Kauai Elopement || Meg + Zeke
This was such a special day for so many reasons!
Meg is an incredibly talented photographer herself, and so I was of course honored when she reached out wanting me to be a part of her and Zeke’s intimate day. When they first reached out to me, they knew they wanted to do SOMETHING on Kauai because it was a special place to them, but hadn’t quite decided when or if it would be the only thing they do for their wedding day, since family + friends were important to them too! We chatted, and ultimately they decided to do a smaller intimate wedding close to their home along the west coast, where their family could join— and THEN, celebrate with just the two of them, a full fun planned day on the island— full of their favorite things and the most touching promises to each other. I was over the moon excited about this, because that meant that they got to do a little bit of everything they love. From celebrating with family + friends in their home, to having moments just the two of them in one of their favorite places.
Meg actually was an attendee at our Wild and Unwritten Workshop in Kauai in January, so they planned their small part 2 of their elopement in Kauai the weekend before! So so fun.
The intentionality behind their day was that it was laid back, fun, and centered around the two of them, their love, and what brings them together time and time again. We started the day before the sun rose on one of the prettiest, open beaches on the island. The two of them had the dream starting their elopement day surfing and watching the sun rise together over the ocean— but unfortunately the surf break was dangerous that week, so boogie boarding it was! We spent about an hour playing in the waves, waiting for the sun to break through the clouds and it was the most peaceful, blissful morning. The perfect start to a beautiful island day.
We headed back to their little Cottage— the Waimea Plantation Cottages, where Meg + Zeke got ready together. They shared sweet moments as Zeke helped Meg put on her dress. I loved most that they didn’t want to do anything that they didn’t want to do. They broke traditions and did what THEY felt strongly suited them.
The second half of their day consisted of the cutest little beach set up by Bixby and Pine where they had Poke + read letters to each other, followed by a snow cone stop because when in Hawaii, right? This was also an important piece to their day that we talked about from the very beginning, and it was hands down one of my favorite parts of the day!
As sunset drew closer, we headed up through Waimea Canyon, making pit stops to check out views along the way— to our ultimate destination of the iconic Na Pali Coast. We hiked down to get epic views of the rugged mountains, where these two shared the sweetest vows to each other as the wind howled and a storm started to roll in, which ultimately created the most beautiful color reflection on the peaks. These two adventurous souls stopped at nothing to make their day what they wanted, and took every curveball along the way with the best attitude. Love them dearly for their sweet souls.
We ended the evening back at their cottage under string lights where they had the fanciest of dinners— pizza and salad 😉 One of the cuisines they l love most!
This is the BEST example of making your day, yours, even with including family and friends. These moments were so important to them, and will be remembered for the rest of their lives. Every time they go to a beach, eat pizza, or get a snow cone in the summer— it will remind them of this day that they shared together. I am SO beyond thankful and honored that these two shared a little bit of their story with me, and trusted me to capture it for them to relive for years to come. So grateful to call these two my friends, and love that this job continues to bring the best people around me. Love these cuties!!
Getting Ready Space: Waimea Plantation Cottages