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Our Engagement Photos: Ironwoods Beach, West Maui

Hello there! Today I’m excited to finally share some photos from our engagement photo shoot with our incredibly talented wedding photographer, Rebecca ArthursWe took our engagement photos back in May while vacationing and doing some wedding planning on Maui. I cannot speak enough praises for Rebecca. Aside from her obvious talent, her grace and friendliness made this shoot so effortless and comfortable. The entire experience, from the location to the perfect weather to my handsome fiance, truly felt like a dream. The day was so magical that I can’t even begin to imagine what our wedding day will be like.

It is finally starting to hit me that our wedding is approaching and I am so excited! My future sister-in-law just got married to the best guy and Ryan and I had the honor of being in their bridal party. It was as close to perfect as a wedding could be so we can only hope our day is filled with as much love and beauty! 🙂 Now that she is married, I am officially next (254 days to go)! After a year and half of being engaged, I think it’s finally starting to hit me! (For those interested, I wrote all about our proposal story and Maui engagement in this post!)

Engagement Photo Shoot Details

Photographer: Rebecca Arthurs

Location | Ironwoods Beach, West Maui

Blue & White Stripe Romper | Urban Heritage (no longer available, similar here & here)

Lace Crop Top | Grace Loves Lace (no longer available, similar here & here)

Linen High Waisted Beach Pants | Mahina (not available online, similar here)

Elastic Maxi Dress in Rose | Keliki

Maui Engagement Photos by Rebecca Arthurs | smelltheroses.com

Location: Ironwoods Beach, West Maui

When we started planning our shoot with Rebecca, I told her I wanted the location to be somewhere that showed off Maui’s natural beauty. I knew I wanted some photos on the beach but also wanted some dramatic cliff shots. She recommended we shoot at Ironwoods Beach in West Maui and it was perfect! It’s a popular location for elopements and we actually witnessed a wedding taking place and another bride & groom taking pics on the beach.

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Outfit Planning

Rebecca encouraged us to plan a few different outfits/looks and I’m so glad she did. I was obsessed with making sure our outfits complimented each other and that the colors didn’t clash that I laid them all out on the floor and took my time pairing them up until I was happy. 😂It was important to me that I pick muted colors that would blend well with our natural surroundings and not compete with Maui’s beauty.

First Look: Casual

For our first outfit, we decided to go with something casual that we would wear on a regular day in Hawaii. I opted for a lightweight linen romper and Ryan went with a plain t-shirt, shorts, and short sleeve button-up. This style was a great one to start with because we felt comfortable which helped us warm up to the camera!

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Second Look: Dressy Casual

For our second look, we went a little dressier but again kept it comfortable. I bought this crop top from Grace Loves Lace on Tradesy when we first got engaged hoping I’d be confident enough to wear it for our engagement photos. I’m not one to typically wear a crop top but I’m proud I pushed myself outside my comfort zone because I love how these pics turned out! I loved the color and fit of these linen beach pants I found at a boutique on the island the day before our shoot. For Ryan’s outfit, he wore blue chinos and a cotton blend polo (both from Bonobos).

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Jewelry

Succulent Bloom Stacking Ring Set | Local Eclectic

Engagement Ring: Lauren B Jewelry

Earrings: Mahina Boutique (not available online)

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Third Look: Bold & Romantic

For our final look, I wanted it to be a little bolder but still look beachy. Our outfit colors reminded me of vintage Hawaii and the sunset cast the prettiest filtered lighting over us. Ryan dressed in navy chinos and a light-weight cotton button down (again, both from Bonobos). I found my dress at another local boutique on Maui the day before our shoot. I loved the front slit, open back, and flowy skirt. The wind on the cliffs was stronger than down on the beach so it made for some awesome dramatic shots.

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The back of this dress 😍

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After an incredible couple of hours shooting, we got to enjoy this beautiful Maui sunset. We feel so grateful to get to enjoy this beautiful island together and we can’t wait for our closest family and friends to be here to enjoy it with us next May.

We would like to thank Rebecca Arthurs for making our engagement photo shoot dreams come true! Be sure to check out her work and follow her on Instagram (@rebeccaarthurs)!


As always, if you have any questions or would like to say hello, you can leave a comment down below, on my Instagram, or message me on my contact page.

xoxo Caitlyn | smelltheroses.com

52 In Beauty/ Body/ FYI/ GIVEAWAYS

Beauty by Earth Suncare Giveaway & Review

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WE HAVE A WINNER..

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED.

THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED!


*This post contains affiliate links in which I earn a small commission. The products in this giveway were supplied by Beauty by Earth but I have not been paid to feature them. All opinions are my own. 

I have teamed up with my friends at Beauty by Earth for an awesome Suncare Giveaway! 🌞  If you read my post on staying safe in the sun, you may have noticed I recommended their sunscreen as an alternative to conventional brands and for good reason! Their products are completely natural, cruelty-free, reef-safe, non-toxic, and, most importantly, effective! I used them on my last trip to Hawaii and quickly fell in love. I have no doubt whoever wins will love them too!

What We’re Giving Away…

Enter the giveaway using the Gleam plugin below and then keep scrolling to learn more about each prize! 😊


How to Enter the Giveaway:

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Beauty by Earth Suncare Giveaway

Rules & Disclaimer: 

  • Open to the U.S. and Canada to anyone 18 or older with a valid mailing address.
  • You may enter the giveaway anytime between March 22th and March 31st 11:59 pm EST.
  • The winner will be randomly generated using the Gleam Plugin and announced April 1st at approximately 12:00 pm EST on this blog post, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
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  • I run giveaways for my readers who are genuinely interested in the products I am offering. Entries completed with social media accounts used solely for giveaways will not be counted. Although the giveaway winner is randomly generated, if you are chosen as the winner and I see you did not follow this rule, I will manually invalidate your entry and have a new winner randomly generated.
  • Once a winner is selected, I will personally contact him/her with the email address he/she used to enter the giveaway in order to obtain his/her shipping address. If no response is made within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.
  • The products in this giveaway were supplied by Beauty by Earth. I have not been paid to feature this brand.
  • No purchase necessary.

Beauty by Earth Sunscreen Review | smelltheroses.com

 

If you have been following my blog, you know I love Beauty by Earth. They are passionate about creating products that are not only safe for you and your family but also effective. They leave out all of the chemicals and harmful ingredients found in conventional products and use only the best natural, non-GMO, and organic ingredients! On top of that, all of their products are proudly made in the USA and cruelty-free. 🌿

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Beauty by Earth’s Sunscreen

While looking for a green sunscreen option, I came across rave reviews for Beauty by Earth’s Sunscreen. Already a fan of their products, I immediately ordered their Sunscreen Bundle and packed it for my vacation. Here’s why I fell in love with it…

Broad Spectrum Protection

As covered in my sun safety post, one of the most important factors to consider when purchasing sunscreen is whether or not it provides broad-spectrum coverage. Both the Beauty by Earth SPF 25 Sunscreen and SPF 20 Facial Sunscreen are labeled broad-spectrum!

Reef Safe & Biodegradable Formula

Since they do not use synthetic ingredients like oxybenzone, their sunscreens are deemed reef-safe! Feel free to wear these products in the ocean without stress or guilt. 🐠

Cruelty-free Formulation

As with all of their products, Beauty by Earth’s sunscreen is certified cruelty-free by the Leaping Bunny Program. 🐰

Immediate Protection

Although it is recommended you apply your sunscreen 15 minutes before sun exposure, one of the benefits of Beauty by Earth’s sunscreens being formulated with Zinc Oxide is that they work immediately. While chemical sunscreens need time to be absorbed by the skin, physical sunscreens work like a shield to the sun’s rays.

Environmental Working Group Recommended

What I consider one of the best sources for product safety, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has included Beauty by Earth on its list of “Best Beach and Sport Sunscreens”. Both products scored a squeaky clean 1 on their scale! Read their reports here: SPF 20 Facial Sunscreen | SPF 25 Sunscreen 

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SPF 25 Sunscreen (Body) | Beauty by Earth

Beauty by Earth Sunscreen SPF 25 | smelltheroses.com

Ingredients

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide (Non-nano)

Inactive Ingredients: Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Vegetable Glycerin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Organic Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Organic Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, Organic Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract, Organic Camellia Oleifera (Japanese Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Pulp Extract, Vanilla Tahitensis (Vanilla) Fruit Extract

Application

This sunscreen is the best Zinc Oxide-based sunscreen I have found so far. The formula is definitely going to seem thick to someone who is used to conventional sunscreens but that is normal for Zinc Oxide-based sunscreens (I’ll take a thicker formula that is clean over a thinner chemical filled formula any day). Still, I do find the sunscreen fairly easy to rub in. It can leave a very subtle white tint on the body but I found this only happens when my legs are very dry. When I was on vacation, there was no whiteness if I had moisturized that morning. However, I actually liked when it was slightly visible because it showed me if I missed a spot or needed to reapply!

How to Use: Apply a liberal amount to all exposed areas of the body. Rub in until sunscreen is no longer or barely visible.  Reapply every 2 hours or after prolonged time in the water.

Why I Love It!

  1. Rubs in easily compared to other Zinc Oxide sunscreens.
  2. Doesn’t leave you looking like a ghost. 👻
  3. Effective immediately!
  4. Water resistant up to 40 minutes.
  5. Provides excellent sun protection!
  6. Mostly organic ingredients.
  7. Gentle enough for kids!
  8. Reef safe 🐠  & cruelty-free 🐰
Beauty by Earth Sunscreen Review | smelltheroses.com

Initial Application | Beauty by Earth SPF 25 Sunscreen

 

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Almost rubbed in! | Beauty by Earth SPF 25 Sunscreen

 

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Fully rubbed in! No white appearance! | Beauty by Earth SPF 25 Sunscreen


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SPF 20 Facial Sunscreen | Beauty by Earth

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Ingredients

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide (Non-nano)

Inactive Ingredients: Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Vegetable Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Organic Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, Ascorbyl Glucoside (Vitamin C), Xanthan Gum, Organic Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil, Organic Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Organic Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Leaf Essential Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Pink Grapefruit) Essential Oil

Application

This facial sunscreen is light enough for everyday wear but strong enough for a full day at the beach.

Beach Day: I use one pump (about a pea size amount) and spread it all over my face until completely rubbed in. If I feel I need to add more, I do so only after the initial application has been rubbed in. Using this method prevented my face from turning “white” like we are all afraid of! Reapply every 2 hours while in direct sunlight.

Everyday Wear: Apply one pump to the entire face until completely rubbed in. Wait 5-10 minutes for sunscreen to dry. Apply makeup as usual and set with a finishing powder to prevent shine (I recommend the “Un” Powder by RMS). *If exposed, apply to neck and chest too!

Why I Love It!

  1. Great for sensitive skin!
  2. Rubs in easily & feels lightweight.
  3. Doesn’t make my skin feel greasy.
  4. Leaves no white tint – perfect for under makeup.
  5. Effective immediately!
  6. Water resistant up to 40 minutes.
  7. Mostly organic ingredients.
  8. Pump dispenser prevents waste.
  9. Gentle enough for kids!
  10. Reef safe 🐠  & cruelty-free 🐰
Beauty by Earth SPF 20 Facial Sunscreen | smelltheroses.com

The amount I use on my face at a time. I build up the coverage a little at a time to prevent whiteness. | Beauty by Earth SPF 20 Facial Sunscreen

 

Beauty by Earth SPF 20 Facial Sunscreen | smelltheroses.com

Completely rubbed in on my face! No whiteness! | Beauty by Earth SPF 20 Sunscreen

 

Beauty by Earth Facial Sunscreen Review | smelltheroses.com

Light enough to wear under your makeup! | Beauty by Earth


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Aloe Vera Gel | Beauty by Earth

Beauty by Earth Aloe Vera Gel | smelltheroses.com

Ingredients

Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Ascorbyl Glucoside (Vitamin C), Xanthan Gum, Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium Citrate

Application

For Burns or Sunburn: Apply a thin layer over burned area. The burn will immediately feel cooled and soothed (some people like to put the aloe vera in the fridge for additional relief). The aloe vera will keep the skin moisturized and help speed the healing process. Reapply 2-3 times a day until the burn has healed.

For Minor Cuts: Apply a thin layer 2-3 times a day. The gel will act as a natural disinfectant!

As a Moisturizer: Apply a thin layer to the area you would like to moisturize. The gel is nongreasy so it can be applied before makeup. It is also a great aftershave product – softens skin and will heal tiny cuts!

As a Makeup Remover: Apply a small amount of gel to a cotton ball to gently remove makeup around your eyes and face.

For Hair: Treat dandruff and dry scalp by applying the gel to roots/scalp at nighttime. Wash hair normally in the AM. Some people also use the gel as a hair styling product!

Other Uses: diaper rash, acne treatment, eczema, bruises, poison ivy/oak, soothe bug bites, etc..

Why I Love It!

  1. Can be used for so much more than sunburn!
  2. Non-sticky, fast-drying formula.
  3. Love using on my legs/armpits after shaving.
  4. My fiance can use it as an aftershave too!

Beauty by Earth Aloe Vera Gel Review | smelltheroses.com


I hope you loved this review as much as I loved writing it! Make sure to enter the giveaway and come back each day for bonus entries. If you’re interested in shopping for these or other products from Beauty by Earth, code “SMELLTHEROSES” will save you 15% off your entire order in their online store.

Want to learn why I ditched conventional suncare products? It’s not just because they weren’t cruelty-free… Read this post! 

This suncare giveaway ends March 31st at 11:59 pm! Good Luck!

xoxo Caitlyn | smelltheroses.com

3 In FYI/ Wedding

Our Proposal Story: Haiku Mill, Maui

Surprise Proposal at Haiku Mill, Maui, Hawaii | 📷: Angela Nelson

Hello, everyone! I apologize for being a little MIA this past month but it is for good reason. Some of you may have seen on Instagram, but my long term boyfriend proposed during our vacation to Hawaii! Since returning home, between the surprise engagement celebrations, working full time, and my best friend’s wedding, February has come and gone in the blink of an eye! I have so much to share with all of you from my trip. I thought it would be fun to jump back in with a post all about our proposal story and how he asked! But first, a little background story…

How We Met

Looking back to when I met Ryan, it’s hard to believe it was almost 8 years ago. It was the summer break before I would enter my senior year of high school and I was hanging out with a group of friends at one of their houses. Little did I know, that seemingly ordinary summer day would be one of the most significant days of my life.

Ryan came over with a few others to hang out with all of us. We all lived in the same hometown but went to different schools so I had never met Ryan before. I remember thinking he was cute but didn’t have much interest because he was a year younger than me. I figured, if the guys my age were immature there was no way anyone younger would be any better! Lucky for me, Ryan was persistent and continued to show up every day to hang out with us. It wasn’t long before I fell for him.

Ryan had the perfect opportunity to ask me out on our first date when my best friend left for a month long vacation. The funny part is, he was only 16 and didn’t have a driver’s license yet so I had to pick him up for our date! A few weeks later on September 5, 2009, he asked me to be his girlfriend. We have been together ever since!

Years Leading Up to Now

Roses have always been a special symbol in our relationship. Ryan left a single red rose for me to find on my car after school on our 1 month anniversary (I was a senior in high school). He continued to surprise me with roses each month that added up to the number of months we had been together (2 roses on our 2 month anniversary, 3 on our 3 month anniversary…etc). Each month was a new creative surprise presentation which are some of my favorite memories to look back on. After our 1 year anniversary, I told Ryan he didn’t have to buy me roses anymore because it was going to become too expensive! 😂

Now, anytime he buys me flowers there are always roses included. I still have every single rose he ever gave me, dried and stored in boxes. ❤ So aside from loving the definition of “smell the roses”, the phrase definitely has special significance in my life!

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The first rose Ryan ever gave me from our 1 month anniversary on October 5, 2009!

We have such an abundance of amazing memories together. Although I like to think we are still just like those young and in love teenagers, we have both grown up so much over the years. We have gotten to experience being high school sweethearts going to prom together, to working our first minimum wage job together, to attending each other’s high school graduations, to graduating college together and watching each other start real adult jobs. We would both not be where we are today without each other’s help. The best thing about us is that we want nothing more than to see the other happy and fulfilled.

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Ryan’s Junior Prom (2010)

How He Asked: The Proposal

Before I tell you exactly how he asked, let me give you a little background info. I have traveled to Hawaii every year since I was a little girl. It has become a second home and is undoubtedly my favorite place in the world. Once Ryan and I began dating, he started coming on these vacations every year and quickly fell in love with Hawaii too. I believe our love grew the strongest during these trips and we are so grateful to have so many beautiful memories there together.

When Ryan started to plan how he was going to propose, the only thing he was certain of was that it would be there. I have to admit, I didn’t think Ryan was going to be able to surprise me. (Spoiler Alert! He proved me SO wrong!)

The Plan

We were a few days into our vacation on Maui and planning out everything we wanted to do while there. It was our first time on this specific Hawaiian island so we wanted to make the most out it. I had heard of this place called Haiku Mill that was known as one of the most beautiful wedding venues in all of Hawaii. I figured while on Maui, we should go on a tour of the mill so we could see for ourselves just how beautiful it was. Ryan thought it was a great idea and told me he would set it up. In reality, Ryan had already blocked off all of the tours for January 24th so he could pull off a surprise proposal!

Surprise Proposal at Haiku Mill, Maui, Hawaii | 📷: Angela Nelson

Photo: haikumill.com

My Proposal Story | smelltheroses.com

Haiku Mill, Maui, Hawaii | Photo: Angie Nelson

The Big Day!

The day of the proposal, we spent the morning at a botanical garden and then came back to our room to freshen up before the tour. I was feeling lazy and enjoying being on vacation, so I decided to pull my hair back into a ponytail and go make-up free (if only I had known I was about to take a million pictures.. lol!).

We drove over to the mill and I remember Ryan saying with a big smile on his face that he was “nervous”. I laughed at him because who would be nervous for a tour?! (You would think this would have given it away, but I was still completely clueless!) When we arrived at the mill, it was raining! However, our tour guide, Shelby, was waiting for us with beautiful white umbrellas. Haiku Mill was breathtaking even in the rain. It’s hard to put it into words but it I felt like we were taken back in time to an enchanted tropical forest.

Shelby led us around the property, including under a 100-year-old giant mango tree, until we got to the ruins of the historic mill. Ryan held my hand as we walked through the doorway until we stopped under a crystal chandelier hanging from the mill’s glass ceiling.

My Proposal Story | smelltheroses.com

Seconds before the proposal! | Photo: Angie Nelson

Shelby told us she would be right back because she was going to go turn on the chandelier. I was looking around in awe when Ryan took my umbrella from me and set it down. He held both my hands and said, “I have to let you in on a little secret. We are not here for a tour”. I immediately knew what was happening but couldn’t believe it. Next thing I knew, Ryan was down on one knee and asking me to marry him. I started crying the happiest tears I ever had and said, “yes, yes, of course!” I had never been so surprised in my life.

My Proposal Story | smelltheroses.com

The moment I realized what was happening! | Photo: Angie Nelson

My Proposal Story | smelltheroses.com

The moment he asked! | Photo: Angie Nelson

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She said yes! | Photo: Angie Nelson

Seconds later, our photographer, Angie, and videographer, Caleb, came out of hiding with a beautiful bouquet of red roses mixed with local tuberose (he couldn’t forget my roses!). Ryan told me they had documented the whole proposal and that we were now going to take photos all around the mill and then off-site at the beach. Throughout the photo session, I had to stop for a minute because I kept crying! I thought I couldn’t love Ryan more than I already did but what he did to surprise me made me fall for him all over again. It was a truly magical day.

Surprise Proposal at Haiku Mill, Maui, Hawaii | 📷: Angela Nelson

The newly engaged couple! | Photo: Angie Nelson

My Proposal Story | smelltheroses.com

Of course he had to get me roses! | Photo: Angie Nelson

My Proposal Story | smelltheroses.com

So many happy tears that day! | Photo: Angie Nelson

Surprise Proposal at Haiku Mill, Maui, Hawaii | 📷: Angela Nelson

On cloud nine! | Photo: Angie Nelson

My Proposal Story | smelltheroses.com

My ring from Lauren B, NYC | Photo: Angie Nelson

My Proposal Story | smelltheroses.com

Rain or shine, Haiku Mill is breathtaking! | Photo: Angie Nelson

Surprise Proposal at Haiku Mill, Maui, Hawaii | 📷: Angela Nelson

Outside the mill’s cottage | Photo: Angie Nelson

Surprise Proposal at Haiku Mill, Maui, Hawaii | 📷: Angela Nelson

Under the 100-year-old mango tree | Photo: Angie Nelson

Pictures in the kitchen of the mill’s cottage (cutest place ever) | Photo: Angie Nelson

My Proposal Story | smelltheroses.com

Fun fact: The mill’s cottage also serves as the bridal suite for weddings. | Photo: Angie Nelson

My Proposal Story | smelltheroses.com

The rain finally stopped when we got to the beach! | Photo: Angie Nelson

My Proposal Story | smelltheroses.com

Maui, Hawaii | Photo: Angie Nelson

Surprise Proposal at Haiku Mill, Maui, Hawaii | 📷: Angela Nelson

Ring: Lauren B Jewelry | Photo: Angie Nelson

My Proposal Story | smelltheroses.com

Maui, Hawaii | Photo: Angie Nelson

My Proposal Story | smelltheroses.com

Ring: Lauren B Jewelry | Photo: Angie Nelson


There are several people I have to thank for making this day so spectacular.

First and foremost, thank you so much to Angie Nelson for helping Ryan plan the most beautiful proposal I could have ever asked for. Thank you for coaching me through the entire photo session since I could barely think for myself considering I was still in shock/crying. The pictures are absolutely stunning and I will cherish them forever!

Another big thank you to Shelby Carlson from Elements Luxury Events for coordinating the proposal at Haiku Mill! Thank you for ensuring everything ran smoothly and for playing along as our tour guide.

Thank you Caleb McLellan from Areca Film Company for capturing our proposal on film! I am so grateful to have this video to look back on in future years.

Thank you Lauren B Jewelry for making me the ring of my dreams.

Finally, thank you Kahului Florist for providing my lovely bouquet of roses and tuberose! 


Credits

Photographer & Planner | Angie Nelson (Engaged on Maui)

Videographer | Caleb McLellan (Areca Film Company)

Site Coordinator | Shelby Carlson (Elements Luxury Events)

Ring | Lauren B Fine Jewelry & Diamonds

Flowers | Kahului Florist 

Venue | Haiku Mill


I hope you have enjoyed our story! Thank you for reading <3