Today is a historic day for marriage equality and we wanted to celebrate with a photo of one of our recent same sex wedding on Oahu. Its a simple moment captured on a very special day, but we feel like it says a thousand words. Cheers to love and marriage.
What can I say. Our team has been pretty busy for such a long time, we have so many weddings to blog about! We are very excited to be back and blogging about our many wonderful couples’ weddings in Hawaii!
This featured wedding was a gorgeous tropical themed wedding with wedding colors of coral and teal held at the stunning West Oahu wedding venue of Lanikuhonua. Seahorses, starfish, shells, Hawaiian patterns and waves were used throughout the wedding invitations, ceremony chair decor, reception tables and centerpieces. We hope you all enjoy these gorgeous Oahu wedding details and the super cute bride and groom as much as we did!
While the bride and her bridesmaids got their hair and makeup done in their Waikiki hotel bridal suite, they wore matching floral robes. The ladies looked so lovely in their teal robes with the bride stood out in a matching robe in white. This Hawaii destination wedding bride wore a lace wedding gown with a sweet-heart neckline and embellished sash. The wedding gown was accessorized with exotic styled earnings and a bracelet with coral, red and blue stones to match her wedding theme colors. The groom wore a candy striped coral and white bow-tie with his black suit
This is the oceanfront Hawaii wedding venue Lanikuhonua found on the West coast of Oahu among the Ko’olina Lagoons. Musicians played and sang traditional Hawaiian music as the guests arrived and were seated. Guests were given woven fans to shade themselves during the ceremony. The Bride and Groom stood in front of their closest family and friends as they exchanged leis and their vows with the Pacific Ocean, palm trees and mountain range as a backdrop.
This Oahu wedding reception was adorned with coral and teal paper lanterns and strings of lights. Reception tables featured a real pineapple as the centerpiece, white gold plates as table numbers, as well as mason gars with shells and tea lights on burlap table runners. The bride and groom’s chairs had personalized wood signs hanging with “Mr” and “Mrs” written on them. Guests were greeted with seating cards of teal and coral wave shaped tags tied onto starfish. What a cute tropical wedding detail! The bride and groom gifted each guest with a mason jar of Hawaiian Res Alaea Salt as the wedding favor.
The newlyweds cut their single level square cake with the cutest cake set ever. The silver cake cutting set was stamped with their names and “Together Forever” and two forks were stamped with “I Do” and “Me Too.” All of these cute wedding decor details created a fun atmosphere that carried from the ceremony through the reception. This fun loving bunch danced the night away under the colorful paper lanterns and strings of lights and ended the night with a kiss and a dip!
Turtle Bay Resort on the north shore of Oahu is definitely one of our favorite Oahu wedding venues! This sunset wedding photo was take after this bride and groom’s wedding on the Kuilima Point lawn. Turtle Bay Resort has also recently renovated their rooms, has a wonderful spa that is perfect for his and her massages, luxurious villas perfect for honeymooners, and pool with a twisting slide for those who love to live in the fast lane! We cant wait to share more of our Oahu wedding photos from this North Shore wedding venue.
When we think of a fairy tale wedding in Hawaii, this image definitely comes to mind. Our recent bride wore a gorgeous wedding dress with a full flowy ballgown type skirt. We chose this location with lush greenery and a thick bamboo forest for the newly married couple’s Day After Session aka Trash the Dress Session. But, don’t worry, that’s just a name, that dress was not damaged! We really are loving the lighting of this photo. The bride seems to be glowing among the darkness of the bamboo. The bride’s floral headpiece also really adds to the ethereal and fairy tale feeling of this photo. By the way, Pocket Wizard Photo Accessories is holding a contest and this photo is in the running! If you feel so inclined, click here to see this Hawaii Wedding photo and click the top right section where it says “VOTE.” We are doing well in the contest so far, thanks to all of our awesome clients and fans! To keep up with all of the things we are up to, check out our Facebook page . Thanks again to all of the love and support for the L’Amour Photography and Video team through all these years! Mahalo!
Check out this bouquet toss at a recent destination wedding on Oahu. This striking wedding reception was held at the JW Marriot Ihilani in Ko’olina on Oahu. Wedding bouquet tosses can be one of the most exciting parts of the wedding reception. You know how competitive girls can be! At my own wedding there was a tiny bit of blood shed between two friends trying to snatch the bouquet out of the air. One could definitely describe some bouquet tosses as a full contact sport! This one, however, was impressive because of the height this Hawaii wedding guest gained in her successful attempt to catch the bouquet. This girl has skills!
As Hawaii wedding photographers, we love to capture the undeniable beauty of the islands. Crystal clear blue water, sugary sandy beaches, deep blue skies, swaying palms. These all make for a gorgeous backdrop for a wedding in Hawaii. While we usually find ourselves among all of the tropical beauty of Hawaii, we sometimes get a chance to change it up a bit and seek out more of an urban or modern setting for portraits. Our team stumbled upon these building ruins that happened to have a gorgeous antique style red piano inside. We were instantly inspired! Our team of photographers were drawn to the contrast between the graffiti and classic piano, as well as the banyan roots creeping in through the windows. Here is one of our favorite wedding photos from this Oahu wedding.
There is no better combination for us than doing what we love and getting in the water!
We always love getting a chance to know our future bride and grooms better by first shooting their engagement session. Engagement sessions give the couples an opportunity to get used to being in front of the camera and get to know our team members before the wedding day.
This adventurous couple wanted to incorporate their love of the ocean in their photo session by doing some underwater photos. We were lucky to find an area that was fairly sheltered from the waves for this session and found some pretty clear blue water!
We love how the bride-to-be wore a colorful dress that really added a pop of color underwater. Our team had such a great time, we can’t wait until their wedding day!
Here is a throwback to the old days in Hawaii. The Hawaii Theater gives a vintage backdrop for this Hawaii wedding bride’s portraits. Our bride looked simply gorgeous in her satin mermaid shape gown with bead and crystal accents from our favorite Hawaii wedding dress store, The Bridal Boutique.
Michelle and Wayne came all the way from Sin City Las Vegas, Nevada for their wedding at Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Crystal Chapel. Unfortunately we weren’t available to shoot their wedding, but we did get the opportunity to shoot their “post-wedding portraits”/”engagment photos.” Michelle and Wayne were so great to work with. We hiked around the Blowhole Lookout and Sandy Beach and got some really awesome shots. This may be one of our favorite ring photos we have ever done.
We wish you of happy years together! Best wishes from Eric and Wendy at L’amour Photography.
* * * Click here to see Michelle and Wayne’s Oahu Engagement Portrait Slideshow * * *
Wendy and I spend a lot of time hiding behind cameras at weddings. It sorta goes with the job. This last Oahu Wedding Association meeting we got a chance to walk a mile (or a few runway lengths… I tend to over exaggerate) in the shoes of our Brides & Grooms. We got to play bride and groom, again, and get all made up to model some of Masako Formal’s wedding attire.
Not only did we get to rock a wicked tux and wedding dress, we had a chance to work with some of our fellow OWA members in a much more up close and personal role than we normally get. Wendy and I were both sized and dressed by the lovely staff at Masako Formals. This turned out to be a repeat for Wendy, since she actually bought her wedding dress from them a couple months back.
I was fitted for a silver Italian tux. It turns out that it is a very popular look for many of the Japanese weddings here. It further turns out – I don’t fit the normal Japanese sizes. No snag there though – they brought the tux to the back and was quickly back out with the tux adjusted to my size. Go go gadget tuxedo!
Not only did Wendy get to wear another beautiful wedding dress, she was pampered with makeup by Wendy Robin of Studio W of Honolulu. Now this part gets confusing – I have to describe Wendy Robin’s (the make up artist) work on Wendy Leslie (the wife). Wendy R. is an INCREDIBLY talented makeup artist and a wonderful person. She was trained in Hollywood, worked in paris for print photographers, and then came back to LA to do makeup for the stars. The list of people that she has worked with reads like the who’s who list of Hollywood – Matt Damon, Carmen Electra, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, James Earl Jones, Bernie Mac, Jack Black, and Jaime Pressly the just name a few. She has skills. Numbchuck skills, bowstaff skills… She has plenty of skills. Wendy R. did an airbrushing job for Wendy’s makeup. I lucked out and only got a quick powder. Ahhh the joys of being a man.
After all the prep, we had a BLAST walking down the runway in front of all of our peers in the industry. It was so much fun and I felt like the luckiest guy in the world to get to escort the most beautiful woman in the world down the catwalk. We were both lucky to have some of our wonderful photographer friends there to capture the whole shabang.
All in all it was a GREAT evening. It is always such a treat to hang out with so many amazing people. We are really blessed to work in this industry with these people. Millions of thank yous go out to OWA for the opportunity to dress up and party like its 1999… I mean 2009.
Check out Geralyn’s cutting (it slices, it dices) hair-do, and Mona’s convertible Kimono –
Special thanks to Grant Gomes for snapping the below collage pics for us!
And to Eugene Kam for the below (yes ladies and gentlemen – that is my wifey! I’m a lucky guy!) –
Eric and I were really excited to work with Kaylee when she contacted us about doing portraits of her and her boyfriend, her 4 siblings, and their significant others! We were so excited to work with so many different groups all at once. We met up with all 10 of them met up with us at Kakaako park in Honolulu and were all dressed amazingly coordinated in white and blue and lots of Lacoste. I dug it! (Is that OK for me to say nowadays, or is that too 70’s-ish of a word?)
We always try to suggest a few poses or ideas to get everyone’s creative juices flowing in order to get the most “true” photos we can. Kaylee and her family were really fun to work with and really took off with ideas for pictures. We especially liked their “Shoalin Monk inspired poses.” They are too funny. We have this theory that if people act like themselves, as much as they can, in front of the camera, the photos will be most natural looking (unlike those horribly stiff posed prom photos we have all seem. I have quite a few of my own. Someday I will share them with you as an example of the kind of look we are NOT going for!)
Thanks to Kaylee and everyone for a great time!
We always have awesome brides and grooms as our clients. They are always so cheery and nice to work with, it really is always a pleasure. Caprice and Manny absolutely fall into that category. It was so much fun chatting about girly wedding stuff with Caprice before heading down to the chapel at Haiku Gardens. I LOVED her dress and was kicking myself for not choosing a dress like hers for our own wedding (coming up now in less than 3 weeks!!!). I love light and flowy wedding dresses like Caprice’s sheath dress. They are really the best of both worlds: beautiful and comfortable. However, since we are having a church ceremony back in California I chose to go with a more formal satin gown with a huge train (I love it, but I cannot say that it is going to be nearly as comfortable as a sheath dress. *sigh*)
Manny looked very sharp in his Marine dress blues. We did feel bad though because it was pretty warm that day. Oh, the things we do to look good. Side note: I think wedding days are quite possibly the only day that men will understand what we women go through and the uncomfortableness that comes hand in hand with looking good. We suffer with heavy corseted dresses and uncomfortable but really cute shoes while the grooms totally suffer through a sauna in their suits/tuxs. Sounds fair to me! But, I digress…once again…
We had a great time playing with some fun lighting amongst the bamboo and on the path around the pond. Manny and Caprice were whisked away to their reception in the Haiku Gardens Eco-cart complete with “Just Married sign!
Mucho Mahalo to Caprice, Manny and Family for a great wedding!