Dwayne and Krystal travel to a special destination once a year, just for themselves! This year took them to the magical island of Maui, to celebrate Krystal’s 40th. They decided to stay in Kula in upcountry Maui: which has so many pretty places to explore!
Golf clubs in hand (as a birthday gift to Krystal from Dwayne!), the pair of them goofed around, exchanged silly banter, and got to be playful together at Pukalani Country Club in Maui. After some fun at the golf course, Dwayne and Krystal headed to their Airbnb to enjoy the Maui sunset and a dinner cooked by a private chef. The next day, we began our adventure on the other side of the island! We met Krystal and Dwayne in Kahului, and caravanned to the adorable town of Lahaina along the way.
Lahaina is the only way to get to Lanai and Molokai by ferry: with both islands being less inhabited, they make for some cool day trip spots! With fruit and coconut stands lining the roads, and Krystal and Dwayne driving a lime green Slingshot around the island, I took them to different places we had scouted that show off Maui’s beauty! A secret forest, Nakalele Blowhole, and Ironwoods Beach, with the white sands for sunset.
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I love being a proposal photographer in Hawaii, because it lets me be a part of beautiful moments like this. Jasmine and June met on Tinder, where they both matched because they were 5 miles away from each other. The next day, the app said June was really 1,200 miles away, which confused Jasmine! June reached out and told her that she was from Ohio and had been on vacation, but left to go back home. Discouraged, Jasmine felt that long distance just wouldn’t work out. Over the following days, Jasmine found her thoughts kept drifting back to June. She talked herself into at least being open about getting to know June: and the rest is history! June ended up moving to Florida, only 10 minutes away from Jasmine.
“She was beautiful in pictures, but in person, she was on a whole other level of beautiful!” Jasmine gushed about when they finally first met. A few months later, Jasmine knew June was the one. She planned on proposing to June during a trip to Hawaii!
It was important to Jasmine that the location was secluded, so that they could have some time to themselves without onlookers. Black sand beaches are very popular in Hawaii, but because I am all about location scouting, I had a secret black sand beach in mind! It works perfect for proposals because it is intimate, and you won’t really risk running into people.
Jasmine pitched the proposal as a couple’s photo shoot, complete with a picnic at the end. I had their song, “Get You The Moon” by Kina, queued up on my phone and as soon as it began to play, Jasmine got down on one knee. After Jasmine proposed on the black sand beach, the two of them had a playful picnic, complete with gift baskets that their friends organized to send to me that I could help surprise them with! The card from their friends brought tears to their eyes as it showed their support, even if they couldn’t be there in person!
The rest of their session was spent celebrating! Wearing leis provided by Lalamilo Flower Girl (it’s so much fun to include florals as an add-on, they’re not just for weddings!), Jasmine and June laughed, hugged, and enjoyed each other’s company on the Hawaiian black sand.
Florals: Lalamilo Flower Girl