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.

Northern California Wedding Preparation at Crush Salon Los Gatos

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.

Guys getting ready for Northern California Destination Wedding

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.

Wedding Ring in California

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.

Brides prepairing for Northern California Destination Wedding

Wedding dress hanging at Northern California estate

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.

Wedding Ceremony at Northern California Vineyard

After the ceremony, the guests were ushered poolside for a cocktail hour while we escaped into the nearby vineyard with Stacey & Steven for portraits.

Wedding Portrait in California's Bay Area

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.

Destination Wedding Reception

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.

California Wedding Bridesmaid

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.

Northern California Wedding Dance

Traveling to Northern California for Stacey and Steven’s wedding was definitely a highlight of our year.

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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!

Groom and Grromsmen getting prepared for the hawaii beach wedding ceremony on Oahu

Bright pink and blue colre theme for this oahu wedding ceremony

Hilton Hawaiian Village wedding on Oahu by L'amour Photography

Pink and Blue wedding reception photos from Hilton Hawaiian Village on Oahu

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Hawaii Destination Wedding Photographer – Tanja and Stephan’s Big Day!

Tanja and Stephan were so much fun to work with on their big day.  With roots in Germany, this couple gathered at Haiku Gardens with many family and friends who flew half way around the world for their special day.  Both Eric and I have German heritage and got some coaching from our German relatives on how to pronounce the German word for “Congratulations.”  They really make it sound effortless, but Eric and I just could not get it right. But, hey, we tried!

Hawaii Wedidng Photographer husband and wife team based in Oahu

Destination Wedding Photographer L'amour Hisband and Wife Team

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Congrats to this cute couple and thanks for the fun time!

Tasty Hawaiian Treats and Favors by Island Treats Creations

With many of our brides coming from all over the country and the world, Eric and I often get questions for referrals for anything and everything wedding related. With our growing family in the Oahu Wedding Association, we are in abundance of wonderful Hawaii wedding connections.  One of our newest friends is from Island Treats Creations.

Eric and I had the pleasure of going behind the scenes to the workshop of Island Treats Creations where all of the magic happens. Merryl is the owner and is the sweetest person to work with! She showed us around and let us sample their delicious cookies and chips that she offers for her baskets. Let me just say, oh my gosh, they are so delicious.  Eric and I munched on some Taro Chips and Coconut Cookies  during our sunrise fashion photo shoot this week.

Island Treats Creations is located in Kailua on Oahu and is a must stop shop for Hawaiian cookies, candies, chips and gifts. Check out their website or stop by the store to see their many options for wedding favors, gift baskets, and treats!

Hawaii wedding favors and gifts from Island Treats Creations in Kailua Oahu

Oahu Wedding Photographer – Venues – Loulu Palm Estate

Located on the North Shore of Oahu, Loulu Palm Estate offers what few other wedding venues in Oahu can: a spacious lawn, peaceful atmosphere, private beach, plantation style home, and beautiful landscaping with tropical plants and palm trees. Just a stones throw from world famous surf spot, Sunset Beach, Loulu Palm Estate has a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean from its  mile long stretch of private beach.  If you and your wedding planner can dream it up, it can be done at the expansive lawn and beach at Loulu Palm Estate.

Destination Wedding photographers of private estate wedding Loulu Palm

Loulu Palm Estate is an escape from the high rise hotels, tourist traffic, and city lights of Honolulu.  This wedding venue is perfect for brides seeking an intimate, beachfront, completely personalized wedding.

We  were introduced to this private estate recently when we were asked to photograph Loulu Palm Estate.  The wedding was gorgeous! The decor and floral arrangements were done by Yvonne Event Floral and Decor in coordination with wedding and event planner Sandra at Finishing Touch.  Music was provided by the very entertaining DJ Troy Michael.

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Please contact this Oahu Wedding Venue for more information:

Loulu Palm Estate
Location: Oahu (North shore)
Phone: 808-744-7211
Website: http://www.loulupalm.com

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

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Oahu Wedding Photographer – Venues – Kahala Hotel and Resort

Just 10 minutes from Waikiki Beach, the Kahala Hotel and Resort is the epitome of luxury.  If you are looking for a glamorous, stylish wedding, you must check out this hotel.  The Diamond Head Gazebo and Koko Head Gazebo are the perfect setting for the sunny Hawaiian weddings that people flock to Hawaii from all over the world for.  Directly on the edge of pristine private beaches, these two gazebos are surrounded by lush green grass; you may just want to walk down the isle barefoot. Continue reading