1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
We wanted our feet in the sand and the gorgeous scenery of Hawaii in the background. Although the groom is from Oahu originally, we had several out-of-town guests in attendance and wanted to give them an unforgettable (and non-Waikiki tourist) experience. Kualoa Ranch was magical!
2. Which four details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. Having the guests and wedding party board a boat to head over the fish pond for the Secret Island ceremony and back for the reception was breathtaking.
2. The food was incredible. An upscale luau with simple yet elegant food. Delicious!
3. My custom handmade dress. I designed my dress and beaded it with over 30 hours oflove! It was so beautiful and comfortable.
4. We had a luau performed by Chief Sielu and his team of performers. What an amazing fire show for our guests.
3. Give us the one moment from your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
Seeing our smiling faces in every photo, some even in hysterical laughter. We had such a wonderful time and didn’t want it to end.
Carrie and Jonas along with family and friends traveled from Colorado to tie the knot on the Oceanfront Lawn at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. Carrie was such a gorgeous bride with a calm and relaxed way about her. When we arrived at the bride and bridemaids’ hotel room, they were excitedly preparing for the day. Jonas and the guys were such a fun bunch and we had a great time taking photos. The ceremony was breathtakingly beautiful on the Oceanfront Lawn. There was some rain earlier in the day, but as luck would have it, the weather cleared up for the ceremony and reception. The skies were blue with a slight breeze. Carrie’s brother officiated the wedding ceremony. After the couple walked down the aisle, friends and family congratulated them with hugs. The guests then enjoyed cocktails, while Carrie and Jonas slipped away with us for sunset photos. Meanwhile, the amazing staff at the Four Seasons quickly turned the Oceanfront Lawn from a ceremony site to the the reception venue. On the beach, Carrie and Jonas shared some really sweet moments, enjoying the the spectacular sunset. Their love for each other was natural, beautiful, and pure. What a pleasure to capture that on camera! They then joined their guests for cocktails, followed by a candlelit dinner served under the open sky. All of the details of the wedding day were simply beautiful! Avery Solmssen did a fantastic job on the flowers. The coordinators at the Four Seasons seamlessly put together quite a stunning event. After dinner, the couple cut their cake, danced and enjoyed toasts and laughs with their friends and family. ~Joanna Tano Photography
The Grand Wailea Maui served an exquisite venue for Stephanie and Jeffrey’s wedding ceremony and reception! Early in the afternoon, before the ceremony, the couple shared their “first look” with one another; it was quite a lovely moment. We took photos in and around the lobby and on the beach. Their evening candlelit ceremony was beautifully decorated with hues of purples and pinks. The group then enjoyed a lavish dinner under a canopied tent. After dinner, they rented Tsunami’s night club at the Grand Wailea, where everyone enjoyed drinks and dancing until past midnight. ~Joanna Tano Photography
From the Photographer: “The wedding of Cori to Steven was a sweet and intimate occasion held at the Four Seasons Lanai. The couple, who were visiting from Los Angeles, decided to wed on the beach – just the two of them. I started photographing up in their hotel room, then took some photos in the lobby before the ceremony at Hulopo’e Beach. Officiated by Rev. Pia Aluli, the ceremony was lovely. Cori and Steven both looked at each other with so much love and adoration, it was such an honor to witness! Akiko, the coordinator at the Four Seasons did a fantastic job of ensuring that everything went smoothly and beautifully on the day of. Asa Flowers on Maui created an exquisite bouquet for Cori. The two had a romantic candlelit Ocean Hale dinner.” -Joanna Tano Photography