This wedding is a special one for so many different reasons and the main one being that the bride is one of my closest friends; she was actually one of my bridesmaids six years ago! I grew up admiring Nelly- first for her beautiful hair when we were in elementary school and later on for some many other reasons, from her love for Math, which I couldn’t comprehend to her natural ability to make people feel so comfortable when hosting summer night hang outs. She was (and is!) always a good listener and the last to judge, which made talking about everything in the world so easy, especially during those rough teenage years. Oh wow, this blog intro is turning into something very personal.
I always say I love to travel and getting to come out to Maui for the first time was a dream. I had planned to arrive a couple days earlier and stay a few days after the wedding. My husband and I were long over-due for a vacation, so I invited him to join me on this trip, especially since it fell on his birthday weekend, and I eagerly waited for May. I crafted a big list of things I wanted to do and see on the island aside from the wedding and the second day shoot we had planned, which was supposed to happen at the summit of Haleakala mountain at sunrise. Many of you already know what happened on the trip, (I usually regularly post about my work/personal life on my instagram account) so I won’t go into much detail on the blog. Two days after we landed in Maui I ended up in the emergency room with a spontaneously collapsed lung. After being diagnosed, I checked myself out of the hospital, ignoring the fact that I should be going into surgery and shot this wedding the following day. In lots of pain, but running on adrenaline, I was grateful that the situation wasn’t worse and that I was able to walk and hold a camera. The following day, after another visit to the doctor, we did the second day shoot, but unfortunately my condition did not permit us to go up to the summit, so we settled for tropical scenery and sunset on the beach. Long story short, I ended up having surgery on the island and staying there for a total of 25 days waiting to recover and get cleared to fly home. This is defiantly one for the history books!
Calligraphy & Stationery: Graceline Art
Flowers: Bella Bloom