When Alex and Bonnie thought about how they would get married, they knew wherever it was, they wanted it to be private and intentional. And so, they chose to elope surrounded by nature on the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii.
The day began at the condo where they were staying in Kapalua. We met up in the morning to snap some casual photos of them just enjoying each other’s company with a chill, relaxed vibe. Alex and Bonnie didn’t do engagement photos so we used this time to capture some pre-wedding shots. It worked out perfectly! One of the pros to having a full day elopement is having the ability to get photos together throughout the day, whether you want to capture different outfits, locations, or moments of the day. After a drink or two and some light reading cozied up on the couch, we made our way down to the pool. It was a beautiful, sunny day in Maui and we even dipped our toes in the water before heading back up to their condo for an outfit change.
After our morning photo session, it was time to get ready for the ceremony. Alex and Bonnie had some time to get ready on their own before I captured some photos of them getting into their elopement day attire. Bonnie’s dress was absolutely gorgeous. I loved the sweet moments they shared while they helped each other into their wedding attire. We took a few bride and groom portraits before toasting a little champagne and heading off to Honolua Jungle!
Honolua Jungle is one of my favorite places in West Maui. This tropical oasis is full of lush greenery, towering trees, and a sense of tranquility. We had so much fun exploring all the beautifully tangled trees and corners of the forest. We even ran into a few small friends (wild chickens :)) and grabbed ice cream bars before heading to our next location.
Alex and Bonnie chose Ironwoods Beach (a.k.a. Oneloa Beach) for their elopement ceremony, where rocky coastline, crashing waves, and white-sandy beaches meet. It’s a beautiful place for an elopement in Maui. It was such a special and intimate ceremony — exactly what they had dreamt of. Before the day ended, they popped some champagne, shared their first dance, and soaked up every moment of this joy-filled day.
Eloping in Maui
Maui, also known as the Valley Isle, boasts a diverse natural landscape. With its sandy beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and lush forests, the island is full of breathtaking beauty. Whether you envision an intimate ceremony on a secluded beach or amidst the tropical rainforest, Maui has it all. It has the perfect blend of outdoor adventures, charming island towns, and romantic scenery, making it an ideal destination for elopements.
Where to Elope: Honolua Jungle and Ironwoods Beach
Honolua Jungle offers a magical setting of intimacy and tranquility. This secluded tropical paradise is filled with vibrant flora, towering trees, and a peaceful atmosphere. As you walk beneath the jungle canopy, you’ll feel a sense of wonder. It’s the perfect place for a truly unforgettable elopement.
Another amazing place for an elopement is Ironwoods Beach. As you step onto the golden sands, you’ll be greeted by waves gently crashing along the rocky shore and a calm salt-filled breeze. The panoramic views of the vast ocean create a breathtaking backdrop for your ceremony. Sunsets here are especially beautiful, painting the sky in hues of orange, pink, and purple.
Where to Stay: West Maui
Once the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom and a residence for Hawaiian royalty, West Maui is now a popular tourist destination, well-known for its pristine beaches and amazing resorts. Here you’ll find rocky coastlines, secluded coves, and expansive sandy beaches, along with some of the most breathtaking sunsets in the world. Stay at the amazing Ka’anapali resorts or opt for more privacy by finding a rental on VRBO and Airbnb.
When to Elope: Spring and Fall
Although the weather in Maui remains relatively consistent throughout the year, with temperatures in the 80s, I recommend the spring and fall shoulder seasons. During the months of April, May, September, October, and November, you’ll find fewer crowds, less rainfall, and more affordable prices.
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