On wedding album design

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I approach all my album designs in relatively the same way.  I want impact and story.  If a viewer that has had no relation to the day can be inspired by looking through the album or even make it through the whole book without skimming, then I’ve done my job.  This is a tall order.  We have more connection to the day then we realize and want to include all the shots that generally won’t enhance the story or make an impact but they might mean something to us.  Editing our spreads and making sure we don’t scrapbook our wedding album is the top priority.  We want to be efficient with the images and give reverence to the great moments by isolating those images and support the story with details.  Materials and color become secondary to the images but still have to support the overall theme of the day (colors, texture, etc.).  Size is a budgetary issue;  The album should fit the budget of the couple and be relative to the overall budget of the wedding.  I always recommend saving a bit for expanding the wedding album after the event, For example, extra spreads that can hold all the moments that complete the story of the day.  Remember one important thing when you’re planning an album – they are not for us… we design and make albums for the generations that follow us.  We show our children the celebration that perpetuates the family and hope they give the same high acclaim to their own relationships in the future.

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Denise and Ya | Destination Wedding, The Kahala

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Spiritually we’re brought together for reasons we have no control of. Call it gravity, cosmic connections, soul mates, whatever you choose. Our destination wedding couple Denise and Ya have found that connection in life and a few clues to perhaps why they should be together. We know that our soul mates make us more capable, happier, and indeed healthier and Denise and Ya had a slogan that they call “better together”.  It’s true. and we feel it with them!  When two families come together like this it warms my heart so much and I always feel thankful that we’re here together with the ones we love, in the right place at the right time. there should never be any confusion. It is so true at weddings.






































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Trinity and Justin | Destination Wedding Hawaii

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Trinity and Justin serendipitously came to us from California where Trinity is a loan officer and Justin is in the auto business. We talked a bit about the photos they wanted and discussed spending a morning out on Kaneohe Bay to take pre-wedding pictures on the sand bar.  Now, of course for that we needed a boat and a ride out there.  We got lucky with Pahia who responded to our ad and chartered his boat for us!!  I wasn’t sure what we we’re gonna come out with being that the one day we had on the sand bar was all we were gonna get. We were so fortunate to have great conditions out in Kaneohe Bay; the drama with the red dress made it so unique!  Very dramatic, colorful and somewhat surreal…  Trinity and Justin are gorgeous!  I have to thank Art Phothisantikul for coming out and helping!! Thank you Art!! Knowing that we would probably run out of time for portraits on the wedding day, Trinity and Justin booked a post-wedding portrait session the day after their beautiful Turtle Bay wedding with their family and friends out on the north shore of Oahu. The session and the light we’re so beautiful! We had a chance to get to know each other a bit more and took some amazing portraits… That location is Aiea Loop Trail which is where the post opens and the first series of images are from.  This post is a little longer than normal because it includes the engagement sessions so I apologize in advance but I wanted to lay out these photos as I would for an album.













 



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Keriann and Nick | Halekulani Waikiki

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As we peered at the weather approaching, Keriann and Nicks’ wedding date fell right between two fierce and large hurricanes. I mean right between. We had a very slight window where the weather could actually be good!  We were all praying.  On the night of Aug 7th the Big Islands’ windward side got hammered by Hurricane Iselle… We waited as she approached on Friday.  A day before the wedding, the island shut down. No shopping, no last minute prep, no answers to the most important questions.  When and where?!  Saturday was coming fast and we were looking at the skies with more optimistic breath.  It was almost as if the storm never came.  the plans all fell beautifully into place like it was planned like this all along!  The day was absolutely beautiful.  The light couldn’t have been better.  That soft diffused cloud cover made Keriann look like she’s never looked before.  We left the chapel at Kamehemeha Schools to shoot some location portraits at Iolani Place before heading to the Halekulani for a beautiful and warm reception!

 

photo by Cory

Photo by Shawn

Photo by Shawn

Photo by Shawn

Photo by Cory

Photo by Shawn

Photo by Shawn

Photo by Cory

Photo by Cory

Photo by Shawn

Photo by Shawn

Photo by Cory

Photo by Cory

Photo by Shawn

 

Photo by Shawn

 

Photo by Shawn

 

Photo by Cory

 

Photo by Shawn

 

Photo by Cory

 

Photo by Shawn

 

Photo by Shawn

 

Photo by Shawn

 

Photo by Shawn

 

Photo by Shawn

 

Photo by Cory

 

Photo by Cory

 

Photo by Shawn

 

Photo by Yi

 

Photo by Shawn

 

Photo by Shawn

‘I want to give a shout to all the fabulous vendors we had that graciously performed through the weather….We love you all!

Ceremony Venue: Kamehameha Schools Chapel

Reception Venue: Halekulani

Transportation: Dukes Limousines

Linens & Chair covers: Chair Cover Express

DJ: Status Entertainment 

Musicians: Simple Souls

Videographer: 10th Letter Media

Flowers: Flowergirls Hawaii

Hair and Make Up: Whik’d Hawaii

Coordination: Aloha Bridal Connections

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Frenchie and Cory | Dillingham Ranch Wedding Photography

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I have so much to say about Frenchie and Cory!  Mostly, to the effect, that this is how to throw a party and this is how you celebrate love.  I connected the first time I met the couple during our consultation and I knew right away the event they were to have.  Lorraine, (Frenchie), because she’s from France, had a vision for romance, elegance, good food, good music, and of course, Champagne.  Everything was planned so perfect by Best Day Ever and we were anxious and excited to celebrate with them!  If you remember, we took some beautiful romantic engagement shots a short while back.  I love Dillingham Ranch and despite the ominous weather on their wedding day, everyone had a great time!  Including us… I honestly don’t think I’ve seen rain that hard in quite a while.  Scary in fact at one point.  We had more water coming down than was going out.  But the music kept playing, the drinks were flowing and everyone was dancing!  Yes, we got wet… didn’t lose any gear (thankfully) and I feel captured the essence of Lorraine and Cory and the family… Please enjoy the slideshow!  This one has music, just a forewarning;-)

 

Thanks so much to all the vendors!! You all went above and beyond!

Coordination: Best Day Ever

Cake : We Heart Cake Co.

Catering and Bar : Memoirs

DJ : Showtime

Florals: Yvonne Designs

Hair and Make Up: Delish, Heather Heen

Linen: Les Saisons

Live Band: Moanalua

Officient: Duke Aiona

Rentals: Pacific Party Rentals – Tent and Tables & Chairs

 

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