College Sweethearts marry at The Westin Maui!
Paul and Mira’s journey together began in 2008 during their freshman year in college at Illinois State University (Home of the Redbirds) ISU GO. Mira lived across the hall from Paul at the South side Residence Hall and thanks to a mutual friend, Paul and Mira met and have been inseparable since.
The couple came from completely different backgrounds. Paul grew up in the small farming town of Pocahontas in Southern Illinois; while, Mira lived in the bustling city of Sofia, Bulgaria until her family moved to Chicago in 1998.
They loved learning about each others backgrounds, especially the interesting quirks. It was only a matter of time before they fell so in love. <3
Paul and Mira dated all throughout college and together they graduated from ISU in 2012, Mira giving the College of Business Commencement speech at the graduating ceremony. Shortly after graduation, Paul proposed on July 4th at the Riva Restaurant at Navy Pier in Chicago. They had their first “kid” the following October, a sweet Golden Retriever puppy “Reggie” named after the ISU mascot, “Reggie the Redbird”.
The couple wanted a small, intimate wedding and after extensive research, they both fell in love with Maui as their romantic destination. To keep the wedding intimate, only immediate family were invited. Mira’s two parents, Georgia and Slav and her little sister, Christine, traveled from Chicago for the BIG day! Paul’s mother, Laurie, also came to support the couple on their special day.
Once the big day arrived, Paul could not wait to see his beautiful bride walk down the aisle alongside her father. Paul and Mira were excited to follow many Hawaiian traditions from the conch shell blowing to the exchange of leis during their special day. They shared individually prepared vows to express their love for each other and vowed to love one another forever. As a surprise wedding gift, Mira had Paul’s wedding band engraved with the phase “Обичам те” which means “I love you” in Mira native language, Bulgarian.
The couple could not have asked for a more perfect day and are so happy Tad was able to capture their special moments.
College Sweethearts marry at The Westin Maui
Special Thanks to:
Wedding Venue: Westin Maui Resort & Spa – At the Wedding Gazebo
Coordinator: Sarah Snyder from The Westin Maui Resort & Spa
Officiant: Fred Torres
Bride’s Dress: Ellis
Bride’s Shoes: Betsy Johnson
Bride’s Rings: Shane Company
Groom’s Suit: J Crew
Groom’s Ring: Erin Gallagher Jewelry
Photography: Tad Craig Photography
Delightful Maui Dream Wedding
Hawaii has always been Taylor’s favorite place. After she had the opportunity to travel there in 2010, she knew she wanted to get married on the beautiful island of Maui. They decided to have a small wedding at the Westin gazebo with the theme colors of soft blue and ivory.
The vendors- They used the Westin Maui Resort & Spa for all their services, from the coordinator, Sarah Snyder, to her flowers, her bouquet, to a delicious macadamia nut cake.
Their minister was Fred Torres. She used the wonderful ladies at the Westin Salon for her hair and makeup.
They had a bright red mustang convertible waiting for them to drive away after the reception…
Taylor looked just gorgeous in her Vera Wang dress!
From the bride, Taylor:
“Brandon and I met in the fun city of Atlanta. We had both recently moved to the city for our jobs, he a police officer and me a live-in nanny. We both decided to try online dating.
We started talking online and decided to meet in person for a walk at Emory University on September 9, 2012. We hit it off from there. We had a lot of memorable moments from being on the kiss cam at the Braves Baseball game to going to the fun festivals and trying the many wonderful restaurants in the city. We went on a trip to Yellowstone national park and the great Tetons. On June 9, 2013 two days after my 25th birthday, Brandon proposed at Jenny Lake in Wyoming next to a beautiful waterfall in front of my family. It was wonderful. It was time to start the wedding planning! On July 9, 2014, my dreams came true. I married my best friend and the love of my life in my favorite place, Maui Hawaii.”
Cathy & Bill speak from the heart on Wailea Beach. Planning a destination wedding is always quite a huge undertaking. Planning one in Wailea, Maui with all of your friends and family there to witness was not a problem for the Gerth’s family & friends who all gladly flew to Maui to help celebrate the joyous occasion.
Both Cathy & Bill are professional photographers from California, so I felt very honored that they chose me to capture their special day in pictures.
These two love birds actually met on-line in 2005 and had their first date in Santa Cruz, California. For the past nine years that they’ve been together, they’ve traveled to Maui every year and sometimes even twice a year. They couldn’t image themselves getting married anywhere else as Maui is their favorite place to be…They even want to retire there, which all of their kids are fine with because they will have a place to stay when they visit them!
The wedding took place on Wailea Beach, directly in front of The Grand Wailea Hotel and Spa.
On this particular day we were blessed with cloudy skies, making for nice soft~soft light us photographers always LOVE.
Immediately upon meeting Bill & his daughters I found we sort of had an instant connection. Their playfulness with each other made for great photos right from the beginning. With the background facing South, we had just the best view of the entire beach & Pacific Ocean. Although there were lots of people on the beach I was able to clean the beach up making it look more intimate.
Rev. Tino Rosete ceremony was just perfect. He has such a great way of adding laughter with seriousness into his ceremony. Derick Sebastian was creating beautiful melodies with his Ukulele & his great voice and Cathy & Bill held each other & looked into each other eyes as he played!
One of my favorite picture of the entire shoot was the look on Cathy’s face just before she kissed him during the ceremony. In that moment you can see she has just realized that they are officially married & looks at her HUSBAND for the very first time as WIFE to the man she adores.
Once they promised their vows to each other, we jumped right into all the family pics.
You could tell what a loving & close knit family they all are, just in the way they interacted & laughed with each other. This made for great candid moments that I just LOVE capturing as photographer. The evening was just about perfect with that big cloud keeping the light soft & the temperature cool. The group played on the beach chasing each other, snapping pics & selfies & immediately posting them to Instagram. These images they posted to Instagram went viral with hundreds of likes on them even before the day ended. Just shows how loved these two are not only with their family but also with all of their followers. The sunset that evening was definitely a hit and we got all sorts of great images from that time.
Thanks to Jackie of Tropical Maui Weddings for planning this sweet wedding, to Rev. Tino Rosete for his great ceremony & Derick Sebastian for rocking his Ukulele. Lois Hiranaga Floral Design made all of the Plumeria leis which smelled divine & for the tea leaf Lei Bill wore.
Was a terrific wedding where two best friends married & their extended family ALL BECAME ONE!
Many Mahalos to all who helped making this wedding unforgettable!
Officiant – Pastor Tino Rosete
Wedding Coordinator – Jackie Tanaka- Tropical Maui Weddings
Photographer – Tad Craig
Musician – Derick Sebastian
Florist – Lois Hiranaga Floral Design
Butterflies – Merry Monarch Butterfly Ranch
Maui Wedding Cakes –
Adventurers Lilly & Don Marry at Kapalua!
They both love the outdoors and have made a life of getting out there as much as possible. With a passion for skiing in Tahoe in the winter, cycling in the summer & many other sports, they have found this common bond with each other.
These adventures led to many trips all around the world to pursue their passions. It was on one of their many trips to Hawaii, (Kauai this time) that Don asked her to marry him WHILE SNORKELING!
He had the ring tucked in his shorts, pulling it out completing surprising her. She surfaced ripping her mask off & saying “YES I WILL”! Pretty sweet proposal if you ask me!
Moving forward to their trip to Maui to say their “I Do’s”… things went 100% to plan.
They had thought about a big wedding with all their friends & family, but decided that was not what they wanted. They wanted it simple, beautiful & perfect! This is what they got that’s for sure.
Having called me asking my thoughts, I assured them they would LOVE my friend Ernest Puaa. Ernest is definitely one of my favorite ministers specially for his soft spoken voice & skillful Ukulele picking. I also recommended Dellables Floral Wedding Design for the bouquet.
Their flowers, as you see were STUNNING!
Staying on Maui’s North West coast, they decided that Kapalua Bay was the spot for this little affair to happen. With all the pieces in place finally the day came.
Kapalua was pretty much empty on this particular day, making the experience even more special.
Ernest in his trademark soft spoken voice led them through the ceremony & they kissed, sealing the deal!
Married at last!
Wanting something a little different, I suggested the point in front of Merrimans Restaurant for sunset & they readily agreed. Upon making our way out there we were treated to a rainbow, amazing light & a little bit of wind making the temperature perfect.
I told you before that they wanted it “Simple, Beautiful & Perfect”. How perfect is that to get a sweet rainbow & spectacular sunset all within ten minutes???
Once we had finished up they made their way to their special table reserved for them at Merrimans restaurant for their very first dinner as HUSBAND & WIFE!
Awesome is all I can say! Terrific couple, totally head over heals in love with each other. Can it get any better then that??
Congrats Lilly & Don on your stunning wedding & thank you so much for including me in it!
Lilly’s dress: Designd by Free People/Limited Edition
Jewelry: Designed by Sun-Dora purchased at Tamera Catz Boutique in Paia, Maui
Minister & Ukulele: Ernest Puaa
Flowers: Bouquet & Boutonniere by Dellables Floral Wedding & Design
Photography: Tad Craig Photography
Maui Sunset Charming Wedding – November 5, 2013
Oceanfront location with a gorgeous green lawn facing one of their favorite ” windsurfing spot” , Yui and Kosuke just got married!
The Waipuilani Park, is located right in front of The Maui Sunset Hotel on South Kihei Road in Kihei.
They came last year, from Japan, to windsurf at Kanaha Beach and they fell in love with Maui so much that they decide to come back for their special day with their families and friends!
It was a very beautiful wedding with so many glamorous details, her gloves, his suits and ties…very elegant!
They had a charming ceremony and a delightful reception at Sarento’s On The Beach Restaurant on the South side of Kihei, very close to Wailea.
Big Mahalo to Yoko Naito for the flawless coordination.
Congratulations to you both!
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