This Paliku Gardens wedding at the Kuala Ranch in Hawaii was 100% swoon-worthy. From the tropical florals, the intimate setting, and the adorbs fun-loving couple, it was a blast from beginning to end!
Meet Kay & Thomas
They met in Denver where they both worked in the tech sector. When Kay ran off to New York City to follow her career dreams, Thomas soon followed and they have been living their best lives ever since. In the five years since the duo moved there, they have spent most of their spare time adventuring through the wilds of NYC.
When the question was popped and the wedding planning began, this awesome duo knew they didn’t want anything to do with the overly posed and planned. When it came to their photos Kay and Thomas opted for more of a documentary approach to their big day which, as you know, is totally my jam.
Kay’s family is from Hawaii, so picking the tropical setting for their nuptials was an easy decision. The pair had about 100 guests in attendance and went for a simple and fun, low-key feel. Kay’s goal was to get the vibe of a backyard wedding and, in my opinion, they totally nailed it!
Kay and Thomas choose to have a Paliku Gardens wedding, which is located at Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii. The Kualoa Ranch actually has two gardens available for weddings, each with their own unique features.
The Paliku Gardens option brings you to the base of the sacred 1000 ft high Kanehoalani mountain park and has views of the Kane’ohe Bay and the iconic Mokoli’i Island, which is also known as the Chinaman’s Hat.
The destination also has views of rolling hills and green gardens, perfect for photos and has TWO options for vow locations. The first option is in the upper garden and the second is an open air pavilion with a maximum seating of 150 guests.
If a Paliku Garden wedding doesn’t quite fill your needs, the Kualoa Ranch also offers up a second two-tiered garden option known as Moli’i Garden.
One of the best features of this option is that the location borders an 800-year old Hawaiian fishpond, which is 125 acres and definitely worth seeing. Don’t just take my word for it though, the National Register of Historic Places created by the US Department of the Interior has had this fish pond on their list since 1973, and it doesn’t look like it will be bumped any time soon! It is one of the largest fishponds of its kind in O’ahu.
This garden option also includes an open-air cottage that has been featured in many well-known movies and television shows AND a grand staircase that leads from the upper garden down to the lower garden and boathouse.
The pavilion at Moli’i Gardens can fit a maximum of 150 people, however the garden itself can fit up to 250.
Whether you choose a Paliku Garden wedding or the Moli’i Garden option, I can promise you, your day will be absolutely beautiful!
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