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 Engagement portraits taken at the royal hawaiian hotel and waikiki beach

Hawaii Wedding Photographer – Bernice Puahi Memorial Chapel at Kamehameha School and The Willows Restaurant

Eric and I started this wedding day with heading over to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel to capture the bride and bridesmaids getting for the big day! I’m always excited to shoot somewhere new and was particularly excited to finally get to see the newly remodeled  Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki.  When Eric and I moved to Oahu back in October of 2008 the Royal Hawaiian Hotel was closed for renovation and just recently reopened.  So, needless to say, I couldn’t wait to finally getting to shoot at  “the Pink Palace of the Pacific.”

Royal Hawaiian Hotel Wedding preparation photography in Waikiki Beach Oahu Hawaii

Lauwa’e enjoyed some good girl time with her bridesmaids while getting her hair and makeup done by Jaque Rojas.  I hung out with the ladies as they got ready while Eric headed over to the wedding ceremony venue to capture the groom, Jay, and his brothers getting ready at The Bernice Puahi Bishop Memorial Chapel at Kamehameha School. This was our first time shooting at this venue and we were instantly struck by its culture and beauty.

Kamehameha School Chapel Bernice Puahi and Willows Restaurant wedding ceremony and reception

The lively group of family and friends headed over to the The Willows Restaurant for a delicious dinner. Not much of a public speaker myself, I always am in awe of people who can give funny and touching speeches at weddings.  Jay’s brothers and sons definitely have that gift. I will have to get them to mentor me in case Im called upon to make a speech.  (I mean, I have gone to great lengths to get out of speeches. I even spent weeks scanning photos and putting together a slide show to take the place of a speech for my good friend Brittany.  Somehow I managed to shut the power off to the DJ while doing my slideshow and ended up rambling “im sorry” into the microphone while we all waited for the DJ to re-boot all his equipment!… but I digress)

Eric and I broke from our “pre-wedding” diet (30 days to go!) to try some of Lauwa’e and Jay’s wedding cake and oh my gosh it was definitely worth it. This cake was done by one of our favorite cake artists Sunshine’s Cake Creations. We never cease to be amazed each time we see and taste Vikki’s work.

Best wishes to Lauwa’e and Jay. Thanks so much for allowing us to be part of your beautiful big day!


Oahu Wedding Photographer – Venue – The Royal Hawaiian

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.