Dreams do come true. And this wedding is living proof. The sweetest, friendliest, most considerate and FUN couple ever, getting married in Hawaii, and I got to shoot it! Brett and Malia were featured in one of my favorite engagement sessions ever near Hoodsport, and I was wondering how they were going to top such a magical day. Well, they did it. Between the most romantic ceremony in a Japanese tea garden, to the jazzy Hawaiian groomsmen’s shirts, and the tear-jerking personal hula performed by Malia’s mother, the day was a whirlwind of laughter, crying, dancing, and partying. They had an amazing authentic Hawaiian meal, I ate something that I think might have been a limpet?? and they did the money dance for their first dance, which was an absolute riot. No holds barred. If you’re dreaming of a Hawaiian wedding, especially in Maui, send me an email ASAP. We bopped between Kihei, Iao Valley, Lahaina, and all over the dang place. Thank you so much Malia and Brett for an unforgettable experience.
After traveling to Maui for a wedding, I knew I had to shoot more while I was there. The beaches, the mountains, and the greenery are so gorgeous, and it was a crazy change of pace from the temperate forests of the Pacific Northwest. The tropical valleys were full of fog, and at 7 pm after St. Patrick’s Day, Sebastian, Priscilla, and I dragged our butts up a mountain to celebrate their engagement.
The story of how I met Priscilla and Sebastian is wild. I was searching far and wide for a couple the work with in Maui, and I ended up DMing everyone on Insta in a 30-mile radius who looked semi-in a relationship. (Hint: tag your location in your Insta posts! You just may find yourself getting a message from me) Priscilla jumped at the chance when I messaged her, and we planned on meeting at the entrance to Iao Valley, not far from their house in Maui.
The next day was St Patrick’s Day, and I decided I was going to eat as many appetizers in Kihei as I could since I was traveling solo. By my second or third bar, I found myself chatting with the bartender because we discovered he grew up about 5 blocks from where I live now in Seattle. He asked what brought me to Hawaii, and I mentioned that I had shot a wedding the day before. I also mentioned that I would be shooting an engagement session with a couple the next day in Iao Valley State Park. He looked and me funny and said “wait, is Priscilla the name of the bride?” I said yes… and he said “are you my photographer???” Turns out, he was Priscilla’s fiancé! He goes “oh she has this wicker peacock chair she wants in the photos” I was like “oh. we’re bringing that. I’ll carry it up the mountain myself if I have to” and I’m so glad we brought it! Doesn’t it fit perfectly with their styling? I’ve got a total 1950’s Cuba vibe from these two.