There is something about Hawaii that hints at magic, and it seems that getting married in Hawaii only enhances its prowess. For me even though i’m living in Masachusetts now, Maui is my home and I couldn’t have been more honored to photograph Sina & Jonathan’s elopement there. It’s quite a trek to get to those isolated drops of splendor in the middle of the pacific and I wouldn’t have made the journey for just anyone but from our first phone conversation I found myself feeling totally invested in these two and their story. I found myself thinking that I would want to be at their wedding even as a guest because they were just so genuine and funny and in love! So for me it just felt meant to be, it just felt right!
When I photograph elopements, especially adventure elopements there is a sense that everything is somehow about togetherness, its about being together, being partners, facing the world side by side. So it made perfect sense that these two also got ready together, zipping zippers and tying shoes together. Their little condo was filled with laughter, and jokes and talks of Tolkien. And so it went until the sun left the sky and we drove home in the dark along the star filled cliffs of Maui.
The thing about eloping is that it allows for a lot of things that a traditional wedding most likely wouldn’t have time for. Exploring is one of my favorite such things! So on the way to our chosen ceremony spot we decided to do a little sightseeing, stopping off at Honolua Bay and the jungle that keeps it secluded. Every time I enter that forest I feel a little like i’m entering Neverland. Its a good place full of wonder, a perfect place to start a wedding day journey.
One of my favorite personal memories is on the little beach where I took Sina and Jonathan, its a special place for me and it meant a lot to share it with them. It seemed fitting that their ceremony would bring so many tears and tender moments. My memories of these two saying their vows will only add the to the love I have for it, more love!
When all is said and done there is also the fact that Hawaii and in my humble opinion Maui specifically is spectacularly beautiful, magic and love aside. Its what draws people to it, what inspires people from all over the world to sit in a tiny plane seat for more hours than anyone is ever comfortable with to get there. So of course no wedding would be complete with out some sun soaked, moody blues, and two people intertwined amidst it all. To Sina and Jonathan, I would say the world is before you, everything is possible and yet from what I gathered from our time together you will always find beauty wherever you go!