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Surprise Maui Proposal for Morgan from Survivor + Kevin

When photographer Wendy Laurel got a call from Morgan to do a couple’s shoot for her and her boyfriend, Kevin, neither of them knew yet what was in store for that special day… A surprise proposal! Luckily, Wendy was there to capture the adorable couple in all their newly-engaged bliss, and was sweet enough to share all the snaps with us in the gallery here!

From Wendy LaurelIf you ever watched Survivor — the Beauty vs. Brains series, you might not expect that Morgan is as sweet and soft spoken as she is. We all knew she was beautiful though. Morgan and her boyfriend, Kevin, headed out to Maui for a little vacation. She called me up and scheduled a fun couple’s shoot. Little did she knew that Kevin was going to propose on that same day. She said YES of course!

The wind was blowing, the sun was in and out of the clouds, the surf was loud… all in all, a pretty typical beach day on the upper west side of Maui. Morgan and Kevin are so in love and so sweet with each other. It was such a fun time shooting them together.

Photography: Wendy Laurel | Location: Kapalua Beach, Maui

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Maui Beach Engagement

Get ready to break open the bubbly loves, it’s Friday! And we’ve got one pretty day ahead of us, starting with this love sesh in Maui from Wendy Laurel. My favorite part (aside from this couple’s utter cuteness that pours from the images) is the lush coral floral crown from Mandy Grace Design that ties the whole thing together. Hop over to the sandy gallery for the rest!

From Wendy Laurel PhotographyKate and Chris have known each other forever. Growing up in Alaska they meet in school and were great friends. But it wasn’t until later that they fell in love. Chris went away to Annapolis for the Navy Academy. Kate is an artist and her and she and Chris feel lucky to be living in Hawaii while Chris is stationed here. Their wedding is next year and they wanted something pretty and very Hawaii and creative for their engagement photos.

Photography: Wendy Laurel Photography | Florals: Mandy Grace Design | Hair + Makeup: Susan Bortz Designs | Ironwoods Beach: Ironwoods Beach In Kapalua

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Casual Maui Wedding in Kapalua

We have an genuine soft spot for oceanfront weddings. This lovely, laidback family affair is no exception. From the sunset hued florals to the bride’s fabulous frock we adore every inch of this sweet Hawaiian soirée. Captured by Wendy Laurel Photography, it’s an intimate seaside celebration that will make you want to kick back, relax, and bask in the beauty of the Maui sun.

From Wendy Laurel… Its never too late for love… this lovely and bright and colorful wedding is a second marriage. The couple chose a destination wedding in Maui to celebrate their love with their families and friends plus have a pretty vacation all rolled into one. The florals were breathtaking… super sweet blossoms with bright hawaii colors. Her bouquet, the tables, the ceremony were all decorated with this colors giving off a happy and pretty vibe. The floral pattern on the brides’ wedding dress went with the bouquet and even the sunset cooperated giving off a pink and pastel glow that night.

Photography: Wendy Laurel | Flowers: Dellables | Cake: Cake Fanatics | Ceremony Venue: Merriman's | Reception Venue: Merriman's | Officiant: Pia Aluli | Music: Marvin Tevaga | Photo Assistant: Images By Jeffrey

Romantic Maui Elopement

True story: about a month ago, my fiance and I ran off to get married… just the two of us and the sweetest ever justice of the peace.  It was the best day ever, and one of the many reasons I am totally on board with this adorable duo’s decision to throw caution to the wind and say “I do” with a joint wedding/honeymoon on the breathtaking cliffs of Maui.  It’s simple, sweet and captured by Wendy Laurel, which means it’s oh-so-pretty.  See it all in the full gallery.

From Wendy Laurel… Kate and John escaped their busy lives in Atlanta for a dreamy romantic elopement and honeymoon. They knew if they had a wedding at home, their guest list would be miles long and that might mean missing out on a spectacular honeymoon. So they chose to run away and get hitched and honeymoon all in one. They choose Maui and the day couldn’t have been better. Bright blue skies, tradewinds, a sprinkling of rain, and loads of sunshine set on the cliffs at Kapalua was the setting for their ceremony. They booked plenty of time for wedding day portraits both at the cliff and the beach, then ended their special day with a romantic dinner for two right next to the beach. What could be simpler or more romantic?

Photography: Wendy Laurel | Rings: Tiffany & Co. | Hair And Make Up: Ritz Carlton Kapalua | Hotel: Ritz Carlton Kapalua | Dinner: Ritz Carlton Kapalua | Silk Flowers: Etsy

Maui Destination Wedding

There’s something so ridiculously refreshing about this modern Maui wedding. It’s an edgy take on the classic beachside affair with a heavy helping of stripes, polka dots and color thrown in for good measure. Mandy Grace is behind all the stunning design and every lovely capture? From the one and only Wendy Laurel. Grab a coffee refill and start your day in the full gallery right here.


From Wendy Laurel… Karleen and David have a style all their own. Bright yellow flowers for bouquet and table settings and black and white dresses for the wedding party. I love Karleen’s high neck wedding gown and the converse worn by the men. But most of all I loved the love I saw at this wedding. The ceremony included a portion where the couple included David’s two children from a previous marriage and there were so many tears and smiles. It was with real joy that this couple got married and real joy from everyone who attended.

Karleen’s bridesmaid and bestie offered her talents by making the cute instagram cards and other printed material on the tables. Each little dot! Stationary: moochie creative (

The bride had a custom stamp made with K + D logo with the thank you (also by moochie creative) and hand stamped and hand painted the favor tags to match our paper design, I painted the little clothespins to attach the names to the menus and I purchased the local jams and jellies at the natural food store in Maui.

photography: wendy laurel | event design: mandy grace design | Floral Design: mandy grace | bridesmaid shoes: B.A.I.T. | bridesmaid shoes: steve madden | bridesmaid dresses: anthro | officiant: pia aluli | officiant: pia aluli | Groom's Pants: Volcom | bridal gown: elizabeth dye | bridal sash: bhldn | bridesmaid bracelets: ella dolce | dessert: maui sweet cakes | earrings: kate spade | hair flower: Lo Boheme | photobooth: strike a post maui | photography assistant: jeffrey oltman | restaurant: merrimans

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