One of my favorite beaches on Oahu to shoot at is a secret little beach by the JW Marriott in Ko’Olina. Although there are always a few people there, and often other photographers, it is easy to get breathtaking Hawaii scenery and backdrops with not too many people in the background. There is also beautiful white sand, some Hawaiian lava rock to create a little drama, tide pools, palm trees, tall grass, always a beautiful sunset… basically a photographers dream. Ive even seen an episode of the biggest loser have a short clip at this local.
Unfortunately, this particular day, to my surprise, there was a huge festival at the beach lagoons in front of the JW Marriott, the Disney Aulani, basically all along the east coast. It was impossible to even find parking. Needless to say I was a little bit freaked that I would be dealing with lots of little nuisances in my background. To my complete delight, my secret little beach was still nearly empty. Which was awesome because I had such a beautiful, fun and sweet couple that I wanted to deliver some awesome photos to!
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.
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