These two love birds came to Oahu to spend some quality time with their family for a week. One nice afternoon as they were walking down Pupukea Beach, Ryan went down on his knee and asked Liesen to marry him. And she said YES!!! What an amazing couple these two make!!!?!!!
Ten family members came together for a vacation on the North Shore from Utah, Arizona, Iowa, Ohio, California and Hawaii. It was super fun to photograph these four generations with ages ranging from 1-90 years old at the Pupukea Beach. It was raining when we started but as the session went on the weather turned beautiful just the way it always does here in Oahu.
We started off with the youngest member of the family, just in case he gets cranky later on but he did awesome the whole time!!
Great Grandma showing off her strength
The four generations
All the guys hanging out
All the girls having fun with little Brady
Four siblings – being silly, just like when they were little
It’s always nice to see our photographs being used in different places. Whether it’s on the wall of your home, in an album to share, or in a magazine, it’s an honor to be able to be a part of that moment that is shared. We were fortunate to see one of our images from Khara & Chris’s wedding posted up on the Ceremony MagazineCeremony Blog site for the “Fab Photo of the Day”. You can see it here: http://www.ceremonyblog.com/2015/02/20/fab-photo-of-the-day-1004/
You can see more of Khara & Chris’s images here: http://luciexyz.com/khara-chris-married-villa-montalvo-wedding-saratoga-california/
Are you a viewer of Hawaii’s OC16 channel? If so, you are in for a treat because we will be on Hawaii’s Wedding Professionals hosted by Kalehua Featheran. You can also see it on HoneyLook.com’s website or straight through Vimeo (video link below). It was more of a treat for us to be able to be selected and to be able to do the show at the Ko’olau Ballroom to talk story about our business. Although we have been on HGTV’s Hawaii Life TV show when we moved here, it was strange being in front of the camera again. I’m not sure that feeling of nervousness will ever leave, but we had a great time with Kalehua. Hopefully you can catch the episode to hear a little bit about us and our business.
If you are wanting to see it on TV, here are the air dates for our show:
HAWAII’S WEDDING PROFESSIONALS SHOW #618 AIR DATES
Whether you can see OC16 or not, you can see our portion of the show right here:
LucieXYZ on Hawaii’s OC16
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.