Big Island Proposal - Black Sand Beach, Hawaii

Aaron contacted me weeks ago asking if I would be a part of capturing his proposal to his girlfriend Kat.

I. Live. For. These. Kinds. Of. Emails.

We planned the whole session and kept it a purrrrfect surprise! Aaron already had his mind set on the ever-enchanting black sand beach on the Big Island called, Polulu Valley. Aaron was the sweetest and chose to give me the “signal” that he was about to propose by praying with his soon-to-be-fiance. When they stood forehead to forehead in the trees, I knew it was time to hop up and stop pretending like I was a random tourist hiker, sitting on the ground taking a rest. Alone. Ha! But, I think my acting worked! I hopped up and caught the moment JUST in time. I love a good shot of adrenaline like this one. It’s good I stretched, too.

YOU BETTER BELIEVE THAT SHE SAID YES!!!!

Please enjoy each of these sweet, sweet photos of Aaron + Kat and their engagement photos as they were fiance-ed to each other for just an hour. Who is going to pop the question next?! Hmm. *shrug

Cliffside Hawaiian Proposal | Big Island, Hawaii

I’m so thankful, today, friends!

I’ll never, ever, EVER get sick of photographing proposals. This Big Island cliffside proposal was SO SWEET. Drew wanted something different than the typical beachside, sunset proposal. So, he opted for a cliffside proposal session and I’m so, so glad he did. The weather was a litttttle funky and overcast all day because… it’s hurricane season and we have two on the way! Even though they hurricanes “Erick” and “Flossie” gave us some stormy weather, CRAZY waves and some serious wind…the sunsets have been UNREAL.

Drew + Victoria have been together for about five years and…(spoiler alert)

SHE SAID YES!!!

Are you or a pal coming to Hawaii soon?! Let’s book you a unique, fun session to capture your time here!


Tropical Hawaiian Tree House Proposal

Listen up. Being a Big Island photographer MOST DEFINITELY has its perks.

But one of the absolute best perks is being asked to be a part of so, so many travelers special moments. Weddings, engagements and family photos are my norm…but, when you’re asked to photograph a surprise proposal in a tropical Hawaiian treehouse…YOU SAY YES A MILLION TIMES!!!

Mihir planned a trip to Hawai’i for Kanika and he surprised her with a romantic few nights booked in an INCREDIBLE tropical tree house in the Volcano side of the Big Island! He told her that he booked them a romantic photo session while they were in Hawaii and she said she didn’t have any suspicions!

Sooo, when we started their session it went a little something like this…

Shot for Flytographer

Intimate Pennsylvania Barn Vow Renewal

Krystal + Saad have been married for ten and a half years - so beautiful, right?! A milestone ABSOLUTELY worth being celebrated! It poured rain almost the entire afternoon and evening but we had the perfect window of opportunity to pop outside of the beautiful Wyndridge Farm for a few couple’s portraits. Their renewal ceremony was so tender. They love each other so, so much. They emphasized to me, multiple times, that this day was more about celebrating and honoring their closest friends and family. This day was essentially a “thank you” party for the besties that have loved them well and urged them on in the ten and a half years Krystal + Saad have had together.

I want to be like Krystal + Saad when I grow up.

SIDE NOTE: I wish I could teleport EACH of you reading this back in time to hear two of their sons read their handwritten letters to their mom and dad. You would have melted, too.

Enjoy these photos of a family that is strong, in love with each other AND with Jesus.



Intimate Big Island Hawaii Elopement - Pololu Valley

Kali + Zack wanted an intimate ceremony and they had their minds set on getting married on a beautiful black sand beach on the Big Island of Hawaii. Who could blame them, right?! Black sands beach have an other-worldly feel to them. They hiked down into the valley, found the perfect spot to say “I do!” and then made some SERIOUS photo magic. Alyssa photographed their elopement and I was drooling as I edited these GLORIOUS photos! Kali + Zack - ya’ll are absolutely adorable and I’m praying for their very best for the two of you!

Seeeeee for yourself, friends!

COORDINATOR: Sarah Gehman Photography

OFFICIANT: Kahu Tom Fernandez

PHOTOGRAPHER: SGP teammate Alyssa (edited by Sarah Gehman)

HAKUS + BOUQUET: Hakus by Ki

LEIS: Grace Flowers Hawaii

MAKE UP: Make Up Artistry by Linda

Jenson Button + Brittany Ward, Hawaii Maternity Sunset Photos

Being a photographer on the Big Island of Hawai’i is never dull. Between the colorful sunsets and the endless amounts of awesome people that travel here to visit Hawai’i …it’s always exciting! I love meeting new people! Brittany and I connected on Instagram when I saw that her and Jenson were visiting the Big Island and we set up a Hawaiian sunset baby moon session for them! We hung out on the ever so beautiful Four Seasons Hualalai beaches and captured some Hawaiian style photos for the two of them before they parted ways and had to leave the next day.

Brittany is such a BABE and makes being pregnant look effortless and let’s be real…this is going to be one cute baby child! Right?!

Jenson Button + Brittany Ward Hawaii Maternity Sunset Photos

Let’s connect!

Reach out and let’s set up a Hawai’ian sunset photo session when you come to visit the Big Island! Sound good!? CLICK HERE to shoot me a message! Or, email me at SarahGehmanPhoto@gmail.com

God bless you today!

:)

-Sarah

Waipio Valley Elopement Adventure Session | Hawaii Photographer | Hawaii Elopement

To put this simply….

I was only booked for a one hour elopement with these Lana + Felix, but we went over an hour over. I quite literally lost track of time photographing their love and I’d do it ALL flippin’ over again! They are the sweed-est couple from Swedan. (See what I did there?! I promise I know how to spell sweet, guys!) They have been together over ten years it was about time for the two of them to tie the knot, and, what better place to do that than the infamous Waipi’o Valley?!

The weather was perfect. Their smiles were on point. AND, we even had a little visit from the wild horses!

Are you convinced to elope in Hawaii yet?!

VENDOR LIST:

  • Wedding Planner - Simply Eloped

  • Florist - Grace Flowers Hawaii

  • Officiant - Kahu Tom

Big Island Maternity Session | Kona Hawaii Photographer

I met Danni + Nolan seven years ago here on this island. We were all doing schools with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) and lived in the same building so we bumped shoulders often! They are both the sweetest so when Danni messaged me asking for maternity photos on their babymoon, the answer was so obvious ya’ll!!!

This was one of my favorite maternity sessions I’ve done to date! Hope you love the photos!

VMFA Wedding | Art Museum Wedding | Destination Wedding Photographer | Benny + Rachel

Benny and I met a few years ago through a ministry we were both a part of and when I got an email from Rachel + Benny asking if I was available to shoot their wedding…and they mentioned that it was going to be in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, well, how could I say no?!

I’m so glad I got to be a part of their wedding day. Their church that they got married in was stunning and I had to hold off delivering more images of the architecture and details of the CHURCH rather than the wedding itself. Oops! Ha! ALSO shooting in front of huge murals was a dream and I’d love to do it again….***Hint, hint, if you’re getting married in a museum - invite me!!

Enjoy Rach + Benn'y’s wedding day photos!

Would YOU celebrate your wedding day in an art museum?!

-Sarah

Pil C + Nat Engaged | Mauna Kea Proposal | Hawaii Photographer

If you ever come to visit the Big Island of Hawaii, you MUST go visit the one and only Mauna Kea. It will (literally) take your breath away as you watch the sunset above the clouds at almost 14,000 feet. I’ve been there so many times now, but it doesn’t get old. Ever.

This trip was extra, super duper special because…

I had the incredible honor of photographing Pil C + Nat’s proposal and it was a complete surprise. These two are visiting Hawaii from Slovakia and it’s clearly the perfect place to pop the question! They were so, so sweet and I loved every minute of documenting their proposal.

Pil C is a famous rapper and Nat is a fashion blogger - follow along! @pil_c & @natykerny

Maui Wedding | Maui Wedding Photographer | Little Beach | Maui Tropical Plantation

Angela + Kevin are from the East Coast but they flew alllll of their wedding attire to Hawaii just so they could have their dream photo session in Hawaii. That’s my kind of couple, friends! We explored Maui Tropical Plantation and then headed to the famous Little Beach to get the perfect mix of photos for their honeymoon session.

Can you find the little rainbow?

Photographed for Kelilina Photography

VIEW MORE PHOTOS ON THE BLOG ——> Click here!

Big Island Wedding | Hawaii Elopement | Pololu Valley Elopement | Nikki + Dominic

Nikki + Dominic’s intimate elopement was as dreamy as they come. The weather was perfection, love (and humidity) was in the air (how cheesy am i?!) and it all took place in one of my favorite places on the Big Island - Pololu Valley.

We hiked down into the valley, wedding dress and suit in hand, and walked until we found the perfect spot to tie the knot. Who does that?! THESE TWO! I loved every flippin’ minute of it. They got married, popped champagne and we ran around and took beautiful photos of beautiful people in a beautiful place on a beautiful day. Yup, it was beautiful enough to say the word beautiful four times in one sentence. I just have to be speak truly of the day!

I hope that you love these photos as much as this chick does.

***Pointing at myself with thumbs, obviously!

And if you don’t, well…God bless your buns anyway.

Stephanie + Josh | Drumore Estate | Pennsylvania Fall Wedding

Stephanie + Josh’s fall wedding at the one and only Drumore Estate (AKA one of the classiest wedding venues in Lancaster, PA) was obviously stunning all around, ya’ll. Katherine did a KILLER job photographing their wedding day story. Steph is my (Sarah) childhood bestie’s little sister. So, Steph is basically another little sister to me, so this wedding couldn’t have been more special for my team to be a part of!

***CUE THE TEARS

Second shooter: Madeline Broderick

Big Island Family Photos | Waikoloa Beach | Kirk Family Photos

Waikoloa Beach is one of my favorite beaches to meet families and photograph them! The Kirk family was just so much fun. We laughed the whole time and I just love, love, love meeting families that clearly love each other. That was the Kirk family.

Enjoy the Kirk family photos! God blessss you cool kids today.

:)

-Sarah

Photographed for Kelilina Photography

Andrea + Drew | Historic Acres of Hershey | Pennsylvania Wedding | Hershey, PA

I loved this day so, so much.

Andrea + Drew were a dream to work with. The weather was rainy RIGHT when the ceremony was supposed to begin, but everyone waited for it to lighten. Guests waited with umbrellas. The bridal party joyfully wiped down all of the chairs multiple times. We were gonna get these two married, rain or shine!

I t w e n t b e a u t i f u l l y .

It rained, but that didn’t matter. Their ceremony was SO memorable and joyful.

VENDORS - CLICK ON NAME TO STALK, OBVIOUSLY:

Photographer: Sarah Gehman

Second Photographer: Madeline Broderick

Venue: Historic Acres of Hershey

Florist: Moss + Vine

Coordinator: Elena Scott, Events with Elena

Make-up artist: Veroleigh Cosmetics

Jee + Jane | Kukio Beach Intimate Wedding | Hawaii Beach Wedding | Four Seasons Hawaii

Jee + Jane and their sweet family all gathered for their intimate wedding on one of my favorite beaches, Kukio Beach. The light was dreamy, the sky was blue and these two made each other laugh so much and were so much fun to photograph. 

Which is your favorite image?! Mine is the VERY last couple's portrait. 

PLANNER: Vintage And Lace Weddings

FLOWERS: Grace Flowers

OFFICIANT: Tom Fernandez / Email: fernandezohan@mac.com

DINNER: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Jordan + Peggy | Kona, Hawaii | Hawaii Photographer Adventurous Couple Session

This session was so special and SO MUCH DANG FUN, danggittt! 

I met Peggy and Jordan YEARS ago in Tennessee through some mutual friends and an event I was a part of. Peggy is one of the most genuine people you'll ever meet. It's rare to meet humans like her in this world! 

These two are a photo and video team of their own ( go check out their work HERE ) based in Knoxville, TN. Sweet, sweet Jordan surprised Peggy with a mini-couple's session while they were here on the island photographing a wedding! HOW FUN! Take notes, gentlemen!

Jordan made a playlist for their session and you better believe that I brought around my modern-day-boom-box and blared that music while we hung out in the lava fields surrounding Kona, Hawaii. This is how I knew this session would be a grand ole' time. Here are a few of the songs that Jordan chose for their session...

  • Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson, ft. Bruno Mars
  • Cowboy take me away - Dixie chicks
  • I love you always forever - Donna Lewis

Enjoy their photos. Or else. KIDDING!