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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! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Venue: @daylightmindevents

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Sunrise sessions in Hawaii are always the best! Vanessa Hicks Photography| Hawaii Wedding Photographer

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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!!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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“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!!! . . . . . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #hawaiifamilyphotographer #mauiweddingphotographer#oahuweddingphotographer#oahuphotographer #smpweddings #littlethingstheory #destinationwedding#weddings #portraitcollective #oahuphotographer #oahuwedding#hawaiiphotographer #hawaiiwedding#hawaiiweddingphotographer#honoluluwedding #honoluluphotographer#mauiwedding #mauiphotographer#kauaiphotographer #kauaiwedding#bigislandwedding #bigislandphotographer#mastin #kailuawedding#kailuaphotographer #destinationwedding#hawaiilove #luckywelivehawaii #vanessahicksphotography

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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!!!

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“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.” -Rumi . . . HMU: @jirehartistry Coordination: @vidachicevents Cale: @shebakesit Venue: @hiltonhawaiianvillage @mermaidsirenity @thepaulerich

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"You'll be in my heart Yes, you'll be in my heart From this day on Now and forever more" -Tarzan ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 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!!!

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I didn’t choose you, my heart did. . . . . . Host: @styledshootsacrossamerica Creative Leader/Planner/Stylist: @jessicaschmucklephotography Venue: @milagrowinery Florals: @riversideflowerclub

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“Take my hand, take my whole life too For I can't help falling in love with you...”

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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!

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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!!!!

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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! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Venue: @daylightmindevents

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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!

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Stunning Kauai Engagement Session at Shipwrecks Beach! Kauai Engagement Photographer | Vanessa Hicks Photography

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“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.” . . . . . Venue: @hiltonhawaiianvillage HMU: @jirehartistry Florals: @vidachicevents @mermaidsirenity @thepaulerich

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Happy Monday!!! 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!😳😳

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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."

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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!

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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! 💍

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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. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Vendors: Designer - @bellagiornataevents Hair/Make Up Team - @ido_artistry Make Up @facesbyjordan Hair - @hairbyreyunna_ Event - @hustleinheels3.0

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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!!!

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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 HMU: @whikd_weddings Florals: @sweetleilaniflorist Dress: @bijoubridal DJ: @blissdjshawaii Rentals: @accelrentals Coordinator: @charmingeventshawaii

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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! 🤣🤷🏽‍♀️

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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! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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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?

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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.

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Cheers to the long weekend!! 🥂 🍾 . . . . 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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Dreaming of you..... ✨ Sunrise sessions at the perfect locations are ALWAYS worth it!

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Getting married or engaged on Lanai, Hawaii? It's such a magical place!!! Hawaii Wedding Photographer | Vanessa Hicks Photography

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Just like a fairytale..... . . . . . 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

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“But these are the days that we dream about, when the sunlight paints us gold.” -Unknown Venue: @daylightmindevents Shot for @chelseasmithphoto

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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!!!

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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!

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“When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.” – Arrigo Boito

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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!

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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

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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!!!😉😉😉

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Staring off in the distance... constantly trying to figure out what I want to eat..... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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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!

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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!

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I just can’t get over how STUNNING Kaily and Christer’s San Diego wedding was! Surrounded by their closest family and friends, they said their I Do’s as the ocean air blew, the sun, that hadn’t come all day shined, and Christer cried as Kaily walked down the aisle to the song from Disney’s Up! It was the most perfect day! Venue: Martin Johnson House Dress: @nicolemillernyc Florals: @lajollaflorist HMU: @jt_hairandmakeup Wedding Planner and Catering: @theabbeycatering

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How I'm feeling about today!!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 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! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Today is one of those days where I feel like I could take on the world! Don't you just love days like that?! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Venue: @kualoaranch @kualoaranchweddings Florals: @jadorefloralhawaii Wedding Coordinator: @abcvendors @abcweddings @zander_fit @ll.smooth.r ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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🌺🌺 Aloha Friday!!!🌺🌺 @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." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ -unknown

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Julian and Ashley’s sunrise Engagement session was just spectacular! 💕 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! 💕 But we all were determined to make this session happen! 💕 So, up we were the next morning at 4am, crossing our fingers and hoping for the best! 💕 And luckily, the best happened! 💕 I am so incredibly excited to capture their wedding next year at @haikumill ! If it’s anything like their engagement session, it will be one for the books!!

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Elisa and Simon’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!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Venue: Akala Chapel at @hiltonhawaiianvillage Dress: @bylillianwest Florals: @watanabefloral ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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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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