Chiang Mai, Thailand


In September I had the pleasure of joining Inspire Church Waikele for the second time on a mission trip back to Chiang Mai, Thailand. There’s something about this place that keeps pulling me back, I adore it.

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[Married] Kayla + Kaniela

She lightly tapped the top of her essential oil bottle, softly soothing nerves before she slipped into her light and flowing gown. Soon after, as she fluttered down the aisle, her graceful hula essence abound, her long-time handsome and soon-to-be husband Kaniela quietly fought back tears. Young sweethearts, these two Hawai’i natives said “I do” under the shade of a giant tree high atop Pupukea at Sunset Ranch. Soft, romantic details filled with maui lavender (from the farm where he proposed!) to a fabulous stand the couple made themselves filled with locally sourced produced from their home of Kaua’i.  FINALLY! These two made it official and I was oh so happy to be apart, what a gorgeous, relaxing and down-right beautiful day. xo

Venue: Sunset Ranch  | Coordination: Milestone Events Hawai’i | Rentals: Pacific Party Rentals | Florals: Flower Farm   |  Make-up: Flaunt  |  Catering: Beaches + Backyards | Videographer: Derrick Monis | DJ: N-D Mixx |  Music: Ben + Malia | Cake: A Cake Life

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February 24, 2015 - 4:04 pm

Kayla - A perfect day! Thank you for capturing such beautiful moments! These are memories we will cherish forever!

Back to life

“…back to reaaallittyyyy.”

(you know you just sang it, too). It’s Monday and as I sit at my computer and stare nearly through my screen fueled by loads of espresso, I know I should be thankful for clear blue skies and the warm weather that is our home in Hawai’i, an “upgrade” Marshall tries to cheer me with, but truth be told I’m fighting off a slight twinge of post-vacation depression. I’m not sure if it’s the fact that I haven’t been on a straight-up for fun vacation like that in a while, or ever on an international adventure with my husband until now but in this moment I miss Thailand! The whole time we were there together it felt like a dream, as if the beauty and enjoyment of it all hadn’t settled on me yet, and now naturally the memories begin their decent deep into my heart while we are back home. It’s no surprise how much I love that part of southeast Asia, something about it always calls me back to it’s warm smiles and bustling streets, but this time was truly sheer bliss even during the 8 hour layover in the desolate Pudong airport in China. This afternoon it’s back to business, happy to cuddle our fluffy babies, but not unlike “the beach”, laughing and reminiscing over photos shot alongside the ocean. Dressed in cotton elephant printed pants (I bought 7 pair!) I’ll try to get on a regular sleep schedule, pray my film turns out ok (I packed it in my checked luggage on the way home! A tired ROOKIE MOVE!) ingest loads more coffee and mentally plan our return back to the gorgeous islands scattered across the Gulf of Thailand (and of course, work on a blog post).

Adventure photos from my iPhone. Check them out + their details via instagram.


January 26, 2015 - 6:32 pm

Chelsea Bolling - Ahhh you’re trip looked amazing!!!! So happy you and Marshall had an unforgettable vacation! I love the pics and am dying to go to Thailand now : )

January 28, 2015 - 9:38 am

marissa - are you kidding me with these photos!? it looks like a dream. GAH!i’m not sure if eddie and i can wait a whole year till’ our thailand vacation next year! i gotta take notes on all this stuff! glad you’re home safe girlfriend xoxo

Running from Taylor Swift.

Alternatively titled “Run b*tch, (he goin’ killllll youuuu)”.

If I really think about the true genesis of the idea, it must have been sitting in the front seat of the car enroute to Keana point with fellow photographers Ashley + Alisa. Ashley Smith was going in depth about the surge of love for Tony Robbins at her workplace and proceeded to tell us about his ability to empower anyone to do anything via books on tape. Wait. That’s not what they’re called anymore. What do you call them? Audio books! Yes, thank you. Any how, she pulled herself in between the seats from the back of the car and candidly asked “what’s the thing you are LEAST interested in accomplishing?”. In unison she and I both responded “Run a marathon!”. After all, we were headed to a hike where our goal was to walk and take photos, who in their right mind wants to run? NOT I. So, that was that. I had absolutely positively no interested in running a marathon, especially not the famed Honolulu one. Nope. No way. Not me. I don’t run. Just like my tank top says “Partying is my cardio”. Fast forward 7 months later, past all the friends who for first and second times trained and completed the Honolulu Marathon and just as everyone around me (even men) were declaring how catchy that new Taylor Swift album was, I decided to hit the payment for an evening jog and see just how awesome this album could be (for the record I was sure it couldn’t be even remotely good…I mean, it’s Taylor freakin’ Swift).

Halfway into my jog I found my legs switching faster and faster. I don’t know if it was the new tunes flooding my eardrums or the 72 degree hawaiian air, but just as Blank Space shuffled on the faint thought crossed my mind that I should run the marathon. This right here should be enough to stop me in my tracks. I let the image go as quickly as it came and laughed it off.  I don’t run. If you see me running, call the police kinda thing. As I circled my way back home I couldn’t help but entertain the idea and question where the heck THAT desire came from. And as months went on the thought began to dig it’s way from the back of my head out into the open, just as James (Marathon Man, Awesome Photographer + Friend) texted to suggest I start training. Hmm. Funny you should say that, because I have the unexplainable itch to. WHO IS THIS PERSON and what have you done with Ashley TAYLOR SWIFT?!?!

I don’t know if it’s that all of my friends have done it, or the desire to prove to myself I can do any dang thing, the Holy Spirit talking or just Taylor Swift’s voodoo ways, but something struck a cord in me that night and I decided that within a year, I can train to do ANYTHING. And that I will. I will prioritize my life and health as much as I have prioritize the success of my business and will run the damn marathon come December 2015.

If you are wondering, yes, I am second guessing myself…but I’ve got a year to figure that out. If you have any tips, as in “How to Disguise Your Tears As Sweat” and “How to Not Give Up Before You Start”, please, do tell.



January 7, 2015 - 1:21 pm

Laura Pedrino - LOL I love the title and the alternate title for this! I’m in the same boat too! Except I’m training for a 1/2 marathon that’s in May. Essentially I’m doing it for the bananas they give you at the end of the race. Lol jk!

January 9, 2015 - 9:00 am

Marissa - OH EM GEEEEE!!!! This makes me so happy! get it girl, you can TOTALLY do it!!! If anyone hates running more than you it’s eddie and if he can run a marathon then anyone can ;) So proud of you xoxo

January 16, 2015 - 10:27 am

Rachel - Go Girl! I have been debating attempting a 1/2 this year. I don’t run either. I have done a couple of 5K mud runs, but, that’s nothing compared to 13 or (gulp) 26 miles!!
I will be cheering you on from VA – YOU GOT THIS!