Lahaina Maui Wedding Hosted at the Historic Plantation House

Kara Pierce and  Allen Nolley wed at the Lahaina Maui Wedding Venue,  Olowalu Plantation House. Kara went with red flowers and tangerine accents for her decor theme.  This color combination really shos up against the emerald colored grass, blue sky and water. Kara and Allen were joined by family and friends to celebrate their wedding.

Photography: Stewart Pinsky of Hula Girl Photography
Food & Catering: Carol L Oleary
Flowers: Blue Sky Designs
Wedding Planner: Blue Sky Weddings
Venue: Olowalu Plantation House
DJ: Sound Wave Maui

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Maui Wedding by the Sea

Charlotte Prynn and Drew Hirst married at the  Olowalu Plantation House in Lahaina Maui in September. Charlotte choose one of my favorite color combinations focusing on orange orchids, tulips, lilies and tangerine accents throughout.

Photography: Stewart Pinsky of Hula Girl Photography
Food: Catering: Carol L Oleary
Wedding Cake: Maui Sweet Cakes
Flowers: Blue Sky Designs
Wedding Planner: Blue Sky Weddings Maui
Venue: Olowalu Plantation House
DJ: Sound Wave Maui

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Thoughts About Olowalu Plantation House Maui

Olowalu Plantation House: Sublime West Maui Haven For Weddings

It is difficult to envision a grander setting for weddings than the Olowalu Plantation House in Maui. Even with myriad visitations, one never fails to be transported upon entering the resplendent grounds.

The main house is the epitome of plantation-style elegance, spurring even a hint of crass tourism. Generous acreage surrounds, filled with magnificent indigenous trees, plants and flowers, all leading towards the sun and moon-kissed ocean – a vista that continually inspires and delights.

Pu’u kukui, tallest of the majestic West Maui Mountains, translates to mean hill of enlightenment, and it soars above visitors to Olowau Plantation House opposite the direction of the Pacific. Splendid views of neighboring islands, Lanai and Kaho’olawe, are also enjoyed.

Blue Sky Weddings excels at optimizing this sublime haven for nuptials, seamlessly orchestrating the ceremony, flowers, table settings, food and drink, lighting, music, photography and video according to your specifications.

You richly deserve this ultimate destination-wedding site, and Blue Sky Weddings welcomes your enquiry at 808-283-8014  and
– E. Robinson, June 2013, Maui

© 2013 Blue Sky Weddings All rights reserved

Our designers, planners, and catering crew love working at Olowalu Plantation House. It is an excellent choice for an outside venue. Lahaina has the most reliable weather on Maui. Hardly any rain, typically bright and sunny all year round.

Have a look at a few weddings we desinged and planned at the Olowalu Plantation House

Elise & Patrick Wedding at Olwoalu Plantation House

Stacey & Michael’s wedding hosted at Olowalu House Maui


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   Orange Orchids with Peach Accents for Maui Bride

When nature supplies perfect blooms in just the right colors with a twist of surprising accents that delight our senses we think we have the perfect tropical bouquet.

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lush orange brides bouquetFor this September wedding we found striped orange cymbidium orchids so unusual I had not seen this exact combination of deep orange with bright orange stripes before.   Also included are glowing mango calla lilies edged with peach fading to a soft but strong pink on the tips, deep orange and pink tulips, pink cymbidium orchids and yellow and fuchsia mocara orchids all wrapped up with a lush burnt orange silk velvet ribbon.  The bright tropical autumn tone was continued throughout the wedding and receptions. All flowers except the tulips and mini call lilies were sourced in Maui or the Hawaiian islands. In the table flower arrangements we added large lush pink dahlias, still blooming in early September, yellow hibiscus and pink mink protea all grown in our upcountry garden in Kula Maui, Hawaii.  Also added are large orange lilies, purple mocara orchids as well as the pink tulips and striped orange cymbidium orchids.  Tangerine taffeta runners provided an additional pop of color. We love to feature and include our locally grown garden flowers when seasonal and in bloom.  These flowers add character and authenticity. Other flowers we grow in out Maui garden are love in a mist, French lavender, garden roses, and dinner plate dahlias. Big romantic vintage style flowers are the thing to do right now and our sustainable Maui garden is producing many of these types of flowers and well as exotic tropical and unique finds that add something beyond the commercial flower look. Below are more photos of this Autumn wedding hosted at the Olowalu Plantatin House in Maui.

Tables were set with vanilla pillar candles and taffeta tangerine runners. We still have beautiful dahlias and I am hoping they last through October.

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Andrea & Christopher are Married New Years Eve in Lahaina Maui

New Years Eve Wedding at the Olowalu Plantation House Maui

Photography:  Hula Girl Photography Maui

Wedding design, decor and planning:  Blue Sky Weddings

Catering: Carol Longhi O’Leary

Andrea Fall and Christopher Zachary wed at the Olowalu Plantation House in Lahaina Maui, Hawaii on New Years Eve. The wedding was blessed with a perfect sunny day and  a perfectly clear gorgeous evening. Andrea and Christopher were joined by family and friends to celebrate their marriage and the beginning of the new year. White tropical flowers were used throughout the ceremony and reception.  Wedding bouquets were a cluster of white cymbidium orchids. Centerpieces of snow white anthurium and protea decorated the tables. The reception lasted through midnight when a show of fireworks was displayed off the south end of the island of Lanai, just across the channel. Stewart Pinsky of Hula Girl Photography was on site capturing gorgeous images of the day and evening.  The delicious wedding cake was done by Maui Sweet Cakes in Paia.  The very delicious dinner for the evening was prepared by caterer, Carol Oleary. DJ Billy Arbour of Sound Wave Maui provided the tunes for the evening. All of the tropical blooms were sourced on Maui with flower design by Sally Longhi.

    • Menu
    • Passed appetizers
    •  Ahi carpaccio on crostini
    • Hamakua mushrooms on gorgonzola crostini
    • Peking duck rolls with plum sauce
    • Upcountry Kula greens with caramelized macadamia nuts and ginger lime vinaigrette
    • Kalbe marinated New York steak
    • Opakapaka served with ginger lime buerre blanc and island salsa
    • Jasmine rice pilaf with caramelized macadamia nuts and pineapple
    • Sautéed asparagus
    • Kona coffee & Wedding Cake
    • Red Velvet Cake with cream cheese frosting
    • Vanilla lilikoi cake with cream cheese frosting
    • Vanilla cake with toasted coconut

Hamakua mushrooms are grown at the Hamakua Heritage Farm on the Coast in Laupahoehoe, Hawaii. Hawaii’s Own Commercially Grown Gourmet Mushrooms.

Lilikoi: Hawaiian yellow passionfruit called lilikoi is sweet and very tart. The fruit is a wonderful addition and flavor added to cakes, tart and jams, or eaten fresh out of the large yellow pod.

Toasted Coconut: Fresh shredded from Maui’s own coconut palm trees.

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Wedding Color Trends: Orange Creates A Perfect Palette

It seems orange has been an extremely popular choice for brides and Maui Weddings over the past few years.  Maybe Hawaii is just a good place for an orange palette. Orange shows up so nicely in photographs and stands out against all that blue sky, colbalt ocean and green grass as it pairs beautifully with rich turquoise and citron. We have worked with tone on tone orange palettes from pure vibrant  orange to subtle shades of nectarine and mango.   Orange also mixes well with pink and yellow, chocolate brown or copper and green, basically warm tonal blends.  Have a look at some stunning images from recent weddings featuring this vibrant color.


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Embellishments such as buckles, antique pins and crystals fitted into the handle of the bouquet or ribbon add a unique touch to a bridal bouquet.

Bird of paradise, orange pin cushions, macara orchids, orange lilies and belles of Ireland fill in the center of the table set off by a chocolate brown taffeta runner. Bamboo canopies draped with sheer fabric are a nice way to create an intimate space for dinner and can be lit with white or colorful lanterns. I like to set the canopy on the grass but as close to the ocean as possible.  This table seats 40 and can be made longer or smaller depending on the number of guests at table. Find more orange weddings here for your Hawaii Wedding or Maui Wedding.


Top Ten List: To Do One Year From Wedding Day

Top Ten to-dos: Eighteen months to one year out to wedding date


1:   Work out your budget. Decide how much you have to spend and find out if your families will contribute and how much. It is a good idea to know what you have to spend before you start your research. You can adjust up later should you choose to but if you want to stick with a dollar amount decide what that number is and finds ways to work within your budget.

2:   Start putting together your wedding party. If you decide you do not want a wedding party then you are off the hook here but do inform friends and family of your decision so no one feels left out.

3:   Work out your head count, the lower the head count the more you will reduce costs. Many reception venues price by guest count and catering and bar services price per person.

4:   Hire a wedding planner especially if you are planning a destination wedding. A planner has relationships with venders and venues as well as ideas and experience so if you decide to work with a planner hire one immediately as this will benefit you in the long run. Call us for Maui wedding planner and Hawaii wedding planning advise

5:   Decide your wedding date as well as a few back up dates in case your wedding venue is booked on the day of your choice. If you have to have a certain day then you should be prepared to be flexible in your ceremony and reception site choices. Call us for great ideas for Maui event locations.

6:  Decide the look and feel of your wedding. Do you want a traditional religious wedding?  If you do this will dictate ceremony venues and style.  If you want a destination wedding will the nuptials be formal or casual? Will you host your wedding in your home with a back yard reception or do you want a unique and quirky unexpected venue to host your wedding and reception. Options open to you are many so think about what you want and the cost of pulling it all together.

7:  Find and book your wedding venues.  Decide if you will have the wedding ceremony and reception in the same location. Your wedding planner should be able to assist you in finding the right venues.

8:  Book your officiate

9:  Start researching vendors and remember that your planner can provide a list of proven professional vendors, as they will have contacts with excellent sources. The first vendor to book is your photographer; get a list together and start looking at on line portfolios. Get ideas from your planner as well as friends, on line research and recommendations.

10:  Book your photographer. Also start to research caterers, florists and music



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My Favorite Maui Wedding Photographers

While working in Hawaii wedding planning for the past 10 years I have had the pleasure to meet and work with many talented photographers who live in Hawaii.  I cannot even begin to choose my favorite and end up with a short list of several excellent choices competing for the top spot. I would love to share my favorites with you so I will feature the work of a selection of the best photographers on Maui over the next month.

Hughes PhotoGraphics as among the top professional photography studios shooting Maui weddings. Hughes PhotoGraphics is Scott Hughes who delivers a true journal style capturing the emotions and moments of the day. Hughes also produces gorgeous books. I always recommend Scott when excellent images are a top priority.  Here are some images by Hughes PhotoGraphics from a Blue Sky Wedding at a private beach side house in Lahaina Maui.  More weddings by Hughes PhotoGraphics please look here and here. Venue featured is  Blue Sky Beach Villa Maui, see more photos here and here







Sugarman Estate Wedding: Makena Maui

Kasey and Aaron married at the Honua Kai Lani also known as the Sugarman Estate in Makena Maui. Guests at the wedding were greeted with a fresh mango champagne frisee and a game of croquet on the vast lawn overlooking the crescent shaped islet Molokini set in the Pacific Ocean. Lanterns lit the way to the sunset wedding ceremony held on a grassy bluff next to the breaking surf.  A perfect sun set into the ocean as Aaron and Kasey recited their vows.  Aaron’s sister preformed the marriage ceremony.  This early spring wedding boasted a bright sunny day with breezes and bursts of swirling winds that kept the guests cool and comfortable in this tropical setting.


Kasey chose an aqua blue, yellow and pale gray color palette keeping this theme for her flowers, linens and other accents. Flowers were white peonies, whitegarden roses, freesia, orchids, white and yellow ranunculus and bright yellow tulips for a pop of fun color. Dove gray table linens provided a soothing canvas for the aqua blues and bright yellow tones.  Appetizers were passed following the ceremony as well as two special cocktails named for the celebrants.

This Maui wedding featured a fully lined tent with pale blue lanterns and aqua colored up-lights. The three course catered dinner by chef Carol Longhi featured fresh island opakpaka with a mélange of tropical flavors combined in a salsa of mango and pineapple and filet mignon sauced with a pinot reduction and wild mushrooms.

Blue Sky Weddings Studio planned the event design and all the details working closely with Kasey to realize her vision. Kasey and Aaron chose Anna Kim as their photographer and Cravings Bakery for the wedding cake. Billy Arbour of Sound Wave Maui provided the music for the ceremony and reception.  More photos are available and we hope to post more soon. You can see more photos here at   Blue Sky Weddings.