After over a THOUSAND photo shoots in my career (over the last 10 years), this was a first for me. It was to be the photographer for a gorgeous Sail Trilogy catamaran wedding in Maui! Yep – we went sailing around the southwest coast of Maui for Whitney & Brandon’s wedding after the first half of the day at the Westin Maui in Kaanapali. SO AMAZING!
I don’t use the word “perfect” too often, either. But this wedding really nailed it on the head when they decided to go across to a few different locations for their wedding day on Maui.
Brandon started off by getting ready at the Papakea Resort with all the guys, and Whitney was still prepping for the big day at the Westin Kaanapali just a few minutes south of us. And by total coincidence, my wife and I booked a room at the Papakea… so we were just a short 60 second walk away from the grooms room. Perfect right from the get-go.
Photographing Brandon and his groomsmen went as seamlessly as every group of guys I’ve ever photographed. They were all super relaxed, beers in hand, and some nerves a the tips of their shoulders – but all super common for a gorgeous wedding day anywhere around the world.
What made this wedding day even more special (for me in particular) is that Brandon is an old high-school friend who I probably haven’t seen in about 15 years. But when we broke the ice and started rolling with it all, it was like back in the day.
After hopping out of photographing the guys, I hopped in my nice little Nissan Sentra rental car and popped on down to the Westin Maui at Kaanapali to photograph the girls getting ready and carry on from there.
And yet again – everything went perfectly. A practice run to the parking garage the day before paid off in dividends. My wife and I knew exactly where to go, where to pay for our ticket, and how to navigate across the lot to the hotel room as quickly as possible. And without a hitch, we were there in her room photographing her details, the classic robe photographs, and those super-fun champagne-poppin-bottles photos. Gotta love those!
Their first look was tucked away on the Westin Maui at Kaanapali grounds, but their family insisted on watching the moment. After all, it’s not only a huge moment for the couple, but it’s a huge moment for their family as well. It’s a beautiful moment. Most couples want to remain private during this emotional rollercoaster couple of minutes, but they allowed their friends and family to watch… and it was beautiful. Everybody was getting emotional and the happiness was pouring out of all of them.
From there, we went through the Westin Maui at Kaanapali property for portraits with the wedding party and just the couple. It was packed with tourists, but everybody was really respectful and we did our best to have Whitney & Brandon in locations where you get a real sense of privacy and intimacy in the photographs. You wouldn’t guess that there are hundreds of people walking all around us during their portrait session – and that’s, well, perfect. Palm trees, modern architecture, beach, blue sky, and warm sun… YEP.
I photographed their family portraits on the beach lawn outside of the Westin Kaanapali, and that was a wrap for the resort! From there, we head straight to the Sail Triology launch pad in Lahaina!
Getting married on a catamaran is incredibly peaceful. I know it looks that way in photographs you can Google online, but it’s even more peaceful onboard. It’s stunningly romantic, adventurous, and just plain rad. The crew on board is 6-star, the views are on par with that, and having only your absolute closest friends and family around you is well… again… perfect.
The Sail Trilogy Maui company is brilliant, through-and-through. I couldn’t recommend them highly enough. Even if you aren’t planning on a Sail Trilogy Maui wedding, do the excursion and have the experience. It’s amazing.
Make sure to keep scrolling down below for their catamaran wedding photos. The ceremony, the dinner, the cocktails… and boy oh boy that sunset. INCREDIBLE is an understatement.
Grooms Getting ready spot: Papakea Resort
Brides getting ready spot: Westin Maui in Kaanapali
Wedding party photos location: Westin Maui in Kaanapali
Catamaran: Sail Trilogy
Photography: Kyle Goldie of Luma Weddings (you’re already here – woohoo!)
Photo Assistant: Haley Goldie of Luma & Lavender
I know I must say this a lot, but I loved this wedding. It was so memorable. So gorgeous. So romantic. So intimate. So fun. I’m not just saying that either. It truly was a remarkable wedding day. It’s days like these that really make me love being a wedding photographer. And if you are reading this, and even if you aren’t planning your own wedding, the absolute best thing that I could ever receive is a referral. So, if you love these images, please SHARE!
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