There is no denying that this gorgeous couple is absolutely in love! The excitement was definitely in the air when we arrived at Haiku Gardens in Kaneohe, Oahu to begin photographing this wedding. This stunningly beautiful bride wore a knock-out mermaid shaped dress with rouching on the bodice and a dramatic flared train. We love how this stylish bride wore a classic pearl necklace and an orchid in her hair to complement her striking wedding dress. More and more of our Hawaii destination wedding brides have been styling their hair with a flower, always on the left side signifying that you are now a married woman, in lieu of a wedding veil.
This destination wedding couple had their wedding ceremony in the open air Tahitian Chapel at Haiku Gardens followed by an intimate dinner with their guests at Haleiwa Joe’s Restaurant at the same location in Kaneohe on Oahu. If you have never been to Haleiwa Joe’s for dinner or their popular Sunday Brunch, you really have to! Ridiculously large mai tais, the best prime rib we have ever had on Hawaii, delicious local favorites like edamame and ahi poke, and an array of locally caught fresh fish plates are just some of the reasons we always make it a point to bring our visiting friends and family members here. Aside from the food, just checkout that view! Simply breathtaking!
Congratulations to this wonderful couple and thank you for having us as part of your Oahu Wedding! Mahalo!
We first met Rachael and Reginald a few months before their Oahu wedding when we photographed their engagement portraits at the JW Marriot Ihilani Resort and Spa in Ko’olina, Hawaii. We had a great time getting to know this couple and were so happy to be able to photograph their destination wedding.
The bride and groom had a Hawaii garden wedding at Haiku Gardens in Kaneohe in their Tahitian Chapel. Rachael wore a gorgeous satin wedding dress with rouching and emboidery on the bodice and a mermaid train with covered buttons on the back. Red satin high heels added a pop of color to her champagne colored gown. This elegant look was complimented by a deep red rose hair clip in her hair. She looked absolutely radiant. Reginald looked handsome in his tan colored suit and a complimenting dark red necktie.
After the Hawaii garden wedding ceremony at Haiku Gardens the couple and wedding guests headed to Honolulu for their Waikiki Beach wedding reception. The wedding reception was held at Coconut Club at Tiki’s Grill and Bar directly on the Waikiki strip. Tiki’s Grill and Bar is centrally located in Waikiki Beach, which is convenient for guests especially for Hawaii destination weddings. The Coconut Club is located on the 21st floor and has amazing views of Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach. This Waikiki wedding reception had a Moroccan theme with beautiful flowers, linens, and decor by the ever so talented Designs By Hemingway. The centerpieces were colorful Moroccan lanterns surrounded by bright roses and orchids. The linens were exotically patterned with magentas, oranges and purples. As the grand centerpiece to this Moroccan themed wedding reception Designs By Hemingway constructed an impressive a towering arrangement of roses, drift wood, and feathers that was a beautiful focal point in the reception.
The five tiered wedding cake was done by Satura Cakes had a different type of mini cake on each of the bottom three tiers. The top two tiers were a round fondant cake with an orange ribbon embellished with colorful flowers. This cute couple finished up their Waikiki wedding reception at the Coconut Club watching the weekly fireworks display that Hilton Hawaiian Village puts on every Friday night. This was a wonderful wedding coordinated by Katy Castillo Weddings. Congrats to Rachael and Reginald!
Kristen and Michael enjoy nature and the outdoors so when they decided to have their wedding in Hawaii they chose Haiku Gardens in Kaneohe as their ideal Oahu wedding venue. This sweet couple came prepared for their Hawaii wedding and had a cute clear umbrella with white hearts on hand when they received some lucky rain on their wedding day. Congratulations to this wonderful couple. We wish you many great adventures from here on out!
This Hawaii wedding featured red and orange wedding details including glass vases of orange and red roses hanging from the ceremony gold chivari chairs. The wedding card box was made of red leather suitcases embellished with vintage style stickers of the various places they love. The bride’s bouquet had red, white, and orange tropical flowers with lace ribbon and tiny framed photos of relatives. This is a subtle but touching way of keeping your loved ones close on such an important day.
This citrus themed wedding had such a cute and lively feel. The citrus theme was used on the cupcake wedding cake tiers by accenting the cupcakes with little citrus candy toppers. The centerpieces also incorporated citrus in lining the vase with slices of real lemons and limes. The vases used had an outer compartment held the lemon and lime slices, with the inner section of the vase was filled with bright orange and yellow flowers to compliment the theme.
In addition to the citrus theme with the yellow, orange and green wedding color scheme the happy bride and groom also utilized little bird motifs. On the top on the tiers of cupcakes, the cake topper was a tiny birdhouse with the family name painted on it.
To be part of any couple’s wedding is always such a great honor. Each wedding is so unique and offers so many insights into other religions and cultures for us. We have been fortunate to be a part of many different religious ceremonies including Catholic, Buddhist, Muslim and Mormon and cultural traditions including Japanese, German, Australian, Chinese, Hawaiian, Afghani, and Filipino . As today is Easter, we have chosen a photo for our “Daily Shot” that exudes faith and family. Happy Easter from the team here at L’Amour Photography!
There are moments as a photographer that just strike you and you have to drop what you were doing and take advantage of the situation. This was one of those moments. As the sun set over the Ko’olau Mountain range at Haiku Gardens in Kaneohe Hawaii, the sunbeams began to dart through the trees and created the most ethereal glow around this beautiful bride and groom.
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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.
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!
Congrats to this cute couple and thanks for the fun 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!
There is a Japanese tradition that a wedding gift of one thousand folded paper cranes will grant the bride and groom a lifetime of good luck and prosperity. Keiko and Clarence were fortunate enough to have a loving guest fold a thousand paper cranes for their big day.
Celeste and Joseph were married at an intimate ceremony on the most appropriate day of the year, Valentine’s Day! We had a great time with this lovely couple who actually also met each other in our hometown of San Jose, California! As much as we love it here in Hawaii, it is always nice to reminisce about our favorite spots in the Bay Area.
Celeste and Joseph were joined by their two beautiful daughters as well as close family and friends for a beautiful reception at Haiku Gardens & Haleiwa Joe’s.
Our thanks to Celeste and Joseph for involving us in their Valentine’s Day wedding!
Jessica and Joshua were married in a beautiful ceremony at the chapel at Haiku Gardens in Kaneohe, Hawaii. These newlyweds were high school sweethearts and exchanged touching vows that chronicled their lives over the years.
We really meant to put up this blog on Valentine’s Day, I promise. You know how little projects turn into huge projects. Things just keep jumping onto our plate (it’s a very nice problem to have!).
Valentine’s Day is one of my most favorite days of the year right after Halloween. I mean, I like Valentine’s Day so much that I’d take it over Christmas! Our Valentine’s Day started out by shooting a short wedding at Haiku Gardens in Kaneohe. To our surprise, the couple actually met in our hometown of San Jose, California. We always like working with clients from California and reminiscing about familiar places that we miss. Its like taking a little trip home in our minds : )
We gave ourselves the night off and had a great time together. Our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple!
Below are two Valentine’s Day cards we received from family: Eric’s 89-year-old grandmother sent us this hilarious chimpanzee card that made ridiculously loud kissing sounds when we opened it. The other card was from Eric’s Mom and Stepdad. A chipmunk with a camera! It doesn’t get much cuter than that!
We hope you and your loved ones had a great Valentine’s Day too!