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White Orchid Beach House Weddings

I loved capturing Brooke and Brit’s tropical wedding day. The couple had a lovely vision that came to life through the creative talents of White Orchid Wedding’s coordination team. It’s always a pleasure to photograph White Orchid Beach House Weddings because there are such dramatic and beautiful backdrops and the overall feel is secluded and intimate. I was able to pick out the little details of the day and pull them together to create their wedding photos. Brit’s ring was one of these details and it was stunning, I didn’t ask where she got it from but my keen eye told me that it was a diamond or moissanite, I’ll have to do a quick check on https://gemaandco.com/blogs/blog/the-difference-between-moissanite-and-diamond to really know as I want one for myself! Brooke and Brit, thank you for having me photograph your beautiful day!

Wedding Credits:

Wedding Venue: White Orchid Beach House
Officiant: Pia Alului
Coordinator: Patty Flax of White Orchid Wedding
Florist: Asa
Hair & Makeup: Heather Ellisyn
Caterer: Three’s
From the Bride:

Q. What is your proposal story?

A. One Friday morning, Britt called and surprised me with a trip to San Diego for the weekend. On the phone he said, “Be home by 2:30 and pack your bags. The train leaves at 5:00!”

I, of course was suspicious, but had no idea what elaborate plans Britt had secretly made.

He told me that Saturday night, we would go to a nice dinner at Hotel del Coronado. We took an uber down to the hotel. I was very confused when Britt told the driver to keep going past the hotel to the next street. There, Britt escorted me down to the beach all dressed up in heels and all and asked me to marry him. I am so happy with how everything turned out. From the dress that look so long to choose, until a friend of mine I looked into something like Winnie Couture Atlanta to visit a bridal store, to then locating the venue, inviting guests and much more, I don’t think I could have asked for anything more!

Little did I know, Britt had hired a photographer to capture the whole thing. I had told him I really wanted a photographer after I had seen some beautiful pictures on this Web Site and I’m so glad he organised one for me! Britt had been planning this out for quite some time, involving our closest family and friends. He had even secretly driven 4 hours away to ask my parents for their blessing. Britt then had my mom, Lindsey, help him choose the ring to be made by their family jeweler.

Q. We’d love to know more about your wedding plans, especially what you’re doing to make your wedding special or unique for you. Tell us what you envision your ideal wedding to be like.
A. Our vision is very traditional Hawaiian. We’ll have an “E Komo Mai” welcome sign, bamboo chairs, and a musician playing the ukulele during the ceremony and cocktail hour. We fell in love with the beauty of the views and the grounds of the beach house. We’re looking forward to our pictures along the Makena Beach. I’ve always envisioned tropical flowers and white orchids for my wedding, so those are a big part of my day. We have a “Just Maui’d” sign that we’d love to use as a prop after the ceremony. We know that the day is going to fly by and we’re hoping that your pictures will help us capture all the little moments from throughout our day. We’re open to some fun photos too, such as Britt carrying me over his shoulder, etc. Another must have for me was lighting once the sun went down. We’ll have lots of cafe lights and Maui moons strung across the venue. Your pictures with the lighting similar to ours are gorgeous!

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Stunning White Orchid Beach House Weddings

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.

Hawaii-based.

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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