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So, I have been holding on to some big news that I am so excited to share with you all today!

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So, I have been holding on to some big news that I am so excited to share with you all today! πŸ’• I am a firm believer in continuing to grow in my business! And for those of you that have followed my journey for a while, I hope you have see that growth! Not just in my photos, but in myself as well! πŸ’• I am currently LOVING my time here in Hawaii! The first year here has been nothing short of amazing!! πŸ’• And now, Vanessa Hicks Photography is EXPANDING!!! πŸ’• I will now be taking on Weddings in California, with dates available for the West Coast as well!!! πŸ’• While I am available for travel worldwide, I really want to focus on the West Coast markets, especially California!! San Diego, LA, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, just all of the beautiful state! πŸ’• After living in Monterey for 18 months, I REALLY miss it, and I’ve had to turn down so many weddings in California until I figured out the logistics from here in Hawaii, but everything is set in place!!! πŸ’• SO, for this special announcement, there comes a special discount too!!! πŸ’• For those that book a California or West Coast wedding in the month of May, I will WAIVE the travel costs!!! πŸ’• THATS RIGHT!!! πŸ’•β€¨I am so grateful for all of these things to fall into place! Especially grateful for my husband who has and continues to support this amazing journey of mine! And for my clients as well! I am and will always be grateful for you! πŸ’• So, lets bring on those West Coast weddings! I am ready for YOU!!! And of course, an image of one of my favorite California weddings!

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I love cathedral veils! Especially when the wind from the ocean does the work for you!!! Beautiful North Shore Wedding! Vanessa Hicks Photography Hawaii Wedding Photographer

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Today, I want you guys to think about a friend or someone who inspires you. 🌟 Who Inspires you to do better. To push harder. Who believes in you. Who deserves a shout out!!! 🌟 Tag that person below and tell them , and us, why you love them so much! πŸ‘πŸ½

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Who else is SO EXCITED to see @dumbo in the movie theaters?!?? 🍿 The new movie comes out today, and let me tell you, the trailer had me teary eyed!! 🐘 Are you a Dumbo fan?

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Eye contact is more intimate than word will ever be.... . . . . . Creative Partners: Host: @styledshootsacrossamerica Planning & Creative Direction: @heatherbengeevents Venue: Deer Creek Ridge #deercreekridge Florals: @royalbeefloralsandevents Stationery: HMU: @sunkissedandmadeup Gown Salon: @ashleyjustinbride Tux: @generationtux Cake: Nicole Bakes Cakes @nicolebakescakes Sweets: My Favorite Sweets (@myfavoritesweetsfavors) Harpist: LA Harp (Instagram: @laharpmusic) Craft Cocktails: @calicraftcocktails Shoes: @bellabelleshoes Models: Marjorie Prolla @marjorieprolla

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β€œYou love me. Real or not real?" I tell him, "Real.” ― Hunger Games

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β€œOnce upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.” ― Nicole Krauss, The History of Love

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@haikumill is surrounded by so much beautiful, lush green, that this photo is PERFECT for St. Patrick’s Day!! πŸ’š Host: @styledshootsacrossamerica Planning & Design: @heatherbengeevents Venue: @haikumill Flowers: @mauipalmtreefloral Stationary: @thesimmpleflourish Cake: @frostedbypibeny Tabletop Rentals: @setmaui DΓ©cor & Rentals: @rioeventdesi Model: @carlikai

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When your bride looks like the dancing emoji!!! California Wedding Photographer | Vanessa Hicks Photography

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Hawaiian sunsets for engagement sessions can not be beat!!! Hawaii Wedding Photographer | Vanessa Hicks Photography

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Maui is the best place for an engagement session! Especially a jungle location! Maui Wedding Photographer | Vanessa Hicks Photography

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β€œThe minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € What you seek is seeking you.” – Rumi

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TRUST. πŸ€žπŸ½β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € Trust makes people vulnerable. βœ¨β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € Yet, within the first few minutes of meeting a new client, I ask them to TRUST me. πŸ€―β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € You see, being an amazing wedding photographer is more than just the technical aspects of photography. πŸ“Έβ €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € You can be β€˜technically’ skilled, but lack skills in making your clients feel safe, comfortable, and creating TRUST in a matter of minutes. πŸ‘πŸ½β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € This is what makes me stand out as a photographer. Not just beautiful photos. But how I make my clients FEEL while they are with me. πŸ₯°β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € It’s a skill that you can’t technically teach. I think it’s a skill that comes natural. πŸ€—β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € When your clients TRUST you, they will INVEST in you. πŸ₯³β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € And they will stand on sharp lava rock, not seeing what you are seeing. Holding their breaths, and trusting that I see them. I see the shot. πŸŒŠβ €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € And they wait. πŸ€©β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € And we get said shot. πŸ˜β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € Choosing your photographer HAS to be more than just looking at their price! Can you trust your photographer? Enough to wait for the right moment, the right wave, the right shot? βœ¨β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € THAT’S your photographer. ❀️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And I hope that’s me!

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Beautiful dusty blue wedding invitations Vanessa Hicks Photography | Destination Wedding Photographer

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It's all about the small details on your wedding day!

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The sunset at Mid Pacific Country Club in Hawaii is one to just die for! Hawaii Wedding Photographer | Vanessa Hicks Photography

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Bridal portraits on a wedding day is one of my favorite moments to capture!

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Loving this spring bouquet!!!!

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Tropical Paradise Hawaii Wedding Photographer | Vanessa Hicks Photography

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β€œCinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes really can change your life.” – Unknown πŸ‘  If you were wondering, YES, this week, I’m coming at you with ALL the Disney captions!! @badgleymischka @badgleymischkabride @stylemepretty #weddingwednesday

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β€œAll the water in the oceans cannot sink a ship unless it gets inside.” Eugene Peterson

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I’ll never finish falling in love with you.... . . . . . Host: @styledshootsacrossamerica Planning & Creative Direction: @heatherbengeevents Venue: #deercreekridge Florals: @royalbeefloralsandevents Stationery: @caitlinobryantdesign Hair & Makeup: @sunkissedandmadeup Gown Designer: @ashleyjustinbride Tux: @generationtux Cake: @nicolebakescakes Silk Ribbons: @heyitsohsopretty Sweets: @myfavoritesweetsfavors Rentals: @partypleasers Linens: @nuagedesignsinc Harpist: @laharpmusic Craft Cocktails: @calicraftcocktails Shoes: @bellabelle Models: @brittanyrmann @youplusdrew #styledshootsacrossamerica

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If you are wondering, YES , bring your puppies with you to your engagement session!!!

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Just a few more days left for 2019 weddings!!!! πŸ’ So excited for all of the 2019 weddings coming up this year!!!! Next week is a big week with 3 amazing weddings on the books!! πŸ’ Every wedding, I get so nervous , even though I’ve photograph over 100 of them. πŸ’ Mostly because I know how important this day is! I go through my notes, my shot list, the timeline, and my couples story the entire day before the wedding. I arrive early to make sure I know exactly where I want to place my couples for the day. I triple check my gear to make sure it’s in working order! πŸ’ All to make sure your day goes as smoothly as possible! πŸ’ It’s an honor when any couple chooses me to capture their special day, and I do not take it lightly!

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Absolutely WORTH the two and a half hours it took to drive from Malibu to Los Angeles in rush hour traffic tonight!!! What a beautiful shoot today!!!! . . . . . Creative Partners: Host: @styledshootsacrossamerica Planning & Creative Direction: @heatherbengeevents Venue: Deer Creek Ridge #deercreekridge Florals: @royalbeefloralsandevents Stationery: HMU: @sunkissedandmadeup Gown Salon: @ashleyjustinbride Tux: @generationtux Cake: Nicole Bakes Cakes @nicolebakescakes Sweets: My Favorite Sweets (@myfavoritesweetsfavors) Harpist: LA Harp (Instagram: @laharpmusic) Craft Cocktails: @calicraftcocktails Shoes: @bellabelleshoes Models: Marjorie Prolla @marjorieprolla

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β€œA grand adventure is about to begin...”

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β€œThe beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.” -Audrey Hepburn . . . . Host: @styledshootsacrossamerica Planning & Design: @heatherbengeevents Creative Direction: @magnoliavineevents Venue: @stonewoodfarms Florals & Decor: @cecedesignsllc Accent Flowers: @knoxflower Stationery: @gracefullymadeart Hair & Makeup: @brushedandblushedhmua Bridal Boutique & Tux Rentals: @imperialformalwear Cake: @cakesbykimllc Tabletop Decor: @teaandoldroses Linens: @nuagedesignsinc Catering: @tazikis Shoes: @bellabelleshoes Jewelry: @ariemtreasures Models: @gracefullymadeart #styledshootsacrossamerica

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. β€œYou know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” – Dr. Seuss . . . . . Host: @styledshootsacrossamerica Planning & Design: @heatherbengeevents Creative Direction: @magnoliavineevents Venue: @stonewoodfarms Florals & Decor: @cecedesignsllc Accent Flowers: @knoxflower Stationery: @gracefullymadeart Hair & Makeup: @brushedandblushedhmua Bridal Boutique & Tux Rentals: @imperialformalwear Cake: @cakesbykimllc Tabletop Decor: @teaandoldroses Linens: @nuagedesignsinc Catering: @tazikis Shoes: @bellabelleshoes Jewelry: @ariemtreasures Models: @carlyccollier #styledshootsacrossamerica β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €

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Well Alabama, I love you! Last shot of the night!!! . . . . . Host: Styled Shoots Across America (Instagram: @styledshootsacrossamerica) Planning & Design: Heather Benge Events (Instagram: @heatherbengeevents) Creative Direction: Magnolia Vine Events (Instagram: @magnoliavineevents) Venue: StoneWood Farms (Instagram: @stonewoodfarms) Florals & Decor: CeCe Designs (Instagram: @cecedesignsllc Stationery: Gracefully Made Art (Instagram: @gracefullymadeart) Hair & Makeup: Brushed + Blushed (instagram: @brushedandblushedhmua) Bridal Boutique & Tux Rentals: Imperial Formal Wear (Instagram: @imperialformalwear) Cake: A. Joy Cakes & Cakes by Kim (Instagram: @ajoy.cakes @cakesbykimllc) Tabletop Decor: Tea & Old Roses (Instagram: @teaandoldroses) Linens: Nuage Designs (Instagram: @nuagedesignsinc) Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes (Instagram: @bellabelleshoes) Jewelry: Ariem Treasures (Instagram: @ariemtreasures) Models: Carley & Justin Collier (Instagram: @carlyccollier) Bo Hartley & Blake Butler (Instagram: @bohartley) Melissa Gullatte (Instagram: @gracefullymadeart) #styledshootsacrossamerica

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Everything about this shot is an absolute dream!!! Alabama Wedding Photographer | Vanessa Hicks Photography

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Did you write or are planning to write your own vows for your wedding? πŸ’ Being a blended family, my husband and I chose what we would say for our vows, and then we also said vows to our children. We made them a part of our wedding since they were a part of our family! πŸ’

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I am PRETTY SURE this is one of THE BEST FLORAL RAIN SHOWERS I’ve ever shot!!! πŸ’• Just keep swiping!!!πŸ‘‰πŸ½ πŸ₯³ And help me congratulate Courtney and Jeff on 10 years of marriage today and a BEAUTIFUL vow renewal! 🌸 Florals: @ocean_dreamerr

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β€œI’m hot, you’re hot. Let’s get it poppin!” 🀣 One of my favorite quotes from The Office!! πŸ‘‹πŸ½ Where are all of my Office fans at?!! What’s your favorite episode?!?

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Its something about cathedral veils and low hanging trees that I just LOVE!!! California Wedding Photographer | Vanessa Hicks Photography

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Sometimes, you just need your friends to help you with your cathedral veil!

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β€œTo create something exceptional, your mindset must be relentlessly focused on the smallest detail.” -Giorgio Armani

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Diamonds and wine...is there anything else better than that?!?

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So this is love... California Engagement Photographer | Vanessa Hicks Photographer

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Gotta love that Arizona Desert Light!!! Arizona Wedding Photographer | Vanessa Hicks Photography Venue: The Paseo

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Loving this Pink Wedding Cake!!!

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Will you be writing your own vows when you get married? Hawaii Wedding Photographer | Vanessa Hicks Photography

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A cascading bouquet is always a favorite of mine!

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Don't forget about the groom details! Loving this unique boutonnière with a wine cork!

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Love this canary yellow engagement ring!

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Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii is calling your name!! Imagine saying I DO in paradise!! Vanessa Hicks Photography | Hawaii Wedding Photographer

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Such a stunning veil shot of a bride!

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"Love will always find a way" - Sleeping Beauty Disneyland Wedding Photographer | Vanessa Hicks Photography

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I can't get over this stunning pear shaped diamond! Vanessa Hicks Photography | Destination Wedding Photographer

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Time for happy hour!!! Vanessa Hicks Photography | Destination Wedding Photographer

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Truly loving the Color of the Year this year!

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It’s #weddingwednesday !!!! ✨ Today, I wanted to share with you one question that a lot of my brides ask me!! πŸ’ Today I’m sharing tips on how to travel with your wedding dress! πŸ’• These tips are sooo important because I watched one of my brides LOSE HER DRESS and had to get something last minute for her wedding day! πŸ‘° Do not let this be you! Head to the blog and check it out!

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