Let the beauty of what you love be what you do!
This quote from Rumi conveys precisely who we are as a team! We are passionate about creating meaningful, loving, and intimate wedding experiences for each of our clients, and…
WE LOVE IT!
Rev. Dard Aller
Partner | Senior Pastor
Rev. Dard is Beach Weddings Hawaii's spiritual anchor, founder and biggest cheerleader. He graduated from Princeton University (B.A. in English Literature) and Hartford Seminary (Masters in Religious Studies). Rev. Dard was ordained as a Pastor in The United Church of Christ in 1975 at The Congregational Church of Salsbury. His resume includes 4 years as the Chaplain of the Garden Tomb in Israel and 7 years as the Founding Pastor of the Hunger Mountain Christian Assembly in Waterbury Vermont.
A 30 year resident of the Big Island, Dard was Founder and Director of Kailua Bay Counseling Service and was responsible for the successful launch of two Christian churches in Kona where he served as Senior Pastor. Now through Beach Weddings Hawaii, founded in 1995, Dard is focusing his spirit, energy and enthusiasm into making your dream wedding come true.
An avid sportsman, Dard is a six time finisher of the Ironman Triathlon World Championship, the Honu and Hilo Triathlons, Honolulu Marathon, and has climbed throughout the Swiss Alps, including summiting the Matterhorn. While working on his B.A. at Princeton, Rev. Dard still found time to captain the Princeton University Ski Team. Don't be surprised if you bump into Dard out swimming at The Pier at Kailua-Kona, on your hike to the top of Mauna Kea, during your next long run or while you're doing a 100 mile bike ride to Hawi and back. Make sure you say "Aloha Rev. Dard!" - we promise it will make his (and your) day.
Partner | Principal Photographer
Eric is Beach Weddings Hawaii's Principal Photographer and Managing Partner. Over the years Eric's had the pleasure of photographing thousands of bridal, editorial and commercial projects in Asia, Europe and North America. Intimate destination weddings are his favorite subject. For Beach Weddings Hawaii clientele, Eric creates exquisite still images using a blend of photojournalistic and fashion editorial styles.
Eric has lived and worked extensively in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Los Angeles, and Honolulu. Eric is currently based in Holualoa, a beautiful artist village which is located above Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. From Holualoa, Eric travels to events on all of the Hawaiian Islands and to other beautiful venues around the world. Eric's commercial clients include: Shiseido, Formula 1, Harry Winston, Hilton Resorts, Sony, the International Olympic Committee, Johnnie Walker Black, the Wall Street Journal, CCTV (China), FujiTV (Japan), FTSE, NASDAQ, and the New York Stock Exchange.
In his free time Eric enjoys having IPAs with Rev. Dard, kitesurfing when wind is up, open ocean swims when wind is down, mountain biking around North Kohala, and getting lost in foreign countries. You can view more of Eric's work at: musebride.com, museagenci.com, erickrhodes.com and meterabranding.com.
Coordinator | Event Designer
Stephanie is Beach Weddings Hawaii's Event Designer, Wedding Coordinator and Sister Officiant. She grew up a part of a large family with an even larger Heart for Community. Because there was always a party, a fundraiser or a meeting to attend, Stephanie has played the roles of Hostess, Spokesperson and Coordinator since childhood.
After receiving her B.A. in Environmental Studies, Stephanie followed her passion to teach and travel until she found herself "at home" in Hawaii. She has had the pleasure of living in Kona for the last 16 years as a Mother, an Educator and an Environmental Steward. She considers Joy and Gratitude to be the Foundation of whatever she Creates and consciously brings that Energy to all Beach Weddings.
In her spare time, Stephanie loves to be outdoors with her kids. You will often find her strolling or running by the water or practicing Tai Chi in the park. Her love of music and dance, color and design find expression throughout her life and alternately she takes great solace in reading, studying and writing, quietly and alone at home.
Post-Production | Digital Artist
Shirish is a valued member of the Beach Weddings Hawaii post-production team. Shirish is a graphic designer, visual editor and musician originally from Nepal. He loves clean lines, good use of negative space, and beautiful typography. He is a singer/songwriter for the Nepali band Albatross, which tours internationally. He currently lives in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii with his family.
Post-Production | Digital Artist
Anya is Beach Weddings Hawaii's lead post-production / digital artist. Anya is passionate about all aspect of visual media and design. She has a background in photojournalism, a fascination with documentary film, an interest in web design, and a love for arts education. She is the co-founder of a media arts organization in Nepal, as well as a teacher of many workshops on photography, filmmaking and new media. Originally from Ukraine, she has lived and worked all over the world and currently lives in beautiful Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.