Photo by: Emily Helen, Kauai Photographer
We just got back from Kauai, where Jeremy and I had our wedding and honeymoon.
From the beginning of our courtship, we had envisioned an intimate and private beach ceremony, and that vision became a reality on Feb 12.
Finding the right beach was a little stressful. After driving around the island, we were lead to Moloa’a beach based on Emily’s suggestion. Hidden behind a row of swanky houses built high off the ground, “It’s perfect”, we thought. Interestingly, it was here that the opening beach scenes of Gilligan’s island were filmed.
All photos were taken by the wonderfully talented Emily Helen. Being photographers ourselves, we were extremely picky when it came to finding the right photographer. We even considered flying in one of our photographer friends from Seattle. After searching through dozens and dozens of photographers on the island, we were ecstatic to have found Emily – we were certain that she was the best photographer on Kauai.
** Click here to see more wedding photos from this day (I’ll be adding new pictures to this album regularly) Click here for candid photos from the honeymoon**
Here’s the playlist from that day:
Kauai Travel Tips
- Car Rental – Book these way in advance. Last minute bookings usually mean $100 a day and often unavailable. We booked ours a month in advanced and we did so using priceline. It was our first time using priceline, a little nerve racking, but it worked out to our advantage. We bid $13 a day for a mid-size car, and got it. After taxes, it worked out to be $20 a day. When we arrived, they were out of midsize cars, and we ended up with a convertible. A great deal! I recommend bidding on priceline as early as possible.
- Hotel – Again, book as early as possible. A hotel is often cheaper when you book it together with your flight, rather than booking it individually. There are countless condos (vacation rentals) on the island – pros: full kitchen, laundry. cons: cleaning fee, no daily maid service. The cost works out to be about the same. Some are listed on craig’s list. Josh at Kauai Exclusive helped us find a swanky condo at Waipouli Beach Resort, and we absolutely loved it! Considering the cost of food on the island, having a kitchen is really handy! The guide book below has a detailed list of rentals and reviews. I recommend checking there first. Bargain for multiple nights and multiple bookings.
- Guide Book – “The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook” was recommended by our friends who also got married on Kauai. When you’re there, everyone is holding a copy of this book. Colorful, informative and very well written. I would skip the Lonely planet and get just this one book.
- Must See Sight – “Kauai Hindu Monastery” (p63 in guide book for directions) – This place is extraordinarily beautiful! Open daily from 9am to noon. We highly, highly recommend getting a guided tour, this is the only way you can visit the garden/forest section of the monastery containing all kinds of beautiful and rare vegetation. The tour is free, happens only once a week and you need an appointment (888-735-1619). We dropped in a few mornings to meditate and to participate in the pujas. Use mosquito repellent before you go (I didn’t and was bit, many times).
Kauai Wedding Tips
- Photography Emily Helen, Kauai Wedding Photographer Hands down, Emily is the best person for photography on the island. She combines commercial fashion photography into wedding portraiture, really clean and beautiful. She also charges a lot less than many of the crappy photographers on the island, trust us, we’ve looked.
- Hair & Makeup Christie at Main Attraction Hair Studio. Christie is really sweet and thoughtful. She can come to your hotel room to get you all prettied up. Or you can make an appointment to visit her in the salon. It’s cheaper to visit the salon. For my nails, I had a french manicure at the plaza across from the salon for $22. The place is called Acrylic Nails & Lucy Alterations, (808) 821-9009, Wailua Plaza.
- Cake – We really debated with the cake, having the option to get it from Icing on the Cake. But because we had a small party, one could get a simple cake from safeway for much cheaper. $70 vs. $18. We chose the latter. We order 2 cymbiduim orchids at $5 a piece and a bunch of small white orchids ($0.20 each) and decorated the cake ourselves.
- Flowers – “JC’s Flowers & Mini Mart” is a small family run shop that many locals recommended, based on our research, they were also the cheapest, especially if you know exactly what you need. The bouquet of mini calla lillies (30 flowers) costed $130, cheapest you’ll find on the island.(808)822-5961, Attached to Wailua Plaza.
- Dinner Reception – We went to The Beach House. This place is super popular, make sure to reserve way in advance, else you’ll get late seatings. Get a table beside the window and you can hear the sea crashing on the beach. Roughtly $50 a person with wine, so-so (slightly annoying) service, but exceptional food. I recommend the Sea Scallops.