Easily one of my favorite venues to photograph in 2014 on the Big Island was Puakea Ranch, set amidst rolling green pastures and blue ocean views, Puakea pairs the romance and charm of Old Hawaii with luxury and privacy. This past November, I had the pleasure of capturing Sandra & Daniel’s big day! This beautiful couple refused to let a little light rain ruin their joy — when Daniel saw his stunning bride coming towards him, his face just light up! When the sun lowered to peek through the ancient “kissing tree” and a few white horses appeared at sunset, I was basically in photographer heaven.
officiant: Calley O’Neill
private catering: Angela Zink
Hale Ohi’a Kai, is a fabulous oceanfront villa in Kona, Hawaii. Uniquely designed and custom built with Ohi’a wood, the oceanfront location and views are magical, the perfect Hawaiian setting for a beautiful and memorable wedding! I was thrilled when Jon & Hong reached out to me for their wedding photography and told me Hale Ohia Kai was the venue! What a gorgeous setting to say “I do”. I know I don’t have to say this because the images speak for themselves but Hong is exquisite…and I believe even that is an understatement. We know why Jon fell in love with her because that beauty on the outside is well matched by that on the inside, and as a couple they are just flawless. This wedding day was the stuff of perfection – perfect dress, perfect shoes, perfect smiles, perfect setting, I could go on and on….I am so honored to have been a part of it. Here’s to Hong and Jon and to many, many years of love and happiness.
Makeup: Shaloma (Icicles Hair Salon)
Cupcakes: Food for thought
Officiant: Rev. Dard Aller, Beach Weddings Hawaii
DJ: Eclipse Effect Entertainment
‘Trash the dress’, the fearless bride or ‘rock the frock’ is a style of wedding photography that is becoming very popular with wedding photographers and brides all over the world.
A trash the dress photography session is the perfect opportunity to add different styles to your wedding photos as you have more time, and feel much more relaxed than on the day of your wedding. This type of session also allows you to get into situations at some unusual locations that you would not dare try on your big day.
Sheri and Phil chose Kukio for the location of their trash the dress session, it’s a nice shallow bay just north of the Kona Airport. I like it because it’s protected from waves and currents, making it a safe location for submerging in the water with your dress. We then headed to the State Fair at the Old Kona Airport, the site of Sherri and Phil’s first date, and we just had to take a photo in front of the ferris wheel ! The lights of the carnival come alive at night, it’s such a fun backdrop for photography!
Sheri’s dress was not actually “trashed” during our session. A professional cleaning service restored the dress, enabling her to preserve it.
I find that before the wedding some brides think they would never go for a trash the dress shoot, but when the wedding is all over and there is a real feeling of anti-climax because the wedding dress is left hanging in a wardrobe, they start to think, why not? I have brides that bring their dresses along with them to Hawaii on their honeymoon or anniversary (sometimes many years after the wedding) for a trash the dress session.
Travelling the back roads of Hawaii is always a serene experience. The roads in the Kona coffee growing region, in South Kona, are loaded with small country churches so unassuming their exteriors speak to the simplicities of life in the mid 1800’s. St. Benedict Church in Captain Cook is known as “The Painted Church.” A quaint, simple church on the outside, but upon opening the doors, one is transported to another world….the interior walls of the church are beautifully painted with some striking scenes of the Bible. Designed, constructed and painted as a miniature European Gothic Cathedral by Father John, St. Benedict Church is now considered to be rather unique in the annals of American Art. Without any professional training and using house paint on ordinary wood he beautified the church with his paintings. In those days few Hawaiians could read and so he taught with pictures-most successfully.
The painted church is a photographers dream, the way the light hits the walls and envelops the paintings…. so much texture and color. Take a look at Allisha and Edwards wedding and you’ll see why they fell in love with this little church, and why i was thrilled to photograph it!
wedding coordination: Vintage & Lace
beach photography location: Place of Refuge Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau
reception: Holuakoa Cafe
Jessica and Will, I have no words. To adequately sum up everything you are, the beauty of your day, and the fun of your wedding would be impossible, but what I hope is that these photos document your unadulterated love. I appreciated your friends, family, and loved ones who made us feel like we belonged in the inner circle and it was a day I’ll never forget.
The day started at the Darell Hill Cottage, a romantic vintage cottage surrounded by beautiful gardens at the Holualoa Inn in Holualoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. Jessica and Will chose the perfect option of both getting ready at the same place where the ceremony and reception were held. This way I got to take photos of Jessica and the bridesmaids getting ready, and there was no stress and rush. All, except for lacing up the bride’s corset! After a quick u-tube lesson Jessica was all laced in! My tip for all brides is to definitely have a practice session with one of your bridesmaids beforehand.
The details and the flow of the wedding day wouldn’t have been possible without Anne Mitchell and her effortless coordination and design. She was the hardest working woman at the event and handled everything with such class…loved working with her!
The Reception at Malulani Pavillion was beyond. So much fun!! I couldn’t help but shake it along with all the dancers! Jessica and Will know how to throw one heck of a party!
Wedding Venue: Holualoa Inn, Holualoa Hawaii
Design + Planning: Anne Mitchell, event coordinator at Holualoa inn, firstname.lastname@example.org
Floral, tables & chairs, linens, bamboo arch & cake: Paradise Gourmet Catering
Officiant: Dean Kauka Hawaiian Island Weddings By Kauka
Wedding Photography: Karen Loudon
I met Chao & Yang for the first time on their wedding day, getting ready in their room at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Wow. Chao looks like she just stepped out of a vintage issue of Vogue. She’s gorgeous with dark hair & sparkling eyes. And to top it off, she has a classy style that perfectly balances the classic with the bold. Meeting Chao in person was the confirmation that she is perfect for Yang. Chao is creative, calm, strong, smart, and knows resolutely what is most important to her. And there was no better illustration of all these things than on her wedding day.
Chao & Yang, thank you for inviting us to be part of your wedding day. It was truly a beautiful experience.
Wedding officiants: Rev. Daird & Rev. Penei Aller, Beach Weddings Hawaii
Hair and Makeup: Mara McMichael, Lush Hair Salon & Boutique
It was an amazing honor to photograph my friends Sheri & Phil on their wedding day. Sheri, of Kelilina Photography, is a photographer herself so you just know this wedding was bound to be awesome and it so delivers!
Sheri & Phil’s wedding at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel is one of those weddings I wish we could shoot over and over again! This gorgeous wedding was so laid back and fun, and Sheri made a truly beautiful bride, both inside and out. These two truly seem grateful to have found one another and I can tell they will spend the rest of their lives together in bliss.
The ceremony began on the picturesque oceanfront. As Sheri walked down the isle she locked eyes with Phil and all they could do was smile. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen two people so happy to be married to one another!
As guests enjoyed the cocktail hour, after some sweet and humorous stories shared during the toasts, Sheri & Phil danced with their parents and had a sweet kiss after feeding each other wedding cake! Once the formal elements of the evening were complete, the guests took to the lawn and partied the night away! The lawn was the perfect setting to host all of Sheri & Phil’s friends and family while still making it feel like an intimate evening. From beginning to end, their day was full of happiness and love! It was sad to see the day come to and end, but it’s beautiful to re-live the memories and I’m excited to share some of the details from their gorgeous wedding day!
Thanks so much to Ranae of Emotion Galleries for being awesome and helping me shoot this beautiful wedding.
Photography: Karen Loudon Photography & Emotion Galleries | Officiant: Keoni Atkinson| Video : Dane Knezek of Overhead Productions | Wedding Planning + Event Design: The Bride & Groom | Wedding Venue: King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel | Wedding Rings: Albert’s Jewelers of Schererville, Indiana | Band rings: Hawaii Titanium Rings |Bride’s Dress: “Something New” Cosmobella by Demetrios Bridals at Macy’s Bridal Salon Minneapolis, MN | Bride’s Shoes: “Something Old” penny from year the couple fell in love glued to shoe. Shoe by XOXO at Macy’s Kona, HI | Veil: “Something Borrowed”, handmade by bride’s mother and sister for sister’s wedding | Bride’s Jewelry: Earrings: Vintage from grandmother. Necklace: handmade by bride. Jewel Sash: handmade by mother. Garter: Handmade by bride. | Perfume: “Something Blue” Ralph Lauren ‘Blue’| Hair + Makeup: Hearts & Stars Salon & Day Spa| Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Men’s Ties : Calvin Klein | Suspenders: Best Suspenders | Pocket Watches: Things Remembered Aiea, HI | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Various | Bouquets: Heliotrope, handpicked from wild trees and bound by bride and family. | Boutonnieres: Gardenias handpicked from bride and groom’s home | Table flowers: Heliotrope, Areca Palms handpicked from bride and groom’s home, Anthuriums purchased from local farmers’ marketplace, and Monstera handpicked from wild plants. | Aisle Petals: Orchids by Castillo Orchids| Programs: designed by sister of the bride Tina Krueger| Dinner Catering: Honu’s Restaurant | Reception+ Party Caterers: King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel| Band:Mele’uhane by Lindsay Keikilani Lindsey Jr and Son Lindsay Lindsey
This is a wedding from a few months ago that I absolutely adore. Pualei and Kahekili were married at Hulihee Palace, right in the heart of Kailua-Kona. Once a summer vacation home for Hawaiian royalty built in 1838, today Hulihee Palace is a museum operated by the Daughters of Hawaii showcasing Victorian artifacts from the era of King Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani. The Hulihe‘e Palace beautiful oceanfront location is a unique and prestigious site for weddings. 300 people were in attendance on the grounds, so many family and friends and such a loving family environment. The reception took place at the Kona Imin Center, which was beautifully decorated by many friends and family members. Guest enjoyed traditional island face and mesmerizing performances that continued throughout the night, highlighted by a special hula performed by Pualei for Kahekili, this dance is traditionally a gift from the bride to the groom, a way for her to open up hear heart and soul to her new husband.
The bride and grooms dance morphed into a money dance, which is another fun tradition that occurs at most Hawaiian weddings. The money dance originated in Poland, but everyone knows that in Hawaii, cultures are mixed and traditions are a must, and weddings are no exception. One belief is that the money dance started when arranged marriages ruled. Since the groom didn’t receive any dowry until consummation, the couples performed this money dance to set up their household. In exchange for the dollar (or more!), the guest would get a chance to dip the bride or sway with the groom. Nowadays, the money dance has become a guaranteed way to get face time with your guests!
The reception featured performances by Lehua Kalima & Shawn Pimental, Bulla & Hawane, Kumu Etua Lopes’ hula Halau (hula school) Na Pua U‘i O Hawai‘i, and Iwalani Kalima’s Halau, Country Lion ended it all off with chill vibes
1. Create a pinboard and “be creative” with the title
2. Pin at least 10 images from http://karenloudon.com/ with the hashtag #KarenLoudonPhotography
3. Post the link on your Facebook wall
Prize: A portrait session of your choice (engagement/family/maternity/boudoir/trash the dress) with Karen Loudon
-Entrants will be judged on the best pinboard, the winner will be announced on August 31!
Even though I only spent about three hours with Yolanda and David , it was obvious how much they cared for and delighted in one another. The wedding was surrounded by a peaceful, dazed joy that I haven’t seen before. Rachael at Vintage and Lace did an incredible job making this private beach wedding absolutely perfect and I am so glad that I got to be a part of it! Yolanda walked down the beach path at Waialea Bay (Beach 69) to a Hawaiian song played by Charles Grace on the ukelele, as David waited for her in the most secluded little spot of beach surrounded by trees. After the wedding, The couple traveled to Browns Beach House at the Fairmont Orchid for a romantic dinner. Congratulations Yolanda and David, you are beautiful and I could not be happier for you two!
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