Mar & Pete… the journey continues <3

In the midst of one of our busiest wedding seasons, Peter and I took some time for ourselves to celebrate each other and our 25th wedding anniversary.  Not the most ideal time for a vacation for us but with the work that we do, we felt it was the right thing to honour our own special anniversary!

I have always wanted to go to Hawaii and Maui didn’t disappoint! Most of these photos were taken with my little Fugifilm x100s, it is small but mighty 🙂 .  When I take this camera along it lets me be more present in the moment, rather than lugging gear around.

We spent a lot of time driving around the island, doing what we love, exploring!  We crossed a few things off our bucket list that I didn’t even know were on it!

  • Riding in a helicopter which was fun and a little scary, but the view was breathtaking.
  • Driving the winding road to Hana and the narrow road around the west side of Maui, which is so narrow that it is recommended that you drive it clockwise.  We only met a few cars coming the other direction (those daredevils) and fortunately no one fell off the edge!
  • Getting up in the middle of the night to drive up to the top of the Halakeleah Crater to watch the sunrise in the bitter cold.
  • Snorkelling while holding hands with my husband (so not to lose each other) was lovely and made me feel like we were the only two.
  • Drinking mai tais, watching a luau and the setting sun. The sunsets… I can never get enough!

Peter and I have the pleasure of working with a lot of couples as they marry and I wish them all the happiness we have found over the last 25 years.  If we can give a little advice… love each other madly, have adventures always and stay young at heart!

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Our home base in Lahaina, Outrigger Aina Nalu.

Our home base in Lahaina, Outrigger Aina Nalu.

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BBQ dinner poolside.

BBQ dinner poolside.

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Out  & about in Lahaina.

Out & about in Lahaina.

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Dinner cruise.

Dinner cruise.

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Dinner at the Hula Grill.

Dinner at the Hula Grill.

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We did make it all the way to Hana.  We bought some Maui onion chips and headed back... it's all about the journey :)

We did make it all the way to Hana. We bought some Maui onion chips and headed back… it’s all about the journey 🙂

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Waianapanapa Black sand beach. It was nice to get off the winding road to Hana to clear our heads.

Waianapanapa Black sand beach. It was nice to get off the winding road to Hana to clear our heads.

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I heart Maui.

I heart Maui.

I kind of love these windmills a lot!

I kind of love these windmills a lot!

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Putting on my brave face!

Putting on my brave face!

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Some amazing views!

Some amazing views!

Sunset on Kanapali Beach.

Sunset on Kanapali Beach.

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Waiting for sunrise at Halakaleah Crater.

Waiting for sunrise at Halakaleah Crater.

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It was COLD! All manner of hotel blankets, towels & robes were seen.

It was COLD! All manner of hotel blankets, towels & robes were seen.

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Great place to cuddle... or cling to one another for a bit of body heat :)

Great place to cuddle… or cling to one another for a bit of body heat 🙂

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Otherworldly!

Otherworldly!

I spy with my little eye... windmills!

I spy with my little eye… windmills!

Had the most amazing macadamia nut pancakes at Kula Lodge after coming down from the crater.  Enjoyed taken photos of the flowers in the warm sunshine.

Had the most amazing macadamia nut pancakes at Kula Lodge after coming down from the crater. Enjoyed taking photos of the flowers in the warm sunshine.

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Grand Wailea hotel... nice to visit.  Maybe we will stay there one day :)

Grand Wailea hotel… nice to visit. Maybe we will stay there one day 🙂

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...and the windmills.

…and the windmills.

Visited the birds at the Hyatt Regency.

Visited the birds at the Hyatt Regency.

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Nakalele Blowhole.

Nakalele Blowhole.

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Driving on a scarily skinny cliff side road.

Driving on a scarily skinny cliff side road.

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25 years ago today! Started the day with champagne brekkie, then a little snorkelling.

25 years ago today! Started the day with champagne brekkie, then a little snorkelling.

Even though going to Hawaii was our present to each other, Peter gave me pearl earrings as he did on our wedding day.

Even though going to Hawaii was our present to each other, Peter gave me pearl earrings as he did on our wedding day.

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Time to luau.

Time to luau.

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I think the guy behind me found it annoying to be sitting beside photographers!

I think the guy behind me found it annoying to be sitting beside photographers!

We didn't notice :)

We didn’t notice 🙂

Snorkeling in Honokohua Bay... best hangover cure!

Snorkeling in Honokohua Bay… best hangover cure!

Last brekkie poolside.

Last brekkie poolside.

Last sunset... Waliea Beach.

Last sunset… Waliea Beach.

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Here's to the next 25 years!

Here’s to the next 25 years!

 

2 thoughts on “Mar & Pete… the journey continues <3

  1. Susan

    Love the photos – you’re very talented Marla.
    Glad you and Peter had a great time celebrating your special anniversary.
    It so happens that Edna and John Jenkins just celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary yesterday (27th March). I don’t think they ventured out the house even – just a quiet celebration for them!
    Lots of love
    Susan and Brian

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