Ahh 2021 was a year. Believe me when I say that is the busiest I have ever been. It’s no surprise, considering that couples had a lot of catching up to do after the islands, and much of the world, were closed for events and travel. In the year 2021, I helped to craft and photograph over 35 Hawaii elopements, several sessions, and more. It definitely left me feeling a lot of ways; I could feel the edges of exhaustion each day but in that tiredness was still a sense of great joy. Joy that I was able to do this job again. Joy that many of my couples who couldn’t get married in 2020 were able to finally do so. Joy for everyone who had to postpone their trip finally getting to see the islands. And mostly, just a sense of thankfulness that I survived 2020 and 2021 (lol).
Something that fell to the wayside because of how busy I was? Well, it was definitely social media and blogging. To create space for rest and to be my best for couples, I let these two things sit on the back burner. But now…well, now I have tons of unshared work. These days definitely deserve to be shared and I am sure anyone visiting my site would like to know that I am, in fact, alive…ha! So without further ado, I present my year in review.
This collection of Hawaii elopements serves as a little inspo for anyone looking to elope in Hawaii and as a preview of my work and the way it has evolved in 2021 and 2022.
The year started with sunrise at a beautiful cove on Oahu. K + J wanted to celebrate quiet moments in the morning with one another, followed by a low-key day. We met back up for their ceremony at Male’ana Gardens and then spent sunset together at Kualoa Ranch. Crafting this type of day maximized the variety of scenery they could experience together and left them plenty of time to connect as a couple while I captured all the little moments.
After that, I hopped over to Maui to capture C+C’s Hawaii elopement along the coast. We explored windswept fields, beautiful cliffs, and they shared one of the most emotional ceremonies that I’ve had the honor of witnessing. It was such a meaningful day that really prioritized what they most wanted to experience together as they said vows.
Then it was on to Kauai for an adventurous elopement that went from the beach to the canyon! M+K were up for everything and we got to go off-roading together, do a little hiking, and spend the sunset taking in some pretty magnificent views.
To be continued…this is a long one lol