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.
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are a few of our brides at Dillingham Ranch (Photos by Absolutely Loved Photogrpahy and Chelsea Abril)