Mommy & Me | Lanikai Beach | Meet Julie & Cypress

Motherhood is an outrageous pleasure full of joy and whimsy.  It’s also trying, terrifying, all consuming, eye opening, and life changing.  It’s to forever have every tender fiber of your soft gooey heart all wrapped up into a precious little vulnerable human being.  Motherhood opens up your heart to twice as much beauty and twice as much fear. It’s exhilarating and sometimes never ever ending, yet the best thing I’ve ever attempted to do.

Mothers are the shapers and holders and glue of all things unseen.  Those things hoped for and wished for.  The what if’s and why not’s.  The successes and heart aches.  Mothers give and give and give and love and love and love.  I am in awe of mothers everywhere.

Here’s to Julie and Cypress, and the precious wonder that motherhood is.  What a privilege to be invited into your world.

With aloha,

Crystal Chanel

Julie&Cypress-BLog

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August 29, 2014 - 2:57 pm

Nellie Jennings - Beautiful!!!

Papa’iloa Beach, Hawaii Elopement: Brian + Laurence

Brian and Laurence met 15 years ago in a running club.

Their emotional elopement pulled on my heart strings, left me teary eyed.

They have a love for travel and an even greater love for their son, who from what I hear, is a pretty awesome soccer player.  Watching the three of them together is pretty incredible.  There is so much love and pure joy abounding.  You can tell they’ve figured out.  Love and family first, then everything else.

Congratulations Brian and Laurence!

With aloha,

Crystal Chanel

Wedding Planning: Best Day Ever

Ceremony: Papa’iloa Beach, North Shore

Officiant: Reverend Jonipher Kwong

Musician: Henry Makua

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Paradise Cove Beach, Hawaii Elopement: Shane + Ikuyo

Shane and Ikuyo are from Seattle.  They met 3.5 years ago, “Office” style, think Jim and Pam.  Adorable, right?! They eloped on a sunshine filled Wednesday afternoon at Paradise Cove Beach. Immediately right after being pronounced Mr. & Mrs., they danced as husband wife, surrounded by their closest friends and family.  Shane held his bride close as the words “Wise men say, only fools rush in, but I can’t help falling in love with you.” as the words and guitar rang out across the ocean air.  It was perfect.  So perfect.  Wishing you two many more years of happiness together!  You can view their full gallery here.

With aloha,

Crystal Chanel

Wedding Coordination: Best Day Ever Hawaii

Officiant: Kahu Bruce

Hair & Makeup: Delish Makeup Artistry

Flowers: Always Flowers

Musician: Henry Makua

Location: JW Mariott, Ihilani,Ko’olina & Paradise Cove Beach

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