Royal Hawaiian Hotel Wedding : Marissa+Jeremy


It was a reoccurring theme to their wedding day. Every person who spoke to or of them said the same thing: Marissa and Jeremy invest in relationships. Together they make anyone who crosses their paths feel like the single most important person in the world. It’s a gift they share.

Marissa is a fan of gift-giving, regularly hosts game nights, and thoughtfully prepares a spread of themed goodies when friends visit. It’s been said that Jeremy was the type of kid who had the coolest toys and the freshest shoes growing up, but he was the first to share everything he had. He currently shares his frequent flyer miles, making him inordinately beloved by his best friends and wife…who doesn’t like first class?

On their wedding day, Marissa and Jeremy walked the tiled hallways of The Royal Hawaiian hand-in-hand. Every few steps, friends and family stopped them to express how happy they were. The couple looked into everyone’s eyes and smiled, listening intently to every word. It’s this dedication to sincerity and love that makes them a beautiful couple. Inside and out.

Riss and Jer…Mahalo Nui Loa! I just Googled how to say thank you very much in Hawaiian, but I still don’t think it embodies how I feel. My heart melts in gratitude for your kindness and care for us…and it was a joy to document your first day as husband and wife. Thank you for making us feel like treasured guests (with fancy cameras) and treating us like family. Hope you’re enjoying Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Paris…I love following your adventures on Instagram! Much Love and Appreciation… j*

On the morning of their wedding, I woke to catch the sunrise on Oahu…the sky was brilliant shades of gray, blue, and pink…which matched well with the bridesmaids’ dresses…

I loved Marissa’s attention to detail and her passion for pretty things…

If Marissa’s niece is anything like her auntie, the shoe addiction will start young…

Just after the groom prepared, I met up with him on The Royal Hawaiian property, just moments before The First Look…

Jeremy’s reaction to seeing his bride before the ceremony was priceless…

Here’s JD’s angle from the First Look…

With extra time for wedding photos, we roamed The Royal Hawaiian and enjoyed the beauty of Oahu…

This is one of my favorite images from the wedding day…I mean, just look at these adorable flowergirls…I mean, com’on!!

The Royal Hawaiian hotel is one of the oldest buildings on Oahu and though it’s known for being pink, I was fan of the beautiful tiles…

Marissa…oh, go on…

With a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean, the ceremony location proved to be simply lovely…

Officially husband and wife!!

Marissa’s attention was in full effect for her wedding reception…

The First Dance…

The couple had some amazing speeches that night…with friends like their bridal party, they’ll live a rich and full life…

I’ll end of this note because the night was filled with toasts, well wishes and cheers of epic proportion…

To see more of Marissa and Jeremy’s Waikiki wedding photos at The Royal Hawaiian, feel free to CLICK HERE for a slideshow!!

Many thanks to the amazing team of creatives who helped bring the wedding to life…
Coordination: Lauren Smith of L4Love
Floral Decor: Flowergirls Hawaii
Videography: Fisheye Studio
Wedding Venue: The Royal Hawaiian Hotel
Wedding Slideshow Music: The Music Bed
Wedding Photography: Jasmine Star

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  1. Dream crusher.

    September 19th, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Dear Jasmine,

    I recently flew out to O’ahu, and shot a wedding in Waikiki at a hotel near the Royal Hawaiian. As much as I persuaded otherwise to have pictures done on a quite, shady and grassy area, the bride really wanted their first look and portraits done out in the 2pm sun and CROWDED (I’m talking 10’s of thousands of people) Waikiki beach. ‘That’s why I had a beach wedding…’ she said. I really felt like, even after my reasoning with her on lighting, that I didn’t have a choice.

    It wasn’t until weeks after that she was disappointed by the pictures, and that I ‘crushed her dreams’ anyways. Of course, the only ones she ‘LOVED’ were the portraits and wedding party pictures we took in said quiet and shaded area. She even asked me if I could photoshop out the hundreds of people (that we tried to creatively hide or 1.2 aperature bokeh out ;).

    I was SO happy to see your Royal Hawaiian wedding this morning. I’m sure they mentioned doing some beach pictures, right? How did you approach it in such a crowded area? How do you let the know softly on their wedding days that their ‘dreams’ aren’t going to be the best reality?


    Dream Crusher.

  2. Urška Majer

    September 19th, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Beautiful wedding with such gorgeous details!

  3. Leandra

    September 19th, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Simply Gorgeous!

  4. Norma

    September 19th, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Beautifully handled in every way. Love J.D.’s perfect shot.

  5. Riss

    September 19th, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Seriously Jas?! We are in our Paris hotel room just patting ourselves on the back for hiring the most amazing wedding photographer in the WORLD. 🙂 These are beyond! Just beyond… Thank you and J.D. sooooo much. Now off to have a celebratory glass or two before dinner! xoxoxo

  6. Chris Nichols

    September 19th, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Wow! Beautiful wedding! I love the bridal portraits and the detail pics! Amazing as always!

  7. Lauren Smith

    September 19th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Amazing, Jasmine! You were such a pleasure to work with, I loved every minute of it. Thanks to you and JD, Marissa & Jeremy will have these wonderful images to last them a lifetime, and will always remember each component to their special day. It was an honor having you on board to make this day a perfect one for them! xoxo

  8. gladys

    September 19th, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    those flower girls, all the pretty pink, the first look. all beautiful!!! wonderful work, jasmine! sigh. i miss hawaii. xoxo

  9. Gail

    September 19th, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    SO soft, romantic and dreamy! Another GORGEOUS wedding from you and JD! xoxo

  10. Meredith

    September 19th, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Love these!!!

  11. Forevering Studios

    September 19th, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Once again, awesome wedding! Do you use flashes on the first dance there?

  12. Ray Urner

    September 19th, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Tremendous. Just tremendous.

  13. Katie Jackson

    September 19th, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    I love the images of them kissing at the end of the aisle and the sunrise picture!! Gorgeous images!

  14. Bianca

    September 19th, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Jasmine, how do you shoot a First Look at the resort when other guests are around and the couple doesn’t want to be seen before the ceremony? Also, i’m in LOVE with her hair comb!!! Do you know where she got it from? xx

  15. Linda

    September 20th, 2013 at 1:37 am


  16. Elisa Event Design

    September 20th, 2013 at 2:12 am

    Such a special wedding and so wonderfully captured!

  17. Kimberly

    September 20th, 2013 at 4:14 am

    Amazing photos!! I can feel the beauty and love of their day.

  18. Mikaela

    September 20th, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    So much beauty…so many beautiful photographs! Incredible job you two! xo

  19. David Abel

    September 21st, 2013 at 2:53 am

    I love your style, so clean, so beautiful 🙂

  20. Riss

    September 21st, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Hi Bianca! My hair clip is "Musume" from BHLDN. 🙂

  21. Lovena West

    September 22nd, 2013 at 12:53 am

    Lovely Wedding. Thank you for sharing your precious memories…You were just beautiful! and of course loved all the keiki! so cute….So sorry I missed it all….love and many wishes for a lifelong of joy, prosperity and love…..aunty Lovena

  22. Mercedes

    September 23rd, 2013 at 3:45 am

    So pretty! How nice to be at such a lovely location and such a lovely venue!

  23. AnneMarie

    October 6th, 2013 at 3:57 am

    What a great capture of all the girls!!!! So cute!!! The wedding was beautiful and simple. Love the photos! xo

  24. Jonas Müller

    February 17th, 2014 at 11:29 am

    amazing work!
    beautiful pictures 🙂