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By Joanna Tano
Morning Wedding at White Orchid Beach House

Morning Wedding at White Orchid Beach House

Tropical White Orchid Beach House Wedding Photos

Sylvia and Feng celebrated their love at White Orchid Beach House. The morning ceremony, delicious brunch and tropical vibe was so beautifully executed by White Orchid Wedding!  Congrats to this very sweet couple! It was an honor to capture your wedding day!

Wedding Venue: White Orchid Beach House
Coordinator: White Orchid Wedding

Lovely Hui No’eau Upcountry Maui Wedding

Lovely Hui No’eau Upcountry Maui Wedding

Emily and Brian’s Hui No’eau Maui Wedding Photos

Emily and Brian chose the Hui No’eau as their wedding venue on Maui and it was the perfect place! Rolling hills and panoramic views of Maui enhanced the beauty of their day.  Platinum Weddings Maui designed and coordinated this lovely event and did a phenomenal job! Tropical Protea flower bouquets added a lovely touch to this country wedding. Emily and Brian are both school teachers so as they decided it would be fitting to have all of their guests arrive by school bus. They had a unique vision and for their dinner they had a gourmet lunch truck cater the wedding, which the guests loved! Congratulations to the lovely couple! It was an honor to capture these Hui No’eau Maui Wedding Photos!

Wedding Credits:
Design and Decor: Platinum Weddings & Events
Bakery: Leoda’s Pies
Caterer: Iron Imua BBQ
Coral Crush Maui
Equipment Rentals: Island Rents
Beauty: Love and Beauty Maui
DJ: Maui DJ Services
Floral Designer: Floral Designs Maui
Officiant: Vene Chun
Music: Manutea Nui e
Event Venue: The Hui No’eau

From the Bride:

Q: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?

A: More than anything, we wanted our day to be a laid back, but fun time for everyone. We envisioned everyone smiling, dancing, and enjoying themselves. We did everything we could to set up a wedding that allowed people to eat, drink, and be merry. And that’s exactly how it went. As far as style or color palette, we wanted to incorporate the beauty and traditions of Hawaii without making our theme explicitly Hawaiian.

Q: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?

A: The Hui is such a beautiful venue that not a lot of decor was needed. The most important part of my vision was the reception furniture and layout. We wanted our reception to have a “lounge-like” feel. Our coordinator, Amber, executed that vision beautifully by incorporating wicker furniture and sofas.

Q: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

A: More gorgeous than I ever could have imagined. My bouquet was to die for. Muted Hawaiian flowers with sprigs of greenery and ribbon tied. I loved the giant protea in the center.

Q: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

A: We didn’t have a seated dinner; instead, we had a cocktail hour feel to the dinner and served our guests American style BBQ compliments of The Iron Imu food truck. Everyone raved about the meal. Our guests were incredibly complimentary of the food. We live in Korea, so we chose to make our grand reception entrance to “Gangnam Style” by Psy. We danced our way into the tent along to our theme song. Our guests loved it!

Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

A: Brian and I met working at a restaurant while we were both attending university at SDSU. We dated for 2 months and then in 2010 I went off on what I thought was going to be a year-long adventure in Korea. Long story short, I got a great job at a university there and decided to stay on longer. He joined my there in 2011. Since then, we’ve both gotten jobs at the same international K-12 school. He teaches Pre-Kindergarten and I’m a high school English teacher. We’ve been living in Korea all this time. We love our jobs and our neighborhood and we’ve gotten to travel to amazing places over the years.

Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

A: We wrote our vows the day of the wedding. Each time I tried to write them leading up to the wedding, I would cry too much, so I would stop. Brian just put it off, I think. 🙂 When he left the morning of the wedding to go get ready, I asked him if he had written his vows yet. He hadn’t. Neither had I. At 12:45 (our wedding was at 2) I wrote mine sitting on the floor in our Maui condo while my bridesmaids got their hair and makeup done. Reading them to one another in the ceremony was the best part of the day. We said almost exactly the same things!

Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

A: Get a wedding coordinator! Make sure you’ve set up your day to be fun and laid back for you and your partner. Don’t worry about making the rounds and seeing everyone; worry about living every moment as though it is the best day of your life. If you approach it that way, it will be. Oh, and do a destination wedding and only invite the people you really love.

Ironwoods Maui Engagement Photos

Ironwoods Maui Engagement Photos

Sweet Kapalua Engagement Session

I was trilled to capture Amy and Cody’s engagement photos at the tree line in Kapalua and down at Ironwoods beach. It was wonderful to meet them and spend some time getting to know them before I photograph their Maui wedding in this summer. What an adorable couple. Amy and Cody, Thank you for choosing me as your wedding photographer and for your Maui engagement photography session. I’m so excited for your wedding!

Four Seasons Wailea Engagement & Wedding

Four Seasons Wailea Engagement & Wedding

Lovely Four Seasons Wailea Elopement

Marisa and Hunter had a lovely Maui elopement. Their Four Seasons Wailea Wedding & Engagement Session allowed them to relax and really enjoy the wedding day and honeymoon together. I think it’s very sweet when couples decide to elope and focus the day completely on each and it was an absolute pleasure to be their wedding photographer! Maui Wedding Photographer: Joanna Tano Maui Wedding Venue: Four Seasons Wailea Maui Wedding Hair and Makeup: Four Seasons Wailea Spa Maui Wedding Flowers: Country Bouqets
White Orchid Beach House Wedding

White Orchid Beach House Wedding

Stunning White Orchid Beach House Wedding

It was wonderful to photograph Misa and Josh’s White Orchid Beach House Wedding. This beachfront property in Makena Maui is breathtaking! The combination of a secluded beach, lava rocks and a beautiful Maui sunset is the perfect recipe for wedding photos! The couple enjoyed celebrating their wedding day with close friends and family and celebrated into the evening with dinner and dancing under the stars. Congrats to this lovely couple!

Maui Wedding Venue: White Orhcid Beach House
Wedding Coordinator: White Orchid Weddings


Four Seasons Wailea Family Session

Four Seasons Wailea Family Session

Lifestyle Wailea Maui Family Photos

It was a pleasure photographing sweet moments for this sweet family on the beach at Four Seasons Wailea, Maui!


Kihei Maui Family Session

Kihei Maui Family Session

Maui Family Photography

I loved this sweet Kihei Maui Family Photography Session.  As a Maui Family Photographer, I feel lucky to have such beautiful scenery and happy people enjoying their Maui vacation together. I like to capture a mix of canids, portraits and photos where viewers can feel a sense of place. The green lawn, palm trees and beautiful beach on this property made for naturally beautiful backdrops!


Stunning Westin Kaanapali Maui Wedding

Stunning Westin Kaanapali Maui Wedding

Stunning Westin Kaanapali Maui Wedding

Kaya and Clint had their dream day — a beautiful Westin Kaanapali Maui Wedding! It was a pleasure to be their photographer. The stunning couple was surrounded by family and friends and had a lovely wedding ceremony on the Westin’s lawn overlooking Kaanapali Beach. The resort grounds offer a nice variety for tropical Maui wedding photos including the oceanfront lawn, greenery, and beautiful waterfalls. They celebrated into the evening, enjoying a lovely dinner and dancing.

Maui Ceremony Venue: Westin Kaanapali
Maui Wedding DJ: KCK Entertainment

Maui Indian Wedding

Maui Indian Wedding

Anna and Sagar had a beautiful and colorful Maui Indian wedding ceremony and reception.  Their meaningful cultural traditions were fascinating to capture.  Everly from Maui Indian Weddings and Bollywood Parties helped the couple make their dream wedding come to reality by thoughtfully putting together all of the special details and making sure that all of their guests were well taken care of.  A few days later, they had a western reception which was a beautiful way to honor both cultures.  Congratulations to Anna and Sagar!

Wedding Pros:
Coordination: Maui Indian & Bollywood Events
Video: Afterglow
Floral Design: Dellables


Four Seasons Wailea Wedding, Joanna + Ed

Four Seasons Wailea Wedding, Joanna + Ed

Stylish Four Seasons Wailea Maui Wedding

Joanna and Ed were such a fun couple who were married at the Four Seasons Wailea Maui. They had a great sense of style and had a beautiful setup created for their special day. Their son was adorable and I loved capturing this sweet family. Congratulations to the newlyweds! Here are some of my favorites from the day.

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