Hawaiian Paradise: Robin & Renee
Renee and Robin are professional photographers, but for this session in Maui, captured on May 2, 2013, the tables were turned and they got to be the subjects! The following summer they were back on the island for their wedding. “While we love being the photographer, the hardest part is being the subject,” Renee explained, as she reflected back on their photo session. “Jenna [their photographer] made it awesome and comfortable for us. We got some perfect candid shots that show our relationship perfectly. We loved showing her our favorite spots on the island and having a relaxing photo session.”
Six years ago, shortly after they started dating, these brides took a vacation to Hawaii and fell in love with the place. They were also in love with each other by then, and they exchanged rings to memorialize their ‘heart commitment.’ Same sex marriage was not yet legal, and they did not dream it was in the cards for them. “We were fine with the ring exchange but when all of these marriages started to become recognized I really felt like we really needed to make the legit commitment to each other,” Renee explained. Returning to Hawaii was a natural choice for them.
They invited 30 guests to their wedding in August 2014, many of whom were former clients of theirs. Even their officiant was a former client – a groom whose wedding they’d photographed – who got ordained just so he could marry Robin & Renee. Their three year old son Austin walked the brides down the aisle. “My favorite part of our wedding was our first look,” Renee said. They found a private spot that was on a hill and overlooked Hanalei Bay.
Renee offers these words of wisdom to newly engaged couples: Hire a wedding planner! We did this and it was amazing. They will save you time, money and will allow you to enjoy your day and not stress! My next piece of advice is, hire the photographer & videographer that you HAVE TO HAVE! Price does not matter when you are talking about your memories. We will never regret the money we spent to have them and fly them to Hawaii but we would have regretted not having them! The last bit of advice is to go on a date the week of the wedding. Get away, stop planning, let things happen as they are suppose to happen and fall in love even more with the person you are getting ready to marry!
Denise Oliveira is a Brooklyn-based writer. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City and is the founder of Prequels, where she interviews engaged couples to create wedding invitations and favors that incorporate their love story.