Courtney + Rick – Relaxed Rain-Kissed Elopement in Kapalua, Maui

Courtney and Rick are one of the sweetest, most easygoing couples I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with! With Rodrigo Moraes as their photographer, the energy of their entire wedding day felt very relaxed and go-with-the-flow, even when it started raining.

For elopements, we often plan for the bride and groom to get ready separately and then either have a first look or see each other for the first time at the ceremony. This usually means the groom leaves the room before hair and makeup gets started. But Rick and Courtney decided to change things up a bit. Rick stayed and hung out as Courtney got beautified. She made sure he looked perfect and put on his boutonniere. Then he left just in time for Courtney to put on her dress, and they did a fun reveal with the full look before leaving the hotel.

As they arrived to Ironwoods Beach, we could see dark storm clouds threatening to roll in. Those clouds held off during the ceremony until right before their kiss. You have to admit there is something super romantic about kissing in the rain though!

It poured as we made our way up to the lava rock cliffs. We waited it out as Courtney and Rick cuddled under the umbrella. After just a few minutes, the rain slowed to sprinkles and then stopped. The effect was dramatic and the colors were a bit moody, but it made the pop of pink from the flowers and silk ribbon stand out even more.

We think it’s totally true what they say! Rain on your wedding day is good luck. We know these two are completely meant to be and hope blessings are heaped on them throughout their lives together!

Planning: Fawn of Maile Maui Weddings // Photographer: Rodrigo Moraes Photography // Officiant: Pastor Bob McCollor // Floral: In Bloom Hawaii Silk Ribbon: Adorn Company // Hair and Makeup: Salon 253 // Getting Ready: The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua // Location: Ironwoods Beach // Time of Day: Sunset

The Ritz-Cartlon, Kapalua

Delicate lace wedding dress

Bride getting readyBride getting in-room hair and makeup done

Bride gets beautified as groom looks on

Bride checking her bridal look out

Finishing touches on the natural beach bride look

Groom details and wedding rings

Groom getting ready

Groom straightening his tie

Maui groom

Bride pinning boutonniere on groom

Bride getting ready at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Pink peony bouquet and ranunculus flower crown

Bride getting dressed

Bridal look complete with pink flower crown

Bridal anticipation

Pink peony bouquet

Boho beach wedding flats

Tropical flowers on hotel grounds

Before the first look

Bride tapping groom on the shoulder for first look

Groom reacts to seeing bride

Pre-wedding ceremony

Last kiss before wedding

Pathway to Ironwoods Beach

Ironwoods Beach view from boardwalk

Elopement at Ironwoods Beach, Maui

Pink peony bouquet tied with silk ribbon

Religious elopement on Maui

Lace train detail on the sand

Smiles at wedding ceremony

Elopement at Ironwoods Beach, before the rain

Groom during Maui beach wedding ceremony

Rain during Maui beach ceremony

First kiss as husband and wife

On the lava rock cliffs at Ironwoods Beach

Bride and groom embrace showing off pink peony bouquet

Post-ceremony romantics after beach elopement

Rainy Maui wedding

Kiss on the cliff

Bride wearing lace wedding gown

Beautiful Maui bride

Handsome Maui groom

Bride and groom amidst lava rock and ocean

Groom kisses bride's hand

Close embrace

Wedding couple atop lava rock cliffs in Kapalua, Maui

Groom and bride cuddle after the rain

Romantic Maui elopement kiss

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