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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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.

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.

Aerial Photography | What You Need To Know

With the advent of commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or more commonly known as drones, aerial photography has become more and more accessible. The unique perspectives a drone provides expands on the level of storytelling that can happen in a film. Shots once only possible with larger dollies and cranes can be easily replicated with a simple drone on a budget. This completely opens up the possibilities when it comes to capturing your wedding day.

We wanted to list out a couple of ways that we have utilized a drone in wedding films. This is in no way an exhaustive list as we are always pushing the envelope by looking for new and creative ways to tell your story.

Establishing Your Story

Capturing your wedding venue and its location is huge to setting the stage for your wedding film. Especially in Hawaiʻi where your wedding day backdrop are beautiful mountains and white sandy beaches. 

Changing Your Perspective

A shot of the bride and groom alone on a beach is a very romantic scene. But if you were to take that exact same shot and pull it back, it can change the entire shot. Now the bride and groom aren't alone in a close romantic setting, they are the only ones on the beach. Both are equally beautiful, but each tells a different part of the story.

Highlighting Your Focus

Sometimes there are objects or locations that you may want to bring attention to without detracting from the bride and groom. Long tracking-panning shots can draw attention to a beautiful backdrop while keeping the main subject, the bride and groom, in focus. Just another way to add a bit of flair to your story.

Rules and Regulations

Now that you are all set to incorporate aerial photography into your wedding film, there are few items that you will want to consider before your wedding day. Drones are subject to FAA regulations and you will want to ensure that your wedding videography/cinematography team are meet these few criteria. (please note that these regulations are continually being updated and may differ depending on when you are reading this article)


All commercial drone pilots are required to be at least 16 years old and hold a Remote Pilot Airman Certification. This requirement applies to all commercial uses of a drone. 


There are regulations to certain areas where a drone can and cannot fly. Then there are common courtesy guidelines for usage of a drone in other areas. Make sure you consider your venue and the permissions you may need to obtain before flying.


While some venues are a little relaxed when it comes to liability insurance, you may want to consider if your wedding videography/cinematography team is insured. Flying a drone is a liability and can be dangerous. You will want to ensure that all parties, including yourself, are protected and covered.

Don't be intimidated by the regulations surrounding aerial photography. But you also don't want to take any of it for granted. Our team is continually pushing the envelope when it comes to creative ways to tell your wedding day story. We would love the opportunity to sit down and discuss with you the many ways we can incorporate a drone into your wedding day.

Choosing the Right Photographer, part 1

Unlike other vendors you would decide upon for your wedding, photography and video aren't tangible purchases - at first. A lot of what you get from  wedding photography and video is obtained after the fact. There are a number of other characteristics that you might consider when deliberating over your right wedding photographer.

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