Aug 032012
 

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CLICK HERE to check out Roxy and Angel’s elegant Eastside wedding at Kauai Beach Resort near Kapaa, Kauai. We began the day with Roxy and the girls putting on their finishing touches while Angel relaxed with his boys. Soon enough, we were on the beach like paparazzi as Roxy and Angel stole a secret moment together before the official ceremony. Just before their traditional kiss, warm sunlight spilled through the afternoon cloud cover right on queue! It was a bright and radiant end to a beautiful ceremony. We finished off their romantic portraits with Kauai’s dramatic coastline in the background and then headed towards the banquet hall for their party. Complete with Hula performances, island music, and a packed dance floor, this party was definitely off the charts, local-style! Many mahalos and a huge CONGRATS to the newlyweds, Roxy and Angel.

Jul 092012
 

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This is what summer is all about! A quick afternoon trip up a neighborhood trail turned into an adventure under tree roots, over fallen logs and rock hopping up river to Makaleha Falls. Only about three hours roundtrip, this hike had a huge payoff at the top. The perfect swimming hole engulfed by steep canyon walls lies just beneath the waterfall. It was a refreshing break before our journey back through the jungle. We’ve been having a great summer exploring new parts of the island and discovering treasures like this within our own neighborhood!

Jul 012012
 

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CLICK HERE to see the Allen family’s photo session on Kauai’s breathtaking Ke’e Beach. We had an awesome time together enjoying our surroundings as we walked through the jungle path to the beach, occasionally stopping for photos along the way. The afternoon light created a warm tone throughout the Allen’s session, enhancing the colors of every photo as well as the overall experience of taking pictures at Ke’e Beach with such a beautiful family. We wrapped things up with a with vibrant sunset, right on queue! Many thanks to the adventurous Allen family for their great sense of humor and truly enjoyable personalities! Aloha and enjoy the photos.

May 282012
 

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CLICK HERE to see the Freudig family in action across Kauai’s various South Shore beaches. What an adventurous and fun family with great chemistry and plenty of natural smiles… They definitely made our photo session a breeze! Julia and I had an awesome time setting up each photo to capture the dramatic Poipu backdrops, and the weather didn’t disappoint. Complete with a stunning sunset, we ventured from Poipu Kai to the top of Shipwreck’s Bluff to take it all in with the last bit of the day’s light. We hope you enjoy the photos and thanks for such a fun time!

May 272012
 

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CLICK HERE to check out Heather and Joe’s intimate wedding photography from Kauai’s South Shore. We started the event with a private photo session at the Poipu Kai lookout. The dramatic skies and blustery trade winds made for incredible scenery, but most of all it was the affection shared between Heather and Joe that really lit up each picture. As their ceremony drew nearer, we wrapped up the photo session and headed down to Shipwreck’s Beach to meet up with their families and close friends. The ceremony began with the traditional signaling of the conch shell and ended with a sweet kiss, backed by the applause of their witnesses. It was a truly memorable wedding with a truly unique and beautiful couple. Congrats and mahalos to Heather and Joe!

May 082012
 

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CLICK HERE to see our wonderful friends get married at one of Kauai’s most sacred places, Ke’e Beach. To start things off, we met up with Brittany and Jeff at the Kauai Coast Resort in Kapaa for a quick “getting ready” photo session. Brittany looked absolutely radiant in her dress and Jeff didn’t hesitate to show his affection as they met privately on the beach before their ceremony. Next, we hopped in the car and headed North past Hanalei to the secluded end of the road. With the dramatic Napali Coastline as the backdrop for their traditional Hawaiian wedding, and complete with an endangered monk seal snoozing right next to their ceremony, it simply can’t get any more spectacular than Ke’e Beach! After taking it all in during their ceremony and portrait session, we headed into the jungle for just a few more shots before returning to Kapaa for the best dinner in town at the Hukilau Lanai.

Julia and I were honored to photograph such an amazing couple during the most spectacular day in their lives together. The love and support of their families and close friends was very apparent and shared so generously with us. Huge MAHALOS and CONGRATULATIONS to the newlyweds, Brittany & Jeff!

May 062012
 

We snuck away for a quick camping trip to celebrate the birthday of our good friend and fellow crossfitter, Mat (of Mat & Tiara). Not only were we the only group to set up camp in Sugi Grove, but the clear and cloudless night sky coincided with the 2012 supermoon! The trip was a great way for us to unplug from our normal routine, slow down and enjoy the company of our friends, plenty of great food and the surrounding beauty of Koke’e State Park. Signs of summer are definitely in the air.

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Apr 292012
 

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Gearing up for their Kauai wedding, Brittany and Jeff arrived a little early with an agenda to explore as much of the island as possible. Right after they landed we hit the South Shore in search of sea turtles, and despite poor visibility, we lucked out with a great snorkeling session! Then we wiped the sand off our feet and changed into dinner attire on the side of the road. Jeff and Brittany insisted on treating us to dinner (the first of many lavish meals during their stay!) at one of the newest and nicest restaurants in Poipu, Red Salt. After narrowly escaping multiple food-comas, we all woke up early the next morning for a day hike to Hanakapi’ai Falls. There’s no better way to catch up with great friends than hiking all day together! Swimming in the icy pool under the falls, then eating lunch on the warm river rocks was the perfect reward and recharge for the hike back. It was awesome experiencing such an incredible waterfall for the first time with Brittany and Jeff. We were also lucky enough to spot a couple rainbows as we headed home! Below is a conglomeration of pictures from the day… Photo credit shared – all the best ones were from their camera 😉

Many mahalos to Brittany & Jeff for such an incredible time spent together. Stay tuned for their gorgeous wedding photos, coming soon!

Mar 282012
 

We had an awesome visit from our good friend Scott! He dedicated his Spring Break from UCLA’s School of Law to endure a crash course with us at Kauai Crossfit while also motivating us to try adopting his vegan diet for the week. Scott did an amazing job for a first-time crossfitter, and we were mediocre at best in maintaining his diet (backyard eggs and Portuguese sausage are nearly impossible for us to live without). Between the workouts and each carefully prepared vegan meal at home, we trekked from north to south hitting a few of the island’s highlights and hanging out in luxury at the best resorts. It was great catching up, sharing stories and exploring the island together! Thank you for all your generosity, Scott… our doors are always open and we really hope you come back soon!!!

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Mar 172012
 

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CLICK HERE for an inside look at Maria and Jay’s big day at Shipwrecks Beach on Kauai’s sunny South Shore. We arrived at the Sheraton Poipu for Maria’s “getting ready” photo session as the final details came together in their tropical ocean-view room. Shortly thereafter we all headed to the beach for the main event. Maria looked stunning while Jay couldn’t have appeared happier when they both stepped out of their stretch-limo. From the limo, Maria and Jay walked through a jungly path to their secluded corner of the beach where the soft evening light cast a warm glow throughout their ceremony. As the sun moved towards the horizon we ventured to the top of Shipwrecks bluff to take advantage of the spectacular views and capture a few romantic moments. It was the perfect storybook ending to a warm and beautiful wedding day on Kauai. Congratulations to the newlyweds, Maria and Jay, and mahalo for sharing your delicious wedding cake… yum!

Jan 212012
 

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Normally, midday on a Saturday is a popular time for surfers to enjoy the waves. This day was no different with most of the well known surf spots jam-packed with paddle boarders, body boarders, short and long boarders. Our recent summery weather has brought the crowds to the beach and we’re all happy to take advantage of the postponed rainy season. We were lucky enough to find a more secluded corner to ourselves with the added benefit of a photographer onshore that randomly decided to grab a few shots of our session together. Needless to say, we had a great day “somewhere in Hawaii”.

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Jan 112012
 

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CLICK HERE for a look into one of the most impressive pieces of property in Aliomanu Estates on the Eastside of Kauai. Nestled beneath Mano Mountain’s breathtaking view of the King Kong profile, this lush four bedroom three bathroom plantation style home sits upon four acres of beautifully manicured landscape. The list of amenities includes gated entry, sweeping ocean views, wrap around lanais, exquisitly modern kitchen, separate guest quarters, large two car garage plus additional storage, upstairs master suite with upgraded bath, outdoor shower, and much more. This dream house was designed to enhance the natural beauty of Kauai’s surrounding paradise… move in ready!

Dec 312011
 

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It was a surprisingly warm winter vacation in Washington, filled with lots of Wagner family traditions, great meals together and fun walks in woods. Instead of roasting chestnuts on an open fire, we cracked homegrown Kauai coffee beans by hand and roasted them in an air popcorn popper. With lots of beginners luck and a little research, the coffee was a success and we also got our open fire in the yard thanks to Big Daddy Wags. We took advantage of a couple sunny days strolling around the harbor and venturing into Seattle. On the way to David, April and William’s house, we made a really fun stop at the Experience the Music Project Museum where Ben snapped the coolest picture of us pretending to be rockstars…

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After getting our fill of vintage guitars and Seattle’s music history, the famous Dick’s Drive-In was next on the agenda. We had the best deluxe cheeseburgers ever made. Definitely on the top of our do-it-again list for next year. Before our trip was over, we enjoyed time with our nephew William, made a few extra shopping trips, tested our awesome GoPro Christmas present, cleaned numerous buffet plates of dungeness crab and tried to make our dollars last on the slot machines at Tulalip Resort Casino. Many mahalos to the Wagner family for making everyday together special. Happy New Year!