Hawaii Elopement: Miya & Princess
Sept. 4, 2016
It started with a random sighting at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC when Princess noticed Miya out of a crowd of thousands, but didn’t get a chance to say hello. Not even two weeks later they ran into each other at a happy hour event and Miya was so amazed that she was remembered her from a brief sighting that she felt compelled to give Princess her number. Online chats turned into phone calls, which lead to hanging out around the city. The next year, they became a couple. However, the timing wasn’t right and they decided to be acquaintances, checking up on each other every now and then.
Four years later, they rekindled their relationship after a random email exchange about crickets. Older and wiser, their relationship jelled more quickly than before. After a magical long weekend in the Bahamas, Miya knew Princess was “the one” and was ready for uncharted territory. Serious talks about love, family and marriage ensued. On Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, they became engaged at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
Eloping allowed Miya and Princess to get married on the beach. They chose Hawaii because it was a place that neither one had been to and because it allowed same-sex weddings before the SCOTUS ruling and therefore had many gay-friendly vendors. The southwest corner of Maui sees less rain, so they had a greater chance of having a beach wedding and the honeymoon they wanted.
They were well into planning a more traditional church wedding for the spring of 2017 when they decided to elope. Keeping it a secret left a small window of opportunity that required booking flights and their hotel, and finding an officiant in a matter of a week. It was only a month from the time they decided to elope to the date of their wedding.
The beach that they married on was pretty empty as it was a Sunday morning, and a hurricane warning was in place, keeping most people from venturing out. They enjoyed a first look and were able to go to brunch after their ceremony. The overall easiness of the day was incredible.
Using gay-friendly vendors in gay-friendly areas helped Princess and Miya make their elopement special. People approached them to congratulate them and everyone they worked with seemed truly happy for them, from their driver to their waiters. They are especially glad that they had a videographer capture their elopement, and a wedding website where they could share their happy occasion.
Their LGBTQ-Friendly Vendors
Wedding Planner/Officiant/Musician/Venue: Hawaii Wedding & Vow Renewals // Transportation: Maui Town Car // Photographer (Ceremony/Beach): Sara Quinn // Photographer (Post-Ceremony/Resort): Ricky Mia // Rings: Do Amore: Ethical Engagement & Wedding Rings