Brad Walters is a destination wedding photographer traveling to spectacular locations like Hawaii photographing his client's Hawaii destination weddings.


Not to point out the obvious, but the Hawaiian Islands are a unique choice for an island wedding because they are located in the Pacific Ocean instead of the Atlantic, and also because it is a U.S. state. Because of the latter, you and your wedding guests will not need to go through the hassle and expense of obtaining a visa, or even a passport to have a destination wedding on the Hawaiian Islands.

Although Hawaii has its unique qualities compared to other tropical getaways in the Atlantic, it is in-fact still a very lush, tropical landscape. However, the climate tends to be a little less extreme than other tropical climates due to the trade winds that continually blow across the islands. The temperature remains mild throughout the year averaging about 75°, and humidity is moderate.

One of the biggest aspects to consider about a Hawaiian destination wedding is where on the islands you will have your wedding. The amount of rain that falls on the islands differs dramatically from location to location. A good, simple rule of thumb is to plan to be on the leeward sides, rather than the windward sides, although most resorts have been built on the leeward sides regardless. Making this simple determination could mean the difference between sunshine and rain on your wedding day. Thankfully for brides, the heaviest rains occur in the winter.

The Hawaiian Islands have long been a favorite destination for American travelers, and so the wedding industry is very well established and respected.

As with many destination wedding locations, there could be a number of resorts in Hawaii that do not allow destination wedding photographers, so be sure to choose a resort that allows a destination wedding photographer for your Hawaii wedding. Contact our studio to be sure your venue is accommodating to destination wedding photographers. Utilizing the hotel “photographer” is highly discouraged, as many time these employees are not trained photographers, nor are they experienced destination wedding photographers.

A list of commonly known resorts that cater to destination weddings, but also disallow or actually charge high fees for allowing destination wedding photographers to serve their clients, include the Sandals Resorts (all locations), Breezes (all locations), Rooms On The Beach Resorts (all locations), Couples Resorts (all locations), Starfish Resorts (all locations), Grand Lido Resorts (all locations), Rose Hall (Jamaica) and the Fern Tree Spa at Half Moon (Jamaica) (The Fern Tree is the same Company as Rose Hall).