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Intimate Maine Wedding by Justine Johnson Photography

This wedding from Justine Johnson Photography was perfectly simple and sweet with the day shared only with close family. Judy & Paul chose to head to Maine to take their vows in a beach wedding ceremony on Ferry Beach. I love how they played on the lobster theme of Maine. The cake- so cute!

In Justine’s words: Judy & Paul traveled to Saco, Maine, from their home in Vermont to get married. I thought it was super sweet that they decided to only have their kids and grandkids present… it made the whole celebration extremely personal and intimate. They had a small, simple ceremony on Ferry Beach and then headed back to their vacation home down the road to have a delicious brunch of homemade omelettes, bacon, and fruit salad.


Day After Session on the Big Island

Happy Friday everyone! Soooo…I actually considered taking a day-after session after our wedding but later thought against it thinking we wouldn’t have time. I was probably right looking back now, but if a couple can steal a few hours in their day after the wedding day madness calms, I say do it!

That’s exactly what Terre Anne & Mat did the day after their super intimate wedding in Waimea, Hawaii. Big Island photographer, Karen Loudon from Karen Loudon Photography had the chance to have a session with this sweet couple at the adorable church,Ke Ola Mau Loa also known as “The Green Church”, where their ceremony took place as well as took a few gorgeous sunset shots of them along the Hawaiian beaches.

I adore this intimate wedding story of the happy couple- as told by the bride, Terre Anne: We met in 2008 in Kailua, Oahu at a coffee shop (we are both coffee fanatics). I was studying for finals and Mat was having lunch. He proposed on Christmas Day 2009 first thing in the morning. It was the best Christmas present ever! Mat had my ring made in Germany and he did not expect it to arrive so soon. But because it had, he thought Christmas would be perfect and I agreed! We loved living in Oahu – we enjoyed hiking, our first date was a hike at north shore. He is a skin diver and I like to snorkel so we would go to the ocean as much as possible. We decided to move to the mainland because we thought it would be best for a growing family. We’ve settled in Austin, TX. Now we have a 4 bedroom house we can’t wait to fill the rooms with children. Initially we thought our Hawaii vacation was just going to be that, but we could no longer wait – we really wanted to get married. A big fancy wedding was not important to us. On a trip to my hometown (NYC) in July, we managed to get custom made wedding rings done within days so we decided to look for a small chapel in Hawaii where we could say our vows . My brother was there for our proposal so it was just right that he was able to fly in for our wedding. He gave me away, he was the best man, the photographer, the witness, he was everything. I saw the church just in photos in the internet and Rev. Terminello called me back right away about the ceremony. We only had a few weeks to plan this. Once we got there the church was even more beautiful in person than in the photos. The ceremony started and ended with Hawaiian blessings. Our ceremony was simple, sweet, and beautiful. It just felt natural. Even my bouquet was picked from a plumeria tree that morning. The submitted photos were taken by Karen Loudon the day after the wedding, we went back to the church in Waimea where the ceremony took place and then went to Hapuna beach for some sunset photos.

This wedding was submitted via Two Bright Lights!

Intimate Kauai Destination Wedding

Happy Friday dolls! Before I sign off for the weekend, I’m so excited to feature a wedding from McGowan Images with couple who shared my wedding week! Whitney and Shane were married on Thursday, Aug. 4th on Lumahai Beach on Kauai, Hawaii. What a perfect place for an intimate wedding, attended only by the couple’s immediate families.

I’m in love with the bright tropical flowers and the traditional Hawaiian leis. And their sand ceremony was a great alternative to the traditional unity candle lighting- perfect for a beach wedding. Oh and I love the fact the guys made the ocean their playground just before the wedding!

Some other fun details from Chelsi from McGowan Images: “…There were so many wonderful emotional moments during the ceremony. The ceremony was almost called on account of rain, until just at the right moment the storm subsided, and the sunlight broke through the clouds to bless this sweet couple on their most special day. The day after the wedding, Whitney & Shane met us at sunrise for a Bride & Groom session, taking in all the South Shore had to offer. Once again, it was storming… but this time, we decided not to wait! These are some of our favorite images of all time, and I hope they will inspire future destination brides to think outside the box with their wedding portraits. You don’t have to break the bank throwing a huge party on far away shores… all you need is the love of your life and a brave spirit, and you’ll have the happily ever after (and the memories) of your dreams.”

This wedding was submitted via Two Bright Lights!