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Kourtney & Chris

Hawaii was one of those places that I was pretty skeptical about visiting—I really didn't think I would enjoy it. I imagined Hawaii being full of overrated beach resorts, too many tourists, and not enough real adventure for my taste. Wow...was I wrong. 

Kauai was one of the most magical places I have been and it absolutely captivated me. Particularly the Koke'e State Park & Waimea Canyon areas were simply awe-inspiring. Kauai is the oldest of Hawaii's volcanic islands and the 4,000 ft cliffs of vegetation-covered cliffs going straight into the sea is a crazy sight. It's almost an optical illusion to be that close to the ocean and also so high above it—the line is almost blurred where the sky meets the sea on the horizon. 

When Kourtney (a great photographer herself) invited me to document their intimate wedding on Kauai, I was incredibly honored. She tasked me with finding the most epic views for an epic day-after session for them and I scoured the Island for just the right hike. I absolutely love helping couples find incredibly unique & secluded locations to say their vows and have a one-of-a-kind adventure.

This particular trailhead is totally unmarked—it starts when you open a secret gate and start hiking down an insanely steep & muddy trail. It's more of a locals secret—probably because it's one of the scariest trails I've done in my life. We hiked along the 4,000 ft ridge with steep drop-offs on each side—this one was definitely not for the faint of heart. If it was any muddier, it would be nearly impassible without dying. We met at the trailhead before sunrise and had it all to ourselves—truly an absolutely unforgettable morning. 

I'm so happy to be heading back to Hawaii in April! Get in touch if you'd like to chat about an adventurous session or elopement while I'm there. 

 High on the hilltops above the shorelines of Kauai where most people think of when they envision Hawaii, Kourtney and Chris said their vows privately at an intimate elopement ceremony with their traveling wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
 With the Hawaiian sun behind them, causing them to glow Kourtney and Chris hiked down the Kalepa Ridge Trail in Kauai to a private location to say their intimate elopement vows privately with only their traveling adventure wedding photographer Maddie Mae as their witness. 
 They found a clearing in the trees and suddenly felt like they were transported from their tropical destination elopement in Hawaii to another world of tall grasses and random twisted trees. They smiled affectionately at each other as their intimate elopement photographer Maddie Mae captured each romantic moment.
 Hiking their way along the narrow path of Kalepa Ridge Trail, Kourtney and Chris paused to take in the incredible sights of Kauai where they were about to elope privately with only their intimate traveling elopement photographer Maddie Mae as their witness.
 The Hawaiian sun high in the sky lighting up this romantic adventurous couple. The twisted trees of Kokee State Park framing them perfectly as they meandered their way to the perfect location for their intimate elopement ceremony. Photos of this epic Kauai hiking elopement by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
 Deep in conversation, as though no one was around, Kourtney and Chris made their way through Kalalau Valley where the ferns at their sides were a mess of shaggy greenery and the twisted trees looking perfect to climb. Photos of this intimate Kauai hiking elopement by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
 Climbing the trees like they were kids, they stopped to realize how truly magical their elopement day was - celebrating each minute of it exactly how they wanted to, with adventure. Photos of this awesome Hawaiian elopement in Kauai's Kokee State Park by intimate wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
 They hiked their way around the bend of the Kalalau Lookout in Kauai, high above the beach, ocean and clouds. These adventurous lovebirds threw tradition to the wind and opted for a destination elopement to Hawaii where they hiked Kokee State Park with only their intimate elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
 Among the warm Hawaiian sunlight and hight above the Kauai beaches along the Kalepa Ridge Trail Kourtney and Chris had found the perfect location for their intimate elopement. Their destination wedding was nothing traditional as they hiked in Kokee State Park for a private elopement ceremony with just their traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
 The sun hung low in the afternoon sky as Kourtney and Chris said their vows at Kokee State Park on Kauai. Their adventurous Hawaiian elopement avoided the touristy beaches and instead they chose to hike to Kalalau Lookout with their intimate traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
 Taking a detour off the beaten path Kourtney and Chris shared an intimate moment among the spindly trees in Kokee State Park where they had just privately eloped high above the Kauai beaches, getting to see a part of Hawaii most people don't even know exists. Photos of this romantic adventure around Kalaulau Valley by traveling elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
 Basking in the warm Hawaiian sun and realizing that they had just begun the adventure of a lifetime with the most epic hike through Kauai's  Kokee State Park for their intimate elopement. They chose to say their vows privately high above the touristy beaches with only their traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae as their witness.
 They wandered in and out of the trees to the cliff sides of Kalepa Ridge Trail on their intimate Hawaiian elopement adventure. Kourtney and Chris along with their traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae, hiked in the warm Kauai sun through Kokee State Park for this romantic elopement.
 Kourtney and Chris didn't want the traditional wedding in a church and when they decided to elope in Hawaii they wanted to find a different view than just the white sand beaches. With the help of their intimate elopement photographer Maddie Mae, Kourtney and Chris were able to hike around Kauai's Kokee State Park giving them a view of valleys and the green mountains of the Napali Coast.
 While Hawaii is often known for it's incredible beaches and bright blue oceans, Kauai can offer an incredible landscape of jungle, grass lands and mountains making it an epic location for an adventurous elopement or hiking intimate wedding. Photos of this romantic afternoon Kalalau Valley elopement by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
 They paused for one last look over the calm ocean, the afternoon sunlight on their faces. Kourtney and Chris threw tradition to the wind and hiked up to Kalalaua Lookout in Kauai with only their intimate elopement photographer Maddie Mae to snap their most private moments of their ceremony. 

I'm so happy to be heading back to Hawaii in April! Get in touch if you'd like to chat about an adventurous session or elopement while I'm there. 

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