Hawaii Wedding Photographer: Alexis Rose Photography

Hawaii Wedding Photographer: Alexis Rose Photography

It’s official! After two years on living on the road, I will be heading back to the States at the end of the year! The last stop on my international adventure is Puerto Escondido, Mexico in November, and from there David and I plan to visit my family in Las Vegas, Nevada and Salt Lake City, Utah over the holidays before making our way back to Oahu, Hawaii in January 2016!

Then we plan to stay put in Hawaii for a while. Like, for the foreseeable future…which is a big change from our monthly country moving schedule. I’m so excited!

I can’t believe we’re going to be starting “real life” soon! Car payments? Retirement savings? What are these adult things you speak of? It’s been so nice to have our extended honeymoon, but we both feel like it’s time to start settling down. So Hawaii it is! Poor us, huh? ;)

In the meantime, our move home means that I’m now accepting bookings for 2016 Hawaii weddings! Whether you’re traveling thousands of miles across the ocean for a dreamy destination wedding or planning a casual wedding in your own family’s backyard, I’m your gal for Hawaii wedding photography!

If you’re not ready to book your wedding vendors just yet, I’d love to be your Hawaii engagement photographer. Check out this pretty couple’s session I recently shot in Germany for an idea of my style, then read a rave review from another one of my lovely couples.

So if you’re looking for a photographer in Hawaii, I’d love to chat! Message me with a little information about you and your sweetheart through my contact page or send an e-mail to alexisrosephoto@gmail.com.

Things to know about Alexis Rose Photography:

  • I’m a destination wedding photographer in Kaneohe, Hawaii (starting Jan. 2016), and I’m open to inter-island and worldwide travel.
  • My style is romantic documentary photography, and I’ve got a thing for bright, natural light.
  • I offer affordable wedding and engagement packages (see my pricing page) for couples who love and value photography.

I’m just so excited to get back to Hawaii and start settling into American life again. Ranch dressing, here I come!

P.S. The year’s not over yet! I’m still taking bookings for destination wedding photography in 2015, so check out my travel calendar to see my international itinerary and contact me for booking inquiries.

My Real Wedding Day Timeline

My Real Wedding Day Timeline

One of the things that sets me apart from other wedding photographers is that I’m a recent newlywed myself. We couldn’t afford a wedding coordinator with years of planning experience under her belt, so I planned our Hawaii destination wedding aaaaaall from scratch while we lived in London. I remember thinking: I’ve never been married before; how am I supposed to know how to do any of this stuff??

I remember one of the biggest unknowns was the wedding day timeline. I just straight up did not know how to organize the day. I hadn’t even been to any weddings in my adult life, so I was really working with no experience. Now, the wedding’s behind me and I can look back and say that my timeline worked out and I learned a ton about wedding planning in the process. Luckily, I’m here to share my experiences with you :)

If you’re doing all the planning yourself or just want an example timeline to share with your wedding coordinator, take a look at my actual timeline here…

7:00 AM Wake up
7:30 AM Pack up all wedding decorations
10:00 AM Venue set up begins
10:30 AM Cake delivered to venue
12:00 PM Bridesmaids start getting ready
3:00 PM Photographer and videographer arrive
3:00-3:30 PM Bride/Groom getting ready shots
3:30-3:45 PM Travel to venue
4:00-4:45 PM First look, family photos, wedding party photos
4:45-5:00 PM Relax / Cushion time
5:00-5:30 PM Ceremony
5:30-6:00 PM Bride & Groom portraits, Guests have cocktails/snacks
6:00-6:15 PM Couple’s grand entrance to reception
6:15 PM Bride & Groom’s first dance
6:20 PM Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dance
6:30 PM Toasts and dinner begins
7:00 PM Cake cutting
7:09 PM Sunset
7:15 AM Bouquet toss
7:30 PM Dance party!
8:00 PM Videographer leaves
9:00 PM Photographer leaves
9:30 PM Last song
9:45 PM Party ends, Couple’s grand exit
11:00 PM Clean up ends, check-out of venue

In hindsight, there’s just one major thing I would do differently: More time for photography! You’ll notice that we only had a half hour for bride/groom portraits, and we crammed the first look, family portraits, and wedding party portraits all into one 45 minute window. Ouch. I wish that my photographer had asked for more time because, on the day of, it felt a little rushed. With my experience in mind, here are a few more tips…

Tips for Prioritizing Photography on Your Wedding Day

  • Include the sunset on your timeline. This one is crucial for your photography. I happen to love gorgeous golden light and dreamy backlit shots, and if you do too, time your portraits correctly. You can check the exact time the sun will set on any day here.
  • Arrange your day with light in mind. To add to the sunset point, if you love soft-lit photos like I do, don’t plan a brunch wedding with bride and groom portraits at high noon. Harsh light and strong shadows are not the best for romantic wedding photography. Also be aware of fading light in general! Once the sun’s down, events will have to be lit with artificial lighting which also may not be the most flattering.
  • Include enough time for each portrait session. Trying to wrangle 50 strangers together for a group photo is no easy task, but doing it all in, like, 6 minutes is impossible. Be kind to your photographer and provide the best tools for them to do their job: Designate a solid chunk of time to each portrait type — at least 30 minutes for family portraits, 30 minutes for wedding party portraits, and 60 minutes for bride/groom portraits.
  • Send a timeline to all the vendors. Be sure to send a timeline to all of your vendors about a week before your wedding to make sure everyone’s on the same page. It also helps to include a third column with addresses of each location (e.g. the getting-ready spot, reception venue, etc). A well prepared vendor is a successful vendor!

I hope seeing my wedding timeline gives you a better idea of how your wedding day should be structured. Happy planning!

P.S. You can see the photos and video of my wedding for a visual look at how the day transpired. And as always, if you’re planning a Hawaii destination wedding and you’re looking for a photographer, let’s talk :)

Montenegro Destination Wedding Inspiration | Hotel Admiral Perast, Montenegro

Montenegro Destination Wedding Inspiration | Hotel Admiral Perast, Montenegro

This month, David and I are calling the city of Herceg Novi, Montenegro home. Even though we’re on this monthly country adventure, we still have to work during the day, but then on the weekends, we get to have some pretty amazing excursions! So last Sunday, we decided to do a boat tour around Kotor Bay, the beautiful body of water that hugs the northern coast of Montenegro.

The very last stop of the boat tour took us to the little coastal town of Perast (located here). Instead of aimlessly wandering through the town, David and I spotted a charming little restaurant from the boat and once we docked we made a beeline right for it. When we walked inside, the views took our breath away. The overwater restaurant is part of Hotel Admiral Perast, and it’s literally one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.

If you’re planning a destination wedding in Montenegro, you should seriously consider Hotel Admiral Perast as a potential venue.

By our count, the outdoor restaurant seats approximately 70 people, and all of the tables overlook Kotor bay and Perast’s two islets: Our Lady of the Rocks and St. George.

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Montenegro Destination Wedding Venue: Hotel Admiral Perast

Imagine this…You say your wedding vows on one of the nearby islands an hour or two before sunset.

From there, you hire a private boat to shuttle your guests to the dock at Perast.

Montenegro Destination Wedding Venue: Hotel Admiral Perast

Montenegro Destination Wedding Venue: Hotel Admiral Perast

At the dock, your guests get their first look at your reception venue: the beautiful Hotel Admiral.

Montenegro Destination Wedding Venue: Hotel Admiral Perast

Montenegro Destination Wedding Venue: Hotel Admiral Perast

Montenegro Destination Wedding Venue: Hotel Admiral Perast


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Your guests are treated to a delicious dinner (maybe Montenegro’s famous seafood!) and then you start dancing the night away.

Montenegro Destination Wedding Venue: Hotel Admiral Perast

Montenegro Destination Wedding Venue: Hotel Admiral Perast

When the last piece of cake’s been eaten and the last dance has been danced, you two newlyweds jet off together over calm blue waters in your very own getaway boat with stars sparkling overhead. Your guests wave goodbye and spend the evening in Hotel Admiral Perast’s rooms overlooking Kotor Bay.

Montenegro Destination Wedding Venue: Hotel Admiral Perast

Montenegro Destination Wedding Venue: Hotel Admiral Perast

I mean, it’s making me want to marry David a second time just to have our wedding there! And hey, if you’re looking for a photographer, keep Alexis Rose Photography in mind ;)

For more information, contact Hotel Admiral Perast. Happy destination wedding planning!

My Wedding Video! | Kaneohe, Hawaii Destination Wedding

Last week, I posted a few of my favorite photos from our wedding in Kaneohe, Hawaii, and this week I wanted to share our wedding video! Not everyone decides to hire a professional videographer on their wedding day, but take it from me, an uber-frugal budget queen: it is worth EVERY penny!

Our wedding video was one of the most expensive parts of our wedding and even knowing we dropped a couple grand on an eight minute video, I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Every single time I watch our video I get chills. It’s such an amazing way to reminisce about our day. I promise it’s worth the money.

If you’re planning a destination wedding in Hawaii, I hope this helps you with a little inspiration! And be sure to check out our vendor list below for recommended vendors on Oahu.


Videography: Orig Media // Photography: Kpix Photography // Venue: YWCA Kokokahi, Kaneohe, Hawaii // Dress: David’s Bridal XS3450 // Flower Crown: ArsiArt // Rings: Blue Nile // Suit: H&M // Cake: Sweet Doughs // Officiant: Sherrye Landrum // Catering: Kaneohe’s Boston Pizza // Music: Spotify // Flowers: Flower ‘n Fun