Your Hawaii Elopement

What is a Hawaii Elopement?

I like to use the terms elopement and wedding loosely and the main factor that differentiates between the 2 are 1) amount of hours needed for photography and 2) the amount of people in attendance. Traditionally, you'd say that you are "eloping" when you and your partner decide (sometimes spontaneously) to tie the knot in a destination location, without your entire family. It's often a very intimate ceremony with only you two present. Lately, it's become common to include a few of your best and most dearest friends or family. Unlike a wedding, elopements don't normally have the flare of a full wedding, like caterers, floral arch, invitations, d.j's etc.


Where Do Elopements Take Place?

Elopements in Hawaii are often held at a beach or hilltop/cliffside location. These are public spaces that can accommodate just a few people in attendance. There are some restrictions on beach elopements such as the use of chairs and a floral arch are prohibited. Because elopements are held on public areas, we cannot ask any beachgoers to leave the area. Thankfully, I am a pro at photoshopping out any beachgoers that might be in the background of your images. Many of my clients choose a beautiful beach location for their elopements.


How Long Does Eloping Take?

The ceremony itself is only 20-30 minutes long. Immediately after the elopement, I photograph you with your guests. Then the remaining of the time is spent photographing you and your spouse. Some of my clients choose my 1 hour elopement package. This accommodates enough time for the ceremony and 30 minutes of couples portraits. However, the majority of my elopement couples go for the 2 hour package. This allows for the ceremony and 1.5 hours worth of couples portraits. 1.5 hours of portraits is enough time to also accommodate a second nearby location for the portrait part! You'll get photos in 2 distinct locations that offer different views.


Can We Have Photos in 2 Locations?

Yes, of course we can! I highly recommend choosing 2 locations that are a maximum of 15 minutes apart. My package are hourly based, that is the time from start to finish....including travel time. I would hate to waste too much time driving from point A to B. Choosing 2 locations that are close to eachother means that we get more time actually shooting.


What Things Do We Need To Elope?

To elope in Hawaii you need:

1) Apply for a marriage license in Hawaii

2) Find an officiant

3) Obtain your marriage license from a license agent

4) Hire ME!


When Will We Get The Photos?

My turnaround time is 4-8 weeks from your date. Since I have multiple weddings in my queue at any given time, I edit them in order.


Megan has been featured in publications such as

100Layer Cake

The Knot

Rock N Roll Bride

Borrowed and Blue

Bespoke Bride

The Knot Magazine 2017

SOMA Magazine

kauai wedding shipwrecks beach

at a glance


# of guests




# of hours

4-8 wks

Turnaround time

Favorite posts


Hawaii wedding photographer serving Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Lanai, Molokai & The Big Island. Specializing in Destination Weddings, Intimate Elopements, Engagements, Maternity and Branding Photography.



Kauai 96746


Oahu 96795


Maui 96753