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Samantha + Derek | An Amazing Story

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Are you ready for an amazing story? Like…. a really amazing story?!?!

Let me take you back to September, 2016, when I was photographing an adorable couple at Maluaka Beach and we were finishing up and started heading back toward the parking lot talking story. As we’re walking, I hear, ‘Hey wait!’ and another adorable couple runs up and asks about wedding photography. I gave them my instagram and my card and headed home.

As I was putting the wedding images into my computer, an email comes in from “The Plauche’s” and I opened it immediately because Plauche’ is my maiden name. It’s from the couple on the beach. Wait… what?!? What are they doing with my last name? So I instantly respond with something along the lines of, “All wedding talk aside, is your last name really Plauche’? Because that’s my last name and do you pronounce it right?!” which led to a phone call and then a meetup for coffee. Derek and I are related! The Plauche’ clan are all related way back to Etienne Plauche’ from Louisiana.

So over the last year, Derek and Samantha have truly become ‘ohana to me. As the wedding day approached, we got more and more excited. It turned into a rainy day in September, but we had the entire beach to ourselves. The light was actually gorgeous and they were blessed with a kiss of rain on their beautiful marriage. Words can’t even describe how happy I was to be there and capture this.

Congratulations Derek and Samantha Rae! I love you guys! xoxo

Maui wedding photographer: Mariah Milan // Maui Wedding Location: Maluaka Beach // Time of Day: Sunset

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Kariss + Jovanni | Maui Ironwood Beach Wedding

Ironwood Beach Wedding

Kariss and Jovanni had such a gorgeous day for their Ironwood Beach wedding. The wind was whipping, surfers were out, the waves were pumping, and both sides of the family gathered to celebrate their love on the golden sands of Ironwood.

They repeated their own hand-written vows in their ceremony officiated by Tino Rosete, and Jovanni was so excited for his kiss after the lei exchange, he swept Kariss into his arms and planted a big one!

After the ceremony we headed up to the cliffs for an epic sunset along the rocks. I couldn’t have asked for a better couple to photograph – made my job so much fun!

Maui Wedding Photographer: Mariah Milan // Location: Ironwood Beach // Time of Day: Sunset // Coordination: Intimate Weddings Maui // Minister: Tino Rosete // Musician: Marvin Tevaga // Hair & Makeup: MB Hair & Makeup

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Best Friends Celebrate 5 Year Maui Vow Renewal

Maui Vow Renewal

Oh my goodness I had the sweetest Maui vow renewal with Dani and Adam. These love birds from the mid-west had never been to Maui before, and figured this would be the perfect spot for a beautiful vow renewal for their fifth wedding anniversary.

I was thrilled they picked Ironwood Beach because they said they were a bit adventurous and this location does not disappoint in the adventure department.

We started with a beautiful ceremony officiated by Peter (did I mention this is my handsome hubby?!?).

Before moving on to the really adventurous parts of our hour together, I wanted to take a moment to note some awesome words from Dani…

What did you love about the location of our session?

We loved the wild lava formations, the vibrant colors and large crashing waves. We had beach and rock, it was captivating.

What was your favorite part of your vow renewal?

Touching each others foreheads, exchanging of leis, kissing of cheeks- in other words all of the Hawaiian traditions.

Was there anything you were nervous or worried about?

no 🙂 There was rain in our forecast, but we are used to rain…it rained during our engagement shoot and on our wedding day… it makes for beautiful pictures and it has become our trademark.

Any funny stories or interesting happenings?

We had a “sea dog” as our guest. LOL. It was so special since we LOVE animals, it was almost like the animal kingdom was blessing us along with mother earth.

Any advice to other couples before their photo sessions?

Trust Mariah and be open to everything!

What made you choose Mariah Milan as your Maui photographer?

Loved Mariah’s portfolio, she really captures love beautifully. She was also recommended by Maui’s Angels (Jess), our coordinator.

What do you hope your kids/family will say years down the road when looking at these images?

“Boy, did they have fun!”,  “I want to go there”, “you guys look so in love”

Mariah, 
Mahalo for an amazing experience! You are a talented and beautiful person. It was mazing to share our day with you and your hubby! 
Love, 
Dani and Adam
Okay that seriously made my day (I may have shed some tears – because so much love goes into these images and it’s amazing to have such wonderful clients….

On to the adventure!!!

It was truly wonderful meeting you both, Dani and Adam, and sharing in this special day. xoxo

Maui Vow Renewal Photographer: Mariah Milan // Time of Day: Sunset // Location: Ironwood, Kapalua // Officiant: Peter D. // Coordinator: Intimate Weddings Maui // Florals: Danielle of Maui’s Angels

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Jill & Richard’s Dream Maui Wedding

Dream Maui Wedding

It’s a challenge to write about something you’re so passionate about. I love love. I love weddings. I love photography. I love that an image is powerful. So when I was asked by Lorrie, the owner of Maui’s Angels if I would be interested in participating in this wedding, I immediately said yes.

Jill and Richard came to Maui to get married. Jill has stage 4 pancreatic cancer and with the help of Dream Foundation and some amazing Maui wedding vendors, her dream for a beach side wedding came true last Friday.

An oceanside wedding ceremony officiated by my husband, Peter, gorgeous flowers, Hawaiian music, and some tears all came together for Jill and Richard. These love birds met at a dog park and after only a year of dating, Jill was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Richard stood by her side and the two were engaged in January.

The couple was recently interviewed by The Maui News and Jill said something that will stick with me forever, “Everything in my life has been an adventure, and I just take it one day at a time.”

Thank you so much Jill and Richard for having Peter and I take part in your dream Maui wedding. It was truly an honor!

Maui Wedding Photographer: Mariah Milan // Time of Day: Sunset // Location: Baby Beach // Officiant: Peter Dagupion // Musician: Kaniala Masoe // Video: One Motion Films // Stylist: Maui Bridal Hair & Makeup // Transportation: Maui Executive Transportation // Design & Florals: Danielle with Maui’s Angels // Planning & Coordination: Maui’s Angels

 

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Norman and Matthew’s Maui Beach Wedding

Maui Beach Wedding

There’s always anticipation in the air when it’s the first wedding of the year. It seems that the first wedding always stays with you, and I am so happy that the first wedding of 2017 was Norman and Matthew’s.

Over two years ago, they met in Chicago – one lived in the city and one in the suburbs. They traveled on weekends to see each other and made it work. It wasn’t until Norman’s birthday celebration in Southern California that they fell in love with the beach life and moved across the country. They love being at the beach and enjoying sunsets, so when they planned a trip out to Maui for Matt’s birthday, they decided it would be the perfect place to marry surrounded by their best friends.

With a lovely ceremony by Joe Miles and an incredible pastel sunset, Norman and Matthew married on my favorite beach. Congratulations you two! xoxo

Maui Beach Wedding Photographer: Mariah Milan // Maui Wedding Planner: Patty at White Orchid Wedding // Time of Day: Sunset // Location: Maluaka Beach // Minister: Joe Miles

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