We wanted to share this slideshow we made for Shazarie and Nicholas (click here to see the blog on their beautiful Hawaii wedding). It is always such a pleasure to shoot at the Moana Surfrider and their day was no exception. It didn’t hurt to have such a great looking couple or perfect weather at the Kahala Resort Beach Park either!
We recently got to take Michelle and Wayne back to one of Wayne’s old stomping grounds (click here for the blog article on their session) – Blowhole lookout and Sandy Beach. We can’t wait to visit these guys in Vegas!
Malia and Brian were joined by many of their closest family and friends at a beautiful 4 home estate on the North Shore of Oahu for a private beach ceremony under an amazingly clear blue sky. Malia and Brian used to beauty of the natural Hawaiian surroundings to decorate their intimate wedding party. Local wild tropical flowers and leaves were used in the bouquets and to decorate the grounds. It was simply stunning and natural.
Malia wore a silky-satin light turquoise slip dress accompanied by her bridesmaids wearing bathing suits covered by coordinated sarongs. Everyone in the wedding party, and almost all the guests, enjoyed the wedding barefoot with the soft sands of the North Shore between their toes.
Thank you to Malia and Brian for having us as your Hawaii Wedding Photographers. Mucho Mahalo!
Sometime life takes you to interesting places. Stacey & Steven flew us 2,500 miles for a wedding 35 miles from where we grew up in California. We love to travel for weddings and it was a special treat to be so close to where we grew up, yet a part of the Bay Area that neither of us had been before.
Stacey and Steven’s wedding was held at a private estate in Woodside located in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. It was the kind of place that makes you ask, “would you mind if I brought a tent and just live in the backyard?” Surprisingly enough, the owner of the estate said there was a two bedroom cottage on the side of the house and that we were welcome to stay there any time. What luck – we forgot our tent.
Stacey and the girls started the day the way any wedding day should be started; with some mimosas while getting their hair and makeup done at Krush Salon in Los Gatos. There was such a buzz of excitement as the girls started to realize that the big day was really here.
While the Girls wrapped up at the Salon, The guys were “getting ready” (read that as “relaxing”) at the Woodside Estate. The ceremony area was set up, the tables were decorated, and the drinks were going on ice. It was time for the ladies to show up.
The Groom and groomsmen were dressed in black suits with light green striped ties with the bridesmaids in complimenting light green strapless dresses. The bouquets included white roses, fuscia Gerber Daisies and Queen’s Anne Lace tied with sheer light green ribbon.
Stacey wore an elegant ivory gown with a corset back and an added personal touch with a broach pinned on the side. Her look was finished off by her “something old” pearl earrings and necklace. It was great to see all the bridesmaids and the mother of the bride standing around Stacey in complete awe.
After the ceremony, the guests were ushered poolside for a cocktail hour while we escaped into the nearby vineyard with Stacey & Steven for portraits.
When we came back, the guests were invited to sit at their tables and the wedding party was introduced. The tables were adorned with dark brown satin table clothes, mirrored centerpiece bases, and floral arrangements featuring personalized table signs of Stacey and Steven’s favorite places in the world. The food and drinks were provided by Cafe Primavera Catering which is amongst the best catered food we have ever tasted in any state we have photographed in.
With food served and the wine flowing, Stacey’s father took the mic to begin the speeches. Reception speeches are one of my favorite times during a wedding. It is at this time, where family and friends share the most thoughtful and meaningful sentiments. In the course of a lifetime, these are the words that are likely to be the most important that you will ever hear. Stacey and Steven’s family and friend’s speeches were no exception.
Following the speeches, Stacey & Steven stepped onto the dance floor for their first dance. We were impressed that immediately after the first dance, mother/son, and father daughter dances, almost all the guests rushed the dance floor. The lively guests and wedding party danced all night to the beats of DJ David from Brad Kinney Productions.
Traveling to Northern California for Stacey and Steven’s wedding was definitely a highlight of our year.
Marino is a great guy and a great addition to any wedding reception. As a certified Professional Master of Ceremonies, Marino not only provides great music at a wedding, but also great entertainment for you and your guests.
The last 13 days for us have been jam packed! Just the way we like it! We are extremely grateful for each of the awesome couples we have gotten to work with in the last two weeks. We have had the best time photographing and meeting each of these couples.
Seven weddings, one “post-wedding” session, one portrait session, one senior portrait and two days of the Wedding Expo. We have traveled around Oahu to beaches, hotels, resorts, cliffs, etc. In just the last two weeks we have photographed at the Westin Moana Surfrider in Honolulu, Waialae Beach Park, Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore, Kaka’ako Beach Park, Haiku Gardens and Haleiwa Joe’s Restaurant in Kaneohe, the Blowhole lookout point and Sandy Beach, Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Sheraton Waikiki, and Hilton Hawaiian Village. Wow, my fingers are tired now from all that typing!
Phew! No time for rest. We are flying out to California tomorrow to photograph a wedding in the Bay Area. We are so grateful to do what we love, work together, meet all of these great people, travel for work and visit our family and friends in California at the same time. LIFE IS GOOD !
Min and Juan had a long list of things they wanted to do when they went on vacation to Oahu Hawaii. Snorkeling, parasailing, laying out, shopping, and portraits. Min actually scheduled a portrait session for her and her husband of five years a surprise for him! What a cool surprise! We photographed around the newly reopened Royal Hawaiian Hotel , Sheraton Waikiki, and the beach near Hale Koa.
We had such a great time photographing this cute couples portraits we even hung out a bit after the session and talked about their hometown of Sacramento (near my alma mater, UC Davis) and, of course, the recent “Jon and Kate Plus 8″ drama! It’s true I have been sucked in!
Thanks Min and Juan for the fun afternoon in Waikiki! Have a great snorkeling trip tomorrow!