Monthly Archives: May 2013

Planning a wedding on Polo Beach Maui

As a photographer I try to capture everything about the wedding that I can. Yesterday, I found that I was not able to capture one large aspect of the wedding – the planning!  Ernie is a husband that has been married for many years and wanted to surprise his bride with a renewal ceremony. They were traveling to Maui for a simple vacation at the Fairmont Kea Lani, in Wailea/Makena Maui. As most of you may or may not know – Planning a ceremony with the Groom tends to be much more difficult than working with only the Bride to be. Ernie is a construction manager by trade and wanted to make sure everything was just perfect. Construction Managers have to over plan everything and have a great attention to detail so that the project goes as planned. Well, wedding renewals are not construction projects, but Ernie was going to make this renewal wedding project a masterpiece. I have to say that it was perfect. Tammy was absolutely taken when she realized what he had done. Tears filled her eyes and all she could do is hold her husband and tell him how much she was in love.

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As I captured Tammy’s face I also realized how all of Ernie’s planning had “in an instant” come together and he was looking in to her eyes to see how she was feeling. An image can not capture all the hard work an effort that Ernie put into this one moment. Luanna from the www.Maui helped Ernie with the Beach permits and flower circle and Polly from the Kea Lani provided the extra touches and the lei’s. Video Artistry captured the Rev. Laki  Kaahumanu at his best while blowing the couch shell and singing favorite hawaiian songs at their renewal wedding. What I loved was when Reverend Laki asked the couple to have a wedding dance just as a perfect rainbow came out of the light rain – as he played their song on the Ukulele.

If you are planning a wedding on Maui and don’t know where to start – I would be happy to help you and make sure that everything goes just the way you want. And, I want to figure out a way to capture the planning in pictures! If you would like to see more – visit

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Mahalo for your Aloha


Maui Wedding Styles


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Four Seasons at the Sugarman Estate Makena

FSMaui-8268 FSMaui-8193The Sugarman Estate Makena is also known as Honua Kai Lani – This beautiful property provides breathtaking views and privacy when required. I have included a few images of a recent wedding that was planned by the Four Seasons Resort Maui for one of those private clients that had a spectacular sunset wedding and cocktail reception. They continued to the Resort Hotel for an evening that I will not soon forget. If you are looking for that special wedding and have an eye for detail –be sure to call Denise Black at the wedding department of the Four Seasons Resort Maui, You will be very glad that you did!

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Sugarman Estate   I met Elizabeth and Jack while they were on Maui planning there 2014 Maui Beach Front Wedding.  They looked at many of the popular wedding sites, Sugarman Estate, Olowalu Plantation House, and a very private and intimate Makena Beach Estate. I could tell that they loved the ocean and asked if they had every had any engagement photographes done? Elizabeth said that there was no time with all their busy planning but she would love some beautiful photographes done. I told them if they could give me an hour, I would do my best to give them something that that would love. I picked them up at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa and in 10 minutes we were on the beach having a great time. You can see more at:  or

If you are ever in Maui scouting for that perfect place — I would love to share my secret places for that perfect shot!  Mahalo for you Aloha.

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