HAWAII ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | JEEP HANGS WITH KRISTIN + CHRISTIAN

What started off as a DM on Instagram led these two our way. They fiance’d up in Hawaii and we got to shoot their engagement session up at Kualoa Ranch. Jeep hangs + these babes equals a pretty epic engagement session in our book.

Kristin + Christian, see you guys in MEXICO!

HAWAII PROPOSAL PHOTOGRAPHER | LACEY + JORDAN | HALEAKALA PROPOSAL

Jordan reached out to us a week before he planned to propose to Lacey. He asked us if we’d fly to Maui to photograph his proposal up at Haleakala. We said HELL YES! We booked our flights out the very next day knowing we’d have to stay on Maui overnight because we needed to be up at the top of Haleakala by 5am and there were no flights from Oahu that early in the morning. We knew Lacey personally so we had to make sure we blocked her on Instagram so she didn’t see that we were on Maui planning this all behind her back. That definitely made it feel like we were up to no good!

On Sunday morning we woke up and checked out of our hotel at 3am and drove up to Haleakala National Park. It took us about 2 hours to get to the top of the crater. Once we parked, I looked at the temperature and it was 47 degrees. Guys! It straight up never gets that cold in Hawaii unless you drive ten thousand feet up a mountain- which we did. I knew they were driving a silver mustang so we paid attention to where they parked and totally stalked them for the next 20 minutes waiting for them to get out of their car to find a spot for sunrise. Mind you- it was pitch dark and we had to pretty much be ninjas once the sun started to rise so Lacey didn’t see us.

We followed them up the path making sure we stayed our distance from them. Brad and I split up once we got to the top to make sure we got both angles once Jordan got down on one knee. Jordan and Lacey found a perfect spot up on a ledge away from the crowd of people so we got into position and waited for the sun to come up. We could tell Jordan was nervous because he kept reaching for his pocket while waiting for the right time. The sun started to make its way into the crater and they both got up and he started telling her how much he loved her and quoted a line from Good Will Hunting then got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. First off- her ring designed by Heidi Gibson was GORGEOUS! Like, better than anything I’ve ever seen! Jordan literally said “is that big enough for you?!” and she was shocked the whole time so kudos to Heidi! And Jordan obviously ;)

Right after we wrapped L + J’s proposal sesh we had to drive straight to the airport to be back on Oahu in time to photograph an elopement later that afternoon. WHAT A WEEKEND!

If you haven’t gone up to Haleakala for sunrise you must go! It is one of the most beautiful places to ever be at 5am and proposing to your lover is a huge plus! Talk about wowing their socks off!

Lacey + Jordan- we had so much fun running around Haleakala with you and we’d do it again in a heart beat! We love you guys so much and are so excited you found each other! Shout out to Bumble!

and then Lacey’s momma came running with dad right behind her!

KUALOA RANCH WEDDING | RACHEL + DEASUN | MOLI'I GARDENS

The first time we met Rachel was over FaceTime and she was on a train in South Korea on her way home. We literally talked for almost two hours and we knew right away that she was the sweetest person we’ve ever met. We talked about her wedding day and how her and Deasun met. They met through an online app for people with “common interests”. Their first date was at an art gallery. According to her, she doesn’t remember any of the art because Deasun only cared about making her laugh the whole time. And it clearly worked! We finally got to meet them in person just days before their wedding day and we became instant bff’s.

On the way to Kualoa it started to rain pretty dang hard. A little rain don’t scare nobody though ;) Rachel walked down the isle and Deasun had the biggest and I mean BIGGEST smile on his face. I literally started to cry! YOU GUYS! This wedding had me feeling all the feels. They shouted their vows at each other. Like foreal! Then danced their way down the isle. The rest of the night was filled with hugs, tears, shots, epic dance moves and more shots.

LOVE IS UNREAL AND I AM OBSESSED!

HAWAII ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | JUSTIN + MAKENZIE | KUALOA RANCH, OAHU

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So you know that feeling you have when you meet someone in person for the first time and you feel like you’ve known them forever. That’s definitely how Justin + Makenzie felt for us. We weren’t the only ones that felt that way! Lucky for us, because we’re totally headed to Aspen for their wedding in 240 days and it’s going to be a frickin’ blast. They spent the whole session showing us all of their dance moves and we found out that they are experts at the dirty dancing pose. These two work hard, and play even hard and you can definitely tell they love even harder than that. These college sweet hearts have been together for about 4 years and Justin’s job gave them the chance to move here for the year, so of course they packed their bags, because, Hawaii, duh. This island is literally our back yard and we couldn’t be more stoked about it. Colorado is pretty dope too and we can’t wait to explore new places with them. Brad used to snowboard in Colorado and I’ve actually never been. Our bags are packed and we are so stoked to hang with these babes again.

HAWAII ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | KEATON + JESSICA | MAKAPU'U BEACH

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I remember receiving a DM on Instagram from Jessica saying that her and Keaton just got engaged and that they were doing the long distance thing and that she was out in Hawaii visiting him for the holidays. Her flight back home was basically on Christmas Eve and she reached out to us the day before that. We were all in! We chose Makapu’u Beach for their engagement session because they love the outdoors and wanted both beach and mountains in their photos. K + J are both in the military so we totally understood how much being in a long distance relationship SUCKS! As the saying goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder. Distance doesn’t even phase these two. They literally fly helicopter’s for a living.

Keaton + Jessica, thanks for giving us one hell of a session! We are so excited to photograph your wedding in Idaho this year!

JUSTIN + EMILY, MARRIED | CALIFORNIA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

We photographed Emily + Justin’s engagement session up at Manoa Falls when they flew out here after getting engaged last year. Thats when they became some of our favorite people. I don’t really remember how they asked us to fly all the way to California to photograph their wedding but all I knew was that we wouldn’t miss it for the world.

We started the day at Emily’s sisters house then went to Justin’s parents house to photograph him getting ready before heading over to Oak Canyon for their ceremony. We snuck in some time before the ceremony for them to do a first look which is always our favorite part of the day. Justin brought a letter he wrote and read it to Emily which was the sweetest thing ever. Once all the nerves were gone- it was time to get married. Their ceremony was beautiful and we are always so excited to see a couple we love become husband + wife! They had their reception back at Justin’s parents’ house. Literally- tacos, a cigar bar, a bad ass dj, a super rad photo booth and a TON of alcohol. We photographed every single moment as it was. We were so sad to leave because Justin and Emily made us feel like part of their family which always means so much to us.

Literally tearing up because I remember exactly how this moment felt

What better way to end this blog than with a terrible quality iPhone video of the last song of the night. Everyone was on the dance floor and we’ve never felt more like family. I literally asked them to adopt me that night haha!!!!

HAWAII DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | VALERIE + TRISTAN | OAHU, HI

The best part of our job is the connection we make and keep with the couples we photograph. One thing we loved about Valerie + Tristan is that they are rule breakers and are totally okay with going the non-traditional route. They met while studying in the Netherlands 4 years ago. Shout out to Mercedes Benz ;) they literally started dating the second after they were introduced. Hawaii had meant so much to Valerie ever since she was 16 and Tristan decided to take it to the next level and ask her to marry him the day before they flew back home to Germany.

After months of planning a small wedding in Germany they decided to ditch their plans and elope on Oahu instead and boy are we so glad they did!

We photographed some getting ready shots at Turtle Bay, then blindfolded Tristan so we could all ride together as we drove them to their first look location. After seeing each other for the first we gave them a moment to themselves as they kissed and told each other how good they looked.

We hopped back in the car and hiked to the top of the mountain where they exchanged vows and celebrated with some champagne popping. They slow danced to no music and we lit sparklers after sunset.

IT WAS THE BEST DAY!

xx

They kept touching hands since they couldn’t see each other! SO DAMN CUTE!

Here is a quick little teaser from their elopement

 
 

OAHU CROUCHING LION ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | SALLY + LYONE

We photographed Sally and Lyone's engagement session at the top of Crouching Lion, just days before their backyard destination wedding in Waialua. Crouching Lion is definitely one of our favorite hikes on the island because the views are easy on the eyes which makes the hike up so worth it. We can't wait to blog their wedding next! 

HAWAII ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | AARON + CHRISTIAN | HONOLULU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Aaron + Christian have one of the most amazing love stories we've ever heard. When it was time to photograph their engagement session, we suggested shooting at a place that felt like home. We photographed these babes at the place where it all started for them- The Honolulu International Airport. Aaron works as a flight attendant for Hawaiian Airlines and Christian was on her way from Oahu to Kauai. Christian was trying to find her way through the airport and stopped at one of the directories. Aaron had noticed she needed directions so he asked if she needed help finding her way. Obviously it was love at first sight because he made sure he was on her flight home to Portland. 

I may be a little biased because I was born here, but Oahu is the prettiest airport in the entire world. We had them run around the airport, visit the terminal they met at, flirt in the phone booth and push each other on luggage carts. We had such a blast with them and are so excited to photograph their wedding in November at Kualoa Ranch! #loveisintheair18