Shannon & DJ live in San Diego, California. They married 2 years ago but they had to delay their elopement abroad after their courthouse wedding a lot longer than they anticipated due to DJ’s military career. This year they could finally take their dream honeymoon… they spent their two-year wedding anniversary in an overwater bungalow and decided to have a wedding vows renewal in Moorea.
The two of them first met the summer after graduation. They had a lot of mutual friends, but somehow never met during college. DJ was too nervous to talk to Shannon, but luckily his best friend tricked him into approaching her, the most beautiful girl he had ever seen; there was something almost magical about her he says, she was his unicorn.
Shannon could tell he had a crush on her but she wasn’t sure what to think because he had a bit of a bad boy reputation so she tried to resist. She gave in 3 weeks later and they’ve been inseparable ever since.
When I see you, the World stops. It stops and all that exists for me is you and my eyes staring at you. There’s nothing else. No noise, no other people, no thoughts or worries, no yesterday, no tomorrow. The World just stops, and it is a beautiful place, and there is only you. (James Frey)
Shannon & DJ chose to have their Moorea vow renewal ceremony on a mountain top, early in the morning so that they would have this magical place for themselves and we would have the best lighting for photos.
So early up the Belvedere in Moorea for a ceremony also means early hair & make-up preps… the hair stylist, the make-up artist and myself met at their bungalow before day had broken on Moorea.
I typically don’t see the sun rising in the sky (…) but when I get to wake up very early to meet with a couple it gets me every time… it is SO gorgeous and serene that you can only feel blessed to be witnessing those colors on the lagoon.
We had a fantastically clear sky over Mount Rotui between the two bays and after their mountain top ceremony these two then went on taking more pictures around the island.
It was lovely to meet you Shannon & DJ! May you continue to have fun and never regret a single day together, and DJ, I’m totally with you about wanting to adopt every stray dog in the world! Thank you for trying to make our planet a better one.
• Moorea Ceremony Officiant / Life-Cycle Wedding Celebrant: Nelly at wedOtahiti
• Wedding Planner in Moorea: Nelly at wedOtahiti
• Photographer: Helene Havard
• Hair stylist: Maryse
• Make-up artist: Audrey Bodilis