amanda + michael | sandy Oahu wedding

photographing ashley + michael’s wedding in laie, oahu was an absolute dream come true. i grew up on the big island in hawaii and have watched countless oceanside weddings and have always loved how intimate they are. instead of music, there is the rhythm of the waves inching toward the shore just a few feet away. in place of a ballroom floor, guests dig their toes into warm sand and dance in a grassy backyard.

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the ceremony was short + sweet, and absolutely filled with laughter. family photos followed soon after, and taking those was just as heartwarming as the ceremony — the love felt between amanda and her parents, and between her sister and her daughters left my cheeks sore from smiling.

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amanda, michael, and i took a walk down the beach for their first photos as husband + wife. during our walk, it was like they forgot i was there. they couldn’t stop looking at each other and bursting into incredulous laughter. they were incredibly adventurous and stepped into the ocean for a couple of shots, before they could get completely soaked. it was so fun to have a couple that was willing to try something untraditional, and it has become one of my favorite wedding photos.

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this whole family was one of my favorite parts of 2018, and i can’t wait to meet more incredible humans in 2019.