We are loving this vibrant wedding bouquet from one of our recent weddings in Hawaii on the North Shore of Oahu. Don’t these lovely wedding flowers remind you of a yummy berry sorbet? I thought so!
Hawaii Wedding Photographer – L’Amour’s Daily Shot of Love – Not just a ringbearer
Ring bearers have an important job on a wedding day. This cute ring bearer took on some additional responsibilities in helping the bride put on her shoes! But, being a ring bearer can be a nerve-racking event for any little boy. Here are some tips to help ensure that your wedding ceremony goes smoothly and that everyone has a good time.
Try to put a positive spin on the possibly scary parts of the day. If you are worried about the wedding rings on the pillow, hand the pillow to the ring bearer right as he walks down the aisle, or simply have a groomsman carry the real rings. Set a goal for your ring bearer such as walking directly to the best man and giving him a high five. Provide the kids at your wedding with some fun and quiet activities to do at the reception to keep them entertained. Coloring, puzzles, and drawing are all good activities for your reception. Keep an eye on the kids, especially during important moments of the wedding day. We have seen little fingers going into the wedding cake, handstands in the ceremony aisle, kids running around people doing speeches and many other unfortunate distractions. All in all, help your ring bearer feel special and important on your big day while trying to keep them as comfortable and entertained as possible.
Hawaii Wedding Photographers – L’Amour’s Daily Shot of Love – Coconuts for DIY brides
We absolutely love to see our brides use their creativity in their wedding design, decor, and details. Many of our past brides have shown their incredible creative talents in designing their own invitations, themes, centerpieces, favors, and in the above shown photo, ring pillows.
This green ring pillow was made of all natural materials including a coconut, moss, and natural twine to tie the rings. This DIY bride added a personal touch to this creative ring pillow by carving out the bride and groom’s initials on the side.
The bride and creator of this ring pillow wowed her guests with many other DIY designs for the tropical themed Hawaii wedding. The wedding invitation for this Hawaii wedding at a private estate in Kaneohe was beautifully designed as a postcard with a vintage map of the Hawaiian Islands.
Still searching for the perfect details and decor for your Hawaiian Wedding? Here are some wedding tips to add a tropical twist to your Hawaii wedding decor:
- Use whole coconuts or whole pineapples to line your ceremony isle or walkways.
- Use whole lychees to add texture to your centerpieces.
- Hand out bright colored sunglasses or sandals for your guests as a fun and useful wedding favor.
- Incorporate sand into your centerpieces or even at the base of your cake (use brown sugar to get the look of sand, but not the taste!)
- Use vintage style hawaiian postcards as place cards or table cards.
- Use local tropical flowers to accent place settings.
- Set up a bubble blowing station for kids or even a shave ice stand!
Would you like to share your ideas for Hawaii Wedding themes or decor. Feel free to leave a comment here!
Oahu Destination Wedding Photographer – Myla and Tommy – Makapuu Beach and Waikiki Beach
Myla and Tommy were such a great couple to work with. From the moment we met them, we were struck by how nice they were and how SO in love they were. We started our day with the beautiful bride as she and her bridesmaids got their hair and makeup done by Beauty By May in their room at the Waikiki Marina Resort at the Illikai in Honolulu. Myla wore an absolutely gorgeous ivory colored chiffon destination wedding dress by Maggie Sottero Destination with a corset back and an elegant one shouldered strap adorned with fabric flowers.
She honestly looked like she stepped straight out of a bridal magazine.
Her bridesmaid wore strapless fuchsia dresses. Tommy and his groomsmen wore simple white shirts and light khaki pants. Tommy wore a traditional wedding lei of maile-style ti leaf and white orchids. The group was whisked away in a stretched limo to Makapuu Beach for a private beach ceremony.
After a gorgeous beach wedding ceremony and a portrait session with the family, whole bridal party, we had a portrait session with just the bride and groom, just in time for the sun setting behind the mountains.
The bride and groom’s destination beach wedding ceremony was followed by a reception at the Top of Waikiki.
This restaurant is located on the 18th floor of the Waikiki Business Plaza in Honolulu. The Top of Waikiki restaurant makes a full 360 degree rotation every hour with stunning eagle-eye views of Waikiki Beach and Honolulu.
We had such a great time with this wedding. Thanks and congratulations to Myla and Tommy and thank you for having L’Amour Photography as your Hawaii Wedding Photographer!
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Oahu Wedding Photographer – Malia and Brian – North Shore Private Estate
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!
Destination Wedding Photographers – Stacey and Steven’s Northern California Wedding
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.
The ceremony was held on the expansive lawn on the edge of a vineyard. The surrounding rolling hills and clear blue skies really reminded us of what we love about northern California.
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.
Oahu Wedding Photographers – L’Amour Photography – Our past 13 days
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 !
Oahu Portrait Photographers – Min and Juan’s Hawaii potraits – Waikiki Beach
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!
Oahu Wedding Photographer – Ashley and Andrew’s Wedding – Hilton Hawaiian Village
Ashley and Andrew had a beautiful outdoor wedding on the Lagoon Lawn at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. 100 of their family and friends traveled from all over (including Las Vegas and New Jersey) to celebrate the start of Ashley and Andrew’s new life together.
The stunning floral designs were done by Debbie Hemmingway of Designs by Hemmingway. We were one of the fortunate people chosen to take home one of the centerpieces and days later our house is still perfumed by the arrangement. Ashley’s wedding colors were royal blue, pink, and white. The 3 tier round wedding cake was done by Shelbys Sweets.
This wedding reception partied on late into the night in the Rainbow Suite of Hilton Hawaiian Village. Eric and I couldn’t help ourselves and had to get out on the dance floor for a few songs. Congratulations to this beautiful couple and best wishes from Eric and Wendy of L’amour Photography!
We have changed our name to L’Amour Photography!
We are very excited to announce that Leslie Mansperger Photography has changed its name to L’Amour Photography!
We have upgraded our packages and added some new products to help us continue to offer top of the line services and products. We’re very excited about the new name and the new services we are able to provide!
Apart from the name and some upgraded products, everything will remain the same. The website, our contact information and packages previously booked will all remain unchanged.
If you have any questions at all please contact us.
All the best,
Wendy & Eric
Video by Kai Media of L’Amour’s Wendy and Eric with the Oahu Wedding Association
Our friends over at Kai Media have been having some fun with some of the footage from the recent Oahu Wedding Association briadal fashion show. The opening shot is Wendy getting her hair done.. followed by both of us dorking around doing a husband and wife photo shoot.
Oahu Engagement Photographer – Michelle and Wayne’s photos by L’amour
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 * * *
Hawaii Wedding Photographer – Kaori and David’s Big Day- Haiku Gardens
We’ve been to some really fun receptions, but Kaori and David’s family and friends are in a league of their own! Kaori’s close friends even choreographed a dance routine involving fake mustaches, suspenders, balloon animal making, and spinning buckets of water! If that isn’t an equation for a lively reception and awesome pictures, I don’t know what is.
This amazing wedding was held at Haiku Gardens in Kaneohe on the windward side of Oahu. Haiku Event Coordinator Tina Scotty made sure every detail was perfect. Merryl of Island Treats Creations designed and set up the beautiful decorations and favors. The wedding favors were petite jars of Hawaiian honey packaged in brown paper boxes with a heart closure and orange ribbon trim. Kaori’s bouqet was made up of various tropical hawaiian flowers with vibrant orange, yellow, green and purples. Kaori wore a simply gorgeous ivory wedding gown with a strapless sweetheart neckline. Kaori’s viel was the perfect compliment to her stunning dress with scalloped edges thinly lines with ribbon. David wore a simple but sharp looking short sleeve ivory aloha shirt with a light pink tie.
Hawaii Wedding Photographer – Anela and Ikaika’s Big Day
I appreciate when brides step out of the limits of a traditional wedding and personalize the wedding so that it is a true reflection of their life and style. Anela wore a beautiful orange silk sheath dress for her garden wedding. The bouquets were a complimentary mix of yellows and oranges that went perfectly with her dress. We have been seeing more and more orange in wedding color schemes lately. Even Martha Stewart digs this Anela’s color choices as seen in a recent article online. Ikaika went with a more traditional white aloha shirt paired with his white Oakley sunglasses. Anela’s daughter serenaded the girls as they got their hair and makeup done by singing Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds. So funny!
We were so happy to meet such a sweet couple and to be part of their big day!