I'm so excited to feature this gorgeous Laia Hawaii Temple wedding today on LDS Bride Blog! It's not every day we get to see such a gorgeous LDS destination wedding. Lauren and Jordan are such a beautiful couple, and their wedding day was captured beautifully by Sugar Rush Photo & Video

Laie Hawaii Temple | LDS Destination Wedding

Laie Hawaii Temple Wedding

I'll let Lyndi from Sugar Rush tell you all about these two...

The Engagement and First Look

"Where do I even begin. These two are some of the most warm, kind, FUNNY people you will ever meet in a lifetime, and this Hawaii wedding and the ten month - long engagement was absolute magic. Lauren wanted summery, golden, warm engagements, but when you do engagement pictures in November, that is almost impossible. But we hunted and hunted and after Lauren finished her makeup with Vivian Makeup Artist and they finished their Love Story interview with Rob,  the clouds parted in a western field off the freeway for the most summery winter engagements you've ever seen.

Flash forward seven and a half months, and it is 5:30 am in the Salt Lake airport. We are checking all TEN of our bags packed with the photo booth, flashes, cameras, and ten days' worth of swimsuits, and in bursts in a beaming, laughing, tired party of eight with at least half of them being redheads. And all is right in the world. This family is one of those families that you leave the wedding feeling like you are a part of it. They love you, snuggle you, and trust you, and we were all just so so excited to get the security line over with and arrive in Oahu six hours later. Rob and I, every single day, talk about how insanely LUCKY we are to have the job we have, with the clients we have, and this family and couple was no exception.

First, watch their adorable First Look video:


First Look Photos at the Laie Hawaii Temple

The first day we arrived in Hawaii, we braved the thunderstorms for the first look session at the Laie Temple, where they would be getting married in a day and a half. The clouds were perfect, daunting, and somehow, didn't soak us at all. The light was perfect, you could feel the buzzing excitement of Jordan getting to see his bride in her dress from LatterDayBride for the first time, and we were finally all here, ready for the party to start. His expression was priceless, they shed a few tears, and mom watched from a distance as we all teared up together as this couple looked at each other for the first time, in front of the place they would be married in for all time and eternity. Lauren's bouquet from Hawaii's amazing Heaven Scent Designs, paired with Jordan's JC Penney tailored suit and her incredible makeup done by Kayla Hooper created the perfect, high-end look for this incredible wedding. We chased the sunsets, just as Jordan and Lauren do, and found ourselves up against a palm tree at Sunset Beach, with them spinning and snuggling and laughing together as we filmed and photographed the worlds' most magical formal session ever created.

Hawaii Temple Destination Wedding

First Look with a modest wedding dress

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LDS Beach Wedding with a modest wedding dress

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The next evening, all the family and friends that either lived in Hawaii or traveled from the mainland gathered at the beach to barbecue, swim in the ocean, make lei's for the wedding day, and learn to hula dance with the couple as professional hula-dancing family members from Hawaii taught the whole group. Somehow, we dodged the rain again, and soaked in the perfection of it all as we shot the event in the dress-code for the night: Boardshorts and bikinis. Perfect world."

Side Note: Lauren's dress by LatterDayBride was a Casablanca Bridal customized gown! She found a strapless dress and fell in love with it, and the amazing team at LatterDayBride and Casablanca made it into a beautiful modest wedding dress!

The Temple

"The wedding day came quickly and early, and as the misty Hawaiian clouds teased us, we headed to the beach house to shoot the girls getting ready together. Jordan and Lauren have both lost their fathers, so to symbolize and remember her dad, she wore her dad's wedding ring with hers and sewed a heart cut from one of his old shirts into the inside of her wedding dress. Final touches on hair and makeup were made, to be immediately refluffed with an impromptu pillow fight, and we all packed up and headed to the temple.

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We were blessed enough to get to be in their sealing, and as they looked across at each other and at the two open chairs left intentionally open on each front row, you could feel the immense amount of love for each other and from each of their dads' presences in the room. Jordan and Lauren burst out the doors beaming, down of the stairs of the temple, through an aisle of family, friends, and thrown hibiscus flowers, and the day became a gigantic happy blur from there.

Laie Hawaii Temple

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Check out their adorable Wedding Video!


The Reception

The rest of the day was spent at Kahuku Farms filled with laughter, dance parties, #pineapplesandpriorities, and so much love. And clouds. But still, no rain. Jordan and Lauren were the most delightful newlyweds, who definitely knew how to party, and as the sun set and the stars came out, we all gathered under the gazebo to watch their first look video, shot two days before the wedding. The couple made their final exit through a tunnel formed by all their wedding guests, and drove away in their rental convertible to their happily ever after.

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This Laie temple wedding and the reception at a pineapple farm was filled with love and the brightest excitement for the future, and we were so incredibly blessed to get to be a part and document so much magic between two incredible people. We loved working with every single Utah and Hawaii vendor, and left Oahu absolutely positive that this wedding, this weather, this couple, was absolute destiny. We have the best clients!"


Suit: JC Penney
His ring: Fred Meyer
Her ring: Kunzelman Bros Jewelry Co
Venue: Kahukufarms 
Hair: Lauren Wilkins
Makeup: Kayla Hooper 
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridal Expressions 
Dress Alterations: Shawna Schauers
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