make-a-wish… come true

back in december i volunteered to shoot a christmas party for the make-a-wish foundation in san diego. i was so inspired by the wish kids that i immediately offered my services to make-a-wish for some upcoming events where they might be able to use my abilities. i was thrilled to get a call back less than a week later with a request to help with a wish.
this wish was for brandy.
brandy was born with a congenital heart defect and has seen a lifetime of medical challenges by the age of 15, but still has a smile brighter than the las vegas strip. her wish was to celebrate (a little early) her 16th birthday with all of her friends and family, a la my super sweet 16, at the fabulous hotel del coronado. lindsay (brandy’s wish coordinator) said that at the heart of brandy’s wish, she wanted to have the time of her life, thank her family and friends for being so supportive, and feel pampered. all three of those things were achieved. this party was incredible!
kim and i were just two small niblets on this huge event corn cob. along with brandy and her family, we send out a massive mahalo to everyone that helped make brandy’s wish come true. i hope i got everyone here:
wish fulfilling angels – make-a-wish
venue – hotel del coronado
hair and makeup – marinello schools of beauty
brandy’s dress – betsey johnson
planning/coordination – the bridal bar
dj / izzy – wayne foster entertainment
videographer – eagle lion video
lounge rentals – kool party rentals
layout/design – wedding elegance by nahid
floral/decor – embellishments floral & event design studio
candy station – candee by sandee
invitations – dolldine designs
linens/lighting – indulge contemporary catering
floral/lighting – crown weddings
floral/decor – hartworks floral designs
photography – ohana photographers (hey, that’s us!)
if i missed anyone that helped, please let me know. i don’t want to leave anyone out. thanks everyone!
happy super sweet 16 brandy… and many more!

brandy looked absolutely beautiful for her party, but then again, doesn’t she always.

brandy’s mom gave everyone a huge surprise when she grabbed the mic and sang a song to brandy. it was a pretty sweet moment.


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EXPAND!!!! what a great post–brandy is so beautiful, so happy she had what appears to be the party of her dreams!!

I love the Coronado Hotel Del! What an amazing thing you all did for this beautiful young lady. Looks like a great time was had by everyone!

beautiful party for a beautiful girl. you guys are awesome for capturing this for Brandy and her family.

Oh my goodness Brandy looks stunning in that portrait! Everything looks so exquisite from the floral arrangements to the lounge area and the chocolate fountain, and that candy station! I'll take 2 please =]

Wonderful – all around! Happy Birthday to the beautiful birthday girl!

Oh, these are just tooo cool. You guys must be super sweet.

oh how fun and brandy is beautiful! fun party and the shots are awesome!

Gorgeous party! I wish I had a Sweet 16 party like this! So rad!

Beautiful girl. Beautiful story. Beautiful pictures. <3

You guys are amazing ~ amazing photographers and amazing people!! I am lucky to know you!


You both are so generous and just all around kind people! Gorgeous photos! When I get married you two are it! First find a man ;)

That is such a beautiful way to give back :) These photos are gorgeous, I think they'll treasure them more than you'll ever know :)

OK…the preview made me tear up, but the photos had me SMILING so BIG. There was alot of happiness & love being shared. Brandi is one amazing person and she has a whole bunch of big prayers coming from Savannah, GA. (PS…how awesome that you guys did this. you continue to inspire me!)

How incredible!! What an awesome thing to be a part of! Fabulous photos! Brandy is GORGEOUS!


What a great cause. It looks like it was an event to remember, so wonderful that they now have such amazing images to remember it by. You guys rock!

What a gorgeous party. And a great cause. You guys rocked it, like always, and she looks like she had a great time.

BEAUTIFUL and great job!

this is the sweetest thing!!! i love love love it:) my lil brother had a wish granted from make a wish, so i can only imagine how amazing it was to capture that day for her =) you guys are radical!!!! xoxo ashley

I adore the shot of her mama singing to her and the shots of her and her friends are rad, I wish I had pics of me when I was in school. What a blessing ya'll are:)

I am so jealous! I wish I had a rad party for my sweet 16! You documented it perfectly. Brandy is absolutely stunning and looked like she had an incredible time! It looks like everyone involved made sure of that! Good on you!

The Hotel Del is so beautiful for such an incredible event! I wanted to get married at the Del so bad! How lucky to have such an awesome party!
The shot of Brandy and her besties is so awesome!

david, these are awesome! It's really incredible when we can find a way to give back, and I think being a part of this girls wish is just fantastic of you.

What a party! I love your style. Well done, my friend, well done.

This is beautiful. God bless you all for doing this wonderful and selfless deed!

that's so great of you guys to do this! I'm so impressed with many of my friends within the industry lending their talents to worthy causes and people! You guys are CLASS ACTS!

make a wish is so awesome! way to go baxter!

Ha ha ha this looked hella fun!!! Love the shot of all of them dancing and getting low low low!!! Great job Ohana!!

You guys are so awesome! Make a Wish is very important to us too. They granted my son’s wish a couple of years ago and it really was special. They are a great organization.

So sorry I missed you at WPPI! Love the new blog

You guys are so awesome! Make A Wish is very important to us too. They granted my son’s wish a couple of years ago and it was really special.

Sorry I missed you at WPPI. The new blog looks great!

WOW.. you guys are just amazing.. I am inspired by you across the board. You always make me want to be a better HUMAN. Love the new blog.. looks amazing

This is so great. I think it’s awesome that you’re involved in something so special. And her smile made me choke up here. I loved all of this. So beautiful.