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Love Session in Kalaheo Hawaii from Blenda Montoro Photography

If you ask me, impromptu love sessions should be mandatory for a couple every few years. Because while I love a good engagement or anniversary, there’s nothing to say there has to be an occasion to snap a photo shoot with your sweetie. *Enter* Thomas and Cecilia, who just so happen to love beekeeping and horseback riding on the island of Kauai. They had Blenda Montoro capturing a few of their favorite things, and as sweet as this peek is, the full gallery is filled with sooooo much more.

From BlendaThomas and Cecilia wanted a love session that showed their love of Kauai, and their simple island life style. Whether it’s riding horses, going to the beach, listening to Thomas play music, island living has enriched their lives. Bee keeping is something Thomas got interested in through an older friend of his. Now they both share a passion for both the bees, the honey, and the process surrounding it. Thomas educated us on how it works, and the time and love that is required to maintain healthy bee hives. We got to take some honey home with us and you can’t beat fresh local honey!

Photography: Blenda Montoro | Film Prossecing: Richard Photo Lab

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Olowalu Plantation House Wedding from Tamiz Photography + Belle Destination Weddings & Events

This wedding is beautiful.  Beyond beautiful.  It was perfectly planned by Belle Destination Weddings & Events and captured in amazing images by Tamiz Photography.  But beyond all of the non-stop pretty, this is a story of two people who were truly, truly meant to be.  Two people who love each other more than words can say and celebrated that love in a mesmerizing wedding.  So, please (PLEASE), read their description below and then dive into the full gallery.  It’s a story that deserves every second of your Monday.

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From Belle Destination WeddingsJoann and Zack tied the knot at the beautiful ocean front Olowalu Plantation House. The weather was absolutely perfect – gentle island breezes, a gorgeous sunset and a warm night. Joann was one of the most excited brides I have ever encountered. Throughout the planning process, she just couldn’t wait to be on Maui for her wedding day. It was very apparent that Joann and Zack’s family and friends are so dear to their heart and were the most important part of their day. I guess it is just a guess with their 10 bridesmaids and 10 groomsmen – a gorgeous looking bridal party – without a doubt!

It was important to Joann and Zack to have a wedding night their family and friends would never forget – they wanted everyone to enjoy the festivities. Following dinner, to get everyone off of their feet and in the mood to dance they had two fire knife dancers perform a thrilling show, throwing flames to a Polynesian drum beat. Needless to say, everyone was thrilled. Their guests danced the night away and cooled themselves off to a refreshing tropical flavored sweet treat of Shave Ice, a very popular island confection.

From the Bride… Zack and I met in high school where we had the same circle of friends. However nothing would start romantically until the summer of 2002. While I was home on summer break from Chico I was working at Oakhurst Country Club. I worked at the refreshment and snack stand at the ninth hole. Zack was golfing one day and stopped by the ninth hole for a break, we started talking and instantly hit it off. We talked so much in fact he wound up not leaving until the end of my shift! After I returned back to school I found myself thinking about him a lot and I knew I had to see him again. Valentine’s Day was approaching and I wanted to come home and see if we could be more than friends. I just needed the courage to actually ask him out! Finally after talking with my girlfriends and them giving me the encouragement I needed I called him and asked him out. Thankfully he said yes, I have to say it was the best date I’ve ever had! He was such a gentleman I never knew a girl was supposed to be treated like that… and to think, I asked HIM out! We dated for seven years, but in 2010 we decided to go our separate ways.

The summer of 2010 I received a life changing phone call informing me that Zack had been in a terrible accident and was in the intensive care unit. I was devastated – we truly didn’t know if he was going to survive. Without hesitation I was immediately by his side. While I was waiting for him to wake up from his coma I was also coming to realize how much I loved this man. And I decided that from this day forward I would remind him everyday of just how much I loved and cared about him. I didn’t realize just how much “reminding” I would have to do… when Zack awoke from his coma it was discovered that he had memory loss. Although the last two years of his life up until that point were hazy, the one thing he didn’t forget was… me.

Fast forward to September 2011 we took a family vacation to Maui where Zack proposed to me on the beach. Maui has held such a special place in our hearts that it seemed like a no brainer to be married there as well. We chose to get married at the beautiful Olowalu Plantation House and became husband and wife on March 28, 2013.

Photography: Tamiz Photography | Floral Design: Bella Bloom | Catering: Aloha Events Catering | Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy | DJ: DJ Del Sol | Officiant: Pia Aluli | Bartending: Aloha Events Catering | Fire Dancers: Hawaii Hula Company | Hair + Makeup: Maui Makeup Artistry | Music: David Wolf | Rentals: Pacific Isle Rentals | Shave Ice: Ululani's Shave Ice | Signs: Miss B Calligraphy | Venue: Olowalu Plantation House | Wedding Coordination: Lena of Belle Destination Weddings and Events

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Intimate Hawaiian Destination Wedding from Jonathan Canlas

I want this wedding.  I want this wedding in the worst way.  Because when it comes down to magical ways to say “I do,” this pretty little affair really knows how it’s done.  I’m talking an intimate love-fest with a small group of friends and family, a weekend getaway in paradise and a whole host of lovely captured by Jonathan Canlas that will literally rock your world… and fill your entire day with pretty.  Start the festivities off in the full gallery.  It’s amazing.

And a pretty little film from IMF Visions for even more lovely.  Enjoy.

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From Jonathan CanlasThis was a small destination wedding for Kristin and Derek who live in Austin, Texas. There were around 35 guests, almost all were family members from across the US. It was a rather quick engagement and Hawaii is very special to both of them, as is family, so they decided on a smaller celebration with their family on the North Shore of Oahu. This is not a wedding heavy in details per say but still heavy in details in the fact that the location, Hawaii, work as the details. The local flare, “natives” from the Polynesian Cultural Center, scenic landscapes, endless ocean views and beaches make this wedding.

From the Bride… Before Derek and I even became serious about marriage, I think we both knew Hawaii was the place. It all started early on in our relationship when I invited him to join me for a wedding in Vail, Colorado for a close family friend. Being in our early 30′s meant we had both attended our fair share of weddings but none of them felt quite like this. It was like a happy weekend getaway with all of the guests celebrating love, life and friendship together. It was such a happy weekend and from then on we knew there was no question that a destination wedding was for us… and what better place than Hawaii. Fast forward almost four years and we truly had the wedding of our dreams. Hawaii is like a dream land and although it took some doing to get there… It was a trip that none of our guests will forget. It was a prefect day, with our favorite people in the most beautiful spot. I only wish we could do it all over again! Best day ever!!

Photography: Jonathan Canlas | Cinematography: IMF Visions | Flowers: Turtle Bay Resort | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Turtle Bay | Ceremony Venue: Laie LDS Temple | Reception Venue: Turtle Bay | Bride's Shoes: Sam Edelman | Groom's Attire: Banana Republic | Groom's Shoes: To Boot by Adam Derrick | Flower Girls Dresses: Jcrew