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After a ton of back and forth dealing with Covid and trying to plan their destination wedding in Hawaii, Colby and Kolby (not a typo – how cute is it that they have the same name?! I can’t) finally had their small intimate wedding at the beautiful Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch. On their original wedding date no less! C+K were originally going to have a big wedding. As most covid-couple were, opened to downsize and keep their original wedding date and venue instead of rescheduling altogether.

After deciding to stick to their guns, and even though it wasn’t the original dream, they were so happy to get to spend the day the way THEY wanted to. They had a smaller wedding, they were able to adjust their plans to include multiple locations (hello north shore and shave ice!) and tons of time for portraits.

Kualoa Ranch is one of my favorite venues on Oahu – it’s got an on-site bridal/getting ready suite complete with AC and a private indoor bathroom, and all the views your destination wedding inspo heart could ever desire. The magnificent view of the Chinaman’s hat and Koʻolau Range is absolutely breathtaking and never ever gets old, no matter how many times I’ve photographed a wedding here. Also, I’m a huge Jurassic Park fan, so any dinosaur-themed or Jurassic park-themed wedding will forever have my heart. *cue Jurassic Park theme song*

Wedding day recap:

C+K started their day at Paliku Gardens with a hilarious dinosaur suit first look (photos for proof down below), followed by an intimate ceremony overlooking Chinaman’s Hat, and popped some champagne before heading to the North Short to hit up their favorite food joints. We got the best Hawaiian shave ice at Matsumoto’s Shave ice in historic Haleiwa town and finished nearby at Haleiwa Beach park for sunset. We all sat on the beach after the sun went down and enjoyed our takeaway dinners from the best Mexican food truck on the north shore, Surf N Salsa.

Checkout their Day after shoot in beautiful Lanikai Beach!

Shout out and thank you to all the vendors who came together for this fabulous day:

Oahu Wedding Venue | Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch | instagram

Oahu Wedding Coordinator | Exquisite by Sila | instagram

Videographer | Hanna Lynn Films | instagram

Florist | Waiahole Garden and Nursery Center | instagram

Food Truck Dinner | Surf N Salsa | instagram

Best Shave Ice on Oahu | Matsumotos | instagram

Men’s Suits | Jos.A.Bank | instagram

Wedding Dress | The White Magnolia | instagram

Couple: Colby Coats | Kolby Stoltz

Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch view

Amazing view of the Chinaman’s hat!

Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch wedding sign
Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch
Cute turtle giveaway wedding in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch
Jurassic park patches and custom handkerchiefs Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch

Cute design invites with the details of their itinerary for the week. That custom ring box is super super cute too!

Custom ring box and itinerary and Jurassic park patches in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch
Jurassic park patches and custom handkerchiefs Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch

Special notes from their parents printed on their handkerchiefs.
Custom Groom and Groomsmen patches. Obviously huge fans of Jurassic Park!

Custom hangers
Wedding dress in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch
Bride and mother embrace
Bride, bridesmaid and parents drinking champagne

The ladies chillin’ and staying cool in the bridal suite at Paliku Gardens .

Bride wearing a dinosaur costume Jurassic Park themed wedding

Kolby’s playfulness at full display as she decided to surprise Colby on their first look as a Dinosaur!

Bride in a dinosaur costume Jurassic Park themed wedding
Groom wearing his shoes

C about to get the surprise of a lifetime!

Excited groom waiting for his bride Jurassic Park themed wedding

C looking like an absolute Rockstar in a gorgeous blue suit by Jos.A.Bank

Bride about to surprise her groom in a dinosaur costume in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch Jurassic Park themed wedding
Bride about to surprise her groom in a dinosaur costume in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch Jurassic Park theme

Here comes the …… Dinosaur? lol

Bride about to surprise her groom in a dinosaur costume in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch Jurassic Park theme
Groom and bride dancing with the   Koʻolau Range as a backdrop in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch Jurassic Park theme
Groom and bride dancing with the   Koʻolau Range as a backdrop Jurassic Park theme
Bride in dinosaur costume chasing her groom and guests Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch Jurassic Park theme

This could easily pass as an actual scene in Jurassic Park thanks to the marvelous view of the Koʻolau Range in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch

Romantic walk around Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch Jurassic Park theme
Bride facetime with friends while preparing for her wedding
Bride, bridesmaid and mothers making their way to the venue in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch
Chinaman's hat view of the wedding venue in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch

Full view of the Chinaman’s hat. Did I mention that the view here is marvelous? Sorry for the understatement.

Chinaman's hat view of the wedding venue in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch

I saw what you did there Waiahole Garden and Nursery Center.

Groom escorted by his parents to his wedding ceremony in Paliku Gardens
Groom embracing his brother before the wedding ceremony in Paliku Gardens
Bridesmaid and Groomsman in wedding ceremony in Paliku Gardens
Bride escorted by mom and dad to her wedding in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch
Bride escorted by mom and dad to her wedding in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch
Bride escorted by mom and dad to her wedding in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch
Bride escorted by mom and dad to her wedding in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch
Wedding ceremony with Chinaman's hat backdrop in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch
Wedding ceremony with Chinaman's hat backdrop in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch
Wedding ceremony with Chinaman's hat backdrop in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch
Bride and Groom exchanging vows with Chinaman's hat backdrop in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch
Bride and Groom exchanging vows in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch
Bride and Groom exchanging vows in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch
Bride and Groom exchanging vows with Chinaman's hat backdrop in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch
Bride and Groom exchanging vows with Chinaman's hat backdrop in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch
Groom putting a ring on it in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch
Lei exchange in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch wedding with Chinaman's hat background
Lei exchange in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch wedding with Chinaman's hat background
Lei exchange in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch wedding with Chinaman's hat background
Lei exchange in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch wedding with Chinaman's hat background
Dip kiss in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch wedding with Chinaman's hat background
Bride and Groom celebrating in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch wedding with Chinaman's hat background
Bride and Groom celebrating in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch wedding with Chinaman's hat background
Bride and Groom celebrating in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch wedding with Chinaman's hat background
Bride and Groom celebrating in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch wedding with Chinaman's hat background

Checkout the Moms high fives!

Bride, Groom, and guests celebrating in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch wedding with Chinaman's hat background
Bride and Groom with Kahu in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch wedding with Chinaman's hat background
Bride and Groom posing with parents in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch wedding with Chinaman's hat background
Bride and Groom posing with parents in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch wedding with Chinaman's hat background
Bride and Groom posing with their brothers and sisters in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch wedding with Chinaman's hat background
Bride and Groom with their families in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch wedding with Chinaman's hat background
Bride and Groom with their families in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch wedding with Chinaman's hat background
Bride and Groom with their families in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch wedding with Chinaman's hat background
Bride and Groom with their families in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch wedding with Chinaman's hat background
Bride and ladies shot in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch wedding with Chinaman's hat background
Bride and bridesmaid shot in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch wedding with Chinaman's hat background
Happy groomsman with champagne in Paliku Gardens Venue at Kualoa Ranch wedding with Chinaman's hat background
Groom with the boys in Kualoa Ranch wedding
Bride and Groom family pictures in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch wedding with Chinaman's hat backdrop
Bride and Groom family pictures in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch wedding with Chinaman's hat backdrop
Bride and Groom family pictures in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch wedding with Chinaman's hat backdrop
Bride and Groom family pictures in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch wedding with Chinaman's hat backdrop
Bride and Groom family pictures in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch wedding with Chinaman's hat backdrop
Bride and Groom family pictures in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch wedding with Chinaman's hat backdrop
Bride and Groom family pictures in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch wedding with Chinaman's hat backdrop
Groom kissing Bride's hand in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch wedding with Chinaman's hat backdrop
Bride and Groom butt grab in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch wedding with Chinaman's hat backdrop
Bride and Groom butt grab in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch wedding with Chinaman's hat backdrop
Bride and Groom with pineapples in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch wedding
Bride and Groom with family in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch wedding with Koʻolau Range backdrop
Bride and Grooms parents in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch wedding with Koʻolau Range backdrop
Groom and his brother with a bottle of champagne in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch wedding with Koʻolau Range backdrop
Bride and Grooms with guests in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch wedding with Koʻolau Range backdrop
Bride and Grooms drinking champagne with guests in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch wedding with Koʻolau Range backdrop
Groom and groomsmen in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch wedding with Koʻolau Range backdrop
Bride and bridesmaids in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch wedding with Koʻolau Range backdrop
Bride and groom enjoying the scenery in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch wedding with Koʻolau Range backdrop
Bride and groom enjoying the scenery in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch wedding with Koʻolau Range backdrop
Bride and groom enjoying the scenery in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch wedding with Koʻolau Range backdrop
Bride and groom enjoying the scenery in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch wedding with Koʻolau Range backdrop
Bride and groom veil shots in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch wedding with Koʻolau Range backdrop
Bride and groom wedding ring and bouquet shots in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch wedding with Koʻolau Range backdrop
Bride and groom under veil shots in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch wedding with Koʻolau Range backdrop
Groom in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch wedding with Koʻolau Range backdrop
Bride in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch wedding with Koʻolau Range backdrop
Bride pearl necklace in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch wedding with Koʻolau Range backdrop
Bride Groom relaxing in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch with Koʻolau Range backdrop
Bride Groom relaxing in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch with Koʻolau Range backdrop Jurassic park theme
Bride Groom celebrating in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch with Koʻolau Range backdrop Jurassic park theme
Bride Groom enjoying the view in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch with Koʻolau Range backdrop Jurassic park theme
Bride Groom enjoying the view in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch with Koʻolau Range backdrop Jurassic park theme
Bride Groom enjoying the view in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch with Koʻolau Range backdrop Jurassic park theme
Bride Groom kiss in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch with Koʻolau Range backdrop Jurassic park theme
Bride and Groom enjoying the Chinaman's hat view in Paliku Gardens Kualoa Ranch Jurassic park theme
Bride and Groom in Matusmoto shave ice
Bride and Groom in Matusmoto shave ice with Matsumoto

A photo with Matsumoto himself who was kind enough to extend their hours for C+K in their favorite dessert shop Matsumotos

Bride and Groom in Matusmoto shave ice
Bride and Groom in Matusmoto shave ice
Bride with family in Matusmoto shave ice
Bride and Groom in Haleiwa Beach park sunset shot
Bride and Groom in Haleiwa Beach park sunset shot
Bride and Groom in Haleiwa Beach park
Bride and Groom in Haleiwa Beach park
Bride and Groom in Haleiwa Beach park
Bride and Groom in Lanikai Beach sunset shot
Bride and Groom in Haleiwa Beach park
Bride and Groom in Lanikai Beach
Bride and Groom in Haleiwa Beach park
Bride and Groom in Haleiwa Beach park
Bride and Groom in Haleiwa Beach park
Bride and Groom in Haleiwa Beach park
Bride and Groom in Haleiwa Beach park
Bride and Groom in Haleiwa Beach park
Bride in Haleiwa Beach park
Bride and Groom dancing in Haleiwa Beach park
Bride and Groom with family in Haleiwa Beach park
Bride and Groom in Haleiwa Beach park
Bride and Groom in Haleiwa Beach park

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