Male’ana Gardens Elopement in Kailua, Oahu


Hi frands! I’m writing this post in the midst of the Covid-19 lockdown. What a strange and crazy time it’s been. I’ve personally been holed up in my home since March 14th, and the entire state of Hawaii went into mandatory lockdown around March 20th. So it’s been over month and the governor just announced a few days ago that the stay-at-home order would be extended from April 30th to May 31st. I think like most people, I’ve experienced ups and downs. Days when I’m feeling a bit stuck and anxious. Days when I’m productive and churning out work. And days when I’m just grateful for lots of extra time to slow down.

The extension felt like a bit of a blow, mainly because I can’t wait to start shooting again! I miss photography and I miss my clients!

Since I’m not shooting, I’ve been using this time to do all the back end business stuff that’s hard to tackle when I’m busy with client work and getting those gorgeous galleries out in a timely manner. I’ve been working on taxes, updating contracts, revamping my website, rescheduling so many sessions and weddings. And finally blogging past sessions and weddings that I never got around to sharing.

Like this stunning elopement. Meet Brooklyn & Benson. I love working with couples in love, and these two… THEY’RE IN LOVE!! There was no shortage or kisses and cuddles at our shoot at the gorgeous Male’ana Gardens in Kailua. You can tell these two adore each other!

Also, can we talk about the florals? Cheka from Kahihae Floral did an amazing job. I loved the decidedly non-traditional-for-Hawaii color palette of rich jewel tones, and vibrant warm yellows and oranges. Brooklyn’s oversize bridal bouquet featured so much color and texture with dried grasses. And, Benson’s floral bowtie was so unique! I adored all the vendors involved, and of course the happy couple! Big mahalo from the bottom of my heart.

Venue: Male’ana Gardens
Florals: Kahihae Floral
Hair and Makeup: Kelsey Sanchez
Wedding Gown: Masako Formals
Jewelry: Harp and Stone Design
Rentals: Accel Rentals and Roam Rentals
Host and Design: Kmang Photography

Planning a Male’ana Gardens Elopement or Wedding and in need of an experienced, professional photographer? I’d love to be a part of your big day! Contact me for more information.