Wedding Day Adventures on Maui

Wedding Day Adventures on Maui

What an extraordinary wedding day Hannah and Jonathan had with many adventures! They were married on the south side in the morning and then they were able to experience everything Maui had to offer!  They had perfect blue Makena skies, they swam in crystal emerald waters, drank champagne in an elegant limo, enjoyed the stylish amenities at The Ritz-Carlton,  explored the lush tropical rainforest and had picturesque amazing double rainbows and an unforgettable sunset that left them speechless! Their wedding day adventures started early with a wedding package that included a photographer so I didn’t get to witness their actual nuptials, but as soon as it was over we started our all day photo session!

We started at Makena Cove and we found the beach practically deserted, it was bathed in warm tropical light and they enjoyed their new status as husband and wife and laughed and kissed and frolicked in the morning beauty! They changed from their wedding clothes to beach attire and they continued their beach love as they rolled in the sand and kissed as passionately as a newly married couple can!

After a midday siesta, I met them at the marvelous Ritz Carlton Hotel on Maui’s far west side! I loved the tulip shaped flowers on the giant tree in the entrance of the hotel!  We explored different locations as we continued documenting the day.  Not far from this sensational hotel is this hidden rainforest that lends itself to the most amazing pictures! Once, a long time ago, one of my images taken in this astounding forest went viral with over 25,000 likes! We entered into this fantastic forest and it was overwhelming and by the look on their faces, I could tell they too were blown away! Oh my goodness there are so many incredible spots to choose from and it was not difficult coming up with many superb images! We continued on the journey and we made our way to another dynamite location with tall pine trees that were first brought to the Hawaiian Islands to use as masts for sailing ships and now used as a fabulous backdrop to Hannah & Jonathon’s Love!  Again they were amazed!

We then moved on to Kapalua Beach which was astonishingly deserted and they ran hand in hand down the beach, they walked in the water and took selfies. We then moved to the rocks where we again were impressed by the delightfully colorful double rainbow that formed! I mean seriously does it get any better?  Well actually it does because within minutes the rainbow disappeared and the sunset over the island of Molokai erupted in gorgeous saturated yellows & reds!

Hannah & Jonathon were truly blessed with a gorgeous wedding day anyone could ask for!

Congratulations to these two lovers! 🌴💦🌈😀😎💍👍🏼

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What an extraordinary wedding day Hannah and Jonathan had with many adventures! They were married on the south side in the morning and then they were able to experience everything Maui had to offer!
Love Conquers all!

Love Conquers all!

CONGRATULATIONS to Tori and Allan tying the knot! Immediately upon meeting them, I sensed their tight bond and love they have for each other.  I heard their story and understood just how strong the depth of their union really is! They both survived a terrible motorcycle accident that wasn’t their fault, a year of recovery strengthened their bond and finally they had the chance to make that commitment to each other with those magical words, “I Do”! They were incredibly loving and thankful that they were able to be on Maui, Hawaii to make this special day happen. Ernest Puaa was phenomenal in finding the perfect words, making the elopement between the two authentic, poignant & incredibly astounding! It was an honor to be a part of their intimate beach wedding on Maui’s West side at Ironwood Beach! Thanks to mother nature for providing the gorgeous background and incredible light!  The light on this day was so stunning, it was filtered by the mist from the oceans waves breaking and the sun that was backlit against the palm trees! This was so exhilarating to witness first hand!  Maui No Ka Oi   Best of Luck to your future Tori & Allan!🌴😎😄💍👏🏽

 

Thanks to Marni and Jess of Maui’s Angels for planning this sweet wedding! Also thanks to Ernest Puau for his ceremony and choice words! Tori’s flowers made by Sunya’s Flowers! Chrissy Swink on hair and makeup. #mauiangels #mauiangelsweddings #mauilove #mauimemories @borrowedandblue #mauiweddingphotographer @lorriebetsillnielson @marnzee22 @mauisangels @intimateweddingsmaui @sunyasflowers #weddingspin #happybride @mauiweddingdesigner #Itonwoodbeach #kapaluamaui #maui #mauilove #mauinokaoi #merrimansweddings #mauiphotographer @chrissyswink

CONGRATULATIONS to Tori and Allan tying the knot! Immediately upon meeting them, I sensed their tight bond and love they have for each other.  I heard their story and understood just how strong the depth of their union really is! They both survived a terrible motorcycle accident that wasn't their fault, a year of recovery strengthened their bond and finally they had the chance to make that commitment to each other with those magical words, "I Do
Chicago Cubs Pitcher Marries in Maui

Chicago Cubs Pitcher Marries in Maui

Having visited Maui many times retired Chicago Cubs pitcher John Grabow & Kindra knew Maui was THE place they wanted to be to say their vows to each other! Eloping from Arizona, just the two of them, they kept it simple and the date was exactly one year to the date he had proposed to her! This was quite a special day!  Having met by a chance encounter, their friendship blossomed into a loving, solid relationship and now they’re on a romantic Hawaiian beach getting married.

Kindra was amazed by her colorful bouquet filled with tropical orchids and bright flowers as she stood waiting for Kimo the minister to blow the conch shell so she could begin the walk down the beach aisle to marry the man of her dreams!  She looked absolutely stunning as she walked down the beach to John and reached for his hand, looked in his eyes and repeated her vows! Passionately they kissed and finally after all these years it was official!

After the ceremony, they held each other and shared sweet, loving kisses. John then picked her up and spun her around and around as she screamed with excitement and joy! That made for fantastic images along with the low flying clouds that helped create dramatic lighting that we photographers just love! As the sun began to dip lower and lower on the horizon, I knew it was going to be a stunning sunset. I added backlighting with the sun and it made for amazing photos. As time crept by the sun slowly began to set and we were all in awe as we witnessed the sunsets incredible colors splashed against the sky! It was one gorgeous sunset we experienced. The whole time Kindra & John laughed, kissed and enjoyed their special day!

I asked Kindra how they had met and she shared her story:

“John and I met 3 1/2 years ago by coincidence. He was very polite and professional and I was trying to be talkative, he was this cute guy with 2 adorable puppies. I honestly didn’t think I’d ever see him again. We talked on the phone the next day for about an hour (about his puppies to start anyway) and one thing led to another. Come to find out we had ALOT in common. Then this cute guy with 2 puppies asked me out on a date, that was the beginning of the end. We fell in love!

Life is very unpredictable, we were both going through some very difficult times and we became solid support for each other, most importantly we became best friends!

Three and a half years later we’ve already been through a lot and have learned so much about each other. We have also learned we can’t live without each other and want to begin our lives as husband and wife.

We are going to celebrate this exciting decision on September 1st 2016, our 1 year anniversary from when he proposed!

We chose Maui as our wedding destination because I have always wanted a romantic communion on the beach of a beautiful Island.  The timing was perfect because we wanted to get married on the day he proposed 1 year later.  Maui became our place, our spot, our beginning on 9-1-2016.”

John William Grabow, nicknamed “Grabes”, was a Major League Baseball left-handed relief pitcher. He played for the Chicago Cubs from 2009 to 2011 and he also played for the Pittsburg Pirates from 2003 to 2009. Grabow was known as having a 94 mph fastball and was a great at getting both right and left-handed batters out.  He also had 400 strikeouts throughout his career!  What a wonderful year for John as he was able to watch the Chicago Cubs make their historic run finally breaking their 108-year-old losing streak and also marrying beautiful Kindra! Congratulations John & Kindra!

 

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Mahalo to Leah of Island Wedding Memories planning this little elopement! Also thanks to Kimo Kirkman for his thoughtful words and humor! Kindra’s bouquet made by Maui Elegance Floral Design! @mauiflowergirl4vr @lahainawarriors_3 @mauifloralelegance #mauiwedding #mauielopement #mauibeachwedding #mauidestinationphotographer #maui #borrowedandblue
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Having visited Maui many times retired Chicago Cubs pitcher John Grabow & Kindra knew Maui was THE place they wanted to be to say their vows to each other!
Married on a White Sandy Beach in Hawaii

Married on a White Sandy Beach in Hawaii

Congrats to Susanne and Volker who patiently waited days and days for the rain to clear and magically on their wedding day the clouds opened up and the sun shined down on them! Such beautiful love I witnessed between them today! Mahalo for making me apart of your Maui Memories
Best Friends Becoming One On A Maui Beach

Best Friends Becoming One On A Maui Beach

My friendship with Julie and Theo had started long before their wedding as they had started following me on social media, liking and commenting on certain images. I too had followed their IG account and noticed the excitement and anticipation building as the wedding got closer and closer. These two met riding horses in California, and their passion for horses made them move to Kentucky where they now have their own horse breeding ranch. This love of horses, led the two to becoming best friends and now they are marrying each other on the beautiful beach in Hawai’i.    

FINALLY, the day arrived and they were ever so excited! Julie was truly floating on cloud nine as she was getting ready for her girls and popping the bubbly! Their room at The Grand Wailea, was magnificent with such an amazing view of the beach with palm trees and the Pacific Ocean blue as far as you could see. After we had finished all the getting ready pictures we headed down to beautiful Wailea Beach.  Kimo Kirkman was the minister extraordinaire  who not only had them laughing just about every second, but also brought tears to their faces as they said their vows! Very touching! Kalani Miles serenaded them afterwards with his amazing guitar picking!

Once they were finished with all the beach and family pictures, we made our way to White Rock Beach where we found the gorgeous bougainvillea plants adding an intensely colorful background as they enjoyed tender kisses as husband and wife! On the beach, Theo spun his wife and the reaction on her face was priceless! They scored one amazing sunset and once finshed there we continued the journey to Gannon’s restaurant, where the super fab DJ Dan introduced the loving couple to an eager crowd who clapped, hooted and hollered as they walked in!  What an amazing night they had and THANKS to them for including Tad Craig Photography in their Maui Wedding Dreams! 1_Tad_Craig_Photography_Grand_Wailea 2_Tad_Craig_Photography_Grand_Wailea 3_Tad_Craig_Photography_Grand_Wailea 4_Tad_Craig_Photography_Grand_Wailea 5_Tad_Craig_Photography_Grand_Wailea 6_Tad_Craig_Photography_Grand_Wailea 7_Tad_Craig_Photography_Grand_Wailea 8_Tad_Craig_Photography_Grand_Wailea_Wailea_Beach 9_Tad_Craig_Photography_Grand_Wailea_Wailea_Beach 10_Tad_Craig_Photography_Grand_Wailea_Wailea_Beach 11_Tad_Craig_Photography_Grand_Wailea_Wailea_Beach 12_Tad_Craig_Photography_Grand_Wailea_Wailea_Beach 13_Tad_Craig_Photography_Grand_Wailea_Wailea_Beach 14_Tad_Craig_Photography_Grand_Wailea_Wailea_Beach 15_Tad_Craig_Photography_Grand_Wailea_Wailea_Beach 16_Tad_Craig_Photography_Grand_Wailea_Wailea_Beach 17_Tad_Craig_Photography_Gannon_s_Restaurant 18_Tad_Craig_Photography_Gannon_s_Restaurant 19_Tad_Craig_Photography_Gannon_s_Restaurant 20_Tad_Craig_Photography_Gannon_s_Restaurant 21_Tad_Craig_Photography_Gannon_s_Restaurant 24_Tad_Craig_Photography_Gannon_s_Restaurant 25_Tad_Craig_Photography_Gannon_s_Restaurant 25_Tad_Craig_Photography_White_Rock_Beach 26_Tad_Craig_Photography_White_Rock_Beach 27_Tad_Craig_Photography_White_Rock_Beach 28_Tad_Craig_Photography_White_Rock_Beach 31_Tad_Craig_Photography_White_Rock_BeachThanks to Leah of Island Wedding Memories for coordinating this fine wedding, Meili Autumn Beauty for hair and makeup, (Randall did Makup) Reverend Kimokirkman, Dan Of DJ Dan Maui, Kalani on ukulele, Brian on video and Maui Floral Elegance for her bouquet! All the pre wedding was at The gorgeous Grand Wailea, wedding was on Wailea Beach, the reception at Gannon’s Restaurant and sunset pictures on pretty White Rock beach! ‪#‎islandweddingmemories‬ @islandweddingmemories ‪#‎mauifloralelegance‬ ‪#‎maui‬ ‪#‎mauinokaoi‬ @lahainawarriors_3 @grandwailea @gannonsmaui @bevgannonmaui ‪#‎gannonsmaui‬ ‪#‎grandwailearesort‬ ‪#‎grandwailea‬ @mauidano @kalani36 ‪#‎julieandtheo‬