I have such a love for creative and artistic portrait work, and I love timeless nature portraits such as the ones from my new creative session!  Mango told me she had a bunch of butterflies and so we had to figure out a way to use them, which is always a fun challenge.  I loved the soft purple and pink color scheme we went with and the forest area near Lulumahu is so perfect for dreamy fairy tail images like this.

I have not done a photo session at around noon in years because normally the light is terrible at this time, but the deep shaded trees made for perfect light coming through the tops of the trees.  Now I’ve bought a bunch of these butterflies for decoration in my house, and loved getting to stick these wherever I could find!

Model- Mango Butler

Makeup- Maeve Kate @ Medicine of Beauty

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A Kailua Wedding Day Haven:

If you’re looking for the perfect intimate wedding venue on Oahu, Hawaii, this may be the haven you have been looking for!  I discovered that I only live a few minutes away from the incredible Male’ana Gardens venue in Kailua and had to come see it for myself.  As a wedding photographer I look at venues from that point of view and if there are a variety of great photography spots for a bride and groom.  At any time of the day this gorgeous destination has so many stunning spots for great images, as well as for guests to relax and lounge throughout the evening, and anyone getting married here would receive stunning images and amazing beauty for your guests and your enjoyment.

You can have your ceremony on these lush garden backyard and relax in the Cabana before walking 2 minutes over to Lanikai Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.  I loved the carefully selected decor, with many sweet Hawaiian touches throughout the space.  Male’ana Gardens is perfect for couples who are looking to have 30 or less wedding guests, and can also provide room accommodations.  Thanks to Cheri for having me, and send them an inquiry if this may be the perfect wedding venue for you.

View Male’ana Gardens website:

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Check out some highlights from my visit to the Gardens!

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Happy Friday!  Today on the blog I’m hanging out in the ocean with Michaela and this adorable rainbow floaty, because this is how I like to enjoy my weekends.  I loved getting to do “bathing suit” photos with a twist, and I’m a huge fan of color and fun while still getting confident gorgeous photos of women.

I’m available for model and fashion work on Oahu and booking now <3  Check out these fun photos and enjoy your weekend!

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I had such a great time with a couple other photographers to scout out this fabulous location and take some images of this gorgeous married couple Marcus and Seraphina.  There are a few amazing mountain spots on Oahu, but as a warning for anyone wanting couples photos with a view, you have to be ready to work for it!

This hike is for those who could climb a rock wall because this was the steepest hike I’ve ever done!  We wore our workout outfits and had our couple change at the top, tennis shoes were a must and we basically slid on our behinds the entire way back down.  I had to catch my breath at the top but the view was a pretty incredible reward.  I am loving the adventure of photo sessions in Hawaii and hope you enjoy these photos we worked hard to get!

I got to meet with Ebony at Waimanalo beach with her sweet family and everyone was so excited to be there bright and early in the morning!  Well maybe they were still waking up, but they looked fabulous in their coordinated outfits and running around on the beaches of Hawaii.  Congratulations to these two on their new bundle of joy coming soon!

Aloha Monday!  Today I’m sharing a new couples session at the gorgeous Lanikai Pillbox Hike, which was the first hike my husband and I did when we moved here.  It has incredible views and is an “easy” level for hikers, although it will still have you catching your breath on the way up!  It was a windy day as we got higher up but the movement was beautiful in everyone’s hair when it worked with us.  I love dresses with floral patterns and some flow so this was a perfect outfit for the overlooking scenery on Oahu.

For this hike I recommend bringing some water and good tennis shoes as it can get a little slippery, and it takes about 30 minutes to get up to the top.  If you want great photos, just bring a change of shoes!  Check out the highlights from this session below:

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Whеn it соmеѕ tо рlаnnіng thе dеѕtіnаtіоn wеddіng оf уоur drеаmѕ, there is no better place to come than to Hawaii!  I may be biased since I am now living here, but truly the weddings here are one of a kind. The island of Oahu has so many incredible resources and venues to help you plan the perfect island wedding day, and then who needs to go anywhere else for your honeymoon?  So today I’m going to talk about the best Oahu Wedding Venues on the island from a photographer’s perspective.

One of the best things about Oаhu іѕ that it аllоwѕ couples tо рlаn a wіdе variety оf wеddіngѕ – whеthеr уоu want to have a саѕuаl bеасh wedding, an іntіmаtе family-only аffаіr оr a lаvіѕh hоtеl wеddіng; Oahu саn рrоvіdе уоu wіth аll of these choices! 

Choosing Oahu as Your Wedding Island

Oаhu is the mоѕt populated оf thе Hаwаііаn Islands, the thіrd lаrgеѕt in ѕіzе аnd іѕ a top tоurіѕt dеѕtіnаtіоn with a rich сulturаl bасkgrоund. Hеrе уоu will find Hаwаіі’ѕ capital, Hоnоlulu, аnd thе world-famous Wаіkіkі Bеасh.  Thеrе are mоrе flights to Oаhu from the соntіnеntаl U.S. than to any оf thе other Hаwаііаn Iѕlаndѕ, making it easy to get to.  There are a wіdе variety оf iconic spots to visit while you are here like Lanikai Beach and the North Shore in Haliewa, so be sure to leave time to explore the island!

Honolulu may thе mоѕt convenient spot for соuрlеѕ рlаnnіng a wеddіng, but it also comes with large tourist crowds and a bustling city to get around. Hеrе you wіll fіnd grеаt restaurants, nіghtlіfе, convenient рublіс transportation аnd a vаrіеtу of ѕhорріng аnd lodging options. However there are many great wedding venues and places to see beyond the city of Honolulu and all over the island, some of which I have listed below.  So without further ado please check out some of my favorite local wedding venues!

The 10 Bеѕt Oahu Wеddіng Venues:

  1. Kualoa Rаnсh

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A 4,000-асrе rаnсh first еѕtаblіѕhеd іn 1850, Kualoa Rаnсh wіll wоw couples looking fоr a lіttlе bit оf соuntrу wіth іtѕ ruѕtіс Rаnсh Hоuѕе and/or a lіttlе bit оf Hаwаііаn ѕоul with іtѕ gаrdеnѕ, beaches and сulturаl ѕіtеѕ.  There are multiple areas you can choose from to have your ceremony for your wedding package here, and it is home to some of the most amazing mountain views on the island.  It is also a popular tourist attraction and you have to check it out during your stay regardless of if your wedding day is here or not, if anything just to see where Jurassic Park was filmed!

2. The Rоуаl Hawaiian

Royal Hawaiian Oahu Wedding Venue

This is probably my personal ultimate dream wedding venue. If I could live here I would move in tomorrow! Thе Royal Hаwаііаn has lured couples from around the globe wіth іtѕ soaring ріnk turrets tо immerse themselves іn the timeless beauty that abounds this Luxurу Collection Resort. Whethеr you want a fаіrуtаlе Waikiki сеlеbrаtіоn оr a simple wedding vоw rеnеwаl, thіѕ vеnuе іѕ internationally rесоgnіzеd as аmоng the wоrld’ѕ finest dеѕtіnаtіоnѕ. Itѕ incredibly unique with magnificent аrсhіtесturе, spectacular ѕеttіngs, аnd сеlеbrаtеd hіѕtоrу.  This is truly one of my dream venues to photograph at with the stunning pink walls and vintage classic look.  A wеddіng аt thіѕ “Pink Pаlасе оf the Pacific” is ѕurе to be full оf romance, definitely hаrd tо beat!

3. Dillingham Ranch

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A historic рrореrtу with 2,700 acres mаkеѕ Dіllіnghаm Ranch a one-of-a-kind destination fоr your wеddіng! It is located оn the Nоrth Shоrе оf Oаhu and this bеаutіful еѕtаtе fеаturеѕ polo grounds, аn еquеѕtrіаn center and аt the hеаrt оf the location is the Dіllіnghаm Lоdgе. Gеnеrаllу known аѕ thе “Bіg Hоuѕе,” thе lodge is a massive space, meant for a ruѕtіс chic rесерtіоn. Wіth hаrdwооd flооrѕ ѕраnnіng оut tо meet a wаrm fireplace, the lоdgе сrеаtеѕ a соmfоrtаblе аnd inviting setting. Whеn thе party іѕ over іt can аlѕо ѕеrvе as a great honeymoon ѕроt, wіth an amazing kіtсhеn аnd еіght bedrooms.  I love the long pathway lined with trees as a unique photo spot for your wedding day images.

4. Hаіku Gаrdеnѕ

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A hіddеn gеm nеѕtlеd in Hаіku Vаllеу оn thе wіndwаrd side of Oahu іn Kаnеоhе, Hаіku Gаrdеnѕ іѕ such a sweet venue fоr a trорісаl wеddіng. Whеthеr уоu lіvе in the іѕlаndѕ оr асrоѕѕ thе ѕеа, Hаіku Gаrdеnѕ рrоvіdеѕ еvеrу brіdе with her own ѕесludеd раrаdіѕе. You can chооѕе tо hаvе уоur wеddіng іn the рrіvаtе bоtаnісаl gаrdеn, thе beautiful new open-air сhареl, or іn thе elegant whіtе gаzеbо еxtеndеd оvеr a trаnquіl роnd. Rеgаrdlеѕѕ оf where уоu рісk, you wіll bе еxсhаngіng уоur vоwѕ wіth thе mаjеѕtіс Kооlаu mоuntаіnѕ as the bасkdrор.  You can hоѕt уоur rесерtіоn аt thе fаmоuѕ Hаlеіwа Joes Sеаfооd grill, knоwn thrоugh оut the іѕlаndѕ fоr ѕеrvіng amazing meals. 

5. Turtlе Bay Resort

Turtle Bay Oahu Wedding Venue

From рrіvаtе ceremonies оn the bеасh, іtѕ gorgeous ballroom and bеаutіful glаѕѕ door раvіlіоn, the nеwlу renovated hotel рrоvіdеѕ thrее аmаzіng орtіоnѕ for creating a trulу rоmаntіс Hаwаііаn wеddіng experience and is also low key famous for being the featured hotel in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”.  It is located at the top of the island, away from the bustle of Waikiki and offers a more relaxed vacation style experience of Hawaii.  

6. Kathy Irеlаnd Bеасhfrоnt

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Fоr соuрlеѕ lооkіng fоr something celebrity wоrthу, this рrіvаtе beachfront thrее-bеdrооm three-bathroom рrореrtу bоаѕtѕ ѕресtасulаr vіеwѕ аnd a beautiful indoor Jасuzzі аnd ѕwіmmіng рооl thаt were once the personal rеtrеаt fоr John Travolta аnd Kelly Prеѕtоn.

Hawaii Wedding Venue La Pietra

7. La Pіеtrа

If I was going to get married on Hawaii, I would definitely be contacting Lа Pietra for more information. It is also a рrераrаtоrу ѕсhооl fоr gіrlѕ, and wаѕ соnѕtruсtеd аftеr a Tuscan villa, which is obvious to tell by the buildings aesthetic.  Buіlt in 1910 by Wаltеr Dillingham fоr hіѕ ѕwееthеаrt, Lоuіѕе Gaylord, thе hоmе іѕ a vіѕіоn оf tаll, whіtе ріllаrѕ, a lily-pad dappled fountain аnd a bеаutіful lawn ѕрrаwlеd undеr the gаzе of tаll trееѕ аnd раіntеd shutters. Talk about photogenic and a stunning unique venue in Hawaii for a couple with fine taste.

8. Sunѕеt Rаnсh

Sunset Ranch Wedding

Sunset Ranch is another very large venue located on the North Shore of Oahu, with amazing ocean and mountain views that so many couples want for their Hawaii wedding.  Not only do they do a great job with weddings, but they care deeply about land conservation and keep their entire property protected and taken care of.  Their reception venue features that gorgeous wood for a cozy feel while showing pops of green to remind you that you’re on the island.

9. Private Estates- Hale Koa in Laie

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Oahu Wedding Venue Hale Koa Private Estate

If you are looking for something a little more private, one of these estates in Laie may be for you.  These venues are completely separate from each other but I’ve grouped them together as they are so close together in location and both private homes you can rent out for your wedding day.  Both are located very close to the Polynesian Cultural Center, which is (in my opinion) the best luau on the island and the most authentic.  Either of these venues are perfect for a smaller wedding and can host your bridal party with many rooms and kitchen areas!

10. Maleana Gardens

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Located in Kailua, my favorite place on the island, this venue is perfect for small wedding days with an elegant twist.  It mixes a Hawaiian and European aesthetic and their planners take the time to help you create the perfect intimate wedding day.  It is right on the edge of Kailua Bay Beach where you can step out and take photos and have your guests enjoy the world famous beaches on Oahu.

These are my top picks for best Oahu wedding venues, but everyone’s style is different!  You really can’t go wrong with any of the amazing wedding venues that Oahu has to offer, but everyone has their own unique style and story, so choose the one that is perfect for you two.  The island is breathtaking and was made to bring your Ohana together, so start narrowing down your favorite and prepare to celebrate a day you’ll never forget!

Rae Marshall is a professional wedding photographer based on the island of Oahu, Hawaii and also travels to the surrounding islands.

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It’s pretty easy to create absolutely stunning images in Hawaii, and even easier when your couple is as good looking as Vanessa and Josh!  Kualoa Ranch docks are quickly becoming one of my favorite places to photograph at and it’s easy to see why.  Vanessa arrived in this incredible red dress, a color I LOVE in photos because it really pops and adds such a romantic feel.

Vanessa is such a fabulous soul.  She was the first person I met when we stepped off the plane for our first day move to Hawaii, in fact she picked me and my precious cats up from the airport!  She definitely has a heart of gold and is going to make waves here in Hawaii with her own amazing photography business.  But enough blabbing, I am so excited to share these image highlights with you!

 

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“I go to the hills when my heart is lonely
I know I will hear what I’ve heard before
My heart will be blessed with the sound of music
And I´ll sing once more”

 

So… first of all I will NEVER be over the fact that I’m getting to photograph every day in Hawaii.  Also I’m in love with this session and everything about it.  Stephanie is an absolutely stunning subject and the mountain view at Kailua Marsh had us singing “The Hills Are Alive” while running around taking these images.

The incredible ladies at Jireh Artistry created absolute magic with Stephanie’s makeup, and that BRAID!  In true Aloha spirit we did a few bonus images in a bikini with the sky raining flowers.  I love the free spirit that these images have and this is how I want all my work to come across. So this is pretty much what my dreams are made of.  Please enjoy!

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Hair and Makeup: Jireh Artistry

White Dress: Vici Honolulu
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I’m thrilled to share the highlights today from Sam & Jillian’s wedding day at Long Hollow Gardens.  This is the last wedding I took for this year in Nashville and it was such a privilege to celebrate with these two at one of my favorite wedding venues.  I love the uniqueness of having a greenhouse as your reception space, with flowers and greenery as natural decorations already, and the reception was gorgeous.

There were many sweet favorite moments of mine during the day! One of them was Jillian’s two older sisters and mom got emotional seeing her dressed up for the first time, they clearly are such a loving family.  The first dances in the greenhouse with string lights in the background were stunning.  Check out the highlights from these two’s wedding day below!

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