This was our third time photographing Kayla and John, and as before, it was an absolute delight. Over 60 people traveled all the way to Hawaii over Thanksgiving weekend to witness their marriage. Clearly they are very loved by their friends and family!
The ceremony and rehearsal were at the Lahaina Wedding House (a.k.a. the Blue Sky Beach Villa), a large house right down on the beach which was absolutely gorgeous! The coordinators, Gabrielle and Julie, were wonderful and so nice, making sure that everything went smoothly.
The details were perfect -- little welcome packets shaped like plane tickets (handmade by Kayla), ceremony programs that doubled as fans with a crossword puzzle and mad-lib, the groomsmen's Toms shoes, personalized hand-painted cake topper dolls from Etsy, the leis for all the guests at the rehearsal dinner made by Kayla's mom, Kayla's bouquet charm in memory of her sister, and of course, her beautiful wedding dress. Everything tied together into an island wedding that was elegant, charming, and uniquely Kayla and John.
We also witnessed a spirited father-daughter dance that turned into a fully choreographed performance involving several members of the wedding party and many of Kayla's family and friends. That set the tone for a high-energy reception with a hopping dance floor!
Kayla and John -- thank you so much for allowing us to be part of your incredible day! I feel honored that you were willing to fly us to Hawaii to photograph your wedding. You are both such nice people, incredibly easy to work with, and so fun to be around.
Special thanks again to my brother, Lawson, who flies out from Washington D.C. to be my second shooter at destination weddings. (Haven't heard him complain yet.) ;]
And an extra super special thanks to my assistant, "third shooter", muse, wife, and love of my life, Alicia. She was really a trooper this time because she had to leave during the reception to catch a plane home to be back in time for her clinical surgery rotation -- so she was only on the ground for a total of 48 hours and missed out on the fun after the wedding. I'll make it up to you someday! :]