Location: Wolf Feather Honey Farm
I met a kindred spirit and soul sister in Shannon. She's vivacious, kind, a little wild, and her creativity radiates throughout. Sean is the kind of guy who steals boyfriends and husbands because all of the dudes want to be friends with him. Together they have a little munchkin Arrow and below you'll find a peak into their wedding at the insanely gorgeous Intrepid Wild.
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A few months after we got married Evan and I headed to Kauai. It wasn't quite a honeymoon and also more than just a vacation so we coined it our "honeycay". While we thought we would have headed to a more remote or off the beaten path destination choosing Kauai turned out to be the best choice. We didn't need to plan a thing (which was amazing after all the wedding planning stress) and we could just kick back and relax and find our Aloha, which we did....every single day.
--Getting around the island
Kauai, the garden state, is an insanely lush and small green island that you can drive around in about 2.5 or so hours depending on traffic. There is basically one road that takes you around the whole thing, okay well not the whole thing as you can't drive through the Nā Pali Coast(more on that later), so keep this in mind when you're getting back to the airport or anywhere you need to be on time. We did not as ended up getting a little stressed trying to catch our flight home because we were so blissed out that the thought of traffic on one road didn't even cross our minds. Oops!
I can't remember how I stumbled across the Palmwood but it was likely in an Instagram rabbit hole desperately trying to find a place to stay that was private, beautiful, and charming on an island that mostly has large resorts. We couldn't recommend the Palmwood enough. With only three rooms set in a large house on multiple acres it manages to feel both grandiose and private at the same time. Each room is decorated beautifully with sweet little local touches such as Kauai made lotions, soaps, and shampoo. Our room had a beautiful outdoor shower so we didn't set foot inside our indoor one once! Each morning our host Edi whipped up the most incredible breakfast which was hands down the best food we had on the island and we would wake up excited about what we were going to be served next. We think it would be the perfect spot to host an intimate wedding or elopement. If you're heading to Kauai you must stay at The Palmwood.
We headed to Waimea Canyon one day to do some hiking. It's located on the other side of the island and because you can't drive through the Nā Pali Coastyou must drive all around Kauai in order to get there from the North Shore. Once there the views are epic and it makes total sense that it's called the Grand Canyon of the Pacific because, well, it totally looks like it right? We hiked a few miles below the rim and swam in a crispy cold waterfall. It ended up taking us 2 hours to get back (with traffic) but that's okay because we were able to stop at The Fresh Shave. I had been following them for months on Instagram in anxious anticipation of mounds and mounds of fluffy shave ice. Side note: Evan and I ate shave ice every single day we were there. We justified this by sharing one which made me feel better but I think left Evan a little disgruntled if he were being honest...
A beautiful natural tide pool in the middle of volcanic rocks that is constantly being refreshed by waves from the ocean. Too dangerous to go to during the winter months but fairly safe in the summer. Super crowded but still fun to see.
---Nā Pali Coast
Crazy beautiful coastline of the North Shore of Kauai and home to the famous Hanakapi'ai Beach trail which is a roughly 8 mile roundtrip hike but takes most people 8 hours each way. We viewed the trail by boat but will be hiking and camping it next time we head to Kauai.
---Hanalei Bay Pier
A lovely spot to catch a boat tour and watch a killer sunset.
Location: Venice Beach
Sometimes I forget how beautiful the sunsets on Venice Beach are and, believe it or not we haven't spent much time there as of late, even though it's a quick little walk away. I love nothing more than traveling to hard to reach hikes or beaches for engagement sessions but sometimes there's no better place than home.
Super excited to say that our wedding has been published on Green Wedding Shoes today! If you want to see a little peek into our wedding, our life, our love and read about how we did everything then check it out here.
I can't believe it's been almost three months since Evan and I got married. We got engaged in September 2015 and planned our wedding in about 6 months. It was a whirlwind filled with many different plans including eloping in Patigonia and a 20 person wedding in Big Sur. We ultimately ended up in Los Angeles at my Godmother's property. All of the insane amount of stress, pressure, and planning paid off and the day felt like pure magic.
It's always great to work with amazing vendors on weddings I photograph but it felt so special to feel the support and love from them on our wedding day. It's so important to pick vendors that you connect with! I have even more appreciation for vendors who go above and beyond and the team behind us exceeded every expectation.
Who we used and love to the moon and back:
Photographer: Levi Tijerina
Planner: Jessica of Art & Soul Events
Florals: Of the Flowers
HMUA: Amber Rose
Wedding Dress: Odylne The Ceremony
Dressing Gown: Karen Thomas of The Dress Theory (San Diego)
Engagement Ring: Single Stone
Custom Planet: Laura Stewart
Tables/Chairs: The Wooden Palate
Vintage Dishware: Fern & Bone
Desert Paletas: Si Paletas
DJ: Liz Ladoux
Dinner Catering (dropoff): Gjusta Bakery
Executing Chef: Melissa Sanchez
Staffing: Black Label Bartenders
I'm an open book so if you have any questions about how to stay sane while planning your wedding then feel free to email me. Otherwise enjoy the glimpse into our wedding day!
For Alia it was love at second sight. From that moment she knew that she was going to share the of rest of her life with Puneet. When I asked her what she was most looking forward to she told me, "Saying my vows. For me, it's the most important time and what a wedding is really all about". There's just something so magical about standing together promising each other a lifetime of love and partnership.
Puneet's family gifted Alia a gorgeous red sari that was covered in gold embroidery and beading. Many of the guests, both Indian and American, wore traditional Indian wedding garb. Nothing prepared me for the beauty and vibrancy of the traditions in Indian wedding ceremonies.
Some places are love at first sight. Tulum is one of those places for me. Every time I head down there to photograph a wedding I'm in awe of the simplicity of it's beauty, the roar of the sea, and the warmth of the people.
Katie and Gio's wedding was no exception. It was a beautiful cloudy day, the kind that starts off a whisper of grey and ends with the brightest of blue skies. The wind was soughing through the palm trees while the ocean stood choppy in the distance. We wandered through the palm tree labyrinth of Papaya Playa and eventually stumbled upon the private home they rented for their wedding day. We were greeted by their loving families, jovial for what lies ahead, and so the day began...
Their wedding can be seen on Junebug Weddings.
The first time I had a video call with Jessie and Nathaniel they were sitting in a room in Nathaniel's family home in Maine with both sets of parents downstairs and meeting for the first time, moments away from telling the whole family that they had wed in secret months prior. You see, eloping on November 4th is a tradition in Jessie's family. Her grandparents did it as well as her parents. Jessie and Nathaniel are the second generation to elope in secret.
Exactly two years after their secret elopement they had an intimate destination wedding in Jose Ignacio, Uruguay with fifty of their nearest and dearest. They rented a few houses on the same street and guests all piled in for a week long celebration. Some knew each other, some didn't, but by the end of the week everyone was family, including us. There is something magical in the water in Uruguay. Two couples said "I love you" for the first time, romances were rekindled, and one couple got engaged and married a few months after.
I'm often asked which wedding was my favorite to photograph and this one is on the top of the list. Not because it was in a gorgeous location but because of the intimacy and connection we had. They welcomed Evan and I with open arms and treated us like friends, like loved ones. Because of this everyone let their guard down, and we were able to just document the day unnoticed, like a fly on the wall capturing all of the intimate little moments that happen when you think no one is watching.