Loulu Palms Estate Wedding – A day out at the Loulu Palms Estate for a wedding is like a day vacationing and photographing your favorite tourist attraction, but without all the tourists. Instead we had the awesome couple of David & Candace to photograph on their wedding day. They had looked at other places, but their hearts settled up on this amazing location and for good reason. A great view of the northern shore of Oahu, a perfect lawn to layout the ceremony and reception, and of course a getaway from all the crowds. These two brought in their families, some local and some from far away. They had such a great party for kicking off their lives together. It was casual and relaxed bridal party that made for such a great time as we joked around with them during all the shots. They was even a great moment where the ocean wasn’t playing friendly and would sneak a rogue wave at us once in a while. Despite having eyes watching the sea, a wave snuck up on us and gave such a great moment for the bride and groom to run. You’ve never seen someone haul dress like that up the sandy beach. We were laughing so hard and got our hearts racing all at the same time. Thank you both for an amazing day and congratulations on your future life together.
Coordinator: Louise at Love Letter Weddings
Venue: Loulu Palms Estate
DJ:Crichton at The Perfect Wedding DJs\
Cake: A Cake Life
Tent: Pacific Party Rentals
Hair & Makeup: Faith & Beauty
Ceremony Officiant & Ukele: A Rainbow in Paradise
Its funny how our life journey’s take us down different unexpected paths and introduce us to some of the greatest people and future clients. We had just finished up a month of photography in California and flew back into Honolulu where I met up with Frank at the local Acura dealership where he was taking care of managing the maintenance on our car. In conversation with him I mentioned about our photography trip and his ears perked up about how they were looking for a photographer for family photos. A few short weeks later we got to meet up with him and his awesome family up on Mount Tantalus for some family photos. It was a great time with them all. Their 3 kids made us laugh as we tried to coral them for photos because let’s face it, little kids just want to play. They were really good and happy throughout the session making for a fun time and afternoon. Their playful nature made for some great moments for us to all cherish.
We enjoy it when our friends come to visit here in Hawaii and we love the fact that we also got to shoot this couple’s wedding many moons ago. This time around we shot their family portraits which they have since added to their family a cute little daughter who reminds us so much of a slightly older version of our own daughter. The three of them were awesome to hang out with and shoot and their little girl was excited to be swung between the two of them like a trapeze artist. It’s amazing to have friends like them and to be able to capture memories from their life experiences makes us even happier. We can’t wait till you guys visit again.
Newborn Photography – Please say Aloha to the newest addition to the islands, baby Emmeline. She was born recently to this lovely family and they stopped by our studio to take some precious photos. We even got to turn her into a little Minion :) Some of her grand parents stopped by as well and they got to join in on the happy beginnings.
All I can say is “wow” for this Honolulu wedding. One of the most amazing weddings I’ve ever photographed in my 12 years as a wedding photographer. As soon as I met them, I just felt the warmth. They are both so friendly and wonderful and their love for each other is so genuine. They had 13 people in their bridal party and every single person was as amazing as these two. It was such a pleasure photographing them all.
Becky grew up on this island so their wedding was held in a private beach estate in Honolulu. It was a perfect location for their big day. After a touching ceremony and whole bunch of fun portraits we did on the lawn and on the beach, the evening continued with an abundance of entertainment. Byron sang part of their first dance song, as it was played on their first date. After that, Becky’s nieces prepared a beautiful hula performance, but that wasn’t the end of the awesome. All of sudden, to the sounds of Marry me by Bruno Mars, the whole bridal party started an unexpected flash mob for the bride and the groom. More and more people joined in and Becky & Byron could not stop laughing with joy, excitement and surprise. It was truly a memorable wedding for me, so I know it was just as epic for them.
It really was the best thing ever.
There is something to be said about enjoying a vacation that you worked so hard to earn. The Likes family enjoyed theirs, despite driving into rain almost every day, and decided to end it all with a nice family portrait session to remember the trip by. This family of 7 with were so awesome as they had fun during the photos and their kids were so well behaved with ages ranging from 5 to 17. We met them at Ko’olina on the west side of Oahu where there are several hotels and a few man made lagoons to relax by. The rocky shore is scenic and the sun sets peacefully over here; which created a nice opportunity for some shots as the sun went down.
June & Devin are expecting their first baby in about one month. They are not sure if it’s a boy or a girl so they will have a nice surprise once the little one arrives. For their pregnancy portraits, we went to their favorite beach where they love to come with their little corgi Harley. I can’t wait to photograph their baby soon!
There is an amazing little bit of property just up at North Shore Oahu that makes for one of the most amazing event sites we’ve ever been able to shoot at. The Loulu Palm Estate wedding site is a house that sits right next to the ocean so the ceremony site overlooks the blue waters while the lawn plays for the perfect stage for the reception. Winnie and Mark found a perfect location for their wedding day to match their perfect connection with each other.
Mark was originally from New Zealand and now lives in San Francisco, but his close friends and family hail from New Zealand and Australia respectively. Winnie lives in San Francisco too but has relatives and friends on both sides of the Pacific, so having the wedding right in the middle on Oahu was the perfect destination wedding spot for everyone. With help from Louise, the amazing coordinator from Love Letter Weddings, they were able to pull it all together from far away.
Two big treats of the night came in musical entertainment and some of the most delicious food ever. Stephan Kane provided his talent with the beautiful sounds from his classical guitar throughout the day while Ke Nui Kitchen made our mouths melt with every bite we took from their cooking in the evening. I can still taste the “YUM” as I type this.
The event turned out amazing and we were lucky to have a nearly rain free day. One couldn’t have asked for a more perfect event to call their wedding day and we were excited to be a part of it. We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we enjoyed taking them.
Wedding design, planning & floral: Love Letter Weddings
Ceremony & Reception Location: Loulu Palm Estate
Catering: Ke Nui Kitchen
Classical Guitar: Stephan Kane – Classical Guitar
Rental equipment / lights / tent: Pacific Party Rentals
Hair & Make-up: Maleana Cosmetics
Look at this little cutie! Baby Patrick was acting like a big boy and had no intentions of sleeping during his newborn photo session. Eventually he did fall asleep and we managed to get some cute sleeping shots as well.
You can see some shots of him during the maternity session here:
I met with the Hacking family by the hotel they were staying at Ko’Olina so we could do some portraits of their family. They flew in for their vacation from Utah with their four kiddos. We had a great time wondering around one of the lagoons before the sun set.