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If you havenโ€™t had a session with me yet, let me tell you how my mind works while we are together.

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If you havenโ€™t had a session with me yet, let me tell you how my mind works while we are together. ๐ŸŒŠ First up, Iโ€™ve probably at this point told you an inappropriate joke of some sorts to make you laugh and get used to me. ๐ŸŒŠ Then I look around and think, what image would I like this special client to BLOW UP in their house, to remember where they where here, what will remind them years later of this special place. ๐ŸŒŠ Then I get you to that spot. Sit you down and help you envision what Iโ€™m seeing for you. Check the technicalities of my camera. Insert another joke! ๐ŸŒŠ Then I pray to the photography gods for the vision. In this instance , I had been counting the waves. We are literally on a cliff where there is nothing but rocks and the Pacific Ocean, about 75 feet up. I know that the BIG WAVES are coming every 3-5 curls. ๐ŸŒŠ Then I tell my client to trust me. ๐ŸŒŠ And then, magic happens. ๐ŸŒŠ Rinse and repeat!

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How I'm feeling about today!!! โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Woke up early, had a shoot, took a hike, knocked out 6000 steps, showered, and now sitting down to upload hundreds of images, including this beautiful Kualoa Ranch wedding! โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Today is one of those days where I feel like I could take on the world! Don't you just love days like that?! โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Venue: @kualoaranch @kualoaranchweddings Florals: @jadorefloralhawaii Wedding Coordinator: @abcvendors @abcweddings @zander_fit @ll.smooth.r โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €

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๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ Aloha Friday!!!๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ @ocean_dreamerr @lei.lai_studio @sisigiirl

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"The wedding ring goes on the left ring finger because it is the only finger with a vein that connects to the heart." โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € -unknown

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Julian and Ashleyโ€™s sunrise Engagement session was just spectacular! ๐Ÿ’• It of course rained so much that week, and we even woke up and got to Lanikai Beach, which was an hour drive for them, to have it rain on us that morning out of nowhere! ๐Ÿ’• But we all were determined to make this session happen! ๐Ÿ’• So, up we were the next morning at 4am, crossing our fingers and hoping for the best! ๐Ÿ’• And luckily, the best happened! ๐Ÿ’• I am so incredibly excited to capture their wedding next year at @haikumill ! If itโ€™s anything like their engagement session, it will be one for the books!!

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Elisa and Simonโ€™s North Shore wedding is up on the blog today! Filled with so much love, family, beautiful and huge waves, this small intimate wedding was just so romantic! And, we share the same wedding anniversary! So they will always be an extra special couple to me! Florals: @jadorefloralhawaii Rentals: @accelrentals Dress Designer: @sarinatavrabridal

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Beautiful wedding Portaits in Hawaii!

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I have a love/love relationship with cathedral veils! Love capturing movement with bridal portraits! Plus, Melanie made my job pretty easy as well!! โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Venue: Akala Chapel at @hiltonhawaiianvillage Dress: @bylillianwest Florals: @watanabefloral โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €

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Haiku Mill in Maui, Hawaii is one of the most stunning venues to get married at! Hawaii Wedding Photographer | Vanessa Hicks Photography

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I love capturing real, authentic moments like this!!!!

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The best views are from way up high!!! Hawaii Engagement Photographer | Vanessa Hicks Photography

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Beautiful Sunset Wedding at Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii! Hawaii Wedding Photographer | Vanessa Hicks Photography

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Disneyland is the best place for an engagement session!

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I love this colorful wedding bouquet!

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"Play that song The one that makes me go all night long The one that makes me think of you That's all you gotta do" -Train Dress Boutique: @epiphanyboutique_carmel Dress designer: @essenseofaustralia

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Hawaii is the perfect place to elope! Love this floral crown on Jeanine's head as well!! Hawaii Wedding Photographer | Vanessa Hicks Photography

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Iโ€™m not a morning person by any means! ๐Ÿ’› But my sunrise sessions always end up being my favorite sessions!! ๐Ÿ’› Absolutely worth the 4:30am wake up call!

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Amazing venue โœ… Stunning bride โœ… Perfect desert sunset โœ… One happy wedding photographer โœ… ๐Ÿ’› Excited to head back to Arizona twice this fall! I just LOOOOVE photographing there!! Venue: @thepaseovenue HMU: @idealbridalaz Florals: @jbarrydesigns

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Webster's dictionary defines wedding as "the fusing of two metals with a hot torch." โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € This quote was at Melissa and Caryโ€™s wedding, and it if you know me at all, you know I freaked out when I saw it!! โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Who can tell me where this quote is from?!?

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โ€œThe right shoe can make everything different.โ€ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Jimmy Choo โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € In love with these stunning @jimmychoo heels for a wedding! And this amazing @kissbooks styling mat is one of my favorite mats to use!!!

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โ€œThink of the one thing that youโ€™ve always wanted. Now find it in your mindโ€™s eye and feel it in your heart.โ€ โ€“ Beast ๐Ÿฅ€ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Let me tell you about my real life Disney couple right here! ๐Ÿฅ€ Now, Khrystian is no beast whatsoever. ๐Ÿฅ€ But, the love that he has for his Princess Ashley, who so happens to love Disney and Belle as much as I do, really replicates the love in their favorite fairytale! ๐Ÿฅ€ I mean, he proposed at Disneyland, at Christmas time, with him in a blue suit, and Ashley dressed like Belle! ๐Ÿฅ€ Does it really get any better than that? Swipe to see their engagement at Disneyland (I took it from your page Ashley ;)) ๐Ÿฅ€ I had such a blast getting to "officially" meet Ashley and Khrystian for their Hawaii engagement session, as they plan their Hawaii wedding for next year!!

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There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty. Steve Maraboli

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So, Iโ€™ve been holding on to a few little secrets from you guys! One of them being this INCREDIBLE shoot at @rivesmansion that is currently in a two page spread in @californiaweddingday magazine, which is on stands NOW!! I was so excited and honored to be a part of this fun shoot with some INCREDIBLE California vendors!! I canโ€™t wait to show you more images from this shoot, but you can pick up the current edition of @californiaweddingday and see the write up from this shoot! It truly could not have happened without these talented vendors!! โฌ‡๏ธ Production: @beinspiredpr Photography: @vanessahicksphotography Planning: @onesocialdesign Venue: @rivesmansion Rentals: @collective_rentals Floral Design: @inessanicholsdesign Flowers: @bloominous Tabletop Rentals: @borrowedblu Stationery: @myloveonpaper Drink Tags: @creativeamme Cake: @plumeriacakestudio Linens: @latavolalinen Desserts: @amriels_cakes

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Sunset Ranch is one of my favorite venues on the island! โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Tucked away in the heart of North Shore, this hidden gem has one of the most beautiful grounds, and the most incredible sunsets overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the distance! โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Huey the beautiful horse makes it awesome as well!! โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Dress: @whitehothawaii Florals: @jeffalencastre Venue: @sunsetranchhawaii

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Perfection.

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It's all about the details on the wedding day! โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Prepping for my 3rd wedding of the month today! Head up to my stories and I'll show you some BTS of the day!

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It's Monday, and I thought some of you could use a reminder to put a smile on your face, just like Huey has one here at Shelby and Daneโ€™s @sunsetranchhawaii wedding!

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One of my favorite looks is this floral wreath around this brides neck!

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Love this bright beautiful bouquet!

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โ€œYou are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop.โ€ โ€“ Rumi โœจ I still can't get over how stunning this engagement session in Lanai was! So excited to be heading back there this month for a wedding at @fslanai ! โœจ This tiny island has so much history and beauty, it's the perfect place to escape to with your love! @briannawoodward

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For today's #weddingwednesday tip, we are discussing your wedding bouquet! โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Let your wedding florals be your statement piece and/or your wedding accessory! โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € I have seen and photographed so many wedding, from the simplest of weddings to larger scale weddings, and your florals, especially your bouquet, is always center stage! โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Even if you are having a simple wedding, make sure you make your wedding bouquet a priority! โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Why? โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Because, this gorgeous bouquet is going to be everywhere, on your walls, in your wedding album, at your parentsโ€™ house, on your computer screen desktop- in all of your important photos, your wedding bouquet will be in those images, so itโ€™s important that you like it! โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € If you are on a tight budget, I always recommend simplifying your bridesmaidโ€™s bouquets and putting your dollars towards your own bouquet, for the reasons I mentioned above! โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Loving this stunning bouquet by @royalbeefloralsandevents ! Venue: @deercreekridge

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Kauai is always a good idea for an elopement! Kauai Wedding Photographer | Vanessa Hicks Photography

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I hope to spend all of my sunsets with you! Hawaii Wedding Photographer | Vanessa Hicks Photography

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April showers are bringing in all the May flowers!!!! ๐ŸŒท Canโ€™t believe tomorrow is MAY! Iโ€™ve got a feeling itโ€™s going to be an amazing month! ๐ŸŒท 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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A Maui sunset on your wedding is a magical thing! I promise you! Maui Wedding Photographer | Vanessa Hicks Photography

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these incredible florals from @cecedesignsllc really made this shoot magical!

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It's a new day, a new week, and about to be a new month as well! โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € So happy to wake up on this Monday and feeling so much better and motivated to get back to doing what I love! โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Starting off this day with a beautiful North Shore engagement session fresh on the blog, and coincidentally, its Kaily's birthday today as well!!! โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € So, help me wish Kaily a wonderful birthday, and check out their engagement session up on the blog today! So excited for their San Diego wedding this summer!

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The perfect pair of @badgleymischkabride shoes!

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Love seeing Pantone's Color of the Year in this stunning centerpiece! Destination Wedding Photographer | Vanessa Hicks Photography

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Stunning wedding couple! Love the flowers in the brides hair! Destination Wedding Photographer | Vanessa Hicks Photography

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That moment when your happily ever after begins! โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € I love capturing every aspect of a wedding day, but once the vows are done, thereโ€™s this beautiful sigh of relief! โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € After months of planning, they made it to this moment of pure bliss. All the dreams of the future is in front of them, the ones they love the most surround them, and their legacy truly starts as they walk down the aisle, hand in hand, in marriage! โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € And I get to capture the moments so they can relieve that feeling over and over again, for the rest of their lives. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € What an honor! Venue: @liveloveleal

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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. ๐ŸŒŸ Who Inspires you to do better. To push harder. Who believes in you. Who deserves a shout out!!! ๐ŸŒŸ Tag that person below and tell them , and us, why you love them so much! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

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Who else is SO EXCITED to see @dumbo in the movie theaters?!?? ๐Ÿฟ The new movie comes out today, and let me tell you, the trailer had me teary eyed!! ๐Ÿ˜ 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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โ€œYou love me. Real or not real?" I tell him, "Real.โ€ โ€• Hunger Games

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โ€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.โ€ โ€• 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. Patrickโ€™s Day!! ๐Ÿ’š Host: @styledshootsacrossamerica Planning & Design: @heatherbengeevents Venue: @haikumill Flowers: @mauipalmtreefloral Stationary: @thesimmpleflourish Cake: @frostedbypibeny Tabletop Rentals: @setmaui Dรฉcor & 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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