Enchanted Hawaii Elopement with Flower Hakus in the Forest: Meet Kayla & Vissin

Meet Kayla, a gorgeous, glowing, sweet, jewelry designer, mama, bride and Vissin, her totally in to her, ridiculously cut, handsome, Hawaiian surfer groom and father to their precious little one.  We met up one lovely Friday afternoon in a fantastical (made up word) magical wooded area located on the windward side of Oahu.  Vissin is the little brother, of the ever so talented, Makane, a wedding florist and flower crown designer/owner of Ocean Dreams of Flowers located in Kailua, HI.  She styled this shoot and designed all the dresses and leis seen here.   I was lucky enough to meet her one late Saturday night at a fashion show in Honolulu, HI.  We’ve since then collaborated on several shoots together, this being my first one to blog, with more to come later on.

The chemistry between Kayla and Vissin is thick, sweet, syrupy, thick.  It’s palpable, tangible, and lingers in the air with slow, long, lovers’ gazes and playful sweet kisses.  These two have what other couples sometimes want.  They still like each other.  They still flirt.  They stare and stare and stare at each other.  They hold hands.  Even from an outsider’s perspective, time seems to stand still when they are together.

According to Hawaiianencylopedia.com, the lei is symbolic of aloha. There’s a Hawaiian proverb which states, “E lei no au i ko aloha” meaning “I will wear your love as a wreath.” A lei for the head is known as lei po’o, one worn around the neck is known as lei ‘a’i, while those worn on the wrists or ankles are known as kupe’e.  The follwing are different ways that a lei can be made Wili (twisted), Hipu’u (knotted), Hili (braided), Haku (mounted), Humupapa (sewed onto backing), Kui (strung with a needle), or Micronesian style (tied or woven flat).  Makane’s grandmother taught her mother the art form of lei making, which was then passed down another generation to Makane and her sisters.  If you’re looking for a beautiful, hand crafted, Hawaiian haku custom made for you, contact Makane at EarthLaughsinFlowersHI@gmail.com or (808)372-5400.  Are you a destination bride thinking about eloping?  We are just the girls for you – photography, location scouting, event styling, and flower hakus all in one 🙂


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