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FOR OLIVIA + CHRIS | DAYLIGHT MIND COFFEE COMPANY IN KAILUA KONA, HI | HAWAII WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

DESTINATION WEDDINGS MAKE OUR HEARTS EXPLODE!

Olivia + Chris flew us out to photograph their wedding on the Big Island of Hawaii at the cutest little coffee shop that is totally worth swooning over! Daylight minds is located right in the heart of Kailua Kona and let me tell you hunnay- the sunsets are to die for! There were tropical flowers and pineapples everywhere and we were OCEAN FREAKIN FRONT!

Tacos + alcohol + epic jams- allllllllllll night long

O + C, thanks for letting us spend the day with you <3

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 NYC!

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!

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

 
 

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

HAWAII WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | NATASHA + ALEX | MAKAPU'U BEACH, OAHU

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Two weeks ago we got to photograph Natasha and Alex's elopement at Makapu'u Beach. It had been raining non stop the entire week leading up to their elopement so we were pretty much prepared to get rained on. A huge sigh of relief- it turned out to be a beautiful cloudy day. N + A came all the way from Vancouver, Canada to exchange vows on the beach in Hawaii. 

Natasha + Alex were wed. 

For them, eloping was about enjoying the day together and taking in the smaller moments. We spent the next hour wandering the entire beach for their couple portraits and just let them be them. 

N+ A, you guys are every reason why we love elopements! 

**make sure to scroll to the end to see one of the perks about eloping in Hawaii**

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How sweet is that kiss on her hand?! I cried.....

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that's a freakin whale! 

HAWAII ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | AMANDA + CJ | OAHU, HAWAII

When we first met CJ and Amanda, we could feel how giddy and excited they were to marry each other. They have such kind souls and were so full of laughter. We got to see them get married on the beach and after we all hiked to the top of a mountain. The first email I received from Amanda, she made it very clear that they were pretty adventurous and wanted to hike somewhere stunning. We knew from the beginning that they were our kind of people! This is probably one of my favorite elopements to date. I have the worlds best clients <3

Congratulations CJ + Amanda! Thank you for choosing us to photograph your love! We would do it all over again :)

xo

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Our buddy Andrew put together a video for CJ + Amanda. We will update this post when it's all finished. For now- check out his work here

HAWAII ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | JUSTIN + EMILY | OAHU, HAWAII

It's always so amazing to me how clients turn into really good friends. These two are incredible people and I am so excited for their wedding! Did I mention we got to hangout under a waterfall all day?! It was freezing but SO WORTH IT! 

Emily + Justin, thank you for being adventurous and getting your feet dirty with me! You two are so perfect for each other <3