Elopements & Destination Weddings | Planning Your Perfect Wedding in Hawaii

Maybe you are looking for to simplify your wedding plans or don't see the point in spending a year's salary on a one-day event. Or you've always dreamed of getting married in Hawaiʻi in a picturesque beach wedding. Whatever the reason, elopements and smaller destination weddings are becoming more and more popular with couples. Before you ditch the traditional wedding plans, check out some of these dos and don’ts. 

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Liven Up Your After Party With Late-Night Snacks

Just when your guests think the fun is winding down, liven up the reception party with late-night snacks. Don't leave your wedding guests searching for a place to get that late-night bite to eat. Hotdogs and crinkle-cut fries or cookies and milk may not speak high-class wedding food, but they are great for late-night munchies. Food trucks are also great options for outdoor weddings with endless options for small bites to eat - Korean BBQ, street tacos, or even waffles and ice cream.

Arranging Your Wedding Party During The Ceremony

Remember that photos during your ceremony are going to be shared all over social media and may be the ones you cherish forever. Before they walk down the aisle, show bridesmaids where to hold their bouquets so that some don't hold it up too high or down too low. A good rule of thumb - bouquets held at the navel. Also show the men how they’ll position their hands during the ceremony and ensure that everyone lines up in a neat and formed line. Attention to these details can help to create gorgeous images of your wedding ceremony.

Wedding Day Bridal Portraits

Thinking about taking some bridal party shots before your ceremony? Or should you wait till after the ceremony for the majority of your wedding portraits. Consider that your hair and makeup will look ultra-fresh if you take photos right away, rather than getting windblown or droopy from the heat. A non-traditional first look before your ceremony can give you some extra time to have your wedding portraits taken.

Fall Mini Sessions

It’s that time of the year again, when Christmas trees start popping before you ever started thinking about your Thanksgiving Dinner meal plans. I love this time of the year, especially as the weather here in Hawaiʻi starts to shift from hot and humid to cool and breezy. But it is also the time for Fall Mini Portrait Sessions. Whether it’s for updating your annual family photos or for sending out your Christmas cards it’s that time to start thinking about family photo sessions.

I’m am continuing to take a limited number of full Family Portrait Sessions, but I have set aside a few days for mini-sessions at a few of my most popular locations. These sessions usually book out quickly, so I recommend scheduling your family session so that we can have your Christmas cards ready in time to get them out after Thanksgiving.

Session dates are listed below. Click on the link for more information on sessions, available times, and details on how to book your session.

Ensure Your Prints Stand The Test of Time

Your wedding photos deserve the more than ending up on a flash drive. Framed prints are a great way to display your photos for many years to come. Ensure that your framed wedding photos stand the test of time by using archival quality, acid-free frames and mats. They will keep your pictures from aging and yellowing. For this reason we have spent a long time searching for the very best printing processes and highest quality framing materials.


How to Create A Moodboard For Your Wedding

All of our couples are unique and their wedding plans are all very different. In order to create personalized photography and cinema for your wedding day, we want to get to know you better. To help us get to know you, we ask that you create a moodboard.

What is a Moodboard?

A moodboard is simply an idea or inspiration board where you can display your favorite images. Everything added to a moodboard communicates aspects of your style and creative preferences.

For example, you might love the angle or composition, a specific pose, the type lighting, the editing style of a photograph or video. Your board allows us to get to know you better and clearly understand what you love.

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What is a Shot List?

A shot list is a detailed list of must-have shots for a photographer to follow and check off throughout the wedding day.  As there may be some areas of your wedding where you have to have a photograph taken, shot lists are typically discouraged, as time is spent focusing on recreating specific images rather than capturing the moments as they happen. If there are need-to-have shots on your wedding day, please let us know so that we can ensure to capture it, but help us create a better experience by putting together a moodboard.


How to Create a Moodboard

  1. Create a Pinterest account (or sign into your existing account)
  2. Create a Board called “Wedding Moodboard” (Be sure to leave it as public)
  3. Visit the The Loving Eyes Pinterest, and The Loving Eyes Blog and “Pin” images that you like, making sure you add a detailed description of why you like the image.  The majority of your images should come from our work, but we are open to work from other photographers.
  4. Add in a few more images that you like from around the web (along with descriptive captions).
  5. Once complete, send the moodboard URL to us. You can add it in to your Wedding Photography Prep Questionnaire.
  6. After reviewing the moodboard, we will set up a time to review the moodboard together and to review the details of the event.

 Characteristics of an Ideal Moodboard

Here are a few characteristics of an ideal moodboard:

  • It does not have too many images (20-30 is just fine)
  • It is NOT a shot List
  • It has detailed descriptions
  • It includes shots from your wedding venue or similar wedding venues

In the end, our goal is to create a truly unique experience for all of our couples and hope that this process will make that easier.