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!
Jamie, Kevin and the two boys became a family at the luxurious Fairmont Kea Lani. The two boys were extremely polite and well behaved. I commented, "Wow, the beatings must have paid off." Kea Lani means 'heavenly white' in Hawaiian and Jamie certainly looked heavenly in her white gown. The following day we met at Ulua beach and enjoyed the Maui's vast treasure trove of white sands and awe inducing sunsets. It doesn't get much better than this.
I frequently photograph weddings with just 2 people - Makena Cove (Secret Beach), Makena, Maui, Hawaii
Two Say I Do What could be more ideal than leaving the relatives 6,000 miles away and actually enjoying your wedding.....a concept most people can relate to. Frolicking, sans black tie, in the soft white sand sure beats standing in a receiving line greeting 250 of your closest friends. K & K made the most of it, including furtively smuggling in a bottle of bubbly. Don't tell the beach cops. Seemingly oblivious to my presence, they frolicked as I snapped. Thank God they didn't hire some bozo who meticulously poses each pinky, while a crew of grips and lighting techs scramble for position. Amazing how much work it is to produce snooze producing photos.
Krista and Terry were married at the Westin Kaanapali Resort. The Westin has everything from waterfalls to Flamingos, but from what I understand, wedding photos are no longer permitted on Kaanapali beach. The Makena Surf Condominiums has two beaches, both perfect for either weddings, or in Krista and Terry's case, a day-after "trash the dress" shoot. Great people, great weather and loads of fun. What could be better!
From Makani 'Olu Ranch in Wailuku to Ulua Beach in Wailea, I had rare opportunities to photograph the extraordinarily vivacious and attractive Alyssa. Marcello showed up too. Grooms make great props with which to highlight the bride. Let's be frank! We all know it's the brides wedding. The ceremony took place at Alyssa's parents house in Lahaina and was tastefully and elegantly staged. In my opinion, no other profession could be more rewarding than wedding photography. Preserving irreplaceable moments in time for truly deserving couples and their families is exceedingly fulfilling.