As an elopement photographer who lives for capturing love in its purest form, I understand the vital role of selecting the perfect location and/or venue to make your Maui elopement truly epic.
In this guide, we'll go over just how to pick the ideal spot for your love story:
STEP ONE: PICK THE TYPE OF LOCATION YOU WANT
Let's not get ahead of ourselves and just start googling places that everyone else gets married at.
First let's figure out what type of vibe you want. There is a ton of variety on Maui - not just beaches! And even if you choose to get married on a beach, there are different color sand beaches on Maui to choose from. Read on for more information.
The magic of a perfect location -aka- how to set the scene:
Just like the perfect cast in a movie, the right location sets the stage for an awe-inspiring elopement. Maui has soo many stunning landscapes that cater to all tastes and vibes. Take a moment to talk with your partner and figure out your vibe/vision for the big day.
Let's explore some of the best types location options on the island:
A. PERFECT WHITE SAND BEACHES
Feel the sand between your toes and the ocean breeze in your hair with a beachfront elopement. Maui's beaches offer a chill and intimate atmosphere, perfect for sun-kissed ceremonies and dreamy sunsets that'll leave you breathless. Maui is home to SO MANY perfect beaches. From white sand to black sand and even a red sand beach in Hana, how do you choose?!
B. COOL JUNGLE WATERFALL VIBES
For the wild-hearted and adventurous souls, Maui's jungle waterfalls are perfect for an unforgettable elopement. Take off your shoes and let's venture off the beaten path! Embrace the untamed beauty, and exchange vows under the magical spray of a waterfall.
C. PEAKS AND PANORAMAS aka get married on top of a dormant volcano
For those with their heads in the clouds and their hearts soaring high, Maui's Haleakala Volcano top provides a majestic backdrop for your vows and one of the most amazing sunrises you'll ever see in your life. Stand on top the world and watch your love story unfold, these views will touch your soul.
STEP TWO: EMBRACE YOUR STYLE AND SWAGGER
Before totally committing to your location stop and think about your personal style as a couple. Your elopement should be an authentic expression of your love story.
Here are some killer themes to consider:
A. RETRO BEACH VIBES
If you're all about that free-spirited, barefoot-in-the-sand kind of love, a beach elopement is your jam. Think flowing dresses, flower crowns, and an effortlessly heartfelt ceremony with the ocean as your witness.
B. ADVENTURE SEEKERS
For couples who thrive on adrenaline and epic escapades, a jungle elopement is tailor-made for you. Embrace the thrill of exploring hidden waterfalls and the lush greenery, creating memories that will last a lifetime.
C. ZEN AND MINDFUL
If you're all about finding tranquility and inner peace together, a mountaintop elopement is your sanctuary. Let the mountain's serenity envelop you as you meditate on your love and your shared journey.
STEP THREE: CHECK THE STARS -aka- consider the practicalities
Even in paradise, it's essential to check the stars before taking the plunge. To ensure a seamless and stress-free elopement, here are some practicalities to keep in mind:
A. DECIDE THE SEASON
Maui's seasons dance to their own rhythm, and knowing the tempo will ensure your elopement is smooth sailing. I can help with that! Summer offers endless sunshine and drier days, ideal for beachfront vows. In contrast, winter brings a lush and green landscape, perfect for jungle escapes. Read my whole blog about The Best Months To Get Married in Maui : A Seasonal Guide. Or better yet, message me if you want help picking the perfect wedding day/ season to get married in.
B. PERMITS AND RED TAPE
Before you ride the wave of excitement, make sure you're all clear on permits and permissions. Some locations may require special authorization, so be sure to check in with the local authorities to avoid any last-minute emergencies. I am available to all of my clients to help navigate the confusing process of permits, send me a message if you need some help!
C. PICK THE TIME: Golden Hour
Timing is everything, and Maui's legendary sunsets offer the ultimate golden hour glow for your elopement photos. Plan your ceremony around this magical time, and your pictures will be nothing short of epic. It's worth it I promise.
STEP 4: FINALLY NAILING DOWN A LOCATION
Finally the step we've all been waiting for! Let's pick the location!
How to Choose "The One"
With so many dreamy locations to choose from, you might wonder how to carve the perfect path for your elopement. Fear not, for the compass to your heart's desire lies within:
A. TUNE IN TO YOUR LOVE STORY
Take a moment to tune into your love story and let it be your guiding star. Which location speaks to your journey as a couple? Whether it's the beach where you first met or a waterfall that symbolizes your adventures together, let your love story pave the way.
B. SEEK EXPERT ADVICE
I always say "you don't know what you don't know". As an elopement photographer who's ridden the Maui wave many times, I've got the insider scoop on the best locations to suit your style and vision. Don't hesitate to seek expert advice to make your decision easier. Read my blog post: 3 best places to elope on Maui from a wedding photographer.
C. SCOUT THE TERRAIN
If possible, explore Maui's beauty before your big day. Visit potential locations and feel the vibe to see if it jives with your style and love energy. Familiarizing yourselves with the terrain will make your elopement day even more comfortable and natural. If this is impossible for you I can scout and send pictures, just reach out already!
D. LET YOUR LOVE BE YOUR NORTH STAR
Above all else, let love be your North Star. Choose a location that resonates with your hearts, where your love can soar and create memories that will shine brighter than the Maui sun.
Choosing the ideal location and venue for your Maui elopement is like riding the biggest wave of your life - it takes a blend of thrill, passion, and love. Whether you opt for the laid-back shores, the enchanting waterfalls, or the serene mountaintops, trust your love and connection to lead the way. Maui's magic will weave itself into your elopement, making it a soul-stirring experience you'll cherish for eternity.
So, set your compass, seize the day, and ride the wave of love on this paradise island - where dreams come true and hearts unite. And hire me to document your day!
Book me as your wedding photographer and I'll help you through the whole overwhelming process. I will not only help you get the amazing photos you need but also be your trusted partner in elopement planning.
With my extensive knowledge of the area and genuine dedication to clients, I can guide you through whatever (or every) step of the process, ensuring that your special day is as stress-free as possible and truly unforgettable. Consider me your best friend in the wedding industry, ready to capture your love story and create timeless memories that you will cherish for a lifetime.