This intimate Kauai wedding was originally planned and organized by the incredible photography team at Eternal Tides Photography.
When things don’t go according to plan for my couples, my job is to always make sure that I go above and beyond. Planning a wedding is stressful! If I can help relieve some stress, that is everything to me.
Jessica and Brendan had booked Eternal Tides Photography for their wedding in Kauai. Unfortunately, the team at Eternal Ties got COVID! As a last minute pivot, I was able to cover for them. Jessica, Brendan, and I ended up having a lot in common!
Jessica and Brendan are from Canada where most of my extended family lives. Their family friends own a beachfront house in Anahola, Kauai, which Jessica and Brendan were able to visit right before the pandemic. They were engaged during the pandemic, and had their hearts set on getting married in this gorgeous place once it was safe enough. With their immediate family and closest friends in attendance, this beachfront Kauai wedding was wonderfully intimate.
The team at Eternal Tides planned an incredible day for Jessica and Brendan starting with a heartfelt first look with Jessica and her dad prior to the ceremony, which was such a special moment! When their ceremony took place, Jessica’s dad was able to officiate, too. After vows were exchanged, it was time for champagne and mingling!
Jessica and Brendan then wanted to head to another spot for photos, just the two of them. It’s about a 45 minute drive to the North Shore! We set off to Hanalei Bay, and the Hāʻena area.
Jessica and Brendan wanted to do something fun on the way to our photo location. Having a fun Hawaii snack was on their minds! At first, Hawaii had other plans.
The first fruit stand we made it to was closed, as well as the second. It started to rain in Hanalei Bay, making the shaved ice stand closed, too! We decided to head to the next town, searching for their Hawaiian snack. The general store in this location had closed early, to enjoy the sunset. This is part of the beauty and wonderful culture of Hawaii! Sometimes, you have to be prepared for “island time”. “Island time” means that people are more laidback, go with the flow, in no rush, and stay in the present. We all need a dose of that from time to time!
When we pulled up to the beach parking lot, our jaws dropped when we saw a red truck filled with coconuts! We couldn’t believe it! Fresh coconuts were waiting for Jessica and Brendan! The two of them had coconuts cut fresh for them, complete with straws. I firmly believe that the Hawaiian Islands look out for you on special days. And this is an example!
Makua/Tunnels Beach was our last stop for photos. Locals ask that you not have wedding ceremonies at this location, due to its sacred nature. But this is a great location to enjoy and take a few photos while also being respectful. We were blessed with an awesome sunset at Makua/Tunnels, too!
We headed back to the Kauai beach house for their reception. This is where going above and beyond really plays a role with what I’m about. Jessica and Brendan’s wedding coverage was originally going to end sooner, but when they asked if I could capture their first dance, both myself and the Eternal Tides team agreed! We wanted to make sure that they had all of the events of their wedding day captured and thought this would be a great way to thank them for being so flexible! I was honored to be able to let them know I’d document their first dance.
There were torches set up around the dancing area, giving a dim atmosphere. Earlier that day, Jessica and Brendan had asked me if the torches were enough for lighting. I mentioned that it would probably be better for them if we brought in a few additional light sources, just in case.
Remember when we were exploring around the North Shore, looking for fruit stands and taking photos in the beautiful Kauai scenery? During that time, their loved ones hit up a Costco and set up more lighting for them to dance under. Isn’t that sweet?
Jessica and Brendan enjoyed a first dance together, along with parent dances. They would then spend the next few days honeymooning in Maui, and doing a catamaran tour on the Nā-Pali coast. I recommend everyone do that at least once! Such a fun Hawaii honeymoon experience. I’m also so excited to start offering honeymoon photos, since a lot of couples choose to honeymoon in Hawaii! Your Hawaii elopement or wedding coverage doesn’t have to end on your wedding day! You can have your honeymoon adventure documented too. Each moment you spend together is worth it!
Thank you Jessica and Brendan for being so go with the flow, for trusting me to capture your day, and for the amazing lasagne! & a special shoutout to Eternal Tides Photography for planning such a wonderful itinerary for this incredible couple!
Hair and Makeup: The Artists Co.
Dress: David’s Bridal