Friday, May 20, 2016

3 things to remember when booking your Maui Wedding

Ok, so there's really a million things to remember but there's 3 significant items you'll want to check on and be sure you get right before you book your Maui Wedding plans.

1)  Does your wedding planner actually live on the island of Maui? They may have the word "Hawaii" or "Maui" in the official name of their business but are actually in fact living in Colorado or California. Why is this a potential problem? Well for one thing, they won't be onsite for your wedding. They may have found a coordinator to show up and help arrange things but most likely it'll be the minister who answered the craigslist ad for your wedding who will be bringing the flowers, procuring the beach permit and arranging you and your guests at your location. Chances are the people actually providing the services at your wedding have never met the wedding coordinator or each other so communication may become an issue at some point. Always be sure to book a planner who lives on Maui and intends to be physically present at your wedding ceremony. All reputable Maui Wedding Planners have a core group of vendors who have worked with each other for years and provide seamless professional service day in and day out.

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Maui Wedding Ceremony @ Makena Cove

2)  Beach or private venue? You'll want to choose the location based on the number of people who will be attending the wedding, and your budget. A local planner will know the difference between Kanaha Beach and Kahana Beach and won't get you reservations at a restaurant that happens to be half way across the island because she didn't. If you have more than 30 people attending, a private or semi private venue is preferable to a beach wedding. Parking and beach space is always an issue here on Maui so plan accordingly. Also be sure to check your private venue for a protected location in case of rain. Your beach location will have none but a location that charges a fee should.

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Semi Private Wedding Venue, Makena Maui

3)  Hire a professional photographer. Sure, Cousin Jake takes great shots of mountains and waterfalls with his new Nikon but that hardly qualifies him to be trusted with your Maui Wedding Photography. Your professional photographer will be aware of conditions, how long until sunset, she will have a repertoire of poses and scenes she will want to capture, she will be a pro when it comes to photo shop manipulation including the removal of sweat, people in the background, proper color balance, etc. Today's professional photographer not only needs to know how to shoot and use remote off camera strobes, he also needs to understand the science of the digital darkroom and how to finish the image. Let cousin Jake get shots of your rowdy crew at the reception and during the wedding but leave the actual wedding ceremony memories to the pros.

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Maui Wedding Reception

Of course there are other important points regarding your Maui Wedding Ceremony but these are the 3 most important ones. As for your professional Maui wedding photography please remember; Oncde the cake is eaten the dress is packed away and the tan is faded, all you have left are the pictures. Be sure you've chosen the most qualified Maui Photographer to capture those memories!

Monday, May 16, 2016

The Best Time for your Maui Wedding: Morning or Sunset?

Our clients almost always ask us what is the perfect time of day for their Maui Wedding. There's no right or wrong answer to this question rather there's only your plans for the day and what kind of imagery you want to see from your Maui Wedding Photographer. The late afternoon, usually 1 hour before sunset, is our most popular time for our Maui Wedding celebrations. The light tends to soften, the temperatures cool a bit and the beach goers leave for their hotels and dinner. Of course, there's also that famous Maui sunset which is spectacular most of the time.

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Spectacular Maui Sunset

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Maui Sunset Wedding Photography

Even on Maui the sunset is not guaranteed but it's a good bet you'll get some shots like the ones above when you schedule your Maui wedding for the late afternoon. One of the most common scheduling conflicts is the Luau. Most luau's begin around 4 or 5 pm so our luau clients want a ceremony at 3. Not a great idea, especially in the summer when mid afternoon temperatures can reach 92 to 94. The sand is hot and the beach is crowded with half naked people. When our clients tell us they want a luau reception we recommend the morning wedding. We like to start these at 8am and since most of you are coming from back east that could be anywhere from 10am to 1pm your time, which means you'll be well rested and ready for a 6am hair and makeup appointment. There's nobody on the beach at that hour and the temps are still cool. The best thing about a Morning wedding ceremony on Maui is the light:

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Blowing the conch, Makena Cove Maui

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Maui Wedding Ceremony, Marry Me Maui

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Makena Cove Morning Wedding

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Ring Exchange at Makena Cove Beach Wedding

Lucky Maui Wedding Couple

We can capture those deep blues and blacks of the lava rocks, ocean and sky without worrying about other visitors scuttling back and forth behind the couple. The sand is still cool and the temps haven't peaked yet although they will get close to 85 by 930AM. We have special morning packages perfect for the couple who wishes to elope but we can also provide our full wedding planning packages for your Morning wedding on Maui. Just call to talk story 1-808-242-1100! Mahalo!!