Private Maui Wedding Venue

Private vows, a first touch, shots during the ceremony, and the first kiss to trump all first kisses. Emily and Jody’s Olowalu Plantation House wedding was full of love, laugh, and tears. This private Maui wedding venue is absolutely perfect.

I met Emily and Jody at Sip Me, one of my favorite coffee shops on Maui, a few days before their wedding. They had matching shirts they wore on the plan over (how cute is that?) and were ready to talk all wedding logistics! I love meeting my couples beforehand so we can talk about all the nitty-gritty of the wedding day and to set their minds at ease! And during that meeting, we talked about the flow of the day as well as some of their must-have shots.

That’s when Emily leaned across the table and said to me “I want to do something kind of different…”⠀

I leaned forward to listen close. See, I’ve learned that when couples say “I want to do something different” what they really are saying is “we’re doing something that is true to us…something that its a little unexpected.”⠀

And I always get excited because really what they’re telling me is that they want to break the rules and do their wedding day THEIR way. What did she want to do that was different?⠀

She wanted me to take the first kiss from the other direction. From BEHIND them – so instead of seeing a blown-out background, they saw the faces of their loved ones.⠀

Guess what? I love different and this will, henceforth, be known as my favorite angle EVER for first kisses.

And that wasn’t my only favorite moment. I also loved their first touch. I’ve spoken a lot about how first looks tend to be womp-womp moments – but a first touch? This is my new fav for couples who want to have a moment together before the ceremony. Emily and Jody went back-to-back, read one another their private vows, and had that moment to themselves. But they saved the big reveal for the aisle. It’s the best of both worlds and both moments were so special.

There were so many things about this wedding that were, in Emily’s words, “kind of different”, but I truly loved every second of this Olowalu Plantation House wedding. The vows, the kiss, the handmade lei po’o from Jody’s grandmother. The shots during the ceremony (maybe this is becoming an ANP bride thing?), the Blue Hawaii drinks that dyed the bride’s tongue blue, and the epic dance party.

Drenched with love and emotion, this one will go down as one of my favorite weddings ever.

Bride getting ready at olowalu plantation house                                              classically beautiful bride looking over her shoulder

loose updo bridal hair

groom reading card from the bride

groom looking at boudoir book

mother of the groom wiping tears

bride crying during vows

first touch before the ceremony

groom waiting for bride at olowalu plantation house wedding

ceremony setup at olowalu plantation house

bride wiping tears during olowalu plantation house ceremony

maui wedding portraits at olowalu plantation house wedding

bride and groom moody maui wedding portrait

grand entrance at Olowalu Plantation house


Emily and Jody – The only thing that would make me happier is if you moved here ASAP and we became besties. I truly dug everything about your Olowalu Plantation House Wedding. Thank you for including me in your celebration and I can’t wait to re-connect next time you’re on Maui!

Thanks to our amazing vendors that made this day possible!

Venue: Olowalu Plantation House // Coodrination: Makena Weddings // Bars: Aloha Bars // Entertainment: Take 3 Events // Videography: HI Lite Films // Catering: Cafe O’Lei // Florals: Dellables // Hair and Makeup: Maui Makeup Artistry

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