aloha everyone! it’s so hot this week. i need a shave ice… stat! while i’m waiting for that, these images from rachelle and patrick’s wedding at Bali Hai have us missing hawaii big time, but still smiling.

from the time we arrived at humphrey’s half moon inn to catch the finishing touches on the girls’ hair and makeup, to the last portrait of rachelle and patrick as daylight faded away, their whole wedding day was one awesome luau. the only thing that wasn’t good was that it ended.

rachelle and patrick, we absolutely love you guys, like, walking on la jolla shores, holding hands, full-on-pda kinda love. our first meeting with you was exactly like your first date at opera. as soon as you walked in and smiled we had cartoon hearts in our eyes. when you said you wanted to have a lightsaber duel at your engagement session we immediately took down our match.com profile because we knew you were the ones for us. you guys just have a way of making everyone around you happier than they ever thought they could be, and that’s not the booze talking. seeing the love you have for each other and the admiration all of your family and friends have for you is something special. i can’t wait to see what the future holds for you two. i think it’s going to be even better than a little house on the prairie wagon with a case of tempranillo, an xbox, and a playstation in it.

speaking of tempranillo, have you seen winezombie.com yet? check out their CA wine regions before you take your next tasting trip.

Shelter Island wedding at Bali Hai by Ohana Photographers

wedding at Humphreys Half Moon Inn and Suites in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

Rachelle Gavino wedding at Bali Hai in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

Lipstick and Luster makeup artist in San Diego

Glam Dolls hair and makeup artist in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

who needs a mirror when you have an iphone?

Humphreys Half Moon Inn and Suites wedding in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

Humphreys Half Moon Inn wedding in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

Bride getting ready for Bali Hai wedding in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

i love prizes! especially Toms (hand-painted by the bride), Coach clutches (super cute), and fun 3-finger mustache rings.

let me just pause here for a second to thank julia and her patrick for telling rachelle and her patrick (aka phoenix) about us. thank you! we can’t wait to see you again!

custom Toms shoes bridesmaids gifts by Ohana Photographers

hand painted Toms shoes given as gifts to bridesmaids by Ohana Photographers

3 finger mustache rings for bridesmaids by Ohana Photographers

wedding dress at Humphreys by the bay in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

Bride getting ready for wedding at Humphreys Half Moon Inn and Suites by Ohana Photographers

Rachelle Gavino wedding at Bali Hai in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

Rachelle Gavino wedding at Humphrey's HalfMoon Inn and Suites in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

i only have one word to describe rachelle and all of her bridesmaids… stunning.

Rachelle Gavino wedding at Bali Hai in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

Kim Abad and Jamie Lim at Rachelle Gavino wedding at Bali Hai in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

Julia Sarmiento and Victoria Przybyla at Rachelle Gavino wedding at Bali Hai in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

who’s ready for the first look?

Rachelle Gavino and Patrick Przybyla wedding at Bali Hai in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

patrick was looking sharp, and had his trademark smile on.

Patrick Przybyla wedding at Bali Hai in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

Rachelle Gavino and Patrick Przybyla wedding at Bali Hai in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

Rachelle Gavino, Patrick Przybyla, Julia Sarmiento, Patrick Sison, Julia Sison, Jamie Lim, Al Dolio, Kim Abad, Jodi Wright, Victoria Przybyla, Mike Segovia, David Lam, David Ong, Louie Madrigal

Bali Hai wedding in Shelter Island San Diego by Ohana Photographers

chuck’s chucks. see what i did there?

custom Converse Chucks for Rachelle Gavino and Patrick Przybyla wedding at Bali Hai in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

Rachelle Gavino and Patrick Przybyla wedding at Bali Hai in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

Rachelle Gavino and Patrick Przybyla wedding at Bali Hai by Ohana Photographers

Rachelle Gavino and Patrick Przybyla wedding in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

Rachelle Gavino and Patrick Przybyla wedding at Bali Hai in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

Rachelle Gavino and Patrick Przybyla wedding at Bali Hai in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

it was hard to hear over the wind and tears, but i know i heard rachelle tell patrick that she will never leave his side, not even if there is a zombocalypse. that’s love right there.

Rachelle Gavino and Patrick Przybyla wedding at Bali Hai in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

Rachelle Gavino and Patrick Przybyla wedding at Bali Hai by Ohana Photographers

love – these – smiles!

Rachelle Gavino and Patrick Przybyla wedding at Bali Hai in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

wedding at Bali Hai restaurant on Shelter Island in San Diego California

Rachelle Gavino and Patrick Przybyla wedding at Bali Hai in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

Rachelle Gavino and Patrick Przybyla wedding in San Diego California by Ohana Photographers

Rachelle Gavino and Patrick Przybyla wedding at Bali Hai by Ohana Photographers

Hawaiian flowers at wedding on Oahu by Ohana Photographers

i love you!  i know.

Star Wars wedding cake toppers by Ohana Photographers in San Diego California

Rachelle Gavino and Patrick Przybyla wedding at Bali Hai by Ohana Photographers

break it down!

Rachelle Gavino and Patrick Przybyla wedding at Bali Hai in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

Rachelle Gavino and Patrick Przybyla wedding at Bali Hai in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

Rachelle Gavino and Patrick Przybyla wedding at Bali Hai in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

Rachelle Gavino and Patrick Przybyla wedding in San Diego California by Ohana Photographers

Rachelle Gavino and Patrick Przybyla wedding photo booth in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

Rachelle Gavino and Patrick Przybyla wedding at Bali Hai in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

here we have paolo and marissa, serious contenders for the title of funnest couple on the planet. we’re shooting their wedding next year and i already know it’s going to be awesome!

getting back to present day, paolo, having previously sampled a bali hai mai tai, already knew what marissa was in for.

poor, poor marissa.

to say they’re strong is the understatement of your life. they are straight up rocket fuel. rocket fuel with fruit garnish.

Paolo Sison and Marissa Aguilar at Rachelle Gavino and Patrick Przybyla wedding at Bali Hai in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

having sampled maybe 1 or 2 other drinks, patrick was all like, “what are you guys talking about? this mai tai is delicious.”

Paolo Sison and Patrick Sison at Rachelle Gavino and Patrick Przybyla wedding at Bali Hai in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

Bali Hai wedding on Shelter Island in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

Rachelle Gavino, Patrick Przybyla, Julia Sarmiento, Patrick Sison, Julia Sison, Jamie Lim, Al Dolio, Kim Abad, Jodi Wright, Victoria Przybyla, Mike Segovia, David Lam, David Ong, Louie Madrigal

Rachelle Gavino and Patrick Przybyla wedding at Bali Hai in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

Rachelle Gavino and Patrick Przybyla wedding at Bali Hai by Ohana Photographers

Rachelle Gavino and Patrick Przybyla wedding at Bali Hai by Ohana Photographers

as we were taking pictures on the dock next to this beautiful yacht, the owner of “don’t sea me” saw us. he was having dinner at bali hai and came walking toward us. having been kicked out of more places than i have fingers and toes, we were fully prepared to get the old heave-ho. instead, he totally surprised us by offering to let us shoot on his boat.

how cool is that guy?

very.

i didn’t get his name, but if he, or anyone that knows him, is out there reading this i have to say, thank you again! the world needs more people like you.

Rachelle Gavino and Patrick Przybyla wedding at Bali Hai in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

Rachelle Gavino and Patrick Przybyla wedding at Bali Hai on Don't Sea Me yacht in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

Rachelle Gavino and Patrick Przybyla wedding at Bali Hai in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

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special thanks to family, friends, vendors, friendly boat owners, and everyone else that helped make rachelle and patrick’s wedding perfect!

officiant: Rev. Christopher Tuttle – Vows From the Heart (seriously, the best officiant of all time! he’s funny, and he steps out of the shot for the first kiss. double bonus!)

venue: Bali Hai Restaurant

photography: Ohana Photographers (including april!)

hair: Paula and Anthony – The Makeup and Hair Studio

make-up: Nick Reynolds and staff – Pink Diamond Artistry

flowers: Elegance by LMS

videography: Nan Grenier – Classic Filmworks

cake: Roz Coble – The Baker on Kettner

dj: Paul Peterson

bride’s dress: Alfred Angelo

bridesmaid’s dresses & ceremony shoes: David’s Bridal

girl’s reception shoes: Toms (with hand-painted artwork by the bride)

guys clothing: H&M, Nordstrom Rack, Converse (custom chucks)

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  1. porter Dec 07th 08:35

    Wow. Beautifully captured. I would love to see their wedding album like you posted that other couple of yours. So artistic and creative. These photos would be amazing in print. I’ll just continue stalking for now (=

  2. brianna Nov 21st 11:03

    This settles it, you have the most gorgeous fun couples on earth. Just saying ;-)

  3. megan Nov 21st 08:29

    I love all the places your links are taking me to! My lawd this wedding is amazing! I love how each wedding is tailored to each individual couple’s personality. Perfection. Those chucks are dope!
    And I am now convinced that your other groom that is in these pics too, is in fact Bruno Mars! haha ;-)

  4. frida Nov 21st 08:27

    These are ridiculous! So freaking gorgeous! The portraits are killing me!

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  6. Kadie Nov 07th 07:20

    Found you from this couple featured on Rustic Folk Weddings. I love everything about this couple and their engagement sessions were insanely adorable!

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  8. shana Oct 17th 11:33

    I would love to know where the guy’s suits are from and if they were rented or bought! Such a gorg wedding!

  9. monica Aug 12th 11:43

    Saw the groom and groomsmen custom shoes on pinterest! What an awesome idea! Beautiful wedding!

  10. amanda Jul 30th 08:39

    The images on the dock… WOW!!! Each one would look so incredible on a wall in their home!

  11. nancy Jul 22nd 12:57

    O M Gawd they are so adorable! Their wedding album must be so much fun to look at over and over! All the pictures on the dock, amazing!

  12. jeanine Jul 15th 07:45

    I visited your blog and thought to myself, “Oh, I’ll just look at these first few photos.” Ha, jokes on me I’ve been here for 20 minutes now! This wedding is amazing, the portraits on that boat! OH MY GOSH! I bet their wedding album is littered with amazing photos!

  13. regina Apr 24th 09:24

    WOW… you think my husband would let me do over the whole engagement/wedding thing, so I can have all my favorite photographers take pics of us? Cause you guys are definitely on the top of that list! Hot HoT HOT!!

  14. Jem Apr 23rd 09:35

    Amazed at beautiful portrait after beautiful portrait! They have so many to choose from!

  15. shan Apr 23rd 01:30

    You totally captured the fun and the sexy here!

  16. rebecca Apr 02nd 08:40

    Came over from Wedding Chicks an hour ago, (hehe) and I’ve been entranced since! Probably should get back to work! I just want to say I love your style! Your couples always look so natural and simply said, beautiful. I should probably get back to work! I’ll be adding you to my reader!

  17. candy Apr 02nd 08:36

    WOW!!! I am at a loss for words! Stunning couple, and my goodness the moments captured! Looked like a fun wedding! A perfect mix of fun and total hotness! And once again I have to say the portraits should be gallery wraps in your studio!

  18. chastity Jan 31st 08:30

    These wedding pictures are amazing! Every one is full of emotion, fun, smiles and most importantly, love. Beautiful job!

  19. chloe Nov 05th 10:38

    The emotion and beauty you captured here is fantastic! What a stunning bride with such a beautiful smile! I’ll admit her tearing up got me too =) I bet their wedding album is amazing! Beautiful work!

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  21. Fotos by Fola Sep 07th 17:32

    Love the party atmosphere captured. One of those wedding you would want to be invited to! Top notch coverage.

  22. brinn Sep 02nd 13:12

    Oh my gosh the picture of the group with their eyes closed, was that on purpose!? If not, how funny they all blinked at the same time, and if so, very creative! That’s why I love your pictures, always so fun and different!

  23. jeff Aug 23rd 08:31

    “Holy” and “Shit.”
    This looks like the most fun wedding in the universe of weddings. The portraits are dope!

  24. colleen Aug 18th 10:03

    Love how fun and sexy your photos and your couples are!

  25. pinky Aug 14th 17:45

    wow! beautiful bride! love the cake, the chucks, all the shots by the boat…awesome! hawaii definately misses you guys! come get your tropical rush shave ice! =)

  26. brittany Aug 13th 14:07

    The b&w of the bride and groom in the shadow, is art. Wow, just wow.

  27. mike Aug 12th 09:23

    Straight up dopeness.

  28. adrian Aug 12th 09:05

    The pics of her crying during the vows got me teary eyed. Zombocalypse worked in your vows, so awesome! Beautiful memories you captured here!

  29. lyndsay Aug 12th 08:58

    Wow, that is one good looking couple! So much gorgeousness here! The photos on the pier are amah-zing! and the portraits in the shadows are sick! Their wedding album will be the envy of all her friends! Beautifully done as usual!

  30. Kenna Aug 11th 17:41

    I love how much fun and disgustingly beautiful your couples are! That’s how you have a blast on your day!

  31. Jillian Aug 11th 11:13

    Beautiful wedding pictures! Can’t wait to see you next weekend! YAY!

  32. olivia Aug 11th 09:41

    Looking at your photos is like being an invited guest :) Emotions, beauty and fun always captured perfectly! I need to be best friends with all your couples ;-)

  33. carolyn Aug 11th 09:32

    Wow, I remember totally gushing over their engagement session! They look incredible! Love as always Ohana!

  34. ritchie Aug 11th 09:25

    pretty pictures!

  35. tracy Aug 11th 09:13

    Gorgeous couple! I have to say that I think these are some of my favorite portrait shots you have taken! The one’s behind the big leaf, wow.

  36. karrie Aug 10th 22:19

    All images are amazing. I love the one of the groom seeing her walk down the aisle and she is crying. Touching moment wonderfully captured!

  37. bethany Aug 10th 22:01

    You have seriously got the cutest most fun couples! Love her hair and the portraits are phenomenal!

  38. sabine Aug 10th 21:48

    Absolutely amazing. Love all of these, there isn’t one that I dislike. LOVE I say!

  39. ronnie Aug 10th 20:48

    Always love your angles! The pics on the dock are legit!

  40. leah Aug 10th 19:18

    Wow, fantastic! The pictures are amazing! And the bride is so cute! Awesome!

  41. sophia Aug 10th 19:18

    Fantastic photos and what a beautiful couple!!! I bet they are very happy about them.
    I wish I had even 10% of your talents when it comes to photography. Their engagement session was also beautiful.

  42. kersten Aug 10th 19:15

    Gorgeous couple, lovely pictures! You really know how to capture feelings and emotions in your photos!

  43. mike Aug 10th 19:06

    Could you guys have more fun and gorgeous couples??? Wow, her eyes are amazing in that leaf pic! I’m blown away by the comp and mood of the shadows portrait! Freaking balls out rockin Ohana!

  44. heather Aug 10th 16:13

    oh my the pics of the girls in the leaves! so gorgeous! coach bags!? best bridesmaid gifts evaaar!

  45. sara Aug 10th 14:31

    The portraits of the couple are sick! Love that cake topper too!

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