Tunnels Beach Kauai Wedding | McClain & Ty


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Eloping in Hawaii is truly a one of a kind experience, and for McClain and Ty, it was a memory they can have with them forever. Their story has love and adventure. Eloping in such a stunning location only adds to the overall experience!

Tunnels Beach is a haven for couples seeking an intimate and private wedding setting. Located on the lush northern coast of Kauai, Hawaii this location offers beautiful mountain views, a broad sandy beach, and tropical greenery. It’s no surprise that McClain and Ty were drawn to this spectacular location for their elopement, and I was honored to capture it!

Why Should You Elope At Tunnels Beach?

Eloping at Tunnels Beach in Kauai offers a truly unforgettable experience, and here’s why:

Breathtaking Scenery: Tunnels Beach is renowned for its beautiful landscapes where the mountains meet the sea, providing a stunning backdrop for your special day.

Simplicity: By choosing to elope, you’re eliminating the complexities and stress often associated with traditional weddings. It’s all about you and your partner.

Unique Experience: Tunnels Beach is becoming increasingly popular for weddings and elopements due to its unique blend of romance and adventure.

Weather-Resilient Beauty: Regardless of the weather, Tunnels Beach remains a beautiful location for your elopement, offering a reliable choice for your special day. The typical warm weather in Hawaii can make a great spot for year-round elopements. McClain and Ty eloped on a warm fall evening and the weather was perfect for their day.

Customization and Easy Planning: Many services in Kauai offer inclusive packages and customization options, making the planning process stress-free and tailored to your needs.

Overall, the decision to elope should be personally meaningful and in line with your shared vision for your wedding day.

Things To Know About Eloping At Tunnels Beach

  1. Permits: To have your ceremony at Tunnels Beach, you will need to secure a permit. It’s essential to check local regulations and apply ahead of time.
  2. Location: Tunnels Beach offers a beautiful setting with mountain, forest, and ocean views. However, it would be best if you visited the location beforehand or researched thoroughly to ensure it suits what you envision for your day.
  3. Logistics: Look into travel logistics and accommodations on the island well in advance. This includes transportation to and from the beach, lodging for you and any guests, and possibly a backup plan in case of inclement weather.
  4. Local Expertise: Hiring local vendors or photographers with experience in the area (like myself) can be extremely helpful. They will be familiar with the area, permit process, and may be able to provide valuable advice and recommendations.
  5. Adventure: Eloping at Tunnels Beach is an adventure in itself. Embrace the unique experience and make sure to take time to explore and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
couple walking on the beach for their tunnels beach wedding

Kauai Wedding Venues

Tunnels Beach and the island of Kauai are renowned for their breathtaking landscapes, making them popular destinations for couples looking to tie the knot in a picturesque setting. Here are some wedding venues around Kauai that offer unforgettable experiences:

Tunnels Beach

This spot is famous for its stunning backdrop of lush mountains and crystal-clear waters, ideal for an intimate beach ceremony. Its natural beauty provides a serene and romantic atmosphere.

Hanalei Bay

Offering a vast expanse of sandy beach with mountains in the background, Hanalei Bay is perfect for those looking for a dramatic and beautiful setting for their wedding day.

Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens

This venue combines the beauty of a botanical garden with art, offering various settings within the gardens for a magical ceremony surrounded by nature.

The St. Regis Princeville Resort

For those seeking a luxury venue, The St. Regis Princeville Resort (now known as 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay) offers elegant options for both indoor and outdoor weddings, complete with breathtaking views of Hanalei Bay.

Limahuli Garden and Preserve:

Nestled in the heart of a valley, this venue is ideal for couples wanting a wedding surrounded by flowers and plants, providing a unique and deeply Hawaiian setting.

Private Estates

Kauai boasts several private estates and Airbnb’s available for weddings, offering exclusivity and personalized settings for your special day. Also, these venues often feature stunning ocean or mountain views.

Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon is commonly referred to as the “Grand Canyon of The Pacific.” It consists of red canyons and cliffs, and lots of tropical greenery. Waimea Canyon has several spots for great photo opportunities. It is important to note, Waimea Canyon is on sacred land. Therefore, weddings and elopements are highly discouraged in Waimea Canyon. However, taking photos is completely acceptable! For more info on how to visit Waimea Canyon for your elopement click on my blog Sunrise Waimea Canyon Elopement.

Waimea Plantation Cottages

For a more rustic and historical setting, Waimea Plantation Cottages provide a charming backdrop with its old-world plantation architecture and sweeping ocean views.

Each of these venues throughout Kauai provides a unique setting for your wedding, whether you’re dreaming of a beachfront ceremony, a garden affair, or a resort wedding. When planning your wedding in these locations, consider the time of year, as weather can impact beach and outdoor venues, and be sure to inquire about any necessary permits or regulations.

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Tunnels Beach Elopement Packages

As a photographer, I have experience helping my clients in almost every aspect of their wedding or elopement day. If you book with me, I also provide my knowledge and help with:

Location Scouting

Timeline Building

Local Vendor Recommendations

Permit Assistance

Lodging Suggestions

Activity Ideas

The Next Step

Overall, McClain and Ty’s elopement at Tunnels Beach provided a perfect backdrop for their special day, capturing the essence of romance and personal commitment. It was a truly unforgettable elopement!

Considering an elopement like McClain and Ty’s but making it your own? If you are ready to take that next step, head on over to my website. From there you can fill out my contact form and we will set up your free consultation call. Let’s dream up your perfect day today!

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couple walking on the beach for their tunnels beach wedding
couple walking on the beach for their tunnels beach wedding
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