Couple is running across a road with eachother

Soo Mee + Jimmy- Oahu, Destination Engagement

If you have friends or family members who work in the technology world, then you know how jam packed their schedules are! That was the case for Jimmy and Soo Mee, one is busy working in the tech industry while the other is a really talented abstract painter. I like to call this shoot the “it’ll happen when it happens” session. Soo Mee had been dreaming of a destination engagement session for quite some time, and had everything organized and scheduled months in advance. Due to some matters that called them back home, we had to reschedule at the last minute and get creative with our time and booking.

black and white portrait of couple running their destination engagement venue

couple is holding each other in hug in the tropical forest

Flashforward a few months later, the two flew back to Oahu just for the shoot!! We had about 40 hours total to work with- so we got creative, especially since mother nature decided to have an island wide rainstorm during their limited time here. (Absolutely no pressure at all, am I right!?) We had to cut our first day short due to torrential downpour and plan to meet again the next morning, despite the forecast saying it would be rainy again. Turns out, one of us deserved some good karma because the next morning was an absolute DREAM! So sunny with beautiful blue skies. Soo Mee and Jimmy were amazing to work with! They were very trusting with all the location and time changes due to the weather. An amazing couple to collaborate with despite less than ideal circumstances. Their love for each other is pure and genuine and it shows through in their pictures!

jimmy is holding an umbrella and kissing Soo Mee's forehead

Destination Engagement Venue Details 

Regardless of the crazy itinerary, I was able to capture this destination engagement session at the stunning location, Dillingham Ranch in Waialua, Hawaii. This adorable venue gives the perfect off the beaten path tropical look which matched the entire vibe of this couple’s shoot. The palm trees paired with the dirt road and Oahu’s mountains in the back are an absolute dream! I couldn’t be more grateful that despite venue changes, timing, and weather, we were able to cooperate with the circumstances and make this destination engagement come to life! If you’re interested in other Oahu venues, check out some of my previous blog posts to find out more magical places!

jimmy is holding soo mee's face and kissing her forehead

couple is holding hands and walking into tropical forest

couple is holding hands and walking in tropical forest

portraits of the couple beside each other on the beach

clsoe up of the brides hand with her engagement ring

couple is holding hands and walking along the beach

black and white portrait of couple holding hands walking into tropical forest

Hey friend!

Hi! I’m Emily, a couples, elopement and brand photographer based on Oahu, Hawaii.
You want a stress free, meaningful, and inspired approach to photography-something creative but still refined. Comfortable, but still elegant. I deeply value every couple that I get to create with, and can’t wait to hear your vision and collaborate with you!