Boho Big Island Backyard Elopement | Puako, Big Island, Hawaii

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They say that rain on your wedding day is a Hawaiian blessing, and I can say with 12389753498% certainty that that was absolutely the case on Leianna & Bryan’s wedding day. Their boho Big Island backyard elopement was one of the dreamiest days I’ve been a part of, from their stunning decor brimming with bohemian-inspired details, to their ability to go with the flow (literally – it rained almost the whole day), all the way to the damn charcuterie buffet they set up for their guests. All in all this day was magical AF from start to end and I guarantee by the end of this blog post that you’ll be dreaming up your own boho Big Island elopement 😉

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Leianna & Bryan’s Dreamy Boho Puako Elopement

A rainy spring day on the Big Island

The Big Island is known for its rainyyyy afternoons so the rainy weather was to be expected – but whew did it rain a lot for Leianna & Bryan! After the most beautiful weather the Friday before their wedding, we woke up to a Saturday forecast for rain, rain, rain – and rainnnn it did. The day started with overcast, gloomy skies and really committed to that for the rest of the day, lol – thankfully these two babes were able to go with the flow and adapt to the weather like total pros!

And luckily, the Big Island is juuust plain beautiful, rain or shine, especially when you’ve got such a gorg couple that nobody is even paying attention to the gray skies above 😉 Some vibrant bohemian decor helps lift the mood, too!

Dreamy boho Big Island elopement decor to the max

I had to add a whole new section just to talk about Leianna & Bryan’s boho elopement decor because whew was it *chef’s kiss* 🤌🏼 You know I love me some color in my life, but the vibes that bohemian decor brings are simply delicious in an entirely different way. Tropical, colorful, & bright decor is typically the norm for Hawaii weddings, but when you keep your decor a little more neutral it really allows the stunning landscapes around you to shine on their own. Leianna and Bryan did just that, opting for a neutral color palette filled with beiges, muted greens, pale pinks, & plenty of delish shades of orange, which allowed the greenery of the palm trees swaying above & the blue waves hitting the shore to come throughhh!

Let’s just take a brief minute to marvel at the stunning floral ceremony arch that Hakus By Ki created – who needs a symmetrical arch when you can have a glorious asymmetric floral arch right on the water? Brimming with fluffy pampas grass, dried branches/leaves, and dusty pink roses, these arrangements absolutely BLEW me away and brought all of Leianna & Bryan’s boho dreams to life beautifully.

Aside from the magical ceremony centerpiece, every little detail of this day was so clearly intentional and well-thought-out. From the candles everywhere to the boho vases & vintage glassware to the adorable woven baskets for Leianna’s bridesmaids, I couldn’t take ENOUGH photos of it all. I’ll let the pics speak for themselves below ✨

If you’re looking for decor inspo that incorporates a bit more of the classic colorful, vibrant Hawaii vibes, pop on over to my guide to Dreamy Tropical Wedding Decor Inspiration!

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The snazziest boho-glam Hawaii elopement outfits

As if their decor didn’t bring enough boho beauty to the day, Leianna and Bryan absolutely STUNNED in their boho-glam Big Island elopement outfits. Leianna chose a fairly minimalistic strapless gown with spicy lil’ back cutouts, a classic sweetheart neckline, and a beautiful train that just dropped onto the floor. But don’t be fooled – while this dress was so beautifully simple, she added her own bits of boho flair with a fluffy veil adorned with glistening pearls, a gorgeous gold pearl necklace + matching earrings, and a floral hairpiece. My GOODNESS did she look like a damn queen – oh, and did I mention the dress featured a lovely leg slit? My personal favorite way to spice up any wedding dress 🔥

I’ll pause my gushing to move onto Bryan, because wowza did he bring all the boho vibes with his all-beige suit, matching tie, and his hair pulled back into a bun. Plus the fact that these two both went barefoot for their ceremony in the sand? Carefree beachy vibes to the MAX.

A romantic AF golden hour ceremony on the beach

You probably wouldn’t guess it from these photos but yes, it was still raining during their ceremony after raining alllll day! They took it like champs and powered through for a beautiful ceremony on the beach just before sunset, as the sun started peeking through the clouds just a tad toward the end for their first kiss as a married couple. Their guests watched as they participated in a few special rituals, read their vows, and finally tied the knot in front of the most stunning landscape you could ask for!

A Hawaiian sunset from the heavens for some Big Island beach elopement portraits

After wrapping up the ceremony, by some magic and hardcore manifesting, the clouds held and we got blessed with a Hawaiian sunset from the heavens, complete with golden light so freakin thick you could eat it with a spoon. We were lucky enough to get a damn rainbow, delicious golden light dripping from the skies, and the most peaceful blue hour by the water – needless to say, it was the perfect way to enjoy the last little bit of daylight before heading into the party portion of the day. 

A tropical backyard reception under the stars

The love didn’t stop when the daylight did – everybody moved into the grassy area of the backyard to celebrate under strings of fairy lights, complete with delicious cupcakes (topped with little flowers), chocolate-covered strawberries, fresh coconuts to sip from, and traditional leis everywhere you looked. They danced the night away and celebrated with their guests under the stars, enjoying every little bit of love that was going around – a kickass way to end a kickass day.

The Big Island elopement vendor team

Shoutout to all the vendors who did THE most incredible job pulling this day together and making it magical AF!

Hair/Makeup: Big Island Beauty & Bridal

Florals/Arch: Hakus by Ki

Dress: Revolve

Tux: Generation Tux

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Big Island Elopement Resources & Inspiration

Now that you’re head-over-heels in love with Leianna & Bryan’s boho Big Island backyard elopement, I’m sure you’re looking for some help when it comes to planning your own Big Island elopement 😉 I’ve got plenty for you, my darlings – take a peek at some of my personal favorite resources below!

How to Get Married on the Big Island

14 Best Big Island Wedding Venues + Locations

How to Get a Big Island Marriage License: Hawaii Marriage Laws

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