Extreme happiness in November, due in no small part to the countless hours I got to spend with loved ones 🙂
Tia & Stephen are perfect together. They have a way about them that makes it seem like they fell in love 2 seconds ago, yet they have the maturity of a couple who has been married for decades. They’re creative, vibrant and fun… and their wedding in Kohala was beautiful. Days are seldom better than this. 🙂
The wedding had a theme of discovery and navigation. Loved it! Of course, you would expect nothing less from Tia & Stephen, Exec. Editor & Content Director, respectively, of Vain Magazine, a cool art magazine out of Seattle. Below, a glimpse at the visual dictionary turned wedding guest book. Awesome!Family time.The ceremony was beautiful. Very emotional. The afternoon light, perfect.The Velveteen Rabbit.Perfection!Days are seldom better than this —Stayed a little bit longer to get this photo. 3 shot composite. 🙂 Perfect end to a perfect day!
Tia & Stephen, thank you for granting me the privilege of photographing your wedding. I loved it!
One of the things that I love most about wedding photography is the pace of it. It’s fast. It’s never the same. It changes from minute to minute, hour to hour. It changes from wedding to wedding. Every wedding has a different feel from the last. A new vibe. Weddings hardly ever hold still.
Neither does my own brain, so it all works out pretty well.
I love the things that do hold still, though. The things that don’t change from wedding to wedding. Family and friends coming together from far off places. The love in the air. The blue of the ocean. The way the wind blows a bride’s hair astray and yet they all still look as perfect as can be. People dancing as music fills the air.
So it was great fun putting together Cassidy & Matt’s wedding photography. Their Kohala wedding had an amazing vibe. A sense of movement and of remembrance and nostalgia as we visited places from Cassidy’s upbringing. There was a feeling of change and a feeling of things staying the same, as they often do in a beautiful, rural place like Kohala.
It was very dynamic and exciting for me as a photographer, and made for a beautiful wedding day.
A beautiful, secluded ceremony.We visited a few spots in Kohala to hang out, take pictures and enjoy the day, including Mahukona Beach Park, above. I grew up swimming, camping and jumping off the old pier there so it was quite a thing for me to be back. After a few minutes, we continued our tour with a trip to Kapa’a beach park —Kohala is truly a special place on the Big Island. I’m not sure how to describe it — There’s just something about it that pulls at my heart. Below, the scenic lookout at Pololu Valley.As night fell, the reception began. Hundreds of family members and friends filled three massive tents at Cassidy’s family home in sleepy Kapa’au town. Loud music, good food and tons of laughter! Cassidy and Matt were just so happy. Happy at home in Hawaii. One of my favorite moments was when they had their first dance, surrounded by their families joined hand in hand, now a single huge family —You know it’s a local, hometown wedding when there are a ton of kids around! 🙂 They had front row seats to a few keiki hula performances.And a fire dancer!
Thank you again, Cassidy & Matt! Being a part of your family celebration is something I won’t ever forget.
Coming up next, their Trash the Dress session!
Cassidy & Matt’s wedding was an amazing day. A day of relentless celebration, fun, love and family. And they themselves were wonderful. So I was stoked and ready to go the next day for our Trash the Dress session.
I wanted the TTD photos to be a natural extension of those from the wedding, but I also wanted to change it up. I wanted that same sense of motion that I aimed to get during the wedding, but wanted the TTD photos to be more peaceful. Less grit. Not quite as dynamic. Less drama. More polished. Hard to explain.
We wanted a secluded beach. White sand. Velvet water. Serene. Emphasis on secluded. So we did the TTD session at the beautiful and highly popular Hapuna Beach, in south Kohala.
If you’ve ever been to Hapuna, you know that there are only two occasions when there aren’t a zillion people there. First is during a Tsunami Warning. The second is when Cassidy, Matt and I did this session — early in the morning, before the parking lot opened.
The sun was just peaking out onto the sand, the water was calm, and the beach was practically empty. It was a perfect morning.
I got a kick out of how Cass flung her bouquet and shoes — fast, far or fast-and-far.After strolling on the beach for a bit, we went to get some intimate shots at the rocks. Luckily, the tide was low and the surf was calm, so we were able to enter the hidden cave at the end of the beach.Cass & Matt, you two are perfect!Time to get wet and trash the dress! When I was running along with them taking these pics, I was wondering what was going through Cassidy’s mind. I mean, one of my top priorities is client comfort, so I always get a bit nervous when I tell the bride and groom to run anywhere, nevermind into the ocean…But then she turned around with this big, perfectly photogenic smile on her face, and all was right in the world.Quick shot of the beach as we were leaving.
Cassidy and Matt, thank you so much for allowing me the priviledge of photographing you for two awesome days, and thank you for being such lovely people!