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I met Gage years ago when I was a motocross photographer, which now feels like another life! Gage raced professionally and was always a funny kid. Now he’s grown into a funny but responsible adult who landed an absolute babe of a girlfriend, Molly! With my upcoming move to Southern California, I was stoked to […]


bride and groom during ceremony in oahu beach elopement

Chrissy and Alec traveled from my home state of Texas for their Oahu beach elopement! I love their story – they graduated from the same high school, but didn’t know each other until meeting in college! I’m always amazed when couples tell me they went to the same high school together but didn’t meet there. […]


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couple on the beach during their honeymoon in hawiai

Erika and Nick had a life long love story that lead to their Hawaii adventure wedding. They were just 10 years old when they met at school. They were paired together in class for  an “icebreaker” exercise to interview each other. Erika said she was secretly hoping she would be paired up with Nick, and […]


How to plan a first look for your elopement

There’s nothing like seeing your partner for the first time on your wedding day. Photographing that joy and love during the first look is one of my favorite parts of being an elopement photographer.  The key to a perfect first look? Planning out what you envision. Does time of day make a difference? Where will […]


Oahu elopement officiants chelsea and alana

Wild + Free | My Oahu Elopement Officiant Biz! After years of thinking about it and months of putting in the work…. it is finally here. My Oahu elopement officiant business is launched! I present to you… Wild and Free Elopements! If you are here because you love my fun vibes, then you are going […]


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