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The Top 5 Elopement Photography Locations on Oahu

Are you dreaming of saying "I do" on the stunning island of Oahu? Whether you're drawn to the lush greenery of the mountains, the golden sands of the beaches, Oahu offers a plethora of picturesque elopement spots that are sure to make your special day unforgettable.


As an Oahu Photographer, I've compiled a list of my personal top 5 elopement photography locations on this tropical paradise. Let's dive in!





1. West Oahu: Paradise Cove Public Beach


Getting married at Paradise Cove Public Beach on Oahu offers as a great choice for your wedding or elopement ceremony. The stunning ocean views and soft sandy beaches create a memorable setting that couples and guests alike will cherish. If you want a convenient view of sunset that isn't direclty in Waikiki go here. Things to note are it's limited parking, works best if you are staying at the Four Seasons or the Disney Aulani Resort and can just walk over or take a short uber. There is a nearby paid parking lot that is about a 5-10 minute walk that always has spots as a backup. That being said, it is a popular beach so if you are looking for a more private experience it might be better to consider a morning ceremony. It is more frequently empty in the mornings.





2. Windward Side: Kualoa Regional Park


The park is renowned for its stunning views of the Koʻolau Mountain Range and its expansive, lush green landscapes, providing a picturesque backdrop for wedding ceremonies. Couples can exchange vows with the majestic mountains as their backdrop on one side and an ocean at the other side. The park's expansive grounds offer ample space for both intimate gatherings and larger celebrations, accommodating various wedding setups and activities. Additionally, Kualoa Regional Park provides facilities such as picnic areas and ample parking, ensuring convenience for guests. Its location away from the hustle and bustle of urban areas allows couples to enjoy a tranquil and private wedding surrounded by the scenic wonders of Oahu. It is about a 40 minute drive from Waikiki without traffic.



3. Honolulu: Tantalus Lookout


Perfect for the a more urban couple. Getting married at Tantalus on Oahu offers a truly magical and unique experience that couples and guests will remember forever. Perched high above Honolulu, Tantalus offers panoramic views of the cityscape, Diamond Head, and the Pacific Ocean, creating a stunning backdrop for wedding ceremonies and celebrations and sunset. The greenery and tropical flora of the area provide a natural and serene setting, ideal for intimate gatherings or larger weddings. Tantalus also offers cooler temperatures compared to lower elevations in other parts of the island, making it a comfortable choice for outdoor ceremonies, particularly during warmer months. The secluded and peaceful atmosphere of Tantalus allows couples to exchange vows in a private and tranquil environment, away from the crowds and noise of the city. Did I mention there is plenty of parking? Overall, Tantalus on Oahu presents couples with a breathtaking location that represents the beauty and essence of Honolulu, Hawaii.




4. West Oahu: Makua


Getting married at Makua on Oahu offers couples a secluded and breathtakingly beautiful setting that epitomizes the raw natural beauty of Hawaii. Nestled along the rugged coastline of the island's west side, Makua Beach boasts pristine white sands, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and dramatic mountain backdrops. The secluded nature of Makua Beach ensures a private and intimate atmosphere, perfect for couples looking to exchange vows in a tranquil and romantic setting away from the usual tourist spots. The stunning sunsets over the Pacific Ocean provide a magical backdrop for wedding ceremonies and photography, creating unforgettable memories. Makua Beach's serene environment allows couples to connect with nature and each other, making it an ideal location for couples seeking a serene and picturesque Hawaiian wedding experience. Plenty of parking. The only downfall of this location is the long drive.




5. North Shore: Kewala Beach


The beach is known for its soft golden sands, calm waters, and coastal cliffs, creating a calm and serene backdrop for wedding ceremonies. Kewala Beach is less crowded compared to some of the more popular beaches on Oahu, providing couples with a sense of privacy and intimacy for their special day. It truly feels like it's own little world back there. The gentle ocean breeze and the sound of waves crashing against the shore add to the tranquil ambiance, enhancing the romantic atmosphere of the ceremony. The North Shore's famous sunsets, viewed from Kewala Beach, offer breathtaking photo opportunities and create a magical setting for exchanging vows.


Whether you are envisioning a beachfront ceremony, a garden celebration, or a mountaintop exchange of vows, Oahu has soo many stunning elopement spots to choose from. Each location offers its own unique charm and beauty, ensuring that your special day will be filled with romance and magic.


If you're feeling overwhelmed by the options or have a random question, don't hesitate to reach out! I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have while looking for your perfect elopement location.


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