Navy blue and red color scheme ocean view wedding

Now this is a wedding theme we haven’t seen yet and we are loving it! Navy blue, red and gold make a gorgeous color scheme for this Hawaii destination wedding in Maui and the traditional tea ceremony. Check out these sparkling Jimmy Choo wedding high heals placed along an amazing piece of 3D artwork of the Hawaiian Islands. 
Bride wore silver sparkle Jimmy Choo shoes for destination wedidng in Maui

Cushion cut halo engagement ring for Hawaii Wedding

A fun part of some weddings can be “Door Games,” which have become popular in Asian countries as well as in America.  The bridesmaids start off by hiding the bride as the groom and groomsmen are tasked with accomplishing cute little challenges like dressing up, performing and song or dance, or in this case, making a little romantic statement out of bread slices.  These door games are a fun way to lead up to a first look and are sure to lighten the mood and shake off some of those nerves before the wedding ceremony.

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How stunning is this red traditional wedding dress with green details and flower embroidery.  The tea pot and tea cups were also a vibrant shade of red. The groom wore a navy blue suit with a blue and grey striped necktie. The bridesmaids wore strapless navy blue dresses while the groomsmen wore grey suits.

Hawaii beach wedding groomsmen in grey or navy suits and striped ties

At the hill top wedding ceremony over looking the ocean, guest we treated to these sparkly gold and navy blue personalized fans with the couple’s name and wedding date. The navy blue background was accented with the stars and constellation motif creating an “Under the Stars” theme.  The aisle seats were adorned with small bouquets of white flowers.  The ring bearer held a raw cut wood piece that was personalized. The ceremony venue greeted guests with a wood framed chalk sandwich board.

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This picture perfect Hawaii destination wedding was expertly planned and coordinated by Cherise at The Perfect Wedding Maui. The wedding reception under the stars was capped off with  dancing and a multi-tiered wedding cake featuring lots of yummy buttercream frosted cupcakes and a round top tier cake. The cake topper was a pennant flag with the wedding date and hearts. The cupcakes we accented with flags of China and the USA to celebrate the combining of two cultures and families.

It’s the wedding anniversary of L’Amour Photography’s Wendy & Eric

A year ago today, Wendy and I officially tied the knot. On September 9th, 2008 we had a small civil ceremony with our closest friends and family in attendance. While our big wedding ceremony on May 2nd, 2009 was the BIG day, 9/9 will always be an incredibly precious day for us.

In celebration of the day, we wanted to share our ‘Trash the Dress’ video that was done by Kai Media after our wedding. We loved working with the guys over at Kai Media and will always be grateful for this memory – ENJOY!!

Wendy + Eric || TTD from KAIMEDIA on Vimeo.

Oahu Wedding Association (OWA) – March Meeting at Masako Formals

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!

Wendy and Eric of L'Amour Photography

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!) –

Our thoughts on how to pick a Wedding Photography Package

I’m sure some of you are saying to yourself “ummm, of course wedding photographers would just suggest us to buy their most expensive package.” While I’ll try not to dissuade you from that, our goal is to get you exactly what you want and this is our guide on getting you there. (more…)


Oahu Wedding Photographer – Venues – Paradise Cove

Paradise Cove is not only one of the most popular places for an authentic and entertaining Hawaiian Luau, it is also a great place to have your wedding! Situated on 12 acres on the West coast, or the Leeward side of Oahu, Paradise Cove is a getaway from the more metropolitan Honolulu and Waikiki area.  This wedding venue features private beaches, delicious food, entertainment, and gorgeous landscaping and vegetation, not to mention one of the best sunsets on Oahu. (more…)

Oahu Wedding Photographer – Venues – Diamond Head Anela Garden Chapel

The Diamond Head Anela Garden Chapel in Honolulu Oahu is a non-denominational chapel accommodating couples from around the world each year.  Accommodating up to 100 guests, this quaint chapel is lined with beautiful English stained glass windows that light your way down the isle.

With three reception rooms in the Guest House and expert japanese chefs catering the meals, you can be sure that you will have a Hawaiian wedding you and your guests will never forget! AND, for you local Honolulu birdes and grooms-to-be, the Diamond Head Anela Garden offers special wedding packages just for Kamaiana! If a beautiful chapel, 30,000 square feet of gardens, and a guest house aren’t enough, the Diamond Head Anela Chapel can also help you find your dream wedding dress (or tuxedo) at their bridal salon, Naoco Wedding. That is what I call a complete package!

If you are interested in more information about the Diamond Head Anela Garde, please contact this wedding venue:

Diamond Head Anela Garden
Location: 3050 Monsarrat Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: 808-735-5500

Please contact us at L’Amour Photography for availability to photograph your Honolulu wedding.

Oahu Wedding Photographer – Venues – New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel

The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel offers gorgeous views, a backdrop of Daimond Head, and a hint of Japanese stlye to any wedding ceremony or reception.  Whether you are looking for a venue with some Japanese flare or simply a gorgeous setting with delicious food, the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel is worth checking out. (more…)

Oahu Wedding Photographer – Venues – Ko’olau Ballrooms

Located on the Winward side of Oahu in Kaneohe, Ko’olau Ballrooms stands out amongst its neighboring venues in its specialization in hosting events.  Planning and personalizing weddings and events is their bread and butter, and they definitely know what they are doing! Choose from venues featuring an indoor waterfall, lush garden, or a breathtaking view of the Ko’olau Mountain Range. (more…)


Oahu Wedding Photographer – Venues – St. Andrews Cathedral

Saint Andrews Cathedral in Honolulu Oahu is a breathtaking venue for a wedding. This Episcopal Church was built in the mid 1800’s in a unique and distinctive style that makes St. Andrews Cathedral unlike any other in Oahu.  Colorful stained glass works of art light up the cathedral as the sun shines through the windows from across the Pacific Ocean. (more…)

Oahu Wedding Photographer – Venues – Kualoa Ranch and Moli’i Gardens

Located on the Winward side of Oahu, Kualoa Ranch has just about everything to offer that you could ever hope for.  With 4000 acres of countryside to explore, you can be sure that neither you nor your wedding guests will be lacking in fun things to do.

Kualoa Ranch features Secret Island, Hakipu’u Valley, Ka’a’wa Valley, and an 800 year old Moli’i fish pond its easy to see why Kualoa Ranch has been the backdrop for many movies and TV shows including: 50 First Dates, Lost (my favorite!), and Jurassic Park.

Wedding venues at Kualoa Ranch:

Ranch House: For a more rustic feel for your wedding, the Ranch House features largest covered pavillion at Kualoa Ranch, not to mention some air conditioning!.

Paliku Gardens: At the base of Kualoa cliffs, this venue accomodates around 250 and offers breathtaking views.

Moli’i Gardens: 125 acres featuring a covered terrace overlooking an 800 year old tranquil pond  You can’t get that in Honolulu!

Concert Pasture: 5 acres that can accomodate up to 20,000 guests with a beautiful view of the ocean and Chinaman’s Hat.

Ka’a’awa Valley: Exchange vows surrounded by your loved ones and awe-inspiring mountain ranges.

Secret Island: Follow a labyrinth of trails to this hidden beach for a private Hawaii beach wedding.

Please contact this vendor for more information on planning your Oahu destination wedding here:
Kualoa Ranch
Location:49-560 Kamehameha Highway. Ka’a’awa, HI 96730
Phone: (808) 237-7321

Please contact us at L’Amour Photography for availability to photograph your Oahu wedding.


It’s raining, it’s pouring – rainy day wedding thoughts

This morning, the wife and I were woken by the sound of a decent downpour – even for Kaneohe. It was loud enough to wake both of us, and that is truly saying something. It really wasn’t a total surprise since Oahu has been on both wind and flood advisories this week. The thought that comes to mind for me is of all the brides on the island who flew in earlier this week and planned on a sunshiny Saturday wedding. There must have been some nibbled on finger nails this week. (more…)