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Hilo Wedding Photographer Coconut Island Liliuokalani park

Hilo Wedding Photographer Coconut Island and Liliuokalani park

This couple was married at another location and then came to the park for more wedding portraits. It is a great way to get varied in your wedding photos.

Coconut Island in Hilo offers great views of Hilo Bay and Mauna Kea.  Liliuokalani Park has beautiful bridges, beautiful lawns, ponds and banyan trees.  They both offer free parking and are both easily accessible.

Kona Wedding at the Ohana Retreat at the Kona Plantation

Kona Wedding at the Ohana Retreat at the Kona Plantation

The Kona Plantation is a beautiful place for a wedding.  It offers two separate two story buildings for lots of housing for family and friends.  There are three different lawn areas that make for a great ceremony location and the retreat is just 2 minutes away from a beach for sunset photos.  The location also has a covered pavilion so that in the rare case of rain you have a back up location for the ceremony and for the reception.

The food was done by Twin Engine Catering.  The presentation was great and it tasted great as well.  Thanks to the mother of the groom that insisted we eat 🙂

The bride and groom had a lot of fun little touches included sunglasses for all of their family and friends.  Another nice touch was the couple had the first 30 minutes before the ceremony  for the families attending to get family photos done.

Wedding Preparation Timeline

You are now engaged and you are starting the process of planning the Big Day.  I came across this guide from the folks at Adorn Invitations as well as some tips for your big day planning.




Tip 1. Be flexible with your Date
If you need to save on cash, look at having your wedding on a weekday! Often venues will offer major discounts on weekday weddings and also during off-peak season. If you’re having your reception near the beach – these beachside restaurants will have huge cuts in the colder months.

Tip 2. Organization is Key
Ladies, make sure you stay on top of absolutely everything. One the bills and balances start rolling in, it’s easy to get confused and forget what is owed and where. Create a portable folder with all of your vendor’s details, receipts and balances.

Tip 3. Wholesalers are your Best Friend
If you’re having a smaller floral arrangement and if you know exactly what you want – cut the middleman costs and go directly to a wholesaler like a flower market. Make sure to even ask your reception if they can provide floral arrangements. It’s likely that they’ll have a preferred supplier with much bigger buying power than you.

Tip 4. Trials
Beauty trials are absolutely a necessity when preparing for your big day with the most important being a fake tan trial. Trust me ladies, you do not want to be like Anne Hathaway walking the NY streets in a tangerine hue ala Bride Wars for your big day. Also do your research with a few different hair and makeup looks and try them out with a couple of different hair stylists and makeup artists.

Tip 5. Beware of Hidden Costs
You’ve got your budget for your gown, you’ve found your perfect dress and it just made your funds allowance. However, alterations can cost you upwards of $1,000 depending on who you go to. Accessories such as veils and dress hoops if you’re feeling the princess gown, can also cost you – so make sure you take these into consideration when budgeting.

Family and Senior Portraits in Kona Hawaii

Family and Senior Portraits in Kona Hawaii

Are you coming to Hawaii and haven’t taken senior portraits for one of your kids ?  Kona is a great place to have your family and senior portraits taken that will offer a unique and stunning background for your senior.  The Big Island also has country type backgrounds like this one, which was taken up in Waimea.

During an hour session we can capture both family photos and individual photos of your senior.  Are rates are often lower than mainland companies who charge a surcharge because it is senior photos.  We charge the same fee whether it is family photos, senior photos, or a combination of both.


Mauna Lani Weddings on the Big Island

The Mauna Lani is a beautiful location on the West side of the Big Island of Hawaii.  A wonderful location for a large or intimate wedding.  Lush grounds, long beaches, ancient fish ponds and a wonderful staff make this hotel a great choice for your wedding or vow renewal.