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olowalu plantation house maui wedding | carson + cat

olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-139 I don’t even know where to begin with this one you guys. So many feelings to share! For one, my whole life I had told my Dad I would figure out a way to get to Hawaii for work, my most favorite place. Cat and Carson made that goal possible – check!! Thanks guys : ) Then there is the whole added element of Darby, the hurricane turned tropical storm that was barrelling at the islands with an arrival time of wedding day. I was prepared with rain gear, and a backup shoot plan if needed and a giant smile on my face because no matter what – I knew that I was going to be amongst some really amazing people as they got married regardless of what weather came their way. I arrived to the gorgeous Olowalu Plantation House on Maui in between morning rain storms. I had to smile because this side of the island looked a lot happier than the side I had come from so I was already feeling better. I had all of my trusty weather apps loaded up and my sweet family would send me any updates they were getting from the news so I could pass it on or help with logistics on timing and setup. I started with Cat’s gorgeous details inside the house as the girls got ready to the sound of light warm rain falling. And then it happened. The rain stopped, the sun crept out from behind the clouds and we ran with it! olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-1 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-3 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-6 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-9 I loooove, love, loved all of the paper goods Cat had picked out and put together!olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-8 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-10 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-5 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-12 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-16 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-14 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-11 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-20 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-18 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-19 You girls were too much fun to get to photograph! olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-17 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-22 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-23 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-24 This dress – ahhhh Cat just rocked it! Couldn’t get enough!olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-25 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-26 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-27 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-28olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-30Fiiiirst look time! These two super earned this moment after the morning that was thrown their way  : )olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-32 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-33 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-34 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-38 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-31 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-46 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-48 I love you two and how much love you have for each other – it’s 100% contagious. olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-61 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-41 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-60 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-62 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-54 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-67 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-45 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-50 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-63 So gorgeous Cat!!! You two just make my heart happy : )olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-73 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-44 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-42 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-57 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-65 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-43 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-68 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-71 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-40 Then it was time to get married!!! The weather rocked it for a bit longer and allowed these two to have a perfect ceremony outdoors with a killer backdrop.olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-84 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-86 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-87 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-88 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-89 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-93 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-92 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-95 Seriously these two are SoMuchFun.olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-96 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-97 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-99olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-98olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-101 Marrrrrried!!olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-100 I mean guys, there are waves crashing in the background – how perfect?!?!olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-102 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-103 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-76 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-104 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-105 I was a little obsessed with the florals and gold details – so gorgeous! olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-77 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-75 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-106 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-78 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-74 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-119 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-109 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-51 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-110 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-116 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-111 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-113 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-108 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-49 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-112 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-117 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-114 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-118 The plus side of tropical storms heading your way, awesome waves crashing up : )olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-115 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-132 First Dance :: Earth Angel, The Penguins olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-123 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-124 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-121 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-126 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-127 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-129 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-125 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-131 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-130 A few words from the Bride + Groom on their wedding planning + day : )

“Always prepare yourself mentally, physically and emotionally for the unexpected! Carson and I stayed apart on Friday night before the wedding and had no intention of seeing or even speaking before the first look. Although we didn’t see each other, as most of you know we had a Hurricane Darby hit a surrounding island the night before. This caused torrential downpour the morning of our wedding. After watching the news claiming a category 5 hurricane and our wedding planner asking to move our wedding until Monday I knew the only person who could calm me down was Carson. We briefly spoke and he basically said he would be there rain or shine and not to worry! As if I didn’t already know, during these chaotic moments, I was 100% reassured this was the person I wanted through the best and the worst!!!

During these crazy times rely on your friends and family, they truly are there to love and support you. My parents and Carson’s parents had a red flag meeting during the storm. Although none of us can predict or change the weather, the unity of our families was a priceless moment I’ll remember forever. We luckily have the most AMAZING support system and they were there to make sure we had the wedding we dreamed of.

Our wedding weekend left our hearts full. I can’t honestly say I stayed composed the entire time, but I did try to embrace everything, even the chaos. You plan for a year and in the blink of eye it’s over. Enjoy every magical moment, smile as much as you can, love the journey and don’t forget to say Thank You! You think it’s all about starting your lives together, but at the end of the day it’s about much more! We are forever grateful for everyone and wouldn’t change a single thing!!”olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-133 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-134 The other good thing about storms can be the insane sunsets you can get, on top of the everyday awesome sunsets that you get from Olowalu. This one was incredible – it changed every couple minutes with more colors and more vibrance!!olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-136 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-135 YA KIDDING ME!?!olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-140 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-142 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-137 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-141 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-138 Like you guys, this is real…..olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-146 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-147 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-148 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-149 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-150 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-151 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-152 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-154 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-160 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-153 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-158 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-155 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-157 olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-145 Sometimes the tropical storm gets closer and the power goes out everywhere around you besides your DJ’s tunes. This can be a bummer, but this also means you might get to see the milky way….. Which due to high winds is still hard to capture even when laying a camera on the ground : )ellerosephoto_milyway-1Cat + Carson!!!! You guys, I love y’all and cannot get enough of you two together. You being together makes the world a little better. You guys give off some seriously happy vibes and getting to capture the love that you have for one another was a dream come true! The fact that we were in Hawaii for it was a total bonus : ) Thank you, thank you so very much for having me there to rock through Darby and capture these beautiful memories with you guys!! It was the best day : ) Congrats and thanks so much again –  XO, Laurie olowaluplantationwedding_hawaiiw_ellerosephoto_-159Venue :: Oolawalu Plantation House, Oolwalu Maui  ///  Centerpiece Flowers :: Sunya’s  ///  Bridesmaid Bouquets :: Made by family  ///  Catering :: CJ’s Deli Maui  ///  Wedding Dress :: Martina Liana  ///  DJ :: Ace Beats  ///  Hair + Makeup :: Melissa Brooke  ///  Welcome Bags :: Chris McDaniel PUSH Tactics  ///  Hairpiece ::  Brides + Hairpins  ///  Groom + Groomsmen :: Tommy Bahama
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12 Comments

  • jenny g
    Posted September 28, 2016 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Seriously?! SOOO jealous you got to go to Hawaii to document this epic, gorgeous weddding!!! Those Hawaiian sunset shots are just UNREAL!!!!!!!

  • Kristine B
    Posted September 28, 2016 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    These two are so adorable together! I love all the colors incorporated into this day! Those blue glasses just POP on the table! Sounds like these two handled all the craziness so well and they were given a gorgeous day!! Love how well you captured it!

  • Jenny
    Posted September 29, 2016 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    Laurie, these are fantastic! I love every last one. 🙂 You did Hawaii justice!

  • gisselle
    Posted September 29, 2016 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    GET OTTA HERE WITH THESE!! They are PERFECT! Amazing work as always! Those sunset shots are gorgeous!

  • Natalie
    Posted September 29, 2016 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    Shesh!!! This is lovely! That wide shot of the b&g after the first look in all the palm trees… SWOON!! Amazing job! Take me with you next time!

  • Posted September 30, 2016 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    The fist pump on the porch and the sunset shots are my fave, but, let’s be honest, you rocked them all! How lucky and how gorgeous! Im so happy for you!

  • Carrie
    Posted September 30, 2016 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    Wow. Just wow! Amazing job!

  • Andrea Wojack
    Posted September 30, 2016 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    What a glorious occasion, captured perfectly by a talented photographer. I can almost smell the saltwater and the lush foliage…and hear the laughs and murmurs of all the happy folks. Glorious!

  • Posted September 30, 2016 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    OMG!!! I can’t even. I don’t know where to begin. LOOOOOVE these! Such perfect captures of an amazing day. Fantastic job!

  • Posted October 3, 2016 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    wowzers! what a stunning wedding!! loving all those portraits. what an amazing job you did!

  • Posted October 3, 2016 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Oh man!!!! Hawaii for the win!!! And shoot, storm and all, if I had a re-do for my wedding, destination wedding in hawaii would definitely be on the list. Love this wedding!

  • Posted October 11, 2016 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    Wow, oh wow!!! The setting and the details and the laughter and love your captured!!! Can’t say enough, they’re going to treasure these FOREVER!!

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