Hawaii Wedding at Turtle Bay
Welcome back to my Hawaii wedding series. You might have already caught Part I: The Attire where I shared all about the attire & dished about what everyone was wearing. Now in Part II: The Venue we're talking all about my gorgeous location (and in Part III: The Decor we'll cover the details)
This wasn't plan A, but looking at these photos with the gorgeous views you'd never know it because it turned out even more perfectly than we could have planned. Turtle Bay has all sorts of wedding packages that offer options for many different locations - from beach ceremonies, to golf course receptions, to events in the ballroom or pavilion, and even an option to host your ceremony at the stables, there are all sorts of spaces to choose from.
Our initial plan was to have the ceremony on Bay View Beach Point - which you can see Rich and I standing on in the photo below - then move to the lawn for an evening reception under a clear top tent with lanterns.
Thinking this venue looks familiar? It was the star of movies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Mike and Dave need wedding dates.
The forecast called for rain, and in order to fully plan for the big event we had to confirm the setup by 10am, which meant if we opted for the beach and it rained, we'd have a wet wedding. Not only that, the grass was wet from the night before, so our tented reception could turn into a big muddy mess.
We chose to change plans and move both the ceremony to the pavilion and I'm SO glad we did. I can't say enough good things about the Turtle Bay staff and our wedding "coordinator" on staff for helping things run smoothly and make the last minute adjustments feel like they were planned for months all along.
The Pavilion has a sidewalk that takes you both around the building, and also splits off to go into the building / terrace area. This was roped off for the ceremony, cocktail party, and reception so there wasn't any foot traffic from strangers.
The ceremony was set up in the Pavilion facing the ocean. My brother welcomed guests with music form the back of the room, then came back to meet me. My walk down the aisle started in the ballroom where we had a home base and a place to set things like decor boxes. With high ceilings and a perfect view, we said our vows to the gentle crash of waves in the background.
We did opt for a mic on our officiant and on Rich - since the Pavilion was open, we wanted to make sure everyone could hear in case it was breezy or the waves were a little loud. The Pavilion doors can also be closed if it's stormy out, but since we ended up getting sunshine and a soft breeze we left them open.
A fter the vows, we moved everyone to a terrace for cocktails while the Pavilion was transformed into our reception venue. The terrace has a long porch off of a long hallway with gorgeous views. It allowed everyone to relax, grab a drink, and take in the views while we shot some family photos on the lawn.
Our happy hour had tables available both for standing and sitting - the photo of me below gives you a peak. Some guests chose a table spot and got comfy, others took their drinks to the porch to take in the view. We also had the guest book out to allow guests to sign.
A fter the venue was all set for the reception with decor and all the food in place, we went down to the Pavilion to celebrate. Our wedding buffet was just outside the Pavilion doors on the patio to the right, and our DJ in the same position on the other side to the left, which left plenty of room for two long banquet tables and a dance floor in the middle. We had a bride and groom table at the front of the room right where our vows took place - with the cake table to our right and the bar to our left.
We also added a photo booth which sat outside the Pavilion on the grass, with a table of props at the back of the Pavilion outside the doors on the porch. This setup allowed plenty of space and make the whole Pavilion feel open, with gorgeous ocean views to top it off.
I can't wait to dive into the beautiful decor in the next post. I honestly ordered some pieces online and had them shipped there, and my Mom turned them into a dream.
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