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
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!
Finally Getting their Dream Maui Wedding

Finally Getting their Dream Maui Wedding

Lauren & Ethan, Finally get their Dream Maui Wedding, and it was Glorious!  It was a perfect bluebird day and their wedding location was high on the hill overlooking the beautiful blue pacific ocean!  I eyed the colorful bougainvillea bush, knowing that we would make our way back to this gorgeous setting to capture a few amazing moments! I made my way to the Grande reception hall and I was greeted with an impressive table set to perfection with flowers generously decorated with a copious amount of details making for gorgeous pictures! The entire room smelled as delicious as it looked! After I had captured all the images I needed, I continued the trek to meet the bride! Lauren was in the initial stages of getting ready so I had time to capture lovely moments of her getting ready! Once she was ready, we moved to the small creek flowing through the property where we captured beautiful bridal portraits and finally it was wedding time! They had already married 4 years earlier so this is technically a vow renewal, but when then did first marry, it was in a court house, with no family and no friends in attendance! So really this was the wedding they had both dreamed of!!

Lauren walked into the wedding site with Ethan waiting to meet his lovely bride and finally say their vows they had always wanted to say with their families and friends watching! Joe Miles was their officiant and blessed them with his incredible words. What he said really touched me deeply and I was only listening from afar! Great Job JOE! Soon it ended with everyone congratulating them and wishing them the best! It was beautiful!

Once we had finished with all of the family photos there was a nice moment where the two of them were sitting at the site talking and whispering into each other’s ears. The shots of the two of them sitting there were so pretty!  We then journeyed to White Rock Beach where the soft light made for beautiful images at sunset.  The sun was bright orange and was about to be swallowed by the ocean as the two of them embraced each other on their special day on Maui.  We then headed back to the reception where it was a nicely arranged with the array of flowers, food, and the reception table. The music began to play and Lauren & Ethan had their first dance, I was able to capture that moment and I then left the two newlyweds to dance, laugh and celebrate the night away.

I always ask my client’s how they met and I wanted to share their story with you in Lauren’s special words.  Please enjoy.

Ok, here’s our story….

I was introduced to Ethan by my step-mother, who was living in Colorado, also Ethan’s hometown, while I was going to nursing school in Texas, living with my mother. She had known Ethan for many years, and she waited many years until she knew we were both single at the same time to make her move. The first time Ethan called me, he was literally at the airport getting ready to ship off to boot camp. Our first conversation was weird because we both felt like we had known each other for years. He asked me to write him while he was in boot camp, and so I did. I think we started to fall in love through our letters. We both realized that we had sooo much in common, including both having a goal to live on one of the Hawaiian islands once our careers were started. He used to live in Maui for 5 years, working as a cordon Bleu chef at I’O and he has always wanted to return for good. This is where his heart and soul lives. Anywho…he had his mother send me a plane ticket to come meet him in person for the first time at his boot camp graduation. I went…we met…and spent about 1 day together before he had to report to his command. I flew home and told my best friend, this man will be my husband. We kept in contact through Skype as he completed his submariner schools. He asked me to marry him 4 months into our relationship. We agreed that we would get married but for 1 yr live apart because I had just signed a year contract at a major hospital in Texas, and we knew that the only submarine bases in the states were in San Diego or Washington, or Hawaii. Everyone told him, there was no way he’d get orders to go to hawaii because it is very rare, so we never considered it. About a week before he was to graduate and come to Texas to marry me, he received his orders for….Oahu! At first, we were sooo happy because I knew he wanted to be in Hawaii but then we realized that it would be way to difficult and expensive commute to see each other. He graduated, hopped on a plane, and married me the very next day, on the second time we had ever even seen each other in person, or spend more than one day together, but when it’s right, it’s right. We had a small court house ceremony with my son and step-mother as witness. Two weeks later, I decided to leave my job, pull my son out of school and move to Hawaii to be with him. After 3 years, I had a great job and was ready to throw us a special wedding with our closest friend and family, on the land that he feels is heaven on earth, Maui! Now, married for almost 4 years, we are still as happy as we can be, more deeply in love than ever, and devoted to one another for life. Our wedding in Maui was so special, small, and perfect for us…one of the best days of our lives.

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Lisa & Jeff’s Westin Wedding

Lisa & Jeff’s Westin Wedding

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!

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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