#VisitOahu Part 3: Nutridge Estate

 The view of Honolulu, Diamond Head and the Pacific Ocean from Tantalus Lookout in Pu’u Ualaka’a State Park, where Nutridge Estate is located.

The view of Honolulu, Diamond Head and the Pacific Ocean from Tantalus Lookout in Pu’u Ualaka’a State Park, where Nutridge Estate is located.

As someone who gets a little gaga over weddings, one of the highlights of my time on O’ahu  last month was my visit to Nutridge Estate, a breathtaking, historic venue situated above Honolulu. Once frequented by movie stars and musicians, the mountaintop home permeates a rustic-glam vibe reminiscent of Hawaii circa 1959.

For those who know me well, it goes without saying that I was head over heels with the property at first sight. (This vibe is exactly why I’m smitten with the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, too. Between the nostalgia, the class, the elegance, the colors, all of it makes my heart pitter patter just a bit. Alas, that's a conversation for another day.)

In case you’re not quite as in love with the sound of saying your “I dos” at a spot once beloved by Elvis, here are five other reasons I adore Nutridge Estate for a destination wedding in Hawaii:

The people

When you’re planning a wedding, you communicate frequently with the people who own and/or are responsible for your venue. Needless to say, the process runs so much smoother when you’re working with people who are not only reliable but who make you laugh and feel at ease. Every single person I met made me feel like an old friend, including the event manager in charge or orchestrating the property's beautiful weddings.

They’ve thought of everything

Nutridge Estate’s wedding packages include things you may never have thought about, but, upon learning they exist, can’t imagine not having at your wedding in Hawaii. To name a few: a rare vintage 1920s car to transport you to and from your hotel and the wedding, a hula dancer, a butterfly release and a ukulele musician. Packages range from basic to detailed. Bridal suite for all pre-wedding primping and grooms quarters are included, too.

The location

Nutridge Estate is a beautiful 25 to 30 minute drive outside of Honolulu, meaning there are plenty of hotel options nearby in the city from which your wedding guests can choose to call home while on O’ahu. Yes, the short commute to the estate  winds up a mountainside, but the breathtaking views offer plenty of opportunities for panoramic photo ops—the cherry on top of the estate’s primo location.

The view

If you think the drive up to Nutridge Estate is rewarding, wait until you arrive. From the pine and macadamia trees to Honolulu and the Pacific spread out below, prepare to feel a little weak in the knees at all the beauty unfolding endlessly around you. For out-of-this-world photos, I’d suggest a first look or bridal party pictures at Tantalus lookout.

The exclusive access

Nutridge Estate is located inside of Pu’u Ualaka’a State Park, which means that the park closes to the general public every evening. Not only is Nutridge Estate exclusively yours, but you can expect total privacy in the surrounding park as well. Indeed, a gate attendant ensures that only wedding guests listed on a couple’s guest list are permitted in Pu’u Ualaka’a after hours. Sorry, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, no wedding crashers allowed.