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! Thanks 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
Gannon’s Restaurant in gorgeous Wailea is always breathtaking and this particular day was not any different! The place is adorned with dancing palm trees swaying in the wind, lush, green foliage, incredible purple bougainvillea’s and amazing views in every direction.
Merissa arrived with a giant smile on her face, ready for the day’s events to unfold! It was terrific seeing her excitement as she was about to become Mrs.Corona! Her dress was gorgeous as was her stunning bouquet! Anthony was spending time with his best friends and his dad, who were also excited to be apart of this fabulous day. Anthony looked very sharp in his smart suit and stylish shoes, he was relaxed and ready to marry the woman of his dreams.
The wedding location on the grounds of Gannon’s, was actually high on the hill overlooking all of Wailea and the Pacific ocean! The views are so stunning, that even though I have been to that location quite a many times in the past, it is still mesmerizing! I am sure that all of their guests were thinking the same thing! Merissa was escorted down the isle by her father who beamed with pride, and when Anthony laid eyes on his gorgeous fiancé, his face lit up! Beautiful! Tino Rossete was the minister extraordinaire with his soft spoken, poignant words and great personality which made for a great ceremony! Finally they kissed and sealed their love, making it official!
Later we made our way back to the restaurant and the reception location just in time to see the sun set which made for spectacular back lit shots of Merissa playing with her veil. They loved the sheer spectacle of the alluring sunset on their wedding day, which helped close the day!
A little later on in the evening, Anthony escorted Merissa to the dance floor for their first dance together as husband and wife. They were having the time of their lives while their family and friends watched. She held her man tight while they danced under the palm trees and stars while everyone in attendance cheered. Does it get any better than that?
Congratulations to these lovers becoming one in the tropics of Maui!
Thanks to Sarah of Gannons Restaurant for coordinating this wedding to perfection. Was gorgeous from beginning to end! Merissa’s flawless make up done by Nicole of Maui Makeup Artistry and Marissa of MMA did her hair! (Yes Marissa did Merissa’s hair.) Merissa’s stunning bouquet by Fukushima Flowers! Tino Rosette was their officiant with the perfect soft spoken words and their DJ was Ace Beats! @Fukushima @gannonsmaui @bevgannonmaui @gannonsweddings @xoxomvo #mauilove #mauiweddingphotographer #mauiweddingparty @mauimakeupartistry @fukushimaflowers
Lisa, Jeff and I began talking about their wedding plans early on and I suggested that we start following each other on social media. It was very special being able to see a little about their lives leading up to the wedding. As the wedding day approached, they were posting hilarious pictures about their travels to Hawaii and the outrageous fun they were having on Maui. From looking at those pictures, I knew this was going to be a fun group and I was not mistaken!
The day of the wedding was gorgeous with trade winds blowing making the tropical surroundings much cooler and the location on Kaanapali beach stunning. Jeff watched intently as dazzling Lisa made her way down the stairs in her white flowing gown with her father guiding the way. Fred Torres was the minister extraordinaire; he used such eloquent words to join Lisa and Jeff at the altar. Lisa was extremely giddy with excitement and it was great watching them exchange their nuptials. They finally kissed and everyone celebrated by yelling and hollering. It was terrific to watch two people ready to start their new lives together!
After the ceremony, we explored the beautiful Westin Resort and Spa, in search for a romantic spot where we could create and capture irreplaceable moments. We found many spaces that will be remembered for years to come. I especially love the first picture of the two of them at their reception area. It is so gorgeous! Congratulations to these two best friends who married each other! Thanks for including TCP in making your Maui Memories!
Mahalo to Sarah of The Westin Resort and Spa Maui for coordinating this fine wedding to perfection. Fred Torres was the minister extraordinaire, Asa Flowers took care of all the gorgeous flowers everywhere! Also a shout out to DJDan! Always a hoot working with him!👏🏿👏🏿😎Lastly All Time Media was doing video! #weddingwire #westin #westinmauiresort #Maui #mauilove #mauiwedding #mauiweddingphotographer #mauidestinationphotographer #asaflowers #alltimemedia @alltimemedia @mauidano #sayhellotothedodges @jeffkdodge @lisawilde18