My experiences with Brad and Sochenda have been mind blowing on so many different levels, and this Kauai Destination Wedding is no exception. Not only did they have one of the most gorgeous cultural weddings, they also invited me along to capture their celebrations on the island of Kauai. It goes without saying that I had a blast and even thought the trip had to be very short, there are some memories that I'll never ever forget. When you experience so many life altering experiences with a "client," the relationship becomes something very special. I can honestly say that Brad and Sochenda are more friends than clients. I feel like I've known them for years and after being given the career shifting, soul finding and heart stopping opportunity of capturing their wedding day, they have a special place close to my heart. With that being said, thank you guys. It means the world to me and I hope these images make you laugh, cry and give you goosebumps.
It's difficult to wrap the amazing memories into a tidy blog post, so I've provided a story of images and words. Enjoy!
We started off the wedding day by driving from our hotel to Brad and Sochenda's condo in Poipu Beach. This drive was epic. The micro-climates of Kauai harness some of the most beautiful environments you've ever seen. Even our dreams can't make this stuff up. Arriving at the condos, Sochenda had her dress hanging in one of the most serene spaces I've ever seen. For you little girls and brides-to-be out there, this must be what you dream about!
Scoping out a position with the correct light while also showcasing the location was a challenge, especially when they saw each other for the first time. I have to say though, I think they turned out quite special.
PURPLE FLOWERS!! Kauai is known as the "Garden Island" and it's very apparent. The flowers and plants are the most vivid colors you've ever seen...
The Waimea Canyon is literally heaven on earth. It makes you think about your relevance on this rock we call Earth and brings a sense of satisfaction that is hard to communicate through words. My heart literally skipped a beat when we crept over the last step.
The Beach House in Poipu Beach is an unbelievable place. The service was stellar and the food was out of this world. Definitely check them out if you're every in the area!
At this moment during the wedding, God provided a sign that good things are to come. Right as Brad and Sochenda slid on their rings, a heavy mist fell from the sky. As a photographer, I've never experienced such an exciting moment during a ceremony. We were standing on the southern shore of Kauai listening to the union of two amazing people. As the waves crashed onto shore a cool rain begins to fall... See what I mean? It's like a fairytale!
[My two favorite images of all time]
Thanks to both sides of the family for an amazing time!! It was one of the most fabulous days of my life, sincerely.
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