Buckle up kids, this is a story of luck, love, and happiness. 🙂
For those of you who don’t know Alisa and I personally, we were married in 2014 and spent our honeymoon in Maui. And OMG was it the best decision ever! We can tell you all about how to register for your honeymoon rather than household items (we lived together for 2 years before getting married, so china and crystal stemware definitely wasn’t needed!). While in the paradise that is Maui, HI; we kept hearing “you HAVE to come back and go to Kauai. The energy there is just perfect and it’s a really beautiful island.” So we had it marked for our 3rd anniversary (well really several months before it), we would go back to Hawaii and check out Kauai. Kauai was AMAZING. The Waimea canyon, the Napali Coast, and the irrigation ditches you can inner-tube through, are just a few sweet things to check out. Also JAVA KAI! (www.javakai.com)
We decided to bring our camera along to take high quality photos of the landscape and remember our vacation through the lens of the quality that we provide to our clients. One day while hot-tubbing in the “tranquility” pool, we started chatting with this really neat couple, and discovered we had planned pretty much the same vacation, but on different days. We decided to meet back in the hot tub the next day to discuss how our adventures went. After chatting about this and that–“OMG the views are so beautiful,” “that beach is absolutely perfect,” “wow it rains a lot”–it was revealed that Lisa and Mark had just gotten engaged. I couldn’t contain it: “WHOA! What a coincidence, we’re WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS!” It was a very pushy thing looking back, but I’m so glad I said it.
We offered to shoot an engagement session for them, free of charge (selfishly, so we could have Hawaii stuff in our portfolio, and hopefully get more destination weddings out there). We decided to meet up in the evening and head down the island to Shipwreck beach, so named because of the rocks on the shore. The beach is breathtaking. Gorgeous water color, sunset over the little jetty, and a really cool rock where some brave locals flip off into the ocean! Alisa hung back on the shore and took those stunning landscape photos where they are teeny-tiny, while I went up and did the closer portraits. Then we discovered that this beach is a hot-spot for marriages, and saw at least 3 weddings going on. After one wedding left, we borrowed some of their paraphernalia and got those two even cuter (see: heart-shaped rocks).
So if anyone is looking at these because they are getting married in, or want engagement photos in, Kauai (or anywhere in Hawaii) – shoot us an email. PLEASE give us an excuse to come back! 🙂 🙂 🙂