Tara + Kale’s Hawaiian Wedding Bash {Kualoa Ranch Hawaii Wedding Photographer}

Oh gosh. Where do I even start here? It’s like taking War and Peace and condensing it into 11 words. Simply not possible. It doesn’t matter what I write or what images I post as it will never even come close to the reality that was this wedding week. You know when you plan a destination wedding to keep numbers low because you know not everyone you invite will actually make the trip?

Ya, well…that didn’t happen here AT ALL. We all came and we all came in stylish, vacation minded, coconut drink donning fashion. Though the wedding was only 1 day, the celebration, love, and laughter carried on all week amongst all the goofy subjects you will see below.

Since the groom grew up in Hawaii, we were blessed with daily emails tipping us to the best local fare and bits and pieces of the history of Hawaii in the pure sarcastic nature we all love about him. Some of my favorite snippets from our daily updates include, but are definitely not limited to, the following:

  • (Note that there is no ‘d’ on the ‘shave’: if you ever see someone selling Shave Ice with a sign that says “Authentic Hawaiian Shaved Ice” you punch them in the nose and yell “Liar!”)
  • Order a half-dozen Malasadas. Do not share them.
  • Now this part here is specifically for Alicia: you are more likely to be attacked by a gang of delinquent dolphin teenagers wielding switchblades than you are going to get stung by a man-of-war, bitten by a shark, or attacked by a rabid turtle. Get in the water you ninny (let Mark or Steve go first).

I think the Hawaiian word that best describes this trip and all who came together to celebrate it is: Hānai

Means: Adopted, to raise, rear, feed—also The people you choose to call your family

Wooden bowl favors made by: Daniel Young Skateboards

Catered by: Keneke’s

Florals by: Watanabe Florist

Shave ice: Hopa

Special shout out to my 2nd shooter…my hubby…who I just got to enjoy an 8 day kid free vacation with. Hallelujah!!!!


Now bring on the memories…

THIS is how many people flew from California.

Congratulations and best wishes for a beautiful life together!

  • Alicia

    HAHAHAHA!!! I went in the water, but ran faster than a damn cheetah when something hit my leg. Like lightening I tell ya! Beautiful beautiful beautiful!! You managed to capture beautiful moments that will last a lifetime. I just went back to Hawaii for 15 minutes 🙂 it was just as awesome as I remember! Congrats Tara and Kale!ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    SO wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful wedding!!! So lovely! I love how you captured all of the little details! What a wonderful day!!!ReplyCancel

  • What a gorgeous ceremony and couple Jo! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Oh this is a beautiful wedding!!!!!! Love the scenery and colors, and I love her dress! What a cute couple-These are amazing pictures. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    What an absolutely beautiful wedding and joyful couple!! Feel like I was right there hearing the laughter and sharing in the celebration of a new marriage. Love!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Reischel

    Wow. What a beautiful wedding! Congrats to this couple. These are amazing and I am sure will be treasured for a long long time!ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    These are SO amazing Jo! It looks like a gorgeous wedding, and the most fabulous time. What an amazing week for all of you!ReplyCancel

  • Corinne

    What a gorgeous location!! You did such a great job at capturing the love and laughter of the day. Beautiful memories.ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful wedding!ReplyCancel

  • Dana

    These are all so gorgeous, Jo. I live all the little details…. The ring shot is stunning…. And that location… WOW!!! Congrats to the bride and groom!ReplyCancel

  • Oh these are just incredible!!!! What a glowing couple and I just love the special personal touches of their day. (Shave ice!!!!) Beautiful images full of fun, color, and amazing scenery that they will treasure for always.ReplyCancel

  • These are beautiful, Jo!ReplyCancel

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