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!
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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