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!
Congrats to this cute newly wed couple, Amelia and Aaron! Eric and I were honored to be part of their wedding celebration at Hale Koa Hotel in Honolulu. This was by far the most musically talented family we have been around in a while. Amelia’s brother’s band provided the entertainment for the night with her other brother and sister joining in occasionally to help out on vocals or percussion.
This wedding reception incorporated many personal touches including a family heirloom lauhala mat which was placed under the wedding cake. Of course, Eric will not let me blog about a wedding without mentioning the cake. This cake was from Cake Works and had the most delicious Haupia filling. For those of you who have not been fortunate enough to have heard of or tasted haupia, we suggest you change that soon. This creamy coconut cake filling was absolutely the stuff Hawaiian dreams are made of.
We always try to keep our ears open for any juicy secrets or embarrassing stories that people may sneak into their wedding reception speeches. While we didn’t get to hear any blackmail material, but we were touched to hear some heartfelt praises of Amelia and Aaron as individuals and as a couple. So, if any of you have any funny/embarrassing stories you’d like to contribute… I’m just kidding! We wish Amelia and Aaron the very best in life and love! Congrats!
This engagement session was a blast. We went all over Honolulu to get some interesting backgrounds to showcase this couple’s love for each other. To get some shots with interesting architecture we took Marlissa and Daniel to some of the most distinctive buildings in Honolulu, including Honolulu Hale, ‘Iolani Palace, and Aloha Tower.
Tiki Bar and Grill is located right in the middle of all of the action on Waikiki Beach in Oahu. This popular open-air bar and grill over looks the Waikiki Beach walk from the second floor of the ResortQuest Waikiki Beach Hotel. Whether you are planning a private reception, rehearsal dinner, or looking for a wedding venue with stunning highrise views of Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach, Tiki Bar and Grill offers delicious food, amazing drinks, and a lively Hawaiian atmosphere.
Tiki’s Grill and Bar has four areas that can be reserved for private parties and serve as the perfect setting for a rehearsal dinner or wedding reception. The Lava Tube, Hina’s Lanai and Ocean Room are great areas for smaller parties featuring plenty of ocean breezes and true South Pacific decor. For larger parties, the Coconut Club sits atop the ResortQuest Waikiki Beach Hotel on the 21st floor with amazing views of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head. AND, if you have your wedding reception or private party on a Friday night, you can also catch the Hilton Hawaiian Village‘s weekly fireworks show from the Coconut Club’s expansive lanai.
Please contact this Waikiki Beach venue for private parites, rehearsal dinners or wedding receptions:
Tiki’s Bar and Grill
Location: 2570 Kalakaua Ave. Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
Please contact us at L’Amour Photography regarding availability for your Waikiki Beach Wedding
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
Please contact us at L’Amour Photography for availability to photograph your Honolulu wedding.
Hale Koa Hotel is an exclusive first class resort in Honolulu Oahu catering to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. You either have to BE someone (presently in the military or be a veteran) or KNOW someone (in your immediate family who served). With Oahu hosting multiple military bases including Schofield Barracks, Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Base, Bellows Air Force Station, Fort Shafter, Hickam Air Force Base, and Pearl Harbor Naval Base, there is no question why this resort is so popular! A resort exclusively for you and your loved ones, that’s nothing to pass up! Continue reading
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. Continue reading
Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Davies!!!
Hannah and Andrew traveled half way around the world from Wales (in the United Kingdom) to Oahu for their beach wedding. Eric and I had a blast being their photographers on their big day. Not only were Hannah and Andrew a fun couple to work with, their wedding party was incredibly lively and hilarious. Eric and I kept thinking to ourselves, “Can you believe our lives? We are shooting a beautiful wedding in Hawaii and are surrounded by amazingly fun people. Life can’t get much better!”
Hannah and the girls got ready for the big day in a suite at the Moana Surfrider Hotel while Andrew and the boys were getting ready at the nearby Ohana East Hotel. Hannah and Andrew had a beautiful wedding ceremony at the Moana Surfrider Hotel on the Diamond Lawn. Their closest family and friends traveled from all over the UK and United States to watch Hannah and Andrew exchange vows and rings.
Hannah and Andrew were hoping for a bright and sunny wedding in Hawaii since they hadn’t seen a real summer back in Whales in the last 2 years! Hannah kept in good spirits in the face of a rainy forecast for her Hawaiian beach wedding. Her optimism, and all of us keeping our fingers crossed, must have paid off because there wasn’t a cloud in the sky during their ceremony.
Hannah and Andrew took a little road trip with Eric and I to Iroquois Point Beach where we photographed their wedding portraits at sunset. The newly overcast sky made for an awesome backdrop as the sun set.
Hannah and Andrew had an intimate reception in the Roof Garden on the 6th floor of the luxurious Moana Surfrider Hotel. Family and friends feasted on a delicious dinner and laughed and cried during the heartfelt speeches. And to top the night off, the whole wedding party sang Happy Birthday to Eric, whose birthday was fast approaching at midnight. Eric was so touched that the first people to wish him Happy Birthday this year were the happy wedding party! We could not have hoped for a better start to Eric’s birthday!
Thank you to Hannah and Andrew and their wonderful wedding party! It was our pleasure to be your wedding photographers!
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. Continue reading
Introducing the future “Mr. and Mrs. Sin”!
As if there future married names weren’t awesome enough, this couple was so much fun to work with. Alanna and Stephen, hailing from Texas, wanted their engagement photos done during their vacation in Oahu. Eric and I took them to the 22-acre Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa in Honolulu to get a good variety of photos amongst the numerous backdrops including flamingos, penguins, waterfalls, amazing architecture, the beautiful Ocean Crystal Wedding Chapel, and the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon.
This newly engaged couple were up for anything we suggested for a good picture! Alanna and Stephen risked minor bodily harm as they whisked by each other on escalators, trying to kiss at the exact right time while trying to not smash their faces together. You would never know how difficult it really was judging by how effortless they made it look.
After a few hours of shooting, the four of us went down the beach for a few pina coladas and mai tais as the Hilton Hawaiian Village put on their weekly fireworks show. If that isn’t the perfect way to end a photo shoot, I don’t know what is!
We wish Alanna and Stephen the best as their weddings in Texas and Thailand approach!
The Royal Hawaiian just may be THE most recognizable hotel in Oahu, Hawaii. Affectionately known as the Pink Palace of the Pacific, this hotel has been making a statement on Waikiki Beach in an unmistakable shade of pink since the 1920’s. After closing for a multimillion dollar make-over, the Royal Hawaiian will be reemerging in January 2009 to reclaim its place amongst the most luxurious and glamorous hotels and resorts in Hawaii. Its no wonder that the Royal Hawaiian is a favorite wedding venue for brides and grooms who want a wedding with edgy style or with a throwback to classic glamor.
With four amazing sites for wedding ceremonies, it is easy to see why couples from all over the world choose Central Union Church as their dream wedding venue. Located in the heart of Honolulu Oahu, on the corner of South Beretania Street and Punahou Street, this church offers multiple choices of venues to fit your particular wedding.
Central Union Sanctuary: The definition of a grand wedding ceremony, this beautiful sanctuary can accommodate from 500 up to 1000 guests. A bonus to brides who want to get married in this sanctuary on Saturday or Sunday; the altar flowers are already provided for you at no additional cost!
Atherton Memorial Chapel: This chapel is perfect for medium sized weddings seating up to 200 people. Even couples who have a very few guests choose this chapel for an intimate wedding.
Courtyard of Atherton Memorial Chapel: This out-door venue is ideal for a quick and intimate ceremony. A limited number of chairs are provided for immediate family only, with standing room for up to 175 guests. As with any outdoor wedding, you could have perfect weather, heat, rain, or wind. Your ceremony can be moved into the Atherton Memorial Chapel at no extra cost if it does end up raining on your ceremony.
Pilgrim Chapel: For the most private and intimate wedding ceremony, this venue accomodates 25 guests. This is a great venue for the many couples who come to Hawaii with only the closest family and friends for a small church wedding.
Please contact this Oahu wedding venue for more information:
Central Union Church
Location: 1660 South Beretania Street. Honolulu. HI 96826
Please contact us at L’Amour Photography for availability to photograph your Oahu destination wedding.
Often referred to as the “State Church of Hawaii,” the Kawaiaha’o Church has a rich history of over 185 years of serving the community. Couples who get married at this wedding venue experience a bit of history as they walk down the aisle that Hawaiian royalty once walked. For this reason, Kawaiaha’o Church has become a popular place to say “I do” on their big day!
From the moment you and your guest arrive on the grounds, you will be awe-struck. The Kawaiaha’o Church features grand black iron gates with crowns on the stakes, beautiful green lawns, fountains, and amazing historical architecture. With architecture dating back to 1842 the church does have a few rules for the wedding ceremony and guest, but it is definitely worth while!
Please contact us for availability to photograph your Oahu destination wedding.
Please contact this wedding venue for further details regarding your wedding ceremony:
Location: 957 Punchbowl St, Honolulu, HI 96813