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Courtney and Hugh | Maui Destination Wedding | Seattle Wedding Planner | Hawaii Wedding

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Ever dreamed of having a wedding in Hawaii?  So did Courtney and Hugh, and last July, it became a reality.  With the Pacific Ocean as our stunning backdrop, Courtney and Hugh exchanged vows on the Sheraton Ka’anapali’s Moana Lawn.  Once vows were exchanged, guests enjoyed cocktails on the Moana Lounges Lawn which lent itself perfectly for guests to take in the stunning view before heading down to the Coral Reef Room for the rest of the reception.

The room was filled with the glow that only a Hawaiian sunset can produce along with the love that surrounded Courtney and Hugh.

Only weeks prior to their wedding date, Courtney’s mom underwent a quadruple bypass surgery, which put all of the wedding plans on hold so Courtney and Hugh could focus on her needs.  There are just sometimes when a Bride calls you that you just have to sit down and cry with her.  This was one of those times.  The love that Courtney has for her mother is so strong that everything else just needed to take a back-seat for the moment.  Courtney and I had many of conversations as to continue on as if the wedding would continue in Maui, or if we needed to call it off and pursue other options.  A few days later, with the surgery and recovery going perfectly, the doctor gave the green-light for her to travel- all wedding plans were ON!

As I sat there in that perfect moment surrounded by family and friends I didn’t know, I was reminded of what weddings are all about- being surrounded by those who are a witness and a testimony to the purity of marriage, and what it truly means to live out that testimony through sickness and in health.

Cheers to you Courtney and Hugh, and many blessings in your years to come.



Many thanks to the wonderful vendors both in Seattle and Maui that made this wedding possible:

Full Design and Coordination: New Creations Weddings

Invitations/Paper Goods: Valeries Invites

Photography: Aubrey Hord Photography

Videography: Hawaii Video Memories

Venue: Sheraton Ka’anapali Resort and Spa

Florist: Dellables

DJ/Emcee: Maui Wedding DJ

Photo Booth: Strike a Pose

Hair/Makeup: Jessica Waite and Don Sanchez

Officiant: Blaine Tinsley

Photo Elan | Hawaii Wedding Photographer | Seattle Wedding Photographer

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Can I just tell you how much I love my job?! One of the biggest opportunities and challenges as a wedding planner is networking. It is the biggest blessing and hardest thing to make time for.

After making myself go out to a networking event this past month hosted by Junebug weddings, I had the opportunity to meet Brian Hartman of Photo Elan- a photographer who is just as passionate about Hawaii destination weddings as I am.

About a week later, we met up again over coffee where I also had the opportunity to meet Brian’s amazing wife Jennifer, who grew up in Hawaii.

Even though this husband and wife photography team is based in Seattle, they love to be given the opportunity to work with couples who are looking to have a destination wedding in Hawaii.

This is a lovely team, and a very sweet couple. I am blessed to have gotten to know them, and look forward to working with them whether it be here in Seattle, or Hawaii.

While chatting with them over coffee, I asked them to share a few words of what makes them unique from fellow wedding photographers. I am excited to share with you what they had to say.

‘As a husband and wife photography team, Brian and Jennifer each have unique artistic vision making their brand much more sought after. They have been working together for 5 years shooting weddings, and have been married for 10. Knowing each other and working day in and day out in a business really creates a strong product for our customers. They work together sharing the load of email, editing, photography, and the day to day business. They each have our strengths and almost zero ego, so they definitely get things done.’

Their fine art wedding books are custom made by them and their binding suppliers in Italy and the U.S. so you can be sure you will have a timeless masterpiece album.Jennifer and Brian are based in Seattle and Hawaii.

Here is a preview of some of their work.  You can also check them out on their website www.photoelan.com.

Aloha! Rebecca