A Trip to an Oahu Orchid Farm

I recently came back from another trip to Hawaii for a destination wedding and one of the many stops I made was to an orchid farm.  I was really amazed at the different types of orchids.  We’ve all seen white phalaenopsis, purple dendrobium and green cymbidium, but there were some orchid varieties I was introduced to that I thought were just awesome.  You don’t have to have a green thumb or be an orchid enthusiast to appreciate these.  And it gave me some great ideas for the florals for a Hawaii destination wedding.

Check out this dainty white orchid.  I like the hint of pink/purple in the petals, but my favorite part are the stamens.  They are like a cross between a peacock and sea anemones.  Petals always get all of the admiration, but I dig how the stamen stands out in this flower.

White pink orchid at an Oahu orchid farm by destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events

I love this dendrobium variety purely because of the way it grows…down!  Can you imagine having these perched up high and when you look up you see these orchids falling towards you?  Very romantic.  I think I’ve just come up with the custom design for my next Hawaii destination wedding.  Just wait and see…

Honohono orchid at an Oahu orchid farm by destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events

Orchids can sometimes feel very structured, so I really liked the flowy feather-like qualities of this cattleya.

Cattleya orchid at an Oahu orchid farm by destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events

Lastly, I have to show these brown cymbidiums.  When we think of flowers, you always think about bright colors – yellow, orange, red, purple, pink, white.  Most people wouldn’t think of brown, but these have a certain elegance to them.  The natural arch they form was fun to stand under (ceremony decor perhaps?) and my favorite part was that since they grew so tall it was almost an orchid tree!

Brown cymbidium orchid at an Oahu orchid farm by destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events

It’s always fun to go to Hawaii to do some scouting and meetings for my upcoming destination weddings and this trip to an Orchid farm was lots of fun.

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