From Holly’s Perspective – The Hawaii Wedding

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What I wanted is what I got!

Where it all started….
I was planning a destination wedding to Hawaii and all I wanted was amazing pictures. I tried searching photographers in Hawaii and was finding disappointing results. That lead me to a google search and that linked me to Scott’s work from a previous Hawaii wedding. The pictures were beautiful and I had to contact him. The things that were really important in my search were…..someone who was really creative with a good personality, price was obviously important as this was a destination wedding, and even more was the time that would be allowed on the actual wedding day.

I talked with Scott on the phone and then decided to send out my sister and mom to actually meet him. My sister told me that he was very “artsy” and the pictures would turn out, and more importantly we would get along with him.


I’m from Utah but living and working in Wisconsin and my husband was living in Utah so we decided to take our engagements and bridals in Utah. It was a little crazy because I had to 1 week of vacation and took engagements on a Wednesday and bridals on a Friday. I was so excited because it was April and I was thinking outdoors, sun, tulips etc. It just so happened that of course it was sunny and beautiful all week, except for those 2 days. I was getting ready for pictures and it starting hailing and my dreams were almost crushed. I didn’t have time to reschedule and when I called Scott he said that sometimes overcast days make for the best pictures.

I was also a little nervous because my husband has never been a big fan of getting his picture taken. Within 5 minutes we were smiling and comfortable. Scott gives great cues like “hehe” for smiling, serious, and our favorite “having a moment” which to us meant kissing (if you look at our galleries we loved having lots of moments). I really loved that we had some individual shots as well that is a fun idea.

See more from all of the 5 photoshoots here


I want everyone to know that this is pic 13 of over 300. My mom was looking over his shoulder and after this pic she smiled and said…we have the picture! At that point I knew we had made the right choice

My fave pic of Greg and his fave pic of me

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These are some of my favorites bc these shots were captured when we were not paying attention. This is our real smiles and laughs. I would hear the camera snapping and think to myself I wasn’t ready




Here is the set up…..we were at our first location and the weather cleared for a few minutes and Scott said we need to run up the canyon right now. We were at a park and after 30 min we could see the storm coming. It started hailing once again, Scott asked if we were up for it (of course, it’s all for the sake of the pictures). We ran into the hail and all we heard was smile, kiss, smile, kiss, and we are done! These are incredible




Bridals were 2 days later and again the weather was not cooperating, and was a downpour all morning. This time we were headed for Thanksgiving point to try and get some flowers, it was
April after all. Again Scott reassured me the weather would work out. The location was Thanksgiving point tulip festival, it was rather cold that day and I will say that we took pictures for over 4 hours. I was having so much fun that it was well after dark when we stopped.

Here are some of the results….

My favorite portrait


Scott is always looking for new shots at old locations


Just love them



This is one of those shots where I have been freaking out over the weather and this is the end result


Taking a spin


Onto the wedding…..
Here is why I picked Scott Jarvie and one of the biggest pearls of wisdom that I can give any future bride

I picked to take a photographer to come with us because:
1. I had already seen such great results and Greg and I were comfortable with him
2. I felt like I was paying for travel expenses and I wanted to be able to get as much photo time as possible without restricted time limits
One thing I hope that Scott can continue into the future is not having time restrictions. Included in my travel package was a night before photo shoot (most other photogs charge for this, but for fun locations like Hawaii it’s free) and all day, however long I want wedding coverage.

I really wanted less formal pics including the sun and water….again I was not disappointed

pre wedding






As you can see sunsets, beach and water!

Wedding day
I would like to say that we had 3 different locations for the day.

First off the actual wedding venue. Of course these pictures had to be amazing and there were

Here is the one to hang on the wall, i love where this pic was taken


I absolutely love this detail shot

I have this picture in my bedroom and get to enjoy it daily. Scott is so great at catching these shots that you aren’t expecting


Another unexpected shot


On they way back for our dinner Scott says “hey do you think we could stop off the side of the road”? Me thinking “of course”
So basically we hop of out of the car and take these pictures and keep in mind the road is right behind us and you would never know.





Don’t worry that after this our car died and scott was there again to rescue us with his car


When I was googled Scott I saw some of his sunset pictures. It was night number 2 I could not wait…..
t doesn’t get any better than this

Hey there is a hammock over there, we should use it

Yes Scott took the pic and shook his head after taking it saying, wow that looks fake
This is what the sunset really looks like


Last shot of the night and so amazing, you would never know that someone was standing right next to us holding the light

By our 5th picture taking session I felt like Scott was part of the family.

Reception fun







At the end of the day I ended up with amazing pictures. I also ended up making a friend that made the experience even better. I really enjoy talking pictures with Scott, conference calls to pic out pictures, and just a friendly chat. Again that’s what I wanted and what I got


1 Comment

  1. Eric Quinney says

    Great post from a different perspective. If you able to have each client say they got what they wanted then you have to be satisfied. I tend to think you give everyone more then they expect and therefore raise the bar. Great work!

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