Royal Kona Resort – Big Island Wedding Venue Feature

June 5, 2023


We are thrilled to announce our newest wedding venue on the Big Island of Hawaii, the Royal Kona Resort, a classic historic oceanfront hotel in the heart of Kona! This gorgeous venue offers several beautiful private oceanfront ceremony locations where you can celebrate your love story in a stunning location with the mesmerizing sunset and crashing waves as your backdrop. Kona’s natural beauty provides a captivating setting for an unforgettable and inspired celebration, and this new venue has some of the most private ceremony locations for a hotel that we have seen!

We are thrilled to share our unforgettable styled shoot at our newest Big Island wedding venue! You’ll love the tropical variety of this venue, from the thatched ceremony altar to the swaying palm trees…

Nohea Point

Nohea Point is our personal favorite, and it features a thatched gazebo surrounded by lush foliage overlooking the Pacific blue ocean, a private lagoon, and sparkling Kailua Bay. It is totally separated from the main hotel walkways and protected by a gate for privacy. So you won’t have anyone besides your loved ones walking near your ceremony! The thatched hut truly gives off tropical vibes and provides an elevated landing to exchange your vows with the ocean in the distance. The towering palm trees add to the tropical magic of the setting. It will make you think, “Wow, we’re actually getting married in Hawaii!” It’s what tropical wedding dreams are made of…

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Our amazing floral partner, Grace Flowers Hawaii, brought the wow factor with the vibrant tropical flowers for our styled shoot! We love to feature seasonal and local blooms, like ginger, anthuriums, heliconia, and bird of paradise with tropical greenery like monstera. Grace Flowers didn’t disappoint!

The floral sconces and arch arrangements were the perfect decor to frame the aisle! One of the benefits of using floral sconces to frame the aisle is that they create a stunning focal point that draws the eye toward the altar. They also provide a sense of symmetry and balance to the intimate ceremony space. Moreover, the versatility of this venue makes it ideal for including floral stunners as part of your wedding decor. And who are we kidding? We can never say no to more flowers!

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Sunset Cove

Another ceremony option at this Big Island wedding venue is Sunset Cove, it’s an enchanting spot by the water’s edge on a cliffside location surrounded by white sand. The mesmerizing backdrop of lava rocks and striking sunset provides an idyllic atmosphere for one of our stress-free Hawaii wedding packages! It also provides an elevated stone landing for your vows and a beautiful backdrop with the ocean in the distance. Your guests can sit comfortably and literally have their toes in the sand while you walk up the sandy aisle!

For this styled shoot, we included a bamboo arch with coordinating tropical arrangements to beautifully frame the altar and our lovely model, Lakota, who is the epitome of a bohemian beachy bride, thanks to the talented beauty team at Indigo Grace. Simply stunning!

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Convenience and Beauty

The affordability of accommodations for your guests and great options for a post-ceremony celebration right on-site make this venue even more appealing! You can add on a cocktail hour or catered dinner directly after your ceremony. Our team will connect you with the hotel food and beverage team for a seamless transition. If you’re looking for a Big Island venue that offers both convenience and tropical beauty, this is the one for you!

What’s more, there are lava rock formations fronting the sunset cove location that truly make for some incredibly gorgeous portraits, as you can see below! The lava rocks and tidal reflections create a truly unforgettable atmosphere for your wedding day. Couples can take advantage of these natural wonders by incorporating them into their ceremony decor. Or another idea is using them as stunning backdrops for newlywed wedding portraits!

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We can’t stop gushings over this Big Island wedding venue! From the sandy aisle to the thatched ocean-side hut, it’s an idyllic and convenient location to tie the knot in paradise! Mahalo to Grace Flowers Hawaii, Indigo Grace, and of course, Royal Kona Resort for bringing this vibrant vision to life!


Big Island Wedding Venue: Royal Kona Resort

Wedding Florals: Grace Flowers Hawaii

Big Island Wedding Photographer: Karma Hill Photography

Hair & Makeup: Indigo Grace

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Karma Hill - Author - Wedding Photographer - wedding planner
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Karma Hill is the owner of Karma Hill Photography, Simple Maui Wedding, Simple Oahu Wedding, and Simple Hawaii Wedding, marking a significant presence in the Hawaii wedding community since 2007. With a wealth of experience and a vast collection of informative posts on weddings and photography in Hawaii, Karma Hill offers unparalleled expertise. Explore the world of photography and wedding planning across Hawaii by visiting Karma's websites.

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