This was one of the most surprising weddings I’ve been to in a while and that’s saying a lot! The groom is Samoan and so during the reception, Bri changed into a traditional Samoan dress and they busted out what was the most fun and exciting first dance I have ever seen! I’m not sure whether to consider it a first dance or a money dance because all of a sudden the entire crowd was tossing heaps of dollar bills into their heads as they danced away! It was so fun to watch and I was honored to be a part of their wedding. I also really liked the innovative rugs that they used for their dance floor amidst the beautiful redwoods. What a fun and beautiful wedding from start to finish!
For those of you who have followed along on my journey as a photographer for a while, you will notice that I’ve photographed this beautiful couple multiple times! These two are dear friends of my husband and I, and when we took a friend-cation to Maui, of course I knew we’d do their maternity session there! I can’t wait to get some sweet newborn photos of their baby boy when he makes his debut! The last photo in this post was taken in Maui’s tropical “Jungle” at Honolua Bay and I must say, it is one of the most beautiful and fascinating places I’ve ever been. I hope you enjoy these sun soaked pictures as much as I do!
While my husband and I were planning our vacation to Hawaii with a few other couples in our friend group, I decided to do some research into beautiful spots for photos on Maui. One of the couples who came with us was pregnant with their first, so I wanted a great place to get some maternity photos for her! I came across this wonderful photographer, Jess Johnson, who told me about some great spots to check out. A few weeks later Jess asked if I would do her and her husband’s photos while I was on the island since they literally hadn’t had their photos taken since their wedding 12 years ago! It was such a pleasure soaking up the beautiful Hawaiian morning with these two and as you can see, they are still beaming with love for each other after all these years! This is what my Hawaiian photo dreams are made of!
I photographed the first part of this beautiful couple’s engagement pictures about a month ago on Treasure Island and they decided they wanted some more variety so we went to the Palace of Fine Arts this week to get some more great shots! It was raining when we got there, but we stayed under the dome until it let up. I can’t wait to shoot their wedding in the fall! Having two engagement sessions has served to make us really comfortable with each other, so I just know that the photos we take on their wedding day are going to be so fluid and beautiful!!