Hanalei Bay Elopement, Nicole and Ryan / by Jena Thurmer

I came across Joshua Rose, the brilliant photographer behind these photos, about 3 months ago as I was nonchalantly perusing (ok, stalking) all of the vendors on Kauai via Instagram. When I stumbled upon his page, my heart exploded. His pictures are filled with emotion; there's a sense of calm in his photos and he's artistic without trying too hard! I just love them. Can't get enough. 

So, given what a huge fan I am, I asked if I could feature one of his weddings as my very first blog post (this!). Nicole and Ryan are from Australia and they held their elopement on my favorite place on Kauai, Hanalei Bay. I'm so excited to share their wedding with you. It was so uniquely them! Very simple and uncomplicated... but so, so beautiful. 

FROM JOSHUA.  To date, Nicole and Ryan's Hanalei Bay elopement is one of my most memorable photography experiences. The most powerful photos always come from capturing those experiences that truly embody real emotions and feeling, and this wedding was such a great example of that. It was a pleasure working behind the scenes capturing so many sweet smiles, laughs, and sincere moments throughout the day. Nicole and Ryan were dream clients, and I was so happy to be apart of such a meaningful day! I hope you enjoy their beautiful Kauai elopement. 

FROM NICOLE.  Our wedding day was a true reflection of who we are as a couple; a relaxed, raw and intimate elopement with the most important people in our lives. We wanted to remind everyone what love is about.

FAVORITE MEMORY FROM THE WEDDING DAY. How can I pick one! There's just so many throughout the day. The emotions I felt walking down with my Dad to be passed onto my future husband. The fact that Kauai was meant to have the most amount of rain on our wedding day, only to rain in the morning with a clearing up to the perfect day. (That's lucky, right?!) From the moment I saw my daughter, niece and nephew all together for the first time, playing in the lush Hawaiian sand while we eloped. To Ryan and I trying to pose so seriously for Joshua... to bursting out laughing when we couldn't hold it in any longer. Or, the reception where we enjoyed beautiful Hawaiian food and drink with our closest family and friends and finished the night with a cheeky pool and spa dip. I can still hear the echoes of our laughter throughout the night as we all striped down and jumped in... in the pitch black of midnight! Those spontaneous moments will be my everlasting memories.

ADVICE TO BRIDES PLANNING NOW.  My Nan gave me great advice which is really what established our wedding style (I kept it in mind constantly when we were planning) and that's to always remember what the day is about! It's about you and your partner and the love you share. You can show that in so many ways. Don't stress about the small stuff. Decide on a few key details that reflect you and concentrate on that. You and your groom will make the day what it is. I also kept a wedding journal which helped me so much in keeping all of the details organized... and I would suggest using the internet for inspiration, planning and vendor reviews. I planned my whole wedding from Australia without ever stepping foot on Kauai before. You'll be surprised how much help you can get from people all over the world. It just takes one email. 

Congratulations, Nicole + Ryan! Your wedding day was magical. Thank you for sharing. 

With love + aloha!



Catering: Paige Krest // Flowers: Passion Flowers Kauai // Wedding Officiant: Kevin Ho // Makeup: Beauty Bar // Bride's Dress: Grace Loves Lace