Throwback Thursday: Ahhhhh, Maui. Sweet, Sweet, Maui.

Well, it’s hard to believe, but two years ago today, Jimmy and I were in Maui, Hawaii photographing Brea and Steve’s beautiful Makena Beach wedding!

I can’t even begin to tell you what an honor it was that Brea and Steve asked me to photograph their very intimate wedding in Maui. It was the trip of a lifetime and one of the sweetest, most beautiful weddings I have ever witnessed. I loved that it was just Brea, Steve and their parents in attendance!

Here are a few of my favorite photos from their wedding and from the Rock the Dress session we did the next day!

Do you want to see more? Of course you do! I mean, Brea is absolutely stunning… how could you not want to see more?! Go ahead, check out Brea and Steve’s full Wedding blog as well as their Rock the Dress session.

Are you back? Okay, cool, because in honor of Brea and Steve’s second wedding anniversary, I thought it might be fun to *finally* post some of the images that the hubs and I took during the rest of our stay in Maui. *Disclaimer*: Since I was in Maui on business, and didn’t want to risk damaging any of my gear before Brea and Steve’s big day, (and realllly far from my favorite camera shop) I kept my good stuff in the bag until the last day. So, most of these are from my ‘fun’ camera. In short, please excuse the quality.

Anyway, without further adieu, I bring you “The Smuteks in Maui”…

After arriving in Maui, and picking up our Jeep, Jimmy was… well, pretty excited. I mean really, we had the top down on our Jeep… in Maui. Then we headed off to the Maui Coast Hotel, which was just fantastic. We loved everything about our stay!


There are tons of beautiful things to see and do in Maui, but all of it is made even more spectacular by the Maui sunset. Each night we were there, we were graced with the most beautiful sunsets… you will see all of them, but here is our first…

The next morning, we headed to “our beach”, in Kihei, which was right across the street from our hotel. Here is a Maui sunrise…

Some of you may know that I have a collection of rocks from all around the world. People have brought me rocks from Sweden, Russia, Thailand, Guatemala, Iceland, Alaska and well, all sorts of other interesting places that I hope to visit someday. I photographed this rock, with the intention of taking it home with us, but I decided to leave it in Maui. We also left our foot prints…

I took this image when leaving LahainaJenniferSmutek.comOn our second to last day in Maui, we decided to visit the Iao Valley State Park. It is a historic park and is home of the Iao Needle. Apparently, in 1790 the Battle of Kepaniwai took place here. Jimmy and I were surprised to see that wild chickens roamed the outside of the park.

I really wish these images did these scenes justice. Breathtaking is an understatement.

On our way home from the park was yet another amazing sunset. I actually took these next two images from the window of our moving

The sunset was so amazing, that we decided to pull off on and view it from a nearby

On our last day, we decided to go snorkeling. Here are a few images we got while out on the charter

Our last Maui sunset from this trip…

It may have been two years since Brea and Steve tied the knot in Maui, but our hearts are still there. The hubs and I talk about moving there almost everyday, and soon, we hope to make that a reality! I am so grateful to Brea and Steve for inviting us to share in their wedding and giving us the opportunity to see a Maui sunset, first hand.

Happy anniversary, Brea and Steve! May your marriage always be as beautiful, peaceful, spectacular and sincere as a Maui sunset!




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  1. Alison Harper
    October 10, 2013

    I just read Brea’s blog, the one with the proposal! Such a sweet couple. They have stunning wedding photos! Great job!

  2. Brea
    October 10, 2013

    My heart is definitely still in Maui. If Steve said he wanted to move I’d be ready to start packing up and finding a way to make it work. Who knew an island could be so incredible?

    I love the t-rex photo, I completely forgot about that one! I still think the one of the sunset through the palm leaves with the kayak needs to be blown up on your wall and/or sold as an art piece.

    I’m so glad you could be there with us! Thanks for the awesome Throwback Thursday post :)

  3. Lauren C
    October 10, 2013

    That black and white close up shot of the palm leaf is so cool! I never would have known what it was if it hadn’t been mixed in with the others. I need a vacation now!! Preferably to Maui!

  4. Dani
    October 10, 2013

    I heart this TBT! Beautiful shots!!

  5. Laura
    October 10, 2013

    Wow the colors are amazing! I love the shot on the rocks with the water splashing behind them!

  6. Debbie M
    October 10, 2013

    love Hawaii wedding photos

  7. Isabelle
    October 10, 2013

    Amazing!!! Hawaii is on my bucket list!


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