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October 7, 2022

Ipek and David | Lanikai Beach, Kailua in Oahu Hawaii.

Elopements continue to be popular, especially for couples traveling to destinations such as Oahu in Hawaii. And it’s easy to see why. There’s something incredibly romantic about running off to get married, just the two of you. No big fuss and no drama. Plus, let’s be honest: elopements are a lot less work! Ipek and David’s elopement at Lanikai Beach was absolutely beautiful. The setting couldn’t have been more ideal, with dramatic sunrise skies, the blue ocean, and lush green palm trees all around them. And they were so happy, just radiating joy the whole day. It was a truly special event, and I feel so lucky to have been able to capture it. Elopements may not be for everyone, but I think they’re just as special and unique as any big wedding. Congrats to Ipek and David on their new adventure!

Ipek and David’s Intimate Elopement

Elopements are some of my favorite to photograph! And when Ipek and David contacted me to capture theirs, I knew it was going to be an extra special day! Why, you might ask? – Well, I love elopements because they offer an intimate look at a couple’s relationship. I get to know the couple on a deeper level, spending time with them and capturing their true personalities. As a result, I’m able to create great relationships with my clients and deliver truly stunning photos. With elopements, there’s no need for extensive planning or worrying about guests. Instead, the focus is on the couple and their love for each other. That’s what makes elopements so special to me, and Ipek’s and David’s was no exception!

Ipek is an economist originally from Turkey and the sweet couple’s love story is the stuff of modern day fairy tales. The two met online and immediately hit it off. They’ve been on a whirlwind romance journey ever since, spending every waking moment together. And now, they’re finally tying the knot! 

Ipek looked like a dream in her wedding dress. It had detachable sleeves and the high slit added a touch of drama. The fresh flowers adorning Ipek’s hair framed her face perfectly and just added to the whole Hawaiian vibe. She looked like a goddess – or maybe like a Disney princess come to life! Meanwhile, David looked ever-so handsome in his casual beach outfit. Ipek if you’re reading this, your dress selection was spot on for your romantic beach wedding, I feel so lucky to have been able to capture your beauty on camera! 

When Ipek and David told me their idea of eloping at sunrise, I was thrilled! Beach weddings are usually held later in the day, more towards sunset. But this couple wanted something different: they wanted the sunrise for their couple portraits. And I have to say, they made a great choice! The sun was just peeking over the horizon, and the sky was ablaze with colors. The gentle waves crashing on the shoreline added a bit of romance to the scene. The volcanic rocks in the background provided a stunning backdrop, and the couple looked absolutely perfect.

The two lovebirds were a dream to photograph! They were so confident in front of the camera and their chemistry was visible. They lovingly held each other and shared passionate kisses from time to time, making my job! As the day got brighter, we walked around the beach and paused occasionally for some candids. David and Ipek made their way around the beach and looked out at the water. Later, the happy couple ran into the ocean for some fun photos!

We also paused near a piece of driftwood for some memorable wedding portraits. The love, affection and care between Ipek and David was evident in every glance and touch. They were genuinely happy and carefree on their special day, and it was a pleasure to capture their happiness on camera. It was a day to remember, and I’m grateful to have been able to capture it through my lens!

Celebrate Your Milestones With Sky and Reef Photography

Ipek and David, thank you so much for choosing me to be your wedding photographer! It was an honor and a pleasure to capture your special day. You two have such great personalities and were so much fun. Congratulations on your marriage! I wish you all the love and happiness in the world. 
If you are on Oahu in Hawaii or planning to visit the island soon, please feel free to reach out to me!  Besides elopements, I also photograph weddings, engagements, proposals, maternity, drone and family portraits. To get in touch with me, you can drop me an email or call me at 808-688-3396. To check out more of my work, take a look at my website, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. You can also find me on YouTube and LinkedIn.

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