Maui Wedding Staff Profiles

 

Gordon Nash · Photographer/Owner

Fine art wedding photographer, Gordon Nash lives with his family on the slopes of a verdant volcano on the tropical island of Maui, Hawaii.

Gordon first held a camera in his hands at ten years old. Instantly charmed by the magic of the Kodak Brownie inherited from his grandmother, he became infatuated with this tool that would later be instrumental in his life’s work. While at Trinity University, Gordon studied portraiture and opened his first photography studio and within months shot his first wedding at the young age of twenty two. After graduation, Gordon traveled the world in his 20's for adventure and knowledge and wound up it Tokyo where he was hired as a TV commercial producer. Producing and directing  commercials  gave Gordon a skill he would put to good use later directing thousands of wedding couples from around the globe.

Gordon spent his childhood on the beaches of Galveston, a resort island off the coast of Texas. After visiting Hawaii, Gordon decided to upgrade his island lifestyle by moving to Maui in 1997. On Maui, Gordon Nash established one of the first wedding photography & planning studios in the Hawaiian Islands. Today, Gordon continues to approach every photo shoot with vibrancy and excitement.

Named the "Maui Wedding Mogul" by Rangefinder Magazine, today Gordon works diligently in his wedding studio that has stood for photographic excellence for more than a decade. Gordon’s work has appeared in numerous magazine and books such as Nikon World, Rangefinder Magazine and multiple photography how to books published by Amherst Media. Regularly Nikon publishes his photos in various catalogs to advertise their wide range of digital cameras and lenses.

Mixing fashion, magazine editorial and photojournalism styles, Gordon photographs weddings at all the major resorts in Hawaii including the Four Seasons Lanai, Fairmont Kea Lani, Andaz and Wailea Marriott. Gordon is trusted by his clients to always raise the bar on his photography and produce portfolio quality images at every event. Capturing every precious moment for newlyweds is Gordon's life's work and he is devoted to his couple's by continually sharpening his photographic skills and techniques to bring them images that surpass their high expectations and industry standards.

 

Jayanne Jefferys · Event Manager, Wedding Coordinator & Planner

Jayanne, a Maui Wedding veteran of 23 years, believes every wedding starts with love. Gallantly romantic, Jayanne guarantees your wedding planning will include lots of laughter with a large amount of happiness and confidence on your part. Jayanne’s extensive wedding experience spans all cultures and walks of life, from barefoot on the beach to Celebrity Destination weddings. Having enjoyed the fast pace and high intensity weddings at the world famous Grand Wailea Resort Seaside Chapel as Head Wedding Coordinator for five years, Jayanne is an expert in managing wedding emotions. After the tender kisses and tears of the ceremony, Jayanne’s extremely skillful and insightful reception planning is very much appreciated. Her competence honed by four years as Catering Manager for the renown Hailemaile General Store and Celebrations Catering, the premiere catering company on Maui. She has had the wonderful job of planning weddings at A Paradise Dream Wedding for over 11 years. Jayanne enjoys receiving yearly Christmas cards and birth announcements from her couples. “My life's work is helping make my couple’s dreams come true!”

 

 

Miwako Curtis · Wedding Coordinator/ Office Administrator & Bookkeeper 

Maui's blue water drew Miwako here to dive amongst the tropical fish. But she got more than she bargained for.... a love of Maui that would not let her leave. Teaching Maui's visitors, as a Dive Instructor, to dive in our gorgeous tropical waters brought Miwako much pleasure and also led her to her husband, a fellow Dive Instructor. Enjoying her Maui wedding so much, she eagerly sought to participate in Maui's wedding industry. Working with a well known Japanese wedding company for over three years, took her all over the Island, to Maui's most beautiful wedding spots. Miwako speaks fluent Japanese and is a big help with our Japanese weddings. Her advice to our brides is to relax and enjoy the day dedicated to your love. Miwakos favorite part of weddings is the happy smiles at the end. Miwako, as Office Administrator, takes care of our billing and credit card payments and is great at helping the couples keep track of payment schedules. But she still has time to surf every single morning!

 カーティス美和子

1998年にスクーバダイビングインストラクターとしてマウイへ移住。その後、日本の大手ウエディング会社マウイ支店で3年以上の経験を積み、もっともっとお客様のご希望に添ったオンリーワンの挙式をサポートして行きたいとパラダイスドリームウエディングへ入社。お客様の笑顔と毎朝のサーフィンが元気の源。お二人の大切な1日が、永遠に心に残るすばらしい日になりますように精いっぱいお手伝いをさせていただきます。

 

Branden Sequeira · Photographer

Photographer Branden Sequeira is an accomplished photographer who has been working with A Paradise Dream Wedding since 2006. This makes him the first of our Maui Wedding Company's photographers to start photographing weddings with Gordon Nash, but his experience did not start there. Before moving to Maui he spent 6 years shooting happy couples on their wedding day in the spectacular countryside of Yosemite National Park in California. With his involvement in hundreds of weddings, Branden is a well seasoned professional, capable of capturing creative and memorable photos in any situation. Whether in a serene, magnificent forest, a tropical, breathtaking beach in paradise, a quaint, romantic church, or a classy formal estate, his adaptation and versatile style will ensure you end up having the best possible experience.

One of Branden's photographs just won 1st prize for Best Wedding Photo by the Maui Wedding Association and appears on the Cover of the 2016 Wedding Planner Magazine. Chosen by his peers this is a wonderful accomplishment. See Branden's Maui Wedding Portfolio here.

 

 

Ceasar Lizada · Photographer

Photographer Ceasar Lizada is one of the rare people who earn a living doing what they love.  Having lived on Maui since 1975, Ceasar has become a part of the Island and loves to share Maui’s beauty with our wedding couples.  Ceasar was first bitten by the photo bug by working in a darkroom, editing film and photos. Ceasar learned to bring out Maui’s colors and light in the images, while lovingly helping the couples to look their best.  Soon the desire to capture the scenery with his own eyes, drew him outside where he could create the images himself. Ceasar found his love of photographing weddings in 1995 and has been a Professional photographer ever since. Ceasar believes your future is guided by your past experience, and his years in editing and working with photos over all the technological advances since the days of film, and his years working with wedding couples, make him a masterful Photographer.  Even on his days off he is out enjoying Maui with his wife, camera in hand.

See his complete portfolio here.

 

Brandon Vincent · Wedding Photographer
A graduate of the Salt Lake College in Utah, majoring in their renowned Visual Art and Design Program with a Photography emphasis. Brandon Vincent marries his own brand of technical perfection to Gordon’s unique tropical wedding styling to create beautiful wedding photographs. Brandon started working with Gordon in 2016 after falling in love with weddings on Maui, starting with his own to his lovely wife Cassie!  Following his love of nature photography up and down the west coast, Brandon honed his artistic eye. Once here on Maui, it didn’t take him long to learn most of Maui’s most breathtaking hiking trails and snorkeling spots. His appealing low-key and laid-back personality helps his couples relax and enjoy their wedding day photo shoots.See his full portfolio here.

 Kyle Evanko · Wedding Photographer

Regardless of the size of your celebration, if it’s an hour long celebration or an all day production, Kyle's top priority is to get to know you and your personalities.  That connection makes for a much better result.  As far as photography is concerned, Kyle loves to mix natural and artificial lighting, mastering both makes your images incredible.  Kyle has a true passion for photography, and brings that passion with him to every celebration or photo shoot. Kyle has worked hard for years to perfect his art and deliver amazing results. There are many reasons why our couples have been so happy with his work. Kyle takes time to understand you and gets to know exactly what you're looking for.  All of his equipment is of the highest professional level, this is essential to get you the best results. Kyle's wide range of experience in many settings and environments gives him the experience to capture your day. Perhaps the most important thing that sets Kyle apart, however, is the fact that he really get to know his clients, and they have fun during the process.

See Kyle's Portfolio here

 

 

Sebastian Sayegh - Photographer

Born and raised on Maui, photographer Sebastian Sayegh traveled to New York City to hone his artistic skills.  After working on many films and photo shoots as a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts for Cinematography and Photography, Sebastian returned home to reconnect with his Ohana and the Aina (family & land). Sebastian trained and worked with the highly respected Maui photographer, Gordon Nash since 2012, learning Gordon's perfected island aesthetic and merging it with Sebastian's own creative style. Living in paradise has imbued a sense of adventure and constant appreciation for the beauty around him, which is reflected in Sebastian's distinctive images.  Sebastian seeks to capture the very best, whether its the indescribable moments of emotion or the gentle Hawaiian light wrapping around a bride’s face. Growing up with Hawaiian Aloha Spirit, Sebastian is a very easy going photographer with the inner drive of a New York City artist, eager to have fun with the couple, but makes sure everything is to perfection. In his off time Sebastian Sayegh often spends his free time hiking through lava caves, free diving with honus (turtles), star gazing from atop of Haleakala or just grabbing some “ono” (good) local cuisine with friends. Sebastian loves to share his passion and island knowledge with our couples to make their wedding experience in Hawaii the best!

See his full portfolio here

 

Mami Horie ·Photographer/ Retoucher & Editor

Mami Horie was born and raised in the suburbs of Tokyo, Japan. At a young age her artistic abilities were very apparent. Very adept at Japanese calligraphy, she studied the art for 15 years becoming a master at the craft. Photography came later to her when she became associated with the photographic art of Gordon Nash. She became intrigued when she read an article written about his work in Nikon World Magazine. After becoming friends with Gordon she soon took to the artful yet very precision post production techniques that Gordon laid out before her. Mastering all his tricks and techniques, she soon expanded it on her own to make Gordon Nash’s work even more stunning! Mami assists photographing weddings and can be found most days at the studio designing albums, enhancing colors and fine retouching couples wedding photos. She is inspired by many things, but pretty much can sum it all up into two words…art and romantic passion. These are quite evident in her wedding photography work. Usually on her days off, you can find her golfing on the slopes of the Haleakala in Wailea, Maui, Hawaii.

 堀江麻美〔ホリエマミ〕 フォトレタッチャー 〔写真修正・編集〕/ カメラマン 

ゴードン専属リタッチャーとして、それぞれの写真に合った色を選び、一枚一枚丁寧に色の調整・編集を行う。より美しく魅力的なビジュアルに仕上げる『美肌加工技術』では、特に女性クライアントから高い評価を得ている。一つの事に没頭するのが好きな性格から、特に集中力を必要とされるリタッチの仕事は正に天職であると彼女は考える。修正・編集に留まらず、現在、写真家としても活躍中。女性らしい感覚を生かし、ロマンチックで柔らかく自然体の姿を撮るのが彼女のスタイル。そんな彼女の作品とゴードンが写し出すダイナミックかつゴージャスな作品によって奏でる魅惑のハーモニーで世界中のクライアントを魅了している。趣味は、幼少の頃から始めた書道とゴルフ。毎週、ワイレア・ゴルフクラブでプレーを楽しみ、コースに咲き乱れる熱帯の花々、またコースから見下ろす海の深い碧い色からインスピレーションを得て、『こだわりの美しさ』を常に追求し、次回の作品へと挑んでいる。 

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Arien Sherman · Photographer

A graduate of the world-renowned Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA, Arien Sherman marries his own brand of technical perfection to Gordon’s unique tropical wedding styling to create beautiful wedding photographs. Arien started working with Gordon in 2006 as an assistant and quickly went on to start shooting his own weddings for the company. Originally at Brooks to learn cinematography, Arien soon discovered that his hobby of still photography would become his life's work. Raised in California, Arien relocated to Maui in 2004 from San Francisco. Once here, it didn't take him long to learn most of Maui’s most breathtaking hiking trails and scuba diving spots. His appealing low-key and laid-back personality helps his couples relax and enjoy their wedding day photo shoots.

 

Shena Koch · On-Site Supervisor

Shena's adaptation into helping us with weddings was like coming home for her. Always choosing career choices where she could help people be happy, Shena was ripe for the special chance to be a part of peoples biggest day! Shena's strength lies in making people truly feel welcome and sharing the aloha of Maui. She is unflappable in the face of problems and amazing at instant solutions that add charm. A true sun worshipper, her love of our outdoor beach weddings makes her a welcome assistant. Shena enjoys an excellent reputation for her sunny personality and competent wedding work.

 

Joy Morris · LGBT Coordinator, German Coordinator/Minister, On-Site Supervisor
Joy migrated from Europe’s chilly winters to Maui’s warm beaches for our spectacular weather.  Joy met her partner, our Rev Robert “Kuya” while they were both hospice caretakers on Maui.  Both of their hearts are so big.  In their generous way, Joy and Robert helped out a friend with a wedding and were smitten from the start.  Helping couples in this most important area of their lives has become Joy and Robert’s lifes work. They work as a team, Joy, Coordinating and Robert, Officiating. We’ve been so lucky to have them helping us for many years. Joy Coordinates our LGBT weddings, helps on site at the beach, and can perform a ceremony spoken in German if needed.  Joy’s favorite part of the weddings is watching the couples faces while they exchange their vows.  Her most important advice for a happy marriage is to take time to laugh and play.

  

"JJ" Preston · On-Site Person, LGBT Coordinator

JJ comes to us with full blown wedding coordinator and photographer experience.  JJ has owned her own wedding business on Maui for years.  Taking some time to write novels and create music, she enjoys being involved in weddings on a smaller scale with A Paradise Dream Wedding.  Always a joy to be around, a true help with the stress of the day and a non stop smile, JJ will be an immense help on location on your special day.