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  • Kai + JB | Lanikuhonua | Hawaii Wedding Photography

    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

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    This is the "Lava" song. I can't wait to see the video that Small Hour Films captured. <3

     

  • FLUX Hawaii | The Charm Issue | Fall 2015 | Hanapēpē, Kaua'i

    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

    Then there's Taro Ko. Also located in Hanapēpē, this tiny taro chip company warranted its own story, but I have to add that it's a must-see/eat if you are in the 'hood. I couldn't find a link to the article written by Coco Zickos so you'll have to pick up a print copy to read it. I'm including more photos because Dale Nagamine and Stanley Sakoda amazed me in many ways and totally made my day. Partly because it took 20 minutes to get Dale to tell me his name. He's shy.

    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!

  • Erin + Jonah | Kualoa Ranch Paliku Gardens | Oahu Wedding Photography

    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 

  • Kahina + Daniel | Lanikuhonua, Ko Olina | Wedding Photography

    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

  • My sister got married and it was pretty much the best day ever.

    I've been looking forward to my sister's wedding for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I can't say I ever had grand visions of my "dream wedding," but my sister's wedding, that was another story. She is the glamorous one that always looks flawless; I'm the one that always looks like I just finished a hike. I've been waiting my whole life for her to get married, most excitedly the past three and a half years since she got engaged, and when it finally happened it was everything I imagined and more.

    I don't know how she and Warren pulled off the most stunning wedding with such a short planning time frame, but they did! They created a beautiful, intimate celebration full of special details. Family helped with everything from the shuttle snacks made by our grandma and sister-in-law, to the rolled paper crane favors our mom brought back from Japan. Our brother and my boyfriend also set up the gorgeous ceremony site.

    Huge thanks to our dear family friends for allowing Erin and Warren to use their stunning Tantalus estate for the ceremony, which was even more special because our brother got married at the same spot almost two years ago. A big mahalo to the talented Leslie Fair who worked her hair and makeup magic while keeping us laughing the whole time, and to Blake Entertainment Hawaii for creating Erin's beautiful bouquet and setting up the stunning reception decor at the Halekulani Hotel. Chef Vikram Garb created the most amazing seven course dinner that had all of us speechless at some point during the night. It was truly an incredible day and night filled with love.

    One of the best decisions I made as sister-of-the-bride was encouraging Erin to hire a photographer. ;) We discussed having me shoot the wedding and I'd figure out how to get in a few family photos, but the more I thought about it I knew I wanted to be present and a part of the day rather than trying to document everything. She's my only sister and I'd looked forward to this for so long! She agreed and discovered the incredibly talented Kylie Martin, who through some stroke of luck was free with a month's notice.

    While it was wonderful not being responsible for photos that day, of course I couldn't help myself and took a lot anyway. Thanks to Kylie and Amber for being so nice and not minding me shooting from the background. These are some of my favorites...I know I'm a biased younger sister, but really, brides just don't get prettier. :) Check out Kylie's post to see her beautiful photos!

  • Ke'ala + Danny | Lanikuhonua, Ko Olina | Oahu Wedding Photography

    Ke'ala and Danny's wedding day was absolutely beautiful. They got ready in separate rooms at the Ko Olina Marriott Beach Club, where they first met nearly a decade ago when they both worked at the hotel. 

    Their stunning wedding at the ever gorgeous Lanikuhonua Cultural Institute was the perfect place to bring together Danny's family from the midwest and Ke'ala's family from west Oahu. Congratulations Ke'ala and Danny! Wishing you, your pups, chickens, and tortoise a lifetime of love!

    Mahalo to these wonderful vendors! Venue: Lanikuhonua Cultural Institute | Coordination: Aloha Bridal Connections | Hair & Makeup: HairMakeupBeauty | Flowers: Watanabe Floral | Cake: A Cake Life