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!
Picture Perfect Wedding at Gannon’s Restaurant

Picture Perfect Wedding at Gannon’s Restaurant

  • Pretty much picture perfect for Callie and Kris’s nuptials at Gannon’s Restaurant! I loved working with these two and their families! Congratulations and thank you for making TCP part of your Maui memories!

  • Mahalo to Sarah of Gannon’s Restaurant planning this sweet couple’s wedding! Also thanks to Charles Nahale for his thoughtful words and humor! Callie’s bouquet made by Bella Bloom and Oren for making beautiful music of Barefoot Minded! Callie’s hair and makeup by Salon 253 and One last shout out to Paradise Event Rentals for the setup!

Pretty much picture perfect for Callie and Kris's nuptials at Gannons Restaurant!
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
Finding Love at Launiupoko

Finding Love at Launiupoko

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!2_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 3_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 4_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 5_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 7_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 8_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 9_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 10_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 11_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 12_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 13_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 14_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 15_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 16_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 17_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 18_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 19_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 20Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 21_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 22_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 23_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 24_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 25_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 26_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 27_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 28_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 29_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 30_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs 31_Tad_Craig_Photography_Teresa_Sena_Designs

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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I was very thrilled to be a part of this amazing wedding!
Kisses & Love in the Hills of Launiopoko

Kisses & Love in the Hills of Launiopoko

Congrats To Amber and Mark who tied the knoT and celebrated with all their family and friends! What a super wedding! Amber is my good friend Mark Friezner's daughter, so it was really special being apart of this great celebration! Thanks for making me apart of your Maui Memories!