Beach Elopement on Maui

Beach Elopement on Maui

“When I saw you first it took every ounce of me NOT to kiss you! When I saw you laugh, it took every ounce of me NOT to Fall In LOVE!

And when I saw your soul- IT TOOK EVERY OUNCE OF ME!” ~Atticus 

So much love emanating from Christina & Jorge! Terrific witnessing this first hand. Congratulations to these two! 

Coordinator: Special thanks to Nani and Steven of White Orchid Wedding 

Minister: Kahu Kale Kaalekahi

Venue:  Makena Cove, Maui, Hawaii

"When I saw you first it took every ounce of me NOT to kiss you! When I saw you laugh, it took every ounce of me NOT to Fall In LOVE!
Romance on the Lava with Crashing Waves

Romance on the Lava with Crashing Waves

I was able to spend time with these two on another one of those stellar Maui evenings, witnessed One sweet sunset and the even Sweeter Love Ana & Mike have with each other!!.
Maui No Ka Oi!

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!
Cindy & Jeremy’s Return to Maui

Cindy & Jeremy’s Return to Maui

So where do I start??? I guess I have to start at Cindy and Jeremy’s sensational wedding a few years ago at Makena Cove. Cindy was wearing a beautiful beaded wedding dress and her little bump was present for all to see. I was fascinated when I was able to meet the little guy who is now so precious. Cindy has a great sense of humor and right from the VERY first time I met them, I was cracking up! Cindy is very funny and of course, that makes for very interesting photos! At their wedding, five years ago, Cindy was 6 months pregnant. We noticed the “Bump” sign in the street and it was a natural picture. They both had such amazing chemistry and the location at Makena Cove was absolutely gorgeous that day!
Now almost exactly five years later they returned with two beautiful kids in tow! Starting out where we had taken the “Bump” picture five years ago, we had cute little Devon, their daughter, holding the canvas of her dad, pointing at her in Mom’s belly! Seriously cute isn’t it?
It was so good to see them again and meet their little ones, they were just a joy to photograph. They both showed their own personality and, of course, Cindy’s amusing nature.
















Unique & Colorful Makena Wedding

Unique & Colorful Makena Wedding  ~  On September 17, 2013 ~

Originally we were to do the wedding at Makena Cove, but the ocean has taken most of the sand from the beach leaving the entry more challenging for a few people. Undeterred, the couple decided to move the wedding to Maluaka Beach so Shaundria’s mom could witness the nuptials. Afterwards we went back to Makena Cove and the bride and groom were SO HAPPY since it was where they really wanted their wedding to take place!  We got some gorgeous images in both locations.

I absolutely love the colorful wedding bouquet that Della made for Shaundria. I have already post some images on my Facebook page and on Pinterest!  Take a look if you wish!

They were in the moment enjoying the events of the day to the very fullest. Was a great experience for me just watching their joy! Congrats to one happy union!

Thanks go out to Dellables Floral Wedding Design for the gorgeous bouquet, to Jessica Waite for her beautiful makeup, to Eboni Prentice for her splendid hair & to Kara Byrne of Your Aloha Wedding Company, Inc. for her fine coordinating!

Enjoy the images. Tad Craig Photography