Seaside Love at Kukahiko Estate

Seaside Love at Kukahiko Estate

bride and groom getting married in the maui jungle while muscian plays ukulele
backlighting at maui wedding at beach, maui wedding photography, Mauis Angels Weddings
bride in wedding dress with veil on the balcony of the Westin, maui, Hawaii
maui bride in her wedding dress at the White Orchid Beach House
backlighting at maui wedding at beach, maui wedding photography, Mauis Angels Weddings
bride and groom embracing in the Maui forest
bride and groom embracing in the Maui forest
bride with bouquet sitting in front of a fountain at the Four Seasons Maui Resort
bride in wedding dress with veil on the balcony of the Westin, maui, Hawaii
bride and groom embracing in the Maui forest

What a dreamy evening I just had the opportunity to photograph for Renee & Dalan’s wedding. Set on the picturesque south Maui coastline right on the water, with the lava rocks all that is blocking the pacific from breaking directly on the grass. Renee looking stunning in the most gorgeous dress walked in by her father & Dalan wiping tears from his face. So beautiful! Flanked by their families & closest friends they said their “I Do’s” & walked out of the ceremony adorned by the biggest smiles imaginable. I absolutely adore sweet Maui Weddings like this. 

Later I watched as they walked hand in hand out on the lava peninsula right when a couple huge waves broke making huge splashes. Was incredibly stunning moment! Congrats to these two lovers who married on the shores of Maui’s coastline just as they had in their dreams!  

bride and groom getting married in the maui jungle while muscian plays ukulele
bride and groom getting married in the maui jungle while muscian plays ukulele
happy maui wedding couple, laughing, maui wedding photography
bride with bouquet sitting in front of a fountain at the Four Seasons Maui Resort
bride and groom getting married in the maui jungle while muscian plays ukulele
bride and groom getting married in the maui jungle while muscian plays ukulele
bride and groom getting married in the maui jungle while muscian plays ukulele
bride and groom getting married in the maui jungle while muscian plays ukulele
happy maui wedding couple, laughing, maui wedding photography
bride with bouquet sitting in front of a fountain at the Four Seasons Maui Resort
bride and groom getting married in the maui jungle while muscian plays ukulele
maui bride in her wedding dress at the White Orchid Beach House
maui bride in her wedding dress at the White Orchid Beach House
maui bride in her wedding dress at the White Orchid Beach House
maui bride in her wedding dress at the White Orchid Beach House
bride in wedding dress with veil on the balcony of the Westin, maui, Hawaii
bride and groom at sunset with bouquet on Maui, Hawaii
bride and groom on the beach on maui, Hawaii
bride and groom getting married in the maui jungle while muscian plays ukulele
wedding table with tropical flowers and candles at Merriman's Kapalua, Maui
bride and groom with bouquet at Gannon's, Maui, Hawaii
happy maui wedding couple, laughing, maui wedding photography
bride and groom at Makawao Union Church with palm trees
bride and groom getting married in the maui jungle while muscian plays ukulele
bride and groom getting married in the maui jungle while muscian plays ukulele
bride and groom getting married in the maui jungle while muscian plays ukulele
happy maui wedding couple, laughing, maui wedding photography
bride with bouquet sitting in front of a fountain at the Four Seasons Maui Resort
bride and groom getting married in the maui jungle while muscian plays ukulele
bride and groom getting married in the maui jungle while muscian plays ukulele
bride and groom getting married in the maui jungle while muscian plays ukulele

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Planner: Your Aloha Wedding

Flowers: Bella Bloom Maui

Minister: Charles

Video: Stephan Boeker Films

Musician: Derick Sebastian 

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Practical Advice from a Seasoned Wedding Photography Pro

Practical Advice from a Seasoned Wedding Photography Pro

bride and groom getting married in the maui jungle while muscian plays ukulele

So you have decided on coming to Hawaii for your wedding! Congratulations on making that big step! Having been literately to thousands of Maui Weddings and Maui Elopements, with 19 years of being a Pro Maui Wedding Photographer, I thought it might be a good idea to share some of the things I have learned and witnessed over the years.

Planning – Of course your Maui Wedding Coordinator who will help you with making some of these decisions, but advice from a pro can definitely help! Generally the whole wedding day is timed around what time the sunset time is on that particular day.  Find it out and write it down. Some of the BEST advice I can give newlyweds is to have LOTS of extra time AFTER the wedding and BEFORE sunset. Especially if you have a big wedding. The bigger the wedding, the more time you need here.

From the photographer perspective, we have a lot of things we need to get done in this time allotment,. This includes the group, family, wedding party and romantic pictures BEFORE the sun goes down. The MORE time you have after, the easier it will be for the bride and groom. More time allows not only enough time do all must-have pictures, but also, and very importantly,  time with their important guests and maybe enjoy a cocktail at their own cocktail party.

Upon arrival on Maui, here are few tips to get you ready and be prepared for wedding day. First thing is you need to find out where the venue is and also actually put a stop watch from your hotel to the venue considering traffic and the time of day. Certain times of day on Maui are much busier then other times and can delay your getting their or your guests getting there on time.

Be prepared with everything bought and ready to go with you, so on your wedding day you are not last minute scrambling for some silly little thing. I have seen this happen and literately become a disaster. Once the groom forgot the rings locked in the safe on the west side of the island and the wedding was on the south side. The hotel was about an hour and half drive, and he had to talk security into going into his room, go into safe and then drop off with a taxicab. Upon arrival at the wedding, the groom had to pay the taxicab for driving the rings across the island. 

Upon arrival in Hawaii,  make sure you where your SUNSCREEN or wear clothes to block the sun effects! Especially for a Maui beach wedding. This is really important, and here’s why. Yes its possible to change and fix photos completely in post production, but this is time consuming and can add serous extra costs. Actually, in some images it can be almost impossible to fix. At a recent wedding, the bride had gotten really sun burned and her dress showed one entire shoulder and it was literately hundreds of images. 

Again speaking from an actual experience where the bride was staying in a luxury hotel, drinking large quantities of alcohol and NOT drinking water and no lie, passing out just before saying her vows! DRINK PLENTY OF WATER! The hot Hawaiian Sun can get REALLY HOT and if you are not used to it getting dehydrated and passing out can be a real thing.

Here’s a good tip that gets overlooked EVERY time I go to the brides room to do getting ready pictures. CLEAN YOUR ROOM! Every time I go to the bride’s room I ask people to help clean up. If its a room where the bed has been slept in, you have to make the bed as any pictures taken in that room will be hated if the room is a mess! Sometimes the room just takes a few minutes to straighten up which is no big deal. BUT I have also seen a room where a tornado hit with the bride with ten bridesmaids all getting ready at the same time and everywhere I pointed the camera, there was unsightly “STUFF” in the background. No one likes pictures with lots of clutter in them. 

Here’s some good advice. Communicate with your photographer. Tell him or her or (ME), what you like, what style of images you love and the most desired image you can imagine hanging on your wall. Equally important, tell your photographer what you DON’T like! I generally try to also always ask what my clients want, but recently I had a a bride and groom that preferred most of their images had them looking straight into the camera. This style of images is one that is not as common and I didn’t actually learn of their preference until after the wedding. That’s why communicating with your photographer is so important. You can also make a list of MUST HAVE PHOTOS of guests that are really important and perhaps of a certain style photograph that you love.

For this reason, I really enjoy social media as it is not only a platform for the CLIENT to get to know the photographer, BUT also for the PHOTOGRAPHER to get to know the client. Add them on Social Media early so that you both have plenty of time to see and get to know each other before the wedding day. I LOVE making friends with my clients well beforehand so I can know who they are and what they LOVE!

Plan your Maui wedding day with real world timing with actual REALISTIC times that make sense. Most often the coordinator will help you with this, but many times, my being the photographer, I’m given rather UNREALISTIC times to do a whole bunch of things  that can take much longer then the time allowed in the timeline. Being realistic in this and planning can make the whole wedding much easier.

As a pro, I’m looking at being as efficient as I can be throughout the wedding day and one of the BIGGEST time consumers is doing the Group and Family Photos. Assign a family member to gather all family in one spot. That way, once we are working with the family we can quickly get through all of these images, not leave anyone out and NOT use up valuable reception time. Another HUGE time killer is doing pictures with every guest. Do a friends picture with everyone and then individual images with just your closest people. 

I have heard this SO MANY TIMES! “It’s the brides day she can do what ever she wants!”

NOT TRUE! Once at a Luxury wedding at the Fairmont Kea Lani, the bride decided that since it was her wedding she could come down to the wedding on her own sweet time. She was more then an Hour Late! Not only were all the guests seated, waiting in the hot Hawaiian sun, but because she was so late we were forced to do all the family photos right after, all the while watching the SUN Slipping under the horizon, and sadly, they DIDN’T get sunset images at their own wedding. Most often, Maui Weddings are planned with specific objectives in mind, and my job is to hit the timing perfect making the wedding flow perfectly. 

Being late for the wedding can also be difficult on the other vendors that are planning on a certain time , say the hot food plated and served to the tables. Sometimes the coordinator can easily adjust, but once the sun goes down it gets dark fast the people who suffer the consequences are going to be the bride and groom as we will most likely do all of the family photos and wedding party photos in the dark. 

Here’s perhaps my biggest tip of the day! GO WITH THE FLOW!

Recently I had a wedding that had been planned for more then a year. Of course, the bride and groom had expectations of what their destination wedding day was going to look like and of course, I have high expectations on my capturing amazing imagery my clients are going to love! This particular day however, the wind was blowing 30 MPH, with a bit of rain thrown in. The bride was absolutely gorgeous with the most amazing dress and her stunning hair done perfectly. Of course it was unfortunate that the weather had turned out that way and not what I wanted being the professional, and of course not what the couple had dreamed of. We made the most of the day still got great imagery.

My point is that going with the flow is perhaps the most important advice one can get on their wedding day!

If you were expecting Apples, but get Oranges, change your mindset and LOVE ORANGES.  I have literately seen the bride call off the wedding until the rings were delivered an hour and a half later and every guest sat around looking at their watch.  On the flip side, I remember a bride and groom who embraced the sudden rain storm and start dancing completely soaked with HUGE SMILES on their faces, laughing at the situation.

The choice is yours on how you  perceive your wedding day! It can be either the most amazing day ever, (NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS) or a nightmare. Making the most out of your wedding day and keeping that positive attitude will ALWAYS bring beautiful and memorable results!

bride and groom embracing in the Maui forest
bride in wedding dress with veil on the balcony of the Westin, maui, Hawaii
happy maui wedding couple, laughing, maui wedding photography
happy maui wedding couple, laughing, maui wedding photography
happy maui wedding couple, laughing, maui wedding photography
bride and groom getting married in the maui jungle while muscian plays ukulele
backlighting at maui wedding at beach, maui wedding photography, Mauis Angels Weddings
backlighting at maui wedding at beach, maui wedding photography, Mauis Angels Weddings
backlighting at maui wedding at beach, maui wedding photography, Mauis Angels Weddings
bride and groom at Makawao Union Church with palm trees
bride with bouquet sitting in front of a fountain at the Four Seasons Maui Resort
bride in wedding dress with veil on the balcony of the Westin, maui, Hawaii
bride in wedding dress with veil on the balcony of the Westin, maui, Hawaii
bride in wedding dress with veil on the balcony of the Westin, maui, Hawaii
bride in wedding dress with veil on the balcony of the Westin, maui, Hawaii
bride and groom getting married in the maui jungle while muscian plays ukulele
maui bride in her wedding dress at the White Orchid Beach House
bride with bouquet sitting in front of a fountain at the Four Seasons Maui Resort
bride and groom getting married in the maui jungle while muscian plays ukulele

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Love, Light & this Beautiful Maui Elopement

Love, Light & this Beautiful Maui Elopement

“You know you’re in love when reality is finally better then your dreams!”~Dr Seuss 

Had the absolute pleasure to be apart of Rachel & Jon’s elopement! What a fantastic couple, head over heals in love with each other! Jon stealing kisses just about every time he could & Rachel looking at him w love in her eyes.

We started with pictures at The Beautiful Wailea Marriot  Hotel & then made our way to Makena Cove, which was stunningly beautiul as usual! That particular day there was a south swell pumping big waves into the lava making them EXPLODE as if it was a punctuation to the ministers sentences!  Their officiant, Ernest Puau spoke such magical words that literately seemed to come directly from his heart! Hearing these words of love, Rachel shed tears as she looked into Jon’s eyes & said “I Do”. They were blown away by the crazy beautiful sunset that evening and I even got into the very last picture of this set!  Enjoy!

 

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Elopement on the beach in Hawaii

Elopement on the beach in Hawaii

“Your Heart Knows the Way, Run in that Direction!”~ Rumi

I absolutely loved being apart & photographing Carissa & Alex’s Sweet elopement! These two already connected with their hearts and made it official with the ceremony! The WAY she looked at him, the WAY she held him showed just how much love these two shared between them! It was breathtaking to witness! Cheers!

Picked up in to the future with her husband

 

Coordinator & Minister: Lori Lawrence of Tropical Maui Weddings

Location: Maui, Hawaii

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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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