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Top 9 Most Memorable Wedding Adventures, by Hawai‘i’s Adventure Elopement Photographer

by | Jul 21, 2023 | Details & Design, Lifestyle

Your wedding is meant to pay homage to the unique love you’ve created between you and the most important person in your life. For some of the more adventurous couples, that means bringing your altar to the height of Hawai‘i’s mountains or the depths of its sea.


The island’s premier adventure elopement photographers at Eternal Tides Photography share a few of their most memorable weddings below!


The Two-Day Elopement



Krystal and Sam’s two-day wedding at Male‘ana Gardens in Kailua was the perfect blend of cultural practices and joyous celebrations. They celebrated for over two days to maximize their celebration of love. 


The first day involved a family-oriented ceremony, merging Korean and Filipino traditions, while the second day became a lively party with close friends—featuring a third ceremony, cocktails, cake, and dinner, all under a magical garden pergola, which showcased the beauty of the couple’s unique and personalized wedding experience.


Venue: Male‘ana Gardens

Cake: Hipp Bakes

Catering: 3660 On The Rise, Bamboo Catering

Florist: Maile Wilkerson

Footwear: Loeffler Randall

Gown: Blue Sky Bridal 

Hair & Makeup: Reveal Hair & Makeup

Music: Keoni Ku, Nu‘u Sounds

Rings: Rebecca Overmann, Marke Fine Jewelry


Aerial Views


Ben and Emily chose to elope on the island of Kauai, starting their special day with a private helicopter ride to a stunning waterfall, shortly followed by a tour of the Na Pali Coast. They later exchanged vows at sunset on the beach, surrounded by loved ones, embracing the intimacy of their elopement, and focusing on their love in this unforgettable shared moment.


ATV Adventure


Ian and Joy’s epic all-day adventure elopement was a unique and unconventional experience, beginning with sunrise vows on a rocky white sand beach, ending with a memorable journey with a private helicopter ride and thrilling ATV ride at Gunstock ranch.


An Extravagant Surprise


Doing the extraordinary and permitting their wedding planner complete creative freedom, Sarah and Daniel were delightfully surprised on the day of their elopement.

Love Letter Weddings orchestrated an epic and unforgettable celebration, including out-of-the-box details like unique floral work, butterfly installations, and elegant seating areas at a stunning beachside rental property. The bride was even adorned in not one, not two, but THREE completely different looks, down to the bouquet.

Planner: Love Letter Weddings

Catering: Island Fusion

Cake: Ke Nui Kitchen

Hair & Makeup: Reveal Hair and Makeup

Music: Jeremy Hirokawa

Officiant: Kauai Rabbi

Rentals: Accel Rentals, Aloha Artisans, Ambient Rentals, Wedding Linen Company


The Classic Beach Sunrise


Lara and Corinna began their elopement well before the sun rose to greet the day. These two brides from Germany chose to wed on Maui for an intimate sunrise wedding, surrounded by the natural beauty of the white sand beach. The calm waters, gentle breeze, and warm sunrise created a truly magical experience, making it the most romantic setting for their special day.


A Vintage-Inspired Moment


The vintage-inspired wedding day was adorned with exquisite details, highlighted by a hand-fasting ceremony held at a private waterfall. The groom, a musician influenced by classic rock, infused the celebration with musical elements.

Venue: Kulaniapia Falls


Love and Lava


Sarah and John’s intimate wedding on Hawai‘i Island became a sweet celebration filled with delectable custom cakes. The breathtaking view of their venue made for the perfect backdrop to the heartfelt vows they exchanged on a black-sand beach at sunset.

Adding further to the adventure, the couple then explored the captivating sites of Volcanoes National Park, where they witnessed the mesmerizing glow of lava, which complemented the fiery passion in their love.

Custom pins: Shaelin Pua

Dress: Eleanor’s Bridal

Flowers: Grace Flowers Hawaii

Hair and Makeup: Indigo Grace Artistry


The Trash the Dress Elopement


Amanda and Evan’s O‘ahu elopement was an adventurous celebration of love that ended with a thrilling ‘trash the dress’ photoshoot. After a heartfelt private ceremony at a magical botanical garden, they embarked on a scenic hike and ended the day with a dip in a stream between forest trees, followed by a sunset dip at the beach one day later. 


Cliffside Ceremony


Craig and Danielle opted to start their adventure elopement with a 7-mile out-and-back trail with epic views of the Na Pali Coast. After sharing a heartfelt first look, they then visited a beach at sunset to make it official.

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