Eva & Justin live in Ohio, United-States. They eloped to Moorea back in August to have an intimate Tahitian ceremony on the beach co-officiated by myself for the bespoke, personalized storytelling part of the ceremony, and by a Tahitian master of ceremony for the traditional Tahitian blessings.
Eva & Justin met at a car dealership where Justin was working and Eva would take her car to service once and then. Justin always thought that Eva was cute but she would always come with her grandmother, so he didn’t know how to tactfully ask her out! Eva thought he was cute, too, so when she purchased her new car, thus leaving the dealership Justin was working at, she decided to make a move and gave him her number… and he’ll forever be grateful that she did!
He called her the very next day, and the two of them went out on their first date to see a movie together. Not one to be remembered, but they still had a great time and hit it off instantly. Eva knew right away that they had immediate chemistry, and Justin didn’t want the night to end.
In addition to the flower crown and flower lei that was gifted to her as she stepped on to the private beach where we held their ceremony, Eva was holding a cascading bouquet of dendrobium orchids, all in white, which was lovely. Justin wore a Hawaiian le’i made of greeneries around his neck.
The day was gorgeous and we were fortunate to have stunning lagoon colors and a low tide revealing a white sand bar at the private islet beach. They later ventured into our lush nature and shot stunning drone pictures:
Nelly’s services were truly incredible: prompt response time, respecting values as a couple and knowledge of the island. I would highly recommend: my wedding day was truly incredible.
Thank you Eva & Justin for trusting us in handling your special day! We wish you the greatest of happiness!
Back in 2015, I did a series of interviews of my preferred wedding vendors in Tahiti, all those amazing and super talented people I am lucky to work with on a regular basis. Helene Havard has a unique approach and signature to her photography work which really sets her apart in Tahiti, and is among my favorite wedding photographers in Tahiti.
I said that before, but it’s all too easy to get fooled by what you see online, images that are pleasing to the eye, carefully curated to only show the very best shots, or names that are associated with an “award-wining” or “international” label but how do you verify that? Most often that means you won a so-called award from a wedding blog that you are listing with, and that’s called marketing.
With these blog interviews, I want to bring the very best people to you : those that you can safely think “what you see is what you get”. I’ve worked with these individuals, and would refer them to anyone of my couples without hesitation. Not only do they have inspiring personalities but I’ve also spent (wedding) days with them, and seen their work on numerous occasions, so I can witness of how good it is!
Helene’s work has been published on numerous world-famous magazines and very influential websites (she was featured on the Huffington Post, CNN, BBC News, Washington Post, and more) and has also been named among 30 rising stars of wedding photography 2015 by Rangefinder Magazine. Most recently, she’s been innovating with drone photography with her associate Samuel from Flying World Pictures, and shooting never-seen-before images with our lucky couples.
Daniella & Bruno’s beach wedding in Moorea – December 2015
Catherine & Rob’s destination wedding in Moorea – December 2016
Wedding Photographer In Tahiti – Moorea
This month I’m bringing back the interview of Helene from Helene Havard Photography, a talented photographer in Tahiti (based on the capital island of Tahiti) who’s happy to shoot my couples everywhere in French Polynesia. Enjoy!
1. Tell Us A Bit About Yourself And What Led You To Wedding Photography In Tahiti.
I am originally from France but I have been living in French Polynesia for the past 7 years. Since I was a kid, I always loved to express myself through painting, drawing, theatre or graphic design. I initially followed a conventional path, but after a few years I decided at the age of 28 that I wanted to make a living out of my passion for photography and graduated from the EFET School in Paris. I first started shooting movie and theatre sets in Paris. It is only when I settled in Bora Bora that I started shooting weddings. I am based in Papeete now but can travel to any island.
2. How Do You Work With A Couple And What Is The Process Of Planning Wedding Photos?
Usually clients would contact me anywhere from a few months to a few days from their wedding day. In most cases I know nothing about them until we get to meet, as they live abroad. When we first meet, I follow my intuition to produce images that look like them. Most clients let my imagination run wild which is great as I prefer not to be overwhelmed with too many specific requests before the actual day, in order to not be blocked in my creative process.
3. What Inspires You? Are There Colors Or Trends You Absolutely Love?
I’m mostly inspired by paintings and the special lighting that prevails on movie and theatre sets. Ever since I started shooting weddings I use pastel colours on some of my photos because this is how I see the scenes through my lens.
4. What’s Your Favorite Part Of The Job?
What I love most in my job is that I can create never-seen-before-except-in-my-imagination images and that I get to travel to different places with clients who seem to always be ready to follow me in my world. In short, make a living from my passion without a routine.
5. Any Advice To Pass Along To Couple About Choosing Wedding Outfits, Props And Shooting Style?
Think out of the box! I tell them to dare to try whatever they want. The Islands of Tahiti are stunning and full of gorgeous and magical places, where a black wedding gown, a new age style, 70ies, vintage all work great, at least you can count me in for anything new and original!
Thanks Helene! For more about Helene Havard Photography, please head to her website.
Helene and I have collaborated a lot these past years! Are you interested in eloping in Moorea and would like to find out how much a wedding in Tahiti costs when you elope? I’ve got you covered! Head to this article to find more.
Do You Have Any Questions Or Comments For Helene? Feel Free To Contact Me!
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Kristy & Saz are from Albany, Australia. They planned a Moorea elopement back in July to have an intimate wedding ceremony on the beach on the anniversary date of when Saz proposed.
Kristy & Saz met on a plane that Kristy was hosting on. Kristy knew Saz’ sister so she introduced herself to Saz and his son Tayden, asking how their holiday in Cairns was.
Saz immediately felt very relaxed and welcomed while she spoke, and noticed her warm smile every time she walked up the aisle preparing the plane for take-off. He jokingly invited her to take the spare seat next to him and says it was his lucky day, because she later came up to his row and sat down next to him.
They both remember those six hours as full of great conversation and laughs, and Saz enjoyed her company so much that he offered to take her out for a drink… which she happily accepted!
The rest is history and Kristy decided to transfer her job to Western Australia, and to move in with the boys. She put her name to the house and from then on, Saz knew that a together forever was a forever with her beautiful Kristy.
Kristy has amazingly gorgeous (and long) hair – no hair extensions! – and she wanted to keep the style simple so the stylist did some waves with a lovely hair piece. Saz had no hair so that was quick!
Their floral inspirations were in the shades of light pinks, whites, and creams so locally we worked with gingers, anthuriums and some orchids as well.
The day was gorgeous and we were fortunate to have stunning lagoon colors and a low tide revealing a white sand bar at the private islet beach where I officiated the ceremony for them.
They later ventured into the forest for some nature pictures on the way back to their resort.
I would like to extend my greatest thanks to you for all your help with our wedding day today.
It was the most fantastic and touching thing I have ever experienced in my whole life. We are blessed to have met you.
You are a true professional.
Best wishes and much love from Australia!