Kualoa Ranch Elopement -Picnic Styled Shoot

Kualoa Ranch Elopement
Even during a styled shoot, officiants need to MOO-ve out of the way!

Kualoa Ranch is absolutely breathtaking. The 4,000 acres of land is rich with history, a working farm, regular movie productions, and many, many weddings. With four stunning wedding locations on site, there’s truly a dreamy backdrop for everybody. But for Allie Dearie and I, “Low Camp” or the “Jumanji” site was perfect for our picnic adventure elopement styled shoot.

A couple days before the photo shoot, we drove up to the North Shore (my favorite area of Oahu) to pick up the bouquet and boutonnière from Lulu’s Lei’s and Bouquets, as well as the charcuterie board created by Trvlandsea. Working with local businesses is something important to Allie and I, and we were thrilled to collaborate with them. We found a Lulu’s dress that fit Aubrey like a glove, and bought a Chantilly Berry cake from Whole Foods. When I saw Aubrey’s wedding ring, designed by Heidi Gibson, I knew we were kindred spirits.

Aubrey and Cory were enjoying a little six month hiatus from the mainland when I found her on Instagram and asked her if they’d like to take some pictures for a couple photographers (one being Allie). They agreed, and we met up beforehand, chatting about our shared adventures in Hawaii. Immediately, I knew they were good people.

When the four of us arrived in the valley, the employees assisting us said, “I hope you don’t mind the cattle in your pictures”, and anyone who knows myself or Allie would know we were THRILLED with the additional wedding guests. The cows, sprinkled throughout the fields, kept to themselves as we frolicked around taking pictures. Each time a tour group came by, they’d shout “Congratulations!” or wave to us, as they thought this was a real wedding.

Between the cows, the mountains, and the many congrats, this picnic elopement was a success. HUGE shout out to Wandering Weddings for featuring Allie’s work from this day on their website! You can see their blog post about it here.

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