Happy Anniversary to Shana & Chris!! I can’t believe over a year ago we were saying Aloha and celebrating their beautiful Honolulu Waikiki wedding day!  It was full of family, laughter and celebration and I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to capture it for them!  Shana and Chris are from Hawaii and planned their wedding day while living in California. After a year of marriage, I asked these two a few questions for future couples out there planning their wedding day, especially for destination weddings and this is their advice:

1) What is the best advice that was given to you when you started planning your wedding?
Don’t wait to book your venue. We had our hearts set on our venue and ended up moving our date because the date we wanted was already taken.

 

2) What is one thing you think every bride and/or groom should know that you learned while planning your wedding?
Get a planner, especially if you are having a destination wedding. Having our wedding in Hawaii and getting a planner early on really helped us to stay on track and make sure that all of the little details that we didn’t know about, our planner was able to make sure was taken care of. Our planner made a strict timeline that we stuck to, from sending invites to booking vendors, and it really made everything go smoothly. Also, having a team there on the day of to direct all of the vendors gave us the chance to really sit back and enjoy the day.

 

3) What were your wedding colors and is there a story behind why you chose them?
We wanted colors that reminded of us Hawaii and that complemented our location, and Coral and Mint were the best combination.

 

4) What’s your favorite detail you chose for your wedding that representing your love story?
Our cake topper was a surprise from Chris, and it was designed to look just like us. It was cute and funny, and all of the guests loved it.

 

Jessica Frey Photography, destination wedding photographer, Austin wedding photographer, Hawaii wedding, Hawaii wedding photographer, Honolulu waikiki wedding, halukelani wedding5) How long did you have to plan your wedding day?
We had a long engagement, but started planning 9 months before the wedding.

 

6)  Is there anything you’d choose to do differently or have that you didn’t have?
We would have liked to have more music and dancing, but our venue had a time/noise restriction.

 

7)  Chris – how involved were you and was there something specific you wanted for your wedding day?
Chris was extremely involved. He picked the colors, designed the Save the Dates, Invites and Thanks, picked all of the music and had input on all of the small details that went into the day.

 

8)  What vendors were your top priority?
Honestly, our photographer. We are from Hawaii, and know several photographers locally, but after seeing your pictures, and having met you and knowing how comfortable we were with you, that was one thing we did not want to compromise or settle on.

 

9) How did you choose your location?
We went to several locations, including hotels and private venues. Our planner highly recommended the Halekulani Hotel because of the superior communication and customer service of their planner Joel, the fact that so many of the amenities were included in the wedding package (including the cake and night in an amazing suite) and it is one of the premier hotels in Waikiki.

 

10) Any other advice for brides/grooms planning their 2016 weddings?
Plan as much as you can leading up to the wedding, because all of those small details will really make a difference.

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How awesome is this cake topper?!?!Jessica Frey Photography, destination wedding photographer, Austin wedding photographer, Hawaii wedding, Hawaii wedding photographer, Honolulu waikiki wedding, halukelani wedding

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If you’d like to see more visit their original three posts:

Part 1: http://jessicafreyphotographyblog.com/oahu-wedding-chris-shana

Part 2: http://jessicafreyphotographyblog.com/oahu-wedding-chris-shana-part-2

Part 3: http://jessicafreyphotographyblog.com/koolina-hawaii-bride-groom-photo-shoot

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VENDORS:

Location: Halekulani Hotel, Waikiki, Oahu Hawaii

Catering/Linens/Cake: Halekulani Hotel

Coordinator:  NEU Events – Megan & Mona  neuevents.com

Wedding Dress:  Casa Blanca Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal

Wedding Shoes: Nordstroms; Benjamin Adams

Flowers:  Oahu NEX

2nd photographer: Eric Frey

Assistant:  Adriane Nicole Photography – local Oahu photographer 🙂

Stationary: minted.com

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Now Booking Austin/Texas/Destination Weddings for 2016!

Email for availability & investment information:  Jessica@JessicaFreyPhotography.com

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