I loved planning this Maui elopement for a sweet NYC couple whose engagement photos I had the chance to do when I stopped through NYC coming back from Europe. The wedding bands were handmade by the couple in New York and you can see their fingerprints in the gold. After getting dressed at their Kula Airbnb they took a moment to transcribe their vows by hand. We then headed down the mountain to get them married by the ocean with Chrissy from Maui Wedding Ceremonies officiating. After the ceremony we headed a little ways back up the hill for a champagne toast which Amanda from Feast Hawaii had beautifully staged. I should note that all florals were locally foraged and arranged by Amanda of Feast. It was a pleasure working with you, friends!
This was a wedding with only ten guests but with all the details associated with full day large scale weddings. It was intimated and smoothly planned by Elements Luxury Events with some of my favourite vendors like MeiLi Autumn Beauty, Teresa Sena florals, Set Maui, Garnish Craft Cocktails and Manutea Nui E performed a fire dance.
I was very excited to help this couple choose a spectacular location for their elopement- as it turned out a storm was rolling into Kapalua so with the help of Opihi Love and Maui Wedding Ceremonies we relocated to a beach just south of Lahaina and under perfectly clear skies at sunset the couple were married on a calm beach in golden sunlight. Kristin of Opihi Love set out their cake when the ceremony was done. Please note, however, the incredible colour of the water in Kapalua and the rainbow – we may have had to move but not before some quick and dirty and I fairly successful shooting on this deserted gorgeous beach.
I know some of these are on my main site too but I have to edit more tightly there. It’s such a treat to shoot additional portraits the day after (or before or several days after) a wedding because time is more or less on our side, we can drive wherever we feel inclined and just play. There was something so ‘elemental’ about this shoot — the stillness of roots, and the movement and power of the water and wind. I was so pleased to make it to both a waterfall and the ocean in one evening. And yes, the wind will mess up your hair but may also move you in other ways. This couple was married at Olowalu Plantation house which is one of the loveliest venues on Maui. It is, however, on West Maui and a bit of a drive from a waterfall so this additional session allowed us to capture some of the beauty of Maui’s north shore (and show it to them for the first time as well – bonus!) Hair and makeup for these portraits was by MeiLi Autumn Beauty.
It’s too bad that not many people who visit Maui ever discover upcountry. I love shooting up here — I adore the beach and the ocean but this is just a different world and where I happen to live (in Kula). Here is another collaboration with my friend Amanda of Feast Hawaii. It started off as a promotional shoot for the up and coming Spring Feast event and then a vintage wedding dress came out of Amanda’s room and onto Lucy and a bouquet was made with the local elements on set and we made some very upcountry Maui portraits of her. Styling and florals were by Feast Hawaii, Hair and makeup were by MeiLi Autumn Beauty and the flowing silk ribbon is from Adorn Company.