Liz + Dan in Maui

This is the final installment in my Liz + Dan series. I’d like to start off with this beaut of a photo of Chris… always willing to go the extra mile to get a smile.
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Now that we all have smiles on our faces, let’s get on with business. 

Liz and Dan agreed to do a “day after” photo session while in Maui to take advantage of our time on the island. They hadn’t taken engagement photos, so this was more of a casual thing.

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While we were taking photos by the Black Rock, a man dressed in traditional Hawaiian garb sprinted past us carrying a lit torch. We watched him quickly pick his way along the sharp rocks and out to the end of the cliff, lighting more torches as he went. At the end, he paused dramatically, threw his torch into the water, and then dove in after it. His “daring” stunt off the “dangerous” cliff had everyone on the beach clapping. As he swam ashore, the tourist kids continued to climb and jump off the same rocks. There was no applause for them.  

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We were hoping for a gloriously pink sunset – there had been one on our first night in Maui – but the sky refused to participate and we made do with a few gold lined clouds against a darkening sky.

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As we were walking back to the resort, a giant full moon rose from behind another curtain of clouds. It was beautiful. I wasn’t sure I could capture it with the lenses I had, but we gave it a good ol’ college try and here you go… a big white dot in the photo!

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Liz + Dan Get Married

This day was the whole reason we were in Hawaii – LIZ AND DAN GOT MARRIED! and two single people died. (as the saying goes)


Liz is a kindred spirit – a bosom buddy of sorts – an angel with no wings. We were roommates in college and helped get each other in and out of mischief for three years. She is such a good friend, she’s a poetic, noble, land-mermaid who has seen me through many tough times!

I’ve been to a ton of alumni weddings over the last few years, but this is one that I wouldn’t have missed for the world! You know my code: hoes before bros. Uteruses before duderuses… Ovaries before brovaries. Anyway…

Thank you so much Liz for asking me to come and document such a special day. I love you (and I like you)! 

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In true Liz fashion, the accessories were on point! 🙂 Her besties Kate Spade and Kendra Scott made their appearance alongside a little island flora. After all, love fades away, but things? Things last forever.

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Kammie (maid of honor) is Liz’s calming college friend, a fellow lover of off-beat comedy, and understands that not loving ’90s R&B is number three on the Oh No-Nos list. She helps us remember what’s important in life: Friends, waffles and work. Or waffles, friends, work. It doesn’t matter. But work is third. This wedding would not have been the same without her.

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I walked past Dan relaxing by the pool mid-morning. I overheard him chatting to his mom. “I don’t want to do things. I want to not do things.” Eh, whatever… Treat yo self!

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Dan, Dan, Dan… I couldn’t have given my blessing to a lesser man. (Not that you asked, you know, and I’m still a little hurt about that) Liz is a beautiful, talented, brilliant, powerful musk-ox…. I love the way you calm her down and the way she makes you smile. You’re a simple man Dan. You like pretty, dark haired women and breakfast food. I’m glad you’ve found your forever girl.

Who’s to say what works? You find somebody you like, and you roll the dice. A Kansas firecracker + A Grumpy old man = Dan and Liz 4eva!

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Liz, you beautiful tropical fish. You’re smart as a whip and you’re cool under pressure. Your dress was the most beautiful object I’ve ever seen. It was like the Liz Thatcher Anderson of dresses. It was amazing.

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I promised myself I was not going to cry, I’ve already broken that promise five times. Honestly? This moment was 5,000 times better than Candle in the Wind.

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A couple kids stopped us on our way to the reception to snapchat with the Bride and Groom. I think this may have been Dan’s highlight of the day.

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Congratulations! I love you both! Just remember every time you look up at the moon, I too will be looking at a moon. Not the same moon, obviously, that’s impossible.

xoxo

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Rehearsing – Maui Style

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After the wedding rehearsal, Dan’s dad shouted us all to dinner at Honu in Lahaina. The food was amazing… but what I loved the most was the intimate celebration with everyone who would be at the wedding the next day. I absolutely loved that everyone was together for the weekend – it felt like a giant family celebration rather than a formal wedding.

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Dan’s uncle is a wine aficionado, and gave us multiple lessons on the taste and history of the wines he had chosen for the weekend. Of course, I’m not much of a wine drinker and was promptly labeled a savage. 😉 It all tastes the same to me, so savage I am! 🙂

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While we were waiting for our dinner to be served, one of the wait staff approached me.

“You have a big camera… would you like to take a photo of a turtle?”

I could hardly understand him above the noise of the room, but he was gesturing wildly toward the beach and then pointing at my camera. I followed him to the back windows to see a giant green turtle had crawled it’s way up the shore and was soaking up the last of the sun’s rays.

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We had to get in on that sunset ourselves, so Liz, Dan and I snuck out to the parking lot for a few quick snaps before dessert. The sunset wasn’t as brilliantly pink as it had been on our first night on the island, but the darkening sky is always gorgeous even when it’s overcast and gray.

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The over 50’s retired for the night and the rest of us stayed up talking… Dan named it “Millennial Night”. Funnily enough, we’re all old souls and ended up in bed before midnight anyway.

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