Tiffany and James were an absolute pleasure to spend the week with. Tiffany had every detail of her Polynesian adventure planned out. Pre-wedding parties, wedding and reception on the Big Island with family and friends; then off to South Pacific for the honeymoon on Bora Bora. These two are very giving of their time at home in New York City. Tiffany is a nurse and James is a teacher at the performing arts high school featured in the movie and television show FAME. The family and friends were supportive and thoughtful. One of my favorite moments is when all the guests of the resort (who had never met the bride and groom) were out on their lani watching us take bridal party photos and decided to get involved. They started yelling creative direction as if they were on a set at a model shoot. They then added to the fun by blasting music and making it a full out runway party. When they saw we were about to proceed to the first look, they left the Hawaiian Wedding Song playing out on the lani while they retreated into their rooms allowing Tiffany and James their intimate and emotional first look together.
Photography: Ranae Keane EMotion Galleries
Coordinator: Brian Scully
Wedding Venue: Royal Kona Resort
Anticipation Venue: Wyndham Kona Hawaiian
Reception Venue: Sunset Cove
Trash Dress Location: Kikaua Point
Officiant: Rev. Dard Aller
Makeup: Rachel Kordell Big Island Hair
Flowers: Illima Flowers
Rings: Ultimate Jewelry
Jodie and John were sweethearts in high school, went separate ways, reunited years later only to find they were still very much in love with each other. Their Hawaii Island Weddings by Kauka ceremony in Kailua-Kona was lovely. Mid-ceremony John was so overcome with the emotions that his knees literally went weak. The small gathering of friends and family all joined John for a seat in the sand as Dean continued with the vows and exchange of rings. Immediately after saying "I Do" the couple impulsively jumped up from the sand and ran to the ocean. Jodie and John's weddings was very beautiful and meaningful evening that I will always remember.
These are some photos taken at my parents 40th anniversary celebration earlier this year. Dad wrote the lyrics and Duncan wrote the music and recorded the song. You might wonder about some of the words....the grandkids call mom and dad Obi and Omi. Yep my parents live out in the back woods of the Ozarks. My brother, sister, aunts, nephews and niece were all there as well as neighbors and family friends. It was a magical way to celebrate 40 years of love.
Sara and Julie were a blast to hang out with at Kikaua Point. They were recently engaged and came to the Big Island to plan their 2014 wedding in paradise! Both of these ladies are young professionals in the medical field and are very deserving of some rest & relaxation on the beach. We had fun and enjoyed a spectacular sunset!
PJ is from California and returning this week from a trip to his Hawaii to start his senior year in high school. Next year he will attend college and major in the sciences. He was drawn to the telescopes on the summit of Mauna Kea, so that is where we ventured for his senior photo session! When at the safety stop to adjust avoiding altitude sickness we went for a short hike. PJ was the first to notice a geocache hidden in the rocks on a remote cliff. One of my favorite photos is of him reading through the notes left by visitors from around the globe..... I snapped the picture candidly and when going through the footage thought I was looking at Harry Potter. My other favorite picture is capturing his reaction when the telescopes opened and started to move. It really sounded like theatrical effects from a Star Wars movie. He forgot about posing for the picture, gazed up and said "excuse me I need to geek out for a moment!"
Kevin Teves and I taught a Hula lesson for a girls day out before Donna's wedding the following weekend. The 15 ladies were all visiting from Canada and staying in a lovely home on the Kona Coast. We began the lesson by making leis form the flowers of PuaLani Orchids. The ladies surprised us by already being prepared with grass skirts! All of the women were quick to pick up the hula steps and we learned the entire hula to Keep Your Eyes On The Hands.