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MAY
17

Iris and Ernest were such a fun couple to work with. Their excitement and love bubbled and burst through every photograph.

Ernest looked absolutely charming in his three-piece gray suite and light pink bow-tie that perfectly matched his bride’s bouquet. Iris was the epitome of bridal beauty in her simple and elegant strapless gown and her matching dainty jewelry. The two were full of so much joy–not even the windy weather could put a damper on their day.

After the ceremony on the beach-front lawn of the Andaz Maui Resort, our newlyweds took to the sand for their first photoshoot as husband and wife. Something I absolutely love about living and working on Maui is the unexpected and magical moments that the island offers. Although we expected the photoshoot to be just the bride and groom, we were blessed with the opportunity to incorporate the first sea turtle the couple had ever seen into some of their photos.

It is moments like these that remind me how unique Maui is and how special it is to take some of life’s most monumental steps surrounded by so much natural beauty.

Wedding Ceremony + Reception: Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort
Wedding Coordinator: Melissa of Andaz Maui
Florals: Mandy Grace Designs
Officiant: Keli’i Brown
Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy
Entertainment: Manutea Nui E
Musician: David Wolf
Writer: Nicole Brooke Rosen

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MAY
15

Breanne was the epitome of beach-elegance as she stood in her lace barefoot sandals on the sandy shores of Maluaka Beach with Marc at their intimate beach wedding. As with life and love, the beauty of the event was within the delicate details.

Flowers of lace decorated the straps of our bride’s gown, perfectly framing the long strand of pearls and crystals draped along her spine. The soft vanilla color palette worn by the wedding party gave a dreamlike quality to the day, complimenting the creamy rose orchid florals by Asa Flowers and Na Pua Anuhea Leis.

We were so blessed to be a part of this beautiful day. Thank you, Breanne and Marc, for choosing Anna Kim Photography to help document your Maui wedding day.

Wedding Venue: Maluaka Beach
Wedding Coordinator: Patty Flax-Event Specialist and Kendall Higashino- On site planner from White Orchid Wedding
Photographer: Jessica of Anna Kim Photography
Hair + Makeup: Meili Autumn Beauty
Florals: Asa Flowers + Na Pua Anuhea Leis
Music: Alika Nakooka
Officiant: Reverend Alapaki
Writer: Nicole Rosen

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MAY
13

I think what I love most about the photographs of Mai and her parents are the lessons that are carried within each image. Mai’s curiosity reminds me to look at every angle of life with interest and openness. She seems to have that innate belief that every tiny detail of life is magical and enchanting. Mai embodies that childlike wonder many seem to lose as they grow up and shows us that not only is it important to celebrate the little things, but also, that it’s the little things that often matter the most.

After photographing Faith and Phuc a few years ago on their wedding day, it was so amazing to work with them again now that they have brought little Mai into the world. They are such a loving, warm, and happy family. It was an amazing experience getting to watch Mai study the sand and squeal as the ebb and flow of the waves danced on her tiny toes. Thank you for sharing your little life lessons with me, Mai, and thank you Faith and Phuc for giving me another glimpse into your beautiful family.

Written by: Nicole Brooke Rosen

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APR
30

After having the privilege of photographing Danielle and Ronald for their engagement, it was such a thrill to be asked to photograph them again for their maternity photo shoot when they returned to Maui.

The backdrop at Makena Cove was spectacular. Rich, navy waters met the powder blue sky, fading into a brilliant turquoise as it reached the toasted sand. Maui could not have created a more perfect day for this shoot—painting a vibrant background with its island colors and illuminating the couple with the warm and natural brilliance of the sun.

It was a joy to be able to photograph this wonderfully down to earth couple. Wishing Danielle, Ronald, and baby Makena Sunshine a lifetime of love and happiness.

Written by: Nicole Brooke Rosen

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APR
30

Sara and Basqui had a classy, island-infused wedding at Sugar Beach this March and we were blessed to be a part of the beautiful occasion. The bride looked absolutely elegant in her strapless, fitted, lace gown and delicately beaded barefoot sandals. Her bridesmaids kept it classy in their silky, black dresses while also embracing the beach and grassy shoreline in similar beaded and bare footwear.

The ladies were not the only ones to bring fashion to the event. The groomsmen showed off their sophistication too, standing beside the groom in matching suits and ties and incorporating a piece of Hawaii with their traditional Kukui leis.

Our associate, Jessica, documented many wonderfully sincere and romantic moments throughout the day. The couple’s friendship and devotion unassumingly shines through the photographs with the natural grace and ease that comes from years of mutual honesty and acceptance. There was also a hint of whimsical fun within the wedding. Playfulness and personalities of the couple and their wedding party color the photographs and make this wedding a particularly joyful and sweet day to reminisce about.

Wedding Ceremony + Reception: Sugar Beach Events
Wedding Coordinator: Stephanie of C. Perfection
Caterer + Bar: Chef Lee and Carl of Sugar Beach Events
Hair + Makeup: Maui Mira
Wedding DJ: DJ Dan
Flowers: Dellables
Officiant: Reverend Tino Rosete
Photographer: Jessica and Olivia of Anna Kim Photography
Written by: Nicole Brooke Rosen

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APR
28

Some loves are like wildflowers–they are beautiful, unique, and grow with fire-like vivacity. Dena and Mark seemed to share that subtle yet brilliant type of love.

It was such a joy to be a part of Dena and Mark’s exquisite wedding day on the southern shores of Maui. Their gentle care, tenderness, and love for one another was undeniable and made every photograph blossom with sweetness and sincerity.

The couple said their “I Dos” with swaying palm trees and the Pacific behind them and friends and family in front of them. They stood on the grassy, ocean-front lawn of White Orchid Wedding’s Beach House under a bamboo chuppah dripping with dreamy pearl-white, pastel, and blushing florals.

They looked absolutely elegant and charming. Bride Dena exuded all of the understated, chic grace of her high-necked, sleeveless gown. She wore a chestnut colored, jeweled sash at her waste–adding detail to her creamy, pleated wedding dress. Her groom, Mark, mirrored his bride’s soft style in his three-piece, stone-gray suit.

After the wedding, we snuck off to a nearby field full of bright wildflowers for a photoshoot. Their poise and tender affection was inspiring. It was such a privilege to photograph them. Congratulations, Dena and Mark!

Wedding Venue: White Orchid Wedding Beach House
Wedding Coordinator: Kendall of White Orchid Wedding
Second Photographer: Jessica of Anna Kim Photography
Hair + Makeup: Dusty James
Wedding Florals: Dellables
Officiant: Keli’i Brown
Writer: Nicole Brooke Rosen

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APR
27

Wedding Ceremony: Plumeria Point, Four Seasons Wailea, Maui
Wedding Coordinators: Laura and Karen of the Four Seasons Wailea, Maui
Officiant: Ron Winckler
Harpist: Kristine Snyder of Maui Harpist
Florals: Asa Florals
Hair + Makeup: Lauren of Salon 253
Second Photographer: Jessica of Anna Kim Photography
Wedding Reception: Duo, Four Seasons Wailea, Maui
Written by: Nicole Brooke Rosen

Dreamy blush and cream florals lead this stunning California bride toward her groom and framed the intimate wedding as the soft sounds of a harp gently played in the background. It was heaven on earth.

Lauren was breathtaking. Her lace-trimmed veil cascaded down, meeting a waterfall of tulle and lace that began at her sweetheart, strapless neckline, and ended in a gorgeous, frothy wave behind her. Her groom, Chris, was debonair in his beige suit accented by a single white rose boutonniere.

The two looked incredible, immeasurably in love and blissfully ecstatic. Their delight shines through their photographs with such sweet sincerity. It was such a joy to be around so much happiness and tenderness. Thank you so much Lauren and Chris, for letting Anna Kim Photography be a part of your amazing wedding day.

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APR
24

Hair + Makeup Artist + Shoe Designer: Ry-n of Ry-n Shimabuku-Makeup Artist
Wedding Gown: Koa of Kojo Couture
Model: Moana
Photographers: Anna and Jessica of Anna Kim Photography
Florals: Darren and Shane of Bliss Flower Design
Videography: Yukio, Ryota of Driftwood Films and Chelsie Machado
Cake: Danae of www.cakecupmaui.com
Written by: Nicole Brooke Rosen

The word opulence barely scratches the surface when reminiscing about the stylized wedding photo shoot at the gorgeous Lona Ridge Estate. The beautiful estate sits regally among the lush mountains above Wailuku Heights. With its pristine grounds and astonishing bi-coastal view of Maui, Lona Ridge is a unique and stunning wedding venue and a gift to the Maui wedding community.

Lona Ridge inspired the insanely talented designer, Koa of Kojo Couture, so much so that he flew to New York City to bring back equally majestic material for his couture creation. Ry-n Shimabuku not only matched Koa’s excellence with his killer hair and makeup expertise, but he also was the mastermind behind the intricately detailed shoes as well.

Working with so much creative talent is such an inspiring process-the energy is both dazzling and infectious. Everyone involved in this day put their heart, soul, and passion for innovation and beauty into the event. The Bliss Boys were no exception. Darren and Shane of Bliss Flower Design (and Bliss Wedding Design) brought their floral prowess to the photo shoot. The bouquet showcased both spectrums of female energy–natural wildness and delicate gentleness. The Bliss Boys coaxed cream and blush peonies, orchids, and roses up the antique sign post along with rich greenery and curly willow. The chandelier (courtesy of Pacific Aisle Rentals) and chaise lounge they brought added another element of luxuriousness to an already impressive compilation of glamor and grace.

During the photo shoot, Koa played a song the lyrics to which the camera had no trouble adhering to— “better recognize opulence.” Opulence, and so much more, was recognized, documented, and is here for visual enjoyment.

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APR
19

Wedding Ceremony + Brunch: White Orchid Beach House
Wedding Coordinator: Kendall Higashino of White Orchid Wedding
Florals: Dellables
Officiant: Reverend Valentino Rosete
Wedding Caterer: Catering From Soup to Nuts
Written by: Nicole Brooke Rosen

Looking back on the photographs of Susan and Jordie’s Maui wedding, I am struck with a deeper understanding about the heart of a long-lasting love. After all, this couple has spent the last twelve years developing their relationship and yet still manage to have that new-love sparkle in their eyes when they look at one another. A love like that is worth exploring.

Island inspiration blended with an organic, rustic flair at the talented and creative hands of Kendall Higashino of White Orchid Wedding. The wedding was beautiful and intimate, with the bride and groom as the only two there. Susan wore a long-sleeved, lace, A-line wedding dress that gently flowed just past her knees. She walked arm in arm with her stylish groom who donned a sleek, gray, three-piece suit. A cluster of King Protea served as a simple and stunning bouquet, echoing the majesty of the protea table decor and succulent surrounded cake topper situated regally on the naked wedding cake.

There was no fluff, no excess, just two people embodying the pure and steady heartbeat of a lasting love. Susan and Jordie showed me that what keeps a relationship’s heart pulsating is simple and pure. Treasure that romantic spark. Foster that new-love adoration. Allow that long-time friendship to course through and serve as the heartbeat’s metronome. Live simply and simply love.

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FEB
26

Brittany and Brandon always pictured themselves having a wedding in the forest. They fell in love with the rainbow eucalyptus forest on Maui. It was the perfect setting for their sweet wedding with family being the only guests.
Maui Officiant and musican: Ernest Puaa
Wedding hair + makeup: Jessica Waite Make-up Artistry
Wedding bouquet: Dellables

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