“I’m a hugger!”  That’s the first thing Shell & Daniel said to us when we ‘officially’ met, our hands extended, expecting a handshake.  At this moment, we knew we were in for very warm and wonderful weekend for this Hilo Hawaii wedding.

      Shell and Daniel’s wedding was as close to perfect as one could plan.  Shell grew up in Hilo, and returned to her childhood home to celebrate this beautiful new chapter in her and Daniel’s life.  Her family was so happy she chose their home for her nuptials that they added an extra large porch to the house just to be able to seat everyone for their big day.

      The first thing you need to know about Hawaii (if you’ve never been) is the spirit of Aloha.  It’s a beautiful word with all too many meanings, suffice it to say, it can also mean ‘you are welcome’.  From the moment we set foot on the Big Island, we felt welcome.

      Shell’s family was chatty, happy, and so eager to share their love for this beautiful mid-Pacific island.  We stopped by their farm the day before the wedding and were immediately welcomed as friends.  Their farm, covered in the most luscious greenery, is also adorned with grazing horses and cattle.  Documenting a wedding is always a pleasure, but it’s extra exciting in surroundings like this.

      Hilo is one of the rainiest cities in the US (even outranking Seattle) and as mother nature would have it, their wedding day was cloud covered.  Luckily it didn’t rain until everyone was tucked under the tent  for the reception.   We’re so happy to have been part of this incredibly emotional, and welcoming Hilo Hawaii destination wedding, and grateful to Shell & Daniel for choosing us to begin with.  We left already missing the spirit of aloha, and now that we’re home, its the little souvenir we’ve brought back with us:  to be as welcoming to each an every person who walks through our door.  A stranger is but a friend you haven’t met (or hugged).

      For more destination weddings, check out this rainy day Italian country-side wedding, this Colorado mountaintop wedding or this  Sonoma vineyard wedding.

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      […] wedding photography of 2017.  We were so lucky to ring in the New Year with Shell and Daniel in Hilo, Hawaii at their family home wedding. From there, we documented one of the sweetest, and most intimate of weddings in Los Angeles […]

      Y’all are just so dang good. I love this set. Don’t you just love when you’re invited into the fam?

      Also, quick note that’s Hilo is indeed one of the rainiest cities in the States, beating out Cold Bay, Alaska. Seattle ranks 37th. So I’m just here to say that while you’re shooting -40 degree weddings up there, just remember that best friend hangs are waiting in your balmy, dry, southern neighbor. COME HANG OUT WITH US! It doesn’t even rain here that much!

      […] To see a few more of our favourite backyard celebrations, check out Katherine + Adam’s autumn wedding,  Tom + Kallen’s rainy day Quebec wedding, and Shell + Daniel’s Hilo Hawaii wedding on a family farm. […]

      […] more of our destination work, check out this downtown Los Angeles Carondelet House wedding, this countryside Hilo Hawaii wedding, and this Sonnenalp Hotel Vail Colorado […]

      […] like to see a few more of our favourite intimate weddings, check out Shell and Daniel’s at home wedding in Hilo, Hawaii, Amy + JF’s Herb Garden wedding in Almonte, Ontario and Ronald and Emily’s Villa […]

      such a cool wedding, beautiful couples and narrative images. love it you guys, congrats

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