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I Love You to the Moon and Back || A Mauna Kea Proposal, Big Island Hawaii

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Everyone loves a good engagement story. I personally find them so entertaining and endearing because every single one is unique. While asking someone to spend the rest of your life with you puts you in a very vulnerable state, the romance behind the question itself is full of eternal love. Here in Hawaii, we're always surrounded by Aloha and there's something about the islands here that provide the perfect romantic environment for residents and visitors alike. Which is why it's no surprise as to why Hawaii is one of the most popular locations for popping the question!

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When I met Ben, he came into our Fairmont Orchid studio one afternoon with a contagious energy and I was immediately drawn into his plea for help with a proposal he had been planning for his girlfriend.  Of course I said yes and began asking him for his ideas that he had in mind for this special moment.

“Have you ever been to the top of Mauna Kea Summit?” he asked with a big smile.

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Twenty-four hours later, I was on my way up to the snow kissed volcano 13,802 ft. above sea level.  I met Ben and Virginie at the visitor’s center about half way up the mountain so we could become acclimated to the climate and avoid elevation sickness. Ben told Virginie that he had scheduled a couples photo session with us at the top of Mauna Kea. Virginie, a lover of photography and modeling, didn’t know that Ben had something even more special planned for their trip to the mountain.

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During the sunset and above the cotton candy clouds, Ben got down on one knee and popped the question. It was an exhilarating moment with a breathtaking view, a moment that the three of us will remember forever.

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With announcing his engagement to Virginie to friends and family, Ben shared their story: 

"Over one year ago, I walked into an open door and heard myself say an audible "wow." Sitting at the counter was the most spectacular woman I had ever seen....

Who was she? How could I talk to her? Was she single?

I stole one more glance hoping she wouldn't notice I was creeping. She smiled at me.

Little did I know, my world was about to be spun around and turned completely upside down. One day, she even told me: "I love you to the moon and back and forth." I loved the French twist on the English idiom so much that the "and forth" stuck.

It was a little challenging to figure out how to propose.... Virginie doesn't wear jewelry, doesn't care for diamonds, doesn't love rings, and isn't big on cliches.

The observatories at Mauna Kea, at nearly 14,000 feet above sea level, is as close to the moon as you can get in Hawaii.

Her ring shows the Earth and the moon in an infinity loop.... going back and forth, back and forth, and back and forth again.

In broken French, I asked her to marry me. She said "oui."

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- Written by Samantha

Celebrate Your Love || Hawaii Vow Renewal Photography

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Originating in Italy decades ago, wedding vow renewals have been becoming more and more of a popular trend amongst couples within the last few years here on the beautiful Hawaiian Islands.  Whether you’re nearing your 5th wedding anniversary or 50th, renewing your commitment to your loved one is a fabulous way to celebrate a milestone.

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With Hawaii being one of the top locations for a destination wedding and honeymoon, why not celebrate your wedding anniversary with a vow renewal in paradise? Make it a fun event by ordering similar flowers to your original wedding and encourage your honey to get dressed up with you!

 

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If you plan on inviting your friends and family to your event, a vow renewal is a perfect excuse to update your family photos! At Coral Weddings, we are here to capture all things love and marriage. What better way to commemorate your day than with candid photos of the ceremony and family portraits to follow? Coordinate with your professional photographer in putting together a shot list with what you would like to have captured. You’ll be thankful for the memories of your Hawaii vow renewal.

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- Written by Samantha

Mauka or Makai? || Tips on Choosing Your Hawaii Destination Wedding Location

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       At Coral Weddings, we absolutely love the excitement that comes with each special day that we have the privilege of capturing. From the delicate details in the perfect dress, to the gorgeous floral arrangements for the center pieces at your reception, we make sure to highlight each aspect of your day that makes it special and unique.

       Hawaii is universally known for its endless white beaches, green lush palm trees, and that iconic colored sunset over the ocean's horizon. However, did you know that the Hawaiian islands are enriched with a large diversity in landscape

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         Here on the islands, we use two common Hawaiian words called "Mauka" (mow-kah) and "Makai"(mah-kigh). Mauka translates to the term "mountain-side" and Makai means "ocean-side". So, when planning your destination wedding to one of the most beautiful locations in the world, you have the wonderful option of choosing a rustic "Mauka" wedding in the green rolling hills of the islands, or a timeless and casual "Makai" beach wedding!

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      One of the advantages toward having a Mauka wedding would be a cooler climate that comes with the higher elevation in the mountains. If you’re planning on having your grooms party wear long sleeved dress shirts or a dapper suit, they won’t be struggling in the humid heat that is commonly found along the Hawaiian coastline!

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      If you’re leaning more towards having that classic and traditional Hawaiian wedding, each island hosts an endless list of fantastic beaches for your ceremony. They all offer incredible scenery so you can’t necessarily go wrong in choosing one!

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        So, whether you're saying "I do" in the hills of a Hawaiian valley, or reciting your tear-jerking vows while getting your toes (and maybe even that dress!) a little wet down on the sand, we have a team of passionate artists here at Coral Weddings to capture your day timelessly.

 

- Written by Samantha

Relive Your Perfect Day Timelessly || A Guide to Preparing for Your Wedding Photography

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Between the guest list, designing invites, and the dress fittings, let's face it, planning for your big day can be a bit overwhelming. With the hundreds of things on your check-list you're looking to get done, there's an underestimated yet essential key to your wedding that you'll be thankful you were well-prepared for. Your professional wedding photography

 

The artists of Coral by Pacific Dream Photography are here to provide you with a team of professionals to ensure we give you all the preparations needed for a collection of memories you won't soon forget. 

 

Collect Ideas with an Open Mind

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If you're like a handful of ecstatic bride-to-bes, you've most likely started your Pinterest board to start browsing for your wedding inspiration. While looking for decor, color palettes, and dresses, pay attention to the photography you come across and notice if something catches your eye. Getting ideas can beneficial, but keep reminding yourself that they might not turn out exactly like you had envisioned. Be open to trusting your photographer! Ultimately, the professional photographer you hire knows what will look best, but chances are they're willing to try an idea for a photo that you might have your heart set on. 

 

 

Make a Shot List for Your Photographer

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Bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls, grandma and grandpa, there's typically quite a variety of wedding party and family members that you'd love to capture group photos with. Sit down with your future husband/wife and create a shot list together to establish the photos you know you'll be wanting for the day off. It's okay to mix up combinations while in the moment (chances are you might get some photo bombers here and there from your wedding party), but make sure you have a flexible outline of the priority shots you won't want to miss. Go over the list with your photographer before the big day and rest easy knowing you won't miss a memory!

 

Take Your Couple Portraits Privately

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It's the day that you two have been planning for months now and you wouldn't want any stress on your face to show through the photos! If time permits, pull your soulmate aside for a quick walk with just the two of you before you begin your portraits with family and friends. Bring your photographer with you and let them capture you two privately without the pressure of by-standers watching. By doing this, you're both allowing yourselves to sink into being present together. The photos will feel more carefree, effortless, and natural and you'll be thankful for having those few extra moments of privacy on your big day before returning to the fun and excitement!

 

HAVE FUN!

 

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Don't forget that the most important part of making your wedding photography a great success is to have fun and enjoy yourselves! It's always great to have a few candid photos of you and your loved one on your big day.

 

Here at Coral by Pacific Dream Photography, we would love to capture your special day with the same enriched beauty that your perfect day will hold.  

 

- Written by Samantha