Oahu Destination Wedding at Paradise Cove
Intimate Wedding in Oahu
If you’re in the wedding industry, you may recognize these two beautiful faces. As if their good looks weren't enough, Sharon is a talented wedding planner (and owner) at Sweetest Love Events and Josh is the owner and videographer at Fisheye Studio. Photographing the wedding of two talented people in the industry has the potential to feel like a lot of pressure, but these two were so sweet and expressed complete trust in me from the beginning. What more could I have asked for?!
I crossed paths with Sharon at the end of 2017 when we had the chance to work a super fun wedding together (coming to the blog soon!). We immediately hit it off and she quickly became a friend. I knew Sharon had recently become engaged, but never pressed for details on whether she had found a wedding photographer yet. Three and a half months before her wedding, we decided to meet for happy hour where she filled me in on all the details- it would be a destination wedding in Hawaii and they would exchange vows at an intimate ceremony on the beaches of Oahu with an incredible intimate dinner at the Four Seasons Ko Olina to follow. I tried to play it cool, but inside I was so jealous of whoever she had hired to photograph her wedding. I told her that ironically, I was toying with the idea of going to Hawaii around the same time and then she so casually said, “Oh!! Well we still need a wedding photographer, why don’t we have you do it?”. Haha! Simple as that! I couldn’t believe how naturally things fell into place from there.
I feel so lucky that one of the first weddings I ever shot was a destination wedding in Oahu and here I was returning to photograph another wedding in Oahu 9 years later. Josh and Sharon had the sweetest, most intimate wedding and there were happy tears all day. Their absolute love for each other just poured out throughout the day. Just look at how incredibly sweet their first look was before the wedding ceremony!
I’ll have to share all the amazing personal photos I took during this trip in another blog post, but for now, I hope you enjoy this wedding as much as I did…
How the Bride & Groom met...
Josh and I originally met working a wedding in LA in 2016. We didn’t really speak much to each other then, but happened to work together again a few months after. On that day, we talked about how Josh had lived in Hawaii for 10 years while I was thinking about moving to Hawaii. He asked for my business card and we exchanged cards. I contacted him and let him know that if he ever had a couple in Hawaii that needed a wedding coordinator, I would be happy to help them! He emailed me back and said “We should have breakfast or coffee sometime and talk about how you can be more Hawaiian.” I wasn’t sure if it was a business meeting or a date, but I said whatever and the rest was history! - Sharon
How he proposed...
Josh told me he wanted to take me out for our 1.5 year anniversary and to dress nice. He had a friend set up a table with beautiful flowers and photos of us at Huntington Beach. As we walked on the beach, the sun was setting and I saw the table in the distance. Then I saw someone pop out from underneath the lifeguard tower and it was a violinist playing John Legend’s “All of Me”. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was magical. He also had my brother there to help film. Josh did an amazing job with the proposal! - Sharon
What was your favorite moment of your wedding day?
The first look. - Josh
So hard to choose! The first Look, the entire wedding ceremony, the look on Josh’s face when I surprised him with a hula dance! Pictures at the beach, the dinner…. The whole wedding day was amazing! - Sharon
What was the inspiration behind your wedding day?
Josh lived in Hawaii for 10 years and we have a shared love for Hawaii. We wanted something intimate and meaningful. The inspiration for the wedding style was tropical, romantic, & elegant. I chose soft colors of blush with ivory and pops of tropical greenery. I also really love orchids, so I knew I wanted cascading orchids on our arch. - Sharon
How did you choose Paradise Cove as your wedding venue?
Being by the beach was important. We wanted a wedding venue that was intimate and tropical, and Paradise Cove was the perfect wedding venue. - Josh
We wanted to get married at the beach, next to the ocean, but we wanted our ceremony to be on grass versus on the sand. Paradise Point was gorgeous and perfect for our intimate, private wedding in Hawaii.
What is your favorite thing about each other?
Sharon is sweet, kind, fun, gentle, and passionate. - Josh
He’s very generous and loving. Great conversationalist - he can talk to anyone! I also love that he loves to travel and is a big foodie! - Sharon
Any advice for brides planning their wedding day?
Get a videographer for your wedding! - Josh
Get a wedding coordinator for ALL DAY! Even if you’re a wedding planner! LOL. Write your wedding vows early =P -Sharon
All photos captured by Orange County Wedding Photographer Lovisa Photo. If you liked this destination wedding in Oahu, you may also be interested in this proposal in Laguna Beach or this Palm Springs Wedding at Colony 29.
Photo: Lovisa Photo
Planner: Sweetest Love Events
Coordinator: Nichole Weddings
Ceremony: Paradise Cove Luau
Reception: Mina’s Fish House at Four Season Resort Oahu at Ko Olina
Video: Fisheye Studio
Beauty: Christine San Antonio
Florist: Passion Roots
Rentals: Farmer’s Daughter
Officiant: Oahu Minister
Live Music: Ono Kine Entertainment