I’ve always heard that the Dominican Republic was absolutely beautiful, but I really had to see it for myself to truly believe it! Lucky for me, my friend Mary Claire asked me to come shoot along side of her. It’s safe to say I would have said yes 100x and now I am already planning for the day I can go back.
And bonus, this couple was a dream to work with! They were so generous and sweet, and since I’m almost a year late at blogging this, they are about to celebrate their one year anniversary and just welcomed a new baby girl!
Main Photographer: Mary Claire Photography | Second Photographer: Shannon Elizabeth Photography | Film Lab: The find Lab | Styling & Floral Design: Rachael Ellen Events | Gown: Mikaella Bridal | Accessories: BHLDN | Venue: Flor de Cabrera | Invitation Suite: Minted | Paper Flowers: The Lovely Ave | Calligraphy: Lustr | Linens: La Tavola Linens | Ribbon: Silk & Willow
This…..now THIS shoot had me walking away feeling SO alive! I remember getting off the boat and driving back home to our AirBNB and thinking how lucky I am to have just experienced something so incredible. Out of all the shoots that Donny had prepared for us, this was the one that had me the most excited, and it lived up to all of it’s expectations! The boat (or should I say yacht…?) left Waikiki just before sunset, and all of us got to experience fun waves filled with surfers and whales, and even got our own private concert by thee cutest couple.
This was also one of my favorite shoots because of how lifestyle it was. One of my most favorite things to capture is a couple just being in their element. I love when they are just doing their own thing, with very little to no direction, and just sitting back and watching the magic happen.
I’ll treasure this experience forever and always remember that feeling I had when it was all said and done.
Creative Director & Stylist: Donny Zavala and Utterly Engaged | Floral Design: Catalina Neal | Hair & Makeup: Hikari Murakami | Gown: Sarah Seven | Suit: The Black Tux | Couple: Foreseeable Futures | Film: Photo Vision
Is the title of this post too cheesy?
But for reals.. this was yet another Inspirational shoot styled by Donny and his fab team. We woke up extra early for this sunrise shoot and couldn’t believe how breathtaking the model and those gorgeous gowns were! Both gowns used were designed by Carol Hannah, and they made such a statement next to the turquoise blue ocean.
Creative Director & Stylist: Donny Zavala & Utterly Engaged | Floral Design: Catalina Neal | Hair & Makeup: Hikari Murakami | Gowns: Carol Hannah Bridal | Headpiece: Heart of Gold Designs | Ribbon: Tono & Co.
Well I figured it was finally about time that I posted these gorgeous babes! Sometimes I let my OCD gets the best of me… I want everything to be done in the perfect timing, when in reality, I should have just posted these months ago! But better late than never right? So a little back story on these… my husband and I were married in Maui, and promised we would always go back every 5 years to celebrate. Well 5 years finally came and we did just that!
A few months before traveling there, I had heard that Donny Zavala (an incredible wedding photographer) was going to be hosting a photography workshop in Oahu the same time we would be there. I thought it was pretty much fate telling me I had to go, and so I signed up without hesitation.
This was one of the many styled shoots that Donny had planned (along with an amazingly talented group of vendors), and I have to say it was one of my most favorite shoots to ever be a part of. The gown, the flowers, the setting….. I mean, completely swoon worthy.
Creative Director & Stylist: Utterly Engaged and Donny Zavala | Floral Designer: Catalina Neal | Venue: Dillingham Ranch | Vintage Rentals: Roam Rentals Hawaii | Velvet Table Runner: La Tavola Fine Linen | Makeup & Hair: Hikari Murakami | Gown: Claire Pettibone | Veil & Hair Accessories: Sibo Designs | Grooms Suit: The Black Tux | Rings: Susie Saltzman | Styling Details: BHLDN | Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Ribbon: Tono & Co.