These sessions can be as fun and elaborate as you’d like to make it and its great practice for the wedding. These beautiful photographs have been used to create “save-the-date” cards, on the wedding websites, announcements and a photo book makes a great sign-in sheet!
If we’re not that comfortable in front of the camera, don’t worry about it. I’ll help you relax and enjoy the process. You’re in love, that will show in your faces and I’ll be there to capture it. Your engagement session will last between 1-2 hours and I typically recommend mid-morning or sunset. With our beautiful beaches and stunning landscapes, Maui is an amazing place for engagement photos. It’s best to keep to one location so we spend our time shooting rather than traveling.
More and more couples are taking advantage of free engagement websites allowing them to share photos and stories online before the wedding. The more we know about who you are as a couple, the better we can create an Engagement Session perfectly suited for your wedding experience.
Let’s start thinking together about what kind of session is right for you – locations, ideas, props, important things you want to include or commemorate. Our world class beaches are my first recommendation, but we also have a variety of forests, lookouts, waterfalls, parks and a dormant volcano we can recommend for your Engagement Session. Of course, we’re always open to creative ideas as well (boats, stand-up paddle surf boards, horseback)
These 8 steps may be helpful if you are planning your engagement, recently engaged or planning your Maui wedding.
2. Now that you’ve let the “important” people know, head to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, MySpace, whatever and tell the world.
3. Choose your date – this is the one you’d want in perfect world. Then choose a backup date. You’ll want to have options when you start calling venues and vendors. The popular places and people book up quickly and it’s good to have a few backups.
4. Think about your vision for your Wedding. Is it beach, estate, gardens, adventure? This will play a big part in choosing your vendors, your dress, and all the other important parts.
5. Create a free website online. There are lots of free wedding websites with easy templates. This is the perfect way to share the story of how you met, how he proposed, and all the other details that you will be telling over and over again.
6. Talk Budget. This will determine every part of your wedding. When you’re talking budget, make sure you talk about what things are most important to you, and set aside a larger amount to pay for that. Most vendors will take payments, but they’ll need a “retainer fee” to book the date on their calendar.
7. Make your list of vendors and start researching. The best way to do it, especially if you don’t live on Maui is to hire a wedding coordinator/planner. They can take care of all the details you’ll need to think about: Officiant, Venue, Photographer, Videographer, DJ or band, Caterer, Bakery, Salon/Makeup Artist and all the other things you may not have otherwise thought of. I highly recommend Peggy at Maui Aloha Weddings, I’ve done many weddings for her and she always goes above and beyond for her clients.
8. Start your guest lists and send out your Save The Dates. Make sure to ask your close family and friends for their input, you don’t want to forget someone you would have otherwise invited! If you are coming all the way to Maui, people will need a lot of notice so send out the invites as soon as you can!