Engagement at Wa'ahila Ridge: Kupono + Alyssa
I couldn't believe this day actually came! It was just like yesterday, Alyssa, our friend Brandy and I were talking together about who's dating who and peaking our interest in who would be next in line to put a ring on it.
After dating for a year, Kupono popped the question to Alyssa and HERE WE ARE shooting their engagement session! <3 You wouldn't believe the amount of effort (and pressure) it took to plan a surprise proposal for Alyssa. After weeks of planning (and lying), accidentally texting in the WRONG group text (yes, that was me), going through 2 hours of West Side Oahu traffic, finally making it to Ko'olina right when the sun went down, getting lost trying to find the signs Kupono posted for Alyssa to go, and finally saying, "YES!"
We shot up at Wa'ahila Ridge to find the perfect place for trees, forrest greens, and sunlight. You would be surprised at how quiet it can get up the ridge.
New love is the greatest. At first its awkward, different, but sweet, delicate, and something so great to cherish all at the same time.
I love shooting couples together because it gives you time together to truly express each others love and attraction visually. It can be difficult when you know theres my camera pointed directly at you (and sometimes up in your grill...because I shoot with prime lenses) as well as thinking of a million things like "I don't know what to do with my hands", "Am I doing this right?', What do you mean, relax?"
But the minute you realize the moment you're in, who you're holding, why you're with him/her, the things to look forward to, those are the moments I capture: the facial expressions, the smiles, the laughs (mostly because its hilarious posing together while trying to be serious), and all the things you love about each other!
Now, I knew that they were already gorgeous individually and together as a couple, but I didn't realize how easy of a shoot it was going to be BECAUSE of that! We even found a tipi that was already made and left up there to shoot with (thank you to whomever took the time to create that).
Local boy, Surfer, Musician, Worshiper, Kupono seeks to bring along someone who is just as creative in the arts as he is to be his wife...and I must say, He has found a DARN GOOD THING. (Hello Somebody).
From the time that I've known Alyssa, she's always been known to me as someone who's loyal, driven, and passionate in anything that she does.
Her dedication to the Lord is something to highlight - because it permeates through her relationships with others, and with this man.
Let me know what you think! To view more of their session, feel free to check out their highlight slideshow below :)