Published on : Wednesday, August 9, 2017
As the sun dips below a panoramic Pacific horizon, and clad in flowing white with your toes in the warm sand, you declare your forever love amid the exotic scents of tropical flowers to the sound of softly played slack key guitar, and it’s another magical Hawaiian wedding. Could there be anything more?
Imagine sharing vows in a place of special mana, surrounded by swaying palms and the breezy trade winds at pristine Lanikuhonua – “where heaven meets the earth” – a sacred place frequented by Hawaiian royalty and blessed by generations of kahu. Imagine being enveloped by the rugged beauty of Oahu’s leeward coast on one side and a world-class oasis of luxury on the other, where miles of undiscovered paradise await; where wandering pathways and streams lead from the elegant simplicity of a classically designed resort and stunning ocean front infinity pool to secret beaches and an intimate, historically inspired chapel that evokes the Hawaii of a previous era. Imagine toasting each other in a tropical garden enclave, adorned with ginger and plumeria, on the starlit terrace at Noe, where “Capri meets Oahu,” presided over by Michelin starred Japanese Italian chef Ryo Takatsuka.
At Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, one of Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Resorts in 2017, bespoke itineraries for destination weddings and incredible honeymoons are just the beginning.
“Hawaii has long been a favoured destination for wedding couples, and with good reason – the islands are beautiful and welcoming, and of course the sun’s almost always shining,” says Amanda Belton, the Resort’s Director of Catering and Conference Services. “Today’s brides and grooms want more than that though; creating an event-of-a-lifetime, something that fulfils every fantasy and expresses who they are, is every couple’s dream, and at Four Seasons, it’s our mission.”
Seasoned wedding planner Belton works with a team of Hawaiian and multi-lingual specialists at Four Seasons in Ko Olina, where every couple is promised a fully personalised event, from settings and themes to florals, food and entertainment. From the moment couples decide to say “I do,” Belton and her team are on board to create the wedding of one’s dreams, accompanied by breathtaking sunsets, unparalleled ocean views, stunning Hawaii inspired florals, secluded romantic dining spots, couples spa treatments in traditional Hawaiian healing hales and an array of bespoke honeymoon adventures to enchant couples from anywhere in the world.
Wedding and Honeymoon Planning
As a starting point for planning, Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina has created a series of wedding packages, with pricing to help couples budget for the big event. “Some couples prefer the simplicity of booking a package rather than spending months planning and making hundreds of decisions, so these packages are turnkey,” notes Belton. “But for others, getting there is half the fun, so our packages offer a flexible baseline from which to customise their own unique program.”