Showing posts from November, 2016

Maui Weddings: Sunset can be a stunning time for your ceremony.

Maui skies can light up like fireworks on the fourth of July sometimes. Even after the sun sets, the colors just seem to keep on going, changing and getting deeper in color as time passes. We had such a sunset yesterday with Melissa and David right after their Maui Beach wedding ceremony at Paipu beach in Makena. The colors were spectacular and we were their with the Nikon to capture it. Folks always ask us when is the best time to plan their Maui Wedding. We are happy to do it in the morning or evening as each time of day presents a different, unique palette to work with. The afternoon light gets softer as it gets later while the morning light is more blue and sharper yielding a bright blue ocean and more defined shadows. While we can't always guarantee a spectacular sunset, Maui is usually generous with her evening light show. We love watching what the light will do and our passion is capturing our wedding couples with Maui in the background in all her glory. Call your professi…

6 items that should be on your Maui Wedding Checklist

Maui Wedding Checklist

Maui offers many different options for planning your wedding. Listed below are a number of considerations you might want to check into while planning your wedding. This is not a comprehensive list but a sketchbook of sorts that will give you direction and lead you to consider other possibilities you may not have thought of. Please take your time as you go through this list and do some internet searches to answer the questions. Of course, your budget is probably the most important bit of information to have when planning your Maui wedding.

1) Budget for your wedding:

Wedding Ceremony

2) Location. There are 2 main resort areas on Maui: Kihei/Wailea/Makena and Lahaina/ Kaanapali/Kapalua. These areas are about a 1 hour drive away from each other so your group should attempt to stay in the same area as the wedding. Research the different areas or ask your wedding planner about the pro’s and con’s of each one.

3) Wedding Venue.…

Maui Weddings: How and when to rock the floral arch

Huppa's or arches with floral designs and fabric are always a favorite for a well heeled Maui wedding. The well designed arch provides a classy backdrop for a romantic ceremony overlooking the Pacific ocean and the other islands surrounding Maui. While we can't provide arches for our Maui beach weddings anymore, there are numerous spectacular private and semi private locations that are perfect for this bit of glamorous staging! Our professionally designed arches come with one, two or three gorgeous floral arrangements that will match your Maui wedding bouquet. After the ceremony we will cut those arrangements off the arch and place them on your table for your reception dinner. This way you get two uses for the price of one! Your Maui wedding coordinators can advise you of your options regarding private and semi private locations. The semi private locations have lawns overlooking the ocean, ample parking and a restaurant on location. If you don't mind sharing your receptio…

Maui Beach Weddings: What you need to know

So, you've decided to get Maui'd on a beach alongside the deep blue Pacific Ocean with your bare feet in the sand and the wind in your hair. There might be a few people in your family who aren't outwardly excited about this, they think you ought to stay home, rent the VFW hall, invite half the town and blow enough of your honeymoon budget to make a tent at Mesa Verde on your wedding night seem almost out of reach! But deep down inside they're just waiting for an offer they can't refuse: A Maui Beach Wedding that they HAVE to attend! They can't refuse, they know they will have to go and with a little luck, they just might have the time of their lives. With the money you save on all those "chicken or beef" dinners, you can get an oceanfront room in Wailea and go swimming with the sea turtles. Maybe jump half naked into a fresh water pool fed by a waterfall, hike through a bamboo rain forest and fall asleep in a hammock under the stars between two palm …

Morning Maui Beach Wedding with Marry Me Maui: Rosiel and Charles

Chang's Beach, AKA Poolenalena beach, lies on the edge of Wailea at the start of Makena. This wide swath of white sandy beach provides a beautiful backdrop for our Maui wedding couples and a great location for swimming, body boarding or just checking out the ubiquitous green sea turtles. Mornings here are crisp, the sand is still cool but the sun will rise quickly and even in the winter it can be quite warm here so we try to start our Morning Maui Beach Weddings early! There are no Hotels on Poolenalena beach so there's usually plenty of room for us to find some privacy for our clients. If it is crowded, we can just walk the path to the north and try our luck at "Secrets" or Paipu beach, another long white sandy beach with spectacular scenery, lava rock outcroppings and coconut palm trees. Rosiel and Charles booked our Morning Special Wedding package for their ceremony at Poolenalena a few weeks ago. Their love and dedication for each other was obvious and we were h…

A Morning Maui Wedding at Makena Cove

Some folks like to get up early and start the day with a wedding ceremony. I know we do! Hitting the beach when the sand is still moist and cool and the sun hasn't gotten high enough to cause deep shadows is a magical experience. The beaches are generally empty in the early AM and if it is Makena Cove we are talking about, well, that is an extra special experience. Audrey and Sebastien brought their 2 little ones along for our Morning Special Maui Wedding Package at Makena Cove a few weeks ago. We had a perfect cloudless morning with very little wind to mess the hair and that super deep blue sky and ocean that is a Maui trademark. The Rev. Laki Kaahumanu performed his usual robust wedding ceremony complete with ukulele and the photography was handled by Maui Wedding Photographer Joe D'Alessandro. We love to perform these short and sweet little ceremonies under a vibrant blue sky for those couples who are eloping and want a romantic memory to share without all the stress and h…

5 Things you need to know about your Maui destination wedding plans

Whether it's just the two of you eloping to Maui or it's an entire entourage of friends and family, there are 5 things that you need to know going into your Maui wedding. There's a ton of websites filled with services and often more is not better.

1) Set a budget. You can't even begin to look at websites until you've set your wedding budget. You budget should include airfare, hotel, meals, transportation, entertainment and the wedding itself. 5 star resorts on the best beaches start at $500.00/night. Your basic VRBO studio 10 minutes from the beach should be around $75.00. Big Maui condo complexes like Kamaole Sands in Kihei run around $250.00 per night and are right across the street from the beach. Once you've figured airfare from your hometown along with your accommodations, rental car and $100.00/day for meals for 2, you can pretty much figure out your wedding budget.

2) Decide on the type of venue you want for your wedding. Toes in the sand Maui beach wed…

A Maui wedding celebration at Kapalua Bay: Kayla and Zach

We're still blown away by the sheer magnificence of Kapalua Bay even after all these years of coordinating and photographing our wonderful Maui wedding clients at this spectacular beach. Couples are drawn to K-Bay over and over again, some of them booking us for a vow renewal on the same beach they were married on years earlier! It's really amazing what the ambience of Kapalua Bay will do for people. Even if the bride is overwrought or anxious, when they come around the bend from under the tunnel and see that beautiful horseshoe shaped bay revealed, they instantly calm down and are astounded by the sheer beauty of their wedding venue. Kayla and Zach were our latest Kapalua Bay wedding couple and they were no less impressed than the rest of our clients. With the coconut grove and thick green lawn behind the white sand beach and sparkling blue ocean, Kapalua Bay provides the seminal island backdrop for your Maui Wedding Ceremony. From late afternoon up to the dramatic sunset ma…

3 Things NOT to do when you're getting married on Maui

Clients are always asking us what they should be doing to prepare for their Maui Wedding. Well, that's our job, getting everything prepared for that special day and we always tell them what they need to do and give them suggestions for events and restaurants etc. One thing they never ask is what they shouldn't be doing in preparation for their Maui Wedding day so we decided to put a short list of three "dont's" together for the education of those new to our magnificent island.

1) DON'T check the 10 day weather forecast incessantly. There's an old saying on Maui; if you don't like the weather wait 10 minutes! Weather on Maui generally consists of passing showers which blow through in a couple of minutes and drop a small amount of rain, we call it "liquid sunshine". If your weather app is showing rain for your wedding day, check out the amount of rain expected, it's generally in the 1/10 to 1/4 inch range. Hardly a reason to panic! Rain t…

A Maui Beach Wedding at Napili Bay

As is typical of repeat Maui visitors, Megan and Ben along with their ohana were full of Aloha and warm wishes at their wedding ceremony overlooking beautiful Napili Bay. Generally, when we are on the west side of Maui we typically plan our Maui Weddings at Kapalua Bay, which is just a parking lot away but since Megan and Ben had this killer vacation rental overlooking Napili Bay and since the management of this laid back resort were so kind, we performed their wedding ceremony on a grassy knoll overlooking the beach. We had the Rev. Diana George perform the ceremony and Maui Wedding Photography was handled by Joe D'Alessandro. Here's what Megan had to say about her maui wedding photography the other day:
"They all look so beautiful. Thank you so much for rushing to get them back to us! :) Everyone will love to see them at our reception this month. Thanks again!! -Megan and Ben"
That's right, we even rushed the images out to Megan and Ben because they were having a …