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.

How to decide on your Hawaii Wedding Photographer

While there is no “best” wedding photographer in Hawaii, there is a best fit for you! In all honesty, there are many talented photographers here on the island, so here are some tips on choosing the right one for you.

Style. Style should be the first element you look at when considering a wedding photographer. There are many different styles: traditional, photo-journalistic, dark and moody, light and airy, and the list goes on. The wording description of the different styles is less important than looking through a photographer’s website and social media postings. Do you connect and resonate with the photos? Do they evoke a strong feeling? Can you picture yourself in the same type of composition  and lighting

I describe my style in the following way: use of natural light, romantic, storyteller, flattering, heartfelt. But I suggest you look through my photos for yourself and see how you connect with them.  I love to tell the story of the wedding day and capture emotions that people can then feel when they view the photos. Ideally I enjoy being there for the pre-wedding excitement all the way through the joyous dancing at the reception.

Reviews: Read through client reviews of photographers. It’s a good sign when other people had a great experience with a photographer -- but perhaps even more importantly, you can get to know specific details of how the photographer interacted with the couple and the guests, what type of photos they took, if they were professional throughout the booking process, etc.

Reputation within the wedding industry. This is a big one. It’s wonderful to read client reviews online, however something that is also important is how the photographer works alongside other vendors, especially wedding planners, hair and makeup artists, and videographers. Ask your planner or other vendors you contact if they’ve worked with the photographer you are interested in. What have their experiences been? Is the photographer professional? Are they friendly? Are they reliable? In general, are they in good standing with the majority of the wedding community on Maui? Everything goes more smoothly when the wedding vendors work well together and have a mutual respect for one another. 

Experience. Experience is an important consideration, especially on a tropical island where there are unique challenges such as strong backlight, windy days, hotel rooms with limited natural light, receptions with very dim light, etc. Ask the photographer how many years they have been photographing weddings. Experienced wedding photographers will be better prepared for unusual situations.


I hear from wedding planners about photographers coming from all over the country to photographer weddings in HawaiiPerhaps they are a friend of the bride or groom, or maybe they just want to take a vacation to Maui, Kauai, Oahu or the Big Island and combine it with a wedding to pay for their trip. Some of these photographers might be great, but I’ve heard stories of some that cancelled, sometimes at the last minute – maybe their flights were delayed – but it left the wedding party to scramble to find another photographer. These photographers might not have the necessary insurance for your venue, or they might be inexperienced in the type of intense back-lighting that happens in the late afternoon when the sun is low in the sky. Please consider a photographer who resides on Maui, – we have so many talented and professional ones!

Overall, I would say, do your research, connect via social media, email, phone calls, trust your intuition and you will find the right fit! Photography is so important because it provides the reminder of this most special day.  Your treasured photos will show your family, and perhaps someday your children and grandchildren, the love, joy and special moments of your wedding day.

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