Photo by Dennis Yap Photography*. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Dennis Yap got the opportunity to shoot a wedding in Hawaii last year and he’s generously shared the fruits of that trip with us. This isn’t your regular Hawaiian beachfront wedding; instead, it’s a cosy, intimate one. There were so many photos we had a hard time selecting just a bunch. We hope these give you a good overview.

Photo by Dennis Yap Photography*. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Dennis Yap Photography*. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Dennis Yap Photography*. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Dennis Yap Photography*. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Dennis Yap Photography*. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Dennis Yap Photography*. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Tiffany: “The best part of our wedding was being surrounded by the people we love, and the intimacy of being able to mingle and enjoy each and every guest. Being able to have our two daughters as a part of the ceremony, and having both sets of parents and grandparents there was lovely.

“I had our mothers and grandmothers help build my bouquet. As I walked down the aisle with my father, I was handed a rose by my mother and grandmother, and Shang-Yi’s mother and grandmother. When I reached the front, Shang-Yi’s father met my father and I to help tie the flowers into place while my father held the bouquet. We wanted to use this little ceremony to symbolise the union between our families. I also wore a diamond necklace made from my grandmother’s diamond ring and his grandmother’s diamond brooch.

“We wanted to have an outdoor wedding without it looking like the usual Hawaiian beachfront wedding, a venue with a lot of intimacy where we weren’t being watched from afar. The colours and flowers we chose were subtler and more natural, that would blend well into an outside setting. We wanted the overall feel of the event to be elegant and classy. I handmade all the invitations and had handwritten notes for each of our guests tucked within the guests’ place cards.

“My bridesmaids wore their own choice of black dresses and it turned out great. It is actually amazing that four out of the five bridesmaids were pregnant!”

Photo by Dennis Yap Photography*. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Dennis Yap Photography*. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Dennis Yap Photography*. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Dennis Yap Photography*. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Dennis Yap Photography*. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Dennis Yap Photography*. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Dennis Yap Photography*. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Dennis Yap Photography*. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Dennis Yap Photography*. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Dennis Yap Photography*. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Dennis Yap Photography*. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Dennis Yap Photography*. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Tips from the bride: “Take everything in stride. When planning becomes overwhelming, take a break and go back to planning a couple days later. On the day of the wedding, sit back, relax and breathe. Whatever happens or does not happen, it is not the end of the world. Remember that you are marrying your partner in life so focus on your love for each other, include your partner in the decision-making, and listen to his needs. It is not worth fighting before, during, and happily ever after the wedding!

Photo by Dennis Yap Photography*. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Dennis Yap Photography*. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Dennis Yap Photography*. www.theweddingnotebook.com

{Steal Tiffany’s Pinterest board}

TIFFANY & SHANG-YI {US}

Photography by Dennis Yap Photography* / Venue The Bayer Estate of Honolulu, Hawaii / Number of Guests 55 / Wedding Planning by Krystal Jacob / Bridal Gown by David’s Bridal / Bride’s Shoes by Fendi / Hair and Makeup by Pua Reff-Nahaku / Groom’s Attire by Express / Wedding Bands by Jean Bevernage of Beverly’s Jewelers / Groomsmen’s Attire by Express / Flowers and Décor by Floral Inspirations by Fong Tagawa / Wedding Cake by Diamond Head Market / Desserts by Delish! a la mode. / Catering by Beaches and Backyards Catering / Entertainment by David Swanson