Iolani Football and Wisconsin Cheese

I love it when couples are open with me before the ceremony and tell the their stories. Sometimes I get the stories from their parents as well - who are always happy to share with me. Alex was a football player at Iolani high school (along with all the groomsmen). He met his soul mate while working as a personal trainer in California. Jenny was in California for only 13 weeks for a work trip. They fell in love and made a long distance relationship work. A few years later, they made the trip back to Hawaii for their dream wedding.

25 years of commitment. A Hawaii wedding vow renewal

Theresa and Glenn contacted me and decided that they wanted to turn their 25th anniversary vacation into a 25th anniversary vow renewal. They wanted a beautiful and private beach, flowers and leis for everyone, hair and makeup done in their hotel room and a photographer to capture everything. Could it be done with less than 24 hours before the wedding? The simple answer is YES! With our team of experienced professionals, everything came together within a couple of hours after we got the initial phone call. Did you know that we can assist you with virtually every aspect of your wedding planning? Even if we don't offer the service ourselves, we can most likely help you find the right perso

It's Wedding Week in Hawaii

Wedding Week is a week long event that takes couples out to see the best of Hawaii wedding venues. While visiting each venue, couples have an opportunity to taste test, try products/services and meet many wedding professionals. This year was kicked off at the Willows. I was honored to be the first presenter of the night.

How does a lei ceremony work?

Often couples will ask for a Hawaiian touch to their wedding ceremony. It can be as simple as a more island styled wardrobe, having the ceremony barefooted on the sand, etc. One of my favorite traditions is the exchange of leis during the ceremony. In many ways, it is much like the exchange of rings. But it doesn't have to be only for the bride and groom - it can also be used as a way on honoring other guests at the wedding. You can also make the occasion extra special for those attendees by presenting leis to them at the ceremony. It also makes for great photo ops. Photo by: David Murphey

Another beautiful shot

This photo reminds me of the secret wedding scene from the movie "Braveheart" It's not your typical "Hawaii Wedding" photo - which is why I like it so much. PC: Vivid Photos

Misty - Foggy - Love

Patrick and Kryston had planned on a wedding ceremony at Magic Island beach park. But on the day of the wedding, a sudden downpour of rain hit the island. They called me to ask if there were a location I knew of that had some cover so told them about Aiea Loop Trail. Right at the entrance, there is a wooden structure that even looks like a little chapel. It gave us the cover we need to stay dry and also a gorgeous backdrop for these "just married" shots.

20 years later...

Here's a throwback... Way back. 20 years back. My wife and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary with a vow renewal. Can you tell which picture was taken first?

Afternoon elopement at Aiea Loop Trail

Kirstyn and Logan along with their close friends tied the knot with a intimate elopement wedding ceremony at Aiea Loop trail this weekend. I love this location for it privacy and lush landscape. It is one of Hawaii's hidden gems.

A glamorous gala for a great cause

Love Gives Hawaii is a community of wedding and event professionals inspired to give hope and support to the people of Hawaii. Our mission is to bring the community together through niche events like our annual gala while raising money for a great cause. Love Gives Hawaii is run 100% by volunteers in the event and wedding industry in order to maximize donations to our beneficiaries. Board members, team members, designers, performers, and event staff have donated an endless amount of hours, services, and products to make Love Gives Hawaii’s mission a reality. Love Gives Hawaii is proud to partner with Family Promise of Hawaii to help Hawaii’s families who are experiencing homelessness transit

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