Welcome to Visionari – Destination Wedding Photographers

Welcome to Visionari,a select group of world renowned destination wedding photographers: Jon Lagon, Mike Joy, Ryan Takuma, and Lisa Peterson. We created this blog as an extension of our company, featuring some of our destination weddings and events providing an opportunity for our friends and clients to gain insight to our team and our philosophy. Feel free to leave us a comment or send us an email at contact@visionari.com

Modern Pakastani Tradition | Royal Hawaiian

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Yasmin and Sal wanted a very traditional Pakistan Wedding to showcase their beautiful heritage. Although very traditional, they wanted to make sure that the event was still very current and modern. The Royal Hawaiian was the perfect venue!

On the day of the wedding, we had the honor to photograph the gorgeous couple at The Sangri La Modern Art Museum. The backdrop boasts of vivid art deco panels and truly enhanced the traditional wedding outfits that Yasmin and Sal had on that day. It was perfect.

Being able to travel the world to capture some of the best destination wedding events, it was nice having a little bit of the East right here in Hawaii. Enjoy some of these breathtaking images we were able to capture for the lovely couple.

Yasmin and Sal, thank you for allowing us to be apart of your very special and unique wedding day!!!

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NY Chic in Turks & Caicos

Vivian and Kevin knew exactly what type of wedding they wanted once they started planning for their big day, something that represented both of their personalities and everyday lifestyle. Both from New York, it was no surprise that they wanted to include a sense of travel, style and a modern twist to their venue location.

The Gansevoort Luxury Hotel in Turks & Caicos was chic, minimal and perfect.

The couple wed on the white sands and crystal blue water of the Grace Bay Beach. It was exactly what they had envisioned.

Visionari has had many opportunities to travel and photograph weddings all around the world. This one was definitely special. We are so humble to share some of Vivian and Kevin’s wonderful images from their gorgeous wedding day!

Turks & Caicos – Bahamas

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Kalaeloa Beach Lighthouse

Everyone has to agree that when it comes to the big day, it’s all about the gown!! Visionari and Pacific Weddings has teamed up to capture some the season’s most ethereal gowns. Featuring one of Hawaii’s oldest backdrop – the lighthouses at Kalaeloa Beach, the shoot turned out to be very whimsical and romantic.
Justine Godfrey, our model for the day did an amazing job capturing the essence and added much drama to these gorgeous photos.

Pick up the newest Pacific Weddings Magazine – Winter/Spring 2013 to see more!

Photos By: Jon and Mike

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Dominican Republic | Santo Domingo Wedding

Marlene Parron and John Bingaman, both from New York first met at a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton. Little did they know that this was going to be the beginning of their happily ever after…

Marlene, who coincidently became roommates with one of John’s high school friend made it easy for John to find an excuse for his frequent visits. These visits over time blossomed romantically for the two of them. They were inseparable until John had to relocate for business in London. Being away from one another wasn’t easy but they kept their spirits high by always saying, “absence makes the heart grow fonder”.

It wasn’t until a holiday together in Croatia that made them both realized that they no longer could live apart. John asked for Marlene’s hand in marriage on a romantic walk in October 2010 where she happily accepted.

The setting for their nuptials was set in Santo Domingo – Dominican Republic. Their wedding venue was at the Historic Hostal Nicolas de Ovando located in the colonial quarters on the famed street Las Damas. It was the perfect location since Marlene is from the Dominican Republic and John’s parents loved history. The celebration was beautiful lasting late into the early morning! Both groom and bride were glowing the entire day.

We are so thrilled to share and bring this incredible wedding to life through our images. Thank you John and Marlene for allowing us to be apart of your celebration!

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Details, Details, Details.. Oh my!

Details! Yay! I have to admit to you all that I am an absolute sucker for cool, fun, funky details. Nothing makes your wedding more personal then picking interesting decor, favors and treats that showcase you and your fiance’s personalities. I love being able to walk into a wedding and being able to get an instant idea of what makes that couple different. I always strive to capture all those details in as many ways as possible because I know that the couple spent so much time, thought (not to mention money) putting all of that together for their friends and family. Plus, I think details are just as important as any of the other photos I might capture that day because they really help to tell the story of the wedding.

Here is a stylized shoot that we did recently that showcases some fun ideas for decor and wedding favors. Most importantly to me (because I have a very active sweet tooth) are the fun ideas for a treat/candy bar for guests. If I did my job correctly, by the end of this post you should be running out to the store for a bottle of champagne and some goodies! Enjoy :)

Photos by Lisa

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Tan & Linc Wedding

The saying goes, to create a successful relationship you should always try to meet your partner in the middle. Tan and Linc (short for Tanya and Lincoln) have got this little piece of advice down, since they actually met each other when they were both thousands of miles away from their homes. Tanya is from Canada, Lincoln is from Australia and they met each other halfway in London when they became room mates while living abroad. Although they lived together for a few years, it wasn’t until they were separated by Tanya moving away that they realized the connection. They reunited in Australia a little while later and have been together ever since! Because their families and friends would be coming from all over the world, they decided that the best meeting place for all of them would be at the beautiful Olowalu Plantation on Maui. The reception centerpieces featured enlarged Scrabble tiles, which celebrated their love for board games and especially Tanya’s competitive personality.

I had an amazing time capturing all the wonderful moments that made up Tan and Linc’s wedding day and I’m really excited to share some of my favorite photos with you! Tanya, I hope you enjoy this blog post, I had to make one just for you since you expressed to me what a fan you are of our blog :)

Photos by Lisa

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Bali Wedding

Melissa met Kelvin a few years ago through her sister, Vanessa. What started out as a group of friends hanging out, eventually led to a romantic relationship between the two of them. They enjoy traveling together and during their trip to O`ahu last March, Melissa and Kelvin asked Evonne & Darren of Visionari SF, who were living in Honolulu at the time, to do a sunset portrait session of them at Ala Moana Beach Park. During the photo session, Kelvin was so caught up in the moment that he spontaneously decided to get down on one knee and asked Melissa to spend the rest of her life with him, even though he didn’t have the ring on him! Needless to say, Melissa said YES and they celebrated with a lovely dinner at Mariposa, Neiman Marcus!

Bali was where Melissa and Kelvin had their first vacation together and a favorite destination for both of them. Also, they have both always wanted an outdoorsy wedding near the beach or ocean. Given that most of their family and friends live in Singapore, Hong Kong and Indonesia, Bali became a natural choice for their destination wedding.

The ceremony and reception was held at the breathtaking Khayangan Estate in Uluwatu, which has a 180-degree view of the Indian Ocean. Guests from all over the world – London, Sydney, New York, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Indonesia were in attendance. Melissa wanted the decor to be somewhat formal yet timeless, so she opted for black and white as her wedding colors. Sinly Anfeny of Bali Paradise Wedding did a great job planning the entire wedding week.

Congratulations, Melissa and Kelvin! Thank you so much for allowing us the opportunity to document your special day!

Here is the amazing wedding team that made everything possible:

Photography: Visionari
Event Planning: Sinly Anfeny of Bali Paradise Wedding
Ceremony Location: Khayangan Estate
Reception Location: Khayangan Estate
Flowers: D’Oasis
Invitations: Bride – Melissa San
Wedding Dress: Noel Chu
Chinese Wedding Dress & Shoes: Koon Nam Wah & Co.
Wedding Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Bride’s Rings: Gems & Tassels
Groom’s Ring: Tiffany & Co.
Earrings: Gift from Bride’s Sister
Hair/Makeup Artist: Lely
Officiant/Minister: Bali Christian Protestant Church
Caterer & Rentals: Bali Catering Company
Baker/Cake Designer: Ixora Cakes
Tent: Ristana Utama Tent
Cinematographer/Videographer: Point One Video
Photo Booth: Moments to Go
Ceremony Quartet: Catherine Whitaker, Sally Joe, Robert Brown and Mia Watson
Reception Musician: Joanna Dong
DJ: Stevie G., Melali Music Bali

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Roshni & Abhi | Indian Wedding

As a photographer, I have been dying for the chance to be a part of an Indian wedding for years now. I’ve seen so many photos of Indian weddings and have always been struck by the beauty and color that is always prevalent. Roshni and Abhi gave me my first chance to experience one of these amazing, tradition-rich ceremonies up close and I am so excited to share the results with you! I had so much fun spending the day with this couple and their fun, high-energy guests. I was blown away by not only the beautiful color that was everywhere but also by the joy and love that was a huge part of each of the traditional events that took place that day. There was so much going on all day, so many people having fun and I was so excited to be there that I thought my head might explode just trying to capture it all properly! Thank you so much, Roshni and Abhi, for letting me be a part of your day and trusting me to capture all those amazing moments. I’m looking forward to getting together for our scotch-drinking date! ;)

Photos by Lisa

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Volunteer Japan

By the time most of us had heard about the devastating earthquake that hit Japan on March 11, 2011, Jon Lagon was already on the phone, listening to friends and colleagues in Tokyo about what was happening there. They knew he was scheduled to travel to Japan in a few days, but warned him that maybe it would be better to not go ahead with the trip as planned. In the hours after the quake and tsunami, no one could be certain of the full extent of the damage, or the chaos that would follow. Canceling the trip, however, was not an option for Jon and within days he was packed and on his way.

While in Japan he continued to keep in touch with everyone back in Honolulu and mentioned the eerie perception of normalcy while riding the train through Tokyo. Despite the disaster just days before, it was difficult to grasp what was going on elsewhere. Having lived and worked in Japan, with many close friends and family scattered throughout the country, he had been back many times but the unsettling urge to help weighed on him throughout this visit. Before leaving, he knew that he had to come back and help with the relief efforts in areas that were hit the hardest by the tsunami. After weeks of communicating back and forth with those in Japan, Jon left Hawaii again in July to help with the reconstruction mission. Having spent a part of his early career in the military he was prepared to face what was being reported as the one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters on record. Hoping for the best, but prepared for the worst, he packed just enough necessities to fit in his backpack.

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ACF9C64 In the immediate aftermath of the tsunami the world was held captive with images of the national military clearing out roads to help in the recovery effort. Despite an outpouring of aid from the international community, Tokyo was adamant that it was able to handle the situation on its own, that it would take care of its own people. But months later, Jon and the other volunteers continued to see that it was different story on the ground. There were no signs of troops, government officials or the aid that was donated by international agencies. Goods continued to sit in warehouses outside of the area, barely trickling in to the people who needed it.

Talking with the citizens, it was a heart dropping realization that possibly the national government, reeling from own political issues and obligations elsewhere was leaving the stricken areas to manage the situation on their own

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Funakoshi: there used to be 1000 people living here – they are the last 2” Jon via Twitter, 25 July 2011.

With their entire fleet destroyed by the tsunami, a few fishermen will spend days and nights trying to repair even a couple of boats to working order. They do this however, without even knowing if they will ever be able to fish these waters again due to the environmental destruction and nuclear fallout that has occurred. At the time there were no plans for the people to return to any sort of industry; the type that once sustained the local population. In what little spare time he had, Jon showed some of the women how to weave bracelets of paracord, giving them something to do and keep their minds and hands active through the days. With some of the money he raised from these bracelets, he was able to return in August to help with building supplies for the community.

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Perhaps it is the cultural adherence to caution that keeps the government from continuing its efforts, but the groups of volunteers continue to work tirelessly despite the dangerous conditions that exist.

“Just sat through another earthquake, that’s 4 pretty big ones in the past 2 days.” Jon via Twitter, 17 July 2001.

With the number of volunteers working on different projects, Jon was able to help out where assistance was needed. One day a project would be cleaning up homes the next day it would be building chairs for a children’s school.

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An image held from the world’s attention is the ongoing reality of the people left behind. An aging and displaced population of those just struggling to get through each day, they have nowhere else to go and no plan or assistance being offered to them by the government. Hearing Jon describe what he saw and heard, is sobering to say the least.

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