Terre and Mat, Green Church, Waimea, Big Island of Hawaii

Terre and Mat are the kind of couple that inspire you to love.

They met in 2008 in Kailua, Oahu at Morning Brew which is a coffee shop (they are both coffee fanatics). Terre was studying for nursing school finals and Mat was having lunch. They’ve been drinking buddies ever since!  They loved living in Oahu – they enjoyed hiking and their first official date was a hike at north shore. Mat is a skin diver and Terre likes to snorkel so they would go to the ocean as much as possible. He proposed on Christmas Day 2009 first thing in the morning after they had both just gotten up. Mat had the engagement ring made in Germany and he did not expect it to arrive so soon, but because it had, he thought Christmas would be perfect – and Terre agreed !  They decided to move to the mainland because they thought  it would be best for a growing family in the future. They’ve settled in Austin, TX. Now they have a 4 bedroom house and they can’t wait to fill the rooms with children!

Initially, they thought their Hawaii vacation was just going to be that, but they could no longer wait – they really wanted to get married.  A big fancy wedding was not important to them. On a trip to Terre’s hometown (NYC) in July, they managed to get custom made wedding rings done within days, then they decided to look for a small chapel in Hawaii where they could say their vows in a church. Terre happened upon photos of Ke Ola Mau Loa Church (the Green Church) in Waimea when surfing the internet, and contacted Rev. Terminello, who was very accommodating.

The church was even more beautiful in person than in the photos. The simple ceremony started and ended with Hawaiian blessings. It was sweet and beautiful and just felt natural. Terre’s bouquet was picked from a plumeria tree that morning. After the ceremony the newlyweds drove straight to Mauna Kea Observatory in their wedding attire. They took pictures up there and other visitors complimented them on being the best dressed tourists. The “reception” was at Monstera Sushi Restaurant – Chef Norio Yamamoto made some of the best dishes they’ve ever tasted. The Sunday following the wedding they attended services at the church. Rev Terminello, the Kahu of the church, and the church goers were very friendly, and invited them to lunch afterwards.

I didn’t meet Terre or Mat before their wedding, in fact our photo session was the day after the real wedding. Rev Terminello was also nice enough to open the church again the next day. it didn’t matter one bit.  From the second Terre and Mat emerged newly married from their rental car, they were grinning from ear to ear and ready for photosAfter spending about 45minutes taking pictures at the church,  we headed off to Hapuna Beach in time for a beautiful sunset.

Terre and Mat were were married on August 10, 2011 on the Big Island of Hawaii.


bride’s hair and makeup by Jackie Zimmerman http://jackiezimm.com

Karen Loudon Photography is now WeddingWire Rated for 2011

Kailua Kona, HI – July 5, 2011 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, is pleased to announce that Karen Loudon Photography is WeddingWire Rated 2011 for Wedding Photography. WeddingWire Rated is an annual award program that distinguishes wedding vendors across the country for their excellence. Based on hundreds of thousands of recent wedding reviews, WeddingWire Rated is the most recognized and trusted brand among engaged couples looking to find the best local businesses for their wedding.

Karen Loudon Photography has 6 reviews on WeddingWire. Reviews by our newlywed clients include detailed ratings and insightful descriptions about their experiences. Our reviews provide transparency for potential clients, assisting them in making the most informed decisions for their big day.

“We are delighted to unveil the 5th annual WeddingWire Rated program,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire, Inc. ” Karen Loudon Photography has made a commitment to capturing their clients experiences on the nation’s leading wedding review site.”

As the largest site for wedding reviews, WeddingWire empowers engaged couples with the most comprehensive and trusted review system available. The WeddingWire Rated program provides Karen Loudon Photography with a simple platform to capture customer feedback from their wedding planning experience. Newly engaged couples can easily access all of the reviews for Karen Loudon Photography on WeddingWire.com. We would like to thank our newlyweds for our WeddingWire Rated 2011 recognition.

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Rick and Ellen’s Wedding / New Orleans, Louisiana

I’ve had a great time getting to know Rick and Ellen over the past few years. These two fun-loving former New Orleaneans moved to Kailua Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii about 4 years ago. Ellen is a former elephant manager at the Audubon zoo in New Orleans and was among those who rode out hurricane Katrina with the animals, so having their wedding at the zoo had special significance for the couple.

This is a couple that works hard, plays hard, and throws some amazing parties. It’s difficult to sum up their wedding into just one day….. the wedding festivities truly began a week before for me, with the arrival of myself along with many other Hawaiians into New Orleans in time for the end of jazzfest, followed by a full week of festivities leading up to the wedding, which included a crawfish boil, the bachelor and bachelorette parties, the reception dinner and finally the wedding…..

Rick & Ellen married on May 14, 2011! Preparations for the day began at the beautiful Avenue Plaza Hotel on St. Charles, then we headed to the Audubon Zoo where their evening ceremony took place in front of the fountain close to the sea lion exhibit.

The reception took place at the Louisiana Swamp Exhibit which is a re-creation of a 1930s swamp settlement equipped with a trapper’s cottage, Spanish moss, white alligators and cypress knees. This wedding included a blend of  Hawaiian and Louisiana traditions. Ellen wore a white orchid haku lei in her hair and Rick wore a traditional maile lei. Their first dance, “A Beach in Hawaii”, was followed by a New Orleans wedding tradition, the Second Line Parade, which signifies the start of a new beginning of life for the bride and groom. Friends and family danced the night away in celebration in the Cajun Ballroom.

Rick and Ellen, you both are wonderful, kind hearted people and it was truly a pleasure to be there for your wedding day. I enjoyed the entire week, but after all those parties, I’m definitely looking forward to a vacation from this vacation! Congratulations! KL

Brian and Sharon’s wedding / Kailua Kona / Big Island of Hawaii

I met Sharon 2 years ago, when I was pregnant with my daughter. Friends had recommended Sharon’s natural birth class to us, and we were so glad we took those classes! I came out of that training not only empowered to take control of my pregnancy, but with an entire support group of new friends. Sharon is truly passionate about what she does and inspires those around her. She completely gives herself to her moms, you can find her on the phone at all hours, comforting a panicky mom-to be, or in the water at Kukio beach (the baby beach) with her mommy group, swimming newborns underwater.

So, of course, when Sharon told me she was getting married I offered to be her wedding photographer right away. I wanted to give something back to this women who does so much for others.

The ceremony was originally scheduled to be at Kukio Beach, however, the stench of rotting fish left over from the Tsunami was still a little too overwhelming. Sharon and Brian decided to move the ceremony to the reception venue. I was a little worried about this location change at first, thinking to myself, how will I ever be able to get a background that will compare to Kukio beach? I took a drive by the new venue and noticed the grassy lava field just across the street, I had done a family photo session in a similar location just a few weeks before so I knew that it would be a beautiful backdrop for wedding photos.

As the sun went down over the Kailua-Kona horizon, surrounded by their closest friends and family, Brian and Sharon were married at the Palisades Community Center. The ceremony reflected their relationship in the truest form. Casual, joyful, loving. Sharon and Brian…I can’t begin to thank you for allowing me to be a part of your celebration..it’s an honor I cherish.