Garin + Misha Engagement

Living on Maui and capturing its beauty never gets old. But when I got a chance to film Garin + Misha's love for each other on the rugged Oregon coast, I jumped at the opportunity!

I met Garin + Misha in Maui earlier this year where they were scouting for the perfect venue. We quickly hit it off and when they found out I was headed to Oregon to visit family over the summer we decided to meet up. 

Oregon is my home state and growing up I used to travel to the coast all the time. When I was 19 I moved to Maui and thats where my passion for videography started. So going back to a place I used to frequent as a kid and being able to capture its beauty as an adult was really cool. My highlight of the shoot was capturing a migrating grey whale coming up for a breath of air!

Congratulations Garin + Misha and I can't wait to film your wedding next year on Maui!

Choosing the right Vendors

Congratulations! You're engaged!

Now its time to plan the wedding of your dreams. From a small beach elopement to an extravagant, luxury wedding, each wedding is unique and displays the personality of the couple getting married. There are many decisions that go into planning a wedding and tons of them you haven't even heard of until planning your own. 

Choosing vendors that work well together is the single best thing you can do in planning your wedding. Chat with each individual and make sure they will be the right fit with you and the rest of the people involved. At the end of the day, it is your wedding and you have the final decision. You want everyone involved to be on the same page working together. Then a couple months after the big day you're rewarded with all the photos and videos. Amazing, beautiful moments captured from your special day through visual memories you can share over and over again.

So what makes someone the right fit? How do you know if they work well with others? This is where you start looking at who's worked together in the past and if they have a good relationship in the present. Ask vendors who they like working with. Ask them who's work they admire or who they would like to work with in the future. Look for recommended vendor list (not only from the coordinator, but also from the vendors).

Important vendor qualities:

  • Hardworking - They can hang out all day for 8+ hours with you and still have a smile on their face (And show up on time!)
  • Vision - You have a vision for your wedding, you need the people involved to be observant enough to see it and give it life.
  • Talented - This is the "giving it life" part. You want them to take your vision and turn it into the most beautiful creation ever!
  • "Go with the flow" - This one to me is very important. As much planning that goes into a wedding, sometimes things change last minute. You need people who adapt and roll with the punches.
  • Works well with others - Weddings are a team effort, only by working together can you pull off the perfect wedding. 

 

Check out my recommended vendors list under my Friends tab!

 

 

 

 

Cole + Katie

I don't think I've ever laughed so much while filming a ceremony as I did with Cole + Katie. Their vows were so unique and full of laughs that everyone in attendance were cracking up. They are both such fun loving, genuine people to be around, it was a blast being able to capture their special day!

I've actually known both Cole + Katie for quite sometime. I filmed the wedding where they met a couple years ago and you could tell they hit it off from the very start. These two are going to have a wonderful life together full of traveling, good wine, and making friends wherever they go. As Cole said in his vows, "Lets have a whale of a life together!"

 

A special shout out to Natalie and Ashley with Bespoke Destination Events for coordinating such a beautiful wedding day! So many moving parts and everything came together perfectly!

 

Ceremony Location: Olowalu Plantation House

Coordination: Bespoke Destination Events

Photographer: Love and Water Photography

H & M: Meili Autumn Beauty

Catering: Maui Flavors Catering

Entertainment: Barefoot Minded

DJ: Clarity Entertainment

Cake: Cake Fanatics

Florals: Maui Palm Tree Floral

 

 

 

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Andrew + Kara

Energetic, fun-loving, and family orientated. These are all words that describe Andrew and Kara to a "T". Their wedding weekend was definitely one to remember! Boat trip with Pacific Whale Foundation on Saturday, Luau at the Sheraton Black Rock on Sunday, and finally the big day at the Olowalu Plantation House. It was a blast being able to capture all three days of fun.

It was interesting to hear about Andrew's past and how him and Kara finally met. Andrew was a pro snowboarder before he went to school to become an engineer and then finally landing a job at Google designing self-driving cars. Andrew has also spoken at TEDx about reaching your escape velocity and what it takes to make changes in your life. Andrew met Kara in San Francisco and both being super driven, passionate people, they hit it off right away and started adventuring through life together. 

Opihi Love coordinated Andrew and Kara's wedding day and it was amazing! Watching their wedding film you can see the amount of detail that goes into place settings and outdoor activities. To top it all off, Maui Roadsters brought one of their classic Porsches for Andrew and Kara's ceremony exit. The evening ended with many toast from friends and family, along with everyone writing down well wishes on biodegradable miniature boats that were set out to sea. 

Andrew's TEDx Talk: TEDX

Ceremony Location: Olowalu Plantation House

Coordination: Opihi Love

Photographer: Melia Lucida

H & M: Ry-n Shimabuku

Officiant: Laki Kaahumanu

Catering: Cutting Edge Catering

DJ: Maui Wedding DJ

Florals: Lois Hiranaga Floral Design

Entertainment: Manuetea Nui E

Cars: Maui Roadsters

 

Ben + Nina

Wow, I've never seen two people more in love! Not only for each other but for their loved ones as well!

Ben and Nina are from Australia and always wanted to travel to Hawaii. They strategically planned to get married on Maui so they could visit this tropical paradise and bring their loved ones with them. One of the most touching moments of the night was when Ben got up and said a few words to everyone around the table. He brought up how important it is to raise your kids right and thanked his parents and Nina's for a job well done. Even though Nina's father had passed away before their special day you could tell his presence was there in spirit.

The Olowalu Plantation house was the perfect backdrop for such a beautiful night under the stars. Thank you so much Ben and Nina for inspiring all of us to love whole heartedly!

Ceremony Location: Olowalu Plantation House

Coordination: Maui's Angels

Officiant: Rev. Valentine (Tino) Rosete

Photography: NV Maui Media

Flowers: Mandy Grace Designs

H&M: MAB

Jon + Sara

No Ka Oi Media is based on Maui, but that doesn’t stop us from jumping on a quick inner island flight to film for the day. We had the pleasure of working with Jon and Sara on Oahu at the stunning ocean front venue of Lanikuhonua Cultural Institute on their wedding day. They chose the island of Oahu because Jon is originally from Australia and Sara is from the mainland. Hawaii is the perfect halfway point so that both sides of their families could attend their special day. Jon and Sara are a fun and loving couple with a hilarious sense of humor. They even started spontaneously dancing on the beach during the sunset. Cheers to many happy years together Jon and Sara!

Ceremony Location: Lanikuhonua Cultural Institute

Coordination: Unveiled Hawaii

Photography: Christine Clark

Officiant: Rev. James Chun

Band: Island Kings Band

Bar: Stir Beverages

Rentals: Pacific Party Rentals

 
New Zealand Travel Film

Back in June, my wife Christine and I flew a couple thousand miles to the land of snowcapped mountains, endless beaches, and magnificent waterfalls. We flew a total of 13,040 miles and drove 2,450 miles during our trip. Some would say that isn't a vacation. A vacation should be relaxing by the pool and drinking a cocktail, Christine and I don't take normal vacations.

In order to see New Zealand properly, you have to take a road trip. The endless miles seem to disappear when the landscape changes dramatically every 5 minutes. The North and South islands are both unique and offer different experiences for different people. Taking a tour of Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, watching seals play on the beach, and hiking 12km in the Abel Tasman National Park, where some of the highlights from the south island. Highlights from the north island included, exploring the thermal valley in Wairakei, wine tasting on Waiheke island, and eating the best fish n chips in the world in Mangonui.

My love for creating films doesn't stop when I go on vacation. Years ago I actually found my love for filmmaking on a road trip through America's southwest. To me, stopping and taking the time to create something I'll remember forever doesn't take away from the journey. I love looking back on all the adventures I've had and the people I've shared them with.

Please enjoy this short cinematic highlight film of our 3 week road trip through New Zealand! I hope it inspires you to travel and see new places!

Joel + Alannah

 

 

I had the pleasure of spending multiple days with Alannah and Joel exploring all that Maui has to offer.  They wanted their Ka’anapali Beach wedding highlight video to also include their love for adventure and exploring nature.  Alannah and Joel are from Australia but they could have easily been mistaken as a couple who grew up in Hawaii with their common ocean passions in surfing, free diving, and spearfishing.  This made two days of filming (which included a trip around the West Maui Mountains, a trip to Hana, waterfall hikes, and beach hopping) feel more like a mini wanderlust vacation than “work.” Alannah and Joel truly embrace the easy going lifestyle and it was a blast capturing their wedding and vacation!

Ceremony location: Ka'anapali Beach Hotel

Hair and MUA: Meili Autumn Beauty

Officiant: Ernest Pua

Photographer: Rodrigo Moraes Photography

Flowers: Lois Hiranaga Floral Design