YES, you should ELOPE to Maui for your wedding!

YES, you should ELOPE to Maui for your wedding!

bride and groom getting married in the maui jungle while muscian plays ukulele

So you are on the fence over having the big grandiose wedding your family is TELLING you to have, or running off to Hawaii, just the two of you, to run and frolic on the beach the way you have in your dreams!

Over the years, I literately have heard this SO MANY TIMES! It is just too common that the family is calling the shots and making the decisions on what your most important day should look like. Really you should listen to what your heart is telling you to do, but there are certainly some really attractive perks that come with eloping.  

So I completely understand why so many couples choose just to run off and do what they want and what they choose to do. Of course, being a professional photographer in Hawaii I prefer this as well. The benefits of going this route are numerous and make it a much more attractive way to go. Here are some tips to make your Elopement  easy and stress free. 

The very first thing to know is the sky is the limit. Literally! You could do a helicopter wedding landing in a remote location with just a pilot, a minister and a photographer. You could marry on the summit of a 10,000 foot volcano at sunrise or sunset, perhaps a jungle wedding in Hana with waterfalls or an adventure photography session before/after the wedding giving you a complete feel for true Hawaii! Let your imagination run wild as there are no limits.

Personally, I LOVE IT when the couple chooses to do an ELOPEMENT THEIR WAY. It shows not only their style, but also the unique ways they choose to celebrate and express their love for each other. Of course, doing a more adventurous elopement makes incredible photo opportunities and will make especially profound memories.   Planning a three to five hour photo session is reasonable in price and will guarantee that you get all of the great moments that tell the story of your day. This includes moments from getting ready, to exploring through the rain forest, to sharing the most amazing Hawaiian sunset documented for you to cherish for a lifetime.     

bride and groom getting married in the maui jungle while muscian plays ukulele
bride and groom embracing in the Maui forest
bride and groom embracing in the Maui forest
bride with bouquet sitting in front of a fountain at the Four Seasons Maui Resort
bride in wedding dress with veil on the balcony of the Westin, maui, Hawaii
bride in wedding dress with veil on the balcony of the Westin, maui, Hawaii
bride and groom embracing in the Maui forest
bride and groom embracing in the Maui forest
maui bride in her wedding dress at the White Orchid Beach House
bride in wedding dress with veil on the balcony of the Westin, maui, Hawaii
bride in wedding dress with veil on the balcony of the Westin, maui, Hawaii
bride and groom getting married in the maui jungle while muscian plays ukulele
bride and groom getting married in the maui jungle while muscian plays ukulele
bride in wedding dress with veil on the balcony of the Westin, maui, Hawaii
backlighting at maui wedding at beach, maui wedding photography, Mauis Angels Weddings
backlighting at maui wedding at beach, maui wedding photography, Mauis Angels Weddings
bride and groom getting married in the maui jungle while muscian plays ukulele
bride and groom getting married in the maui jungle while muscian plays ukulele
bride and groom getting married in the maui jungle while muscian plays ukulele

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Maui Adventuring with this loving couple!

Maui Adventuring with this loving couple!

“Let your self be silently by the strange pull of what you really Love. It will NOT lead you astray!”~ Rumi 

Seven years ago Diane & Don honeymooned here in Maui & I was as fortunate to get to create some magic with them. Seven years later they returned on their anniversary & we struck gold.

We did not just one adventure but two On two sides of the island & I’m absolutely ecstatic about the great images we came up with! Day one adventures started in sleepy, eclectic, little Paia town continuing out to Hookipa Beach Park & couple other hidden gems most people never get to see.  

On day 2 we adventured way out on the west Maui mountains to a couple cool spots & then to this fairy tail forest which had them in awe staring at its beauty! 

Wanting every bit of Maui’s beauty in their images we adventured to this hidden rocky point on the west side & were rewarded with amazing light, swirly water & a fantastic sunset! Dreams Delivered!

Congrats to these two special souls!

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Love, Light & this Beautiful Maui Elopement

Love, Light & this Beautiful Maui Elopement

“You know you’re in love when reality is finally better then your dreams!”~Dr Seuss 

Had the absolute pleasure to be apart of Rachel & Jon’s elopement! What a fantastic couple, head over heals in love with each other! Jon stealing kisses just about every time he could & Rachel looking at him w love in her eyes.

We started with pictures at The Beautiful Wailea Marriot  Hotel & then made our way to Makena Cove, which was stunningly beautiul as usual! That particular day there was a south swell pumping big waves into the lava making them EXPLODE as if it was a punctuation to the ministers sentences!  Their officiant, Ernest Puau spoke such magical words that literately seemed to come directly from his heart! Hearing these words of love, Rachel shed tears as she looked into Jon’s eyes & said “I Do”. They were blown away by the crazy beautiful sunset that evening and I even got into the very last picture of this set!  Enjoy!

 

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Elopement on the beach in Hawaii

Elopement on the beach in Hawaii

“Your Heart Knows the Way, Run in that Direction!”~ Rumi

I absolutely loved being apart & photographing Carissa & Alex’s Sweet elopement! These two already connected with their hearts and made it official with the ceremony! The WAY she looked at him, the WAY she held him showed just how much love these two shared between them! It was breathtaking to witness! Cheers!

Picked up in to the future with her husband

 

Coordinator & Minister: Lori Lawrence of Tropical Maui Weddings

Location: Maui, Hawaii

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Amazing LGBT Wedding on Maui, Hawaii {Elopement on Maui 2018}

Amazing LGBT Wedding on Maui, Hawaii {Elopement on Maui 2018}

“Two Hearts in Love Need No Words!”~ Marceline Desbordes Valmore

These two classy ladies expressed their love on Maui by getting married.

I had the absolute best experience photographing Kimberly & Marie Claire’s nuptials. Love and Laughter & more Love and Laughter made my heart burst with happiness for these two. After dating for a decade they finally made it official!

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A wonderful Mahalo to everyone that made this wedding happen:

Florist:  Country Bouquet Maui

Venue: Ho’oilo House, Lahaina

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Beach Elopement on Maui

Beach Elopement on Maui

“When I saw you first it took every ounce of me NOT to kiss you! When I saw you laugh, it took every ounce of me NOT to Fall In LOVE!

And when I saw your soul- IT TOOK EVERY OUNCE OF ME!” ~Atticus 

So much love emanating from Christina & Jorge! Terrific witnessing this first hand. Congratulations to these two! 

Coordinator: Special thanks to Nani and Steven of White Orchid Wedding 

Minister: Kahu Kale Kaalekahi

Venue:  Makena Cove, Maui, Hawaii

"When I saw you first it took every ounce of me NOT to kiss you! When I saw you laugh, it took every ounce of me NOT to Fall In LOVE!
Most Beautiful Wedding Venue in the World

Most Beautiful Wedding Venue in the World

“We Loved with a Love that was more than LOVE”~ Edgar Allen Poe

What a beautiful connection Shelby & Matt had with each other. They had such amazing chemistry & joy they shared with each other. They experienced such a perfect wedding day at the Westin Resort Maui and Spa! Congratulations to these two lovebirds who will spend the rest of their life remembering these gorgeous moments on Maui. This is the most beautiful wedding venue in the world! Come join us on Maui for your wedding!

 

Thanks to Sarah & Kuuipo planning this sweet little wedding on Lokahi Point overlooking Kaanapali beach!

Minister: Fred Torres was minister extraordinaire!

Floral: Shelby’s amazing bouquet was created by Flowers Floral Design! #

Beautiful Elopement on Maui

Beautiful Elopement on Maui

Beautiful Elopement on Maui

Stephanie & Raymond had the biggest smiles on their faces as they made it official and were exuding so much joy as they celebrated their Maui elopement and finalized it by driving off in their 56 Speedster. Congratulations to them!
Thanks to Diana George for her words during the ceremony and Kristine Snyder for her beautiful harp accompaniment!

Beautiful Elopement on Maui
Sparkly Dress, Pretty Flowers & Blue Blue Skies

Sparkly Dress, Pretty Flowers & Blue Blue Skies

Just loving Tara’s great dress! Tara & Dave Eloping to Hawaii all the way from Florida. All she wanted was to marry her toes in the sand, on the beautiful beach in a great dress! Dreams come true! I purposely included the out of focus image as her dress was refracting in the sunlight creating that great bokeh. Love me some bokeh!

Just loving Tara's great dress! Tara & Dave Eloping to Hawaii all the way from Florida. All she wanted was to marry her toes in the sand, on beautiful beach in a great dress! Dreams come true! I purposely included the out of focus image as her dress was refracting in the sunlight creating that great bokeh.
Courtney & Dustin’s Golden Hour Elopement on Maui

Courtney & Dustin’s Golden Hour Elopement on Maui

It was the golden hour for Courtney & Dustin eloping to Maui & marrying just before sunset at The Westin Resort and Spa! So much LOVE! Cheers!
Mahalo to The Westin Resort and Spa Maui for coordinating this fine wedding to perfection. Fred Torres was the minister extraordinaire, and Floral Designs Maui took care of all the gorgeous flowers!Waterfall at the Westin Resort on Maui, Hawai'i. Wedding rings and bands

Venue: The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali

Minister: Fred Torres

Florals: Floral Design Maui

Golden hour for Courtney & Dustin eloping to Maui & marrying just before sunset at The Westin Resort and Spa! So much LOVE! Cheers
Family Vacation at the Four Seasons on Maui at Sunset

Family Vacation at the Four Seasons on Maui at Sunset

Brian and his wife Marissa treating his parents to a Maui photo session with these two sweet girls. I instantly made friends with this lovely family as they laughed and enjoyed a spectacular evening with an outrageous sunset!

Brian and his wife Marissa treating his parents to a Maui photo session with these two sweet girls at the Four Seasons on Maui.  I instantly made friends with this lovely family as they laughed and enjoyed a spectacular evening with an outrageous sunset! Brian and Marisa knew each other when they were kids and later ended getting married and now have these two cuties. So much love! Was a perfect evening and they were thrilled by the whole experience! Maui No Ka Oi!

Married under a Maui Rainbow

Married under a Maui Rainbow

Esther and Danny were married under a breathtaking Maui Rainbow! I arrived at the Plantation House in Kapalua and I knew as a Maui wedding photographer, that the chances for rain on this particular day were good. As the day progressed, the sky began to clear and it was looking favorable for the gorgeous wedding planned in the next few hours! Esther came to the meet area and I was immediately impressed not only by her beauty and her radiant smile but also her stunning “PRE” wedding dress she had made herself,  just for the occasion! YES, she made it herself!  Coming from New York, both she and her boyfriend have great fashion sense and keep up with the latest trends! She then changed into her elegant wedding dress which, of course, made for great pictures! Let me not forget to mention Danny who was very well dressed and adorned with charming shoes and socks!

There was a slight rain delay just before the ceremony and then as we started, a sparse mist began to fall, but there was no stopping this pair from saying their “I Do’s” and we continued! Recognizing the situation I noticed the rainbow it was right overhead as they were saying their vows! It was very beautiful and romantic! The slight mist turned to a few more drops as the ceremony continued and soon it was finished and they were husband and wife!  The sun began to shine and a slight mist continued to fall and the Maui Rainbow hovered above the Plantation House for a long time making for amazing pictures. Esther & Danny loved that the rainbow shone so bright for them on their special day.

Once we had finished off all of the family and friend photos, we continued down to the golf course to create a few romantic moments when we came upon the stunning bougainvillea plant.  The whole sequence of pictures taken there were with both of them having a great time on their wedding day, laughing, whispering in each other’s ears and enjoying their first moments as man and wife. We then walked up the hill and the sky began to light up in golden hues which made for a spectacular picture of them with the huge open sky! One of my favorite pictures! While we were walking back to the Plantation House, Elaine had an idea for a picture with the gorgeous doors that are around 20 feet tall. It turned out beautifully. Thanks for your idea Elaine! The dining room was decked out with gorgeous flowers and made for marvelous pictures. Congratulations to this happy couple and thank you so much for choosing Tad Craig Photography to document your beautiful wedding day!
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Thanks to Elaine for planning this perfect destination wedding and making their dreams of a Hawaiian wedding come true! I love the Plantation House Restaurant  which is high on the hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean, as it is so picturesque with amazing views in every direction! Also thanks to Kimo Kirkman for his thoughtful words during the ceremony and Ginny for her sweet sounds on the harp and also Maui Wedding Cakes. Last shout out to Sunya’s Florals for the great bouquet! #plantationhouserestaurant #sunyasflowers @sunyasflowers #mauiweddingcakes @mauiweddingcakes