Oh how we enjoyed photographing these love birds! Beth and Dan met in Spain, while Beth was studying abroad and he was traveling. Im sure they never imagined that nine years later they would be exchanging vows on an Island in the middle of the pacific. Being from different countries, Dan from Australia and Beth from the US, Maui was the perfect meeting place for all their closest loved ones meet and celebrate their love for each other.
For them the most important was to create a fun and relaxed wedding ceremony and reception. They didn’t want to hold too much tradition and be able to fully enjoy their time with their Ohana’s. Punakea Palms provided the perfect space and backdrop for a fun, relaxed and casual event.
We are so in love with this elegant collaboration that we were honored to be a part of at the newly launched Steeple House at Kapalua. This historic treasure epitomizes the history and natural beauty that makes Kapalua so special. The doors of the Steeple House are now open to host Maui’s most exquisite gatherings featuring beautiful grounds, ocean views, and local charm.
Today we invite you to visit to the beautiful Olowalu Plantation House for the Maui wedding of Apryl and Rob! This gorgeous couple met during their senior year in high school, but didn’t connect romantically until the summer after their freshman year in college. As Apryl describes it, “We saw each other at a Fourth of July party in 2006, sparks flew, numbers were exchanged, and soon after we went on our first official date. ”
This Olowalu Plantation House wedding was an epic celebration of two beautiful souls, being united in love, and surrounded by the people that mean the most to them in the world.
Alexa and Sal’s journey to the altar has all the elements of a fantastic love story. The bride is a classically trained ballet dancer and studied social worker with an altruistic heart. The groom is a well-read entrepreneur, skilled hunter and great outdoorsman. Both were raised on the remote island of Maui on a healthy diet of sea, sand, and sunshine. If Sal and Alexa were viewed as celestial objects you would see them originally as just high school acquaintances, two separate gravitationally bound structures associated with a common position in space. They’d orbit around Maui along paths that would occasionally bring them within range, while other times their educations and travels would spiral them continents apart. However, as fate would have it, the love of their families, and their deep roots in the islands would ultimately pull them both homeward again. Once back on Maui they were reintroduced by their mutual friend Mark Mayeda, who would later officiate their wedding. Eventually these heavenly bodies would unite in such a way that left all of us seeing fireworks.
Alexa and Sal were married on a perfect September day along the slopes of Haleakala. The intimate villa overlooking an olive farm provided a picturesque venue for the marriage of his Italian heritage, with her rustic upcountry charm. The stylish details, handcrafted cocktails and gourmet food where a reflection of the couple’s casual elegance and excellent taste. The love and commitment that took place between Alexa and Sal on their wedding day was absolutely palpable. Everyone in attendance was fortunate enough to have witnessed the perfect culmination of their love story.
(Story by Becca, Alexa’s Maid of Honor)