Hillary and Scott, Kikaua Point Beach, Big Island Hawaii

This Big Island wedding is about as vintage and gorgeous as they come. Hillary and Scott are self-described “old school”, and their eclectic style shows it! Hillary wore a gorgeous vintage style dress she referred to as a woodland fairy dress, the long ribbons gracefully danced in the light wind during the wedding. A unique and inspiring service, complete with powerful chanting was performed with aloha by Rev. Penei Aller of Beach Weddings Hawaii. After the ceremony, Hillary and Scott danced as the sun went down over the water. For more of this perfect day, sit back and revel in a little Big Island beauty.

Jordan & Jeremiah, Old Aiport Beach & Royal Kona Resort, Big Island Hawaii

Being a wedding photographer in Kona has its perks, namely the weather.  Let’s just say I’m spoiled with year-round sunnyness…almost every day.  In fact, rain is so infrequent on the beaches here that  most couples don’t have a plan B for the wedding location, so, when we are hit with the occasional rain we usually have to scramble to make last-minute changes to the wedding. This is exactly what was going on yesterday at 4pm, when it started raining at Old Airport Beach, and with Jordan and Jeremiah’s  ceremony scheduled for 5pm.  Now, I think there is something really romantic about the rain. I absolutely love that this adorable couple didn’t let rain on the day of their wedding stop them. I think it really just added to the magic of the day……….because they decided to stay and have the ceremony outdoors on the beach, and the rain just stopped, magically, shortly after Jordan arrived. The wedding ceremony was officiated by Rev. Patrick Thompson and the couple wrote their own vows …which were incredibly touching. We headed back to the Royal Kona Resort for cocktails and dinner and I need to take a moment to thank Brian Scully for orchestrating a beautiful reception.

Caroline and Scott, Hilton Waikoloa Village

Caroline and Scott were married at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, one of my favorite Big island venues! These guys are an amazing couple – so sweet and adorable! The wedding day was truly a reflection of their love and one awesome celebration. The couple got ready early, and then we took pictures before the ceremony to take full advantage of the gorgeous Hawaiian light.  The day was  filled with lots of laughter, happy tears, and joy!

Kupala and Jeff, Waialea Bay, Big Island of Hawaii

I  know what you’re thinking…. How does Karen Loudon consistently get such beautiful brides? I can’t even count how many times I meet with a bride for the first time and have to pick my jaw up off of the floor. Kupala was one of those, AND generous and sweet.  She’s the total package for a fun guy like Jeff and they’re perfect together, it just doesn’t get a whole lot cuter than these two. . .their wedding at the Lalamilo Beach Bungalow in Waialea Bay was everything I love about weddings. Laid back, on the beach, intimate with great people and lots of Hawaiian Kava Kava.

Karen Loudon Photography receives Bride’s Choice Award

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2012 Bride's Choice Awards | Best Wedding Photographers, Wedding Dresses, Wedding Cakes, Wedding Florists, Wedding Planners

The WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards ™ recognizes the top local wedding professionals from the WeddingWire Network that demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Unlike other awards in which winners are selected by the organization, the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ are awarded solely based on the reviews from over 1.2 million newlyweds. Awards are determined by a combination of four factors: Overall rating (quality), total number of reviews (quantity), review performance from 2011 (recency), and consistency of reviews from year to year (consistency). This year’s recipients represent the top 5% of WeddingWire’s vendor community, across all service categories and all regions throughout the US and Canada.

Anastasiya and Cory, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel, Big Island of Hawaii

Anastasiya and Cory had a beautiful outdoor ceremony on the beach in front of the elegant Mauna Lani Bay Hotel on the Kohala Coast of the Big island of Hawaii. The pureness and authenticity of their day is what stands out in my mind.

Thank you Anastasiya and Cory for your kindness, authenticity and grace. Thank you … for everything!!

Annika and Sean, Kealakekua, Big Island of Hawaii

When most people think of elopements they think of Vegas or the courthouse. ….but how about a simple wedding getaway in Hawaii? Now doesn’t that sound romantic? A lot of brides elope these days and I say elope-away! Celebrate your love. And since it’s just the two of you, there’s no added pressure to make the day perfect for anyone but you and your fiancé!

Annika and Sean had been together for almost nine years and during the first couple of years it was a trans-atlantic love story (complete with romantic trysts in far away places and ridiculously high phone bills). Then Sean moved to Sweden in 2005 and they’ve been living together happily ever since then. They wanted an intimate and private wedding and why not do that in warm and sunny Hawaii! So they got married in Hilo, on Jan 2, 2012, in the Queen Liliuokalani Gardens, with just Annika, Sean and Pua, the judge officiating the marriage, present.

Annika and Sean had their wedding portrait session a  few days later at Napo’opo’o Beach Park  in Kealakekua, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Simple, sunny, romantic and fun, what a wonderful way to kick off 2012!


Karen Loudon

Erin and Rob, Waikoloa Marriott, Big Island of Hawaii

Erin and Rob were married Tuesday October 11 on the King’s Knoll at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii in a simple, beautiful ceremony.It was just the two of them, just what they wanted, having already done a small ceremony for the family in Atlanta.

I love that they were willing to get into the ocean and get a little wet. I love that it started to rain, just as the sun set into the ocean, a sigh of good luck! According to the old wives’ tale, the knot in “tying the knot” becomes wet and is harder to break, thus making the marriage stronger.

I love how these two are together – so natural, so easy, so comfortable. It’s a love that doesn’t take many words — it simply speaks for itself.

Laura and Evan, Puako beach, Big Island of Hawaii

Laura and Evan met at a wedding 5 years ago, then crossed paths again 1 ½ years later. They  always joke that they know they will last forever because they did things backwards…. they fell in love, broke up, then fell back in love. They had a magical Hawaiian wedding and are now living their happily ever after! Their love story has been a roller coaster but it is their amazing love that has helped them make it through some very tough challenges. They are best friends and their love still amazes them every day! They wouldn’t change their story one bit because they have a level of respect and love for one another that they would never have had otherwise, and two of the cutest children you could ever ask for!

In the most dramatic entrance I’ve seen, Laura surprised Evan by arriving to her wedding in a double hull canoe, launched from the Puako boat ramp by Captain Kiko. It was breathtakingly beautiful!

The reception took place at an amazing  Mauna Kea Resort vacation home . Their gorgeous beach themed cake was made by one of my favorite bakeries, Pineapple bakery…I adore Robin’s creations! Robin her staff at Sam’s Place also catered the event .

Laura is a photographer herself, so knowing how important photography is to her, I felt honored to be chosen as her wedding photographer.

Laura and Evan…you’re the best! Thank you for welcoming me like an old friend and allowing me to capture your love. And your friends. And your family. And everything in between! Your wedding was amazing and I was honored to be a small part of the day you married your best friend.  Much Love and Appreciation… Karen