June 16, 2021
REBECCA + KYLER
When the pandemic began, many engaged couples were faced with a decision: postpone until they could have the wedding they dreamed of or hold a smaller ceremony. While there were a number of couples that opted for the former, many couples chose to go ahead with their wedding plans and keep it intimate. And I have to say, I absolutely love it because I get the opportunity to capture the intimate weddings that I adore!
Don’t get me wrong, I still love the big ceremonies with hundreds of guests. The atmosphere of having so many people celebrating love is electric! But there’s something so beautifully intimate about watching two people share their love with just a small, carefully chosen group of close family and friends to witness.
Rebecca and Kyler were one such couple. Saying “I do” on the stunning North Shore of Oahu, they opted for an intimate ceremony in front of their closest family and friends. It was one of those weddings where you could quite literally feel the love! And not just between Rebecca and Kyler but also between the families. There was a deep connection between everyone who was there and it was such an honor to be able to witness and capture it.
Inspired by the Italian countryside vibe, Rebecca knew exactly what she wanted for her day. I remember a call early on where she showed me photos of what she was after and I nearly died- it was so beautiful! I was so excited to see how her vision was executed and, as I suspected, it did not disappoint! The venue they chose was absolutely perfect for the vibe she wanted. An organic hillside farm with rows of mango and lychee trees lining on the North Shore of Oahu, it was the most beautiful secluded spot! And it had the most stunning coastline and mountain views. Rebecca was so excited to incorporate the different aspects of the farm into the design of the day and it was executed absolutely perfectly.
Kyler and Rebecca’s day was so unique because they are a very intentional couple. By keeping the day intimate and exclusive to their closest people, everyone was able to be part of the day, making it the magical time it was. Rebecca’s sisters made beautiful charcuterie boards for cocktail hour, her youngest sister and brother and in-law lead everyone in worship at the ceremony, someone made the dance floor, her dad officiated, their close friend did coordination. It was beautiful to see everyone use their individual talents and resources to make it incredible. This also meant that Rebecca and Kyler both had a time for prayer with their families before the ceremony started which was a beautiful moment to witness.
All the decor gave off beautiful vintage Italian vibes with white roses and vintage glassware all under twinkle lights in between lychee trees. Can anyone else say stunning? The air was electric and the feeling of excitement when the guests entered the reception area to see the beautifully prepared table- it was the most magical moment to capture! And let me tell you, this group was small but boy, they knew how to party!
Keeping your wedding day intimate may seem kind of cruel because you have to cut your guest list down a ton or keep things exclusively family. But, as Rebecca and Kyler’s day shows us, it actually allows for you to have a lot of freedom with your guests. Instead of having to fight for time with everyone, you have the space to spend time with each person, knowing that you really want them there. And being able to see every single person invited at one long table is such a gift. It just shows you don’t need 100+ people at your wedding to have the day you’ve dreamed of and often, those small intimate ceremonies are the perfect way to celebrate your love!