maui hawaii destination wedding bride & groom romantic beach sunset

maui hawaii destination wedding

it was june when i received an email from jessica & nik. They were at the end of 6 months of traveling, hanging out in the salt flats in bolivia & searching for a wedding photographer with intermittent internet (at best) & no power at all (for days). All great for chilling out at the end of a long journey & a little challenging for online searching. And over continents & countries, through the magic of the www, they came across my website & well, as they say, the rest is history. I met jessica & nik & their intimate, & most fabulous, tribe of family & friends just outside of lahaina on maui. We spent our first day location scouting & finding some amazing places to go for portraits on their wedding day. That evening i came back to the beautiful Sky Dweller to document their last evening engaged with everyone hanging out at home. It was a sweet introduction for us all, a fabulous way to capture a lot of candid moments of the joy & anticipation of the wonder & magic still to come.

jessica & nik’s wedding day was as sweet, beautiful & easy going as the two of them. There was so much love & happiness in the air & it was an absolute delight to be swept up in it all. After the joy & tears of the i-do’s, jessica, nik & jessica’s fabulous maid-of-honour car-lee & i went cruising to the locations we’d found the day before. First north of lahaina for a walk through the jungle, up to the cliffs overlooking the ocean & then headed back south towards the beach. Part way through lahaina things changed. Traffic stopped. Not slowed, but stopped, completely. There had been a big accident on the 1 road highway & traffic was at a stand still. So what to do… well, get out of the car, leave car-lee on her own to find her way through, run to a back road & hitchhike, of course. Get a ride to the beach that was just down the road from where i was staying. And go for a walk, let the traffic drift away & capture these two sweet souls in the setting sun, celebrating the beauty & joy of being husband & wife. By the time it was getting dark, the traffic had cleared, 2 more hitched rides & we ended up back at their place on time. Sometimes what looks like a huge problem turns out to be a beautiful adventure. And jessica & nik are used to & up for adventuring, so all was fabulous & a whole lot of fun.

jessica & nik, may these photos capture even a taste of the love you both have dancing within & around you. May the joy & delight of your celebration, of your dear families & friends stay warm in your hearts & minds. It was most truly a joy & an honour to follow you through your walk into marriage. And for that, i am truly grateful. So much love & happiness to you both.

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  • Alexandra Lamont

    JENNIFER! WOW!!!
    These are Amazing! I laughed and cried and was in awe as if I was there with each one!
    BEAUTIFUL!!!
    Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Daisy Was

    So beautiful Jennifer!
    The light, the shadows, the colors, the environment, the people, the emotions …
    You captured it all so beautifully.
    Thank you for sharing the story in images & words.
    x, DaisyReplyCancel

 

sea breeze lodge fall wedding

sea breeze lodge fall wedding

stacie & adam love the outdoors. And their family & friends. And each other. So.Very.Deeply. And their decision to gather all of that together for their fall wedding at the beautiful sea breeze lodge on hornby island was as perfect as it gets. Everything was sweet & easy, gentle & fun & wonderfully funny. There were a lot of tears – heartfelt tears of the love shared, commitments made & the joy of all being together to celebrate the beginning of their new life as husband & wife.

they were nervous about having their photo taken… wondering if they’d look awkward in the pictures. All i witnessed was stacie & adam’s sincere joy & delight in being together, in having promised their lives to one another, to a future with more traveling, more adventures, certainly more fishing (with adam bringing home the big one… well, maybe even a little one will do), more time spent falling deeper in love. That’s what i see in the photos… stacie & adam & a slice of their beautiful love.

stacie & adam, thank you… for your willingness to be you, so fully, so openly. To allow me to tag along & capture a little of the love you share & a piece of your wedding day. Heaps of happiness to you both.

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  • Oooohhh!!! Gorgeous couple. Gorgeous light. Gorgeous photography!!!ReplyCancel

  • Emmy

    Holy Smokes gorgeous!!!!! So many amazing moments – her and her dad is just too much!! Love all the love that you caught in these images – beautiful heart felt work!ReplyCancel

  • Completely awesome from beginning to end!ReplyCancel

 

west coast wedding black rock resort

west coast wedding black rock resort

soon after love first hit alex & travis, travis went to work in ucluelet helping to build the new community centre there. And somewhere along the way, between the arrival of two sweet littles, a home bought & renovated, & travis’ work away from home, alex knew she wanted to go back to the west coast to get married. And so they did. At the gorgeous black rock resort. Just a 5 minute walk from the community centre where the foundation was laid at the beginning of their journey & where they danced for the first time as husband & wife. It was a sweet full circle.

the rains came, as they so often do on the west coast. And it held us all there. And made the day feel more intimate. And connected. All was as their lives are… full with family, 2 sweet kids, a tribe of close friends who have known them for almost always, an ease & steadiness. The sky lifted for a few brief minutes so we went out & played with their entourage & a few moments with just the two of them, in a place rich in their hearts. There was a lot of laughter ringing through the night, great speeches & stories shared, some fabulous dance moves.

alex & travis, it’s been a joy being a part of documenting your journey… from before your little family began, through births & family outings, to the wild west coast to capture your walk into marriage. Another chapter. I’m grateful for all you’ve shared with me along the way. Here’s to the unfolding of the journey ahead. Much love to you both. xo

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sea breeze lodge wedding

sea breeze lodge wedding

oh, late summer sunshine. Oh, glorious day. Oh, beautiful venue in amazing location. Oh, open-hearted, tender, fun, fabulous couple. Oh the joy of all of that mixed-up with an incredible tribe of family & friends, great style, so much laughter, love & sheer delight of just having time to gather & celebrate together.

jerusha & rob, what a day! What amazing moments, spilling one into the other, from morning until night. All that anticipation, wonder, love & delight making it’s way through the heat of the day & into the warmth of the evening. I’m so entirely grateful to you both for sharing your day so fully, so openly, so warmly with me. Thank you for allowing me to be swept up in the sweetness of your love for one another & for your family & friends. My heart is all the fuller for it. My wish is for your love to deepen, your delight to grow & for all the joy you have within you to keep nourishing you & yours in all the years to come. So much happiness to you both.

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