Kualoa Ranch – Moli’i Gardens

Red Heart Photo

I was recently reminded of the beauty of Moli’i Gardens while conducting site visits at various wedding and event venues with one of our couples.  Located on the northeastern facing shore of the island of Oahu, Moli’i Gardens at Kualoa Ranch is a leisurely 45-minute drive from Waikiki.  Surrounded by the largest ancient Hawaiian fishpond in the State, the breathtaking landscaping sets the mood for seclusion and romance while the Ko’olau Mountain Range provides a dramatic backdrop for your wedding.  The site offers a lower garden, upper garden and covered pavilion, with a grand staircase connecting the lower and upper gardens.  Can you imagine the anticipation shared between the bride and groom as the bride descends the stairs to meet her groom on their wedding day?  I have to say, this has got to be one of my favorite garden venues available on the island, and it’s absolutely perfect for a tropical, country, vintage or rustic inspired wedding. Image by Marina Miller of Red Heart Photo.

Stephanie + Brad: Anela Garden and the Coconut Club

Stephanie and Brad picked not one, but two hidden gems to host their destination ceremony and reception:  Anela Garden is a quaint house-turned-wedding venue located on the slopes of Diamond Head, while the Coconut Club boasts the most amazing views of Waikiki from the 21st floor of the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel.  We love it when certain things unexpectedly fall into place on wedding day.  For this occasion, arriving at the ceremony to find bougainvillea trees in full bloom in the wedding color brought upon my “happy dance.” The other was the rain stopping the minute before the bride walked down the aisle. Stephanie and Brad raised the bar on their reception decor by enhancing the Coconut Club with specialty linen, chair covers, square monkey pod chargers, china, custom escort cards and menus, and beautiful, bright, tropical floral decor elements using roses, mokara orchids and pincushion protea.  Images by Kai-Photo.

Christianne + Darren: Waimanalo Bay

Know what I love?  A champagne, ivory and peach wedding!  I adore Christianne and Darren’s darling beach wedding in this soft color palate.  There’s just so much to love…..a ring bearer holding a “Here Comes the Bride” sign, their 2 daughters dressed in tulle and ballet flats serving as flower girls, the bride’s flowy gown, bridesmaids dressed in champagne chiffon, the guys dresses in linen…it all looked perfect together against the turquoise blue water of Waimanalo Bay.  Images by Kai-Photo.

Khadijah + Djuanyel: Magic Island

April 6th was a very busy day for Oahu Wedding!  It’s rare that we take on 2 weddings on the same day, and fortunately we have an amazing staff that allowed us to do so while executing both flawlessly.  While one-half of the “crew” was at the Oasis Oceanfront Estate for Lulu and David’s ceremony and reception, the other half was at Magic Island for Khadijah and Djuanyel’s ceremony.  I attended both and was blessed to see 2 beautiful, amazing couples on their wedding day.

While we are no strangers to orange, fuchsia and turquoise wedding colors, every couple is unique and there’s always some “moment” that stays with me after each wedding.  I have to admit that I was struck by tears as Khadijah processed down the aisle with her father at her side.  The embrace they shared before meeting the groom is one that I will remember forever.  The tears soon disappeared into smiles and laughter as the ceremony unfolded. Khadijah and Djuanyel celebrated with a flower shower, apple cider toast and wedding cake before heading to the Halekulani for their formal reception.  Kai-Photo captured their joy beautifully!