DESTINATION WEDDING VENDORS WE LOVE — Hawaii

Grass skirts of hula dancers

In Hawaii, hula dancers are popular destination wedding entertainment. Hawaii Tourism Authority photo

 

Photography

 

Christie Pham Photography

Based: Honolulu

A second-generation professional photographer, Christie Pham favors a documentary style that is spontaneous, unobtrusive, and dazzling in its result.

Anna Kim Photography

Based: Maui

Anna Kim is a Minnesota-born photographer who came to Hawaii for her own destination wedding and so fell in love with the islands that she and her husband immediately asked themselves why they would want to live anywhere else.

Caitlin Cathey Photo

Based: Maui

Caitliln Cathey is new to Hawaii, having recently moved from Los Angeles. Her love of photographing people is apparent in her destination wedding work.

Derek Wong Photography

Based: Oahu

Known for his photojournalism style, especially his ability to capture the immediacy of a moment, Derek Wong combines professionalism with an easy-going approach.

iFloyd Photography

Based: Oahu

Hawaiian born Floyd Fajardo began as a landscape photographer, which gives him an especially good eye for destination weddings.

 

Videography

 

Kamana Media

Based: Kauai

Like so many Hawaii wedding teams, Diego Catiglioni and Sarah Rhinelander came from elsewhere, fell in love with Hawaii, and each other, and were married here. Their video technique is cinematic, and their work includes a 3-5 minute highlight video, which is almost like a movie trailer.

Hifocused Cinematography

Based: Maui

Award-winning wedding videographer Jordan T. Nagasako has come a long way from his days doing sports videos. DVD includes a 2-4 minute montage which can be posted online.

Isle Media

Based: Honolulu

More than just videographers, Alan Sangpan and his team offer services that include photography, hair and makeup, dj/mc, uplighting, and floral. Their video style is a combination of cinematic, documentary, and storytelling

 

Florists

 

Asa Flowers

Based: Maui

Although born and raised in Maui, Asa Ige pursued a career in floral design in New York City, owning her own florist shop and serving as an instructor of flower arrangement at the Parson School of Design. She established Asa Flowers in 1999, and in addition to weddings has provided custom designs for celebrity clients ranging from Oprah to the Dalai Lama.

Passion Roots

Based: Oahu

Shilhi Seibel grew up in a flower shop, so as a floral design artist she has a strong feel for the medium. Her full service floral and event design company is geared toward visually coordinating with your signature look.

Watanabe Floral

Based: Oahu

A large, but still family-run florist with roots that go back almost 70 years, Watanabe Floral, has often been recognized for their work, including being named Oahu’s Retail Merchant of the Year in 2005. For brides and grooms still early in the planning process, they have a floral checklist on their website that will give you a good sense of where you might want to have flowers.

 

Cake

 

Cake Works

Based: Oahu

A Big Island native whose inspiration is a combination of her Hawaiian roots and years of experience in England and France, Cake Works owner and chef Abigail Langlas has a team of 20 that can create wedding cakes limited only by a bride and groom’s imagination. Her website has a useful pre-consultation check list that will help make sure you are asking the right questions.

A Cake Life

Based: Oahu

There’s no life like a cake life, says Kristin Kato, cake artist and owner of A Cake Life. She and her team are proud that every one of their cakes is customized for the bride and groom, with no two cakes alike. Named by Brides magazine as among the top 100 cake designers, and by Martha Stewart Weddings as one of the top 63 pastry pros, in the U.S.

Maui Wedding Cakes

Based: Maui

Hawaii-born pastry chef Casey Longsdon gained some fame back in the 1990’s for creating the chocolate soufflé at Roy’s Restaurant in Kahana. With his wife, Cheryl, an award-winning cake designer, he now owns and operates Maui Wedding Cakes. They have over 500 cake designs to choose from, and brides can mix and match to create any custom design they want.

 

Music

 

The DJ Hawaii/Tony So

Based: Oahu

Tony So is known for being easy to work with and being able to read the bride and groom, and their guests, in a way that gets everybody up and dancing. The FAQ section on his website will give you a good idea of what you need to think about when selecting a DJ.

The Hawaiian Wedding Singer

Based: Oahu

A native Hawaiian with musical roots that go back generations, Kanekoa has sung and played his ukulele at more than 300 events since he began performing professionally in 2008. He is noted for the gentleness of his acoustic sound, and his ability to evoke a sense of the authentic Hawaii.

Ben and Maila

Ben Vegas and Malia Gibson are an upbeat duo who can also play as part of a trio or full band. Although they have performed in a number of genres with nationally recognized musicians including Kenny Loggins and Natalie Cole, they are best known for their contemporary Hawaiian sound and frequently perform at weddings.

 

Officiant

 

Reverend Kelii Brown

Based: Maui

Big Island born and Oahu raised Reverend Kilii Brown performs all types of ceremonies, but his favorite is a traditional Hawaiian ceremony taught to him by his grandmother. His goal, he says, is to introduce wedding couples to a true bit of Hawaii.

Reverend James Chun

Based: Oahu

James Chung is an ordained non-denominational minister whose varied background before becoming an officiant including operating a series of medical clinics and starting a video production company. Options include scripture and poetry readings, and unity sand, unity candles, lei, coin, veil, and cord ceremonies.

Pastor Harold J. Kilborn

Based: Kauai

One of the favorite ceremony sites of Hawaii-born pastor Harold J. Kilborn is on the beach at Poipu Point, Kauai, where sea turtles can often be seen. Other sites include a cliff overlooking the ocean, and the historic church at Koloa, one of the oldest, and prettiest, in Hawaii. Ceremonies options include a dove release.

 

Makeup & Hair

 

Leslie Fair Hair Styling and Makeup

Based: Oahu

A ten-year veteran of bridal styling, Leslie Fair says she and her team can create looks from total bombshell to casual romantic and anything in between. Here’s her Wedding Beauty Checklist, beginning nine months before the event.

Beauty by Tania

Based: Honolulu

Tania de Jesus has 20 years of experience in makeup and hair styling. For destination wedding beauty tips, check out her blog at Beauty by Tania

Brides Hair and Makeup Maui

Based: Maui

Regina Campisi has been going on location to do wedding hair and makeup for the past 24 years.

 

Wedding Planners

 

White Orchid Wedding

Based: Maui

Headed by Carolee Higashino, White Orchid Wedding, can arrange anything for you from tiki torches to hair dryers.

Hawaii Weddings and Events

Based: Oahu

Dianna K. Shitanishi, who heads up Hawaii Weddings and Events, is a former director of catering and conference services for the Kahala Mandarin Oriental with 20 years of hospitality experience and more than 800 weddings and other special events to her credit.

Ali’i Kauai Weddings

Kauai

Jessica and Veronika have been coordinating weddings in Hawaii for more than 20 years. Their broad menu of services range from the basics, such as photo packages, to the more exotic, such as bridal henna.

 
 

 

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