Looking For Love Stories from Couples Married Here in Hawaii


This is Tanya Bricking Leach, the relationships writer for The Honolulu Advertiser.

I just wanted to let you know that we started a new feature in The Advertiser called "Love Stories."

We're profiling couples' stories in a feature that's sort of like the New York Times' Sunday "Vows"
feature. It will be on our Ohana page each Sunday.

I'm looking for recently married couples who would like to be profiled. At least one person must be
from Hawaii or be in the military stationed here.

We are looking for people with interesting stories (and good photos that they can provide. We will
credit the photographer in the caption.)

Feel free to pass the info to your clients if any of them would like their story in the newspaper.
(It's free!) We'll be choosing one a week.


Tanya Bricking Leach
relationships writer
The Honolulu Advertiser
Email Hawaiian Island Weddings at weddings@maui.net if you are interested.

Helpful Tips for the Bride and Groom

- Your plane has just touched down in Hawaii and your wedding is just days away. The lovely “wahine” at the rental car agency has handed you the keys to the convertible, words like “aloha” and “mai tai” are starting to roll off your tongue and for some reason the two of you just can’t stop smiling. Beginning at this moment, the following beauty and grooming tips are offered for both of you – some obvious, some “only in Hawaii”.

- If at all possible, stay out of the sun until after your wedding. With the top down, the tropical sun will burn you in the short half-hour drive from the airport to the resorts as well as just taking a stroll down the street. And even as professional as our photographers are, they are powerless to remove seat belt strap lines from your wedding photographs. If however, the lure of the beach proves irresistible, cover yourselves all over with the highest sunscreen you can find.

- Also the bride should check her bathing suit straps again her wedding gown. The bride and groom should beware of neck and shoulder burn from tank tops while cruising around the beautiful island.

- Avoid hair styles that leave loose strands hanging down the sides of your face. While these hair styles are flattering in the hair salon, as soon as you walk outside to your wedding site, you will be confronted with Hawaii’s secret to a balmy climate – the island trade winds. And again, while wedding photographers can restage formal poses, they are helpless if the bride has loose hair blowing across her face during the ceremony. While the trades are wonderful for blowing away tropical heat and humidity, they can turn a veil into a sail. An alternative to the veil is the beautiful Haku lei Hawaiian brides wear in their hair. The flowers are both flattering and traditional.

- Pedicures and manicures for the bride should be done the day prior to her wedding, thus insuring her beautiful hands and feet do not get smudged.

- Don’t forget the groom. Before the wedding the groom should join his bride for a manicure. During your ceremony, one of the shots the photographer will be most diligent about is the exchange of wedding rings. In fact, to ensure a memorable photo, many photographers will have you rehearse putting on the rings before the ceremony. When the camera zooms in for a close-up, you can both be assured your hands will be as attractive as your rings.

- Locations versus the style of shoes worn by the bride are often confronted by high heels getting stuck in the sand and the bride sinking into the sand and ruining a gorgeous pair of shoes. Keep the heels in the car and bring sandals to wear if at a beach location.

- After your ceremony you probably will want dinner. We can arrange for a romantic dinner on the beach or give you helpful suggestions to many fine dining establishments. And of course make the reservations.

- If you are thinking of a luau after your wedding, it is sometimes difficult if you are having a sunset ceremony, as they both start at the same time. Usually it is best to plan a luau either before your wedding day or after it.



"Find Your Photos"

Aloha ,

Your wedding photos are now available on-line at
http://www.hiw.photoreflect.com, this link is also on our home page in the drop down box under > "Find Your Photos".

To choose the photos that you would like for your album, check the check
box under to the photos that you want, then click on "add to album" (you
will need to title your album, like your names, leave the password
blank). Then you can view your album, edit it, see a slide show of all
the photos in your album, and be able to email it to family & friends.
Please email the album to me at info@hawaiianislandweddings.com so that I can make
these photos up for you. I will send you the photos and the photo album
for them.

The wedding package that you have already paid for usually includes 28 4x6 inch
photos. Any additional photos may be purchased for $5 each. So if you
include say 40 photos in your online album, the additional cost will be
$60.00. I will send you a bill for any additional photos. Payment must
be received before the additional photos will be shipped.

Anyone you know can order photos or enlargements from this website with
their credit card, so send them you album and let them know.

I sincerely hope that you enjoyed your wedding and these photographs. If
you have any questions please call me at 800 368-5502 or email me at

Wishing you two all the happiness that life has to offer!

With warm aloha,
Tim Clark