Wedding and Portrait Photography by Maui Creative Photography

A Makena Cove Beach Wedding | Winnie + Justin

Winnie and Justin dreamt up an intimate beach wedding surrounded by friends and family. They considered several places and finally settled on Makena Cove (Maui) as the location of this special ceremony. Shortly after making this decision they began researching wedding photographers. From our first conversation, their enthusiasm and passion was evident. They both loved photography and had lots of questions regarding our gear, our approach and delivery options. A couple emails and a phone call later, they asked us to be their photographers 🙂 We were, of course, honored and thrilled.

For this quaint wedding, we settled on three hours of photography coverage. We began with the bride and groom at their vacation rental. Here we captured some candid ‘getting ready photos’, details of the wedding items and bridal portraits before traveling to the ceremony site. Once at the beach, we met with Rev. Laki Ka’ahumanu who guided everyone into a beautiful, heartfelt, and (at times) humorous wedding ceremony.

After the ‘I do’s” with the ocean lapping up at their feet, everyone celebrated the newlyweds and we moved into family/group photos. In the backdrop, neighbor islands Lanai, Kahoʻolawe and Molokini created a stunning scene. Then, it was time to part ways with family and friends, who said their blessings and departed for the restaurant. The sun was approaching the sea, and it was time to get into our Bride and Groom Portrait Session. 

We had photographed well past sunset, into the moody deep blues and purples of twilight, when it was time for the bride and groom to head off to dinner with their guests. Smiles and heartfelt thanks reverberated as we said our goodbyes – A beautiful day for this beautiful couple. Mahalo, and congratulations to Winnie and Justin!

Photograph on left is wedding rings styled on a green palm with pink edging. Photo on right is bride's lace detailed wedding dress hung in front of a large window.

Bride's accessories styled on a wooden table with white orchids: jeweled wedding sash, matching pearl and diamond earrings and bracelet and cream colored suede wedges with tan leather straps.Black and white photograph of groom looking in mirror and finishing up the final touches as he gets dressed for his big day.Black and white photograph on left is close up of the lace details of bride's wedding dress. Photo on right is detail shot of grooms tan leather shoes with white edging and laces.Photograph on left is bride holding up her wedding dress as her mother and bridesmaid begin to lace up her corset back gown. Black and white image on right: Bride catching her reflection in small mirror asBlack and white photograph showing the long lace detailed train of bride's wedding gown as she gets dressed for her big day.Bridesmaid helps the bride put on her shoes as her mother adjusts and inspects the back of the wedding dress.Photograph on left: Bride looking down and smiling at her colorful bouquet of purple and white orchids and pink roses. Photo on right: Guests prepare the beach ceremony site by laying out purple orchid leis into a circle in the sand.Groom's feet as he stands in the sand in a circle of purple orchid leis awaiting his bride.Beach wedding ceremony at Makena Cove on Maui officiated by Laki Ka'ahumanuBlack and white photograph of couple holding hands during wedding ceremony.Officiant Laki Ka'ahumanu singing and playing the ukulele while newlywed couple have their first dance.Newlywed couple embracing in kiss while purple orchids float down around them.Photograph on right: Newlyweds standing together on lava rock at Makena Cove with water splashing around them. Photograph on left: Couple embrace each other after completing their marriage vows.Newlyweds stand together on lava rocks reaching into the ocean at Makena Cove while Maui shows off her beautiful array of sunset colors.Photograph on right: Newlyweds standing forehead to forehead feeling the Aloha, or breath of life. Photograph on left: Couple standing together on lava cliff with the ocean swirling around them at Makena Cove.

After receiving their photography, Winnie and Justin left some very kind words on our Wedding Wire review page:

“My wife and I did a lot of research into photographers in Maui most of whom had a longer history than Maui Creative Photography. Despite this, we decided to go with Maui Creative because of some of the recent glowing reviews, and it was one of the best decisions we made… These guys were truly great, and I couldn’t have imagined anyone else been our photographers for our wedding.”

Ceremony Location: Makena Cove – Maui, Hawai’i

Hair & Makeup: Adiel Sneary –  Salon 253

Flowers: Shari Pierson – Maui Sunset Florals

Officiant: Laki Ka’ahumanu

Photography: Maui Creative Photography


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