Top Luxury Wedding Venues on Oahu: Loulu Palm Estate

Take a nice drive down to the North Shore and you'll find a hidden gem, Loulu Palm Estate. Tucked in the residential area of Haleiwa, is a quaint property that is the perfect venue for a intimate, Hawaiian beach wedding. When you first walk up to the property, you instantly understand it's name. The abundance of loulu palms gracing the property along with other native and local plants really give that feeling of visiting tutu's house and feeling like you are coming back to a place that is close to your heart. The main house maintains that traditional Hawaiian charm with wood furniture, local art, and Hawaiian patterned quilts and textiles. 

The bride and groom suites are perfect for small to medium parties who want to relax while getting ready. The yard which is perfectly manicured is large enough to have a giant tent along with a dance floor to create that outdoor luau feeling. The best part of the property is the secluded beachfront that is the ideal spot for those gorgeous sunset photos. To have a strip of beach to yourself on the North Shore is very rare and it is the perfect spot to take that moment, just you and your new partner, to celebrate your marriage. Once you've soaked it all in, you can rejoin the rest of your party and dance the night away. 

The view from the house out towards the beach.

The view from the house out towards the beach.

The view back towards the house from the beach.

The view back towards the house from the beach.

Take a seat and soak in the views of the private beach. 

Take a seat and soak in the views of the private beach. 

Enjoy your very own beach on your wedding day. 

Enjoy your very own beach on your wedding day. 

Loulu Palms has always been one of our favorite venues to work with, not just because it's a little piece of paradise to have weddings, but also because they make a difference in the Hawaiian community. Loulu Palm Estate is not just a wedding and event venue, they also do conservation work that benefits not only the environment but also the Hawaiian community and culture.  Every time a couple gets married at Loulu Palms, they plant two new loulu palms!  Loulu Palm also partners with local companies like Hawaiian Legacy Hardwood to revive the population of koa trees and native plants in the islands as well as Waialae Fishing Village to help in the efforts to build the number of Hawaiian fishing shacks on the north shore.  Just on the property in Haleiwa, there are about 400 palms on property and about 100 new palms are being planted each year. 

Nicki and the team at Loulu Palms truly embody the aloha spirit and are more than happy to help you find your perfect option for your wedding day.  Wedding day options can be broken down by day and the hour so you can really personalize your venue option. If you want the authentic Hawaiian beach wedding with your closest family and friends while doing something great for the environment and community, Loulu Palm Estate is the perfect fit. For more information please contact Nicki at nicki@loulupalm.com.

Here's a few of our past brides at Loulu Palm (Photos by Chelsea Abril and 102 Photography)

Top Luxury Wedding Venues on Oahu: Dillingham Ranch

Nestled up against the Waianae mountain range in the small town of Waialua sits what I believe is one of the most unique venues Hawaii has to offer. Dillingham Ranch is that perfect piece of heaven for any bride who wants a rustic, ranch style wedding. Once you arrive, you drive down a long dirt road with lush fauna surrounding you. You may pass by a few horses just grazing and may see a peacock or two if you're lucky. At the end of the road is a beautiful ranch style estate set on the foothills of the Waianae mountains.

The horseshoe shaped building has everything you need as it is a combination of suites, a lodge, and a kitchen preparation area. The bride and groom suites are available on either side of the building with adjacent rooms throughout the building and every room is styled to give that "paniolo" or Hawaiian country cowboy feel.  A few of our favorite amenities are the outdoor shower and the jack and jill closet so you and your party can hang and organize all of your wardrobe for the big day. The two bride and groom suites are large enough where a party of 6-8 people can sit and lounge comfortably while you are getting primped and pampered. 

The Bridal Suite is a large spacious room with views of the property. 

The Bridal Suite is a large spacious room with views of the property. 

The Groom's Suite sits opposite of the Bridal Suite. 

The Groom's Suite sits opposite of the Bridal Suite. 

The additional rooms have two twin beds to accommodate guests. 

The additional rooms have two twin beds to accommodate guests. 

The outdoor showers are available off of both the Bride and Groom suites. 

The outdoor showers are available off of both the Bride and Groom suites. 

Something that is a great amenity that few other venues have is a prep kitchen. With the reservation of the venue, the kitchen is available to your caterer to prep and store the food. With a complete kitchen, whether you prepare the food yourself or have it catered in, Dillingham helps you take care of that aspect of your wedding.    

The industrial kitchen is available for use on the day of your event.  

The industrial kitchen is available for use on the day of your event.  

The lodge or communal area is a large room that is the perfect setting for an informal gathering with your guests. The rustic yet luxe textures and ambiance of the chairs, fireplace, and architecture give the venue a very special touch. The french doors of the lodge open up to a breathtaking view of the ranch's infamous row of palm trees and a beautiful view of the mountains. This is one backdrop that will make your wedding that much more special. 

Lounge seating on the front side of the lodge 

Lounge seating on the front side of the lodge 

The lodging area gives a warm, rustic feel. 

The lodging area gives a warm, rustic feel. 

The french doors of the lodge open up to the beautiful rows of palm trees and mountain views. 

The french doors of the lodge open up to the beautiful rows of palm trees and mountain views. 

The back of the property can hold large event design and set up. 

The back of the property can hold large event design and set up. 

The back side of the lodge

The back side of the lodge

The buildings allow for convenient access from the front to the back. 

The buildings allow for convenient access from the front to the back. 

If you want the entire Hawaii experience and want some photos on the beach, not a problem. You can take a short walk across the street to a beautiful, untouched strip of beach that is the ideal spot for a few sunset beach shots. 

Dillingham Ranch allows you to reserve the venue for three days, the night before the wedding the day of, and the morning after. If you would like to have yourself and your guests stay at the venue, the rate per room is only an additional $200 per night. 

If you're looking for a venue for an intimate wedding that's away from the bustling city and love that rustic, ranch feel, Dillingham is a perfect location.  For more information please contact Siri Masterson at dillinghamranchweddings@gmail.com.

Here are a few of our brides at Dillingham Ranch (Photos by Absolutely Loved Photogrpahy and Chelsea Abril)

Top Luxury Wedding Venues on Oahu: Four Seasons Resort at Ko Olina

Congratulations you’re engaged! Now the fun part begins: planning your wedding. There are so many small details from your dress and flowers to makeup and catering, but one thing every bride usually decides on first is the venue. In celebration of all our newly engaged brides, I’m sharing some of our favorite luxury wedding venues on Oahu. Being born and raised in Hawaii, I love the country. I grew up in the suburbs on south Oahu, but I believe I’m a country girl at heart. One of my favorite things to do on my days off is to drive around the island and stop to enjoy the calming sound of the waves rolling on the sand, which is probably why all of them are outside of the busy city and sit quietly in some of Oahu’s small towns. We’ll reveal one beautiful venue each day to help our brides-to-be with the first step to their perfect wedding day.

The Four Seasons Resort at Ko Olina, nestled on the west shore, is Oahu’s newest luxury resort. Formerly the Marriott Ihilani Resort, Four Seasons has revived the property to embody the feel and aesthetic of Hawaii. When you first walk into the resort, you’re greeted with an open and quite grand entrance. The airy lobby allows access directly to the Hokulea lounge, which is a cafe by day, bar by night, opening out to stunning views of the cove and Pacific Ocean.

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There are four restaurants on property all with exquisite fare for varying palettes. Visit La Hiki for the breakfast buffet or if you’re adventurous and want to try some of Hawaii’s favorite pan-Asian style dishes.  If you’d like to do a light lunch or dinner with cocktails check out Waterman Bar & Grill while you take in stunning views of the pool and sunset. Noe is known for it’s Italian cuisine as Chef Ryo Takasuka creates delectable dishes that combine the flavors of southern Italy with local seafood. You may also want to check as Noe periodically serves brunch. Fish House is well-known for it’s excellent seafood fare. Open for lunch, cocktail hour and dinner, you won’t be disappointed with original presentation and gorgeous views. 

One of the warm, inviting seating areas in the lobby. 

One of the warm, inviting seating areas in the lobby. 

Around every corner are perfectly manicured landscapes with beautiful marina, ocean or mountain views.  There are several different locations on property to have an intimate wedding with sweeping views of paradise. One of my favorites is the deck that hovers over the cove with picturesque 360 degree views. This area is the perfect location for a sunset ceremony. After you say your “I dos” head over to the grass area where you can celebrate with your family and friends while you enjoy the scenic views and watch the canoes gracefully float by on the ocean. The property also has a chapel on site for religious ceremonies that opens up to a stunning view of the ocean.   

The floating platform is the perfect sunset ceremony location. Photo @fsoahu

The floating platform is the perfect sunset ceremony location. Photo @fsoahu

If you prefer having an indoor event, the Four Seasons has ballrooms that are designed with every detail perfectly executed. The Malolo Room, one of the larger event rooms, has floor to ceiling windows as well as a balcony to get an unobstructed view of the Waianae mountains. If you want something in between, you can have your intimate celebration in the veranda. With high vaulted ceilings and an open view to the fauna, pond and mountain views, it’s the perfect compromise. 

The Malolo room is the perfect space to have an indoor reception for larger parties. 

The Malolo room is the perfect space to have an indoor reception for larger parties. 

The outdoor veranda allows for an intimate celebration while enjoying the beautiful landscape around the property.

The outdoor veranda allows for an intimate celebration while enjoying the beautiful landscape around the property.

Enjoy the serenity of the river running through the property.

Enjoy the serenity of the river running through the property.

The chapel is available for religious ceremonies of any denomination. 

The chapel is available for religious ceremonies of any denomination. 

During your stay, enjoy sipping maitais at the adult infinity pool. . 

During your stay, enjoy sipping maitais at the adult infinity pool. . 

 

With the opening of the Four Seasons in late 2016, it is one of the top luxury resorts on the island. Enjoy a true luxury island experience outside of the bustling city and go home with the aloha spirit and a new husband or wife. For more information contact Amanda Belton at amanda.belton@fourseasons.com. 

My Week at CLASS: Where the Masters Teach

For one week, I was privileged to attend Class: Where the Masters Teach, one of the biggest educational events for makeup artists in the world. Along with 150 other makeup artists, I was able to spend 5 days receiving top notch education from some of the biggest and most experienced makeup artists who have ever worked in the industry. The educators who spoke at this event compile a client list with Oprah, Beyonce, Rihanna, Tyra Banks, Justin Timberlake, Zac Effron, and Kristen Stewart just to name a few. As a business owner, it is imperative that we continue to improve our business to provide a better service and experience for our clients, and Class was the ultimate class to take my artistry to the next level. 

DAY 1
-Steven Dimmick
-Jessie Powers
-Sam Fine

The first day of Class started off with Color Theory with Jessie Powers. Although it isn't the fun, creative, unique stuff, it was an exceptionally important class. Jessie provided an in-depth insight to color theory and I'm not just talking about the color wheel. It's really amazing to see how many colors actually make up the composition of skin. Hues of green, orange, yellow, and red are in each and every person's skin that makes our individual composition so unique. 

Steven Dimmick, is worth the price of admission just for his personality alone. He is like that ray of sunshine that instantly gives you the warm fuzzies, with a gorgeous Australian accent. One thing I particularly love about Steven is his candidness. He literally says whatever's on his mind, which is very refreshing. He will tell you like it is and put it in a way that is funny, yet educational. His artistry just adds to how amazing he is, although he's had a lengthy career as a makeup artist, he shared many of his stories, one being his first job, which was the cover of Vogue. The moral of his story is ultimately to be kind and humble with everyone you come in contact with. At the end of his demonstration, we were able to see his signature flawless glowing skin and soft erethreal glow. 

The hilarious Steven Dimmick at work.

The hilarious Steven Dimmick at work.

Makeup by Steven Dimmick, Photo by Courtney Dailey Croll

Makeup by Steven Dimmick, Photo by Courtney Dailey Croll

The keynote speaker of day 1 was the beautiful and striking Sam Fine. Not only is he incredibly talented, but he's also is a true professional. He made his entrance on stage in a full suit, dressed to the 9's which is how he dresses for every job he does. His client list is comprised of Tyra Banks, Queen Latifah, Iman and Naomi Campbell. Sam has focused his career working with women of color and he has placed himself at the top of the industry with his skill and fiesty personality. He is such a sweet and genuine person and he was willing to share as much information with us as he could and even stayed after his demonstration to take photos with every one of us that waited in line. I was a bit nervous to meet him as he just has such a striking appearance, almost like meeting Tyra herself, but he was so kind, so complimentary, and so sincere. It made my day when he told me based on my makeup it looks like I know what I'm doing. It's so good to know that even with all of the celebrities he works with, traveling all over the world, he's still a down-to-earth, genuine individual. 

Sam Fine getting the audience involved. 

Sam Fine getting the audience involved. 

DAY 2
-Julianne Kay
-Beau Nelson
-Sandy Linter

The first class of day 2 was with the beautiful Julianne Kay. Julianne works with some of the top A list celebrities such as Justin Timberlake, Zac Effron, and Gigi Hadid. At the beginning of her career started her Youtube channel, Rev Beauty, which is still very popular to this day. Julianne gave us the rundown on Men’s grooming as well as proper ettiquite when working on set.  She also shared some of her key secrets, which I now use when working with my bridal clients. 

Beau Nelson was the second educator of the day and he was so much fun to watch and listen to. To say the least, Beau is one of those people who is a true artist. He pretty much creates looks based on how he’s feeling or what’s inspiring him. He explained that this is his normal process when working with clients such as Kristen Stewart (below), who he created this look for the 2016 New York Film Festival to add interest and color as she was wearing an all white outfit. To think and work like him is something that many makeup artists struggle with as especially in bridal it can sometimes get very redundant. Watching Beau work has inspired me to try new techniques and styles of makeup when working with clients, that still achieves a beautiful result. 

Makeup Beau Nelson created for Kristen Stewart for 2016 New York Film Festival. omandlorenzo.com

Makeup Beau Nelson created for Kristen Stewart for 2016 New York Film Festival. omandlorenzo.com

The last educator of the day was the First Lady of makeup artistry, Sandy Linter. Sandy has been working as a makeup artist since the 60’s and worked with the top celebrities of the last four decades such as Jackie Kennedy, Christie Brinkley, Bette Midler, Elizabeth Hurley. She is also the Beauty at Every Age Expert for Lancome. She demonstrated makeup for women over 40 on a beautiful model. The makeup was soft, age-appropriate, but still had an edge. Learning from Sandy was such an honor and being that women over 40 may sometimes feel like they can feel beautiful and sexy at their age without trying to hard, the techniques that I learned from her will definitely help add a boost of confidence in my mature clientele. 

DAY 3
-Michelle Coursey, Jessica Padilla, Chris Milone
-Pati Dubroff
-Gregory Arlt

Day 3 was not a great day for me as I had come down with a sickness in which I had to spend the night at the hospital and return back at the hotel at 6 the morning. I wasn’t able to attend Gregory and Pati’s classes, which I was so upset about because they are incredible clean beauty makeup artists. Although I unfortunately missed the first two classes of the day, I was able to catch the last class which was Vintage Makeup of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. Being a history aficianado, vintage makeup is one of my favorite styles. Just seeing how beauty progressed based on the economy and current events of that time is so fun.  Also having an education background, I love that they had a powerpoint presentation of about the history of makeup during those three decades, the colors used, makeup products, and the evolution of makeup to keep up with the up and coming Hollywood era. 

The results of each of the three looks were stunning and so interesting. Over the span of 7-10 years the makeup styles look so different but each so beautiful.  

FUN FACT: In the 1940's, women did not wear a winged liner until later in the decade! 

Makeup artist Jessica Padilla creating a 1920's flapper look. 

Makeup artist Jessica Padilla creating a 1920's flapper look. 

Michelle Coursey creating a early 1940's makeup look. 

Michelle Coursey creating a early 1940's makeup look. 

Chris Milone designing a 1930's makeup look. 

Chris Milone designing a 1930's makeup look. 

Makeup by Jessica Padilla, Chris Milone, and Michelle Coursey, Photo by Courtney Dailey Croll

Makeup by Jessica Padilla, Chris Milone, and Michelle Coursey, Photo by Courtney Dailey Croll

DAY 4
-Lora Arellano
-Reggie Wells
-Roshar

Although I enjoyed all of the classes up until this day, I have to say Lora Arellano was one of the educators I was most excited to see. I have followed her career from when she was just a small town makeup artist posting looks on Instagram. Her impeccable style got her noticed by Rihanna, whom she was her makeup artist for her Diamonds world tour. She is a true story of a normal girl who through hard work worked her way to the top in the modern day industry.

Not only was Lora gorgeous in person, but she was so humble. Many of the educators who we seen present on the first three days have been working in the makeup industry for years, and their personality and attitude is very been there done that because they have. Many have done multiple Vogue covers, travelled around the world with celebrities, but Lora was different. She is at that level but was so down-to-earth and shared her stories being a real artist and real issues that she dealt with like mean and negative people. At that moment, I seen that she was just like us with insecurities and issues as an artist.

Her look was editorial edge and involved so much detail work, which is very difficult to achieve. She pulled her look together with ease. After her class, she stayed and talked with each of us and took photos with all of us. She is such a kind and down-to-earth person and understood what we as artist go through on a daily basis. It was so awesome to talk with her and know that she goes through similar struggles as a makeup artist and business owner. 

Makeup by Lora Arellano, photo by Courtney Dailey Croll

Makeup by Lora Arellano, photo by Courtney Dailey Croll

Reggie Wells was another speaker I couldn't wait to listen to. Having been Oprah's makeup artist for over 20 years, he was at the top of the industry. One thing I enjoyed about Reggie is that he is old school. He didn't allow any phones, cameras, or any social media as he wanted our attention, our eyes and ears to be completely open. Reggie's story is a humble one, as he started as a makeup artist at a counter at Macy's. He took a few photos of his work and snuck his way into a designer's office and the rest was history. From there, he worked with some of the top actresses, singers, and Oprah for many decades. His message to us was simple; don't give up and have confidence in yourself. Reggie is so honest and so fabulous, which is no wonder he was such a successful makeup artist. 

Roshar was the final educator of the day and although he does makeup that I necessarily don’t do I was very excited to see him work. Roshar is one of those minds that doesn’t think like everyone else in regards to makeup. He is a true artist. In the first two classes of the day, he did different looks so I was excited when he said he would be doing something much more avant garde.  I was very impressed with how technical he is. Being artistic and incredibly technical and intentional about his process and technique. I learned so much from Roshar and although his work is more abstract and creative, I took away techniques that I can utilize when working with everyday clientele. 

Makeup by Roshar, Photo by Courtney Dailey Croll 

Makeup by Roshar, Photo by Courtney Dailey Croll 

Different works of Roshar, Photo by @imgoingtoclass Instagram

Different works of Roshar, Photo by @imgoingtoclass Instagram

 

DAY 5
-Clouttier Remix
-Johanna Schlip
-Alex Box

The last day of Class was half panel half demonstration. Our first panel was Clouttier Remix, which is one of the biggest agencies in Los Angeles. They talked about how to get represented by an agency and what to expect when working out in the industry. They gave some great insight on what services they provide as an agency and etiquette when working with celebrity clientele.  

Johnna Schlip was our first keynote speaker of the day. Johanna is one of those makeup artists who are at the top of the Hollywood industry. Her client list includes Eva Longoria, Ellen Pompeo and Iggy Azalea. Her story is an amazing one, one that isn’t likely to happen nowadays, but is a crazy one nonetheless. At 18 years old Joanna left her home in Missouri and bought a one way ticket to France to become a makeup artist. She went to the French Vogue office and asked for a job; no agent, no portfolio and no professional experience and eventually worked her way to the top of the European fashion industry working with the top models and photographers of the time. Joanna created a gorgeous smokey eye and challenged herself to use makeup that we in the class had on us. All she had was brushes and created a look based on what we had available. 

Makeup by Joanna Schlip, Photo by Courtney Dailey Croll

Makeup by Joanna Schlip, Photo by Courtney Dailey Croll

The grand finale of the week was the amazing Alex Box. Like Roshar and Beau, Alex's creativity is on a whole other level. The masterpieces she creates are a representation of her feeling and vision, something that no one else would or could ever recreate. I honestly haven't heard much of Alex Box as she is a avant grade artist, and although I'm sure can create a flawless beauty look is known for her out of the box creations. When she arrived, I was surprised to see she was a tiny woman and very soft spoken. Her demonstration was just that, a show in which she is in her zone; no talking, no explaining, but just feeling the emotion and creating her vision. While she was working it was like nothing I had ever seen before. She had created a preset playlist to play during her performance and you could see the emotion of the songs, her emotion just being brought to life. It was like you didn't understand, but you did at the same time. It was quite an incredible experience. 

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Photo @thealexbox Instagram

Photo @thealexbox Instagram

Photo @thealexbox Instagram

Photo @thealexbox Instagram

Photo @thealexbox Instagram

Photo @thealexbox Instagram

Photo @thealexbox Instagram

Photo @thealexbox Instagram

Overall my week at Class was one of the most mind-blowing educational experiences I have ever been to. Nowhere else can you have a coffee with Roshar, or eat lunch with Oprah's makeup artist, Reggie Wells, or get personal advice from Rihanna's makeup artist, Lora Arellano. Aside from that, the quality of education is so exceptional, it is a must for any makeup artist who is looking to improve their skills, technique and take their business to the next level. Erica Carr, the mastermind behind this event has worked on this event for 3 years and she did such an amazing job. I am so grateful to her for her hard work and can't wait to attend next year!

For more information on Class, please visit www.imgoingtoclass.com.  

Adrienne + Hyatt Wedding Day Video | Hawaii Wedding | Hawaii Wedding Makeup Artist

This wedding was such a blast and full of surprises. Adrienne was such a sweet bride and so calm! It's so hard to do on your own wedding day, but when you know it's going to be an amazing day it's easy to be relaxed, yet excited. We had so much fun creating a modern take on the vintage pinup makeup look and designing an undo with the bride's bob length hair! It goes to show when your stylists are talented and knowledgable they can literally create anything. 

The Blush team wishes this beautiful couple all the love and happiness in the world on their new chapter.

Video: Aria Studios
Coordination: Love Letter Weddings
Photography: Chelsea Abril
Flowers: Sand Dollars Floral
Venue: Loulu Palm Estate
Beauty Styling: Blush Makeup & Hair  

Intimate, Sunset Elopement | Hawaii Wedding | Hawaii Wedding Makeup & Hair

When we met this couple, we knew with the venue, vendors, and style, this intimate elopement would be one for the books. The beautiful bride wanted an all natural, glowing makeup look and soft, tousled, wavy hair style. We have to say she was the perfect paradise bride. This all star list of vendors certainly made this couple's elopement a luxurious event that they will cherish. 

Coordination: Love Letter Weddings
Photography: Chelsea Abril 
Venue: Dillingham Ranch
Beauty Styling: Blush Makeup & Hair

Bright, Luxe Paradise Wedding | Hawaii Wedding | Hawaii Wedding Makeup & Hair

This wedding has to be one of our favorite weddings this year not just because of the superstar list of vendors, but also because the bride was such a pleasure to work with and she had amazing taste in her vision for her wedding. Her laid back, yet happy go lucky personality showed in the design as she just wanted her wedding to be a big party. 

For her makeup and hair, she said she wanted that bronzy glow like Chrissy Teigen, and a soft romantic updo. We think she made the perfect bride and wish her and her new husband all the best of life and love in their marriage.

Coordination: Moana Events
Flowers: Passion Roots
Venue: Lanikuhonua
Photographer: June Cochran
Calligraphy: Laurenish Design
Beauty Styling: Blush Makeup & Hair  

Quirky, North Shore Wedding

This wedding was one of our favorite weddings to date. Our gorgeous bride worked for a company that deals with the likes of Kylie Jenner and Justin Bieber and was such a fun, laid-back bride. She opted for a modern take on the pin up look, so we did just that. We did a classic red lip and a kitten wing to give a little bit of glam. We also managed to create a romantic undo with her bob length hair. Our talented stylists really can create any style!

Cheers to our fabulous couple! We wish them a lifetime of happiness! 

Coordination: Love Letter Weddings
Photography: Chelsea Abril
Videography: Aria Studios
Flowers: Sand Dollar Florals
Venue: Loulu Palm Estate
Beauty Styling: Blush Makeup & Hair