It was their dream to be married on a beach, barefoot, toes in the sand. Well, the wedding day was super rainy –flash flood watches, torrential downpour rainy. Any other time we would have rescheduled the ceremony or at least the photos. They were leaving the next day though, so we had to make this happen. They chose to have the ceremony at Kekaha Beach Park, on the west side of the island, which is typically the driest side. It was just the couple, the officiant and me. When we arrived it was totally grey and still raining, but at least they had the beach to themselves. So always look for the good!
As we all got out of our cars, umbrellas open, standing next to a huge mud puddle Joshua came to meet me with a big smile on his face and he asked how I was doing. “I like this guy,” I thought. We chatted for a moment and I went to meet the bride. I was thinking she needed a hug.
To come all the way to Hawaii for your wedding and get weather like we were having could really bum someone out. She opened the door to her jeep and was all grins too! She was like, “It’s Ok, let’s go!” and Joan was ready! The rain was not going to put a damper on her day. This woman is how I want all my brides to be! Easy-going, excited, in love!
I photographed them from under a pavilion while they went down to the sand for the ceremony. Under clear umbrellas with the rain pouring all around them, the sound of the waves in the background, feet in the sand they shared their vows. It was incredibly romantic. Like one of those Nicholas Sparks movie moments.
After the ceremony the rain let up some, just enough so I could get out on the beach with them for their portraits.
With all these obstacles leading up to their ceremony and under such crazy conditions they kept their focus on each other and the importance of this day. What an incredible start to their marriage.
Joshua and Joan- I must say this ranks pretty high up for one of the most adventurous weddings I’ve photographed. Thank you for being so open, eager and overall lovely to work with. I know you will have a life full of laughter and fun! It was a pleasure making memories together.
Officiant- Frieda Gayle
Location- Kekaha Beach Park
Photographer- Keri Cooper
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