European Elopement on Maui

European Elopement on Maui

Meeting Ingrid & Beat at the entrance to Ironwood Beach on Maui’s West side, I immediately liked them. Beat had just said something funny to her & she was laughing! Of course her laughter spilled over to Marni the coordinator for this sweet elopement and she too was laughing! Meeting someone while they are laughing has got to be the best!

Coming all the way from Switzerland, they had decided that an elopement, just the two of them was what they wanted. She didn’t even have a wedding dress! Upon arriving on Maui they had last minute wedding plans with the coordinator and of course finding that dress!  Walking the streets of Paia town they found the Tamara Catz boutique and fell in love with this great dress that fit her style perfectly! Gorgeous!

So after some pre photos we walked down the long wooded pathway and out on to a deserted beach with the pacific ocean lapping at its edges! Beat continued to whisper in her ear making her laugh and enjoy every moment of the day! So romantic!

Their minister was Ernest Puaa, who is one of my favorites for the way he makes it so personal & genuine! The ceremony was actually pretty quick & suddenly it was done! They were married & both were just beaming with excitement! Ingrid loved Ernest’s words so much that she went up to him and sort of settled in to his arms to thank him. Was a super funny moment and you find that series of images and the the final picture where all three are laughing! Once we had finished the images with the minister, the three of us ventured up on to this super cool rock formation that had all sorts of unique photo options, including that ripping water reflection image that I love! Was such a great couple to photograph, seeing their joy & love for each other is what it is all about!

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Thanks to Marni of Maui’s Angels for planning this sweet wedding! Also thanks to Ernest Puaa for his ceremony his choice words and for ripping the Ukulele. Ingrid’s flowers made by Sunya’s Flowers and her GORGEOUS dress came from the little boutique Tamara Catz in Paia! #mauiangels #mauiangelsweddings #mauilove #mauimemories #mauiweddingphotographer @lorriebetsillnielson @marnzee22 @mauisangels @sunyasflowers #weddingspin #happybride #greatdress @tamaracatz #tamaracatz #tamaracatzbride #weddingwire #longexposure

Love at Gannon’s

Love at Gannon’s

Gannon’s Restaurant in gorgeous Wailea is always breathtaking and this particular day was not any different!  The place is adorned with dancing palm trees swaying in the wind, lush, green foliage, incredible purple bougainvillea’s and amazing views in every direction.

Merissa arrived with a giant smile on her face, ready for the day’s events to unfold! It was terrific seeing her excitement as she was about to become Mrs.Corona! Her dress was gorgeous as was her stunning bouquet! Anthony was spending time with his best friends and his dad, who were also excited to be apart of this fabulous day. Anthony looked very sharp in his smart suit and stylish shoes, he was relaxed and ready to marry the woman of his dreams.

The wedding location on the grounds of Gannon’s, was actually high on the hill overlooking all of Wailea and the Pacific ocean! The views are so stunning, that even though I have been to that location quite a many times in the past, it is still mesmerizing! I am sure that all of their guests were thinking the same thing!  Merissa was escorted down the isle by her father who beamed with pride, and when Anthony laid eyes on his gorgeous fiancé, his face lit up!  Beautiful! Tino Rossete was the minister extraordinaire with his soft spoken, poignant words and great personality which made for a great ceremony! Finally they kissed and sealed their love, making it official!

Later we made our way back to the restaurant and the reception location just in time to see the sun set which made for spectacular back lit shots of Merissa playing with her veil. They loved the sheer spectacle of the alluring sunset on their wedding day, which helped close the day!

A little later on in the evening, Anthony escorted Merissa to the dance floor for their first dance together as husband and wife. They were having the time of their lives while their family and friends watched.  She held her man tight while they danced under the palm trees and stars while everyone in attendance cheered.  Does it get any better than that?

Congratulations to these lovers becoming one in the tropics of Maui!   

  

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Thanks to Sarah of Gannons Restaurant for coordinating this wedding to perfection. Was gorgeous from beginning to end! Merissa’s flawless make up done by Nicole of Maui Makeup Artistry and Marissa of MMA did her hair! (Yes Marissa did Merissa’s hair.) Merissa’s stunning bouquet by Fukushima Flowers! Tino Rosette was their officiant with the perfect soft spoken words and their DJ was Ace Beats! @Fukushima @gannonsmaui @bevgannonmaui @gannonsweddings @xoxomvo #mauilove #mauiweddingphotographer #mauiweddingparty @mauimakeupartistry @fukushimaflowers

A Marriage on the shores of Maui

A Marriage on the shores of Maui

Nancy & Scott have an illuminating story of how they met and it is in the name of photography. Nancy & Scott met while they were both working in the photography industry in Pennsylvania. She was an amateur photographer and Scott worked at the photography supply store, where Nancy went to purchase low light film and they have been together ever since.
They both wanted to get married on Maui since they had visited before and knew right away that this would be the perfect place to wed. Nancy beamed with love as she walked down the isle to meet Scott, the love of her life which she has spent many magnificent days and nights with but today on Maui, they were ready to make it official. They both embraced the moment when Minister Laki granted them the gift of togetherness. It was a wondrous affair on the beautiful beach with the waves lapping upon the sand, the wind rustling the palm trees and the clouds caressing the Maui sky. They celebrated their special day with their friends who where celebrating their 20 years together! It was a day filled with love! Congratulations to this match made in heaven.

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Mahalo to all the wonderful vendors who made this gorgeous wedding happen. Jackie and Lori of Tropical Maui Weddings for coordinating this event. Pastor Laki, for his sermon, Pam Jenson for makeup and hair.

Ashley & Andrew Elope to Maui

Ashley & Andrew Elope to Maui

 Ashley & Andrew are keeping it simple!

I arrived at Ulua beach on Maui’s South shore to find a drop or two of rain falling, but not enough to be worried about it pouring down on us. Andrew, was relaxed and patiently waiting for the day’s events to unfold. He told me that they really wanted this day to be about them and wanted a simple ceremony with no stress of a big wedding.  That is why they had decided that Maui was the perfect place for the two of them to say their “I Do’s! Later at home they will have a big reception so their family & friends can also be apart of the celebration!

As we waited, his beautiful bride was being dropped off by a limo from The Fairmont Kea Lani, where they were staying. Stepping out on the red carpet of the limo, her smile gave away her excitement as she was absolutely beaming from ear to ear!  They were in good hands with Kimo Kirkman as their minister, as he is wonderful at keeping it serious with just enough comic relief to make it fun! With poignant words, a look into each others eyes and a kiss on the lips, they were finally married! They were blessed with a gorgeous sunset and were very excited at how beautiful the day had turned out!

Once we had finished with the sunset shots, we moved to the second part of the evening as their first dinner as husband and wife was scheduled in a private room at the Fairmont Kea Lani. The private room was breathtaking with a GIANT window looking out on to the swaying palms and manicured grounds of the hotel. IT is an absolutely gorgeous spot! Congratulations to these lovers tying the knot and thank you so much for making Tad Craig Photography apart of your Maui Memories! 🙂

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Location: The Fairmont Kea Lani

Coordinator: Leah of Island Wedding Memories

Minister: Kimo Kirkman

Hair & Makeup: Autumn Meili

Florals: Maui Elegance Floral Designs

Limousine: Hawaii Limo