As we dance on the edge of winter here in New England, I’m fully embracing the cozy layers, toasty fireside snuggles and anticipation of falling flakes. But in a sunny tucked away corner of my heart, I miss scenes like this where ocean breezes are aplenty and golden hour rules. Planned by Vintage & Lace and captured by Christine Clark, this Hawaiian soiree is my summer escape and recipe for happiness today. Join me in THE VAULT!
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From Christine Clark…Jen and Richard’s wedding fell on a hot and beautiful day on the Big Island of Hawaii. Their ceremony site at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel was set on a little lawn framed by great, spreading trees, and overlooked a dreamy turquoise ocean. It could not have been more perfect. Jen was a vision in lace and tulle, and the most delicate branching pearl head piece. Richard was ecstatic as he caught his first glimpse of her as she came down the aisle, and they went on to read their personalized vows to each other.
After the ceremony we went out at golden hour and shot in a little grove of trees that opened out onto a rocky shore. The light was warm and beautiful, falling through the trees in glowing patches. I love it when couples are warmly affectionate with each other, and Jen and Richard were the sweetest couple. Their lovely connection was easy to see, and a joy to photograph. As the sunlight faded and slipped into night, we wrapped up shooting, and made our way to the reception and awaiting celebration. The whole day was beautiful, with perfect little breezes, warm light, and a lovely celebration of love.
Photography: Christine Clark | Cinematography: Aria Studios | Event Planning: Vintage&Lace | Floral Design: Ainahua Florals | Wedding Dress: Bliss In Bloom | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Makeup: Marissa Vossen Makeup | Hair: Lilikoi Hair Studio | Venue: Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel | Bridal Boutique: Bliss In Bloom | Hair Accessories: BHLDN
I just returned from a week in Kauai and have been missing the magical paradise daily. But Rebecca Arthurs‘ gorgeous photos of this Big Island elopement are bringing me right back. With breathtaking 360-degree views, a bouquet of tropical blooms and balloon release honoring family & friends, this sweet couple’s elopement is the perfect start to happily ever after. Fall in love here.
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From the beautiful Bride… Kristopher and I met in high school when we were 15. We both grew up in a small town outside of Austin, Tx and share a love for the country and outdoors. Kristopher is the most caring, handsome, lovable man I’ve ever met. We share the same love for soccer and the same aspirations for the future. There’s never been a doubt in my mind about Kris and on Christmas Day 2014 he proposed! That following January Kris was drafted into Major League Soccer to play for Chivas USA and our wedding planning was put on hold while I was still finishing my degree at University of Texas at Austin. Planning a wedding became overwhelming and we were toying with the idea of a big wedding, small wedding, elopement, anything and everything in between. We finally decided on an elopement on the beautiful island of Hawaii.
While searching for a venue, we came across The Cliff House. Gorgeous views near Waipio Valley overlooking the ocean, we were hooked! After looking at Rebecca Arthur’s blog, we knew we had to have her as our photographer. These were by far the best two decisions we made for our wedding. Richard from the Cliff House was the sweetest man and welcomed us into his home with open arms. The house was very quiet & peaceful. He referred us to a farmer’s market in Hilo where I was able to get my bouquet! I couldn’t have had a prettier bouquet for our special day. Rebecca and her husband, Nick, were super sweet and so much fun! Kris and I are normally very shy, but Rebecca & Nick helped us calm down and prepare for the ceremony and relax. Our day was more than perfect thanks to Richard, Rebecca & Nick.
We wanted our day to be very laid back and casual, which is exactly how it was! On our big balloon we wrote letters to our loved ones back home, our loved ones in heaven, and our best friend Titan (our German Shepherd). At the end of a day we were both ecstatic to finally be married after 7 long years and wouldn’t have changed anything. It rained on our wedding day, but we consider that good luck! After all: “Life is not so much about waiting for the storms to pass as it is about learning to dance in the rain.”
Photography: Rebecca Arthurs | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Hair & Makeup: DIY By The Bride | Officiant: Brian Boshard | Accomodations And Ceremony Venue: Cliff House | Announcement: Evane Corder | Hair Pin: BHLDN
We’ve all seen the gorgeous beach weddings that come out of Hawaii. They are seriously unreal. But have you ever seen the amazing rolling hills and ranches of Hawaii? We’re absolutely loving this unique and oh-so beautiful vision from Rebecca Arthurs Photography. With an emphasis on up-island natural beauty, this photo shoot is jam packed with casually elegant details and there’s so much more to feast your eyes on right here.
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From Rebecca Arthurs Photography… This styled shoot was a collaboration of ideas. We were inspired by Upcountry Hawaii on the Big Island. Our goal was to offer brides some inspiration that is not typically associated with Hawaii. Hawaii has a long history in cattle ranching. Set up high on the mountain, the green rolling hills that drop into the ocean made Kahua Ranch the perfect backdrop to showcase our ideas for the unconventional Hawaiian bride.
Photography: Rebecca Arthurs Photography / Photo Shoot Venue: Kahua Ranch in Waimea, Hawaii / Event Coordination: Vintage & Lace / Floral Design + Decor: Bliss in Bloom / Cake + Cupcakes: Food For Thought / Lighting, Furniture + Structures: Hawaii Event Lighting / Wedding Dresses: U Poppy / Head Pieces: Petal & Thorn / Jewelry: Sense & Sensibility / Shawls + Accessories: Elena Rosenberg / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Little Borrowed Dress / Hair: Katherine Elizabeth Salon / Makeup: Belle de Paradis