Tropical Wedding in Kauai, Hawaii

Super 8mm, Film, Polaroid & Digital


Photographing this tropical wedding in
Kauai was everything I imagined and more. Before Erika and Cody inquired about their wedding day, I had never been to Hawaii so this was truly something special! This particular wedding was on the northern short at a private residence just 25 minutes east of Princeville! The home that Erika and Cody chose to get married at was right on the beach and had a huge yard where they pitched a tent and hosted their reception. 

When it comes to planning weddings, I highly recommend looking into Airbnb & VRBO if you can’t find any wedding venues that you are jiving with. Not only is this method sometimes more budget-friendly but it allows you to settle in with all your friends and family and have a weekend-long celebration.



Tips for planning your Hawaii wedding:

01. Choose an Island 

When planning your wedding, I recommend considering the larger islands such as Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii (the Big Island). It will be easier to find local wedding vendors to make your dreams come to life. But, if you’d like to visit the lesser-known islands and do your own thing, you can consider Molokai and Lanai! 

02. Pick Your Dream Team

Some of the top priority vendors to consider are a wedding planner, caterer, hair & makeup artist, tent & tables, audio, photography & videography, bartending, florals and linens! You may need to rent your bathrooms or porta-potties if your space doesn’t have any for a larger guest count. 

03. Create A Guest List

After you have selected a Hawaii island and dream vendors, who will you invite? Keep in mind that if you are having a destination wedding, plan on 70% of invites to attend.

04. Send Your Invitations Early

Since you will be having a destination wedding, give your guests plenty of time to take off work, book cheaper flights, and find accommodations! 

05. Find An Officiate

Usually, couples hire an ordained minister or have a close friend officiate a wedding! I recommend finding someone who aligns with your ceremony style. Will it be casual, traditional, non-traditional, or religious? Please make sure the officiant understands their roles and that you are on the same page.


Erika & Cody’s wedding ceremony was nothing short of intimate. Their 40 guests sat on blankets in the sand, barefoot while the couple and their wedding party stood on the edge of the ocean tide as they exchanged vows. 

After the ceremony, everyone enjoyed cocktails and charcuterie in the backyard. With gorgeous weather and wild chickens running around, the vibes were immaculate. Pau Hana Pours can make a delicious Spicy Aloha Margarita! After toasts, first dances, and cake cutting, Erika, Cody and all of their closest family and friends dance for hours under the stars! This tropical wedding in Kauai was full of so much love and happiness.


Vendor Team:

Wedding Planner | Rachel Whitney Weddings

Caterer | Finca Makaleha Kauai

Hair & Makeup | Kauai Wedding Hair 

Tents & Tables | Kauai Tent

Audio | ET Services 

Bartending | Pau Hana Pours

Florals | Blue Orchid Kauai 

Linens | Transcent Events Hawaii

Portable Restrooms | VIP Rentals

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