Kauai Weddings and Elopements

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Kauai Wedding Photographer: Charleton Churchill

Kauai weddings and elopements are a great way to get married. You’ve found the right place and photographer today. The island of Kauai is filled with many epic and romantic locations and wedding venues to capture everything you desire. I’ve been around the island and know it well. I can guide you in planning your adventure elopement or Hawaii wedding. I have access to a list of vendors who can assist you on your day. There are better locations for sunsets and sunrises.

Kauai Locations

So you want to get married and also need a Kauai wedding photographer who can hike with you, guide you to popular and private island locations, and also capture your special day at your best? Here are some images below from Kauai weddings and elopements I documented earlier this year. The stars in the sky Kauai wedding photo shown below was captured in 2014 and it received an international award. Beyond the stars, you have many options on the entire island for photos.

Kauai Beaches

First of all, the beaches. There are scenic beaches all over the island where you can have your ceremony. Some are superior to others, while others have better sunrises or sunsets that are captivating. I’ve been to popular beaches and secret beaches, and many less visited beaches that are epic. We will need a permit to have a ceremony or take photos, but I will take care of that when you book. Typically couples stay in the south near Poipu or Koloa where you are closer to the Waimea Canyon. Waimea Canyon has many trails and scenic views. In the Koloa area, there are many hotels and resorts, like the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Koloa Landing Resort. The Hyatt Kauai has access to beautiful beach.

The northern part of the island also has equally impressive beaches, tropical forests, nice hotels, and other mountains, like the Haena State Park. You can take short or long hikes at the Haena state park that leads to waterfalls and other epic locations. The eastern or southeastern part of the island near the airport is also a great midway between your southern and northern adventures. The Kauai Beach Resort is great hotel option between the north and south for wedding guests to enjoy the beach while enjoying many of the local restaurants and shopping options.

Kauai Mountains

Secondly, the mountains. Kauai has many mountain trails and epic scenery for adventure couples to hike in their wedding attire or not, both in the north and south.  When you set up a wedding or elopement with us, we will discuss your your preferences on locations. For mountain photography like a Waimea canyon weddings, that will require a separate permit through the state of Hawaii. For permits, we will take responsiblity.

Kauai Wedding Venues

Lastly, there are plenty of wedding venues on Kauai where you can have a your wedding. I’ve already mentioned the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort, Koloa Landing Resort, Kauai Beach Resort and Spa, and also, check out the Beach House Restaurant, a lovely and popular location for many weddings in the south. Also, in the southwest, there’s the Waimea Plantation Cottages. You’ll want to visit their website for photos. Additionally, check out 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay, a high end resort on the northern part of Kauai. Lastly, check out Princeville Makai Golf Club on the northern part of the island.

How to Book

If you’re interested in booking a photographer for your wedding or elopement, you can visit the contact page above and fill out the information. We can find a date first that works for you. Then, we’ll figure out your elopement location or Kauai wedding venue to get married. Thirdly, we’ll start planning your wedding, getting permits, vendors booked, hotels booked, and activities. We’d love to talk with you and see how we can capture your day.


intimate kauai wedding with stars in the sky by photographer charleton churchill
Kauai adventure elopements on a beach cliff with hawaii photographer
elopement sign that says, "we do, we did, we eloped" with rings, vows, and sand for ceremony at cannon's beach
kauai beach wedding photos in poipu koloa near grand hyatt kauai
romantic intimate wedding at tunnels beach
na aina kai botanical gardens in the trees on kauai
botantical gardens ceremony by the pond
hawaii eloping couple adventure photos in the rain
best hawaii wedding photos in the mountains
grand hyatt kauai resort weddings on the beach by charleton churchill
Hyatt kauai wedding Photographer capturing a ceremony on beach
kauai elopements and weddings on the beach
poipu beach couples intimate elopements
hawaii wedding on poipu beach with a kauai eloping couple holding lanterns


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Kualoa Ranch Wedding Photography | Oahu Wedding Photographer


kualoa ranch wedding couple at Jumanji site of the oahu wedding venue

Kualoa Ranch Wedding

Tom and Sierra’s Kualoa Ranch wedding was romantic and epic, a once in a lifetime experience for them. Of course, I enjoyed it too. As a photographer capturing weddings and adventure elopements in Hawaii, it’s breathtaking to experience the Kualoa valley. Yes, there are many venues in Oahu that are beautiful, but I believe they chose one of the best to tie the knot. Kualoa boasts of over 4,000 acres of lush tropical valleys, majestic mountains, and pristine beaches. The ranch has been used as a filming location for many Hollywood movies, such as Godzilla and Jurassic Park, and is a popular tourist destination. Having your wedding here is a dream come true for many couples.

Starting at the Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, the ladies had their makeup and hair done. The room had a vibrant ocean view up high. Tom got ready at the cottage at Moli’i Gardens, where most of the time would be spent.

Jumanji Valley, Kualoah Valley

From there, we all met at the famous Jumanji property for our couple to have their first look. We were led on a dirt road to the valley by Rocky, who was great guide. When we arrived, the scenery was all wow factor. And when Tom and Sierra arrived and saw each other for the first time, it was like a movie. The best expressions, the best scenery, and the best weather. (By the way, it had been raining for weeks prior, even the day before when my videographer and I drove to the location to check in and communicate. Their wedding day was the first day it had stopped in a while.).

Secret Island Beach and Moli’i Gardens

After we photographed them in the Kualoa Valley, guests started to arrive at the Moli’i gardens ready for a boat shuttle across to Secret Island beach. This is where they would get married. You can see the iconic Mokoli’i Island behind them as they exchange vows. If you have your wedding at the Paliku Gardens, you get another view of Mokoli’i, a distinguished land site.

At the completion of the beach ceremony and family photos, we all headed back to the shuttle for the evening reception at Moli’i gardens. Dinner was served, touching speeches were shared, choreographed dancing by the bride and groom were cheered on, the cake was cut and eaten, and a party to wrap up the evening made it a stellar wedding.

Congratulations to Tom and Sierra, and all their families. Thank you to all the vendors who made the day go so well.



Waikiki sheraton wedding hotel room bride getting ready
Alohilani resort waikiki beach view from the hotel room
wedding dress at alohilani resort beach hotel
wedding at waikiki hotels overlooking ocean beach from hotel room
waikiki beach resort hotel alohilani bride getting ready
alohilani hotel room with bridesmaids makeup artist
moli'i gardens cottage bride getting ready with mother
cute baby being held by mother
cottage of moli'i gardens of bride assisting flower girl
rings tied on a clam shell
beach slip on wedding shoes with rings, necklace, and details
groom getting ready at moli'i cottage kualoa
groomsman helping groom on property
first look with beach view on kualoa property
Jumanji kualoa valley wedding photography of bride and groom first look
jumanji first look wedding couple at kualoa valley where they have jurassic adventure tours
groom enjoying dress on property
jumanji couple kissing overlooking valley of kualoa where hollywood uses as movie sites.
bride and groom holding
romantic wedding couple at Kualoa ranch in the valley where jurassic world was filmed.
kualoa ranch top wedding venue in oahu where they filmed 50 first dates, the kualoa valley.
kualoa ranch wedding couple near palm trees
Jumanji wedding site at Kualoa Ranch wedding photography
kualoa ranch valley wedding photographer jumanji valley oahu
bride and flower girls hawaii under moli'i forest
ring bearer and bride in forest cottage moli'i
bride portraits moli'i forest
groom portraits forest of moli'i lush forest hawaii
groomsmen portraits moli'i kualoa
casual groomsmen portraits hawaii moli'i garden
fun bridesmaids hawaii kualoa moli'i gardens
casual bridesmaids and flower girl photography at gardens of moli'i under lush forest oahu
bridesmaids portraits oahu
wedding party photos at kualoa ranch
huge tree with bride and groom under forest oahu
secret beach and moli'i garden dock wedding photos at oceanside
boat at kualoa escorting bride and groom and family to secret beach
kualoa ranch from secret beach and foggy mountains
wedding couple at dock of secret beach and kualoa in background
secret beach couple photos at dock
groom at secret venue palm trees
flower girl and ringbearer down aisle
groom watching bride come down aisle
father walking down bride in secret beach
bridesmaids at secret island in light blue gowns
groomsmen at beach of kualoa oahu
groom during ceremony at oahu beach
kualoa ranch wedding ceremony at secret island beach with palm trees and sand
candid ringbearer in sand at wedding in oahu beach
ceremony at secret island beach cloudy day
couple exchanging vows at secret island beach on partly cloudy day
bride reading her vows with rectangular arch and flowers in oahu.cloudy day ceremony kualoa ranch at the secret island beach were movies are filmed
wedding ceremony at secret beach kualoa with couple lighting the torches
couple married at secret island beach kualoa ranch, which is the film location where the rock dwayne johnson made his moana live state commercial.married in oahu at kualoa along beach of the secret lsland.Kualoa beach ceremony kiss at the beach of the secret island with fog, mountain, and palm trees.
wedding party celebration at secret beach on the island Kualoah ranch uses for a wedding venuekid photo bombing family photoscreative wedding party photo on kualoa ranch beach venue
groom and bride taking boat from secret beach to moli'i gardens for reception at Kualoa.
table decor at moli'i gardens with wooden tables and white plates green plants, gold silverware.
table decoration at moli'i gardens, white wooden chairs, wooden tables.
plate designs and decor at wedding of kualoa ranch.
Moli'i gardens reception setup, decorations, design, and colors at kualoa ranch.
wedding reception and couple dancing together at kualoa ranch, paliku gardens, moli'i gardens.
first dance of couple
choreographed dancing of groom with bride on moli'i dancefloor.
couple dipping at wedding venue in oahu
groom spinning bride at wedding property of kualoa
couple dancing at the two-tiered garden wedding reception near the open air cottage of moli'i
wedding couple dancing at kualoa ranch at a film location for various feature films and tv shows for hollywood
bride and groom's table during toasts
evening lighting for reception toasts and speeches at moli'i
maid of honor giving a speech
groom and bride's reaction to toasting
toasting champaign glasses in hawaii after speech
best man giving speech in the evening with mood lighting on wedding property of kualoa.
candids of groom and bride laughing at dinner table
cake cutting at moli'i gardens
dancing in black and white monotone
father daughter dance at pikalu gardens
mother son dance at garden in kualoa.
father toasts by tossing champaign in the air in celebration.
mother giving speech at moli'i gardens in front of open cottage in the evening with lights.
all guests at wedding are toasting.
dance floor dancers with bride
after party at kualoa night photos with different colors of light.
instead of sparklers for sparkler wedding photos, use lighting wands.
magic wands for sparkler photos down the aisle.


Photographer: Charleton Churchill
Venue: Kualoa Ranch
Locations: Jumanji Valley, Moli’i Gardens, Secret Island Beach
Lead Coordinator: Alexia from Simply Flawless Weddings
Videographer: The Candor Studio
Makeup and hair: Beauty Spell
Catering: Kenekes Catering
Dress: Mia Solano
DJ: DJ Lejas
Florist: Waiahole Nursery and Garden
Setup: Namaka Events
Rentals: Aloha Artisans Platinum Events
Bartender: Honolulul Bartending
Alter: Oahu Alters



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