Hawaii elopements are by far the most adventurous elopements you can have within the states they almost guarantee a unique adventure of a lifetime! Christy and Patti knew this when they were planning out their elopement. They knew they wanted to have a Hawaii adventure elopement and knew this would be the perfect place!
When Christy and Pattie were looking for Hawaii elopement photographers they noticed that I was Padi certified and were so excited as they wanted to do an underwater scuba session for their adventure elopement. Christy and Patti may be one of the most adventurous couples Ive met so far, so I was beyond excited to see what their elopement day had in store for us.
Hawaii Adventure Elopement Planning
Christy and Patti wanted to keep their elopement in the Makena area of Maui and have their elopement include the things they love; scuba diving, food, and the beach. When we spoke on our initial call, they said they wanted a sunset ceremony but after discussing the pros and cons of a sunset ceremony they opted to skip out as they realized they’d be too nervous to wait until sunset. Pro Tip: I recommend doing your ceremony at the beginning of the day after you get ready. The main reason for this is that couples are usually incredibly nervous about the ceremony. Once you get the wedding attire on, things will start to “feel real,” and you will start to become nervous. In my experience, it’s best to have the couple do the ceremony as the first thing. After the ceremony is done, I always notice that couples are SO much more relaxed, and that tends to make for way better pictures during the creative portrait session! A lot of brides have their hearts set on having a sunset ceremony and the idea of this sounds very romantic, but that means that you are going to spend ALL day being a bundle of nerves waiting in anticipation of saying your vows.
Hawaii Elopement Itinerary
Christy and Patti purchased the “Sunrise + Sunset Package” for their Hawaii adventure elopement. In this package, we split the day up between early morning and evening. We started their elopement day in the dark and got to Makena landing in the early morning to go scuba diving during sunrise. We documented their entire morning including going to get lunch at the food trucks until about noon which was enjoyable as you could feel the bond that Christy and Patti had for one another, no matter what they were doing they were always laughing and enjoying each other.
In the late afternoon after everyone showered and got dressed we headed to the beach for their elopement ceremony.
Pro Tip: If you are a same-sex couple who both want to wear white dresses/outfits, it’s much better to pick out your dresses/outfits together to make sure that the shade of white matches. The dresses do not have to match, but the shades of white do. Even if one of you wants to wear a white suit, make sure that the shade of white matches the dress. The dresses should look like they belong together as Chrisy and Patti’s did.
Another Pro Tip: Make sure your jewelry speaks the same language. It’s best for you to either go all silver or all gold. It looks strange in photos if one of you is in all gold and the other is in all silver. That is not going to look cohesive for photos. I loved what Christy and Patti picked out for their elopement day! Both dresses are the same shade of white, lightweight and flowy for the beach and both do not have trains. Keep in mind that trains can be difficult when it comes to beach elopements and adventure elopements because they get dirty fast from being dragged through the sand. The heavy train can also add a lot of warmth to your body temperature.
Beach Elopement Ceremony
For their elopement ceremony, Christy and Patti set up their own circular grounded arch with tropical leaves they purchased and coral they sourced from the beach. I thought this was such a cute and unique idea.
After their intimate ceremony, they took a quick break from being in the sun and got out their “guilty pleasure” snacks of cheese whiz and crackers. There wasn’t a moment that passed by without Christy and Patti having their personalities shine through even during snack time.
Sunset Portrait Session
Afterward, we took some creative portraits and went back to the beach for sunset photos. This was the perfect time to take a few mock ceremony photos of them holding their vow books as they originally wanted a sunset ceremony. It was the opportunity to give them the best of both worlds! After the sun set over the horizon and the elopement session ended, we parted ways.
Capturing Christy and Patti’s Hawaii adventure elopement was so amusing. Christy had such a big personality and when she gets spontaneous, she turns into a huge goofball. She brings Patti’s light-hearted side out, so it was a lot much fun capturing these moments of them together.
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