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Vanessa & Tony: A Beach Walk in Maui

Vanessa & Tony: A Beach Walk in Maui

Two days before their wedding in Maui, Vanessa & Tony had this sweet and casual session with photographer Brittany Jean. They wanted to have a unique and laid back beach wedding on the island, and this session was the precursor to a fun and relaxing weekend for them!

We touched base with the couple with a few questions about how they met, and what they thought of their wedding weekend, and we’d love to share with you!

How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another?

We both met in middle school. We were in the same PE class and I had the same shoes as he did (blue and black nike shocks) he would make fun of me because I was wearing “guy shoes”. We didn’t date until high school

My first impression of Tony was that he was this flirty guy that would always pick on me. I would always look forward to that class because he would make me laugh.

My first impression of Vanessa was wow that girl is fine! And thought to myself “those are the biggest blue eyes I’ve ever seen”

Tell us a funny story relating to your wedding day or relationship!

We got a choreographer for our first dance and it was tony’s Ex girlfriend! She is so sweet though I like her. 🙂

When we first decided to get married we had agreed we would write our own personal vows. When it was close to the wedding time mine was super long and Tony’s was really short. Tony was stressed out because his was so short compared to my novel. Wedding day came, we were surrounded by our closest family and friends and it was time to share our vows. We both ended up with SYNCED vows! SAME jokes about vowing to share our Whataburger fries, vowing to take out our dogs when the other isn’t feeling good, him vowing to rub my tummy when I got sick, me praising him for rubbing my tummy when I got sick when I used to be addicted to hot Cheetos, him vowing to always support me being vegan (he’s not vegan), me praising him for his support from my new journey, and many many more! All our guests were so surprised and thought we wrote them together!

Describe a hurdle you had to overcome in your relationship or during your wedding planning.

Tony is a year ahead of me so he went off to college first while I was in my senior year of high school. There were some hurdles to overcome with distance, but it made us stronger in the end.

Any special ways you incorporated your family or family history into your wedding day?

I had my stationary designer write our dogs names on our main wedding invitation (for the photos and for us to keep)

I remember her asking is there a name you would like for me to write for your invitation photos. She said you can always make up a pretty name. I told her I wanted “Ozzy Oliver”. My Yorkie is named Ozzy and Shih tzu named Oliver

What part of your wedding day was/is most important to you?

Our vows will definitely be the most important to us! We have been dating for 10 years before this special day, and writing our vows to actually reciting them in front of the most important people in our lives.. ah I get goosebumps just thinking about it!

What is the best thing you’ve learned from one another?

Patience is a big one! We both have things we get annoyed of but we have to learn to be patient with one another 🙂

What is your favorite thing about each other?

My favorite thing about Tony is that he’s so funny. He will make me laugh even when I’m mad at him. Very close to him being just such a good person and very giving.

My favorite thing about Vanessa is that she’s so giving to everyone and everything.

What was your favorite part about planning your wedding?

Well Tony can’t answer this question because he did absolutely no planning! Haha

My favorite part about planning my wedding was towards the end. When I actually saw things in my mind go together. The colors, the flowers, the venue, the chairs, the small special things. It’s so great to see it all go together!

If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be?

To get a great photographer to capture everything!! We also regret not getting a videographer! And to just enjoy the process. Wedding planning can be stressful and can tear people apart, but from the beginning we said we would not be that way and just enjoy this time we have. We waited almost 11 years so we had to!

What is the most honest thing you can say about love?

It’s easy to love someone, but being in a relationships takes selflessness and communication. If you don’t have these two qualities in your relationships things will probably not work out. Communicate with each other of your feelings and just be there for one another, even if you don’t want to be all the time.

Photographer: Brittany Jean Photography /  film lab: Photovision Prints


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