Don’t you just love love stories? Well, I simply can’t get enough. And when I stumble on a story as sweet as this one? I basically melt into a pile of wedding-loving mush in my chair, moving only to scroll over and over through the gorgeous images of the day where they got to say they love each other in front of their favorite people. Not to mention those love-filled images just happen to be captured by Anna Kim Photography – so I’m officially a goner. Because when you combine an international love story with images this pretty, I can’t help but fall in love with each one. See why here.
From Anna Kim Photography… It was fate that brought this lovely Australian bride and her bull-riding Canadian husband together and it was a joy to watch them unite their lives on a perfect day at the Sugarman Estate, Honua Kai Lani, in Maui. There was so much charm and love in this beautiful wedding with country roots on a little island in the middle of the Pacific, we had to share. With an attention to detail that reflected the love and personality of this couple, it was an unforgettable day.
From the bride… I am from Australia and Ty is from Canada, we met through fate and that is the best explanation! In 2009 I decided to take a break from the everyday life of teaching and headed overseas to travel the world and to work towards my passion for training horses. I was supposed to work on a cutting ranch in Texas, but it was easier to organize visas for Canada, so I went about emailing random rodeo people to see who would take me under their wing. I had one response from a lady near Edmonton and I didn’t know her at all. Although this particular barrel racing lady seemed lovely, my family was a little worried and so was I. I had an idea to check the friends these people had on their Facebook accounts (yes..stalker comes to mind, but I had to do it!). When I went through the list I found a young, good looking guy with a black cowboy hat on and something drew me to him…no, not the looks but his kind eye- it’s the truth! I held my breath and sent a random message explaining my situation and how my parents would appreciate knowing what kind of people I will be staying with. I received a message the very next day- such a nice response. Ty was his name. He worked in the oil field, was a bull rider and breeder. He had a few bucking cows at the place I was going to stay and assured me that if I needed any help at all he would be happy to help. We didn’t talk much after that. I travelled the world and ended up in Vancouver. While I was sitting at my hostel planning my next move and emailing my sister, Ty popped up on Facebook. This was the first time in months I had seen his name. From there he helped me plan my trip to Edmonton and gave me his number for emergency purposes. Ty sent me a message one day asking if I wanted to go to a barbecue at a friend’s and the rest is history. We became the very best of friends and after we dated for several months, I decided to take the plunge and move to be with my love. Life is full of surprises!
One October afternoon, Ty called me at work and asked if we could go for a horse ride when I got home. It was unexpected but not completely random as we both ride horses. When we were out looking at Ty’s bucking cattle herd he pulled out a ring and asked me to marry him! It was exciting but at the same time it felt very natural. It was meant to be! Shortly after Ty proposed it was clear he had been thinking long and hard about wedding details. We were riding home from this big event and he said to me “So… I was thinking, to be fair to both families we should maybe get married in a central location like Hawaii, I was also thinking maybe the end of next year?” I was happy to just be making the commitment to the man I loved.
Our memorable wedding was amazing not only because it was on beautiful Maui at an amazing venue, supported by amazing vendors, but also because we were able to share our special day with our truly wonderful friends and family.
We were blessed to have lovely weather, an amazing wedding photographer, planner, floral designer, caterers, dj, and bar service. Nothing could have been more perfect. We had our very own Maui experience, combined with our love of country and unique and antique ideas. Words really cannot express how amazed we still are at our forever memorable wedding day!
Wedding Photography: Anna Kim Photography | Wedding Venue: Honua Kai Lani (Sugarman Estate) | Officiant: Reverend Kimo | Event Coordination: Kara Byrne of Your Aloha Wedding | Floral + Event Design: Mandy Grace of Bella Grace Flowers | Catering: Cafe O’Lei Catering | Wedding Cake + Cupcakes: Nosh | Bartending: Maui Bars Are Us | Rentals: Melissa Padilla of Opihi Love Boutique Rentals and Event Design | Musican + DJ: Wilmont Kamaunu Kahaialii | Makeup: Marci of Maui Beautiful Brides