Lauren + Ian in Pacific Weddings

It was 9:45pm, well passed my scheduled photography end time and the celebration raged on below, guests merrily scattered across the cafe speckled lawn of La Pietra. I had been in the parking lot conversing with Leilani, my assistant for the day but moreso friend, as we took time to catch up on each other's lives post work. It was a warm summer evening and we were both exhausted, ready to call it a night. I made my way down the series of stairs back into the depths of the reception for one last bottle of water before groggily heading home. High atop the stairs we gazed across the cafe lit lawn nestled against the Honolulu skyline. "Wow, that's pretty, huh?" we observed in wonder. "Dang, that would make a great photo..." I muttered. Without missing a beat, Lan volunteered and happily made her way back up the series of steep stairs to bring my camera for one last photo. As I waited, I slipped onto the railing's edge in hopes of reliving me aching feet when it happened. Guests roared in joy as spontaneous fireworks brightly rang in the distance. I couldn't believe it. Against such a gorgeous, shimmery backdrop this well deserving couple was getting a complimentary firework show! Without a second though I kicked off my shoes, tied my hair into a bun and ran as fast as I could up the stairs to the parking lot, yelling out "Lan!  LANNNNNNNNN!!!", scrambling for my gear. Barefoot toes skipping every other stair, Mark3 in hand, bun loose and sideways atop my head, I internally paused and smiled at the sheer merriment in it all. Here I was, flippin' exhausted and hours past our end time, lit with excitement and passion as I booked it to get a few photos of this wedding day treat. 

It's those little sparks that fuel my creativity and build into an arrangement of twinkly, fizzly patterns, making my heart go boom and my soul ring out a chorus of "ooh"s and "ahhhhh"s, reminding me I really really love photographing weddings.

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Bonus points if they get featured in print. Beyond happy to relieve Lauren + Ian's own gorgeous (and wayyyy fun filled) La Pietra wedding in the Summer/Fall 2015 issue of Pacific Weddings. 


It is with MUCH excitement, a proud smile that as I stare down the barrel of an empty cup of coffee that I hoot and holler: my new website is LIVE! HOORAY! What was quite an undertaking, especially when you D.I.Y that baby, but I am beyond thrilled to have a little corner of the internet that reflects my style, inspirations and eye for bold and celebratory film photography. This calls for some rosé!  


2013 Shay Cochrane

If you have a minute today take a peek and tell me whatcha think on Instagram. Engaged or traveling to the islands? Get in touch!



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Brooke + Jarrod | Kualoa Ranch Wedding

Brooke and Jarrod, both teachers (she teaches the wee ones and he uses his skills as a Professional + semi professional football player to coach high school PE), were set-up on a blind date by mutual friends. Over 3 years later they figured 'why wait', deciding to forgo traditional event planning and hop over from South Perth, Australia to make it official with a destination wedding they would later surprise friends + family with! Excited by all fun things Hawai'i (+ Disney!), the couple couple stayed at the Aulani resort and planned for a gorgeous and simple elopement by the water at Kualoa Ranch on O'ahu, a scenic spot for movie buffs! Backgrounds of "50 First Dates" and "You, Me + Dupree" set the stage at Moli'i gardens.  Local officiant Kahu Bruce wrapped their ceremony with a strong Hawaiian chant just before they sealed the deal exchanging handwritten vows. Intimate, romantic and full of joy, these two were just as insanely lovely as their afternoon elopement. But can we all have a moment of silence for that incredible gown? To see more from their weddings + get the scoop from the Bride, check out their feature on Pacific Weddings.

Shot on a Contax 645 with Portra 400 film | Coordinator: O'ahu Wedding (Kibby Fergusson)| Officiant: Kahu Bruce | Location: Hale Moli'i at Kualoa Ranch| Dress: Lover | Videographer:  Crane Media| Flowers:  Watanabe Floral |Film Processing: Goodman Film Lab 

My Brand in One Image

The other day I checked out an article by SLR Lounge showcasing 20 photographers alongside one image that represented each of their brands. One image I thought. ONE?!?! Thank goodness they didn't ask me I kinda sorta lied to myself I'd send over an entire gallery to choose from! The more it floated through my mind I was able to peel back the layers from my favorite images spanning the years, narrowing it down to a few characteristics that are innately Ashley. When it comes to my personal ever evolving style there are certain tidbits that are forever me; well-traveled mixes of lively prints, bright colors and lots and lots of white...and gold. duh. Gotta have gold. But what single photograph intermingles the spirit of my brand? Essentially, of me?

Bright, playful and completely of-the-moment, Lauren + Kawika's soiree was something from a dream. Showered with passing rains, the laid-back pair popped open umbrellas and carried on the soiree. Spontaneous, stylish and a little bit wild, Lauren says Kawika "makes her feel like a kid again" and in this spontaneous moment as newly minted husband and wife, it radiates. I take great pride in crafting gorgeous scenes where couples don't see a pretty posed photograph from their wedding day but instead look back and can say "that's us, that's exactly us". Therefore this celebratory photograph takes the cake. ;) Oh, and confetti. Confetti wins.


Featured: The Knot Fall 2015

I may have screamed when I got word that Brian + David's perfectly 'Old Hawai'i' celebration would grace the pages of The Knot, but I about peed my pants when the glossy magazine showed up on my doorstep. Their event was a grand success, sophisticated, full of details that were totally them (right down to their matching rings!), Ted's bakery pies and giant light-up letters. Avery of Green Honolulu creatively mixed ferns, pineapples, raw coconuts and orchids, local staples that set the stage for an elegant affair. Guys, the night spend dancing under the banyan tree lanterns truly was Island Chic! With the bonzai toasts, chocolate macnut pie and your custom tuxes, your day was essentially Hawai'i done with Manhattan style. Your warmth, playfulness and love completely transcended the lush details of your timeless summer wedding. For Brian Kailua may have once been home, but now it's forever with David.  And your FRIENDS? Da bomb. Wishing you 10,000 MORE years of happiness, laughter + travel together. Ps: David, your Bowtie was perfect all. day. long.

Check out their Dillingham Ranch, O'ahu wedding in the Real Weddings section of the Knot Fall 2015. My first time having my work printed in a national publication, too.  Did someone hear a cork pop? I think this calls for a party! I may or may not be still searching Target to buy up every dang issue.

See more details on + or browse the couple's full gallery here

Coordination: Nichole Weddings + Events | Venue: Dillingham Ranch  | Event Rentals: Les Saisons | Event Rentals: Pacific Party Rentals |Staffing: Gourmet Events Hawai'i | Catering: Island Fusion Catering| Make-up: Maleana | Pies: Ted's Bakery | Florals: Green Honolulu | Stationary: Bradley + Lily | Suits: Tom James Custom Suits | Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Lighting: Mood Event | DJ: Music Mix Productions | Transportation: Royal Star Motorcoach | Music + Entertainment: Manoa DNA | Photo Booth: the Flash Lab | Cake: We Heart Cake Company | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Rentals: Event Essentials Hawai'i



Kari + Shaun

A little bit of vintage, a hint of of burlap and lace, and their absolute favorite fur baby, Spunky, to accompany them down the aisle at the gorgeous Sunset Ranch on O'ahu, Hawai'i.

Venue: Sunset Ranch  | Florals: Passion Roots  | Rentals:  Pacific Party Rentals |  Officiant: Judge Karl Sakamoto | Caterer: Chef Elmer Guzman  | Staffing: s| Musician: Henry Makua  | Dj: The DJ Hawaii | Cake: Cake Works  |  Shaved Ice Truck: Tat's Shave Ice  | Dress:  Pronovias  | Shoes:  Ferragamo