These two reached out to me last year to photograph their 4th of July elopement in Kauai. Rewind and fast forward to these current times, the state of Hawaii has a strict (and completely validated) quarantine restriction on mainland travel. Siena called me up and said they were thinking about having a San Juan Island Elopement in addition to their Kauai Elopement, and the excitement grew from there. Insert back-up plan here!
Obviously having to come up with back up plans last minute was stressful, but these two handled it like champs. We waited and waited in hopes that Hawaii would loosen their restrictions. Instead, this beautiful couple found the most perfect venue at Saltwater Farm at Friday Harbor. Not only is it stunning, but this venue allowed their intimate guest list (close friends and family only) to stay on site with them.
The date has significance for this bride and groom. They were able to say their vows to each other on their 7th anniversary! How sweet is that?! As an extra special touch, this couple put together a time capsule during their ceremony consisting of a photo from each year of their relationship, shared stories about each photo, then even incorporated a polaroid from their elopement day.
These intimate weddings and elopements just add such a special element to things and give you the freedom to treat the day the way you want. Forgot your veil mid-ceremony and want to go get it? Go for it! Intimate weddings are so flexible and fluid. They got ready nice and early in the day. Next, we traveled to a local park for some portraits and they were able to read each other private vows overlooking the bright blue ocean. A morning ceremony was performed back at the venue followed by lunch and champagne cheers with their friends and family! We all then had a big break in the day for naps and relaxation – YES PLEASE – meeting again for dinner and sunset. It. Was. Perfect.
All of this to say, and we’ll still get to go to Kauai in March and do the whole thing again! I’m so thankful to have such incredible and thoughtful clients who have handled all of this sudden change with grace and understanding. Enjoy this glimpse into their elopement on San Juan Island. I can’t wait to share round two with this wonderful couple (and YOU) in the spring!