A while back I realized I shot more at waterfalls on Maui than I did on my own island! So I assembled my dream team, and made an Oahu waterfall elopement happen. Head to the blog to see all the magic ✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Hair + Makeup: @styled_by_rocco Florals: @laflorevents Dress: @tiare_hawaii Couple: @belenz7 and @babythor808
I get asked a lotttt what island is my favorite, or which island should people visit. I typically island hop for work 2-3 times a month, and in just the past two weeks I went to all the major islands for work and fun! Sooo I guess I'm a good person to ask, but the answer is so hard to give! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Each island really is unique. So here's a few of my favorite things about each major island, along with my favorite place to grab food! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Oahu (where I live) - Gorgeous beaches that are so easily accessible. I'm partial to the north shore of course, and in the winter it's POPPIN' with 30-40 foot waves which you haaave to see in your lifetime. Snorkeling/diving at Shark’s Cove, sunrise at Lanikai Pillbox and secret hikes I don’t post about but if you are nice I will DM you some recs. Food: Elephant Truck ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Maui - The road to Hana and all the waterfalls that you can just pull over to see, Haleakala at sunrise, shopping/dining in Lahaina. Food: Tiki Tiki Thai ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Kauai - Waimea Canyon, The Napali Coast, Hanalei Bay. Food: Tiki Tacos. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Big Island - Green Sand Beach, Mauna Kea, hiking to the lava flow, manta night dive. Food: Huggo's ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I know there's tons more but I just wanted to give a few quick favs, so if you have some to add to the list, leave a comment!
Right before Efrain showed up to our first date, I thought I was being catfished. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I pulled up to the restaurant when I got a text from him saying that he just got there. I looked to my right, and saw an 80-year-old getting out of his car and felt a little bit of panic set in. I thought, no way and was vowing to never try online dating again. I went and sat on a bench, and the old guy started walking directly toward me. I remember thinking, damn this old dude figured out how to use Bumble. Did he use his grandson's photo as his profile photo?? My heart was beating out of my chest and at the last second, he turned away. That's when I saw Efrain walking up from the parking lot, and I immediately felt at ease. He's brought that sense of calmness into my life every day since, and I couldn't be happier. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thanks to my wedding vendor besties @styled_by_rocco (hair and make up) and @laflorevents (haku lei) for helping me be extra for our first couples shoot! And @chanteelphotography_ for the photos! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Oh and btw everyone wondering, it's pronounced E-Frin 😉 @efrainsgram
So many engagement sessions this summer!! The cool thing about living in Hawaii is that I get to meet couples from all over! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My engaged couples often ask if I can fly out for their wedding day too. This year I limited my travel mostly to the other islands, because I was freakinnnn exhausted from flying so much last year. But next year ya girl is ready for airport life again. Not getting married in Hawaii? I'm down to talk about the details of your big day wherever you will be!
Should you wear a veil on your wedding day? I answer that very important question today over on my blog. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Check it out and tell me what you think! The answer may surprise you 😉 Link in bio or chelseastratso.com/blog
In Matt's vows to Stephanie, he talked about how traditional was never for him. He didn't want to fit inside of a box, and had become okay with the idea of being single for life. But then, he met Stephanie. The perfect girl who let him 100% be himself, 100% out of the box. And he vowed to do the same for her. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Their elopement day totally represented who they are as a couple. They secretly flew to Maui to say their vows beside a waterfall, just the two of them. We frolicked at the beach, had some beers and laughs, and then they were on their way to the Road To Hana to spend their first day as newlyweds adventuring. It was an epic day, to celebrate an equally epic love.
If I were a cartoon character, this would be my outfit in every episode. Either this or leggings and a crop top - and if I’m flying add a jean jacket. What would be your cartoon character’s daily outfit? 😂 📷 @vickistep
Literal dreams coming true right here! There are a few options to see the Napali Coast - by heli, raft, catamaran, hiking - this trip we chose to hop on the @holoholocharters super tour to the Napali Coast and Niihau. Getting to see The Cathedrals in person just after the sunrise was a highlight of not just my trip, but my life! I can't wait to go back to continue exploring this part of Kauai!