Anna Kim Photography & Dellables @ Olowalu

Anna Kim makes the magic palatable, again!




Wedding Ceremony & Reception: Olowalu Plantation House, Maui Wedding Coordinator: Tina Digman of Food for the Soul Catering: Food for the Soul Wedding Makeup: MeiLi Autumn Wedding Hair: Dan Sanchez Salon Florals: Dellables Second Photographer: Jessica of Anna Kim Photography Bar: Stacey of Maui Bars Are Us DJ: DJ Dan Maui


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Beach Wedding with Kaua Photography

Olowalu Plantation House is a favorite of ours and many Maui Brides.  Many thanks to Kaua Wedding Photography for the great captures!

Chelsie & Daniel  May 6, 2012

A beachy, quirky wedding at The Olowalu Plantation House. Loaded with tropical decor and fun details, featuring a cigar and cocktail bar. Chelsie and Daniel had a party their friends and family will never forget. Celebrating well into the evening with an all out dance session and a fire dancing show. Another beautiful and all inspiring wedding on Maui.
Venue: Olowalu Plantation House
Coordinator: Jackie Tanaka at Tropical Maui Weddings
Officiant: Pastor Tino Rosete
Floral Arrangement: Dellables (Della Peacock)
Catering: Stella Blues Catering
Bar/Beverages: Maui Bars Are Us (Stacy Smith)
Cake: Cakes by Joanne
Music: Wedding Ceremony- Jamie Lawrence (Guitar and vocals) Cocktail Hour- Marty Dread (Guitar and Vocals) Reception- DJ Del Sol
Stylist/Hair/Makeup: Pam Jensen (Four Seasons Wailea)
Wedding/Bridesmaid Dress: Amy Kuschel from Belltown Bridal (Seattle, WA) Maid of Honor- Two Birds Collection and Bridesmaids- Nordstrom
Q and A with the Bride:
Q. How and/or why did you decide on Maui, and your venue, for your wedding?
A. Maui: I grew up vacationing in Maui and when Daniel and I started dating in high School, Daniel joined in on the family vacation fun and was hooked! As adults, we’ve continued the Maui vacation tradition and have returned several times on our own. Maui has a special place in our hearts, one filled with warm sunny memories of family and friends and because we knew we wanted a beach destination wedding, Maui was the perfect fit!
Olowalu Plantation House: We knew we wanted to get married in Maui but didn’t have the slightest idea of where to get married. I was hoping to have the wedding in a private location on the water and stumbled upon the Olowalu Plantation House venue website. After browsing the photos and reading the reviews, I booked Olowalu immediately – without even seeing it! It is an amazing venue and it was perfect for the kind of wedding we wanted.
Q. How and/or why did you decide on Kaua Wedding Photography for your wedding?
A. Kaua came highly recommended by our wedding coordinators Lori and Jackie from Tropical Maui Weddings. I was considering several photographers but we decided on Kaua after seeing his beautiful and creative work and reading lots of reviews. His pricing was also very reasonable compared to some quotes I had received for similar packages. When we met with Kaua about 3 months before the wedding on a quick visit to Maui, I was sold! He was so easy to be around, friendly and professional and was exactly the same on the wedding day. Daniel and I felt extremely comfortable with him on the big day and we are delighted with the beautiful memories he captured for us that day.
Q. What were some of the highlights of your wedding?
A. Highlights of the wedding included:
- Spontaneous wedding guest dance party on the lawn that took place in the middle of dinner – Marty Dread rocked the lawn and was taking requests throughout the cocktail hour and dinner. Daniel and I were taking sunset pictures with Kaua on the small jetty in front of Olowalu and missed the dancing but we could sure hear and see all the singing and dancing from a couple hundred yards away! It brought smiles to all our faces to see everyone having such a good time dancing and singing before the official dancing portion of the evening was even suppose to start.
- Another highlight was the fire dancer and drummer performance. Halfway through the reception, we surprised our guests with a fire dance show. We had DJ Del announce to the guests that they were needed on the lawn and just as he finished with the announcement, the drums started and our fire dancer appeared. All our guests were so surprised and several guests said it was one of the best fire shows they had seen. It was such a great performance and we all had a great time!
Q. What would be your advice to those who are planning their destination wedding right now?
A. If you can make it work for your budget, hire a wedding coordinator to help with logistics and to provide recommendations for vendors. I plan several large events a year in my job and consider myself a very organized and detail oriented person but to have someone helping you along the way with all the little things (and big things) was incredibly valuable. The recommendations for vendors alone were worth every penny we spent on the wedding coordinator (which was flat rate and very reasonable). Wedding coordinators have so much experience working with vendors and most have a “favorite vendor list” they’ve amassed over the years based on reliability, quality, etc. and every vendor our coordinator recommended was fantastic, provided amazing service and exceeded our expectations – especially Kaua!

Lyn & Steffen’s Olowalu Wedding

When Dellables works with The Perfect Wedding Maui, magic happens!

I had the great pleasure of coordinating Lyn & Steffen’s wedding this June.  What a sweet, easy going couple they are. Lyn & Steffen chose the Olowalu Plantation House for their wedding and reception location.  They prepared their own vows to each other for their wedding ceremony performed by Pia Aluli. Lyn made a stunning bride and Steffen a handsome groom.  Lyn carried a bouquet of orange flowers wrapped with aqua ribbon.  Florist Della took a risk and wrapped the bouquet with a funky ribbon with beads on it instead of your traditional style wedding ribbon…and by Della ESP, the beads on the bouquet wrap mimicked the look of the beads on Lyn’s necklace!  How does she do that?  Just another example of why we love Della so much.

The couple “cracked the creme brulee” instead of cutting a wedding cake and had adorable, custom “cake toppers” made by one of their friends.  A hand-painted thumbprint tree, also made by a special guest, was absolutely beautiful.  Lots of little touches were evident at this wedding making it truly their own.  Many of Steffen’s family were able to attend from Denmark and brought with them some wedding traditions that we don’t typically see in the US. For instance, after the first dance, the Danish wedding guests surrounded the couple, pulled of Steffen’s shoe and cut off the top of his sock! (I haven’t seen that before) They then gave this to Lyn…the explanation was a bit vague, but had something to do with beginning her home-making skills with repairing his sock! Later in the evening, all of the female guests kissed Steffen, followed by all of the male guests kissing Lyn! And it wouldn’t be a Danish wedding without some merriment and song singing. Custom lyrics to an original wedding song were passed out for all of the guests to serenade the newlyweds. It was a joyful, memorable night. Congratulation Lyn & Steffen!
Mahalo to the following vendors for their assistance in making this such a special day for Lyn & Steffen.
Marbelle Photography
Food for the Soul Catering
Dellables flowers
Pia Aluli, officiant
Afterglow Videography
Regina Campisi hairstyling
Jessica Waite makeup styling
DJ Dan
Olowalu Plantation House