Adventures of Hawaii Weddings

Dreams came true for a Hawaii wedding and honeymoon road trip throughout the United States. In far away and chilly United Kingdom, the loving engaged couple Anna and Eddie were in their planning stage of seeking a Hawaii wedding planner to help plan the Hawaii wedding part of their journey. Once they contacted us, we got to know each other by communicating on line. After choosing their Hawaii wedding package and wedding location,  they simply relied on us to create a memorable Hawaii wedding for their special day.  It was a simple and painless process, get your marriage license, get dressed and arrive at the wedding location.

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The wedding of Anna and Eddie at beautiful Waimanalo Bay Beach on March 22, 2018 was a dream come true, but staying at a B &B located on the North Shore of Oahu, the drive in took two hours to reach the windward side. Regardless, they were in great spirits greeted with the Aloha spirit of Rev. Mike Nelson and the wedding in Hawaii planners and crew. This happy and adventurous couple were comfortably dressed in European fashion.  They are enjoying everything about Hawaii since they arrived. Their long exciting 40 days road trip began in UK with two feet of snow on the ground flying to San Francisco, driving down the coastal shores of California to Los Angeles. They were impressed with the warm Pacific ocean and the Big Sur. Flying to Oahu for their Hawaii wedding ceremony is the highlight of this dream journey. They will continue their journey flying to Los Angeles and continue forward to Nevada and throughout the rest of the U.S.

A once in a lifetime journey as the newlyweds.  For Eddie and Anna their two hearts became one on this day March 22, 2018 with a beautiful Hawaiian ceremony officiated by Rev. Michael Nelson. The experience of a Hawaii wedding ceremony and the beauty of the Pacific ocean was overwhelming to them.  After the wedding ceremony, the afternoon will be celebrated by going snorkeling at Hanauma Bay. Looking forward to more exciting new adventures, they move forward as husband and wife. Congratulations and Mahalo for being such a delightful couple.

 

Hawaii Weddings Eloping Trends

As the years go by, the trend of couples eloping to enjoy Hawaii weddings and honeymoon has grown tremendously. The thought of no stress and pressure, away from a big bash at home, it is like escaping and allowing a Hawaii wedding planner to help bring it all together. The combination of a intimate Hawaii wedding ceremony and the enjoyment of a Hawaiian honeymoon became a reality for Vanessa and Bradley. They were already in Hawaii when they booked us to plan this beautiful day.

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After being together for many years and having two little children, it was a family Hawaii beach wedding at Kahala Beach. The changing meaning of the word “elope” from “running away to get married” to the new “small wedding away from home” or “destination wedding”.  When couples elope, most likely it is a secret until they return home. However, some do share their elopement with their immediate love ones; some elope with their families tagging along. For Bradley and Vanessa, the Hawaii wedding and honeymoon was a family one with their children Max and Scarlette. On February 17, 2018, a beautiful clear, serene day, at Kahala Beach. As the sound of gentle waves washing up on the sand, Reverend Michael Nelson blew his conch shell announcing the wedding of Vanessa, Bradley and children.

As the children played in the background,  the two became one with our traditional Hawaiian wedding ceremony, including the exchanging of flower leis as a gift of Aloha. They will enjoy their many precious pictures of this memorable family Hawaii wedding day. Congratulations and Mahalo for sharing your day with us.

Affordable Hawaii Wedding Packages

All planners of Hawaii weddings offer very similar Hawaii wedding packages ranging in prices that may be affordable to your budget. Our choices of Hawaii wedding packages are very affordable, especially if you take advantage of the monthly special.  For my Hawaii wedding, I prefer to preserve the special day of memories with a complete video and photographic coverage. The many tangible goodies are nice to have, but not a priority. Flowers will wilt, the arch and seats are temporary, but the pictures and video of the wedding capture the memories of this special moment and relived many times over the years.

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My favorite among the five Hawaii wedding packages we offer, is  the Big Fat Hawaiian package, which includes just the right amount of the fineries to complete a beautiful wedding in Hawaii.  Here is a hint, other then the importance of having a photographic and video crew document your day, having the right minister for your ceremony is very important. He needs the have a sincere Aloha personality to create the aura of a Hawaiian wedding ceremony. He or she needs to have the ability to relax the bridal couple and their love ones to create a Ohana like feeling before starting the ceremony.

My favorite Hawaii wedding location is Waimanalo Bay Beach because of it’s miles of white sandy beach and the scenic ocean beauty. The weekdays are perfect, which is serene with the exception of the sound of the waves on the beach. A wooded area for beautiful photo and video opportunity exists.  Our couple Danielle and Nathan of Keene, New Hampshire chose my favorite wedding package to enjoy at Waimanalo Bay Beach for their wedding on January 17, 2018.  Just the two of them, sharing of their wedding day will follow upon returning home after the honeymoon. This day started with our professional hair and makeup artist arriving to make Danielle feel and look like a princess.

Beautiful in a stylish white/ivory colored gown, and Nathan handsome in a tan outfit with a matching vest, our wedding couple stepped into their limousine at their hotel doorstep. A beautiful ride to the windward side of Oahu, arriving with happy smiles greeted by our minister of Aloha, Reverend Mike Nelson. Ukulele singing in the background by Dereck, capturing the moments were our professional photo/video crew.  A classy floral cascade bouquet and boutonniere were presented to complete their wedding attire. A double white orchid lei were set aside for the traditional Hawaiian lei exchange at the end of the ceremony.

The wedding ceremony of Danielle and Nathan began with the blowing of the conch by Rev. Michael, the ukulele and the Hawaiian wedding song by Dereck. Here comes the bride and groom to meet the minister at the alter.  Continuous photo/video coverage goes on to capture all the moments of this occasion, creating  “Memories of a life time”. The commitment, the unity sand ceremony and their vows of I will love you forever, the exchange of brilliant rings, blessings and offering of the gift of Aloha.  Our Hawaii wedding ceremonies always give the bridal couple the opportunity to say their own vows or say their private words before being pronounced husband and wife, ending with the lei exchange ceremony. A special love song by Dereck  to honor their union as the new Nathan and Danielle. Video coverage continued through out the  photo shoot.  The limousine awaits to whisk the newlyweds on a champagne scenic ride along the coast to their hotel in Waikiki. Celebration and honeymoon has begun. Congratulations and Mahalo for having us.

 

Hawaii Residents Enjoy Hawaii Weddings on the Beach

Hawaii church weddings are costly, just the church rental alone is over $1,000, adding the services of the minister, the photographic crew, flowers and bouquets, limousine service, hair and makeup and finally the reception can cost more then $30,000. In comparison, the Hawaii weddings of the destination kind can offer you many Hawaii wedding packages that are so much more intimate, family oriented and the cost is not even close to comparison with church weddings.

Hawaii-weddings-on-the-beachHawaii weddings on the beach do not cost you anything for the location, it is included in the package.  Some couples worry about the privacy factor on the beach, however, choosing a weekday for your wedding can create a more serene atmosphere. Choosing a weekend or a holiday as your wedding day is not advisable for a quiet wedding.  Many local Hawaii residents are now having beach weddings and are hiring Hawaii wedding planners to help them. Kaegil and Andrew are Hawaii residents, did just that.

They wrote to us saying “Thank you for helping to make our day special. Very much appreciated, Irene and Roger. Take care”. On January 27, 2018 was a weekend but with very few beachgoers. A beautiful quiet spot at Kahala Beach near a cove, created a privacy of sort.  A bunch of loved ones joined them to support  them on their special day, even bought along a beautiful wedding cake. Beautiful Kaegil in a champagne colored wedding dress has been friends with her bridesmaid since 2nd grade in Lahaina, Maui. Andrew dressed in black and maroon formals is originally from West Virginia, but resides in Hawaii serving our country.

A simple wedding with their love ones to witness their happiness and perhaps dinner with them to  celebrate, was their plan for their special day. A beautiful Hawaiian wedding ceremony by Reverend Mike, ending with the offering of the gift of Aloha. We introduce our happy couple, the Andrew and Kaegil of Honolulu.  By saving money on a beach destination type of wedding, they can spend more on other priorities of life in Hawaii.  Mahalo for having us.

 

Hawaii Weddings with Aloha Gestures

Our Hawaii weddings are filled with Aloha, love and joyous Ohana (family) celebrations. But a beautiful “Aloha gesture” from a fellow wedding planner was a blessing on the last day of December 2017. We would like to share with you, our story of the beautiful Hawaii wedding of Sandra and Mikesa at Kahala Beach. Most Hawaii wedding planners do plan weddings for gay couples, but it is more difficult to find a minister to do the ceremony.

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For one reason or another, not all ministers offer gay wedding ceremonies.  In most cases, we can identify couples for gay weddings by their names. However in this case our communication got lost.  Our minister arrived but graciously recused himself. A real blessing for us, an angel saved this beautiful wedding day for Sandra and Mikesa.  Another Hawaii wedding planner/minister was at the park for her wedding couple and offered her Aloha gesture. Although we are in the same business, we are all friends and from time to time help each other out. Hawaii’s Aloha gesture is alive and we are always happy to do the right thing to spread the Aloha. A true angel of Aloha, thank you Reverend Leah of Hawaiian eye weddings. Our couple was happy and thankfull.

Arrival by limousine, they were very nervous but were lovingly supported by their love ones. Milesa, beautiful in a stylish-fitted white/ivory dress and Sandra, very mod in a ivory colored tuxedo posed for beautiful portraits before the wedding ceremony. Waiting for Reverend Leah to finish her couple’s wedding, there was time for relaxation, and doing the photo shoot.  Nervousness disappeared to smiles of happiness. Reverend Leah greeted our couple with sweetness and open arms of Aloha. A serene, beautiful day, gentle waves and a beautiful intimate Hawaii wedding ceremony by Reverend Leah. Thank you, Leah for saving our Hawaii wedding day, blessing our last day of 2017. Sandra and Mikesa were happily congratulated by their love ones. We are so happy for you, and thank you ever so much for supporting us.  A wedding in Hawaii presents the new Sandra and Mikesa of Hawaii.

 

Hawaii wedding with a hiccup

We, as Hawaii wedding planners, are ready for any emergencies that might happen on our planned Hawaii weddings. January 13, 2018 began as a beautiful Saturday morning, people preparing to enjoy the Martin Luther King weekend.

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It was the Hawaii wedding day of Ashley and Daegan, scheduled for 2:00 in the afternoon at Waialae-Kahala Beach. Waialae golf course was beginning to swing with the Sony golf tournament to finish off the weekend. The red alert came over the phone “emergency alert, ballistic missile threat, this is not a drill”. There was out of control panic all over Hawaii, until the word was out that it was not true.  It was not even Friday, the 13th, it was Saturday the 13th.

Hawaii must regroup on their emergency threat plan.  Things got worse when the Golf channel called to strike at the Sony open. The wedding of beautiful Ashley and Daegan turned out to be a wonderful wedding ceremony by Reverend Michael Nelson.  Ashley and Daegan happly arrived at the park looking calm and did not even mention the incident that almost messed up their Hawaii wedding day, She looked lovely in a lace dress, as they happily walked holding hands strolling the sandy beach. The waves were gentle that day, they found the atmosphere so different then their home State of Kansas.

Their quiet and intimate Hawaiian wedding ceremony began with the blowing of the conch. To begin uniting their lives together, a unity sand ceremony was held. Beautiful vows of promise, followed by exchanging  rings of beauty filled with meaning. The Hawaiian lei exchange is the gift of love. Ashley and Daegen promised each other their love by their written vows. Leis were accepted as gifts of Aloha as they were pronounced the new Daegan and Ashley. Congratulations to a sweet couple. Thank you both for serving our country in the Marine Corp and Air Force. They will join each other in Hawaii in a few months.

 

Hawaii blessing of marriage or Hawaii weddings

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Lately, articles about “fake Hawaii weddings” have been published. These are not fake marriages, it is more like a Hawaii wedding blessing. These happy couples either elope or get married at home but want to experience a Hawaii wedding ceremony during their honeymoon. Many of the Asian couples are definitely married in Japan or wherever, but they desire what they call “photographic memories” during their honeymoon called “photo shoots”. I would say the correct term might be Hawaii vow renewals or Hawaii wedding blessings.

No marriage applications are needed from the State of Hawaii for these so called Hawaii weddings. Amy and Jay were married at the court house, but wanted the magical touch of Hawaii weddings. They wisely decided to splurge a little more on a Hawaii wedding package called the Paradise package. Sharing their Hawaii wedding ceremony with their love ones at home, was especially important for both of them. Photographic memories with a video of their wedding ceremony, limousine service, guitar/singer, a beautiful french bouquet and for Amy a white orchid haku head lei. Orchid leis were included for the offering of leis to each other, added to blowing of the conch and a unity sand ceremony.

Stylish white wedding gown for Amy with a veil, and a cream colored suit for Jay. Reverend Michael Nelson began the ceremony by blowing the conch, the guitar/singer played and sang the Hawaiian wedding song as the couple strolled to the altar. A beautiful day on December 30, 2017 at Magic Island, Ala Moana. Their limousine awaited to take them on a champagne sipping ride around Honolulu. Congratulations and Mahalo to the new Jay and Amy. Dinner at the Signature restaurant, celebration of Hawaii weddings.

 

Ever Us Hawaii weddings

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Eloping?  Wedding and honeymoon combination in mind?  Destination weddings anyone? Hawaii is the perfect choice without  outrageous costs. Hawaii weddings and Hawaii vow renewals of all different levels are planned daily by the many Hawaii wedding planners to help make your special day a memorable one.  In our over 30 years of experience planning Hawaii weddings and Hawaii beach weddings, we have noticed the wedding trends change. Years ago, most of the wedding planning were initiated by the bride or the mother of the bride. Gradually, the groom and Dad’s got involved. We found this as a wonderful transition, the groom contacting the wedding planner, and shares the planning with his bride.  Many of our Hawaii weddings are planned by the groom. The young men stationed in Hawaii serving the military are very much involved with the planning of their weddings since their brides do not reside in Hawaii yet.  Over all, more grooms are very involved in their wedding planning. We share two beautiful Hawaii wedding stories which took place on the white sandy beach of Waimanalo Bay, Sherwood Forest. These weddings were planned by the grooms with our help and beautiful memories were created.

The wedding of Kristen and Calvin, December 12, 2017, with limousine service, the Plumeria Plus Hawaii wedding package was the choice.  Arriving together with their love ones, a happy group of ten, Kristen and Calvin radiated with happiness.  They greeted Reverend Mike with a handshake as they stepped out of their limo. Kristen was beautiful in a white stylish gown and Calvin was looked great in gray trousers with white shirt. A princess in the making, as Reverend Mike helped Calvin with the Haku head lei for the bride. Multicolored beautiful floral Haku head lei, a crown of pink, orange and green flowers.

We present to you, our Hawaiian princess bride, Kristen.  Waimanalo Bay Beach, the beautiful location of many Hawaii weddings will begin the “forever us” for Calvin and Kristen. Dad walks his daughter down the aisle as her Mom wipes tears from her eyes. Their love ones supporting them with love and smiles. A beautiful Hawaiian ceremony by Reverend Mike with conch blowing, unity sand ceremony and lei exchange. Most important of all were their beautiful vows to each other and ring exchange. As they were pronounced the new Calvin and Kristen, they walked back up the aisle and did a dance dip. Everyone laughed and cheered with joy. A memorable wedding ceremony.  Champagne bubbling in the limousine, as they enjoyed their ride back to their vacation rental. Congratulations and Mahalo for having us.

December 19, 2017 for Marlea and Ed of Ohio, a Hawaii wedding at Waimanalo Bay Beach with our Plumeria Package, arriving on two black SVUs with their family and love ones. Ed’s thoughts of Hawaii weddings and honeymoons became a reality when he contacted us to help him plan their special day.  Hawaii’s chill in the air and forecast of rain did not bother Marlea and Ed, it was heaven compared to the cold in Ohio. Beautiful Marlea held a bouquet specially made by a friend, yellow clusters of orchid with heirloom ancestral photos. Everyone received a lei of orchids and the guys kukui nut leis. Clouds showed rain was coming, we had to beat the rain. Everyone was happy and excited, Marlea’s son and daughter, Ed’s brother and family, a friend playing the guitar. Reverend Mike presented a beautiful wedding ceremony for the new Ed and Marlea. After the papers were signed and the photos were taken, the rain came. A good luck omen for the Hawaii wedding of Ed and Marlea. Congratulations and thank you for having us.