Tag Archives: maui church wedding
Time 05.05.2012
grand wailea wedding :: carrie and phillip

Carrie and Phillip were 16 years old when they first met at “Hollywood Legend’s” dance club in Denver Colorado. As Carrie puts it, “he was taking up valuable space just STANDING on the dancefloor”. After Carrie bumping into Phillip numerous times he started a conversation. They remained friends until after highschool when Phillip inlisted in the Army. Their friendship grew. When Carrie traveled to visit Phillip at his post he told her he loved her and was going to marry her sooner or later.

A classic love story!

Carrie and Phillp – Thanks for being so trusting, down-to-earth and easy going. It was an honor to document your day!

Much Love and Aloha!


































































































Huge mahalo to Daisy Melendez of The Grand Wailea Resort and Spa for planning this perfect wedding!

Time 04.12.2012
grand wailea wedding :: lauren and todd

Her favorite movie Gone With The Wind, his favorite movie Casablanca.

One word comes to mind … Classic.

Lauren and Todd’s family and friends gathered in the gardens of the Grand Wailea Resort and Spa to take part in one of the cutest weddings ever. Lauren and Todd’s affection was nearly contagious – It was such a pleasure to be around these two as they celebrated their love in Paradise! Thanks for sharing your day with us you two!




Todd really relaxed and enjoyed the solitude before all the craziness of the days events. I thought it was quite and honor he invited me in to snap a few frames –  Suck em’ up buddy!  Cheers  -D


Todd looked slick rockin the Calvin Klein suit!




“The Return to Classic” –  Most of our brides lately are keeping it classic with things like pearls and feathers etc… Love it!
















Todds family in the first one, and his Grandmother in the second photo looking down on him just before the first look.


Todd’s mother coulndt help crying as the anticipation of the first look was building.




One of my very favorite first look photos of all time.




















Todd’s Grandma sheds a tear as Todd and Lauren have their first kiss as husband and wife …


Imeddiately after the ceremony is one of my favorite times for photographs. Everyone is just bursting with happiness! – always good for pictures :) – D

Yep double perspective, and yep, we did plan it that way :)  Sandras image above, mine below – D









Lauren’s mother watched proudly as Lauren and Todd shared their first dance. We love to capture these special relationships at weddings!

Seriously, I cant think of a better church setting. The Grand Wailea chapel is an incredible spot to exchange vows.

















Big mahalo to all the talented Maui wedding vendors who helped make this Destination Maui wedding a success.

Venue – The Grand Wailea Resort and Spa

Coordination – The Grand Wailea Resort and Spa

Flowers – Bella Bloom Maui

Videography – Live Maui Webcasts

Music – Charles Nahale

Time 04.11.2012
grand wailea wedding :: melanie and john

John and Melanie’s wedding was intimate and full of emotion. Their ceremony took place at the quaint seaside chapel at the Grand Wailea Resort and Spa. Everyone in the chapel shed a tear as Melanie and john exchanged vows. It was the one of the most powerful exchange of vows  I have witnessed to this day and almost had me in tears as well … -D

Congratulations Melanie and John! We wish you two the best and brightest future.

Cheers, Dmitri and Sandra














































Time 09.18.2011
nicole and kevin :: the grand wailea resort and spa

Nicole and Kevin totally reminded us of a classic Hollywood couple. Super cute, chic, and in love!

We were so intrigued by their careers with DreamWorks and New Line Cinema… as “film making” is one of our dreams!

Nicole was stunning in her Melissa Sweet gown. Something about her classic style that brought to mind the genre of of Audrey Hepburn, Maylyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. I didn’t have to give her any direction, she was a camera natural! so graceful, so flirty!

Kevin got ready with his father who was also his best man – isn’t that so special? When they walked out together, Kevin was looking like James McAvoy – such a baller!

Their ceremony was held at the charming seaside Chapel at The Grand Wailea Resort and Spa. Its captivating Hawaiian Themed stained-glass windows, and the beautiful Koi pond that surrounds it, make this location truly unique. They had a Unity Sand Ceremony, a meaningful wedding tradition which ended with the release of thirty butterflies as a symbol of joy! One of whom decided to make a little nest of Nicole’s bouquet!

Big thanks to all the maui wedding professionals who helped make this event a fabulous one!

Ceremony Location: Grand Wailea Resort

Event Coordination: Debbi Dunn of Grand Wailea Resort

Flowers: Bella Bloom

Nicole’s Gown: Melissa Sweet

Nicole’s Shoes: Aruna Seth

Kevin’s Attire: Hugo Boss

Officiant: Kalani Wong

Ceremony Musician: Paul Peterson of Tihati Productions

Butterfly Release: Merry Monarch ButterFly Ranch












Dmitri and I scored! we captured the exact same moment from our different angles…


















































My perspective –

Dmitri’s perspective –

My perspective –

Dmitri’s perspective – We love to try to capture the same moment from different perspectives – Something that was inspired by watching films with great cinematography :)


“The Lion and Gazelle”






Kiss and run!









Nicole and Kevin: thank you for being so welcoming – our cameras totally loved you! Have fun on your European honeymoon!

Aloha,

Sandra