Oahu, my paradise

waikiki wedding photographerOahu wedding photographersLanikai wedding photographerEarlier this year I had finally had my first “adult” vacation. I jokingly use the term “adult” because up until this point our family vacations have consisted of quick weekend getaways that were close to home, our car packed to the brim with toys and electronics to keep the kids entertained during the car ride, and a good solid day and a half (maybe two days) of time away. I had yet to feel the excitement of hopping on a plane to an exotic destination and I was itching for the feeling! We had never really put much thought into splurging on a nice vacay up until recently when it dawned on me just how long we had gone without some quality R&R. I had always had my heart set on a Hawaiian vacation since both my hubby and I have ties to these gorgeous islands. My parents (although they are no longer together), met on the island of Maui thirty something years ago. Before I was born they moved back to the Central Coast, I’m not quite sure how I feel about this move. I definitely wouldn’t have minded growing up in Maui that’s for sure. My hubby’s mom has lived on a few of the islands throughout the years and he was lucky enough to spend summers there as a kid although it had been quite some time since he had been back. It seemed like the perfect place to adventure to… and off we went.

I wish I could have been prepared for what was going to happen to me while I was away. It sounds so silly to say but being on the island made me come alive inside. I discovered a whole new side of me that I never knew was there. The vacation that I thought I needed, the vacay that was going to include fruity drinks and a lot of time laying on the beach ended up being the exact opposite. We spent our days trekking through the most amazing trails throughout the island. Oh, these trails! How can I even begin to describe hiking trails so perfect? We would walk the trails, surrounded by the most massive and amazing trees you have ever seen, following along a gently flowing river, only to arrive at a stunningly brilliant waterfall. Then just minutes later after continuing on our path we would find ourselves in a completely open area with a complete view of the island from above. I was continually left speechless. I’m thinking they should adopt a new travel slogan, something like “the islands of everything gorgeous” would fit perfectly. If you are planning a trip to Oahu soon I would highly recommend checking out the Stairway to Heaven (My all time favorite hike ever!!!! Watch out, it’s illegal though), Ka’au Crater (take it all the way to the top for an incredible 360 view of Oahu), Diamond Head (this is a really easy hike and it gives you the BEST view of Waikiki’s coastline) and Makapu’u Point Lighthouse trail (Look online for the detour that takes you down to the water pools, it’s a great place to get up close and personal with the fishes, totally worth the extra hike down and up the mountain).

After falling in love with this island I decided I needed to go back. I realized that the spark inside of me that I was feeling while I was on the island was the same feeling of excitement and discovery that I had when I started photography. Every gorgeous location I saw, I couldn’t help but think, if I just had an adventurous, fun, and super in love couple to photograph here how awesome would that be?!? It would be the ultimate dream come true, to do what I absolutely love (photograph amazing couples) in a location that I am in love with and that is over the top inspiring. That being said, I am more than excited to announce that I am now a proud member of the Oahu Style Me Pretty Little Black Book. Whoohoo! I truly cannot wait to have the opportunity to explore this magical island with a couple who loves it just as much as I do.

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Lacey & Bryce at Wente Vineyards

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It was so much fun trekking up north to Wente Vineyards to photograph the day for Lacey and Bryce. It’s always fun venturing to a new venue and Wente gave this couple a gorgeous backdrop for their special day. They had a stunning indoor, candle lit, ceremony followed by an outdoor reception lit by market lights! I’m a sucker for market lights. Check out their wedding day slideshow above.

 

Ceremony Venue: Wente Vineyards  –  Florist: Gail Miller –  Catering: Wente Vineyards  –  Music: Sound in Motion

 

 

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Brittany & David

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I had so much fun running around the UCSB campus and the oh-so-dreamy Bacara Resort with these two love birds. And I cannot wait for their Santa Barbara wedding later this year, not only because I means I get to see their gorgeous faces again but also I get to work with the super fabulous Sophie with Amazing Day Events! Double bonus! After meeting them, I know their wedding day is not only going to be gorgeous but I’m pretty sure it is going to be all kinds of fun too.:)

 

First location: UCSB Campus  –  Second location: Bacara Resort –  Hair and Make-up: Unveiled Hair & Make-up

 

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Dani & Matt at The Gardens at Peacock Farms

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I have reeeeally been looking forward to this wedding for quite some time now. Back when I shot Dani and Matt’s engagement session I realized there was something really special about these two. I remember heading home and going through the photographs, like I always do, but I wanted to melt because you could just see how much they loved each other. The emotion was almost jumping off of the screen. Imagine if it was that good then how great it would be on their wedding day?!? Yup, that’s exactly why I was so excited. From the moment I greeted them on the big day they were filled with excitement and it was so much fun to be around. Those kind of feelings are contagious and I’m pretty sure I had a smile on my face the whole day. Plus, give me a gorgeous venue like The Gardens at Peacock Farms and I am in heaven. If you have a few moments and would like to view more photographs from Dani and Matt’s big day, just click on the link above to view their wedding slideshow.

 

Ceremony Venue: The Gardens at Peacock Farms  –  Florist: Flowers to you by Jessica –  Catering: Catering Unlimited  –  Music: Aaron Eeg with Jordan River Productions  – Hair and Make-up: Salon Lux  –  Desserts: Marisa Hiney of Batches and Loaves – Brides dress: Maggie Sottero – Grooms suit: Black by Vera Wang – Bridesmaids dresses: JCrew

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