When I first spoke with Brad and Sarah about their potential Hawaii elopement, I got the sense that these two were exhausted. A couple from Chicago had plans for a large wedding in the city, scheduled for 2020.
It was, of course, canceled.
They decided to reschedule for 2021, this time cutting the guest list in half, to about 150. But still, Covid-19 reared its ugly head and they had to cancel yet again. When I asked why they’re now considering something completely different, a Hawaiian elopement, their response was, “We’re just so tired, over the stress of wedding planning, and just want to get married.”
I felt a deep sense of sadness but also excitement for them.
The grief of letting go of former wedding dreams coupled with planning something new that they never had once before considered. They were primed and ready to pursue something a little outside the box, something adventurous, a day that would truly be about them.
Not about the table settings, the guest list, or the dinner menu, but about a new beginning.
Never having been to Hawaii, Brad and Sarah were drawn to Kauai island’s dramatic mountains and stunning beaches. I thought Hanalei Bay on the North shore would be perfect for their intimate Hawaii Elopement. Hanalei Bay is a beautiful expanse of golden sand, bumped up against lush green hills. If you don’t already know, it can get quite rainy on the North Shore of Kauai. Sarah was pretty concerned about this. The weather on the Hawaiian islands can be unpredictable. Rain on their wedding day was a strong possibility, but also not something that will make or break a Hawaiian elopement.
Watching Sarah walk “down the aisle” was a special moment.
They had been through so much. They experienced so much disappointment and sadness in planning their wedding. So many changes of plans. But you wouldn’t have known any of that by the looks of sheer joy on their faces. I will never forget that moment. They smiled, they laughed, they read their vows, they cried, and they kissed for the first time as husband and wife.
Then just like that, the rain came! And it came with a vengeance! For a brief moment, all of us huddled under a tree. But then, with great enthusiasm, and without warning, Sarah grabbed Brad’s hand and bolted for the water! Without hesitation, I ran after them, cameras in tow. I was in disbelief. The bride I spoke with the day before, filled with concerns over rain and getting her wedding gown wet, was running at a full sprint toward the ocean!
They were absolutely soaked! Torrential rains overhead, running waist-deep through the ocean, Sarah and Brad felt joy and freedom they likely never thought possible on their wedding day.
I get asked this question more than any other; What do we do if it rains on our elopement day? My answer? Embrace it!
In the same way I’ve never met a couple who has regrets over eloping, I’ve also never worked with a couple who didn’t LOVE having some rain on their wedding day!
Need some extra assurance? Check out my latest feature on Wandering Weddings, where I discuss this very thing!
Still not convinced? HERE is a lovely surprise proposal I captured in the rain!
Officiant: Love Always Weddings Hawaii
Florals: JC Flowers
Photographer: Two Tides Photography
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