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Best of 2018 >> adventure weddings and elopements in Hawaii and the western US

Wow. 2018 was a doozy. I love doing this yearly roundup because it really puts everything into perspective and reminds me how wonderful the past year was! I am feeling so grateful for all of you that trust me and include me on one of the most important days of your lives. What a blessing it is!

In February, I attended an adventure wedding workshop at Yosemite National Park with The Hearnes and Maddie Mae. This experience was a game changer for me and gave me the clarity to focus on my passion for adventure elopements and small weddings.

In May, I flew to San Diego to shoot an intimate backyard wedding. It was such a lovely celebration with their family and close friends. Garret and I rented a campervan (our dream car…currently on the search for one!) and explored Joshua Tree National Park together. Definitely one of my new favorite places in the world. I would love to head back there for an elopement some day! Then we hopped back to Hawaii and I shot their honeymoon adventure session in Waimea Canyon on Kauai.

Spent the next couple months in Hawaii and then flew to Truckee, California to photograph an epic wedding at Sugar Bowl Resort on Lake Mary in August. Their rock climbing day-after session was a HUGE highlight of the year! Came back to Maui and then back to Yosemite National Park in September for an adventure engagement session and celebrated my birthday in the valley with rock climbing lessons. A terrifying and awesome experience!

In November, I photographed an eco-friendly wedding on Maui which was also a favorite. I’ll be sharing more from this wedding in the future and really hope it inspires my future couples to create weddings that are sustainable and care for our earth. Finished off the year on Oahu with an adventure elopement and the sweetest couple from New Zealand. It was such a fulfilling way to end the year. :)

My goals for 2019

Outsource - this year I definitely reached a breaking point with my work load. I’m committing to outsourcing the business tasks that I don’t need to do, so that I can create more time to spend with my loved ones, enjoy personal adventures, and give more of my energy to my clients.

Give back to the land - I love my partnership with Eden Reforestation Projects planting 50 trees for every shoot booked, but I want to do more. Currently looking for new partnerships and projects to be a part of to help educate and preserve the natural areas in our country. If you know of a meaningful project that needs help please contact me!

Travel by campervan - My husband and I would love to travel more on the mainland during the summer and fall months….which means I’m available for adventure elopements in Oregon, Washington, California, and Utah!! We’ve been on the hunt for a campervan, so we have a mainland rig for adventures. I’ll be heading to Bend, Oregon in May for some sessions and would also LOVE to shoot in the Redwood National Forest and the Oregon Coast this year. Utah is another bucket list location I would love to see again. We road tripped there a few years ago, but would be thrilled to explore new areas there and shoot some adventure elopements!

adventure wedding and elopement photographer naomi levit

Phew. What a year. When I look back on the year I feel enormous gratitude for all of the amazing humans I’ve had the honor of connecting with. I wouldn’t have had so many epic experiences if it wasn’t for all of YOU! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. :)

Donner Pass Adventure Elopement | Truckee, California

elle and colby.  pure magic.  their love for each other gave me the chills.  we had such a blast adventuring around donner pass near truckee, california.  we were freezing by the end...winter came early this year....but we still had a great time adventuring and enjoying the epic scenery near their home.

meredith richmond held a beautiful ceremony for them on top of donner pass overlooking donner lake.  meredith and i used to work together on maui.  she relocated to truckee to be closer to her family earlier this year.  it was so fun to reconnect in another beautiful part of this world.  she brings a calm, peaceful presence that is welcomed on the wedding day.  highly recommend her if you're looking for a california officiant.  love and lupines floral design provided the amazing wildflower bouquet.  the flowers were grown about an hour away from truckee at soil sisters farm.  yay for supporting local!

elle just opened up a new yoga studio in truckee called truckee yoga collective.  i'm super excited for her new adventure and look forward to practicing there next time i'm in the area.

just in case you didn't know.  i love traveling.  i'm a gypsy soul for sure.  i'm based on maui but travel a lot throughout the year.  so if you're planning an adventure elopement in california, oregon, washington, utah, colorado, or anywhere else in the world let me know!  i just might be able to fit it into my travel plans. 

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