We can’t help ourselves.  We’re fascinated with proposal stories.  They come in all colors and shapes; funny, endearing, sentimental, laid-back, elaborate, romantic, or short and sweet.  They’re as diverse as the couples in love and despite how different they are, they’re always heartfelt and always memorable.  It will be a story that you will tell and tell often.  It is one of the most private and intimate moments of your life that is quickly followed by a joy that you will want to share with everyone you love and who loves you.  And with the right photographer, you can share that moment with photos so even if they weren’t there with you, it feels like they were.

Joe and Momo are the sweetest of high school sweethearts. Joe was working long hours in the days leading up to the big proposal so we didn’t have much time to talk and plan. But we had a time and a place.  This proposal story was definitely generous with romance and gorgeousness.  Joe planned a picnic date.  They picked up food on the way and ate it on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  They lay on the rocks warmed by the setting sun and read together.

I knew the spot well and I knew there wasn’t many places to avoid detection so I made sure I brought the right camera gear to capture the proposal from afar.  The backdrop was freaking amazing and that helped in more ways than one.  A few others had trickled nearby to take photos of the incredible sunset. I introduced myself and made friends with a group sitting nearby and blended in with them.  But I wasn’t looking at the sunset, I was looking at the couple at the ocean’s edge that were now holding hands.

He held her hands and asked for her forever.  And she said yes.  Cue tears and hugs and a slew of cell phone selfies.

He laughed when she wistfully wished there was someone to take a picture of them together and he pointed in my direction and waved me over from my hiding spot.  Joe really had thought of everything!

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Planning a wedding or proposal on Oahu? Tell me all about it.  Use the contact form above or email keao@keaosphotography.com.

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Mia and her family were planning a vacation at the Aulani Hotel on the west end of Oahu and they wanted to take family photos. When Mia emailed me, she mentioned that she had grown up in Japan and in the United States. She, her husband and her two beautiful children are now living in the US but her parents live in Japan. S0, every year, they plan a family trip and meet in the middle, in Hawaii.  They look forward to this time they have together, especially since it comes just once a year.

It made me think of the growing up here in Hawaii.  We don’t get to see some of our loved ones very often, as we are separated by islands and continents.  But, my husband’s parents live just down the road from us and our girls get to spend time with them every weekend.There’s something remarkable about the bond between grandchildren and grandparents. We’ve taken family trips together and there is something so special about that time together. And at the end of the trip, the highlight for our girls will always be that everyone they loved was under the same roof.  And as I was taking photos of Mia’s family, I saw that same love and excitement.

So, plan those trips and make those memories! If distance seems too large, meet in the middle.  And save a sunny afternoon for me and we will take photos of these precious memories.

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The sun was blazing and the kids could not be that close the to the Pacific Ocean and not be in it.  So with camera in tow, we abandoned land for the welcoming sea.

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Staying at the Aulani, Mariott Beach Club, or Four Seasons Ko Olina and want family photos?  Use the contact form in the menu above or email keao@keaosphotography.com with the dates of your visit and the number of people in your family!

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