Saying The I Do’s in Hawai’i

It is always a treat to photograph a Wedding & then a year or so down the line we are asked to photograph the sibling’s Wedding.  And as I am now writing this, I am remembering just how many we’ve done. Wow! I remember shooting Leslie’s Wedding & then Lindsey’s the following year. Amanda’s Wedding & then Ryanna’s the next year.  – That was neat too because not only did we photograph their Weddings but I designed both of their invitations (I’ll have to post those at a later time, Ryanna’s was a cowboy/rodeo theme!) Last summer, we photographed Kelsea’s Wedding & this July we will be shooting her sister, Kandice’s wedding.  Also, last summer we had the privilege of shooting the Wedding of Chris & Chelsea out at Paradise Springs in Monroe, Oregon. Here’s a photo collage from their Wedding:


Chelsea & Chris, Paradise Springs, Monroe, Oregon

Check out more of Chris & Chelsea’s Wedding photos out at Paradise Springs.


After Chris & Chelsea’s Wedding & I  mean immediately after, as in the reception wasn’t quite over yet, Chris’s sister, Shannon & her fiancee approached us about shooting their Wedding in Hawai’i in the spring.  Of course, that sounded exciting from the get go. Who doesn’t want to work in Hawai’i?!  But I have to say, since we had already gotten to know the family from Chris & Chelsea’s Wedding & then as we went down the road in meeting, emailing & planning w/Shannon & her Mom, Susie, we were even more excited.  This is a family that is so genuine & easy going.  They laugh & joke easily, they enjoy being around each other. We never saw pre-wedding stress rear it’s ugly head, we saw a family appreciating that they could all be together in such a beautiful place celebrating Shannon & Sean tying the knot. They made Richard & I feel welcome & a part of their celebration, much more than just hired vendors.  It was an amazing privilege to be a part of their Wedding.

The day before their Wedding, we went to Magic Sands Beach & did a pre-Wedding shoot. Shannon & Sean were great about doing whatever we asked of them. They climbed on the lava rocks, got wet in their clothes & endured an impromptu mock ceremony with a crazy local woman. (She approached us & we felt like we couldn’t or shouldn’t refuse  . . . interesting, have to post those pics next time)

This is a quick shot I took of Richard photographing our happy couple. (My Love photographing Love. I know, I’m corny but I did get a few butterflies when I saw him in that Frank Sinatra hat & those metro, white suede moccasins :)


Crissy's photo of Richard shooting Shannon & Sean



And now the resulting shot that Richard captured . . .


Crystal clear water, sand between your toes & True Love . . . what could be better? ♥ Richard used a slow shutter speed & a steady hand to capture the movement of the water, I love the way it adds to the intensity of the shot.



Now the funny part was when we all noticed that Richard & Sean just happened to wearing the exact same pair of shorts!  I had to get this pic with the two of them hamming it up a bit.  Sean’s  look darker because he was all wet from the previous shot (such a good sport!)  I should have made Richard jump in too just so they could continue being twinsies.




And then on the next day, Shannon & Sean got married at the beautiful Royal Kona Resort.  The staff there was very helpful & coordinated the day to go smoothly & without a hitch. Shannon’s Mom, Susie handled all of the decorating & did an incredible job. She was so organized, she had boxes of decorations shipped over in advance!

To get this shot, Richard climbed up on this tall, lava rock wall.  I regret not grabbing a quick shot of him perched up there with his camera, all adventure-guy like.  You can’t see me in this shot (whew! – I get in trouble when I manage to get into the background of a good shot)  I was shooting from a totally different perspective. -which, by the way,  is a great reason to have 2 photographers. I was stealth (& a bit trepidatious) as I balanced barefoot on a lava rock ledge behind the left curtain with the ocean & more rock behind me. I LOVED it! Danger & time-sensitive creativity, hello adrenaline rush! Okay, little tangent there. Anyway, What I enjoy about this shot was the wonderful way Richard made the focus to be the flowers at the very bottom of the frame. Your eyes naturally follow the flowers right up to the Bride & Groom.


Notice the cruise ship in the distance, that was their honeymoon cruise ship! It was as if it just decided to wait there for them. Okay, swim on out when you're done with the vows!


This shot was taken in the outdoor yet indoor lobby of the resort. The style of it really embodies Kona, relaxing & sophisticated at the same time. The columns add such depth.


Vows said, Marriage Certificate signed, relief & utter happiness has taken over!


The rest of Shannon & Sean’s Wedding Photos in this Hawaiian paradise are also quite wonderful, feel free to click on over & take a look :)  Happy Viewing!

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