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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.

Maui Engagement Photos by Rebecca Arthurs | smelltheroses.com

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.

Maui Engagement Photos by Rebecca Arthurs | smelltheroses.com

Maui Engagement Photos by Rebecca Arthurs | smelltheroses.com

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The back of this dress 😍

Maui Engagement Photos by Rebecca Arthurs | smelltheroses.com

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Maui Engagement Photos by Rebecca Arthurs | smelltheroses.com

Maui Engagement Photos by Rebecca Arthurs | smelltheroses.com

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

0 In Home

My Cruelty-free Fall Wish List: 2017 Edition

fall cruelty-free fashion & beauty wish list | smelltheroses.com

I have had my eye on so many fun fall-inspired products lately so I thought I would summarize them into a post! As always, everything is 100% cruelty-free and/or natural where applicable. Maybe my fall wish list will inspire you to treat yourself and get more into the fall spirit!

Disclaimer: This post does include affiliate links from which I earn a small commission. Any earnings go straight back into my blog and help fund this site and its giveaways. Thank you for your support! 


My Fall Wish List

Autumn Pillow | smelltheroses.com

1. Autumn Truck Throw Pillow | PCB Home

  • Shop This Pillow: Autumn Truck

  • How cute is this pillow from Etsy?!  Throw pillows are an easy way to decorate your house each season and I’ve had my eye on this one. I like that it is simple enough to not clash with the other decor in my house and it will match pretty much anything. Side Note: I would totally buy every product from PCB Home if I could afford it because they are all so adorable!

Vegan Leather Jacket from Lulu's | smelltheroses.com

2. Bae Brown Vegan Leather Moto Jacket | Lulu’s

  • Shop This Jacket: Brown (pictured) | Similar: Black, Green, Tan

  • In the years since becoming a vegetarian, I have swapped out all my leather products for vegan alternatives (read my post about vegan leather to learn why). I had a similar Michael Kors leather jacket that I was in love with so when I saw this vegan jacket on Lulu’s I fell in love. A cute vegan leather jacket with my favorite pair of distressed jeans is one of my go-to fall outfits.

Vegan Leather Bag | smelltheroses.com

3. Madeline Mini Bucket | Angela Roi

  • Shop This Bag: Bordeaux (pictured) | Other Colors: Black, Cloud

  • Ever since Angela Roi launched their latest collection, I have had my eye on this bucket bag. I love the deep red color (called bordeaux) mixed with the gold hardware. It’s the perfect color to carry you from fall into the holiday season. Best of all, this bag is made of one of the highest quality vegan leathers I’ve ever come across.

Vegan Crossbody | smelltheroses.com

4. Zuri Multifunction Pouch | Angela Roi

  • Shop This Bag: Cloud (pictured) | Other Colors: Black, Bordeaux, Russet

  • I love a good compact crossbody bag and this one from Angela Roi is beautiful. The off-white vegan leather would work year-round making it a great addition to your purse collection!

Pumpkin Enzyme Peel from Erin's Faces | smelltheroses.com

5. Pumpkin Enzyme Peel | Erin’s Faces

  • Shop This Product: Pumpkin Peel

  • What gets you more in the mood for fall than pumpkin?! From carving pumpkins to eating pumpkin pie, we have found so many ways to utilize this amazing fruit (yes, pumpkin is a fruit – don’t worry, I didn’t know either).  Loaded with Enzymes, Antioxidants, Zinc, Iron and Vitamins C and K, pumpkin is amazing for your skin. This product from Erin’s Faces has rave reviews so it is at the top of my must-try list. 🎃

Vegan Over The Knee Boots | smelltheroses.com

6. Issac Black Vegan Suede Over the Knee Boots | Steve Madden

  • Shop These Boots: Black Over the Knee

  • Over the knee boots are such a fall staple so it’s no surprise I had to include a pair on my fall wish list. I was surprised to see these boots are made from 100% man-made materials making them vegan-friendly!

Vegan Suede Booties | smelltheroses.com

7. Marissa Light Cement Taupe Vegan Suede Ankle Booties | Lulu’s

  • Shop These Booties: Taupe

  • Another fall shoe staple are cute booties! They automatically make any outfit 10x cuter and come in so many adorable styles. I love the color of these vegan suede booties mixed with their natural wood heel.

Vegan Black Suede Booties | smelltheroses.com

8. Amaia Black Suede Lace-Up Ankle Booties | Lulu’s

  • Shop These Booties: Black

  • I know these are the 3rd pair of shoes on this list but when I saw the lace-up back I had to include them! 😍 As with the other shoes on this list, these are 100% vegan!

Lily Lolo Eyeshadow | smelltheroses.com

9. Laid Care Eye Palette | Lily Lolo

  • Shop This Product: Eyeshadow Palette

  • This eye palette from Lily Lolo has great reviews and just happens to contain so many perfect fall shades. I’m not a big eyeshadow girl but I like to use a little on special occasions so I know this palette would be a great addition to my makeup collection.

Lauren B Beauty Cruelty-free Nail Polish | smelltheroses.com

10. House of Blues Nail Polish | Lauren B Beauty

  • Shop This Shade: House of Blues

  • There is something so edgy and chic about black nail polish. It goes with everything and is perfect for the fall. This polish from Lauren B Beauty is actually not totally black but instead an extremely dark blue. As with all their polishes, it is cruelty-free and 7-free! 💅

Lauren B Beauty Cruelty-free Nail Polish | smelltheroses.com

11. Laurel Canyon Lover | Lauren B Beauty

  • Shop This Shade: Laurel Canyon Lover

  • When I saw this color it immediately made me think of fall! This 7-free/cruelty-free polish from Lauren B Beauty is the perfect balance between a true red and burgundy. This shade could easily transition from fall into the holiday season. 💅

Uptown Lip Velvet | smelltheroses.com

12. Uptown Lip Velvet | Clove + Hallow

  • Shop This Shade: Uptown

  • I love a beautiful matte lip for the fall and have had my eye on this specific one ever since it was launched. These lip velvets from Clove + Hallow dry in a beautiful matte finish without drying out your lips. This specific shade keeps selling out before I can buy it! It is safe to say, this product is at the top of my wish list. 💄💋

Orgain Pumpkin Spice Protein | smelltheroses.com

13. Pumpkin Spice Vegan Protein Powder | Orgain

  • Shop on Amazon: Pumpkin Spice Protein

  • I have been so eager to try the pumpkin spice flavor of my favorite vegan protein powder! Luckily it is available on Amazon Prime (whoop whoop). Packed with 21g of plant-based protein, Orgain’s protein powders are a great way for us vegetarians to get enough protein in our diet. I have yet to try a flavor of Orgain I didn’t like so I know this pumpkin spice flavor must be delicious! 🎃

Osmia Pumpkin Facial Soap | smelltheroses.com

14. Pumpkin Facial Soap | Osmia Organics

  • Shop This Bar: Pumpkin

  • Here’s another great pumpkin infused facial product but this time it’s from Osmia Organics. This soap works as a mild exfoliator that leaves skin soft and nourished. Side Note: This product does contain honey so it is NOT vegan-friendly. 🎃

I hope you enjoyed my fall wish list! What fall products have you had your eye on? Let me know in the comments section below!

xoxo Caitlyn | smelltheroses.com