Sheraton Kona engagement, Liza & Jon

John and Liza met in California 5 years ago, Liza had just moved from the east coast and was starting college. She noticed John in one of her classes but never spoke to him, a week later she started a new job at a restaurant and he happened to already work there. After a year of inseparable friendship and getting him to skip his last class of the day to hangout with her, they started dating. Their first date he took her to the symphony. This past August her surprised her with tickets to Hawaii for her birthday, since she had never been to Hawaii; this was going to be an unforgettable trip. They’ve known since their first year of dating that they wanted to get married, yet were never in a rush. Good things come to those who wait, so they say. John and Liza agree that their engagement came at the perfect time in their lives and they couldn’t be happier. John is Liza’s best friend and truly her soul mate. He proposed after dinner by the ocean, it was quiet and intimate just as she had always imagined. They laughed and cried, and of coarse she loved her ring! Liza says she is so thankful for John’s love and friendship. Their wedding date is August 29, 2015 in Rhode Island. They’re counting down to their next adventure!

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Jeannie and Derek, engagement, Kikaua Point Beach, Big Island of Hawaii

I was so excited to do Jeannie and Derek’s firefighter themed engagement session! We met up yesterday at Kikaua Point Beach just north of the Kona Airport on the Big Island and just played, really.  Derek is a volunteer firefighter for the Hawaii Fire Department, Company 7 Bravo, so, we were able to also get some fun photos with him wearing his gear – a first for me and a great opportunity to try some new ideas. I had a great time spending the evening with these two and can’t wait for the wedding in July!

Natalie and Andrew, Kikaua Point Beach, Big Island Hawaii

Engagement photography is one of my favorites. Andrew proposed to Natalie at Christmas, they had agreed not to exchange stockings this year, but he gave one to her after all, with a diamond ring inside! I love capturing love. Thank you Natalie and Andrew for choosing me to capture your sweet relationship…I was honored!

Caroline and Scott, Kikaua Point Beach Park, Big Island Hawaii

Caroline and Scott were introduced through friends, it was Scott’s birthday party and Caroline had baked the cake, her first cake ever!  Sweet! That was 2009, and now, they are getting married. I was so happy when they decided to do an engagement session to get a little practice in front of the lens before the big day, I LOVE it when my couples do engagement sessions, always so much fun!  This session took place at Kikaua Point Beach Park, one of my very favorite places on this Big Island. Caroline and Scott, you are an amazing couple and I’m so excited to be capturing your wedding on Sunday! I hope you enjoy your sneak peek!

Mike and Kestrels Engagement / Keauhou Beach Resort / Big Island of Hawaii

Kestrel and Mike met while they were both performing in a theater production of Hamlet in Waimea. They started dating after opening night. Mike proposed at their favorite beach, Mauna Kea, they had packed a picnic lunch and found a spot in the shade. He disappeared to get something out of the car and when he came back, he told Kestrel he had just spoken to her father. He got down on one knee, read a beautiful poem he had written for her and proposed. The engagement ring is pink sapphire (sapphire is Kestrels birth stone) and white gold. He got it at their friend Moses’ shop, Mountain Gold Jewellers, in Kawaihae. He actually told Kestrel he was going to rehearsal for a show early and instead he drove to Kawaihae. He had the ring for 2 weeks before he proposed! The inspiration for their engagement photo session was 40s movie star glamour, as well as the Hawaiian beauty of the Keauhou Beach Resort grounds and their love for each other and their son.

Kestrel and Mike’s story and pictures were also published at your engagement 101.com


Kestrel and Mike’s story and pictures were also published at www.yourengagement101.com

Amy and Nail’s engagement / Kukio Beach / Big Island of Hawaii

Nail contacted me a few weeks ago to talk about an engagement photo session. Nail and his fiance, Amy were on vacation in Waikoloa, and wanted to do some engagement photos before they left to go back home to Calgary, Alberta, Canada. They were staying in Waikoloa, so I suggested close by Kukio beach for their session,  knowing it would be beautiful and empty, especially in the early morning.  I always offer the early morning option to prospective clients, but rarely do they choose it, so I was a bit surprised that Nail and Amy wanted to get out of bed so early on their vacation…….

Now, I am really NOT a morning person, the alarm clock buzzes. I crack an eye open and see the light blinking at me. 5:45am. It takes a few moments for my groggy mind to remember why I set my alarm in the first place. I groan, and after another minute, roll out of bed. I take a quick peek out the window. Still dark out. But it won’t be for long. I quickly dress, pack a breakfast bar and thermos full of coffee. I double-check my equipment list. By 6:00am, I am on my way out the door and headed down my driveway. I am headed about 30 minutes from my home. I meet Nail and Amy in the parking lot, already the golden glow of the sun is beginning to appear. I smile. It’s going to be a beautiful sunrise.

Truly, the most beautiful part of the day occurs before many people wake up.

I would describe Amy and Nail’s relationship as playful, cute and romantic … a couple that seems to have it all. This engagement session was a blast and I really enjoyed how much these two love each other. My images capture everything about them.. fun.. laughter..romance…and love. I especially love that they were willing to go play in the ocean with all their clothes on at such an early hour.

Loss of sleep. An early morning. A 30-minute drive.

Worth it?

Totally. Nail and Amy are gonna love it.

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Rick and Ellen’s Engagement / Kailua-Kona, Big Island of Hawaii

Rick and Ellen are a lively couple, who were engaged in December 2009. I remember when Ellen told me, “He liked it so he put a ring on it!” was how she announced it, while thrusting her left hand under my nose to show off the ring! Rick and Ellen have lived on the Big Island for several years now, but they’re originally from New Orleans, and they seem to internalize  “dat N’awlins spirit”, just being around them always feels like mardi gras!  They are getting married at the Audubon Zoo in N.O. in May 2011 and I will there to photograph the party!

For their engagement session, I photographed Rick and Ellen at and around St. Peter’s Catholic Church, a.k.a. the little blue church, located off of Ali’i Drive, south of Kailua-Kona.

This tiny little church is located right on the ocean and surrounded by colorful floral bushes. There are only a dozen pews and a pulpet, but the setting is serene. A beautiful etched glass window casts soft light over the entire church, especially during the sunset. The church was built in 1889 on the site of an ancient Hawaiian heiau. Today, many couples choose this quaint chapel for their wedding. Directions: Take Ali’i Drive south of Kailua-Kona. The church is located on the ocean side of the road just north of Mile Marker #5.