Amy and Philip had their sunset wedding in Maui and I feel so blessed to have been a part of it all. Some of you may remember Amy and Philip from their Napa Valley marriage proposal last year. Fast forward to this year, our favorite travel buddies tied the knot. Being landlocked in Austin, Texas, there aren’t many opportunities to shoot a beach wedding. So when your girlfriend’s best friend decides to get married in Maui, you say “yes,” “when,” and “let’s go!” There was some back and forth on exactly where in Maui to have the wedding, and honestly, I feel that Maluaka Beach in Makena was the absolute best decision. Here, the ocean waters are calm. Off in the distance is the island of Lana’i. And if you’re lucky (like we were), you get the most spectacular sunsets because of the clouds that form over the volcanic mountains of Maui and Lana’i. It was such a beautiful wedding filled with laughs and tears, family and friends, hugs and kisses, bubbles and amazing food at nearby Nick’s Fishmarket at the Fairmont Hotel. On a more personal note, this was my first visit to Maui. I fell in love with her beauty. There are too many things to do and see to possibly fit into a week-long trip. The natives are friendly and graceful. The transplants are kind and helpful. Everyone wants you to have the best experience of your life and leave a little part of yourself on the island after you’re gone. I couldn’t have asked for a better travel partner in my girlfriend who has seen the island many times, and was still willing to let go of her comfort zone and cater to my sense of adventure, and to experience familiar things all over again in a new light with this first timer. And to Amy and Pip:
“Travel is like love, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful,
receptive, undimmed by familiarity, and ready to be transformed.
That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.”
– Pico Iyer