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I’m posting late on a Sunday (late for Arizona, not in Hawaii!) , but i had to hop on here to say THANK YOU!
Thank you for being here!
Thank you for following me!
Thank you for booking me!
Thank you for referring me!
Just THANK YOU!
My heart is full. Sometimes it’s hard to remember to stop, take a look around at your life. And be THANKFUL!
Take a break, look around, and tell me, what are you thankful for right now?
I had the pleasure of capturing 41 couples in 2019!
SO much love and hope for the future, all in front of my camera!
On the blog today, I rounded out a pretty long list of my favorite engagement/couples images of 2019!! If you are ready for some of the most amazing couples, head over to the blog and check them out!
Swipe over to see a few now!
Currently in Hawaii.......
“Do you want to be safe and good, or do you want to take a chance and be great?" -Jimmy Johnson
That's my question for you today my friends. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
What is stopping you?
Most of the time, its FEAR.
FEAR of failure.
FEAR of success.
Can I tell you something? I'm afraid ALL THE TIME. (hello anxiety!)
I'm afraid each year of business, even though I'm reaching my 6th year.
I'm afraid every time I photograph a wedding or a session.
I'm afraid every time I take the stage to speak.
But, had I not taken chances, I wouldn't be where I am today.
Take a chance on yourself friends. I believe in you!
Host Photographer: @alishacrossleyphotography
Planner - @mandymariecreative
Photographer - @alishacrossleyphotography
Rentals/Tabletop - @brighteventrentalsl
Floral - @avantgardefloraldesignstudio
Linens - @latavolalinen
Paper/Calligraphy - @theycallmespindles
Models - The Agency
Cake - @maeflourcakes
Jewelry - @edmarshalljewelers
Gown - @carriage_house
Hair - @chantellemertes
Makeup - @laurenreid_mua
Vintage Car - @roscoeandlouie
Flatlay Mats: @kissbooks
Engagement session is in FULL SWING and I am loving chatting with future 2020 and 2021 couples!!! I can’t believe that my calendar for 2020 is already halfway full!! Do you know someone getting married? Or have you received something sparkly?!? 💍
Shoot me a message and let’s chat about capturing the most special day of your life!
PS.... this stunning wedding gallery is heading out soon and omg... this was one of my favorite days with Sarah and Jonathan!
There is so much LOVE filling my timeline with all of the Christmas engagements!!
Lots of gorgeous rings and smiling faces!!!
Did you get a ring or know someone that did?!? Let’s celebrate together!!!
Sunday’s are made for rest, brunch and mimosas!!!
Do you agree?! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
What are you doing on this beautiful Sunday? ✨ @styledshootsacrossamerica
👫 @clickatl @taviouspeters @caitogreat
Everytime I wake up for a sunrise session, there are usually a few curse words that I say as its 4:30 in the morning!
Then, I grab my @starbucks from across the street, blast some music, and arrive at my session!
Then my amazing couples step out, Hawaii wakes up, and all is right in the world!
Sunrises and sessions like this? I’ll wake up everyday at 4:30am for you! Just be ok with a bit of cursing!
Hawaii weddings are the best!
That moment before she becomes a wife!!!
Ritz Carlton Kapalua Wedding | Vanessa Hicks Photography
When the wind blows at the most PERFECT time during the most PERFECT sunset with the most PERFECT couple!!
Ritz Carlton Kapalua Wedding | Hawaii Wedding Photographer | Vanessa Hicks Photography
Sunrise sessions in Hawaii are always the best!
Vanessa Hicks Photography| Hawaii Wedding Photographer
I can’t believe that we are half way booked for weddings in 2020!! So far, I’ll be traveling to Hawaii, California, Arizona, Chicago and Disneyworld next year to capture some beautiful love!!
There are a few places I would LOVE to go, like Oregon, Colorado, New York, and Utah!
Are YOU or someone you know getting married at one of these locations!
Want to get a special discount on your package?!? Shoot me an email or DM and let me know before my calendar is completely full!!!
“I have a dream
I hope it will come true
That you're here with me
And I am here with you
I wish that the earth, sea, and the sky up above
Will send me someone to LAVA!”
That is most definitely one of the best Disney @pixar short films ever!
And this is one of my favorite engagement sessions too!!!
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HAWAII.. I’m coming home!
It may be taking me 16 hours to get to your beautiful warmth, the blue water and white sands, but I’m coming home!
And I’m this happy!!!
“The 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.”
"You'll be in my heart
Yes, you'll be in my heart
From this day on
Now and forever more"
This beautiful Disneyland session is up on the blog today, and I am just so excited for this beautiful couple! I have been on their journey with them for the past year, from this incredible shoot at @disneyland , to their engagement session in Maui, to now, their wedding at @ritzcarltonkapalua this weekend!!
I truly LOVE being able to go on this journey with my couples! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Head over to the blog and check out the fun that we had at Disneyland!!!
I didn’t choose you, my heart did.
Creative Leader/Planner/Stylist: @jessicaschmucklephotography
“Take my hand,
take my whole life too
For I can't help falling in love with you...”
I finally got to meet Sarah and Jonathan after they booked their wedding with me back at the beginning of the year!
And their beautiful wedding at @loulupalm is this week!!! So, we decided to do a beautiful couples session after her amazing hair and makeup trial with @whikd_weddings, who of course are amazing, and wow, Hawaii really showed out for them!
So honored to be capturing this special couple’s wedding on Friday!
Today I’m photographing my 3rd September 22nd wedding in 5 years of business!!
Such a popular date to get married, and I have the best couples on this date as well!
So, help me wish Illiana and Marcus a happy one year wedding anniversary, Sandy and Liam a happy 3rd year wedding anniversary, and Keith and Kalani a happy wedding day today!!!!
And they are married!!!
Kalani and Keith’s wedding at @daylightmindevents was one filled with laugh, love, friends and family, and a whole lot of dancing!
A few key moments from their wedding stands out to me this morning!
One, when Keith turned around and saw Kalani wall down the aisle, he literally broke down in tears, seeing his future wife approach him!
Two, the rainbow that graced us during the ceremony and throughout the formal shots!
Three, we ended up getting soaked by rain about 5 mins after this photo was take (you can see the rain drops starting!) and yet, Keith and Kalani kept a smile on their faces!!
Lastly, at dinner, a family member asked Kalani how long her and I knew each other, because we seemed like the best of friends! Kalani told her the story of her engagement session ( check it out on the blog!) and how technically, we’ve only met twice, but have gotten to know each other throughout the year of planning, and that yes, we are friends!
That’s why I do this you guys! These are my DREAM COUPLES! I want us to feel like friends on your wedding day, because we are!! I’m more than your photographer. I’m there every step of the way!
Congratulations Kalani and Keith! Your wedding day was amazing and I’m so honored to have been the one you chose to capture this day!
I have to tell you guys, one big reason why I can’t wait to move back to California from Hawaii is the fact that I will have FALL again!!!
Cooler temps, changing colors of the leaves, stunning golden light, fall clothes, and Pumpkin Spice Lattes that call my name!!!
I headed down to Southern California for the #chardworkshop, which, I have to tell you, learning from Rich was such a dream come true!
During the workshop, we got to head out and meet Carly and John for a couples session! We stopped at this awesome park in Orange County and I just abourt DIED with the beautiful colors that were surrounding us!
Then, switched it up, and headed down to the Coast, and had the most amazing sunset that I’ve seen!!! Carly and John were so incredibly sweet, and so in love as well, it truly made the session go by easily!!
Check out their beautiful Southern California Engagement Session on the blog today!
Stunning Kauai Engagement Session at Shipwrecks Beach!
Kauai Engagement Photographer | Vanessa Hicks Photography
“When I say I love you more, I don't mean I love you more than you love me. I mean I love you more than the bad days ahead of us, I love you more than any fight we will ever have. I love you more than the distance between us, I love you more than any obstacle that could try and come between us. I love you the most.”
Today I’m heading to the beautiful island of Lanai for a gorgeous shoot today!
I’ve been to Lanai 3 times already this year, and this tiny Hawaiian island is full of so much beauty!
The only thing that is hard is the little propeller plane that I have to take over! It tends to be a bit bumpy!😳😳
Client Testimonials like this truly touch my heart!
"Vanessa was truly amazing to work with and saved the day! We originally had a contract in the works with another photographer who had to cancel due to her baby due date being so close to our wedding and although overjoyed for her were quite sad we had to start the search over. On her recommendation we found Vanessa and couldn’t have been happier with the end result. Added bonus she is a military spouse and was prior military! Leading up to booking she was very reasonable and timely. Everything in her contract was standard and payment process was a breeze. We had an outdoor wedding and weather was horrid. From flooding to road closures the day was quite a mess. Vanessa jumped right in and helped fill the gaps and I mean literally any gaps. She corralled my bridesmaids- even helping to tie their dresses when they were in a pinch, kept the mood upbeat, and got the perfect shots of us. Everyone commented on how wonderful she was and people who didn’t make the wedding had no clue we were weathering a storm. Her pictures were flawless and she even braved taking her equipment out into the drizzling rain to help us get the shots we wanted of the valley and the ocean. Do not hesitate to book her should you have the chance and definitely follow her on Instagram to see all her amazing work."
Who is ready for fall?
Not going to lie, I miss fall so much! The changing of the colors, the cooler temps (but not cold!), cute scarves and booties, just everything!
Until then, my house currently smells like pumpkin, and I'm tricking myself to not think that its currently 93 degrees outside!
Oh, I just love engagement sessions! 💍
Engagement sessions always feel like new love, no matter how long the couple has been together!
They are planning one of the most important days of their lives, ready to spend their lives together, and it’s filled with hope, possibilities, and love, always love!
To have the honor to document this chapter in a couples life, well, it brings me so much joy!
Helen and Jeff’s beautiful Maui engagement session is up on the blog! Head over and check it out!
One of the reasons why I love documenting weddings are the few quiet moments we find on a wedding day.
A simple portrait of a bride, alone, awaiting to walk down the aisle.
A portrait like this is something her daughter will look at growing up, wanting to be a princess just like her mommy!
This portrait, her groom will treasure, as the years pass them by, reminding him of his partner for life.
This portrait is timeless. Just like your memories.
Designer - @bellagiornataevents
Hair/Make Up Team - @ido_artistry
Make Up @facesbyjordan
Hair - @hairbyreyunna_
Event - @hustleinheels3.0
There are times where I am just stopped dead in my tracks, overwhelmed with so much joy that THIS IS MY LIFE!!! Last night in Kauai, at one of my favorite locations, at the start of the Na Pali Coast, with this beautiful couple, was one of those times!
Steve and Ali are visiting the islands from Chicago (where I met Ali, and actually am heading to tonight!) and they are planning their Chicago wedding for next year!
So, Kauai was the perfect location for an engagement session! I can't wait to show you guys more from this beautiful session!
Head over to my Instagram and see another beautiful sneak!!!
What song did you dance to, or will dance to, for your first dance?
Josh and I danced to Etta James " At Last!" There were so many good songs we could have chose, but it was the lyrics that got us.
"At last my love has come along
My lonely days are over and life is like a song..." Venue: @kualoaranchweddings
In Chicago this weekend for a double header weekend with the gorgeous @alexandraleephoto !!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It’s beautiful here in Chicago, and a nice breeze , which feels great compared to the heat wave in Hawaii!
But my travel out here was something else! 🤣🤷🏽♀️
Today is wedding day number 2 here in Chicago with @alexandraleephoto !
I truly love being able to follow my couples love journey from engagement session all the way to their wedding and beyond!
Fall brings on so many engagement sessions and weddings, and I am so ready for the remaining of the year, and capturing so much LOVE!
Thank you Chicago for yet another amazing weekend! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Two amazing weddings, two happy couples in love, an amazing weekend with @alexandraleephoto !!
Now, time to head back to my island in the Pacific Ocean! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
What's everyone doing on this lovely Sunday?
The finishing touches.
I love this moment right here. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The final moments as a fiancé.
The final moments before walking down the aisle, to become a wife.
These precious moments before your new chapter on your life starts.
And this moment is preserved, in pictures, forever.
Cheers to the long weekend!!
🥂 🍾 .
Floral Design: @inessanicholsdesign
Tabletop Rentals: @borrowedblu
Drink Tags: @creativeamme
Dreaming of you.....
Sunrise sessions at the perfect locations are ALWAYS worth it!
Getting married or engaged on Lanai, Hawaii? It's such a magical place!!!
Hawaii Wedding Photographer | Vanessa Hicks Photography
Just like a fairytale.....
Planning & Design: @heatherbengeevents
Creative Direction: @magnoliavineevents
Florals & Decor: @cecedesignsllc
Accent Flowers: @knoxflower
Hair & Makeup: @brushedandblushedhmua
Bridal Boutique & Tux Rentals: @imperialformalwear
Tabletop Decor: @teaandoldroses
“But these are the days that we dream about, when the sunlight paints us gold.”
Shot for @chelseasmithphoto
It all lead to this moment.... It took 5 years of a long distance relationship between Ryley and Allen to get to this beautiful moment right here.
Emotions were flying high to say the least!
From meeting in college in North Carolina, to Allen moving to New Zealand to finish his schooling to become a doctor, to trying to get through getting Canadian citizenship, I’m sure Ryley and Allen didn’t know if they would ever get to this moment right here.
In 5 years, all they had were moments. Time to visit each other and travel, yes, but that moment where you can wake up to your love one every day, they’ve never had that.
So, on their wedding day, as their dreams became a reality, both Ryley and Allen (and everyone in the crowd, including this photographer) , was overcome with emotion.
Because in this moment, they finally became one, husband and wife.
Congratulations Mr. And Mrs. Champagne 🍾! (Coolest last name ever right!) I wish you guys a lifetime of happiness!!!
Walking into their happily ever after..... Congratulations Max and Elizabeth!! Thank you @chelseasmithphoto for letting me capture this special day with you!!! You are stuck with me now!
“When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.” – Arrigo Boito
I am attracted to beautiful light. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Beautiful light in the sky.
Beautiful light that radiates from someone smile.
Beautiful light in my images.
Beautiful light that shines from someone’s aura. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
When I leave this planet I would like to be remembered as bringing light into just one person’s life!
Currently in Los Angeles for less than 24 hours to attend the amazing @tasselsandtastemakers networking event!!! #l
Then it’s off to Chicago tonight for the weekend!! 🛫
For those of you that travel often, what are some travel hacks/tips that you use that I may not know about?!? Crown: @ocean_dreamerr
CHICAGO!!!!!!!! I see what you are doing here.... You are trying to turn this island girl here into a city girl with your good food, kind people, amazing skyline, and my pretty friends as well!
I SEE WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO DO!
And it’s working!! Oh, and Alex, you got some EXPLAINING to do!!!😉😉😉
Staring off in the distance...
constantly trying to figure out what I want to eat.....
When the final shot of the night is one of your favorite shots of the entire day!
Fasha and Chad’s @waimeavalleyoahu wedding was everything they dreamed of 11 years ago when they fell in love!
Surrounded by the beautiful or Waimea valley in the heart of North ashore, their friends and family flew in from around the world, to include Guatemala, to witness this special day!
I’m so honored to have spent time with them and their family, capturing the laughs, the tears, and Fasha’s amazing wedding dress that had POCKETS!
Congratulations Fasha and Chad! Here’s to wishing you a lifetime of happiness!