WEDDING CINEMATOGRAPHY HAWAII

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Our Philosophy

We create cinematic wedding films with heart for couples who want to be remembered. More than just a music video and succession of images put together in a montage, we build upon story to touch the viewer’s heart — whether that’s the couple watching, their friends and family or a complete stranger.

Every wedding is different: different people, different stories, different places, different decor. We work to understand all of these variables to most appropriately tell your story. We hope you enjoy watching our work below and hope to hear from you! As wedding cinematographers in Hawaii, it is our job to find out who you are and tell your story the way it ought to be told.

Get The Ball Rolling

In That Moment

Couple: Lauren & John
Location: Royal Lahaina & DT Flemmings Beach
Notes: Lauren and John eloped in Maui and wanted a low-key day, but with a film that said something about who they are and what their love of one another is based on. The stripped-down day with beautiful details ended up being the perfect confluence of moments to make up this wedding film.

We hope you love it.

The film is amazing! Thank you soooo much for capturing this for us! We cannot wait to share with everyone!

Lauren Edington

Bride

Knowing Your Why

Couple: David & Kyle
Location: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hawaii
Photographer: Bikini Birdie Photography
Notes: David emailed me on a Sunday night, decided to book us on a Tuesday and we flew to Hawaii Island on a Thursday that same week to shoot his and Kyle’s wedding. A stunning affair directly on the beach with a reception dinner to follow made for a truly magical experience.

David believes that the “how”of things doesn’t matter, so long as we know the “why” of it. “How” this wedding came together last minute is not relevant; it’s the “why” it came together. And David found his why in Kyle.

I’m going to try to do this without crying. It’s 10:45AM on a Tuesday morning and I’m sitting at work watching the film and am just so grateful for what you’ve done for us. Literally the best decision we made was bring you aboard, and you are just a true artist and I am just so thankful for the gift you’ve given us.

Thank you so much, brother. I really really really appreciate it and I would be happy to sing your praises to anyone who will listen. Lot’s of love and thanks again!

David Breaux

Groom

Never the Same Love Twice

Couple: Sydney and Roy
Location: Olowalu Plantation House
Planner: Maui’s Angels
Photographer: Wendy Laurel Photography
Musician: Marvin Tevaga
DJ: Scott Doran
Cake: Emm’s Cakes
Calligraphy: Miss B’s Calligraphy
Notes: Sydney first contacted us via The Knot. She was attracted to our storytelling style that sought not to merely document the day, the location and the wedding, but rather shed a larger perspective on their lives and how they got here. They and their friends and family took great care through the speeches and vows to give us beautiful narrative nuggets as the backbone of the film. “There are all kinds of love in this world, but never the same love twice.”

We hope you enjoy it.

It turned out so beautiful, thank you!

Syndey Galloway

Bride

Until the Maui Sun Dies – Maui Wedding Journey

Couple: Mimi and Indo
Location: On Ali’i Nui Yacht
Photographer: Creative Island Visions
Notes: Mimi and Indo called us in September of 2016. They saw our portfolio and loved it. As a result, they had faith in us being able to tell their story the way they wanted it: etherial, adventurous and epic.

Come wedding day, the timeline was very condensed and the boat ride didn’t leave us the usual opportunity to collect a broad range of footage and interesting narrative. In addition, it was very windy. Despite all that, we were still able to collect some beautiful nuggets and a solid ceremony for narrative. While a good foundation was set from the wedding day shoot on the boat, Mimi and Indo still added a romantic/ trash the dress shoot 2 days later that ended up being exactly what the film needed properly tell the story of their maui wedding journey together.

The whale shot was captured one week after Mimi and Indo’s January 1st wedding. Score!

The conclusion of the film? A couple who was blown away and could not be happier (see comments on right).

Aloha Stephan,

We just watched the video and it is amazing! You have such a special talent!  We just love the video. LOVE IT!

Indo wanted you to do the video from the first wedding video we saw of yours and he said he was speechless after watching ours. 👍🏼  AMAZING! How you put the words with the shots is breathtaking.

Mimi

Bride

French Riviera Wedding Film Trailer | A Côte d’Azur Stunner

Couple: Eddy and Anna
Location: French Riviera Wedding Film
Wedding Planner: Monica Delevaux with Haute Wedding
Notes: It’s been a long, tumultuous summer and fall season for us. From the many stunning cinematic weddings here in Hawaii to a 2 week wedding jaunt in France, Monaco and Italy, we’ve gone through the gamut.

Europe was a beyond amazing experience. From the sandy beaches of Saint Tropez, old town in Nice with amazing gastronomy, the posh Four Seasons at Cap Ferrat, the wealth and glamor of Monte Carlo and the rustic coastline of Liguria, Italy, no amount of film gear baggage (there were over $1000 in extra baggage fees) or travel logistics hassle could lessen the stoke. From the vast available pool of talent, it was such a privilege to have a couple and their family give us the nod to shoot their French Riviera wedding film.

Eddy and Anna’s event was a fairytale. We were privy to the absolutely lavish Hermitage Hotel where the couple put up a hundred of their closest friends and family, the stunning grounds of the Four Seasons Cap Ferrat where the wedding ceremony ceremony took place as well as several other stops between Saint Tropez, France all the way down to Cinque Terre, Italy.

It was sunny, comfortable and the couple was insanely in love. It  was grandiose.

From an email to friends and family:

Dear friends,
We received a beautiful trailer of our wedding while on honeymoon. It was amazing to relive those special moments again.
Love Anna & Eddy Silva
Anna and Eddy

Bride & Groom

French Riviera Wedding Film Still Images

Move Forward with Love

Couple: Stacey and Patrik
Location: Sugar Beach Events, Kihei
Photographer: Chris Evans
Officient: Kale of Manutea Nui E

“You can’t put conflict in a wedding film! You’re CRAZY! It’s JUST NOT DONE!” I’ve been told.

We’ve been creating wedding films for a long time now, and besides personally wanting to create films that are more than a basic music video, peppered with some eye candy here and there (drone, slow motion, etc…), and an occasional speech snippet, we see an opportunity to augment wedding films to something more like a movie you would see in the theater. A movie is built on conflict that makes the audience wonder: “wow… how will this person deal with this challenge? What will she do?”

Stacey is a mother who has lost her son. How she gets through this most unspeakable tragedy makes this film an example of the movie-like wedding films we love to create.

Stephan,
Thank you so much! It is so beautiful, you made it better than I could have ever imagined. Thank you so very much!!
Stacey and Patrik
Stacey Ekstrand

Bride

High School Sweethearts Stunning Maui Wedding

Couple: Kelsey and Kory
Location: Honua Kai Estate Makena, Maui
Photographer: Angela Nelson Photography
Planner: Your Aloha Wedding Company
DJ: DJ Del
Notes: Kelsey and Kory had carefully selected their Makena Maui Wedding location. And for good reason: the stunning property with amazing south side vistas of Kahoolawe, Molokini crater and Lanai makes it a wonderful location for a wedding ceremony and reception. What looked like a bit of a wet pre ceremony, with planners working on potential rain contingency plans for the reception, suddenly turned into an amazing lighting scenario that really shone through. Watch the speeches and you’ll see what we mean. Clouds are a beautiful thing for nice even lighting, like a giant defusing soft box, very flattering for portraiture. Then as the sun peaked out from behind the clouds, everything lit up dramatically. Kelsey, Kory and the entire family and friends were a perfect group for this occasion, full of humor, smiles and good vibes!

Thank you to everyone involved for making this an amazing event and setting us up for a great edit.

Aloha Stephan!

WOW! We received this an hour ago and have watched it nearly ten times already! You did such a fantastic job of capturing the spirit of our family and friends that made our day SO special. Kelsey and I could not have asked for a better feature film of our wedding and we both wanted to express our sincerest thanks to you, Chris, and your crew. We cannot wait to show this off to everyone that took part in our day and beyond!  Thank you!

Kory & Kelsey Harsh

Kelsey Harsh

Bride

Maui Love

Couple: Denise and Andrew
Location: Grand Wailea Resort and Spa
Planner:  MaryAnn Blanchard-Bowman
Photographer: Michael Andrews Photography
Notes: From the moment I met the Kersten family, Denise and Andrew, I knew this film was going to have a comedic element to it along with the Maui love. Andrew’s father’s bluntness and sarcasm was rather refreshing. At first it caught me off guard as I sat with them in a pre-production meeting the day before their wedding. It soon fired up my Viennese roots, which has its own brand of sarcastic humor (Wiener Schmäh), akin to Seinfeldian jewish humor.  It was a fun meeting to say the least.

While Denise was reserved and quiet at first, just as expressed in by people in the film, her authenticity shone through and she was such a delight to chat with. Andrew too had a depth to him that got me excited to create their film.

In the end, their Maui love really came to life in the edit, as we parsed out the most meaningful narrative and made sure the family’s essence was preserved and highlighted. We believe we really showed this family and group the way they are and the love the have for one another.

It was such a delight and we are so grateful to have had the chance to work with them, as well as MaryAnn at the Grand Wailea.

Hello Stephan,

I just saw our feature video it’s so wonderful. Andrew and I love it. You captured the day so beautifully it gets me emotional every time I watch it. Thank you for all your hard work!

Thank you again,
Denise and Andrew Kersten

Denise & Andrew

Bride & Groom

Melissa Marries Mystery Man on Maui

Couple: Melissa and Arthur
Location: Olowalu, Maui
Planner: Tropical Maui Weddings
Photographer: Aihara Visuals
DJ: DJ Del
Notes: It was an active hurricane season in Hawaii. There were two of them barreling down on Maui right at the time Melissa and Arthur’s wedding was planned, leaving bride and groom-to-be, family and wedding planners on edge. In what seemed to be a miraculous stroke of fate, both storms missed Olowalu and only a very light mist swooped in for 5 minutes toward the end of the evening.

Crisis averted, Melissa and Arthur celebrated their amazingly romantic wedding and laid the foundation for a bright future together. Congratulations you two!

 

Hi Stephan,
Thank you for the film, it looks beautiful! This is perfect! I love it, and love having that front clip with my mom, really meant a lot to me (and she will love it!).
Arthur and Melissa
From their Knot review:
Stephan is amazing! We recently received our video and it was so amazing, we’ve watched the video countless times and it’s been less than a week. The film: Simply gorgeous. He was able to capture everything that i felt that day: the people in our wedding, the ambience, gorgeous weather and location. The entire film told a beautiful and cohesive story of our day Communication & flexibility: Stephan kept us in the loop the entire time on when we should expect to receive our video. We wanted to make some personal changes to the video (e.g., add even more of my mom) and he was able to add that quickly Personality: Since we booked through our amazing wedding planner and we were busy, we didn’t get to talk to Stephan until the wedding. No fear, he is very easy to work. We’re not used to getting a video of ourselves taken and feel a bit awkward, but he put us at completely at ease.
Melissa and Arthur

Bride & Groom

New Realm | A Film about Janelle & Joshua’s Maui Love

Couple: Janelle and Joshua
Location: Olowalu Plantation House, Maui
Planner: Steven Cook at White Orchid Wedding
Photographer: Mojahedi Photography
Notes: This was a special event for us, because it was our first wedding in which there was a hearing impaired partner. The Maui love was palpable. It was simply amazing to me, when you take a sensory input out (audio), how much more you feel. During the romantic shoot for example, the photographer who was also hearing impaired, lead the couple in such wonderfully graceful ways, silent, but very clear. Out on the pier at Olowalu, in silence with nothing but nature’s song, I felt completely in the zone with the couple and the photographer. It was an amazing new experience and the Maui love I believe translated on to the screen.

For the ceremony, we had to really think on our toes to create well composed shots, but also accommodate the sign language interpreters. We struck the right balance, even if we were heavily backlit. This was also the first time we included closed captioning! Always learning, always growing.

Thank you Janelle and Joshua, as well as Janice (mother of the bride), as well as Steven Cook.

Comments forthcoming…

Janelle Conrad

Bride

Love Ascends at Andaz Maui Wedding

Couple: Thao and Bogden
Location: Andaz Maui
Planner: Laura Amerio
Notes: Thao and Bogden are an example of love at first sight. They spotted each other two years ago in an airport — of all places. Since then, they’ve been inseparable, even when geography got between them. All the love they carry into this day ascends even higher at this beautiful Andaz Maui Wedding. It was a pleasure filming these two and their family.

Shooting this Andaz Maui Weddings a joy. Between the well manicured grounds and the great planning staff, the beach walkway, as well as the beach itself are spectacular places to shoot.  There are a lot of looks you can get in a relatively compressed amount of space. While the weather toyed with us a bit at this wedding, with threatening rain and a bit of a late start due to sprinkles, it still all came together for Thao, Bogden and their wonderful families. And look at that sunset! Maui No Ka Oi!

Review from WeddingWire:

Stephan and the team were wonderful! We had our wedding at the Andaz in Wailea and the team there recommended Stephan. I was a ball of nerves the day of our wedding, and he was able to talk me through the day, and make me feel comfortable with everything he needed to obtain good footage for our video. The team was very professional and proactive, they remained very responsive throughout the following weeks, and when the video arrived it was absolutely beautiful. I would recommend them without hesitation!

Thao Murarescu

Bride

Andaz Maui Wedding Still Images

Childhood Friends Marry in Maui

Couple: Gia and Daniel
Location: Grand Wailea Resort and Spa, Maui Hawaii
Planner: MaryAnn Blanchard
Minister: Ron Winckler
Photographer: Josh Newton
DJ: Next Level Entertainment
Notes: I met with Gia and Daniel along with her mom, brother and friends a day before the wedding. What struck me was the tight sense of family they had – more so than most. Childhood friends marry in Maui and the whole extended family tagged along on what felt like a large family vacation. It was truly a pleasure working with Gia, Daniel, MaryAnn at the Grand Wailea as well as Josh Newton, the photographer.
Production Notes: Preproduction took about 10 hours, which included working with the planner, meeting the couple and getting all the gear ready for the big day. Production day including driving, setup, etc… took about 11 hours and post production including story line conception, music selection, layering content, color correction and grading took 30+ hours. Amazingly gratifying to produce a work art like this for amazing people, it is a long process that requires laser focus and a maintaining of creative space to a high degree.

We are so honored to have couples commission us for the work we love to do.

Stephan,

There are no words but WOW!!! Thank you so much the video is absolutely amazing you are the best! I am in love with it.

Gianna DeSimoni

Bride

From Her First Cry to Her Wedding Day

Couple: Annie and Christopher
Location: Olowalu Plantation House
Planner: Lori Lawrence at Tropical Maui Weddings
Photographer: Kaua Photography
Notes: Annie and Chris were so sweet, at any chance, offering us drinks and refreshments as though we were guests of the tropical Maui wedding. While we respectfully declined the cocktails (can’t keep focus if you ya can’t focus), we felt the love big time. That’s what made this affair such a smooth ride. Before we knew it, 6 hours were up and we had to say our goodbyes. When there’s obvious love there, it makes our job a piece of cake.

What a blessing that we can spend the day with wonderful people and then spend another 5 or 6 days with them in the editing process, constantly improving, tweaking and retaking until it turns out just right. We hope you love it!

 

Comments to follow!

Annie Dao

Bride

A Second Chance at Love

Couple: Terri and Charlie
Location: Grand Wailea Resort and Spa
Notes: More often than not, our couples are under 40. Every once in a while, we will have the pleasure of creating films for those who have been around a while longer. In this case, Charlie thought it was all over for him after his previous wife died three years ago; he never in his wildest dreams thought that love would find him again. But it did, and Terri is the one.

Feedback coming…

Terri Ballestero

Bride

Fire and Water | Maui Destination Wedding

Couple: Elena & Jason
Location: Sugar Beach Events in North Kihei
Planner: Denise Black
Photographer: Mike Adrian
DJ: DJ Scott
Make-Up: Maui Makeup Artistry
Notes: Elena and Jason – fire and water. The moment you walked in the event site of the Maui Destination wedding, you felt where each of them came from. Elena from a fire-y, boisterous Russian family and Jason from a more conservative Asian background. Together they lifted and grounded each other all at the same time. The film that came together aims to show this melding of two elements into a beautiful partnership of love, dance and mutual respect and love.

Thank you to Denise Black and her staff for making the venue shine as always. Thanks to Liz Javalosa for making the talent look good for the camera. DJ Scott for the audio feed and Mike Adrian for being a team player.

Hi Stephan!
Hello from Elena and Jason!
We’re in such joy and awe watching the video…Elena has not stopped crying! (Me too lol)
Thank you for bringing the magic and intimacy of our wedding and making the magic of it last forever. We loved every moment of it, it truly transports us back in time. Thank you thank you thank you for professionalism and your warmth you were definitely the perfect match for us on our moment in time!
Jason and Elena Cheng
Elena Cheng

Bride

A Kukahiko Estate Wedding Maui

Couple: Jonathan and Maribel
Location: Kukahiko Estate, Makena Maui
Planner: Laurie Terry at Makena Weddings
Photographer: Naomi Levit Photography
Notes: Jonathan and Maribel planned their wedding at Kukahiko Estate in Makena Maui. They wanted an upbeat film that highlighted the groups’ fun spirit. According to Jonathan, we nailed it.

Kukahiko Estate is a fun venue to shoot, because it’s nice and compact and has several different areas that are well-suited for amazing cinematography. Add to that the planner’s touch for beautiful decor and you’ve got all the elements of a wonderful production. Thank you Jonathan and Maribel for a fun evening and the opportunity to create this wedding film for you and the ones you love.

Aloha Stephan!

WOW!!! What an amazing film you and your team have put together. Maribel and I couldn’t be happier with the edit.  We love all the shot selections and story you put together.  You are blessed with talent and we can see how passionate you are in what you do.  We’ve already gotten several compliments saying this was the BEST wedding video they’ve ever seen…and honestly, we completely agree.  We’ve watched it over a hundred times!!! Hats off to you and your team.

Mahalo!

Jonathan & Maribel

Bride & Groom

Sugar Beach Events Wedding

Couple: Kevin and Toni
Location & Planner: Denise Black @ Sugar Beach Events
Photographer: Kaua Photography
Notes:  We chatted with Kevin and Toni a month before their wedding via FaceTime and got to know one another. These meetings are always great since we’re able to hone in on who the couple and families are and then coordinate some of the elements that go in to the film. One such element was the note reading. While we weren’t sure where or even whether they would be used, as we analyzed the narrative during the edit, it became apparent that it was so powerful, it deserved to be the opener.

Sugar Beach Events venue is a great location for the entire wedding, from ceremony through to dances. And how about that rainbow that Maui supplied!? As always, working with Denise was a blast and Kaua is always a partner in the creative process.

Reactions to come…

Kevin

Groom

Hotel Wailea Wedding – Ashley and Jason

Couple: Ashley and Jason
Location: Hotel Wailea
Planner: America Salinas
Photographer: Angie Diaz Photography
Notes: Ashley and Jason originally wanted a basic wedding video done, but when they saw what a step up to 4 hours would reveal, they let America — their planner — know they wanted it. They wanted to have something to be remembered by. So their Hotel Wailea Wedding would be eternalized with a cinematic film. We welcomed the task and once edited and refined, we are so very happy with the product we’re delivering. Will Ashley and Jason feel the same way?

We are so thrilled with our video! It is absolutely stunning! Thank you so much for capturing the most important and memorable moments of our wedding day!!

You are amazing!

Ashley

Bride

Simple Maui Wedding

Couple: Skyler and Anthony
Planner: Lori Lawrence with Tropical Maui Weddings
Location: Olowalu Plantation House
Photographer: Kaua Photography
Music: Mauna Leo by Jamie Lawrence
Notes: Skyler and Anthony eloped at Olowalu on the west side of Maui. Along with the simple yet elegant wedding arrangement, they wanted a film that mirrored this relaxed morning vibe: a stripped down, simple, yet intimate piece with music from Jamie Lawrence. The couple loved their simple Maui wedding.

I would be remiss not to point out how wonderful it is to work collaboratively with other creatives. For this simple Maui wedding, Kaua Woessner was the photographer and we both worked together during the post ceremony shoot to find fresh and fun perspectives that are beyond the standard. We love working with photographers who have a true passion for searching beyond the ordinary.

And then there’s Lori whose who planned this simple maui wedding morning just right. Add to her the amazing music of Jamie Lawrence and you’ve just got what I consider to be the ideal morning wedding here on Maui.

Mahalo to all involved.

Hey Stephan! Wow! We just watched it and absolutely loved it! Thank you THANK you for getting this over to us so quickly. We truly appreciate your incredible work. It has been such a joy working with you and again thanks from the bottom of our hearts. There won’t be a dry eye in the room when we show this at our reception!

Anthony Coehlo

Groom

Grand Wailea Chapel Ceremony

Couple: Paulina and Cole
Location: Grand Wailea Resort and Spa
Planner: Ashley Nowakowski 
Photographer: Scott Drexler Photography
Notes: Paulina and Cole had their beautiful and teary-eyed wedding ceremony at the fabled Grand Wailea Chapel on Maui. While a bit overcast that day, the images we were able to capture were still stunning. Thank you to both Paulina and Cole, as well as Ashley Nowakowski for letting us be part of this special time.

 

To be determined…

Paulina

Bride

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