Adventure Officiant: Officiant Chris
Adventure Officiant: Officiant Chris
I was so honored to capture darling Hana before and after she was born. She was 8 days old in these photos, and just so sweet. See a peek of her stunning mama's sunset maternity photo shoot at Diamond Head Beach. Mahalo to my Lana Lane Studios "coworker" Tamara of Paiko Hawaii for the beautiful foraged monstera leaves used in this newborn shoot.
I've been busy just trying to keep up with shooting and editing and haven't posted in over 4 months, my longest break ever. I also stopped writing about weddings and shoots and decided to post photos only, purely for the sake of keeping up with my workflow.
I'm making an exception for a very special couple. I've been putting off this post because I really don't know what to say. I get extremely emotional talking about Aly and Austin, whom I got to know last June when we met for coffee and later that month we had so much fun while shooting their engagement photos. They are both teachers (I love educators, my mom was one) and the sweetest, most adorable couple who are clearly so in love.
I'd love to simply showcase their photos and have their smiles, kisses and laughs tell the whole story, but I know they can use help. Aly has stage 4 stomach cancer, and when we met last year it was "under control" but in the last few months it has gotten much worse. I met with them a couple weeks ago at the hospital to go over timeline details and things were not looking good. I broke down after I left. I was so happy to see Aly looking gorgeous at their rehearsal earlier this week with Austin wheeling her around. She is determined to walk down the aisle with her dad at their wedding tomorrow, and I'm so honored to be there to capture it.
Learn more about Aly's story (she already beat a different cancer as a child) and donate to her fund here: Kicking Cancer's Butt
Kai and JB planned their Lanikuhonua destination wedding from Virginia, and I was surprised to learn that their wedding was also their first time visiting Hawaii. They are two of the sweetest people and fit in so well here - I mean, her name is Kai! - I just assumed they had a long history with the islands.
The fact that they planned their wedding sight unseen made everything more impressive, especially all of the beautiful details they incorporated into their day. Much credit goes to the L-4-Love team who coordinated and decorated everything perfectly. My favorites were all the French Bulldog details to represent Kai and JB's beloved pup Poey who couldn't make the trip but was definitely there in spirit. The escort cards, cake toppers, chair sign, and even Kai's socks for her reception Chuck Taylors were all Poey-themed. So adorable.
My favorite part of the day was Kai's sister Ailah's speech that turned into a surprise song and dance performance with Ailah singing, their dad playing ukulele, and Kai's three nieces dancing hula to "Lava." Their mom used to say "I labba you" to them, so when they heard this song the similar sounding words reminded them of her. It was the most beautiful, heartwarming performance, and I doubt there was a dry eye in the crowd. I can't confirm because I had a difficult enough time trying to photograph it through my tears.
Kai and JB, thank you for having us along on your supremely special day. Wishing you love and happy times forever and ever.
Mahalo to these wonderful vendors! Coordination: L-4-Love | Venue: Lanikuhonua | Flowers: Sayuri Floral Design | Hair & Makeup: Face Art Beauty | Cake: A Cake Life | DJ/MC: Bliss DJs | Videography: Small Hour Films | Food: The Catering Connection | Rentals: Accel Party Rentals
This is the "Lava" song. I can't wait to see the video that Small Hour Films captured. <3
The latest issue of FLUX - The Charm Issue - Fall 2015 has been out for a couple months, but don't mistake my delayed post as lack of enthusiasm because I'm actually thrilled to be a contributor to this really awesome publication. The delay is because, you know, life.
I returned home from Portugal nearly a month ago and found a copy of FLUX in my mail pile. Big thanks to Nella Media Group for sending it (and bigger thanks for asking me to contribute), you all are wonderful. I love so much about this issue, I started photographing the stories I liked - like The Shaka Field Guide cover story by Travis Hancock with stellar images by Jonas Maon - and then I realized I should just tell people to buy the issue rather than try to show it in low-res photos, ha.
There are great articles ranging from indigo dyeing to the valet industry to mango desserts to weatherman Guy Hagi, and more. And then there's my little article on things to see and do in Hanapēpē, "Kaua'i's biggest little town." I was excited to have an excuse to explore this historic town earlier in the year. I'm including more photos that didn't make the print edition, and you can read the article here: Itinerary: Hanapēpē.
The Art of Marbling - Becky Wold
Hanapēpē Swinging Bridge
Little Fish Coffee
Salt Pond Beach Park
J J Ohana's Ni'ihau Shell Jewelry - Gale Sagucio
Pick up a copy of FLUX - The Charm Issue (you have until the end of October) and don't miss Sonny Ganaden's "Blooming Romance" on Hawaii's wedding industry. It's funny, poignant and true. And on that note, I'm off to shoot a wedding in Waikiki. ;) Happy Aloha Friday!
I met Erin and Jonah at the beginning of the year when we got together for their fun engagement session on the scenic slopes of Tantalus. When I heard that Jonah packed Erin's stunning engagement ring all the way to South Africa and proposed to her while they were on safari, I knew we would be fast friends. I love meeting fellow adventurers and I soon discovered that these two are also really great people.
Erin and Jonah's gorgeous August wedding at Kualoa Ranch was filled with perfect moments. From Jonah's funny Christmas/wedding card that had Erin in tears to their heartfelt vows to their cousin's beautiful serenade and their friend's breathtaking fire dance, every moment of the day was incredibly special. What stood out the most was how Jonah kept Erin laughing the entire day, without even trying. It was obvious that these two make a perfect pair. Congratulations Erin and Jonah! Wishing you a lifetime of love, laughter and adventure!
Mahalo to these wonderful vendors! Venue: Kualoa Ranch | Coordination: Premier Events by Michelle | Hair & Makeup: Cheryl Hazelgrove | Flowers: Watanabe Floral | MC/DJ: Bliss DJs | Videography: Honolulu Creative Media | Cake: Tiers of Joy | Catering: The Catering Connection
When Daniel turned to see his bride, his expression said it all. Kahina looked absolutely stunning, and Daniel looked...speechless. Their wedding was full of so much love. Love for each other, love for their family and friends, love from their family and friends, love everywhere. Imagine love as a thousand beach balls in the air all evening; everyone passing them around so they never hit the ground. (No, there weren't actually beach balls, and yes, I need to work on my analogies.)
Many people contributed special details to Kahina and Daniel's wonderful day: bridesmaid Kawehi Wight sang a beautiful rendition of Na Leo Pilimehana's Rest of Your Life as Kahina walked down the aisle, family members played music during cocktail hour and dinner, and Kahina's cousin (and pastry chef) Justine Perkins created their wedding cake. As an extra special groom's gift, Kahina gave Daniel a custom surfboard with his Contrast Magazine logo on it. His expression when he saw the board was almost as great as when he saw Kahina. :)
Congratulations Kahina and Daniel! Wishing you all the love and joy of your wedding day, forever.
Mahalo to these wonderful vendors! Venue: Lanikuhonua | Coordination: Say I Do by Karisa | Flowers: Su-V Expressions | Hair & Makeup: HairMakeupBeauty | Video: Enlight Studios | Photo Booth: Photo Ops Hawaii | DJ/Sound: Status Entertainment | Food: Haili's Hawaiian Food | Rentals: Accel Party Rentals