MelvinSaidJess #19: The Venue

MelvinSaidJess #19: The Venue

Ok, so now you know our date.

The next item of business was the venue. Our venue and date played a fun little game of back-and-forth before we locked them both down.

Rewinding a little bit...

We knew from the start that we wanted to get married in Hawaii. The specifics were yet to be determined. 

When looking at different locations, we kept in mind the fact that we were having a half-destination wedding. Most of my family lives in Hawaii, while his family and most of our friends are from out of town. That said, we wanted to make sure that our location didn't disappoint.

We researched several beach and hotel options before discovering an option "tucked away" in the Ko'olau Mountain Range.

The location was seriously jaw-dropping. I'm pretty sure I had the heart-eyes emoji written all over my face as I googled images of the venue. We figured our out-of-town guests would visit the beaches of Hawaii, so giving them a view of the mountains was perfect.

 Outdoor Garden Ceremony Location

Outdoor Garden Ceremony Location

Now back to the date issue. When I originally called the venue, I was told that both July 7th and May 20th were booked. It wasn't until I opened our options up to any weekend in the summer, that our "luck" changed.

I remember calling them asking what dates they had available, and the woman I spoke to mentioned May 20th. Out of curiosity, I asked her to double check if it was available because the last time I called, it was booked. She let me know that there was a temporary hold on the venue that she was 90% sure would be cancelled. I expressed my skepticism since there was still at 10% chance it wouldn't be. Then she told me she was actually in charge of that account and would confirm with me later that day whether or not the day would free up.

And it did.  

Now back to the venue itself... 

Ko'olau Ballrooms was a dream. They had 3 options available for wedding locations:

• Outdoor Garden (shown above)

• Indoor Waterfall

• Ko'olau Vista (another outdoor location)

While both outdoor options were gorgeous, we decided to play it safe and have the ceremony at the beautiful Indoor Waterfall location. It's called that because there's a waterfall the runs behind the ceremony location usually once the bride and groom and pronounced husband and wife.

  Photo by Amber Schoniwitz at Schyne Photography

 Photo by Amber Schoniwitz at Schyne Photography

For the reception, Ko'olau had another 3 options available:

• Grand Ballroom (up to 750)

• Glass Ballroom (up to 250)

• Mauka & Makai Ballroom (80-100 guests)

There was a clear winner here. It was the Glass Ballroom, appropriately named for its glass windows that give an up close and personal view of the Ko'olau Mountain Range. One additional benefit of having that view was that we didn't need a lot of décor because the view was "Wow" enough. Haha.

 Photo by Amber Schoniwitz at Schyne Photography

Photo by Amber Schoniwitz at Schyne Photography

  Photo by Amber Schoniwitz at Schyne Photography

 Photo by Amber Schoniwitz at Schyne Photography

 Photo by Amber Schoniwitz at Schyne Photography

Photo by Amber Schoniwitz at Schyne Photography

  Photo by Amber Schoniwitz at Schyne Photography

 Photo by Amber Schoniwitz at Schyne Photography

I mean, come on... that backdrop... 😍😍😍

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That's it for now! Stop by tomorrow for more! 

MelvinSaidJess #18: The Dress

MelvinSaidJess #18: The Dress

MelvinSaidJess #20: The Date

MelvinSaidJess #20: The Date

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