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Romantic Surprise Hawaiian Beach Proposal

This Groom-to-Be gets major points, because his proposal to Kaitlin, the blogger behind Blonde Expeditions, is absolutely perfect. The romantic Maui beach at sunset, the gorgeous engagement ring, and beautiful photos from Ajja Of Anna Kim Photography—it all adds up to a proposal worthy of National Proposal Day! See each perfect moment in The Vault!

From Anna Kim PhotographyIt is always thrilling to be a part of a proposal—especially when it involves two people as sweet and beautiful as Armaan and Kaitlin. Wishing these two lovebirds a lifetime of love!

From the Groom-to-Be… Kait and I met on the first day of college. I was an international student and we both came early to orientation. She was one of the only people sitting in my section and we were friends from day one. We were also in 2 freshman classes together. She was my first friend in college! However, we started dating only in sophomore year. We transitioned from friends to boyfriend & girlfriend (and best friends) and finally to this stage!

I don’t think there was one clear moment when I realized I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her- it was a build up. She’s a very private person. It took time to peel through all the beautiful layers she had. Once I was on the inside though, it was crystal clear. When you can be your true self without even thinking of feeling judged, that’s when I knew.

I wanted the proposal to be special – hence Hawaii. Our parents and my sister flew in from NJ and India (my family is based in India) because the both of us are very close to our families, and also because I wanted to share this special day and trip with them. Our families had all met before on different vacations we planned together, so Kait thought this was just another fun family vacation with both families. I had told both families that I’d be proposing, and when I got the green light I started looking for a photographer. Kait is a blogger and I knew she’d want an engagement shoot. But I wanted to capture the raw moment – not anything planned. I found Anna Kim’s website and I was sold. She put me on to Ajja and Ajja told me about Po’olenalena beach. I saw pictures and I knew that was the spot. But there was another problem – I had a feeling Kait knew I was going to propose this trip. That’s one disadvantage of knowing someone so well – she knew that I was going to propose – and I knew that she knew I was going to. So I had to change my whole plan.

What I told Kait, since she’s a blogger, was that I found a photographer that would like to meet us and do a few test shots of us so that she could use for her blog. Kait’s blog is “Blonde Expeditions” after all, and Maui is a pretty big expedition. So a shoot of mostly her, and a few of me in the mix would add some expedition-ness to her blog. She bought it. What I told Ajja was that Kait thinks it’s a blog shoot, but that I was going to propose during the shoot and catch her off guard and surprise her. We did a few blog shoots of her, and the both of us, before I gave Ajja my cue. A few hours earlier I made up something along the lines of my stomach was hurting because Kait thought I looked nervous. So I went along with it. I bent down “in pain” and when I got up I had the ring ready. Cheesy, but if I didn’t improvise she would have caught on. It worked perfectly – so even though she knew I was going to propose during the trip, I made sure she didn’t know exactly when, and it worked. Ajja was able to capture the exact, real moment, which is just beautiful. Words to live by – if you make her cry out of joy, you did a good job!

I had nerves the entire day. Not because I was going to ask her to marry me – that was the easy part. Nervous because I wanted everything to go perfectly and not ruin the surprise. Good thing I thought of stomach pain to mask the nervousness. I even said “maybe we should reschedule” to make it more real, but she asked me to “suck it up.”

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Photography: Anna Kim Photography | Venue: Ironwoods Beach In Kapalua

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This Colorful Maui Wedding is a Boho Bride’s Dream

If you’re the kind of girl who prefers flower crowns to traditional veils or a pop of color to black and white, this wedding is for you. Set on the island of Maui, it’s a destination affair that brought guests from across the world to celebrate. Wendy Laurel worked her usual magic behind the camera, and there’s lots more waiting inside The Vault.


From Wendy LaurelHawaii is often the meeting ground for destination weddings where the couple’s families live all over the globe. This gorgeous wedding falls right into that category. The groom and his family are from Canada while the bride’s family lives in Japan. Meeting on Maui for a colorful and beautiful wedding on a sunshine filled Hawaiian day was the perfect plan.

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Photography: Wendy Laurel | Floral Design: Sunyas Flowers | Cake: The Ritz-Carlton Washington DC | Officiant: Rev. Kimo Kirkman | Ceremony Music: Envisions Entertainment | Venue: Test Vendor | Photography Assistance: Jeffrey Michael

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Beautiful Destination Weddings at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

There is saying “I do” in paradise, and then there is saying “I do” at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, a breathtaking locale that happens to be the perfect spot for your destination dream day.  I’m talking 40 seriously stunning oceanfront acres, a fab list of amenities and a team of experts that know all there is to know about making you and yours sooo happy.  Just ask Monica and Matthew, lovelies.

At the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, you’ll be celebrating your big day in complete style… and totally luxury.  Think a plethora of breathtaking ceremony and reception options, exceptional entertainment and sophisticated decor dotting every inch of your Big Day.  Not to mention the one-on-one service you’ll receive from your Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa Wedding Specialist, aka, your personal wedding genius that will make sure all of your needs are completely and totally met.  They’ll even infuse your day with little Hawaiian touches, so your guests will have the whole experience from start to finish.  We heart that.

With the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, your wedding will be absolutely perfect… and so will your stay.  From the 806 guest rooms + 31 newly renovated suites to the championship golf, wildlife tours and half-acre fantasy pool to the oceanfront spa that will seriously take your breath away.  Call them NOW to begin your journey towards those awe-inspiring nuptials.  We can’t wait until you say “I do.”

Photography: Scott Drexler | Ceremony Venue: Hyatt Regency Maui Resort And Spa | Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Maui Resort And Spa | Morning After Breakfast: Japengo