Time 09.26.2016
Maui Wedding Venue Spotlight :: Sugarman Estate


The Sugarman Estate, also know as Honua Kai Lani, is one of our favorite Maui wedding venues on the South side of Maui, just minutes from the elegant resorts of Wailea, this gorgeous ocean front estate is nestled between wide open lava fields and miles of scenic shoreline.

The property boasts 3.5 acres of colorful landscape, lush green grass and palm trees swaying in the breeze. The moment you and your guests step onto this spectacular property you will be amazed at the beauty that surrounds you. Standing under the warm Hawaiian sun, with the gentle tradewinds blowing through your hair, this is what Maui dreams are made of!

One of the best things about renting a private Maui wedding venue is that you have enough space for your ceremony, cocktail and dinner reception all at the same venue, with a property as large as the Sugarman Estate, you are able to enjoy uninterrupted transitions from each portion of your event to the next.

We thought we’d share a recent wedding that we photographed at the Sugarman Estate featuring rustic details, a gorgeous bar, delicious cocktails and a dinner reception under the stars, intricately designed by the talented Laurie Terry of Makena Weddings. We hope this Maui wedding inspires you and helps you imagine your own wedding here in paradise!

Maui Wedding Photographer: Dmitri and Sandra Photography

Maui Wedding Planner: Makena Weddings



The use of the air conditioned bridal suite is included in the rental of the property, this is a huge perk when considering your pre ceremony, getting ready photos. We recommend allowing at least an hour to photograph the bride pre ceremony and being in an air conditioned space makes it so much more comfortable, especially if you have a large bridal party in the room with you.

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The ceremony space is perfectly manicured, framed by palm trees with the waves gently lapping behind you as you recite your vows.


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After your ceremony, your guests will be directed to cocktail hour which takes place in the center of the property, in between the ceremony and reception locations, where the lovely gazebo sits. This wedding couple utilized Garnish Craft Cocktail Catering and chose their White Luxe Bar Collection, which you’ll see provided a stylish focal point for their guests to enjoy while they were off taking romantic portraits with us!



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Another perk of having your Maui wedding at the Sugarman Estate is that it also offers a beautiful cove with a touch of sand and is surrounded by lava rocks which provides a stunning backdrop for your romantic Maui wedding photos!



After cocktail hour, your guests are seamlessly directed to the reception space which is strung with overhead lighting, romantic music playing in the background, either by a DJ or one of Maui’s talented wedding musicians, as you dine under the stars and gaze out onto the beautiful Maui sunset.



The rustic details from this event added a touch of elegance to an otherwise already amazingly beautiful event. The party was seated at rustic farm tables, organic greenery, white roses and floating candles decorated the tables, and each guest was treated to opulent place settings of gold rimmed glasses, mirrored gold flatware and white linen plates courtesy of Set.


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As guests are enjoying dinner, we are usually able to sneak away with the bride and groom for a few minutes, to capture those stunning Maui sunset photos that are a must for anyone getting married on Maui.

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After that the couple rejoins their guests and the celebration continues with dinner and dancing under the stars!


We hope you enjoyed this behind the scenes look at a wedding at the Sugarman Estate here in Maui! We will be continuing this series of highlighting our favorite Maui wedding venues, after all, it is one of the first things that you will decide on as you are planning your Maui destination wedding and we love sharing all of the options that Maui has to offer!

Aloha, D&S



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