Surfer Kai Lenny Eloped With Bride Molly Payne in a Beautiful Maui Ceremony

Big Wave Surfer Kai Lenny Maui Elopement

Kai Lenny and Molly Payne are married! The talented big wave surfer married long-time partner Molly Payne in an intimate elopement ceremony…while Molly is pregnant with twin baby girls! Kai, a Hawaii native, felt it was only right to wed in the only place that truly feels like home – Maui! 

The sunset wedding was pulled off without an official planner – because they decided they wanted to be married with just a two-week notice! Yup, the ambitious couple knew the perfect wedding date for them would be 2.22.22. The moment they realized this once-in-a-lifetime milestone was right around the corner, they knew they had no time to waste. With a little bit of luck, photographer Kristy Taylor was there to capture their special day. Ready for some serious romance? Let’s get into it!

Life on Maui

Big Wave Surfer Kai Lenny Maui Elopement

Growing up on the beautiful North Shore of Maui helped Kai truly get in touch with nature and find his life’s passion: surfing! Getting married at his family home in that same location was truly a no-brainer. 

Big Wave Surfer Kai Lenny Maui Elopement
Big Wave Surfer Kai Lenny Maui Elopement

Aside from the excitement of getting married, Molly and Kai are also expecting the greatest blessing of all – children! The two are anticipating the arrival of their twin baby girls in April of 2022.

Pregnant Maui Bride

Curious how Molly got such a beautiful and bump-friendly dress on such short notice? As it turns out, it was a lucky coincidence!

Pregnant Maui Bride

Luckily by chance, I had a dress in the works with a local designer for a baby bump photoshoot that we had scheduled. So I was good to go on such short notice!

Pregnant bride with daughter

Look Into the Future

Maui Wedding First Look

Molly walked over to her excited groom to share their intimate first look together.

Maui Wedding First Look

It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been with someone – that first look on your wedding day will always be special and unique!

Big Wave Surfer Kai Lenny Maui Elopement
Big Wave Surfer Kai Lenny Maui Elopement

Even in black and white, these two shine!

Big Wave Surfer Kai Lenny Maui Elopement

Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

The whole day was so memorable and we had time to enjoy each moment, but my most favorite was our first look. Seeing Kai’s face when he turned around instantly brought me to tears! It was amazing. We took the time to focus on each other and the commitment we were making.

Big Wave Surfer Kai Lenny Maui Elopement

Married on the Beach

Big Wave Surfer Kai Lenny Maui Elopement
Big Wave Surfer Kai Lenny Maui Elopement

Kai wore a fantastic navy suit custom-made for him in Positano years prior to the wedding. It most certainly came in handy for their last-minute nuptials!

Big Wave Surfer Kai Lenny Maui Elopement
Big Wave Surfer Kai Lenny Maui Elopement
Big Wave Surfer Kai Lenny Maui Elopement

The wedding ceremony included traditional Hawaiian elements, such as the ring blessing. In this ceremony, rings are placed in a wooden bowl filled with ocean water. The officiant will typically dip a ti leaf into the water to bless the rings!

Big Wave Surfer Kai Lenny Maui Elopement

The happy couple is finally married!

Big Wave Surfer Kai Lenny Maui Elopement
Big Wave Surfer Kai Lenny Maui Elopement

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

Keep it simple! After our perfect intimate wedding celebration being surrounded by our family, I couldn’t imagine having it any other way. It was beyond special.

Congratulations to Molly and Kai on your wedding and incoming little ones!

photography: Kristy Taylor Photography // venue name: Private Residence, Paia, Maui, Hawaii, USA // florals: Mandy Grace // wedding dress: Honua Bridal // hair stylist: Jessica Waite // makeup artist: Jessica Waite // groom's ring: Tiffany & Co

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