| February 1, 2018

Kauai Elopement | Hawaii Adventure Wedding Photographer

Kauai Hiking Elopement

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 Kauai elopement, 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 Kauai elopement while I’m there. 

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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