Last summer I was contacted by a couple who was planning their wedding reception at the Morton arboretum at the same time that they were planning a more private wedding ceremony in the beautiful island of Kauai. Initially they wanted me to photograph their event at the Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. However, after further consultation they realized that there were a lot of advantages having me as their photographer for their Kauai ceremony.
Long story short, I was able to shoot both of their events, provide them with two albums fully customized; one of the ceremony in Kauai and the other of the reception at the Morton Arboretum.
Did they have to pay a fortune flying their photographer to Kauai? Not really. Their only additional cost was an extra album they purchased to preserve their Kauai memories.
In return, they were always talking directly with their photographer, to whom they knew personally prior to the wedding. Any question or suggestion they needed I was always just around the corner from them. Remember, when the wedding and the party is over, you will not see any of the vendors you hired again except for your photographer. Therefore, you want someone reliable; someone you can trust and reach out to without playing phone tag or going through mediators, contractors, etc. I was honored to be that reliable person to whom they trusted a great responsibility to, their wedding day.
The island of Kauai is one of the most chilled and relaxed places I have ever been too. Very picturesque for sure, from the minute you get off the gate of your airplane in Lihue and encounter all the roosters and chickens frolicking around, to the exotic beaches surrounded by jagged cliffs and lush vegetation that make everything resemble some sort of paradise, as it is Hanaley Bay.
My bride and groom were staying at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa. This is a gorgeous hotel with beautiful grounds in walking distance to Shipwreck Beach.
After few minutes we arrived to our own waterfall where the ceremony took place. Nothing short from Fantasy Island, with the exception of Tattoo and Mr. Roarke!
Right after we took the time to visit some other locations, such as the Kilahuea Lighthouse.
At the end of our day we stopped at different locations that I had previously scouted to produce some more images for their album.
In conclusion, Kauai is just an outstanding destination for any couple looking for a getaway to get married or renew their vows. Is it worth it hiring a photographer from your area and bringing him or her along? I would say absolutely. You have total control of any details and more importantly fully customized service that for sure will give you the kind of heirloom album anybody would want to have. And if the service is reasonably priced, why not?