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:
Amazing view of the Chinaman’s hat!
Cute design invites with the details of their itinerary for the week. That custom ring box is super super cute too!
Special notes from their parents printed on their handkerchiefs.
Custom Groom and Groomsmen patches. Obviously huge fans of Jurassic Park!
The ladies chillin’ and staying cool in the bridal suite at Paliku Gardens .
Kolby’s playfulness at full display as she decided to surprise Colby on their first look as a Dinosaur!
C about to get the surprise of a lifetime!
C looking like an absolute Rockstar in a gorgeous blue suit by Jos.A.Bank
Here comes the …… Dinosaur? lol
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
Full view of the Chinaman’s hat. Did I mention that the view here is marvelous? Sorry for the understatement.
I saw what you did there Waiahole Garden and Nursery Center.
Checkout the Moms high fives!
A photo with Matsumoto himself who was kind enough to extend their hours for C+K in their favorite dessert shop Matsumotos
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