I’ve been traveling to the Hawaiian Islands since I was a small kid, and I’ve always seen Molokai from Maui and wanted to go there for 20+ years. So, when Jody & Greg chose me to be their Molokai wedding photographer, I couldn’t be more excited.
Jody is actually my mother-in-law, too! So, we had to come up with something that enabled me to be as much their wedding photographer as an intimate part of their wedding day, as well. So, we made it happen! With the handy help of tripods, shutter release cables, and some timers – we got all of the photographs we were hoping for.
The process of finding the best Molokai wedding venues was a bit of a task, too! We searched online through the major islands, but we were pretty constrained due to timing. We needed Jody’s daughter (my sister-in-law) to take her Spring break from Wazzu (Washington State University) to join us. With that one week time, we did our research and found an island that was going to give us the best shot of having reasonably dry weather and warm temperatures with a peaceful environment.
Kauai was pretty much out from the start because of the high amount of rain they get during that time of year, and so we quickly narrowed it down to Maui, Oahu, and Molokai. The big Island of Hawaii was also taken out because they wanted more of a resemblance of a tropical environment. Since the big island of Hawaii is the newest, it’s not quite as tropical as other islands (depending on where you are on the islands, that is, since each side of each island is radically different than the other.)
Their wedding was kept very intimate, too. It was only their immediate family and their significant others (yay, that’s me!)
Fortunately for our super niche requests, we took to Air B&B and searched around for places that fit more than 8 people. Then we compared all of those against each other and what we wanted – a pool, hot tub, beach access, big kitchen, big lanai, and a peaceful environment.
We had to get private permission to have their intimate wedding on the grounds since it’s not a commercial venue, but they were so gracious and allowed us all to gather there for Jody & Greg’s special day. And wow, how perfect was it. It had quite literally everything that we were hoping for.
The island of Molokai was fun to explore, too. Since we had an entire week there, we had plenty of time to see all the different sides to the island, explore the small town, and meet some of the locals. It’s beautiful, quaint, slow-paced, and spread out. It’s not like the super developed and touristed areas in Maui & Oahu. And they pride themselves on that.
The Molokai Sea Ranch is located on the very west edge of the island, so it’s the driest side. It’s waterfront, amazing, and the views are priceless. And how could we go any further in this blog post without talking about the jaw-dropping beauty of a beach that is steps away down our own private access point (connected directly to the property.)
Being their personal Molokai wedding photographer was a dream come true. And to have been there for family means that much more to me. And you’re absolutely right if I felt a bit of pressure because of the connection. 😉 Not to worry, though! I’ve got this! Haha. It was amazing.
That’s it! That was definitely a much longer highlight post than I do for most weddings – but when it’s as gorgeous as this Molokai beach wedding in Hawaii – can you blame me? Especially when it’s something for FAMILY! After all, family is the most important thing in the world.
Have you been wanting to elope in Hawaii? Or have a gorgeous beach wedding in Hawaii but you’re just having a tough time finding the right venue for your wedding day? Maybe you’re searching for something just like this Molokai wedding between Jody & Greg. Either way, whatever you are searching for, shoot me a message using my contact form. I am genuinely more than happy to help wherever I can.
So, if you are looking for a Molokai wedding photographer, I’m your guy. I don’t live there, but I can get there. And I know my way around. 🙂
And while you’re here, you might love to check out these other gorgeous weddings I have had the pleasure of photographing!
Did I say I want to be your Molokai wedding photographer? Well, it’s true. Let’s make it happen.