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

WRITTEN BY Teresa M 2018

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A Hawaiian Blessing Wedding on Maui (2018)

A Hawaiian Blessing Wedding on Maui (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!

















Mahalo to Leah of Island Wedding Memories planning this little elopement! Also thanks to Kimo Kirkman for his thoughtful words and humor! Kindra’s bouquet made by Maui Elegance Floral Design! @mauiflowergirl4vr @lahainawarriors_3 @mauifloralelegance #mauiwedding #mauielopement #mauibeachwedding #mauidestinationphotographer #maui #borrowedandblue
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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!
Angela & Dean score an amazing wedding night!

Angela & Dean score an amazing wedding night!

In Hawaii we are just lucky to work at such fabulous venues! On this day I arrived early to find the sun shinning & pretty much picture perfect conditions at Merriman’s Restaurant! I met Dean as he sat back in the lounge chairs with his buds sipping a drink, laughing and having a good time! Their reception table was set & looked super with incredible flowers through out! The weeping flowers on the bouquet was absolutely unique and so different then others I have seen! Soon we made our way to the wedding site & waited for Angela! When Angela walked down the isle with her daughter, she looked so gorgeous & radiated happiness! Doesn’t get any better! With just close family & friends in attendance it was an intimate affair!  Was a short but poignant ceremony & then they kissed at it was official. Angela & Dean were JUST MAUI’ED!

After all the family & group photos Angela disappeared to change from one incredible dress to another. The second a short cocktail wedding dress looked just as amazing on her as they walked down to the water for sunset where they were blown away by the incredible  sunset and beautiful light making gorgeous imagery! Just loved that warm light that lit them up so nicely! Really enjoyed working with this amazing couple & loved their joy that was just so easy to capture in images! Thanks for having TCP apart of your Maui Memories!












Thanks to Marni of Maui’s Angels for planning this sweet wedding! Also thanks to Robert Alamodin for his ceremony and choice words! Angela’s flowers made by Sunya’s Flowers! Garrett Probst music, Wangdu Hovey on video and I am U’i on hair and makeup. #mauiangels #mauiangelsweddings #mauilove #mauimemories @borrowedandblue #mauiweddingphotographer @lorriebetsillnielson @marnzee22 @mauisangels @sunyasflowers #weddingspin #happybride @mauiweddingdesigner #Kapalua #kapaluabaymaui #kapaluamaui #maui #mauilove #mauinokaoi #merrimansweddings #mauiphotographer #merrimansrestaurant @merrimansmaui

In Hawaii we are just lucky to work at such fabulous venues! On this day I arrived early to find the sun shinning & pretty much picture perfect conditions at Merriman's Restaurant! I met Dean as he sat back in the lounge chairs with his buds sipping a drink, laughing and having a good time!
Finding Love at Launiupoko

Finding Love at Launiupoko

I was very thrilled to be a part of this amazing wedding! My very good friend, Mark Friezner, who I ride bicycles with, had wanted me to cover his daughters’ wedding and he informed me that it was going to be very special, but I just didn’t realize how significant it was going to be! I had arrived early to the wedding location high on the hill, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Lahaina! The views in every direction were gorgeous. Flowers adorned all the tables and chairs and you could feel the excitement and anticipation in the air! I had first visited Mark’s room as he was getting ready with his groomsman and the noble little ring bearer. Mark was very casual, passing the time, having a few laughs with his friends. I then ventured off to the brides’ room, where getting ready was a frantic affair. There were so many girls getting their hair and makeup done and finding their jewelry, putting on dresses and adding the last minute touches, we had to work fast to capture the passing moments, but all ended well.  Amber, the bride, was so excited and looked stunning and I especially liked the few quiet moments she spent with her mom and dad. It was all very touching!

The wedding itself was gorgeous with all the guests looking on with love in their hearts as Amber & Mark joined their souls together as one. The location added to the meaningful and poignant words the minister said to them. Once the ceremony had finished, they flung their hands up in the air in celebration and they walked down the isle with their families and friends screaming in excitement for them.  It was magnificent! Later that day, we ventured down to the ocean for beach pictures and it was the first moment they were able to actually be alone with each other as husband and wife.   Amber and Mark are so kind and loving and they share a deep connection which I could sense as they walked and held each other. We continued on our photo adventure up the hill, but had to stop on the road as we looked at the INCREDIBLE backdrop of the West Maui Mountains surrounded by a the exquisite blue sky! It was so radiant as they held hands and playfully led each other up the center of the road celebrating their special day hand in hand.

When we returned to the estate, Amber & Mark were ready for their first dance! The sun was peaking through the trees which made for spectacular lighting with bokeh’s (which are the unfocused lights which you can see in the dance pictures).  The shot I especially liked was the one of Amber & Mark holding each other tightly looking into each other’s eyes and out of focus in the background are their parents looking on.  It couldn’t have been more perfect! I didn’t really know what to expect at sunset as we were so high on the hill, but as usual, the sunset was stunning! Everyone was very thrilled with the way the day had turned out! My favorite picture of the evening was before the toast, I noticed the wonderful backdrop and the “LOVE” signs and knew we had to combine these elements into one picture.  The last image of this post is the image of Amber & Mark kissing. It was such a fantastic night of celebration and connection of two beautiful souls & two loving families! Thanks for including Tad Craig Photography in creating your Maui Memories!2_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 3_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 4_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 5_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 7_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 8_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 9_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 10_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 11_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 12_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 13_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 14_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 15_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 16_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 17_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 18_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 19_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 20Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 21_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 22_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 23_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 24_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 25_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 26_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 27_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 28_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 29_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 30_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 31_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs

Thanks to Sarah Cravalho planning this well organized shindig! The gorgeous flowers created by Teresa Sena Designs! Dale Votta Catering & Karen Friezner for all the awesomeness!!!

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I was very thrilled to be a part of this amazing wedding!
Finding Love at Launiupoko

Finally Getting their Dream Maui Wedding

Lauren & Ethan, Finally get their Dream Maui Wedding, and it was Glorious!  It was a perfect bluebird day and their wedding location was high on the hill overlooking the beautiful blue pacific ocean!  I eyed the colorful bougainvillea bush, knowing that we would make our way back to this gorgeous setting to capture a few amazing moments! I made my way to the Grande reception hall and I was greeted with an impressive table set to perfection with flowers generously decorated with a copious amount of details making for gorgeous pictures! The entire room smelled as delicious as it looked! After I had captured all the images I needed, I continued the trek to meet the bride! Lauren was in the initial stages of getting ready so I had time to capture lovely moments of her getting ready! Once she was ready, we moved to the small creek flowing through the property where we captured beautiful bridal portraits and finally it was wedding time! They had already married 4 years earlier so this is technically a vow renewal, but when then did first marry, it was in a court house, with no family and no friends in attendance! So really this was the wedding they had both dreamed of!!

Lauren walked into the wedding site with Ethan waiting to meet his lovely bride and finally say their vows they had always wanted to say with their families and friends watching! Joe Miles was their officiant and blessed them with his incredible words. What he said really touched me deeply and I was only listening from afar! Great Job JOE! Soon it ended with everyone congratulating them and wishing them the best! It was beautiful!

Once we had finished with all of the family photos there was a nice moment where the two of them were sitting at the site talking and whispering into each other’s ears. The shots of the two of them sitting there were so pretty!  We then journeyed to White Rock Beach where the soft light made for beautiful images at sunset.  The sun was bright orange and was about to be swallowed by the ocean as the two of them embraced each other on their special day on Maui.  We then headed back to the reception where it was a nicely arranged with the array of flowers, food, and the reception table. The music began to play and Lauren & Ethan had their first dance, I was able to capture that moment and I then left the two newlyweds to dance, laugh and celebrate the night away.

I always ask my client’s how they met and I wanted to share their story with you in Lauren’s special words.  Please enjoy.

Ok, here’s our story….

I was introduced to Ethan by my step-mother, who was living in Colorado, also Ethan’s hometown, while I was going to nursing school in Texas, living with my mother. She had known Ethan for many years, and she waited many years until she knew we were both single at the same time to make her move. The first time Ethan called me, he was literally at the airport getting ready to ship off to boot camp. Our first conversation was weird because we both felt like we had known each other for years. He asked me to write him while he was in boot camp, and so I did. I think we started to fall in love through our letters. We both realized that we had sooo much in common, including both having a goal to live on one of the Hawaiian islands once our careers were started. He used to live in Maui for 5 years, working as a cordon Bleu chef at I’O and he has always wanted to return for good. This is where his heart and soul lives. Anywho…he had his mother send me a plane ticket to come meet him in person for the first time at his boot camp graduation. I went…we met…and spent about 1 day together before he had to report to his command. I flew home and told my best friend, this man will be my husband. We kept in contact through Skype as he completed his submariner schools. He asked me to marry him 4 months into our relationship. We agreed that we would get married but for 1 yr live apart because I had just signed a year contract at a major hospital in Texas, and we knew that the only submarine bases in the states were in San Diego or Washington, or Hawaii. Everyone told him, there was no way he’d get orders to go to hawaii because it is very rare, so we never considered it. About a week before he was to graduate and come to Texas to marry me, he received his orders for….Oahu! At first, we were sooo happy because I knew he wanted to be in Hawaii but then we realized that it would be way to difficult and expensive commute to see each other. He graduated, hopped on a plane, and married me the very next day, on the second time we had ever even seen each other in person, or spend more than one day together, but when it’s right, it’s right. We had a small court house ceremony with my son and step-mother as witness. Two weeks later, I decided to leave my job, pull my son out of school and move to Hawaii to be with him. After 3 years, I had a great job and was ready to throw us a special wedding with our closest friend and family, on the land that he feels is heaven on earth, Maui! Now, married for almost 4 years, we are still as happy as we can be, more deeply in love than ever, and devoted to one another for life. Our wedding in Maui was so special, small, and perfect for us…one of the best days of our lives.

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Finding Love at Launiupoko

Married under a Maui Rainbow

Esther and Danny were married under a breathtaking Maui Rainbow! I arrived at the Plantation House in Kapalua and I knew as a Maui wedding photographer, that the chances for rain on this particular day were good. As the day progressed, the sky began to clear and it was looking favorable for the gorgeous wedding planned in the next few hours! Esther came to the meet area and I was immediately impressed not only by her beauty and her radiant smile but also her stunning “PRE” wedding dress she had made herself,  just for the occasion! YES, she made it herself!  Coming from New York, both she and her boyfriend have great fashion sense and keep up with the latest trends! She then changed into her elegant wedding dress which, of course, made for great pictures! Let me not forget to mention Danny who was very well dressed and adorned with charming shoes and socks!

There was a slight rain delay just before the ceremony and then as we started, a sparse mist began to fall, but there was no stopping this pair from saying their “I Do’s” and we continued! Recognizing the situation I noticed the rainbow it was right overhead as they were saying their vows! It was very beautiful and romantic! The slight mist turned to a few more drops as the ceremony continued and soon it was finished and they were husband and wife!  The sun began to shine and a slight mist continued to fall and the Maui Rainbow hovered above the Plantation House for a long time making for amazing pictures. Esther & Danny loved that the rainbow shone so bright for them on their special day.

Once we had finished off all of the family and friend photos, we continued down to the golf course to create a few romantic moments when we came upon the stunning bougainvillea plant.  The whole sequence of pictures taken there were with both of them having a great time on their wedding day, laughing, whispering in each other’s ears and enjoying their first moments as man and wife. We then walked up the hill and the sky began to light up in golden hues which made for a spectacular picture of them with the huge open sky! One of my favorite pictures! While we were walking back to the Plantation House, Elaine had an idea for a picture with the gorgeous doors that are around 20 feet tall. It turned out beautifully. Thanks for your idea Elaine! The dining room was decked out with gorgeous flowers and made for marvelous pictures. Congratulations to this happy couple and thank you so much for choosing Tad Craig Photography to document your beautiful wedding day!
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Thanks to Elaine for planning this perfect destination wedding and making their dreams of a Hawaiian wedding come true! I love the Plantation House Restaurant  which is high on the hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean, as it is so picturesque with amazing views in every direction! Also thanks to Kimo Kirkman for his thoughtful words during the ceremony and Ginny for her sweet sounds on the harp and also Maui Wedding Cakes. Last shout out to Sunya’s Florals for the great bouquet! #plantationhouserestaurant #sunyasflowers @sunyasflowers #mauiweddingcakes @mauiweddingcakes

Finding Love at Launiupoko

Best Friends Becoming One On A Maui Beach

My friendship with Julie and Theo had started long before their wedding as they had started following me on social media, liking and commenting on certain images. I too had followed their IG account and noticed the excitement and anticipation building as the wedding got closer and closer. These two met riding horses in California, and their passion for horses made them move to Kentucky where they now have their own horse breeding ranch. This love of horses, led the two to becoming best friends and now they are marrying each other on the beautiful beach in Hawai’i.    

FINALLY, the day arrived and they were ever so excited! Julie was truly floating on cloud nine as she was getting ready for her girls and popping the bubbly! Their room at The Grand Wailea, was magnificent with such an amazing view of the beach with palm trees and the Pacific Ocean blue as far as you could see. After we had finished all the getting ready pictures we headed down to beautiful Wailea Beach.  Kimo Kirkman was the minister extraordinaire  who not only had them laughing just about every second, but also brought tears to their faces as they said their vows! Very touching! Kalani Miles serenaded them afterwards with his amazing guitar picking!

Once they were finished with all the beach and family pictures, we made our way to White Rock Beach where we found the gorgeous bougainvillea plants adding an intensely colorful background as they enjoyed tender kisses as husband and wife! On the beach, Theo spun his wife and the reaction on her face was priceless! They scored one amazing sunset and once finshed there we continued the journey to Gannon’s restaurant, where the super fab DJ Dan introduced the loving couple to an eager crowd who clapped, hooted and hollered as they walked in!  What an amazing night they had and THANKS to them for including Tad Craig Photography in their Maui Wedding Dreams! 1_Tad_Craig_Photography_Grand_Wailea 2_Tad_Craig_Photography_Grand_Wailea 3_Tad_Craig_Photography_Grand_Wailea 4_Tad_Craig_Photography_Grand_Wailea 5_Tad_Craig_Photography_Grand_Wailea 6_Tad_Craig_Photography_Grand_Wailea 7_Tad_Craig_Photography_Grand_Wailea 8_Tad_Craig_Photography_Grand_Wailea_Wailea_Beach 9_Tad_Craig_Photography_Grand_Wailea_Wailea_Beach 10_Tad_Craig_Photography_Grand_Wailea_Wailea_Beach 11_Tad_Craig_Photography_Grand_Wailea_Wailea_Beach 12_Tad_Craig_Photography_Grand_Wailea_Wailea_Beach 13_Tad_Craig_Photography_Grand_Wailea_Wailea_Beach 14_Tad_Craig_Photography_Grand_Wailea_Wailea_Beach 15_Tad_Craig_Photography_Grand_Wailea_Wailea_Beach 16_Tad_Craig_Photography_Grand_Wailea_Wailea_Beach 17_Tad_Craig_Photography_Gannon_s_Restaurant 18_Tad_Craig_Photography_Gannon_s_Restaurant 19_Tad_Craig_Photography_Gannon_s_Restaurant 20_Tad_Craig_Photography_Gannon_s_Restaurant 21_Tad_Craig_Photography_Gannon_s_Restaurant 24_Tad_Craig_Photography_Gannon_s_Restaurant 25_Tad_Craig_Photography_Gannon_s_Restaurant 25_Tad_Craig_Photography_White_Rock_Beach 26_Tad_Craig_Photography_White_Rock_Beach 27_Tad_Craig_Photography_White_Rock_Beach 28_Tad_Craig_Photography_White_Rock_Beach 31_Tad_Craig_Photography_White_Rock_BeachThanks to Leah of Island Wedding Memories for coordinating this fine wedding, Meili Autumn Beauty for hair and makeup, (Randall did Makup) Reverend Kimokirkman, Dan Of DJ Dan Maui, Kalani on ukulele, Brian on video and Maui Floral Elegance for her bouquet! All the pre wedding was at The gorgeous Grand Wailea, wedding was on Wailea Beach, the reception at Gannon’s Restaurant and sunset pictures on pretty White Rock beach! ‪#‎islandweddingmemories‬ @islandweddingmemories ‪#‎mauifloralelegance‬ ‪#‎maui‬ ‪#‎mauinokaoi‬ @lahainawarriors_3 @grandwailea @gannonsmaui @bevgannonmaui ‪#‎gannonsmaui‬ ‪#‎grandwailearesort‬ ‪#‎grandwailea‬ @mauidano @kalani36 ‪#‎julieandtheo‬

Gorgeous Olowalu Plantation House Maui

Gorgeous Olowalu Plantation House Maui

Congratulations to Chantel & Kris on their super wedding at the absolutely gorgeous Olowalu Plantation House in Olowalu Maui. Their wedding day was pretty much perfect, with no wind, no clouds & gorgeousness every where! The views at this Maui wedding venue are incredible, with South Maui, The islands of Molokini, Kahoolawe, & Lanai all right there in one quick glance. Of course all of the guests were delighted by the ambiance & most importantly the elation of the guests of honor celebrating in such a great spot. Keli”i Brown’s ceremony was spot on & the emotion showed in Chantel’s face as she shed tears looking in to her lovers eyes as he said his vows to her. Very sweet moment during the ceremony.

Chantel’s brother has the cutest little kid & of course cuteness always steals the show. Look closely for the little guy sitting on the grass clapping his hands with the bride & groom in the background. Love that picture. So cute! Afterwards we explored the palm trees for some images & then out on to the pier. Love that shot of them walking out there with the HUGE Maui sky taken by my second shooter Marie Claude! Great Shot! Once out on the pier we were stoked to see the waves crashing against it making for some dramatic shots & of course the reflection shot of them kissing was a good one.

Back at the reception they danced & partied with their friends & family & were treated to an amazing sunset, that left this gorgeous pink & purple hues in the sky making for incredible color.  Such a happy couple! Thank you so much for making me apart of your Maui memories!
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Thanks to Jackie & Barbara of White Orchid Wedding Planning this sweet couples wedding. Always great working with both as well as Todd of Hawaii Video Memories, DJ Dan, Keli’i Brown & his awesome ceremony, Ginny on the harp, Teresa Sena Designs for all the amazing flowers, and of course Marie Claude Photography for assisting as my second shooter.  #Maui #olowalu #olowaluplantationhouse #mauiweddingvenue #mauiweddingphotographer @whiteorchidwedding, @hawaiivideomemories