Oh goodness, I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am to be sharing this Hawaiian Destination Wedding with you today! Lauren and Matt are so, so special to me, and I just can’t get over these photos from their wedding day!
They planned their whole wedding from 4,000 miles away in Nebraska. And thanks to the amazing coordination of Nichole Shin with Nichole Weddings and Events, the day was gorgeous and flawless. Nichole is truly the sweetest, most talented wedding planner I’ve had the pleasure of working with! We were surrounded by Oahu’s top vendors, from the gorgeous florals by Flowergirls Hawaii to the stunning venue of the Kahaluu Fishpond. I felt as if I had stepped into a magazine.
But what made the day truly incredible was the love between Lauren and Matt and everyone around them. They were both beyond happy and excited to be marrying the love of their life and their best friend. There wasn’t an ounce of stress or negativity present. Their smiles never left their faces throughout the entire day. And that joy that filled their lives was so strong that it flowed out to everyone close to them. Matt’s groomsmen were the kindest and happiest bunch of guys. No wonder they all stick together the way they do. And Lauren’s bridesmaids were so fun and sweet, and loved her so fiercely. I guess it’s true… you should surround yourself with people that build you up. These two absolutely do.
Lauren being born and raised in Nebraska was a long way from home. And although Matt lives in Nebraska now, he was as close to home as ever. He was surrounded by his ‘ohana. It was an honor to witness the true aloha spirit that surrounded this wedding. Complete with a traditional Hawaiian blessing, kalua pig, and a banzai toast. And of course, the spectacular beauty of the island was the cherry on top of it all. Not to mention, it held extra special meaning for me to be able to return to Oahu – my home for a year.
Lauren and Matt, I cannot thank you enough for letting me be a part of your beautiful story. From our very first Skype call, to your engagement session on your family farm in Nebraska, to this beautiful and perfect wedding day. It fills me with so much joy to see a couple so perfectly made for each other. You both have hearts of pure gold, and your joy and laughter are infectious to everyone around you. I’m so honored to have captured this huge milestone for you two. Thank you for being the reason why I love what I do more than anything in the world.
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Yen!
The Creative Team
Wedding planning: Nichole Weddings and Events
Venue: Kahaluu Fishpond
Floral Design: Flowergirls Hawaii
DJ: Spectrum Entertainment | Bakery: Cake Works | Catering: Island Fusion Catering | Bride’s Gown: Made With Love | Hair & Makeup: Whik’d Hawaii | Rentals: Pacific Party Rentals | Linens: The Wedding Linen Company | Photographer: Amber Laurel Photography | Videographer: Your Everyday Epic Films