Waimanalo Country Farms Wedding | Hawaii Elopement Photography


Waimanalo Country Farms Wedding | Hawaii Elopement Photography | Kyle + Betsy

Last year, we announced a one-of-a-kind giveaway...We GAVE AWAY an expenses-included elopement to Hawaii!!  Our winners were married on the island of Oahu on the grounds of Waimanalo Country Farms earlier this year.  We're excited to show you what was captured on their magical day as we explored the island of Oahu including locations like China Walls, Makapu'u Lookout & beach, Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens, and different areas of Waikiki.  Oh....and lots of Sunflowers....lots and lots of fully bloomed sunflowers :)

Here's the epic video:  Hawaii Destination Wedding | Oahu, Hawaii | Kyle + Betsy

Video:  The Rowlands


Betsy & Kyle from Lafeyette, LA were our winners!!  

Kyle & Betsy's Story...

Kyle & Betsy have wanted to tie the knot for quite some time.  Kyle works on an oil rig with a rather intense work schedule, working for two weeks straight before getting some time off the job. They've attended multiple weddings together as all of their friends have been tying the knot. That plus Kyle's intense work schedule kept putting their plans on hold.

 Image:  Roy Nuesca

Image: Roy Nuesca

Our giveaway came at just the right time as these two entered on a whim thinking what if?  Well, it was a bittersweet moment when they heard the news that Betsy's brother and fiancé had been randomly selected as the winners.  I mean, who wins giveaways - especially travel-included Hawaii elopement giveaways?     

 Image:   The Rowlands

Image:  The Rowlands

As the Wedding Pioneer team progressed with the elopement plans, Betsy's brother went off to Ranger school with the unknown of when he'd be available.  Betsy's brother and fiancé weren't sure they could make the wedding and asked if they could gift their winnings to Kyle & Betsy. The Wedding Pioneer team confirmed they had entered correctly before the deadline, and decided to give Kyle & Betsy the good news. People ACTUALLY DO win these giveaways :)

 Image:  Roy Nuesca

Image: Roy Nuesca

We quickly booked their flights and put everything in motion with our wonderful vendors who donated their time and efforts to make Kyle & Betsy's day so special (see all links to vendors below).  The Rowlands and Roy Nuesca met up with Kyle & Betsy a their Airbnb to capture getting ready photos and the first look.  

Kyle & Betsy hopped in the car with their photographers, driving to multiple locations for some pretty epic shots.  They ended up taking photos at Makapu'u Beach and lookout, Ho'omaluhi Botanical Gardens, and some other rather unknown spots - it sure helps to have a local guiding the expedition :)  Wedding Pioneer has a Hawaii region featuring multiple local photographers that can help plan your special Hawaiian elopement.  

 Image:  The Rowlands

After capturing some epic photos around the island, Kyle & Betsy ended up at Waimanalo Country Farms for their ceremony.  It's only in April that the farms have fully-bloomed sunflowers.  It was a muddy trek to the middle of the field where the full ceremony was held.  Rings and vows were exchanged and it was official!      

Here are some highlights of the day captured by wedding photographer Roy Nuesca

Below are some highlights of the day captured by wedding photographers The Rowlands

Do you know anybody that's engaged or likely to get engaged soon?  Be sure to let them know about Wedding Pioneer.  We do some pretty epic wedding giveaways from time to time ;)  If this whole idea of running off and getting married in a ridiculously spectacular setting appeals to you, you're in the right place.  Almost all of our photographers specialize in adventure photography and elopements :)


Wedding Pioneer is an alternative wedding directory, featuring a small group of hand-selected wedding photographers in the US and Canada.  

 Image Credit:   The Rowlands

Image Credit:  The Rowlands


Wedding Pioneer partnered with some incredible vendors who made this day possible!!

Photographer:  Roy Nuesca - roynuesca.com 

Photographer/Videographer:  The Rowlands - wearetherowlands.com 

Event Planning:  Ever After Moments - everaftermomentshawaii.com 

Venue:  Waimanalo Country Farms - waimanalocountryfarms.com

Flower Crown:  Ocean Dreamer - facebook.com/Ocean.Dreamerr  

Officiant:  James Chun - hawaiiweddingminister.com