Devin & Raquel - Sunset Surf Proposal at Waimea Bay

Devin & Raquel - Sunset Surf Proposal at Waimea Bay

One of our best friends, the crazy talented musician Devin Henning, proposed to his Brazilian bride out at Waimea Bay…on a SUP board…with the ring in his boardshorts. That is a Hawaiian proposal at it’s finest! In the winter time, the swells can reach 30-40ft and Raquel is one of the pro surfers crazy enough to paddle out into them! So Dev thought what better place to ask for her hand in marriage than out at her favorite break on the planet :)

Emily & Jay - Married at Sunshower Coffee Farms in Kona, Hawaii

Emily & Jay - Married at Sunshower Coffee Farms in Kona, Hawaii

On top of all that, Smoke & Legend (their nicknames for each other) waited until sunset to share their vows with each other privately and it was nothing short of heartfelt and emotional. It was a privilege to witness & document this day for you two, thanks for inviting us into your lives and this special special day!

Nikki & Jarred - Simple Backyard UD Wedding in Hawaii

Nikki & Jarred - Simple Backyard UD Wedding in Hawaii

The main guests present were fellow friends from UD and immediate family. Nikki’s grandma made the trip from Japan to help dress her in a traditional Japanese kimono - a process that took about 1.5 hours and had her grandma wiping the sweat from her brow several times as she served Nikki in a hot little closet in their Airbnb at Hale Koa Estate. Friends & fam hungout in the front yard playing giant Jenga, drinking Kona beers, and helping set up for the ceremony.

Victoria & Carlos - Casual North Shore Oceanfront Wedding

Victoria & Carlos - Casual North Shore Oceanfront Wedding

They repeated over & over again how this was more of a backyard BBQ with a wedding in the middle of the evening :) The wedding day was exactly that: yard games, little girls looking at Victoria as though she were a princess, tons of hugs, a Spotify DJ and impromptu dance floor in the Airbnb living room, and finally a late night bridal party dip in the pool!

Mac & Lex - Honeymoon on Hawaii's North Shore

Mac & Lex - Honeymoon on Hawaii's North Shore

They were so comfortable in their own skin and confident in who they were created to be :) They claim to eat more Portillo’s than anyone else in the city of Chicago and are a true Superman/Lex Luther combo; Mackenzie being superman and Lex being the Kryptonotic Luther haha.

Dani & Mat - Married at Molii Gardens in Kualoa Ranch

Dani & Mat - Married at Molii Gardens in Kualoa Ranch

It was super important for D&M to have plenty of images where their loved ones were having fun in the beauty of the location they chose! With yard games and mountain views, it wasn’t hard for anyone to enjoy themselves. These were some of the most heartfelt & genuine people we’ve ever met and are excited to share their wedding day. You will see how Dani’s grandma just adored the two of them, the respect her brothers have for her and her parents, the crazy dance off to choose which table got dinner first, and kids being….well, kids!

Jenna & Brendan - Diamond Head Honeymoon in Waikiki

Jenna & Brendan - Diamond Head Honeymoon in Waikiki

We photographed Jenna & Brendan’s wedding in Cincinnati, OH just 5 months before this. They decided to honeymoon in Hawaii at Waikiki, Maui, and Kauai. For Valentine’s Day (just two days before they arrived), Jenna’s mom surprised them with a couple’s session to have photographs of their brief time on Oahu before heading to the other islands :)