A day at the beach for this family was all that was needed to make for a fun winter day here on Oahu. The Family Portrait session at Waimanalo was gorgeous. There was a slight breeze in the air and the waters were calm and blue making for this picture perfect backdrop. This family enjoys a good day at the beach and this is one of their favorites and anyone can see why. It was nice capturing these moments for them since their little ones are growing up so quick and mom is in town for just a short stay.
From the sunflower fields at North Shore on their engagement shoot, to the Hilton Hawaiian Village for their wedding day, we were excited to hang out and photograph Po & Sam for their special moments. These two met in High School 14 years ago and are now tying the knot.
We met them at the Hilton Hawaiian Village to start the day early. Po put on her first dress of the day, which was a traditional red, dress flown in specifically for the Chinese Tea Ceremony. To start the tea ceremony, the guys had to “convince” the bride and her entourage that he was worthy of her hand. So at the door, the groomsmen went to work singing songs, signing contracts, and more. You haven’t seen anything until you’ve witnessed 3 adult men wearing lingerie over their tuxedos as part of the trials to get in the door. Once in, the Tea Ceremony began and Po’s father brought her out to give him her hand.
After the Chinese Tea Ceremony, Po changed into her white gown and we did a little walk out to Waikiki beach area. It’s incredible how many people will fit on such a small strip of sand. All eyes were on Po & Sam as congratulations rang out left and right to them. It was a celebrity moment in the sun.
The traditional ceremony was held in the amazing Ocean Crystal Chapel at the Hilton. It’s an all white ceremony location with views over the ocean and perched high up above a flowing waterfall. Everyone gathered and cheered as these two gave their first kiss as husband and wife.
The reception moved upstairs to a beautifully decorated hall by Bella Amour Events Hawaii. The purple hinted theme throughout really pulled together by a detailed sweet heart table. At the reception Po changed into two more dresses that were custom made for her. If you blinked your eyes, you might have thought she had twin sisters coming in with different dresses just to mess with your memory. All in all, it was a 14-hour day, which matches their 14 years together. We wish them prosperity and happiness in their new lives together.
We always feel lucky to photograph someone’s special wedding day or a baby’s first days on earth or even a full family get together that will only happen once. It was another rare treat that happened upon us when we were asked to photograph Becky Morgan, former California State Senator and her husband James, former CEO of Applied Materials where they would use their photos for her upcoming book, “Life in the Three Acts – Farm Girl, Public Servant, Philanthropist”. It’s a story that started out as a long letter to her grandchildren to describe her early years so that they could see what her life was about that they would never see. It morphed into so much more, a full story of where she started to where she grew through her public Senator position. As she describes in the book, times were different than they are today, so what better gift to pass on to your future family than a book of stories that defined you through your life.
We were very fortunate that we got to capture yet another amazing person in photographs. Besides her new book, Becky and Jim continue to give back to the community. You can read more about it on the Morgan Family Foundation website.
Offer good December 2nd and 3rd
You’ve heard of Cyber Monday, well this is our version of it with Cyber Lucie savings. Since it’s Lucie’s birthday on December 2nd, we are extending out our own version of the cyber savings. We are offering a 30% discount on ALL products we offer and the same for any family or newborn photo sessions booked on these two days. Christmas is behind the corner and you know how much your family would love to have some photos of you other then on the computer! All of our products can be seen here: Awesome Products
How do you take part in Cyber Lucie??
Clients with active Galleries
– Log into your gallery and add your items. Upon check out just use Coupon Code CyberLucie2014 . If you prefer, you can contact us by email or give us a call.
Clients with inactive Galleries
– Contact us by email or give us a call and we can walk through your order request. Mention CyberLucie2014 when you contact us.
– Do the same. Just email us or give us a call and we will walk through it with you. Mention CyberLucie2014 when you contact us.
We’ll be celebrating on December 2nd so leave a message if you are calling and we’ll make sure to get back to you withing next couple of days.
We are excited to see another one of our weddings posted up at Ceremony Magazine in their “Real Weddings” section. This was the wedding of Kristina and Everett at the ever beautiful Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley. This was an awesome wedding not only because these two were so amazing to work with and photograph, but the style of the wedding was incredible with it’s rustic style. You can see more of the photos here: http://luciexyz.com/kristina-everett-holman-ranch-carmel-mission-wedding/
Photography | Lucie XYZ Photography
Event Planner | Every Last Detail
Ceremony Venue | Ceremony Entertainment | Carmel Mission Basilica
Reception Venue | Lighting | Holman Ranch
Floral Design | CC Creations And Floral Design
Rentals | Chic Event Rentals
Linens | Catering | Schumann’s Four Seasons Catering
Lighting | Entertainment | Joel Nelson Productions
Reception Entertainment | Mike Morotta, Anthony Lane
Stationery | In Print
Cake | Cakes By Veronica
Dessert Bar | Emi’s Biscotteria
Favors | Le Boulanger, San Pellegrino
Transportation | Main Event Transportation
Gown Design | David Tutera
Bridal Salon | Hairpiece | Veil | Trudy’s Brides
Bridal Jewelry | Nadri
Bridal Shoes | Badgley Mischka
Hair | Makeup | A Smooth Start
Bridesmaid Dresses | Ralph Lauren
Formalwear | Selix
Mothers’ Dresses | Macy’s
Flower Girls Dresses | David’s Bridal
Engagement Ring | Wedding Rings | Jb&B
Wedding Night Hotel | Carmel Valley Ranch
Honeymoon | Cancun
Honeymoon Resorts | Excellence Playa Mujeres
Registries | Macy’s, Williams-Sonoma, Crate And Barrel
It’s always fun for us to shoot a family session, but it adds so much more when we can shoot at a place that means something to the family such as a favorite place they visit or in the case of the Stuchlik family, we photographed them in their own backyard. Situated in the gorgeous Lanikai area, their backyard was rich with plants and trees and the boys play structure to get creative with. So now when they look at the photos years down the road, they can not only see themselves and how they were together, but also enjoy seeing part of their history of where they were. To us, that is what makes this job rewarding.
A little goofiness never hurts. :)
More fun with the leaves during beautiful fall weather at Vasona Park in Los Gatos with the Hevery’s.