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!

Just Beautiful!

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!


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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
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