Pros & Cons of Eloping Or Destination Wedding during Covid19 – Maui Wedding Photography

Pros & Cons of Eloping Or Destination Wedding during Covid19 – Maui Wedding Photography


The Pros & Cons of Eloping OR Having a desination Wedding in Hawaii during Covid19

 Congratulations on deciding to come to Hawaii for your wedding. Now comes the big decisions!  Do you just make it easy & ELOPE or make it the DESINATION WEDDING you have always dreamed about?  There certainly are lots of pros & cons to doing both. Before Covid 19 this decision was probably easier to make then it is now.

Yes, unfortunately Covid 19 has changed everything & that begins with the mandatory State of Hawaii travel restrictions. Below are some of the mandatory restrictions, but I encourage you to research for the very ;latest changes as The State of Hawaii has been known to change the rules suddenly. For more information from the State of Hawaii look at the link attached below.

These restrictions are as follows.

All travelers must have a negative test result BEFORE beginning the final leg of their trip. Anyone without a negative test                      result PRIOR to departure must quarantine upon arrival. Mandatory quarantine is ten days. 

               -The negative test result must be uploaded onto Safe Travels prior to departure or printed out prior to departure and hard                    copy in hand when arriving in Hawai‘i.

               -Once in Hawaii there are also additional mandatory restrictions including mandatory mask wearing throughout the                              entire Hawaiian Islands. 

                – Fortunately the State of Hawaii has eased up on some rules specific to weddings where the mask can be removed at                            certain times for the wedding couple, the family & wedding party. Although social distance rules are still in effect. All                              vendors, other then ministers & some musicians have to wear their mask & keep their distance throughout the entire event. 

So knowing what the basic rules are & the difficulties of having a your dream destination wedding or do you simplify it & just elope?? That is the question??

So obviously if you want to have your dream wedding it can be done. Unfortunately it is just at a greater expense then it used to be, because of all the additional protocols that need to be taken in getting to Hawaii  & once here the additional expense of the keeping the guests & vendors safe. Pretty much all the vendors I know have gone to great lengths to make sure that the weddings go off seamlessly with safety protocols in place using six feet of social distancing, hand sanitizers & wearing masks 100% of the time. Of the few big weddings I have done since Hawaii has opened up I have worn a mask for nine hours straight maintained social distancing.

One aspect of having a big destination wedding in Hawaii is not only the difficulties of your travel but also the travel of all of your guests. So in 2020 I have had two big weddings that were right at the quotas for maximum number of people. One of the weddings, all of my clients were from Iowa  where Covid19 has been especially brutal. Unfortunately because of what is happening the grandparents were not able to travel & couldn’t attend. In addition some of the wedding party, the very night before they were to fly almost didn’t get the mandatory documents to the State of Hawaii.  They were able to get it done in the nick of time, but with great stress. This added stress/anxiety definitely needs to be considered during your evaluation whether to have a big wedding or simply eloping.

So what about Eloping? Obviously it’s just the two of you so your parents & family are not going to attend & cry as they see you walk down the aisle. For some, like my wife, this was NOT an option for her parents.I totally understand the importance of this and this might be the single biggest decider on what you do and might be  the biggest detriment to eloping. BUT nowadays with technology like live streaming that can ease the parents concerns about traveling during covid and also using zoom to include people who were not able to travel.  Another thing that will make your family more content with your decision to elope is having a fantastic photographer. Having a great photographer who captures not only all the the little moments & important details, but also the great big dramatic images that will blow the socks off of all that see the images!

More benefits about eloping include making the wedding something you never dreamed it could be with a large destination wedding. Something I love doing is planning an executing an “Adventure Weddings” where you literally go on a photo adventure shooting unique images at each location that are off the beaten path & then have the nuptials maybe in a tropical forest & experience the sunset on a windy cliff with breaking waves.  Perhaps it is at sunrise on the summit of Haleakala or with your feet in the white sand of the perfect beach. Other benefits about eloping is that instead of spending money on tents & chairs & fruity drinks, you can go all out with your dream dress & deluxe accommodations/dinner at your dreamy Maui restaurant.  So these are just a few of the pro & cons about eloping or holding a destination wedding in Hawaii during Covid.


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Bianca & Jordan @ Sugarbeach

Bianca & Jordan @ Sugarbeach

When Bianca & Jordan first reached out to me about being part of their wedding I was so excited. Sounded like it was going to be one for the ages.  We had first talked on the phone, but as were in discussions we started texting. Although I had never met them, our texts were so fun and it was as if we were long time friends who just hadn't seen each other for a long time. Love when you connect with your clients like that!

What a great venue they had chosen for their nuptials at  Sugar Beach Events in Kihei Maui! With an incredible beach & sunset just feet from the venue I knew it was going to be amazing. In addition Sugar Beach Events has a reputation for producing super high quality events with every detail taken care including the most delicious food! 

Bianca & Jordan's wedding day was finally upon on & it was everything I thought it would be.The two of them super calm getting ready with their besties & families. Especially enjoyed suave Jordan & his groomsman getting rowdy just  before the wedding.  

With about a hundred friends & family in attendance sitting facing these perfect palm trees & incredible arch adorned in huge elephant ears their wedding venue looked amazing! Wiping tears from his face as Bianca walked down the aisle with her dad, the scene was set.  They had enlisted one of their best friends to be their minister & seeing that he was out of state he had to do all of the proper paperwork to get his credentials so he could be their minister. How special is that to enlist one of your best friends  to be your minister??

Their wedding vows were beautiful & finally they said their I Do's & the crowd erupted in cheers. Love seeing all this joy! I chased after them as they hugged we did snaps around the grounds of the venue with all of their favorite people. 

Venturing in the dining room & dance floor my friend DJ Dan had taken over & got them out for a first dance. It was near the end of it that their huge wedding party crashed the dance floor & completely surrounded  them. Super fun witnessing this spontaneous joy! 

Looking outside the sun was setting & turning the sky into magic colors. Of course we chased it & got some magic shots to go with the magic colors!  



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7 Reasons to Wear Flower Crowns for Your Wedding

7 Reasons to Wear Flower Crowns for Your Wedding

What is a Haku Lei?

Hawaii is home to the most beautiful flowers in the world! The Hawaiian Haku is a crown of flowers that is placed on your head as a headdress and is popular for weddings. The bride looks like royalty with this ornamenting flower headdress that compliments the dress and venue in which she is uniting with her partner! Traditionally, a white haku is worn but many brides have colorful haku’s made and look especially colorful on their special day, even color coordinated with their partner and color ensemble.  A bride will glow on her special day with these radiant flowers that will decorate her hair for her special occasion. You will adore your choice to wear a Haku lei!

1. Flowers are a woman’s best friend.

Tropical flowers are beautiful and adorned around your head makes you feel like a tropical princess. The flowers are ecstatic that they get to lay there and whisper sweet nothings in your ear before you walk down the aisle to your prince in waiting. Your sweet prince will look at your lovingly and kiss you and he will ponder how his dreams came true and how the woman of his dreams is decorated in the most beautiful flowers in the world and how you both will spend the rest of eternity together forever. He will never forget your flower crown and the memories that he will have of this unforgettable day.  Flowers are truly a woman’s best friend.  His day can’t get any better.  Neither can yours, you’re wearing a flower crown. You are the queen! The Flower Queen!

2. Crown Flowers are Elegant and Provide Gorgeous Hair in the Wind

If you have ever visited the Hawaiian Kingdom, you will know that the breeze is the ruler of the islands.  Makani is the term for wind and your hair will love to blow around in these gentle Hawaiian winds.  In case you may not indulge in the windblown look, flower crowns are for you!  By wearing a flower crown you have eliminated flyaway strands of hair just like that.  They are not only beautiful but delicately placed to keep your hair down! This is the best-kept secret on the islands of Hawai’i.  Your hair will look spectacular!

3. Your Bridesmaids will want to wear them too!

Do you and the girls get dressed up for a night on the town?  Matching lipstick, same color mini skirt?  What about matching flower crowns? This is the wonderful thing about having to decide what the bridesmaids will wear, why not include a Haku lei?  Many brides and bridesmaids have joined the fun by getting ready with champagne and flower crowns! This is one of the most enchanting ways to spruce up your Hawaiian wedding! You already had your Bachelorette party with these lovely ladies, (who know how to through a party) why not dress them up in the flowers that they deserve on your extraordinary day? Your bridesmaids will thank you and will always remember this special day!

4. Hawaii is unique that the flower crowns never go out of style!

Hawaii is known for the tropical flowers that call the islands home.  Some trends go in and out of style but here in the islands, flower crowns will be forever popular, stylish and represent royalty! Visitors from all over the world come to visit the islands and notice a style of freedom, ocean, greenery, and FLOWERS!  You will want to adorn yourself flowers especially for your wedding day!  There are many places to create your own Haku’s, our favorite place is Haku Maui in Makawao, Maui.  YOU can create your own haku with friends and family and sip on champagne with pupu’s (appetizers in Hawaiian)  and snacks on your lovely vacation or wedding.

5.  You can customize your own special look into your flower wedding crown!

Many ancient Hawaiians would make their crowns out of bird feathers.  Their haku’s were genuinely fabulous and gorgeous.  On your special day you may want to add a special touch to your flower crown, you could be like the ancient Hawaiians and add a special feather or something unique to you and your beloved!  Maybe a mini veil would look nice or a special trinket that you have saved for just this special occasion! You may want to consider something blue to perfect all of your wedding goals!! You can get as creative as you like!

6.  The type of flower you choose has meaning!

Ancient Hawaiians have meaning for everything. The beautiful plumeria flower symbolizes positivity! Sometimes arranging a wedding and your wedding day may become a little hectic.  It has been said that wearing flowers, especially plumeria flowers does sooth the soul and exude positivity. It is as if the little flower is giving you it’s blessing when you wear it around your neck and or as a crown.  It induces love, positivity, and elegance. Once you have celebrated your special day and have said, “I DO,” to the love of your life you can wear the plumeria flower behind your left ear to represent that you are married and your bridesmaids and or friends that are in search of the love of their life and are still single will wear the flower behind the right ear to show that they are available.

7. Wearing a flower crown represents ALOHA!

When you get married in Hawaii, it is different than any other place in the world!  It has its own feeling and you can’t get anywhere else in the world.  This is why so many people get married in Hawaii.  Almost 20,000 weddings were held in 2017 across this gorgeous state and every year the numbers are growing. By wearing a flower crown and getting married in Hawaii you are defining the word Aloha, it means many things, LOVE, CELEBRATION, HONOR, AFFECTION, PEACE & COMPASSION.  These are all wonderful terms and emotions that we share with our significant other and friends and family.  This is the best way to start out on your journey with the love of your life and always remember to live and practice ALOHA no matter where you are!

The earth laughs in flowers. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A Hawaiian Blessing Wedding on Maui (04-18 2018)

A Hawaiian Blessing Wedding on Maui (04-18 2018)

“My Heart beats faster as you take my hand, my love grows stronger as you TOUCH MY SOUL!”~ author unknown

Congratulations to Kaylee & Ritchie who lifted each other up from unimaginable obstacles to marry with a tropical backdrop with both of their families wiping tears from their faces! Absolutely beautiful couple with the most beautiful hearts!

A very special Mahalo to all the wonderful vendors helped make this beautiful destination wedding happen!

Video:  HI Focused

Makeup: Meili Autumn Beauty

Music: David Wolf Weddings

Cake: Gannon’s

Venue: Gannon’s

Florist: Maui Palm Tree Floral

Coordinator:  A Perfect Paradise Wedding


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Wedding Day Adventures on Maui

Wedding Day Adventures on Maui

What an extraordinary wedding day Hannah and Jonathan had with many adventures! They were married on the south side in the morning and then they were able to experience everything Maui had to offer!  They had perfect blue Makena skies, they swam in crystal emerald waters, drank champagne in an elegant limo, enjoyed the stylish amenities at The Ritz-Carlton,  explored the lush tropical rainforest and had picturesque amazing double rainbows and an unforgettable sunset that left them speechless! Their wedding day adventures started early with a wedding package that included a photographer so I didn’t get to witness their actual nuptials, but as soon as it was over we started our all day photo session!

We started at Makena Cove and we found the beach practically deserted, it was bathed in warm tropical light and they enjoyed their new status as husband and wife and laughed and kissed and frolicked in the morning beauty! They changed from their wedding clothes to beach attire and they continued their beach love as they rolled in the sand and kissed as passionately as a newly married couple can!

After a midday siesta, I met them at the marvelous Ritz Carlton Hotel on Maui’s far west side! I loved the tulip shaped flowers on the giant tree in the entrance of the hotel!  We explored different locations as we continued documenting the day.  Not far from this sensational hotel is this hidden rainforest that lends itself to the most amazing pictures! Once, a long time ago, one of my images taken in this astounding forest went viral with over 25,000 likes! We entered into this fantastic forest and it was overwhelming and by the look on their faces, I could tell they too were blown away! Oh my goodness there are so many incredible spots to choose from and it was not difficult coming up with many superb images! We continued on the journey and we made our way to another dynamite location with tall pine trees that were first brought to the Hawaiian Islands to use as masts for sailing ships and now used as a fabulous backdrop to Hannah & Jonathon’s Love!  Again they were amazed!

We then moved on to Kapalua Beach which was astonishingly deserted and they ran hand in hand down the beach, they walked in the water and took selfies. We then moved to the rocks where we again were impressed by the delightfully colorful double rainbow that formed! I mean seriously does it get any better?  Well actually it does because within minutes the rainbow disappeared and the sunset over the island of Molokai erupted in gorgeous saturated yellows & reds!

Hannah & Jonathon were truly blessed with a gorgeous wedding day anyone could ask for!

Congratulations to these two lovers! 🌴💦🌈😀😎💍👍🏼

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What an extraordinary wedding day Hannah and Jonathan had with many adventures! They were married on the south side in the morning and then they were able to experience everything Maui had to offer!
Chicago Cubs Pitcher Marries in Maui

Chicago Cubs Pitcher Marries in Maui

Having visited Maui many times retired Chicago Cubs pitcher John Grabow & Kindra knew Maui was THE place they wanted to be to say their vows to each other! Eloping from Arizona, just the two of them, they kept it simple and the date was exactly one year to the date he had proposed to her! This was quite a special day!  Having met by a chance encounter, their friendship blossomed into a loving, solid relationship and now they’re on a romantic Hawaiian beach getting married.

Kindra was amazed by her colorful bouquet filled with tropical orchids and bright flowers as she stood waiting for Kimo the minister to blow the conch shell so she could begin the walk down the beach aisle to marry the man of her dreams!  She looked absolutely stunning as she walked down the beach to John and reached for his hand, looked in his eyes and repeated her vows! Passionately they kissed and finally after all these years it was official!

After the ceremony, they held each other and shared sweet, loving kisses. John then picked her up and spun her around and around as she screamed with excitement and joy! That made for fantastic images along with the low flying clouds that helped create dramatic lighting that we photographers just love! As the sun began to dip lower and lower on the horizon, I knew it was going to be a stunning sunset. I added backlighting with the sun and it made for amazing photos. As time crept by the sun slowly began to set and we were all in awe as we witnessed the sunsets incredible colors splashed against the sky! It was one gorgeous sunset we experienced. The whole time Kindra & John laughed, kissed and enjoyed their special day!

I asked Kindra how they had met and she shared her story:

“John and I met 3 1/2 years ago by coincidence. He was very polite and professional and I was trying to be talkative, he was this cute guy with 2 adorable puppies. I honestly didn’t think I’d ever see him again. We talked on the phone the next day for about an hour (about his puppies to start anyway) and one thing led to another. Come to find out we had ALOT in common. Then this cute guy with 2 puppies asked me out on a date, that was the beginning of the end. We fell in love!

Life is very unpredictable, we were both going through some very difficult times and we became solid support for each other, most importantly we became best friends!

Three and a half years later we’ve already been through a lot and have learned so much about each other. We have also learned we can’t live without each other and want to begin our lives as husband and wife.

We are going to celebrate this exciting decision on September 1st 2016, our 1 year anniversary from when he proposed!

We chose Maui as our wedding destination because I have always wanted a romantic communion on the beach of a beautiful Island.  The timing was perfect because we wanted to get married on the day he proposed 1 year later.  Maui became our place, our spot, our beginning on 9-1-2016.”

John William Grabow, nicknamed “Grabes”, was a Major League Baseball left-handed relief pitcher. He played for the Chicago Cubs from 2009 to 2011 and he also played for the Pittsburg Pirates from 2003 to 2009. Grabow was known as having a 94 mph fastball and was a great at getting both right and left-handed batters out.  He also had 400 strikeouts throughout his career!  What a wonderful year for John as he was able to watch the Chicago Cubs make their historic run finally breaking their 108-year-old losing streak and also marrying beautiful Kindra! Congratulations John & Kindra!

















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Having visited Maui many times retired Chicago Cubs pitcher John Grabow & Kindra knew Maui was THE place they wanted to be to say their vows to each other!
Beautiful Memorial Day Wedding

Beautiful Memorial Day Wedding

Christina and Glen had such an amazing wedding day on Maui’s West Side at The Westin Resort and Spa Maui! Having dated for five years while he served in the military, it was most appropriate that they marry on Memorial Day! While serving overseas, Glenn was stationed in Italy. Knowing it was very romantic, he flew Christina there and completely surprised her by proposing. Of course, she said YES! Now they are in Maui, with their family and friends by their sides, saying their “I Do’s,” right next to the white sandy beach of Kaanapali! The day was absolutely perfect with the sun shining brightly on their new life together. Both of them were glowing as they took in the day & realized their dreams of marrying each other had finally come true!  Thank you for your service to our country as we are all grateful for the sacrifice you and all of your comrades have done for our country! Also thank you for making Tad Craig Photography part of your Maui Memories! 7_Christina_Glen_Tad_Craig_Photography_Westin_Maui_Resort_and_Spa 8_Christina_Glen_Tad_Craig_Photography_Westin_Maui_Resort_and_Spa 9_Christina_Glen_Tad_Craig_Photography_Westin_Maui_Resort_and_Spa 12_Christina_Glen_Tad_Craig_Photography_Westin_Maui_Resort_and_Spa 14_Christina_Glen_Tad_Craig_Photography_Westin_Maui_Resort_and_Spa Thanks to Sarah of The Westin Resort and Spa Maui for coordinating this fine wedding to perfection! Also Heather of Westin Heavenly Spa took care of her hair & makeup! Alesana was their minister & Asa Flowers made all the stunning flower décor & her bouquet! Aslo a shout out to Kristine Snyder on harp & behind the video camera, All time media! #weddingwire, #westin, #westinmauiresort ##maui #mauiweddingphotographer #mauiwedding #memorialdaywedding #alltimemedia # asaflowers


Gorgeous Maui Beach Wedding

Gorgeous Maui Beach Wedding

I was on Maui’s North West Side walking down the boardwalk realizing that not only was it a beautiful day, but it was WINDY! I mean the sky was blue-blue and with exception of a few clouds, it was a stunning day! On this day, working with the bright sun & wind was the name of the game.  From a distance, I saw the bride’s long veil & knew it was going to be especially cool flying in the breeze!

Austin and his beautiful bride were married by their close friend. She became a minister recognized by the state of Hawaii just for the occasion! It was a short ceremony and with a kiss on the lips it was official! Of course we had to do all the obligatory family photos, but as soon as we were done Asya & Austin insisted that we go up onto the cool lava formation at the end of the beach! Of course I was so excited as I knew there was some exceptional photo potential up there and I was not wrong! The crazy wind blowing her veil, tugging on her head made her laugh constantly. Loved her attitude!  Austin, looking ever dapper in his grey suit was such a romantic. Totally unscripted he held her hand, looked in her eyes, casually dropped down low kissing her hand soaking in the moment! Just perfect! I couldn’t have asked for a better moment! Asya’s veil had a mind of its own during this entire lava rock adventure, sometimes whipping high into the air or completely horizontal! It made for super cool pics!

On this particular wedding I had split coverage later in the afternoon at The beautiful Hyatt Resort and Spa Maui! Of course this is such a beautiful hotel with amazing views and magic spots for creating images all around.  Meeting them in the lobby of the hotel, we set off to find those magic spot & did we ever find some magic! Out on the bridge near the koi pond, the sun was peeking through the palm trees creating some backlit dreaminess as Austin continued to work his charm on his new wife. Of course the wind, which was much less by then, was still whipping her huge veil around & of course Asya continued to laugh in amusement! Perhaps my favorite pictures of this entire lot are the ones where they are in front of the bougainvillea. I Love the tenderness they show in those images! As we arrived at the reception location, just yards from the Pacific Ocean, they were greeted by their family & friends all wanting selfies with the happy couple!  Later they ate cake and danced with giant smiles on their faces, laughing amongst their friends & family. What a terrific celebration of the love these two had!

Congrats to Asya & Austin!


Maui Wedding Association aboard the Trilogy

Maui Wedding Association aboard the Trilogy

Joining the Maui Wedding Association aboard the Trilogy!

This past Saturday, the Maui Wedding Association held their monthly meeting aboard the Trilogy, a 64ft sailing catamaran! It was such a great time. The crew of the Trilogy welcomed us with the true spirit of Aloha with the full service including music and Hula. As we set sail in the early afternoon, we were pleasantly surprised to experience very smooth sailing for our tour. March is the height of whale watching season here in Maui. There are so many incredible humpback whales everywhere you look. The mothers come to have their babies and story up energy for the summer months in the Pacific Northwest. We all kept our eyes peeled and eventually one beauty popped her head up not far from us! The whales weren’t the only impressive entertainment on the trip. Manu Te A Nui performed some awesome Hula. Overall, the day was a typically epic day on the Maui waters!


Waves and a Wedding at Wailea Beach

Waves and a Wedding at Wailea Beach

This winter, Maui has been experiencing some of the most extreme weather in years! This has made for some interesting wedding stories and some spectacular photos! This was one of those extreme days. It was a day for waves and a wedding at Wailea Beach.  Despite challenging weather, you can see that the bride and groom were just a happy couple, excited to be in Maui and to be in Love.

A giant storm brewing in the Pacific sent us some epic swells! The beaches washed out and the waves crashed loud and strong against the shoreline. The surfers were loving it and so was this couple. This crazy weather made for some dramatic and beautiful shots. It was an evening of contrasts as this peaceful and bright couple stood on the rocks with a dark and looming background. All they could do was laugh as the waves crashed at their feet.

Big Congrats to Jennie and Andrew!


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Many Mahalos to Marni of Maui Angels for coordinating this sweet elopement!
Also shout to Tino Rosete for his perfect words & Sunya Flowers for the SPECTACULAR bouquet!

Maui Wedding Association aboard the Trilogy

A Maui Jungle Vow Renewal

Joy and Jay had one Very Important thing to do while they vacationed on the beautiful island of Maui . They wanted to celebrate thirty three years of married life! Having shot in this West Side spot before, I knew it was going to be protected from the wind and that it would give a magical feeling. Sure enough it was an incredible place for a Maui jungle vow renewal celebration.  Leah of Island Wedding Memories coordinated this special event and Maui Elegance Floral Design, designed the bouquet for the bride as well as the flower circle for the ceremony.  Adam Gomez led the couple through the renewal with some perfect words! Serenaded by Marvin with his Ukulele, the sweet sounds echoed through the pristine jungle. Both Joy & Jay were a little overwhelmed by the location & how perfect this special moment had turned out. Frankly I was pretty amazed myself as it was just beautiful. It was an experience for all of the senses! It not only looked magical, but sounded, smelled and felt amazing!

After the ceremony, we headed up to the Honolua Bay outlook for romantic sunset photos. Taking in the peaceful wonder of Maui Joy and Jay sunk into their happiness right alongside the sinking sun.

Congrats on this happy couple reaching 33 years as husband & wife! Here’s to ANOTHER Thirty Three Years plus another 33!




Thanks to Leah of Island Wedding Memories, her son Trevor, Adam Gomez for his terrific ceremony & Marvin for his sweet sounds.

Faith brought them together to become their own little family

Faith brought them together to become their own little family

The White Orchid beach House is one of those places that really has this awesome power over you with all its beauty. I walked on to the grounds & was loving the clouds over head softening the light & making it nice & cool. The grounds immaculately groomed looked perfect.  Was going to be an incredible wedding for sure. Especially upon meeting Roxy & Ryan you can feel the energy they transmit. Both so excited about their big day their faces were literally giant smiles of happiness. 🙂   I first met Roxy as she finished rereading her vows for the 2oth time fine tuning all the details that were so important to her. I also immediately got to see her vivacious personality & many different looks. She showed me like ten different looks in five minutes. Was super fun doing our “pre wedding” pics & then finally it was time for Ryan to marry the girl of his dreams!

With a child hood friend of Ryan’s performing the ceremony & his very closest friends in attendance, Ryan took the first steps in starting his new life as Husband. They looked in to each others eyes & as she began to weep, he offered his fingers to catch the falling tears of joy. Once they said their hand written vows, Roxy JUMPED in to his arms & he lifted her as he kissed her. Very romantic! I’m glad I was ready for it, but as they walked out of the ceremony they both spontaneously jumped & tucked their feet making for a great moment!  You could really see their unique personality’s as they joked with friends. Animated faces just make for FANTASTIC pictures. With the clouds overhead continuing to create awesome light I clicked away, capturing these fantastic moments of them just loving each other, the moment, & the togetherness! Was very unscripted with these tow as all I did was point them in the right direction & their love & joy permeated in the pictures! Love capturing those candid moments!

I was in for a surprise though. Roxy had asked me earlier when would be the right time for the groom & groomsman to run off to put on their “Speedos”! Didn’t really know what to expect until they all came out of the house dressed ONLY in Speedos. The crowd erupted in laughter. Roxy jumped right in for a few fun pictures, until someone suggested that they throw her. NONE of us expected the groomsman to throw her SO HIGH! I mean they just tossed her incredibly high & Roxy with perfect form flew through the air with total grace & style (check out her pike position)! Of course they caught her perfectly as well & again the crowd went wild. WAS AWESOME to witness!

Maui sunset pretty much take the cake & this particular night was no different.  The chemistry between Roxy & Ryan was once again on display as they just ate it up & created these super memorable sunset moments. Really terrific couple, absolutely in love!

The theme of the wedding was coral & tropical. Look carefully at her most AMAZING bouquet & you will find her colors. Not often do you see a bride in a short dress, but I especially liked it as this was a beach wedding & a short dress on her worked perfect!

Enjoy the pictures & again Congratulation to these tow lovers! Was terrific being apart of your big day. Thank you so much for including me as I’m very appreciative!

Mahalo Tad





Mahalos to all vendors and all whom help make their wedding come true!

Venue: White Orchid Beach House in Makena

Cake: Maui Wedding Cake

Ceremony Musician: Ernest Pua’a

Florists: Maui Floral Elegance

Tent, Rentals, Decor: Pacific Isle Rentals

Coordinator: Jacqueline Ishikawa- White Orchid Wedding

Catering: Maui Style Seafood

Gifts & Favors: Pottery Barns

Bride Ring: Kay’s Jewelers

Invitations & Calligraphy: J&M Printing, Inc.  San Antonio, TX

Officiant: Jason Welch



The White Orchid beach House is one of those places that really has this awesome power over you with all its beauty.