Vibrant Green: Exotic Orchids for a Winter Wedding

This year we have had amazing flowers to work with and some inspiring design ideas. Maui weddings boasted vibrant green and white striped lady slippers, green orchids with orange tints and pale green roses pop the brides bouquet below. Green cymbidium orchids were chosen for the bridesmaids bouquets. A collection of white phaleonopsis orchids,  pure white cymbidium orchids, small heart shaped green antheriums and green antique hydrangea were used in the centerpieces on the table for this February wedding hosted at the Olowalu Plantation House in Lahaina Maui.  Rows of muslin canopies lined the water’s edge and provided shade and light for dinner guests. Natural bamboo colored chairs and white linens rounded out the casually elegant theme.

The Olowalu Plantation House is unique event venue on the west side of Maui about 6 miles south of historic Lahaina town. There are no hotels or any development within to mar the views from the grounds inland or coastal vistas. This lends a timeless feeling to the property.  Coupled with the careful preservation of the main house and the preserved  historic grounds the feeling is old Hawaii at it’s best.  I have shown this property hundreds of times and the reaction is the same, the property is even better in person. Along with the charming plantation style house and well-kept grounds there is a crescent shaped beach and jetty. The milieu inspires calm relaxation. Inside the house are three bedrooms, a living room and a large kitchen.

Any venue on the west side of Maui is conveniently located near many options for accommodations in all price ranges, a nice selection of restaurants and prime beaches.  It is also a close drive to other island destinations, such as I’o Valley, Kihei and Paia.

Have a look at more weddings featuring green flowers and green orchids…  here: green weddings

green lady slippers for brides bouquet

Heart shaped green anthurium for Maui wedding table

White Orchid Weddings Flowers

White Orchid flowers for Maui wedding

green cymbidium orchids: Blue Sky Weddings Maui

The New York Times notice for a wedding planned by Blue Sky Weddings

The New York Times Weddings/Celebrations

Wedding: Andrea Fall and Christopher Zachary

Published: January 6, 2013 Andrea Christine Fall and Capt. Christopher Lance James Zachary were married Monday evening at the Olowalu Plantation House, an event space in Lahaina, Hawaii. The Rev. William J. Albinger, Jr., an Episcopal priest, performed the ceremony.
Mrs. Zachary, 40, was until July a stock trader for Steel Partners, a hedge fund in New York. She graduated from the University of Washington. She is a daughter of Dr. S. Carole Burnham, a retired anesthesiologist, and Dr. Gordon F. F. Fall, a retired family practitioner, who live and formerly practiced in Seattle.
Captain Zachary, 31, is a Marine pilot stationed at Quantico, Va., where he flies AV-8B Harrier jets. In 2009, he served in Afghanistan from May to November. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy.
He is the son of Cherrie Beth Coradini of Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., and Lance Wayne Zachary of Pensacola, Fla., and the stepson of Andrew Coradini IV and of Melody Zachary. The groom’s mother, a registered nurse, is a case manager and appeals consultant for Blue Cross in Chattanooga, Tenn. His father owns an insurance brokerage in Pensacola that bears his name.
Andrea and Zachary got married 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 Zach were joined by family and friends to celebrate their marriage and the beginning of the new year. White tropical flowers were sued throughout the ceremony and reception.

Notes from a Maui Wedding at the Sugarman Estate in Makena

A May wedding at the Sugarman Estate in Makena Maui featured gorgeous seasonal springtime flowers in primarily peach tones, the it color for 2013.

bouquet-mauiOur bride wanted peach, coral, cream and pink with yellow accents utilizing all the springtime favorites such as peonies, garden roses and ranunculus. Since these flowers do not grow in Hawaii for purchase we flew in big gorgeous deep pink peonies, yellow ranunculus and garden roses in apricot, peach and cream. The theme continued with a coral fabric draped bamboo arch. The tables featured a coral colored taffeta runner with yellow chevron napkins and the same flower combination.

As we were in May the weather varied throughout the day, from cool overcast in the morning, to bright sun in the early afternoon, then gusty winds until the bride stepped out to walk down the aisle, and the wind stopped to allow a peaceful and beautiful ceremony.  Luscious passed appetizers and Mai Tai followed the ceremony accompanied by a magic hour of soft photogenic lighting for more photos and to finish the day, a perfect Maui sunset.

The passed appetizer menu included large Kaua’i coconut battered prawns with a lilikoi dipping sauce; chicken skewer peanut sate and beef marinate kalbe style with cilantro lime.  The guests sat down after sunset to a plated three course dinner.

The Sugarman Estate sits on the south coast of Maui in the exclusive Makena area found down a winding one lane ocean front road with breathtaking views of the sea and black rock scenery. The estate faces west for beautiful sunsets and boasts dramatic views featuring lava rock formations, the tiny islet Molokini and the distant islands of Kaho’olawe and west Maui.  The expansive grounds features large indigenous kiawe and palm trees perfectly suited for Makena’s dry climate.  When the grounds are quite it is easy to spot Maui wildlife, such as deer, black goats and the occasional chicken.

More photos from Makena Weddings

Coral Runners coral-arch table-dinner cake-wedding

Summer Wedding Cake With Green Cymbidium Orchids

Summer Maui wedding cakes with white butter cream confection topped with bright green cymbidium orchids and pink roses. Cake flavor: Tahitian vanilla cake with mango mousse and fresh raspberries. See Hawaii wedding cakes here.



Maui Weddings: Over the past year we have designed many white bouquets for brides using mixed white flowers in a collection of subtle white tones, mixing cream, white white, blush, and white flowers tinged with green, yellow or pink. It is a classic look. You cannot go wrong with this approach. The bridal attendants are carrying flowers colored in a bright mix of jewel or tropical bright tones or a tonal one color bright flower such as a deep jewel toned magenta. Another popular choices for the bridesmaids is green flowers mixed with some of the same white flowers from the brides bouquet.


Mixed white flowers for bride include white peonies, creamy roses, gardenia, white hydrangea, white freesia, and white cymbidium orchids with a pink center



Maids carry a mix of jewel toned flowers, purple vanda orchids, yellow, orange and magenta roses and purple hydrangea held together with a cuff of green leaves. Find more examples of white weddings, and white wedding flowers look at our Maui wedding flowers. And at our white wedding page.



Tracy Tegarden is one of my favorite photographers working on Maui. Now that he also offers images on CDs he is a great value to any bride’s wedding day. Tracy began Trade Winds Photography in 1998, became a professional in 1996 and has pursued his interest in photography since the early eighties. His work is a constant evolution as his inspiration comes from a variety of sources, but most importantly, from each and every client he photographs. His work has been seen in several publications, including the front cover of the Maui Wedding Planner. At Blue Sky Weddings we love working with Tracy. He is relaxed and calm yet creative and always professional. Tracy Tegarden delivers excellent images with a true journalistic feel. Below I have included some of Tracy’s images from past Blue Sky Weddings.






WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards 2012 for Blue Sky Weddings

Lahaina Maui Hawaii– February 9, 2012 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding Marketplace, is excited to announce Maui based Blue Sky Weddings has been selected to receive the prestigious WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2012 for Wedding Planning and Design The esteemed annual awards program recognizes the top local wedding vendors from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism within the wedding industry. While many industry awards are selected by the organizationBlue Sky Weddings was selected based on its stellar reviews from past newlywed clients. 

Blue Sky Weddings is recognized as part of the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire local vendor community, comprised of over 200,000 wedding professionals throughout the United States and Canada. The Bride’s Choice Award recognizes the best local wedding vendors across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their overall professional achievements throughout the past year. 

“WeddingWire is thrilled to honor the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Community,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “Since the launch of the Bride’s Choice Awards™ program four years ago, thousands of outstanding wedding professionals have been recognized by the bridal community for their supreme service and dedication to the wedding industry. It is with great pleasure that we congratulate Gabrielle Longhi and Blue Sky Weddings for their continued professionalism and commitment to enriching the wedding planning experience for engaged couples.”

We are happy to announce that Blue Sky Weddings is one of the very best  Wedding Planners within the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites WeddingWire, Project Wedding,, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. Thanks to their positive feedback we were able to receive the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ for 2012. 

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Pretty Bright PInk Flowers for Autumn Wedding

Pink was our most requested color for 2011 fall Hawaii weddings.  We found deep vibrant, luxurious pink in a selection of roses, delicate pink orchids, pink ginger, freesia, mini calla lilies, tulips and of courseexotic tropical blooms. All are options for autumnal island celebrations.  Our October 10 bride requested deep pink flowers in matching tones. Wesourced open ruffle edged roses, perfectly matched ranunculus, spray roses, deepest pink mini calla lilies and freesia tied with a matching taffeta ribbon for her Maui wedding.

Her matron of honor carried white roses, mini calla lilies and pink freesia.


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