I wrapped up the 2016 wedding season on the beautiful island of Kauai. It was a warm, humid day filled with vibrant colors, tears of joy, bursts of laughter, and lots of love. We started the day off at a 1920's plantation managers home that had plenty of space, beautiful light, and tons of character. I couldn't have picked a better spot for my bride, Laura, to get ready. After photographing all the lovely details outside, I headed back indoors to a stunning bride that was ready and excited to start her special day. As the dressing process proceeded I made sure to document every moment and detail as I knew Laura had carefully handpicked every item to coordinate perfectly with her dress. After her dress was laced, jewelry placed, and shoes slipped on, there was a moment of pause as Laura look at her reflection in the mirror. In this moment I could see that everything Laura had dreamed of, everything she had planned for, had all became a reality (making this one of my favorite moments of the day). With the finishing touches in place the anticipation grew as Laura walked up behind her groom and tapped him on the shoulder for their first look. There was almost an audible sigh of relief as nerves faded away with their first hug and kiss of the day. It was after the calm settled in that I stepped in to work my magic! As we made our way down the shot list, I felt like a bit of a crazy person bouncing around, cracking jokes while posing and perfecting every shot. Laura and Andy's family and friends were not only easy to work with but a ton of fun (they got bonus points for laughing at all of my jokes)! With the majority of the shot list complete we shifted gears towards the nuptials. Andy and Laura's ceremony was unlike any other I had ever seen, it was beyond beautiful. As the ritual began the couple paused to soak in the moment as they looked around at their surrounding loved ones, you could feel the love and excitement in the air. The ceremony continued with words of wisdom from parents and grandparents, followed by drinking out of a freshly cracked coconut, the ring exchange, vows, with it all finalized by a kiss. After a quick group photo, the first dance took place under a flower adorned tree (it was like watching a scene out of a movie)! As the sun began to set we headed down to the beach for one last photograph (because every wedding in Hawaii should include photos with sand and palm trees). It was truly a fantastic day in every possible way (even despite the fact that at dinner I bumped a waitress and a glass went crashing to the floor causing everyone to stop and look my way - oopsies. Did I mention that I'm not always the most graceful?). But seriously, I could not have been more honored by Laura and Andy's invitation to their Hawaii wedding. Congratulations and thank you, Mr. & Mrs. McGuire! To say it was a pleasure would be an understatement!