No one knew about Michael and Khim’s Haleakala elopement besides the couple, the minister, and me. These two came from California where she is a nurse and he is a tattoo artist. They wanted something intimate and romantic. They loved the idea of being above the clouds.
The plan was that we would go up to the top of Haleakala to get some portraits of the couple before the wedding ceremony. We also planned on them getting married at the summit. But the wind was crazy that day! Even though we had bright blue skies, lots of fluffy clouds, and could even see Molokai in the distance, the temperature was 45 degrees and there were wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour! We had to change gears and head down the mountain just a bit to find a place with a break in the wind with amazing views.
We had some beautiful, glowy, golden light while these two exchanged vows. There were a few tears. Their ceremony was perfectly intimate and romantic! After the ceremony, we decided to run up to the summit at sunset, even though it was really really cold, to get some shots with the crater in the diminishing light. Since we weren’t able to get as many shots with variation in topography because of the weather, I did some time lapses and got some great photos of the stars for them as well.
Michael and Khim, thank you so much for including me in your memorable Haleakala elopement. I hope you love the photos as much as I do!
Are you ready to fly to Maui and have a secret Haleakala Elopement?