I'm Ari, destination + Hawaii wedding photographer and I can't wait to meet you!
You'll read so much more about us as you go on, but just to introduce ourselves - I'm Ari and my husband's name is Brody! While I'm the main photographer you'll catch at every one of your shoots, I tend to bring him along quite often. It's such a beautiful thing, working with the person you love, while capturing people who are madly in love. All this while being a Hawaii wedding photographer! Who could ask for more?
We are Hawaii wedding photographers first and foremost, and the list goes on from there. We love shooting weddings on any of the Hawaii islands, and really anywhere in the world! We're open to all destinations. As travel and food lovers, we offer heavily discounted packages to any travel locations on our bucket list. Check it out and see if it's somewhere you'd like to get married!
My husband and I are based out of Oahu, Hawaii and while Hawaii weddings are some of our favorite, we are passionate about traveling and capturing people in love all around the world!
"Ari and Brody are a DREAM. TEAM. I wanted my Hawaii wedding photographer to catch the essence of the day. The little silly moments, the quiet simple memories, the emotion, and the details. They did all that and more. It was a windy, crazy day on the beach, and they worked with our guests and wedding party to put us all at ease and capture genuine moments. My husband's and my couples photos look like something out of a romance novel."
"I will be recommending them to all my friends and family who wants great photos! They are the nicest and most professional people I have met and they are worth every penny!"
"She is so comfortable to work with, that we think of her as part of the family."
I've been passionate about artistic expression since a young age, but nothing brings me more joy than creating editorial style love stories. As a lover of black and white movies and Frank Sinatra, I'm drawn to an old-world elegance that I feel closest to when it's through my lens or editing frozen snapshots of time to reflect the genuine emotion that was felt in that moment. But there are so many photographers out there: so why me? Why Theel Wedding Productions?
The person you'll see the most on your wedding day is your wedding photographer. Whether you're hiring a Hawaii wedding photographer, or a photographer anywhere in the world! From early morning to late evening, we are by your side. This is why after deciding you love the photographer's work, the second most important part of choosing a Hawaii wedding photographer really comes from first-hand interaction and getting to know the person/team, to make sure that on the most important day of your life, they are who you want next to you fixing the train on your gown.
In other words, choosing a destination or Hawaii wedding photographer is intimate and special. It's not just about photos to remember the day, it's about having something perfect to remember. And that's what I'm passionate about. The experience. Whether that experience takes place in Hawaii or Greece!
Years of technical experience with a camera taught me that "getting the shot" is about making every person in front of the lens feel comfortable. Encouraging your silly, happy, fun, tearful, passionate self to fully emerge. Our style is a mix of candid and posed, and we are truly experts at posing. If you or your loved one regularly feel nervous or shy in front of the camera, lean on our experience in capturing the most flattering angles, bringing out the bright side of both of you, and finding genuine reasons to smile, instead of forced smiles. We want to laugh and dance with you, creating a delicate movement throughout your day that captures your wedding's essence through facial expressions and body language. We want love to flow through your photos just as they do throughout your wedding day.
We truly love and care about every single couple we meet. Not everyone is a fit for our style which is ok! We want what's best for you and that you have someone you are truly comfortable with. I'd love to chat over the phone, video call or meet for lunch! Send in the form below and introduce yourself, I'm dying to meet you! Maybe we'll be a perfect fit as your destination or Hawaii wedding photographer.
Hello beautiful couple! We could not be more ecstatic you've come across our work and are considering us to capture your wedding. The process of selecting a photographer is such a personal and intimate one, and we want to help as much as possible. Now that you've learned a little about me, let me tell you about us.
Brody and Ari, the dream team of Hawaii wedding photographers and destination wedding photographers!
Ari + Brody
We met online while playing video games in 2017, and slowly grew closer through gaming and late night phone calls. Believe it or not, we fell in love long before we even met! After meeting for the first time in Southern California, we made plans for our future and I moved out to Hawaii only a few months later. Brody proposed less than a year later and we were married in December of 2019. If you've made it reading this far, we'd love to hear how you met via the contact form below!
Brody had been interested in photography and videography before we met, and I pulled him into the wedding world, allowing him to access an artistic side he hadn't before. Turns out he is incredibly talented. I am the luckiest photographer in the world to have him by my side at most weddings.
Brody and I are both very patient and easy going. While we both love being on time, staying organized, sticking to schedules, and pride ourselves on being "perfectionists," we understand that some of the best times come from spontaneity, wild hairs, trashed wedding dresses, and the in between moments. It's really not about getting "our shot" it's about getting yours. About listening to your needs and reading the moment to know if it's a time for adaptation or not. If you're 100% traditional and want the cliché shots, we got you. We love those and twisting them to make them as high-end and artistic as possible. But if you're an adventurous soul that prefers alternative wedding options, we will be right there loving every second with you. It's your day and we're there to capture it just as it was in all its perfect whimsy.
Use the form below or via the contact page, and tell us some details about you. Are you needing a Hawaii wedding photographer or destination photographer? Let us know!
Browse our "About Us," Portfolio, and Pricing Guide to make sure we're a good fit. If you have questions, visit our FAQ page or feel free to contact us anytime.
Set up a phone call or video chat to get to know us. We rarely book weddings without talking first because we really want to make sure we're the perfect fit.
We send you a contract and require a 25% deposit upon booking. The remainder is due 2 weeks prior the wedding and that's it, your date is set!
Frequently Asked Questions
01. How much do packages start at?
Our packages range depending on location, length of the wedding day or days, number of shooters, add-ons and more. We do provide a pricing sheet but it's truly just a starting off point. Our prices for base packages are firm, but for the best pricing contact us as there is always wiggle room! If you're wondering how much you should be spending on a Hawaii wedding photographer or how much you should budget for a Hawaii wedding photographer, check out our blog post Why Wedding Photographers Cost so Much that explains why it's so important to opt for the best.
02. I'm getting married in Hawaii but I don't live in Hawaii. Can I still book your services?
Absolutely! Over 50% of our brides are from out of state and we have so much fun helping them plan from a distance. We'd still love to meet you, even if you live outside of Hawaii, so send us an inquiry and let's set up a phone or video call!
03. I'm getting married outside of Hawaii. Is the pricing still the same?
Yes and no. Our packages for destination wedding photography and a Hawaii wedding photographer remain the same, but there are additional fees for airfare and hotel. We are extremely flexible on destination wedding pricing because of our love for traveling. Especially at this time before having children, we'd like to travel as much as possible and our discounts reflect that! Reach out if you're getting married somewhere in the United States or out of country! We'd love to work together and get to know your vision.
04. It's cheaper to hire a photographer from the country I'm getting married in. Should I do that?
We do not recommend it, and it's not solely for selfish reasons. When hiring a wedding photographer from another country, you are not only risking a language barrier that could complicate plans, expectations and legal issues, but you are committing to a time difference that could make communication difficult as well! When hiring us, you're not only gaining our services but our friendship, care, and genuine involvement. As much or as little as you need our opinions, someone to gush over wedding details when everyone else is sick of hearing about it, or just to vent about the stress of wedding planning. We're here.
05. We fell in love with a lighter style of photography, can you do that?
Our style is what we've mastered, and as much as we love the light and airy film look, we stick to what we know best. We love the deep, romantic, passionate coloring our photos reflect. If you need recommendations for lighter photographers we're happy to give them! We know so many incredible women in Hawaii who give that exact look.
06. What percentage is the deposit/retainer fee?
Covid has been such a hard hit to all of us in the wedding industry. Hawaii has felt it especially, with our beaches and parks closed down periodically and so many weddings postponed or cancelled. We've reduced our retainer fee to 15% during this time. The fee is non-refundable unless the wedding is physically unable to take place, but we are offering unlimited reschedules through 2022. That date is subject to change based upon future affects of Covid. Basically, we've got you covered and are working with couples every step of the way so their special day can happen just as they dreamed.
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