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This is where we love to share our most recent work. Our blog gives us another chance to showcase our lovely work as well as giving you a greater sense of who we are. You will also find more about the beautiful island that we are so blessed to call our home. Thank you for stopping by and please check back to see what we’ve been up to.

Mahalo, Fawne + Sebastian

April 08, 2018
Wedding
Aloha, Brides-to-be! At first glance, this item on your to-do-list may not seem like too big of a deal. Selecting your bridal gown DOES trump most other decisions, we know that! ;) But don’t overlook this one either. Your bridesmaid’s dresses will make quite the impact on your Hawaii wedding photos. We want that impact to be one that illuminates the natural beauty of Hawaii and correlates with your overall wedding theme. We also want to ensure that their dresses don’t distract from you + your groom, as this is your magical day! Here’s a few tips for selecting bridesmaid dresses that will enable spectacular Hawaii wedding photographs: bridesmaid dresses at grand hyatt kauai wedding with pink and blush tones boho bridesmaid dresses for hawaii wedding in tropical outdoor paradise wedding setting 1. Less is more & simple is best. By selecting simple dresses, your bridesmaids will elegantly enable the beauty of Hawaii to be experienced in every photograph.Our majestic palms, incredible sunsets, colorful blooms, wide open skies, and sea-side greenery will be incredible backdrops for your wedding photos. Also, it’s important to choose dresses created with light fabrics, as the temperatures in Hawaii can be wonderfully warm! bridesmaid dresses in gold at st regis princeville for destination wedding bridesmaidswhere to buy bridesmaid dresses for hawaii wedding 2. Choose soft hues. Light, softer colors such as blushes and nudes are generally excellent options for bridesmaid dresses. Again, Hawaii offers so much for natural, vibrant coloring and texture, so steering away from the more highly vibrant tones will keep your photographs soft, light and elegant. Although we have started to see a trend toward bold and lovely jewel tones like mustard yellows, plum and wine tones which provide a more bold, yet soft look. Due to them being not overly vibrant in color, they still work wonderfully well with Hawaii’s abundance of vibrant green tones. kauai wedding green bridesmaid dresses and ideas on where to buy bridesmaid dresses kauai wedding photographers for your destination wedding in hawaii or paradise 3. Feel free to mix & match! We’ve witnessed some incredibly tasteful bridesmaid dresses of differing style, but similar hue. This is a fun, creative option if you’re looking to represent a couple of different styles in your bridesmaids’ attire. You can keep a crisp and elegant wedding day look, while also artistically selecting different dresses for your girls. Narrow down to a couple of styles, and give your bridesmaids some freedom to find a dress that captures their personality within your palette. Reminiscing on the beautiful way Jade chose this for her bridesmaids! resource on where to buy bridesmaid dresses for hawaii destination tropical wedding on kauai cream bridesmaid acacia dresses for your st regis kauai wedding bridesmaid dress resources for destination wedding in hawaii on kauai island Hawaiian themed bridesmaid dresses purple long bridesmaids dresses for tropical outdoor hawaii wedding at na aina kai gardens kauai mismatch bridesmaid dresses for hawaii wedding at st regis kauai princeville These are just a few suggestions that we’ve seen consistently create a beautiful look and feel, but we’ve also seen all these rules tastefully broken. So our big message is, take these suggestions with a grain of salt, and we encourage you to follow your heart and choose a style that speaks to you and your best ladies. We hope you’ve found these tips helpful as you prepare to select bridesmaid dresses! Additionally, here are some designers we’d recommend who offer some dresses that align with our above suggestions. Mahalo for reading, & happy shopping! Bill Levkoff Monique Lhuillier Show Me Your Mumu Bari Jay (Style 1803, 1801 look pretty cute!) Sorella Vita Jenny Yoo Revelry Dessy Grace Loves Lace

Reformation

Nordstrom

Asos - for the boho lace look, How gorgeous is this dress!?!

BHLDN

PPS Couture

Two other brands we love are Flynn Skye and Stone Cold Fox. They don’t have sections for bridesmaids dresses, but maybe a dress for you for the wedding week if anything.

If you have any other beautiful designers / sites  that you love that we have not included here, and want to share, please email us at mail@sealightstudios.com, we'd love to update our list!

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May 20, 2017
About Us
Aloha, Fawne here today sharing some photos of a trip to India with my mom and sister this past December. Finally getting around to posting some pics of the journey. Yay for actually finding time to edit and share personal photos, it's like the chef that never cooks for themselves. Yikes, working on it!

India had always been a place of mystery and wonder for me. My parents, before I was born and to this day, go every year to an ashram in northern India. My whole life, stories of this far off land created a collage of mystery for this place that my parents loved so much. And finally this past December, my mom, sister and I made the adventure happen.

We headed for south India, to a magical Ayurvedic retreat to relax, unwind, and share some quality time together. We had a few days in Delhi and a few days in Cochin on our way to Kerala where Nattika Beach Resort is located. Before I hop into the magic of Nattika, let's talk culture shock. We flew from Tokyo to New Delhi, and as we approached, this belt of grey pollution lined the horizon, and yes we descended under it, like going into an under world or something. The clean air Hawaii girl in me, got out my mask to prepare for leaving the plane. Haha, I heard the stories, I was prepared! ;) My mom and sister, no masks. Also before going, a huge issue was happening with government and money, so we were unsure if we could exchange money, and heard stories of 8 hours plus waiting in lines to exchange a maximum of $75. Luckily, grace was on our side, and only 1 hour in line, we were all set. (Yes we used airport exchange booths, it was worth it and so happy we did because banks in town had lines for blocks!!)

It was dusk by this point, and the adventure of experiencing driving in India begins. I should clarify, being a passenger, we would never attempt to drive here - oh my! The Horn, for example the most precious asset of your car in India, and if it doesn't work, I would imagine you would be in serious trouble. 'Honk - Honk!!' I am here. 'Honk-Honk!!' - Coming over. 'Honk - Honk' - Don't come over I am here. 'Honk - Honk' - No I am really coming over. It was like a language of its own. It was not aggressive, pist off honks you think of here in America, it was a constant conversation, of little light beep beeps, that by the end of the trip, I started to understand more. But really the moment you get in the taxi (ours was a nice comfortable AC van), and you see the driver start to cross the line into the other lane, that clearly can not fit another car, you tighten up and brace for impact. Pretty sure my sister and I were in the back seat squeezing each other and looking at each other big eyed as we seemingly were headed for a sure collision. And for a 45min taxi ride to the lovely Imperial Hotel in New Delhi we saw quickly that everything we've been taught about driving does not apply here. lol. I wish I captured photos of the streets jammed, thinking how would any car be able to move, but some how the chaos was fluid, and bringing any structure into this situation, would be a complete fail and surly get you killed, in their world. I could go on, but one more surprising thing here, headlights, another must for your car in India. In the misty morning and pollution filled streets, that sometimes you could not see a cars length in front of you, flashing your lights (while honking your horn) was vital to your survival. There was some other communication of high beam and low beam, that we could not quite figure out, but the person in front of you would give way if you high beamed them.

This very well might be the longest blog post, but hey if you are this far still reading this, you are awesome, and I totally get it, if you just skip to the photos. I am a visual person too. But I want to share this awesome experience, as I was not always taking photos and there is just so much to share of this full experience.

So New Delhi was an adventure, wild and crazy. In short, we found the best vegan, pure Organic food at Devang House (seriously OMG!),  had killer dhal (in room service of all places) at the Imperial Hotel, shopped some local favs of my moms that we've been getting presents from over the years (Anokhi & Fab India) and then, ended up in the hospital, yes I shut my moms hand in the taxi door on accident (insert huge sad face!!) and man, a hospital in India was something else. I could write a novel on that crazy wild story, but lets just leave it at, my mom was ok, got some stitches from a young Bollywood jazzed nurse (because my mom refused from the old doctor who fiddled in the corner with his books and then bandaged her finger like a 2 year old did it, which we found out later he did not speak english and was waiting for orders, but still, the bandage job was seriously worrisome!) We survived the hospital and my moms finger was ok and today is totally fine! Feeewwph!

Onward to Kerala. Now at the local side of the airport, the cultural experience gets more real. No more english, a smaller plane that feels like an Indian school bus from the vibrant colors, to the music, to the broken english on the flaps on the seat in front of you, to the bathrooms and so on. Landing in Kerla, a huge contrast to Delhi. Palm trees and space. Ok, feeling a bit more relaxed now. A sweet Indian man picked us up at the airport from the resort and we started the 2 hour drive south to Nattika. Smaller roads (still 'crazy' driving), lots of palm trees and space.

Nattika Beach Resort was pure magic. You get welcomed with a coconut and sweet lei. And 2 hours later we were in treatments already! Ok, we were already in heaven. Each day we got pampered for 2 hours based off our Doshas and what treatments we needed, but they all consisted of lots of oil and massage. I would get up at 5:45am each morning while my mom and sister were sleeping and slip out the door, in the dark with a blanket wrapped around me, shuffle off to the meditation hut, where others started to quietly gather. As the sun would rise, you would hear songs and chants in the far off distance, crows chipping, and leaves rustling. Then following meditation, yoga was after and I of course stayed for that. I felt so alive starting each day like this, with such self care. Then breakfast around 7:30am I'd meet up with my mom and sister. We'd laugh, eat and drink tea. The whole resort was vegetarian, and they accommodate any dietary need you have, so I was in heaven. The cooks name was 'Sebastian', a little something that I loved and made me think of my sweet man at home. He was so lovely and knew in detail our dietary preferences (how did he remember everyones??!?!) and any doctors notes on suggestions what dishes were best. Warm cumin and ginger water started every meal. It seemed odd at first, but now back at home, I see myself wanting to do this more and more. It's really good for your digestion, and they are not big on cold water or drinks, as it slows down 'digestive fire'.

The resort had 24 hours guards, so you feel real safe, but my sister and I wanted to go outside the gates and explore. We both were a little hesitant, like was it safe for us to go? They assured us it was, so we took the bikes they offered and went off on the small one lane windy road to see what was out there and biked to the nearest town 30 minutes away. Keep in mind it was HOT, but we are wearing long tights, a dress over that and a shaull over our shoulders to be respectful of their culture. It was one sweaty ride, haha! I of course brought my camera and made many stops for photo ops, but not as many as my creative mind wanted, I just mainly soaked up the ride and this new experience. :)

There were these magical beach huts on the beach, the resort was beach front to the Arbian Sea. Being Hawaii girls, the beach was less than impressive, and we did not get in the ocean, as it was a bit polluted but we did lounge in the huts lots and take naps. :) They had a magical pool that we'd daily swim laps in and sun bathe. There were lectures and classes throughout the day you could take if it interested you. I took a few ones on breath, that I loved. I found myself enjoying slowing down the pace of life and enjoying long meals and great conversation, laughter and quality time with my mom and sister.

Although India was crazy, polluted, dirty, wild on the outside, there was something so magical about India on the inside. I have been wanting to really mediate daily, but could never find the spark to really get me there. But something changed within me in this India trip, and the blessings of slowing down, self care and meditating daily have been such gifts to learn. I've noticed it brings me more present in each moment. And this moment is truly all we have, so how are you going to choose to experience it? Enjoy this little photo essay of my trip.

Mahalo for stopping by! Hugs, Fawne

p.s. If you are wondering where those super cute Kaftans are from, check out my childhood friends awesome company Pondicherie. Modeled by my gorgeous sister. India taxi driver. Coconut grove in Nattika Resort. Kaftan in India. South India beach. Bike ride through coconut palms. Indian women walking down ally way. Local Indian boys in Nattika. Boats in South India. Indian Fisherman. Woven palm huts, south indianLocal Indian Fisherman paddle in traditional river boat.
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February 27, 2017
About Us
Taking time off to enjoy our beautiful island is at top of our list when we know we have a break in our busy schedule photographing weddings. You have to get permits months in advanced to camp at this majestic valley, so we had to plan in advanced. When we were young, 19 and falling in love, on Sebastian's first trip to Kauai, I took him to this sacred place, as I felt like he would not understand me or my upbringing without experiencing this place I love so much. We love to unplug and recharge in nature, and feel so blessed, this is right here on Kauai. kauai photographer kauai photographer kalalau kauai photographer hawaii kauai photographer kauai photographer kalalau valley hawaii kauai photographer kalalau valley kauai photographer outdoors kauai photographer kauai photographer kalalau kauai photographer kalalau kauai photographer kauai photographer
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February 25, 2017
Wedding
It was an amazing and unique experience to photograph a traditional Indian wedding here on Kauai. All the vibrant flavors, colors and traditional elements made this wedding so much fun for us to capture. A highlight of the day was the grooms Baraat. Which is a large procession when the groom, family and friends dance and cheer their way to the wedding location, while the groom, mounted on horse back, is guided to the ceremony site. It took some exceptional coordinating to pull off the Baraat on the beach in front of the St. Regis hotel, but the family, friends and horse did an amazing  job bringing this Indian wedding tradition to Hawaii. st regis wedding photographers kauai luxury hawaii wedding photographers kauai-st-regis-wedding-004 st regis kauai wedding photographers luxury st regis wedding photographers hawaii st regis indian luxury wedding photographers kauai hawaiiluxury indian wedding photographers hawaii at st regis hotel kauai-st-regis-wedding-009 kauai-st-regis-wedding-010 st regis princeville luxury hawaii wedding photographers kauai-st-regis-wedding-012 st regis hawaii wedding photographers luxuryhawaii luxury wedding photographers kauai at st regis hotel st regis hawaii wedding photographers st regis princeville resort wedding photographers kauai hawaii luxury indian hawaii wedding photographers at st regis hotel princeville indian luxury wedding photographers kauai hawaii luxury indian wedding photographers hawaii at st regis hotel kauai st regis hotel luxury hawaii wedding photographers indian luxury hawaii wedding photographers at princeville st regis hotel kauai luxury hawaii wedding photographers at st regis hotel kauai indian luxury wedding photographers hawaii at st regis hotel princeville st regis resort luxury wedding photographers luxury wedding photographers hawaii indian luxury wedding photographers hawaii st regis hotel indian wedding luxury photographers hawaii on kauai kauai-st-regis-wedding-030Venue: St Regis Kauai | Coordination: Moana Events | Hair & Makeup: Whikd | Florist & Design: Martin Roberts | Rings: Cartier | DJ: DJ Sandeep |
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