To all you brides out there, I dont know how you do it. Planning a wedding has been one of the most stressful years of my life! As a creative person, who is constantly involved with and surrounded by weddings, you would think that this whole wedding business would be a piece of cake! Not in my case, but thanks to my friends and family it was one of the most beautiful events of my entire life, and as I mentioned, I have attended quite a few.
Jason and I are settling into married life quite well, and are so happy that we got to have some great times with all the friends and family that made it out to Hawaii. For those of you planning a wedding in Oahu, I highly recommend having your wedding at Kualoa Ranch. It is away from all the hubbub of Waikiki, which is what we wanted. For those of you unfamiliar with Kualoa Ranch, it is the location where several movies and tv shows are shot. Jurrasic Park and LOST are just a couple to mention. It has breathtaking mountains and is super green and lush. We got married on the Secret Island which is only accessible by boat, and then we got our own private beach to give our vows. The price for the venues is one of the least expensive, and they allow for outside catering, and are great staff. Check them out at www.kualoa.com.
I used Bob Brown Hawaii Photographer for my photos. I had worked for him on Big Island for a while, and he is an amazing photographer. Him and his wife Naomi are so dear to Jason and I, and we love every picture we got from him. You can view Bobs Oahu work at HawaiiPhotographer.com as well as his Big Island work here!
Julia and Marcus were such an amazing couple who I met during their Engagement in Honolulu. Their story really struck me as it mirrored my own with my new husband Jason. Marcus is Swedish and was in town visiting Honolulu while Julia was in school at UH Manoa. The two met, had a brief romance in Oahu and knew they had something special. They have been doing long distance ever since from Sweden to Portland, Oregon, but they came back to Oahu to get engaged recently! The two were so sweet and tender with each other during the photography session, neither had a dry eye! It was so fun to be able to capture all of that emotion during the shoot, and this beautiful couple definitely got some sweet shots!
Due to some issues with the weather, we were unable to shoot the engagement session at their favorite beach, Lanikai. We were, however, able to shoot at a beautiful beach on Oahu called Sandy’s, known for its powerful shorebreak. I was able to find some sand dunes to offer some private portraits of the couple getting more intimate, without onlookers or other visitors at the beach in the background. I also got some beautiful sunset photos of the couple out on the lava rock. That shot reminds me of my days in Waikoloa on Big Island when all you had was lava rock! I love using lava rock in pictures because I feel like it is so unique to the Hawaiian Islands, and can show the more rugged terrain that Hawaii has to offer. And just in case thier friends and family didnt realize that they were in Hawaii, Julia and Marcus decided to wear leis for their photo session. Leis are most often reserved for memorable occasions. Especially the maile lei, which Marcus is wearing is known as the “lei of royalty,” given to signify respect and honor. Maile leis are often used in Hawaii at special events such as weddings and graduations.