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Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden Wedding | Becca & Joe

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Becca & Joe’s Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden wedding was such a dream!!

These two flew in from LA and had a few days before their wedding day to relax and explore Oahu. And become bonafide poke connoisseurs🤤🤤  They intentionally chose to elope (before COVID was even a thing!) because they really valued the experience of an intimate, stress-free, and fun day over a big, fancy wedding.

And let me tell you, they got just that – plus some seriously killer views!! They picked out Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden for their wedding because they wanted to tie the knot somewhere stunning, but didn’t want to have to hike for hours. The garden is perfect for just that – you can just park there and you’re at a stunning spot!!

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Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden Weddings: The Details

 

If you’re considering tying the knot at Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden, here are a few things you’ll need to know!

  • You’ll need to get a permit: click here for the permit application! (this application must be filed at least 3 weeks in advance – so make sure to do it well ahead of time!)
  • There are 5 different garden sites you can choose from for your ceremony!
  • Parking is limited
  • No physical amenities are allowed, such as tables, chairs, etc.
  • No alcoholic beverages, wedding receptions, or throwing confetti/rice are allowed

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The ceremony was so beautiful and heartfelt, and we were definitely all tearing up during the vow exchange. There were no guests; just us and Joe’s friend who officiated for them.

After the ceremony, Becca & Joe chartered a private boat out a couple miles out to sea to the Kaneohe bay sandbar (how cool?!). They enjoyed the space completely empty, with just the two of them and some turtles! While on the sandbar, they listened to music and even cut their cake on a cute table that they’d had set up. It was suuuper stormy, but the rain held off for us – take a look for yourself at the photos down below!

To end the night, the sky showed off for them big time, and the full moon even came out to celebrate with us at the end 🌝✨✨✨

This day with Becca & Joe was the perfect example of doing your wedding day YOUR way and making it a blast. I encourage you to dream real big with your elopement like these two did!!

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Want some tips on how to elope in Hawai’i? Click here for a blog post I’ve got just for you!

Or, maybe you need help picking your elopement dress – I’ve got a great guide here

 

Talented Team of Oahu Wedding Vendors:

 

Coordinator: Love Always Weddings Hawaii || @lovealwaysweddingshawaii

Photo: Emily Choy Photography || @_emilychoy

Video: Cam Gregg Films || @camgreggfilms

Officiant: Friend of the couple

Florals: Pukaie Floristry || @puakaiefloristry

H/MU: Color my Kisses || @cherylbrown.hi

Dress: Reclamation Design || @reclamationdesigncompany

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Hey friend!

I’m Emily! Your fellow adventure junkie here to document you and your amazing babe of a human. I am based on Oahu and shoot adventurous couples, elopements, and tiny weddings!

YesI will take beautiful photos for you to perfectly preserve your day, but guess what else? I’m also here to help you: find the perfect location, plan out the best time of day, choose the best outfits, and pump you up on our adventure together.