Monday, January 16, 2012

International Love

Hawaii is a good location for weddings - One, because it's very beautiful with great nature with ocean and green. Another reason it's good for a couple like Maiko and Brian is that Hawaii is in between Japan and the mainland US. 

On the 11th of January, they had their beautiful wedding in Ko Olina, a beach resort in the west side of Oahu. It was very nice to be part of this wedding - in the mix of Japanese and American, and I was communicating with Maiko and her family and friends in Japanese :-) Alan also used his hidden talent - communicating in Japanese this day :-)

It was such a beautiful day! Brian and Maiko flew from freezing Iowa for their wedding to Hawaii and they were very happy with the beautiful day :-) During the ceremony, we found a honu (sea turtle) came to see their wedding and everybody from Japan and Iowa were so excited to see the unexpected guest. Here are some shots from the wedding.

Please enjoy! (Click "Read more" to see more pictures.)


Maiko was excited and nervous for her big day. Her friends were there to make her smile :-)

Their room at the Ko Olina resort had some nice Hawaii taste decorations for the ring shots! 

Matching pearl earrings for her pearl necklace from her mom and grandmother.

 These silver sparkly shoes were just perfect for this Cinderella girl! 
I loved the shape of them so decided to shoot to capture the silhouette.

Her dress has a lot of flower pedals everywhere. Super cute. Do you know who makes this dress? Disney! 

He had a  very very good smiles throughout the day! I could tell how happy he was to get married to his dream girl!


The light from the window made her look even more beautiful. This is my most favorite shot of the day!

The ceremony was taken place at Lanikuhonua in Ko Olina. Beautiful place with green and ocean!

Maiko's dad looked so happy after he let her go to be with Brian :-)

The paster was bilingual - Japanese and English :-) Best fit to international couples!  

I was very honored to capture their happy smiles, tears of joy, and laugh during their ceremony :-)

Maiko and Brian exchanged their words - very touching  


Honu (sea turtle) came to cerebrate their wedding! (Left bottom)  

Maiko's custom super long vail was very beautiful! Great idea :-)

Reception lunch was taken place at Roy's Waikiki! "Kanpai for your happy life!"  

Thank you very much for reading :-) ~ Kay


  1. They did a great job in our wedding!!! We are so happy they could be a part of our wedding. We can't thank them enough.

    1. Thank you very much for letting be part of your special day! It was my big big pleasure to take pictures of you all :-) Arigatou gozaimasu!

  2. Congratulations Mai and Brian! I wish I would have been there..
    Both of them look so happy, and Mai is so beautiful.
    Kay - Thank you for taking these amazing photos, you are such a great photographer!

    1. Thank you Chisa for introducing us this wonderful couple! We were so happy to take pictures and video for them :-) どうもありがとう!

  3. Ditto what Chisa said!
    Congrats Mai and Brian and good job IsleMedia!
    I don't know when, but I hope I can see you soon and say so in person!

    1. Thank you Mr. Beck!
      I am so happy to see their happy faces in person and in the pictures:-)

  4. KAY-Extremely bodayshus! or, terrific! keep going, keep shooting, try the unusual, watch for blown highlights on your histogram, and most of all have fun! because it shows in the fotos you make! uncle phil

    1. Thank you for your nice comment and input uncle Phil! Great to hear those from my professional photographer uncle ^______^

  5. Kay, these are fabulous! It was an honor to work with you and Alan. Brian and Maiko sent me the nicest thank you email. I couldn't have done it without the fabulous vendors I had on their wedding day!
    Thank you again!
    Lissa Wilson
    The Wedding Planners

    1. Lissa,

      Thank you very much for being Maiko & Brian's wedding planner! It was a very beautiful wedding and thank you for making everything go smoothly :-) Both Alan and I were very honored to work with all of you for this happy couple! Much Mahalo,