Oahu Wedding Photographer – Joye & Casey on the North Shore

I was excited to meet Joye and Casey for their couples session in the North Shore or Haleiwa.  This side of the island gets bright sun and often gorgeous sunsets, which we got here!  I always recommend a Haku or flower crown for your photography session in Hawaii, they add such a great color pop and look beautiful on everyone.

These two have been together for two years and had a great time carrying out some of the ridiculous posing prompts I asked for them to do.  I love when my couples are up for anything, so the ending images are some of my favorites.  They got a little into the water for some and then I had them lay down as well to showcase that green moss on this particular beach gem.  Please enjoy the highlights from this session below:

Haku: Sirens & Flowers

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Rae Marshall is an Oahu Wedding Photographer also specializing in engagements, elopements, family, portraits and more.  She is available for travel to the other Hawaii islands.

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Halloween in Hawaii – Witch by the Sea

Well guys, I thought I wasn’t going to do a Halloween creature this year but I just can’t stay away!

If you’ve followed me over the past few years you’ll know that I am a CRAZY fan of Halloween.  I think I love it because it’s the one month where I am “allowed’ to do more dark and edgy photoshoots and it makes sense why I’m doing them 😛

I’ve worked with my good friend Katie Vellman, a hair and makeup artist on my creature for the past 3 years, so it was hard for us to be a part this year and I decided to take this one off.  But THEN Stephanie told me she had this cool headpiece and then it was back on full steam ahead let’s do this.  We decided on Lanai Lookout because… LOOK AT IT!  It was perfect for a lack of color an amazing background.  I edited these images differently than I would for a normal session because it makes sense to add an extra October flair.

This is my EIGHTH year doing a halloween session!

Model/Character Design – Stephanie Baker



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Maui Elopement Photographer – Justin & Erica

Maui Elopement Photographer at Charley Young Beach – Justin & Erica

Justin & Erica just got Maui’d on their vacation to Hawaii along with Erica’s sweet 6 year old daughter Ava!  I found out that Justin is a professional wedding videographer from Memphis and he got my name from some contacts of mine over in Nashville (*hugs Tennessee*).  They wanted a relaxed low key elopement, but you have to get some epic photographs if you’re going to be in Maui.  I flew over from Oahu that morning and enjoyed exploring Paia while waiting for the ceremony time.  The beach area they chose was beautiful, with a mountain view and palm trees, and black rocks for us to use for portraits afterward.

Since Justin is a wedding videographer he set up his video cameras for his own wedding, and I loved that he was getting the officiant mic’d up just before he “walked” down the aisle.  You have to have video if you’re a videographer after all!  The ceremony was super sweet between the two and Ava looking on was absolutely adorable.  Justin gave Ava her own new necklace before he gave his bride her wedding band.  You can really tell when a couple is so happy to be together and the images speak for themselves with how happy this family was to be together.

Check out the highlights from their elopement in Maui below!

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Rae Marshall is a Maui elopement photographer who also specializes in weddings, couples, maternity, senior portraits, fashion and more and travels to the surrounding islands.  She is based on Oahu in Kailua, Hawaii.


Male’ana Gardens Wedding Inspiration – Oahu Wedding Photographer

Male’ana Gardens Wedding Inspiration – Oahu Wedding Photographer

A L O H A all!  It’s time for a beautiful wedding inspiration photo session! I’m so excited to share this amazing styled bridal inspiration from one of my favorite new venues, Male’ana Gardens in Kailua.  If you love gorgeous romantic florals, white homes and palm trees then this wedding inspiration is for you.  We had two couples come out for the session, including a military couple which I’m a fan of.

There are so many ways you can style your wedding day, with hair style, floral choice, dress choice and more that can make your vision come to life.  These two couples have a very different look but both look amazing at Male’ana Gardens.  There is a lot of talent on the island and I highly recommend these vendors who made this day possible!  One couple just got married this year, and the other has been married 12 years, but you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference and both couples had such great chemistry and a fun time together playing wedding day again.

Wedding Venue: Male’ana Gardens

Coordinating: Drena Photography

Florist: Jeff Alacanastre @ Creative Concepts by Jeff

Wedding Dress: Masako Formals and Maggie Sottero Designs

Hair/Makeup: Breathe Hawaii Heidi Fowler, Leilani EspirituMotives Hawaii Jon Freitas

Cake: Our Treats Designs

Officiant: Pastor Thane Fowler with Breathe Hawaii

Invitations: Julie Rollins

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Maui Engagement Photographer – Jessica & Rolland

Maui Engagement Photographer – Jessica & Rolland at Nui No’eau

Today I get to share this engagement session with Jessica and Rolland in Maui!  This was such an exciting engagement session for many reasons, with the first being I got to come see a little bit of Maui for the day.  These two live on the island so they knew some amazing locations that would be perfect for photos and even took me to dinner before I headed back home to Oahu that evening.  Another special thing is that Jessica & Rolland are wedding photographers, and work together in their own business.  Photographing for other photographers is so much fun, I get to talk lenses and lighting with them during the session and they really know why I’m making them do each pose.

We first stopped at the Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center which is such a gorgeous venue, and Rolland pulled out his ukulele to serenade his bride to be.  Then we ended up at Maui Tropical Plantation, where we had some food at their restaurant and took some photos on the greenery overlooking the mountains.  These two are getting married coming up next summer and I can’t wait to see their stunning wedding day.  Check out the highlights below:

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Jessica’s brother Jordan came along and we had to get him in a few photos!

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Oahu Family Photographer at Kaena Point – Johnsons

The Johnsons at Kaena Point – Oahu Family Photographer

Wow this family is absolutely stunning and I adore their images from their recent session at Kaena Point on the North Shore of Oahu.  Outfits are an important part of how your session is going to end up looking and Crystal has amazing taste!  I adore long flowing dresses, especially for beachside areas where the wind will give it movement.  These baby suspenders are also amazing details.

This side of the island is known for more golden sunsets, which it delivered!  It was actually raining as we drove into the location, but like most of Hawaii’s weather it didn’t stay for long.  Crystal and her family have been living here for a few years and it was about time they had some family photographs taken to capture their memories here on the island.  Check out the highlights of their session below:


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Rae Marshall is an Oahu family photographer who also specializes in weddings, portraits, engagements, senior portraits, maternity, fashion and more.  She also travels to the surrounding islands.


Paliku Gardens Wedding at Kualoa Ranch – Gisela and Chris

Paliku Gardens Wedding at Kualoa Ranch on Oahu with Gisela and Chris

Gisela & Chris’s wedding day at Kualoa Ranch was such a memorable and fun day at a stunning wedding venue on Oahu.  They traveled from Australia for this destination celebration and chose a Paliku Gardens wedding at the ranch for their ceremony and reception location.  Gisela loves colors and chose beautiful vibrant bridesmaids dresses to go along with her Hawaii wedding and suited her girls perfectly.  The bridal party got ready at the Shoreline Hotel in Waikiki and then headed over to the venue from there.

I have to say that a ceremony overlooking the ocean and Chinaman’s hat is pretty breath taking. Gisela and her dad had a first look before the ceremony and it was obvious they are very close!  Chris had such a sweet reaction when getting to see his bride come down the aisle with the Ko’olau mountain range as the background.  After many fun portraits of the group, the reception started and that’s when I found out how much this group likes to have fun.  I couldn’t believe how many people from all ages were REALLY getting down and dancing along to celebrate.  There were some expert moves happening on the dance floor, and some wild partiers!  Please enjoy the highlights from this wedding day below:

EVENT COORDINATORS | Perfection an International Event Company – Gina Ho

HAIR & MAKEUP | Whik’d Hair & Make-up

FLORIST | Creative Concepts By Jeff

EQUIPMENT RENTALS | Pacific Party Rentals


CATERER | Tanioka’s


DJ/MC | DJ Neekz


TRANSPORTATION | Royal Star Transportation

OFFICIANT | Cherished Hawaii

CAKE | A Cake Life

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Rae Marshall is an Oahu Wedding Photographer who also specializes in elopements, engagements, senior portraits, maternity, family, fashion and travels to the surrounding islands.

Honolulu Engagement Photographer – Joehannah & Tyler

Honolulu Engagement Photographer – Bellows Beach with Joehnnah & Tyler

I met with these two this past weekend and they told me a little bit about their story and more about them.  Joehannah and Tyler are both in the military and met on Oahu, which is such an amazing place to enjoy your engagement together.  Joehannah wanted a soft lighting look for her photos and I knew that Bellows was the perfect place for that, with beautiful forest area as well as the beach.

I always love when my girls bring along a Haku flower crown, and hers was perfect for her!  One of the best surprises of the evening was that the moon was already out and I got some photos of the two of them underneath the moonlight even though the sun still hadn’t quite set yet.  These two are getting married in North Shore next year and I can’t wait to be a part of their wedding day.

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Rae Marshall is an Oahu engagement photographer also specializing in weddings, elopements, senior portraits, maternity, family and fashion and travels to the surrounding islands.

Oahu Surfer Couple Photography – Shayla & Kevin

Big Island Engagement – Rachel and Kaleb

Oahu Surfer Couple Photography – Shayla & Kevin

Oahu Surfer Couple Photography – Shayla & Kevin – Hawaii Engagement Photographer

If there’s one thing I love more than a sweet couples session, it’s a sweet couples session with surf boards!  I’m getting heart eyes today for this aloha session in the ocean in true Hawaii fashion.  Shayla and Kevin brought their boards and met my photographer BFF Ashley Bowman and I at a small beach where the water is calm. This was perfect because then we could wade in with our cameras without worrying about any giant waves and have some fun.

I love this set because it is something I would never have been able to photograph in Tennessee, and I’m falling head over heels for the Hawaii life.  I’ve never been an ocean person, but things are changing when there’s so many ways to experience it here on Oahu.  It’s such a part of what you go do here on a daily basis.  Want to go to a movie?  Nah let’s go snorkeling.  Pretty nice life.

Please enjoy the highlights below:

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Rae Marshall is an Oahu couples photographer that specializes in weddings, elopements, maternity, senior portraits, fashion and more and is available for travel to the other islands.


Big Island Engagement at Waialea Beach – Rachel & Kaleb

Big Island Engagement at Waialea Beach – Rachel & Kaleb

Big Island Engagement at Waialea Beach (Beach 69) with Rachel & Kaleb

I got to meet with Rachel & Kaleb and their family on their vacation to the Big Island of Hawaii last week!  We were doing an engagement session with some family photos of the 4 of them all together because when you’re all in Hawaii, you have to capture those memories!   Rachel’s family has been to the Big Island multiple times and they love coming back to visit whenever they can.

We chose Waialea Beach for the gorgeous driftwood and tree look that makes this location so unique.  Rachel & Kaleb are perfect for each other we had a good time climbing over the trees and rocks for some stunning photos of the two of them.  Each of the Hawaii islands are so different and have their own look, so it’s been amazing to travel to all of them and get photographs in unique places every time!

Check out the highlights from their session below:

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Rae Marshall is an Oahu Wedding Photographer also specializing in elopements, couples, maternity, senior portraits, fashion and more and also travels to the surrounding islands. 

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