A Hawaii Destination Wedding
Congratulation to Amy & Rob on their gorgeous and heart warming wedding ceremony at Camp H.M. Smith! Amy called and asked me to be the photographer at their destination wedding in Oahu Hawaii six months before hand, booking me after just a couple short but well organized email exchanges. I literally showed up to Camp H.M. Smith marine base having never met or talked to either of them before, but it was quickly apparent that would not be a problem. After scoping out the wedding ceremony and reception areas and deciding on my lighting and shot plan, Amy & Rob arrived and we met for the first time. I'm always amazed and appreciative when I get to work with couples who are relaxed and comfortable with me right from the get go.
As the guests arrived, Amy and her small army of friends, family and bridesmaids finished up the preparations. I wandered thru it all, capturing details and candid shots of arriving guests. Quite often brides and grooms get so caught up in the details and preparations, that they seldom tell me where they are and what they're doing - I sometimes have to hunt them down and insinuate myself into their little circle of craziness to capture at least some of their special day behind the scenes.
All too soon the guests were seated and the ceremony was beginning. As a photographer, I faced a tough challenge: a wedding ceremony held under a dark outdoor canopy, facing the bright western skies and setting sun. In other words, shooting into a bright background. A situation like this requires flash photography, as a natural light photo would just result in washed out, hazy, overblown or silhouetted images. But with careful planning and experience, it's possible to get great balanced lighting and stunning wedding photos even in less than ideal situations.
After the wedding ceremony, it was time for the family wedding photos before heading off to a local park for the bridal portraits. Amy wanted her wedding party photos at a nearby park, so we all hopped on a bus for a 15 min drive. With only myself and no assistant for this wedding, I was packing super light, with minimal gear. To make things worse, that sun disappeared not long after we got to the park so the warm back lighting I love was in short supply.
Reception & First Dance
All too soon, the time available for portraits was over and it was back to Camp H.M. Smith marine base for the wedding reception and family wedding photo portraits. During the temporary reprieve of dinner, I borrowed the bride and groom's rings for a ring shot. After the speeches came the cake cutting, followed by my favorite parts of a wedding... the bride and groom's first dance.
"We are so glad that you were our photographer! We LOVE the photos! We talked about it afterwards and both realized we didn't even notice you were taking photos on the wedding day! You were so stealthy! We are just winding down from our honeymoon but we will be sure to email you our testimonial soon. Mahalo!" -Amy & Rob
Post Wedding/Honeymoon Portraits
The day after their wedding, we all met up again for a post wedding/honeymoon sunset portrait session at Secret Cove behind Oahu's Four Season's Resort in Ko Olina. I love doing engagement or post wedding day photography sessions as they let me concentrate solely on the couple, with plenty of time to work in the most stunningly beautiful locations. As you can see in the behind the scenes shot, I even enlisted the groom, er, husband now, for a shot or two.
Happily Ever After
And a big Aloha & Mahalo to Rob and Amy for trusting me to be your hawaii destination wedding photographer. It was a great pleasure to work with you both!