to each other was so easily captured in camera. Bride and Father of the Bride enter the Photo of the kiss during a wedding ceremony at  Saint John Vianney Parish to begin her wedding ceremony Candid photo of bride and groom during wedding ceremony Bride and groom hold hands durin the catholic ceremony at Photo of the kiss during a wedding ceremony at  Saint John Vianney Parish, Kailua Bridal candid photography during wedding reception Photo of the kiss during a wedding ceremony at  Saint John Vianney Parish, Kailua Exiting the ceremony at Detail shot of Wedding bouquet in Hawaiian sunshine Detail shot of Wedding bouquet in Hawaiian sunshine Candid portrait of bride and groom after wedding ceremony atSaint John Vianney Parish, Kailua Hawaii Ethereal bridal candid photography at Saint John Vianney Parish, Kailua Hawaii Beautiful detail photography of a Hawaiian bouquet Bride posing with bouquet in front of Saint John Vianney Parish in Oahu Groom kisses bride on the cheek in front of the Saint John Vianney Parish, in Kailua Hawaii Bride and groom pose for the honi honi, a traditional hawaiian love gesture Beautiful photography of a couple beneath the majestic and colorful Ko'olau mountains in Kane'ohe Hawaii romantic photo of bride and groom holding eachother in front of Hawaii Ko'olau mountain ranges Beautiful lighting cascades through the Hawaiian Ko'olau mountains for this epic portrait of a bride and groom Bride and Groom embrace for a beautiful photograph beaneath the Hawaii Ko'olau Mountain range warm colorful photo of bride and groom in front of Ko'Olau mountain range Posed photograph of Bride and groom against a palm tree with Hawaii ocean in the background Romantic kiss photo of bride and groom with palm trees in the background Romantic image of bride kissing groom beneath her veil on Hawaii's east coast Candid photo of Bride as she gives her thank yous to friends and family that made it to their Hawaii Wedding Groom grabs the Bride close for a smooch during their Wedding reception During the wedding reception in beautiful Hawaiithe bride steals a glance at her groom fun and silly candid photo of bride and groom walking to reception Beautiful Hawaiian 4 teir wedding cake with orchids with Kaneohe Bay Hawaii in the background Couple pose for shot while cutting Wedding cake with sword at beautiful Kaneohe Bay reception Wedding couple kiss photography after cake cutting in Hawaii Photography of Bride and Groom first dance in Kaneohe Oahu Bride is twirled by husband on dance floor of ceremony Bride tosses bouqet in Atkinson Room in Kaneohe, Hawaii Kristen-Ryan-Wedding_0875 Photography of Bride with Wedding Guests Groom dips bride backwards under tree at YWCA Kokokahi, Kaneohe Hawaii


Venue: Saint John Vianney Parish

Venue: YWCA Kokokahi

Videographer: Manoa Productions

DJ : Zachary Ching (Brother of the Bride)

Catering : Gourmet Events Hawaii

Hair and Make Up : Mia Moriguchi

Flowers : Creative Concepts

Bridal Gown hanging on hanger

Chloe and Scotty are one of my favorite couples who also call Hawaii home. Since both were from the West Coast they decided to celebrate their love at Cathedral Park in Portland Oregon. After having a horizontal rain downpour for the entire week leading up to the wedding, no one was anticipating the sun to come out for a rare, beautiful, and warm Portland Wedding Day.

Both Chloe and Scotty are such warm and giving people, and their friends and family are no different. Everyone came together to make this a unique and extraordinary celebration. The day began at the very unique Kennedy School Hotel, which had such a magical charm to it. Chloe’s bridesmaids were buzzing around, doing each others hair and makeup, and providing the bride with plenty of coffee, donuts, and champagne.

Then the beautiful wedding couple was blessed in what was one of the most beautiful October days that Portland has to offer. Their ceremony in Cathedral Park was both majestic and intimate. Surrounded by many friends and family bringing their two worlds together even more. They continued the celebration at the Alberta Street Pub which Chloe’s friend from childhood Jango owns. It was a true Portland celebration, with lots of delicious beer, mustaches, and friends. I always am so thankful to be a Wedding Photographer who can travel, my time in Portland was one of the most easy going and fun Weddings to date!

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Wedding Venue: Cathedral Park

Reception Venue: Alberta Street Pub

Florist: Lisa Krauter-Smith


Jun 01, 2013

Over the past couple months, I have felt like I am just consistently traveling, which has been exhausting, especially since I am also trying to plan my own wedding. However, when I found out I had the opportunity to shoot Tom and Deanna in Las Vegas, I was as the islanders say, “STOKED!”

I had met Tom and Deanna a year earlier, pre-engagement. They had wanted to just get some pictures of themselves as a couple on vacation back when I lived on Big Island. They were really comfortable with each other, but in a really gentle sweet way. Even though they weren’t engaged yet I joked at them that they should fly me out to shoot their wedding. Well, to my disbelief, hardly a year later, here I am, at their Las Vegas Wedding!!!

One of my passions is definitely travel, and to be able to be a destination photographer just wraps up all that I love into one. I was especially excited to go to Vegas, where I had never been. For those of you who have been to Vegas, you can imagine my shock and awe! Luckily, Tom and Deanna got married a ways out of town, off the strip, at a cute little venue called the Secret Garden. Their wedding was romantic, and intimate and it was a beautiful day for photos.

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