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Shannon and Justin’s Sunset Maui Engagement Session

Maui has to be one of the most incredible places on this planet. Volcanic rock around one corner and sandy beaches and sunsets around the other. Lush walls of greenery and flowers and the most incredible morning light.

Maui holds a special place in Shannon and Justin’s hearts. That’s why they chose this special place in the south pacific to be married. Just a few short days before they said “I do” they agreed to a sunset Maui engagement session. We wanted a chance to work with them before their wedding day and it gave us all a chance to explore the island together. They took us to Big Beach, which is Justin’s favourite on the island. A large spit of sand that stretches for what seems like miles. A casual vibe and some really pretty light in the evening (as we found out). We chased the sun down the road and spotted an amazing view of Molokini crater just off the coast of Maui.

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Relationships are all around us. Sometimes the little moments of love and happiness on a wedding day make the story. For Laura and Johnathan’s beautiful Calgary Lakehouse wedding, that’s what we were seeing all day long. There were happy hugs as people realize they are suddenly family. A few tears as they remembered a loved one looking down upon the wedding from heaven. A loving embrace between grandchildren and their grandma.

The people we love and who love us most are are biggest supporters. You can feel the warmth as the bride comes down the aisle. The adoration as everyone looks on during a first dance. Love is in the happy stories told over dinner, it’s in the laughter and the tears. It’s there when a father gives his daughter away and finally it’s in the couple’s eyes as they promise to spend the rest of their lives together.

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maui elopement

Your wedding day is the first day of your marriage. We are huge proponents of making that first day exactly how you imagined it happening. For some couples that means jet setting off to a beach in the middle of the Pacific. We love that Marlena and Ryan chose a Maui elopement, it was perfect for them. Small. Intimate. Only the two of them, promising their forever. The ocean their witness and the sunset to give it’s blessing.

This wedding was incredibly intimate. Just these two, spending their wedding day together. From Ryan helping Marlena into her beautiful Stella York dress, to sunset photos with a pastel coloured sky. Their Maui elopement was what we all dream about when we think of our wedding day. The little moments that happened spoke of a lifetime of happiness that lay ahead. Just two souls pledging to spend the rest of life’s adventures together. We think, after all, that’s what its really all about.

Congratulations you guys, from the bottom of our hearts.

Marlena and Ryan’s Maui Elopement Vendors:

Venue: Secret Beach, Maui

Hair and makeup: Heather Ellison of Hair and Makeup by Heather Ellison

Florals: Dellables Wedding Florals and Design

Gown: Stella York, The Bridal Boutique

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As always it is such a pleasure to document such special days in the lives of the couples we work with. Being able to capture these little moments means everything. The intimacy of it all is what makes what we do so special. When a friendship develops, it’s even better. Throughout the process of planning and photographing this Maui elopement, we kind of fell for these two. From witnessing their marriage, to shooting a day after session and hitting their favourite breakfast place. We knew these guys would be friends for life. Their wedding day will remain deep within our hearts for many years to come.

Mahalo and many thanks

Erin & Andrew