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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Huge Crashing Waves, Chandeliers, Love & Laughter Surrounded by Family & Friends

Huge Crashing Waves, Chandeliers, Love & Laughter Surrounded by Family & Friends

“Let the Rays of your Heart Shine on All who pass by!”~ author unknown.

Haley and Matt’s magical day had this sweet sunset as they celebrated in front of both families, best friends and lots of special people at the White Orchid Beach House in Makena! Matt wiping tears from his eyes as he read his vows, then reaching to Haley and wiping her tears! Truly a special connection these two have!
Cheers to Haley & Matt🌴💍❤️

Special thanks to all these vendors that helped make it happen! Jackie of White Orchid Wedding for her planning. Stacy, of Bars are Us. Haley’s flowers by Teresa Sena Designs.

 

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"Let the Rays of your Heart Shine on All who pass by!"~ author unknown .
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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Passionate Hotel Wailea Wedding, Maui 2018

Passionate Hotel Wailea Wedding, Maui 2018

“Live for the moments you can’t put into words!” ~ Author Unknown

After eight years of dating Valerie & Matt FINALLY said those magical words & the JOY emanating from them afterwards showed just how elated they were in making it official! Congrats to these joyous humans that are now husband and wife!

 

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Venue: Hotel Wailea

Hair & Makeup: Makeup and Talent Hawaii

Minister: Pia Aluli

Florals: Dellables Wedding Floral & Design

Cake:  Maui Wedding Cakes

 

"Live for the moments you can't put into words!" ~ Author Unknown

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