There’s nothing more sentimental and nostalgic than a meaningful wedding tradition that you can reflect on with your significant other. You can still include some traditional wedding day activities into your elopement day-pick and choose the ones that feel like you! As a Hawaii destination wedding and elopement photographer, I encourage my clients to include some or all of these listed ideas below; they really add some beautiful memories to your day. In this post, I list my top 5 beautiful wedding day traditions to include in your non-traditional Hawaii elopement.
#1. Getting Ready Photos
Getting ready for your wedding or elopement day is something I really encourage to get documented. You and your partner are maybe a little bit anxious, but mostly really really excited! The getting ready portion of your day will be a core memory for you-whether you get ready together or separately, start off with a slow cup of coffee or a morning beach walk. These images are more candid and documentary-style by nature because you are participating in an activity. You’re already getting married in a unique way; you deserve having candids that display the full story of your elopement day!
#2.Capturing The Small Details
Photographing details of your Hawaii elopement is similar to your getting ready photos. The main difference is what the focus is directed towards. In getting ready photos, the bride and groom are the focus, whereas in detail shots, items such as the space you’re getting ready in, your vows, the wedding bands, the attire, shoes, etc., are the center of attention. These shots genuinely add to your final elopement gallery and help bring your Hawaii elopement story to life. It really is the small, simple things that can mean the most.
#3. The First Look
This may be one of my favorite moments to capture. The intimate and precious moments that come from the first look are all so unique and irreplaceable. Capturing the first look, whether you are having guests or not, is truly so sweet to photograph. During this time of your Hawaii elopement, seeing your partner for the first time brings emotions to an all-time high- it’s truly unforgettable. You’ll want to bottle those sentimental feelings and moments to reflect on in the next two, five, and twenty years!
#4. The First Dance
Another classic tradition that you can’t forget to add to your Hawaii elopement! The first dance is a very close second to the first look. The emotions rise to an all-time high once again- creating memories you want to have captured to keep forever. The best part about having a first dance on your big day is that you can curate it to your personal preference. Some couples like to make it more playful and fun, whereas others lean more toward the intimate and tender style. I recommend dancing to your favorite song and choosing a spot special to you and your partner, whether during sunset on a beach, cliffside, or at your venue. Slow down during your wedding day and take it all in. Be completely present and enjoy each other at the moment. Music has a unique way of setting the mood and is perfect for slowing everything down and adding to those beautiful moments.
#5. A Sweet Treat
This is such a fun tradition that creates the perfect ending to any Hawaii elopement! The best part is that you can customize it to make it your own. There is a wide variety of amazing bakers on the island, and their work is nothing short of incredible. You can go with a more traditional treat such as a cake, or you can opt for something a little more unorthodox like some local malasadas, haupia, taro treats, etc. There’s nothing better than ending such a perfect and special day with a sweet treat to share with your significant other and any other loved ones.
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To Recap on my Top 5 Beautiful Wedding Day Traditions for your Hawaii Elopement
I can’t express enough just how much really happens during your Hawaii elopement! There is so much more to it than just the ceremony. You deserve full coverage of your elopement- start to finish. Your wedding gallery should bring you back to your Hawaii elopement, flooding your heart with all the feelings you felt on that day. Elopements are full of intentionality and meaning- there is nothing more important than remembering how special you felt in those moments. To ensure you get the most out of your wedding gallery, here are my Top 5 Wedding day traditions to include in your Hawaii elopement.
#1. Getting ready photos
#2. Capturing the small details
#3. The first look
#4. The first dance
#5. Having a sweet treat
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