Jenna & Brendan - Diamond Head Honeymoon in Waikiki

Jenna & Brendan - Diamond Head Honeymoon in Waikiki

We photographed Jenna & Brendan’s wedding in Cincinnati, OH just 5 months before this. They decided to honeymoon in Hawaii at Waikiki, Maui, and Kauai. For Valentine’s Day (just two days before they arrived), Jenna’s mom surprised them with a couple’s session to have photographs of their brief time on Oahu before heading to the other islands :)

Life Lately: December 2018

Life Lately: December 2018

In Hebrew, Seea means “helper” which we thought was appropriate since she would be our oldest child. And her middle name came from the combo of her first name and middle name sounding like “sea of grace” which we’re all swimming in because of the greatest gift that comes to us in Jesus.

Megan & Travis - Elope Oceanfront at Makapuu Lighthouse

Megan & Travis - Elope Oceanfront at Makapuu Lighthouse

Megan brings the spunk while Travis is quiet and reserved, but during their vows they both had wet eyes and wet cheeks as well as their four witnesses :) It was such a simple beach wedding, which is exactly what these two wanted after being together for so long. It was intentional, emotional, and intimate. It was such an honor to get close to these two and their four loved ones as they looked on with love in their eyes, joy in their smiles, and warmth in their hugs.

Allie & Christopher - Surprise Proposal at Kualoa's Secret Beach

Allie & Christopher - Surprise Proposal at Kualoa's Secret Beach

He proposed using a heart lego box which was the same box he used for his first gift to Allie, which was a lego-shaped heart necklace :) He was able to get Allie’s grandma’s ring to ask her to be her bride - it didn’t fit, but nothing a jeweler can’t fix for such sweet sentiment.

Hannah & Matthew - A Small Waikiki Elopement near Diamond Head

Hannah & Matthew - A Small Waikiki Elopement near Diamond Head

Some of the best moments from H&M’s wedding in Honolulu was the way her dad looked at her & teared up when he first saw her in her wedding dress, Matt’s parent’s getting emotional during the entire ceremony, their symbolic - but windy - butterfly release, Hannah’s run in with the sliding door, their gorgeous portraits at Diamond Head, their emotional and intentional wedding vows that had the whole room in tears, and a unique photo-bomber while walking to the pier in Waikiki.

Amanda & Josh - Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden Wedding

Amanda & Josh - Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden Wedding

Amanda & Josh planned a small and simple wedding with their closest friends and family at the base of the Ko’olau Mountains in the Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden. They paid $20 for a campsite permit which allowed them to have their ceremony and “reception” in the botanical gardens.

How to get married in Hawaii without breaking the bank

How to get married in Hawaii without breaking the bank

If you’re like us and wanna keep things simple & don’t have lots of money to put towards a wedding, then you hire an amazing photographer to make sure you remember it all. Rent out a vrbo or airbnb (like Libby & Pete), get married on the beach or a nearby lookout, then head back to your rental for a mini reception and meal by a private chef. That’s what Amy & Danny did, and it was b-e-a-utiful.