It’s hard for me to describe how much this day meant. Elise is the kind of person who you can’t help but smile around. She’s kind, gentle, affirming, full of laughter, and doesn’t seem to ever stop smiling. She constantly makes everyone around her feel like the most important person she has talked to that day. Even on the morning of her wedding day she was constantly walking around the Olowalu Plantation House to see whose glass needed to be filled with more bubbly, or if she could help with anything. She’s got grace. She is literally bursting with happiness. Patrick carries himself with a sense of calm and direction. It’s obvious that he adores Elise. I don’t think they took their eyes off each other from the moment they saw each other. I could wake up every morning to shoot a wedding as lovely and full of joy as theirs.
I had the privilege of having my friend Stephen Hughes along for the event. I owe him thanks for holding the light to make this first image possible, and much gratitude for his excellent photography throughout the day. Thanks also to my lovely wife and Steve’s wife Brianna who made the journey across the pacific a really fun time. Much gratitude to all. Mahalo and Aloha.