ANDY + SHANNON | THE ULTIMATE BIG ISLAND ELOPEMENT

We took Shannon and Andy on the ultimate Big Island tour for their elopement photos. I’m not kidding, we legitimately went around the entire Big Island to capture some of THE most stunning photographs we’ve captured of an elopement yet.

Before I get going about the day we had with touring around the Big Island and capturing their elopement, let’s start off with how Shannon + Andy met. You see, Andy was second-in-command of a boat that took trips throughout the Alaskan waters every summer. Shannon, on a whim, decided to leave her work as a hair stylist to pursue the life of a crewmember on one of these Alaskan tour boats for the summer. Little did she know, she would be touring around the Big Island as two Hawaii elopement photographers captured their love story years later.

As Shannon got used to life on the boat, Andy remembers seeing her beautiful, curly, and voluminous hair. Because Andy was so familiar with all things boat-related and the fact that he couldn’t seem to keep away from this beautiful new woman who joined their crew, he decided to take Shannon under his wing and help her learn more about the rigs.

Before long, Shannon + Andy fell for each other and were head over heels for each other. They didn’t want to make it a big deal amongst their crew that they were dating, so they kept it under wraps for the entire first summer. After that first summer trip, Shannon + Andy officially told everyone they were together.

The next summer, Andy decided to stay on the boat and continue his ship master duties. Shannon decided to take a different route and join a different boat for the following summer. They sailed away and didn’t see each other for months. However, when they got back together, they knew they didn’t want to be a part any longer. Andy proposed to Shannon, stayed engaged for an extended period of time +then finally decided to elope on the Big Island.

When we talked to Shannon + Andy, it was clear that they wanted to hire a Hawaii elopement photographer team to capture their big day. We took them on the most epic tour around the Big Island and we are still in awe of the time we had together. We started our day at sunrise heading up to one of the highest points of the island. We then made our way to the Hilo side and captured memories in caves, along the coast, and in beautiful little ponds we found along the way. We ventured down into Waipio Valley and finished our day with sunset water shots along the coast. It was a day of PURE magic and I know Ryan + I won’t forget this Big Island elopement for the rest of our lives. I’m telling you, it was THAT GOOD! Have a look for yourself. :)

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