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Greetings from Beautiful Maui Hawaii

Born in Aspen, and raised in Telluride, Colorado, Tad has 
always had a passion for the outdoors and a reverence for the 
beauty of his natural surroundings.

Tad received his first camera, a Nikon FE2, as a high school 
graduation gift. Since then, he has been obsessed with 
perfecting his craft, constantly pushing himself to create 
better, more beautiful images. He began his career as a sports 
photographer shooting extreme sports in Colorado, Oregon, and 
Hawaii.
                 

The transition from Sports to Wedding Photographer evolved  with the help of three things: A Public Relations degree from C.U. Boulder, years of experience working in Five Star Hotels 
and a solid photography background. Tad skillfully blends 
traditional techniques with spontaneous photojournalism. The 
striking quality of his photographs is rooted in the basics: 
clean, simple compositions, a candid eye toward his subjects, 
and the ability to step out of the way to allow the 
breathtaking beauty of the Pacific speak for itself.

Tad prides himself on treating clients like friends and takes an 
invitation to photograph every event to heart. His professional, 
easy going personality will help make your special day relaxed, 
hassle free, and fun. His creative eye, attention to detail, and 
friendly, approachable nature have made him one of the most sought 
after photographers on the Islands. His gift for connecting with 
people and consistently delivering beautiful images will help turn 
your wedding dreams into reality.
             

Category Archives: Maui Wedding Locations

Stephanie & Will Dream come true at Olowalu Plantation House!

Thank you to all the vendors for making this wedding so memorable and spectacular!

Pastor: Tino Rosete

Video: Hawaii Video Memories

Ceremony Musician: Vance Koening

DJ: DJ Del of Maui Wedding DJ

Florist: Dellables

Makeup by Jessica Waite

Hair by Andrea Jacobs

Cake & Mini cakes: Cakes by JoAnn

Catering: Cafe O’Lei

Bar Service: Bars are US

Rental items: Pacific Isle Rentals

Coordination: Jackie Tanaka for Tropical Maui Weddings

Erica & Jon’s Gorgeous International Maui Wedding!

Location, location location!

You know how you always hear that phrase? Well from the very first moment upon my arrival at The Gorgeous, Ocean Front Estate on Maui’s west side, I was amazed with its beauty. With the sound of the waves breaking almost at your feet & the Rich Color your eyes are feasting on, you are left stopped in your tracks. Of course both the Bride & groom were loving it as well. Jon’s family had just flown in from France & they to were soaking in the beauty of the day! Tori Rogers of Hawaiian Weddings had taken care of all the details with Dellables Flowers making their flowers magical! Dennis Derego took care of the ministry duties & finally after 7 years it was done & they were married. Enjoy the pictures & the Beauty of Maui.

Congrats to Erica & Jon & Many Mahalos for making me a part of your gorgeous day! Tad

Ryan Marries his Angelena ~ Honua Kai Lani Estate

Both Angelena & Ryan are local Maui’ans, so when I was asked to shoot their wedding at The Sugarmans Estate ( also called Honua Kai Lani Estate) in Makena, I knew it was going to be a giant of a wedding. With my assisant Marie-Claude in tow, we were excited to see all the work they had done to have an incredible wedding @ an exceptional location! I had been told that the wedding party was BIG, but I didn’t know it was going to be 26 people! NO problem though, as it was easy & really fun shooting Ryan with all his buds & Angelena with all her (sassy) girlfriends. We were blessed with lots of clouds making the lighting stunning & very soft. LOVE that lighting!
The evening, of course, happened at lightning speed & suddenly is was their first dance. Having practiced lots for it, Angelena & Ryan destroyed the dance floor with HOT move after HOT move. It was a great first dance, with the 200 people in attendance all standing & clapping afterwards. It was also super cool having their cute little dog there as well.
Of course all the little kids stole the show looking extra cute in pictures! I love the shots of the two of them under the arch, but as a portrait photographer I love the character in the guy with the black hat. My VERY favorite image though, (just cause its different), is the very last back lit shot of the post. So dramatic!
My very best goes to Angelena & Ryan on a Gorgeous wedding & a fantastic start of their new life together.
A Hui Ho! Tad
(Special Thanks to Marie-Claude for her excellent photography)

Minister: Al Terry
Photo Booth: Epic Entertainment
Flower: by Angelena & Bridesmaids
Stylist: Sisters & Company
Musician: Alika Nakaooka & Eddie Sabala
DJ: Kai Nakaooka
Caterer: Big Beach BBQ
Baker: Maui Cakes by Ghisalani
Transpotation: The Limo Company
Shoes: Nina
Dress by Maggie Sottero & Allure
Bridemaids dresses: Elly’s Formal Wear
Rings & Dance Lessons by Nancy & David @ Topaz
Chuppa & Chairs by Pacific Isle Rentals
Tent by: Maui Rents

Hannah & Tim’s ~ Their Perfect Wedding at Olowalu Plantation House

Upon arrival @ The Gorgeous Olowalu Plantation House, we were treated to a stunning venue put together by White Orchid Wedding.
The “rustic look” white flowers arrangements were very beautiful on all the tables ~ specially all the details on the vases!!! They had a hint of light pink and so many little details that were to die for!!! The arches, the wedding dress, the bridemaids dress, the dress hanger ( marked “bride” in metal) the sparkle shoes, her something blue, the groom colored socks, the delicious cake, the pink table clothes, the bouquets and the two little flower girls with their crowns… everything was perfect. Really!
They also had that BLUE~BLUE sky that we all love so much because it makes the prettiest background on all photos!
With all of Hannah’s bridesmaids hovering around making sure no details were overlooked, Hannah just looked radiant!
Hannah’s parents walked her down the aisle with tears in their eyes. It was very touching! Of course the little flower girls had to steal the show for a while, being “EXTRA CUTE” in front of all the guests.
Tim had a traditional breaking of the glass & sweet kiss to seal the deal. Very beautiful ceremony I must say! Maui again delivered a beautiful sunset! I especially enjoyed the fire show put on by Manutea Nui E. Wow! Was it ever AMAZING!
Congratulations to Hannah & Tim!
Enjoy the pictures & thank you much for letting me a part of your special day!

Wedding Coordinator: Bernie Freitas of White Orchid Wedding
Florals: Teresa Sena Designs
Caterer: Cafe O lei
Bartending Service: Maui Bars R Us

Manutea Nui E

Our Precious Favorite Italian Couple at Olowalu Plantation House!

Congratulations to Vanessa & Ricardo for their very beautiful & very fun wedding at The Olowalu Plantation House! Planning their wedding all the way from Italy was quite a challenge, but after months & months of planning & countless emails, the day arrived & Maui once again put on an amazing show with Stunning weather & a Gorgeous wedding location. In addition to the bride & groom coming from Italy, most of the family also traveled the long distance to be part of the festivities. Vanessa looked stunning in a sassy form fitting dress & OMG did she ever laugh & laugh & laugh. Actually everyone was just having such a good time soaking in the beauty of the day. I have lots of favorite shots, but especially love the last B&W shot in the post. That was just such a pure moment to capture as you can almost “FEEL” the love they have for each other! ENJOY the pics & again Congrats to Vanessa & Ricardo!

May 15, 2012 - 11:38 AM Tad - Thank you very much for your comment Cheryl.

May 13, 2012 - 9:20 AM Tia Mari - I love all of them!!!! You two look amazing. Love Tia Mari & Uncle Brent.

May 12, 2012 - 5:34 AM Cheryl Farnsworth - Absolutely beautiful pictures.