Bryant and Helen’s Wedding in Paradise
Most of the destination weddings that I plan are very small get-togethers on the beach. I would say about 70% of the time, it’s just the bride and the groom. Then about 20% of the time they have their parents around, and maybe a handful of friends. Then there is the top 10% of my couples who have abut 20 or so plus people who happen to join in on the fun. There is no extra cost for more guest. It all just comes down to finding the right beach, with the right amount of free parking.
Luckily, parking was not an issue for Bryant and Helen as they, as with most of their guest, were staying on the property of Ko olina.
I had met with Bryant and Helen a few days before their wedding to coordinate their precessional and to see what mother nature had in store for us. I wasn’t really worried about the weather on the day of their wedding, but for the fact that a monk seal had been popping up on the beach in recent days. When the monk seals pop up, those environmental people show up and cause a lot of havoc, including overstepping their boundaries and closing down large portions of the beach. For small weddings at Ko olina, it’s not a problem. You simply walk around the monk seal to the far end of the beach. For large parties, that’s a little more complicated as you don’t want everyone to walk around to the far end of the beach.
As luck would have it, the monk seal did not pop onto the beach. In fact, the beach was very empty! If the monk seal would have beached itself, we would have had the weddings in a small sandy area near the entrance that looked great as well.
If you’re wondering why this picture looks a little less warm, a little different than the rest, it’s because it is. This is a digital shot. Film has a tendency to look warm, without looking over processed. You can only tell the difference when you have the pictures side-by-side.
Another digital shot. All group shots are done on digital. The special shots, if you pay for it, are shot on film (unless a special circumstance pops up where I need to know exactly where the lighting is going)
Bryant and Helen also purchased video coverage for their ceremony and the 3 camera upgrade to it.