Katy + Erica – Heartfelt Sunset Elopement and Sunrise Trash the Dress

One of my favorite parts of the wedding process is finally getting to meet the couple in person. After planning from afar, it is so nice to be able to meet face to face! It’s great to be able to do a site visit of the ceremony location, walk through the day together, and answer any lingering questions before the big day.

It can be a little nerve-wracking. I always hope the couple will love the beach they’ve chosen, that it lives up to the vision in their head. I can usually see couples instantly relax and light up at the sight of the place they will say “I Do.” Some couples can be hard to read, but luckily this wasn’t the case with Katy and Erica. When we visited Po’olenalena Beach together, they had a great reaction and felt like it was definitely the right spot to start their marriage.

In addition to showing them the beach before the wedding, I also had the chance to pop into their hotel room on wedding day. I got their wedding dresses steamed and delivered them as the brides were getting ready. This is such a special time. I often get to see hair and makeup in action and the room is filled with excitement and anticipation. Erica and Katy were pretty relaxed. It was so cute to see how they would check in to see how the other one was doing.

They filled me in on their morning and that they had decided to give each other their wedding presents before the ceremony. Katy gifted Erica with beautifully written letters of well wishes from family and friends, while Erica gifted Katy with an awesome video of congratulations from loved ones. They thought so alike, but the chosen form of communication fit each of their families the best. I got to watch the video and it felt like such an intimate look into their world and how much they are loved!

Katy is a talented singer-songwriter in Nashville who performs at a lot of weddings, so she is quite familiar with the behind the scenes of weddings. The brides said, “The whole reason we chose to elope was to avoid the unnecessary commotion of wedding ceremonies, with all the outside stressors (family, catering, venues, etc.) We truly just want the day to be about us.”

With this in mind, we were able to focus on details that were important to Katy and Erica. They chose a seafoam and viola color scheme for their bouquets and researched the meanings behind different flowers to make sure all the associations were positive. For their entrance, they walked from different points of the beach and met in the middle with “Pua Lililehua (Sage Blossom)” as their entrance song. They exchanged maile-style ti leaf leis and made each other laugh and tear up with their personal vows.

After the ceremony, it was time for romantic photos, which were taken at sunset and at sunrise the following morning at a different beach. Erica and Katy even got some epic drone shots and ended their photo time playing in the water. It was truly a time focused solely on them and the love they share!

Planning: Fawn of Maile Maui Weddings // Photographer: Love and Water Photography // Officiant and Musician: Charles Nahale // Florist: In Bloom Hawaii // Hair: Love and Beauty Maui // Ceremony Location: Po’olenalena Beach // Time of Day: Sunset

Same-sex wedding at Po'olenalena Beach in Wailea, Maui
Maui beach elopement
Hawaiian wedding tradition of conch shell blowing at Maui beach elopement
Laughter during Maui wedding ceremony
Same-sex elopement on a beach in Maui
Love and laughter during Maui wedding ceremony
Same-sex elopement at Po'olenalena Beach in Maui
First dance on the beach
Moments before the first kiss
First kiss as wife and wife
Bouquets that fit the viola and seafoam color scheme
Beautiful Maui brides
Maui wedding with lava rocks and ocean in the background
Maui brides kissing
Brides sitting back to back on the beach
Private moment together after the beach wedding ceremony
Kiss with lava rocks and palm trees in the background
Look of love with noses touching
Brides lying in the sand
Brides walking towards the ocean
Kiss in the sunset with twinkle lights
Brides walk on the beach at sunset
Brides embrace during pastel Maui sunset
Brides kiss on the forehead
Morning after wedding on Maui
Brides kiss against red cinder wall
Drone shot of brides lying in the sand
Drone shot of brides lying in the sand
Brides holding hands at the beach
Maui sunrise trash the dress
Day after Maui elopement trash the dress
Brides jump in the ocean the day after their elopement
Black and white trash the dress
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