As I considered how to share my Hawaii stories and pictures, I kept coming back to wanting to share my engagement story. So this is my first of a few (at least 4… and I promise to not include all 1,200 photos from the trip!) posts highlighting Hawaii!
Every little girl imagines her wedding from a very young age. But as we get older, we also fantasize about that moment that our person asks us to spend the rest of our lives together. A proposal is such a special moment in a relationship and I could not be happier by how Adam “popped the question”.
Adam and I arrived in Honolulu on Friday afternoon, I will share more about how we spent our first day and a half in a later post but the hours were filled! Adam planned his moment for Sunday morning. We woke up early and went to Leonard’s Bakery, a must on my list of places to visit while on Oahu. Up until this point on our trip I had been using Adam’s phone to take pictures, mine decided to have a full meltdown as soon as we landed (long story) but this morning Adam was weird about me taking his camera so I had him take a few shots of the building before we called an uber to head to our next location.
When planning our trip we had talked about spending Sunday morning before our flight hiking Diamond Head, a small mountain next to Waikiki. I had been told that the views were amazing and the hike was easy. However after a full day on Saturday, Adam and I decided to go to Diamond Head Beach instead of doing a full hike. Unbeknownst to me, this was going to happen regardless of my opinion in order to execute everything Adam had planned out!
We took an Uber to the section of the road that had a few parking spots next to a steep trail that lead to the ocean. Given that Waikiki has beautiful and easily accessible beaches, this beach was primarily for local surfers and relatively empty. We made our way down the trail and turned left to walk along the water. It was a narrow beach but the sand was so soft and it was fun to watch the surfers. We hadn’t gone far before Adam changed his mind and wanted to walk in the other direction towards the lighthouse. This seemed like a reasonable request so we turned around and walked back past where we had walked down. Soon Adam said we should take a picture, so he got his camera ready for a selfie. At that point a guy with a big camera came up and asked if we wanted him to take the picture. We did and when Adam handed him the phone, the guy asked us to take our sunglasses off. I thought this was a little weird but since he had a big camera I assumed he was just into photography and wanted a good shot. It was REALLY bright out because the sun was just rising (maybe nearly 8am at this point?) so I could barely open my eyes for the picture and as soon as the guy was done I headed back to get my sunglasses.
Well, then the guy asked if he could take a picture on his camera. This was also weird, how were we going to get the pictures from this stranger on his big camera? Around this point is when I thought things seemed off but I obliged and took my sunglasses off again. Then Adam wouldn’t turn his body towards the photographer and I knew something was up.
The moments after that are all a blurry, shaky mess. Adam went down on one knee (without falling over) and held my hand while saying all the right things about our life together so far and spending forever together. He was so nervous that he held the wrong hand and then went to put the ring on the wrong hand! This combined with my tendency towards nervous laughter have me laughing in all of our photos! I corrected Adam in time and emphatically shook my head yes and then assumed he wanted words too so managed to squeak out a yes.
After that, I was introduced to Pono, the photographer from Flytographer. I learned that he and Adam had been arranging this for a while and that we would take more pictures immediately without our sunglasses on 😛
It was the perfect setting. The beach was mostly empty; there was ocean and sand as well as native bush area to pose in. Pono was patient with our giddiness and nerves. It took a long time for both of us to stop shaking!
After pictures were wrapped up, we returned to Waikiki and searched for a bar that was already open to have celebratory drinks! (Drinking at 9am is ok in Hawaii on vacation!) We found a spot that we ended up returning to three times over the trip, Hula Grill. We had fancy drinks and met a retired couple who vacationed to Hawaii every year. It was like getting a glimpse of how fun our forever could be together.
Now… don’t make fun of me but our next stop was the Apple store so I could figure out my phone situation (come on, would you want to be without your camera on a trip to Hawaii?!) and that is where I called my family to tell them the good news! Adam also called his family to spread the word. We kept the news to family for most of our trip, sharing with friends and the social media world during our layovers on the way back home a week later.
There is not much I would have done differently! While my outfit isn’t ideal… and I didn’t have my nails painted… Adam planned everything perfectly and Pono took some amazing pictures to capture the moment! I’m so thankful that I did not wear my “Majestically Awkward” flamingo tank top and that I decided to wear my hairs curly that morning. So, it could have been worse!
I will share more about Hawaii later as well as wedding planning (It has been two weeks… not much has been decided!) but currently I am still in a bubble of excitement to spend forever with my favorite human!
I want to hear from you!
- Any tips on how to start wedding planning from former brides?
- If you’re married or engagement, how did it happen?