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gabe + shantelle’s botanical garden wedding | modern maui wedding photographer

she walked into the room with the breeze of her step still fluttering her hair. even on her wedding day, she carried around an air of calmness. the day was warm when the buzz of the wedding day preparation took place. there was hair being curled, little ones running around; things lost and things found. as we made our way to the ceremony, her mood never once wavered.

kula botanical gardens greeted us with a top hat of clouds, shading the ceremony and providing spectacular light for the occasion. as she walked down the isle i suddenly understood her calmness. with each step that shantelle took toward gabe, she understood that it was just one step closer….to being home…where her heart is.
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with her tiny little frame, this princess bride dress fit her to a tee.


malia cano and i devoured the details and styled as much as our creative minds could handle. PINIMAGE


the girls all had their hair styled by the fabulous hayley and lehua of pretty cut-n-dry salon.


the pearls she wore were a family heirloom worn by all the girls in the family on their wedding day. as gretta told me the story i knew i just had to photograph them in her hands.
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the shoes were to die for… and shantelle’s ivanka trump shoes completed her look perfectly. PINIMAGEPINIMAGE


one simultaneous last look and they were both on their way. PINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGE

the boys were styled by ellie’s bridal while gabe got this tailored suit from banana republic.PINIMAGEPINIMAGE

two father’s walk shantelle down the isle in an emotional entrance that left everyone a bit…um… super emotional.PINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGE

…the new mr. and mrs.


shan, i know i told you a millions times that day, but i think you’re stunning!


many thanks to everyone who helped put together the reception arrangements, especially malia gomes, who took care of all the details, fine tuning and kept us on schedule. the lovely floral arrangements were done by valerie spalding.PINIMAGE

the gorgeous cake was delish, made by jeff cabiles and fancied with wedding charms for the girls in the bridal party.


the first dance…the images speak volumes. PINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGE

the night ended with nearly everyone on the dance floor as the dj, eric amby, kept the crowd moving.


and on a night full of love and kisses, here’s one last one.


gabe and shantelle,

by now your bags are packed and you are jet setting to beautiful thailand. enjoy many, many plates of phat kapao, pad thai and bottomless cups of sweet thai tea. oh, and be sure to indulge in a daily dose of the most relaxing massages ever. malia and i enjoyed ourselves immensely and couldn’t have asked for a classier couple.