Kauai is a magical island, and I love when work brings me to shoot there. The grass is greener, the air sweeter, and the light scatters just a bit differently. It might seem funny to some that each island – so close to the others – would have its own flavor, it’s own raison d’être, but this is one of the things that is special about Hawaii.
I met Lindy and Jeremiah and darling young Cooper, and instantly fell in love. Lindy has spunk, style, grace, and the biggest smile this side of the Mississippi. Jeremiah, devilishly handsome with a boyish grin, has soft, kind eyes, which spent every second on Lindy. And then there was Cooper, such a great character for his young age, flashing a mischievous smile as he bounded up and down the sand, and into the water, every second an indelible new memory.
Jeremiah said that the first time he met Lindy, he thought “I would like to end up with someone like that.” By the very next day, he decided that it was more than that, he wanted to end up with Lindy. And so he told her. And a few months later, here they were, blue and red matching sneakers, hair wet from the rain, becoming husband and wife.
It rained the entire ceremony, but you wouldn’t have known it. There were flash floods, road closures, power lines down all over the island, but the only thing that meant anything at all was the two of them and the love they had for each other on the beach that day.
The rain dripped down my camera, off the lens, and down my face, getting mixed with my own salty tears from the emotion, onto the sand and then finally into the ocean.