Elisa and Ryan were married at the Kukahiko Estate in Makena. Kelly Miller of A Perfect Paradise Wedding, did her usual wonderful job, very pleasantly and efficiently coordinating the day. Elisa's son Reese was the poster child for ideal kids, very rare indeed. One of their guests had a daughter, Jackson, cool name or what, who was a natural at the hula. From the estate we stopped at Po'olenalena beach for some sunset photos and from there the group dined at Sarento's on the Beach in Wailea. Sarento's is right on the beach and is beautifully appointed. They also have a private dining room for groups of around twenty.
Kihei Award Program Honors the Achievement
KIHEI December 3, 2013 -- Bill Stockwell Photography has been selected for the 2013 Best of Kihei Award in the Wedding Photographer category by the Kihei Award Program.
Each year, the Kihei Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Kihei area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 Kihei Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Kihei Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Kihei Award ProgramThe Kihei Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Kihei area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Kihei Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.
Andrea and Cory were married at the Grand Wailea Resort in 2011. And now there are three, with the addition of Ethan. How did that happen? Life is pretty miraculous to behold when we take the time to appreciate the things so often taken for granted. I find it immensely rewarding when year after year people seek me out to photograph their families, having photographed their wedding years prior. Ethan was a really terrific and mellow fellow. He was totally unruffled, quiet and cool throughout the shoot. Big thanks to the three of them for a really enjoyable time. Andrea says, "Thank you! That was beautifully written! We had a great time with you during our shoot and look forward to seeing you again when we return to Maui next !"
Lisa and Jeff married at Maria Lanakila church in Lahaina, Maui. Following the ceremony we strolled scenic and quaint Front St., enjoying great photo ops including their favorite yogurt shop. We had an awesome time, as can be seen from the images. I firmly believe that wedding photography should be fun and that those genuine moment are reflected in the photographs. The reception took place at the Plantation House Restaurant in Kapalua, where everyone thoroughly enjoyed both the food and the ambience.
Danny's a kick and Amy's as sweet as a mango shave ice. I was so flattered when I was contacted by OWN asking my permission to use one of their photos on Oprah's show, "Where Are They Now?" (Photo below) Unlike other celebrities I've photographed in my career, both were very gracious and unpretentious.
Stockwells return to Maui, never to leave again. One year of Northern California weather was enough. 37 degrees and rain on Christmas, receiving heavy socks and sweat shirts as gifts, convinced me that we'd left heaven and ended up in the bad place. Waiting for our new digs to close, we spent 10 days at the Fairmont Kea Lani. If you are not aware of it, the Kea Lani is a PET FRIENDLY resort and the staff was extremely friendly to our Maltese Anna, the second light of our lives. Markus, our grandson being number one. Our smiling frisky companion couldn't scamper 20 feet without someone wanting to take her picture. This really added to the fun of staying there. We could have rented her out to guests missing their doggies. As we sauntered through the lobby, leash in hand, the staff would say "hi Anna". I really wanted to rename her 'Princess Kea Lani', which means 'heavenly white' in Hawaiian. I've photographed numerous weddings at the Kea Lani, and it was pure luxury to be there as a guest.
Natasha, Raj & Joshua
Ten years ago Natasha and Raj married at the Four Seasons on now extinct Seasons Lawn. An adults only pool (no that doesn't means clothing optional) occupies the space of the once best wedding site on Maui. August 25, 2013 I had the privilege of photographing the three of them having magically added superstar Joshua. Natasha told me they still treasure their photos. Super nice people make my occupation extremely rewarding. They live in the SF Bay Area where I photographed weddings for twenty years. Go Niners!