Featured Testimonial • Casey and Chuck • Michigan

Casey and Chuck had the most beautiful Hawaiian Wedding

   

Featured Testimonial • Lorena and Alan • Video Testimonial

Getting Married in Hawaii with Lorena and Alan

   

Amy & Christopher Adams – Fairbanks, Alaska – Hawaiian Wedding

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Amy and Christopher at Pukalani Falls

Hello Capt. Howie and everyone and Above Heaven’s Gate,

We wanted to take a moment to write y’all a little note of thanks for all that you did. Everything from the hair and makeup to the pictures and ceremony was amazing. We felt welcome from the very beginning, when we first talked on the phone, to when we met in Hawaii. It definitely helped to have someone else do everything so my husband and I could enjoy a less stressful day.

Our wedding in Hawaii was beautiful thanks to the help of Capt. Howie and everyone at Above Heaven’s Gate!!!

Sincerely,
Amy & Christopher Adams

Married June 21st 2014

   

Kristin and Tim Dortch – Lawrenceville, GA – Weddings Hawaii

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Kristin and Tim from Brookfield Wisconson with Captain Howie, flashing a “Shaka” (Hawaiian for, Hang Loose) at Pukalani Falls. Kristin and Tim were married on May 14th 2014.

Dear Captain Howie and the gang,

Thank you for making our Hawaii wedding such an amazing experience! We could not be happier with our celebration. Our first contact with Above Heaven’s Gate came about a year and a half ago when we decided that Captain Howie was the one we wanted to marry us. We talked to their amazing staff and set up the date we wanted, May 14, 2014. What I love about Above Heaven’s Gate is that they are there to answer any questions about your wedding and provide input! My husband and I wanted a relaxing day with no stress, and Captain Howie and his gang sure delivered! As a nursing student, I did not want to worry about anything with the planning. So, I reviewed the options, was able to make tweaks to the flowers etc, and everything was set – no stress

We decided to apply for our marriage license before we got to Hawaii. Everything was on Howie’s website, so it was incredibly easy! The day before the wedding, we went to the health department and got our license. Once the big day arrived, we were greeted with a HUGE limo! When we got to Pukalani Falls Garden, Captain Howie and his staff, who were all lovely, greeted us. They gave us our leis and my bouquet. We could not have been happier with the flowers. We decided to get married at Pukalani Falls, and also take pictures, at Angels Bay Beach, and in the Hobbit House. All locations were amazingly beautiful! The photographer, Fern, and videographer, Marty, were great as well! The ceremony itself was fantastic. Howie made personal touches to it, and we could not have asked for anything more!

We are so happy with everything and cannot wait to show our pictures and video of the ceremony with our family members! We hope one day to go back and have our vows renewed at Above Heaven’s Gate
Married May 14th 2014

   

Anna Liza & Fredy Luna – Chatsworth, California – Weddings Hawaii

Anna, Fredy and the gang listening to Captain Howie blow the Hawaiian Conch shell.

Dear Capt. Howie,

We apologize for the late reply but wanted to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the wonderful experience we had with you all.  You made our wedding in Hawaii a flawless DREAM! We couldn’t have asked for more.

From the makeup artist, photographer, our flowers, to the remarkable setting and attention to detail, everything was exceptional. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Thank you for the wonderful spiritual ceremony, full of love, Captain Howie. We couldn’t be more grateful.

We highly recommend Captain Howie’s service to anyone out there in search of a dream Hawaiian wedding.

With love always,

Anna Liza & Fredy Luna
Married Oct. 7th 2013

   

Mary and Kevin Appelbaum – Barnhart, Missouri – Oahu Beach Wedding

Mary and Kevin had their Hawaii beach wedding with Capt. Howie. Here they are sitting on the warm golden sand at Angels Bay Beach.

Dear Captain Howie and Staff,

Kevin and I could not have been more pleased with our Hawaii wedding, and everything that you and your staff did for us on June 4, 2014. The day was perfect and we could not have asked for a better wedding.

Planning a wedding in Hawaii was so easy and your staff was like a dream to work with. Anything that I had a question about, I was able to call up and your staff was always there to answer my questions and ease my mind.

When we arrived on the big day, everything fell into place. Wade, the stylist, was AMAZING and was wonderful to get to know. He eased my mind when I was getting nervous and made me laugh. The photographer, Piloni, was there to do anything we wanted and do a fantastic job as well. Pictures on the beach were all that I wanted for my wedding and I was so happy with everything.

Captain Howie’s Hawaiian wedding ceremony was perfect and we loved how it was personalized for us. All in all, our wedding in Hawaii was more then I could have ever dreamed of and was stress-free because of you and your WONDERFUL staff at Above Heaven’s Gate

Mahalo,
Mary and Kevin Appelbaum

Married June 4th 2014

   

Glen & Yuri Piskula – Tucson, Arizona – A Sunset Wedding in Hawaii

At Pirates, Yuri and Glen reflect just after their sunset wedding in Hawaii

One of the Most Memorable Experiences of Our Lives!

My wife and I used Above Heaven’s Gate on Oahu to celebrate our 10-year wedding anniversary by arranging a Hawaii vow renewal service.  We opted for Captain Howie’s and his crew to commemorate the occasion because our first ceremony 10 years prior was rife with issues, we lacked good record (i.e. photos and film), and because a gaudy piece of jewelry seems so trite to celebrate the precious time shared between two people still in love.  I’m glad we did, because it turned out to be both picturesque and memorable beyond imagination!

Let me begin by mentioning that we decided upon the “Sunset at Pirate’s Cove” package with some modifications, including videography.  The sunset location has many advantages.  There’s an oceanic cliff upon which the waves crash, creating a rhythmically calming sound; there’s a small but remarkable sandy beach; and, there’s a massive wall of black volcanic rocks off to the left of the beach.  The photographer (Fernando), who’s not only exceedingly kind but also very patient, guided us over these various surfaces to make sure we took full advantage of all that the location had to offer.  I particularly love the shot of my wife in her white dress against the contrasting backdrop of the volcanic rocks, the sea calmly folding in behind her.  On the matter of the photography, we were both exceedingly impressed with the professionalism of Fernando’s demeanor as well as his product.  The photos were beautiful beyond description. We will cherish them for a lifetime!

The ceremony was brief and thoughtful.  Rev. Rich blended a combination of Hawaiian prayers, commentary about the naturalistic surroundings, and allusions to our 10 years together as both a checkpoint and a launching point as we head out into the uncertain waters of the future.  These words resonated deeply with us. As the ceremony winded down, we spoke our renewed words of commitment to one another, exchanged rings, and felt a powerful renewal of our shared bond.

I’ve always laughed at the idea of tears of happiness but I felt them that evening as the sun set upon ten years passed together, while starring out at the horizon of changes to come.  So much of the symbolism spoken that day and even the symbolism embedded within the location itself were moving.  It seems cliché to type, but we awoke the following morning like newlyweds, bonds strengthened and passion renewed.  Rev. Rich, Fernando, and the videographer (Marty) all contributed to this atmosphere of happy celebration.  Somehow, “thank you” doesn’t seem sufficient to express our gratitude… so we said, “Mahalo!”.

I can also say that Sara, Howie’s Hawaii wedding planner, was very concise with the help she gave in arranging the right package and answering our questions, of which we had many.  The makeup artist, Fe, (and I mean Artist with a capital “A”) was just wonderful to be around.  She was cheerfully chatty, had great recommendations for dining in the area, and was kind in her technique. In brief, she was so professional and she turned my wife from a beautiful woman into a model.  Each time we look back at those pictures, I still lose my breath in awe.  The videographer, though hardly a known presence during the photo shoot, produced a spectacular video that we can’t seem to stop watching since we received it in the mail.

In sum, this experience turned out to be a wonderful record and an even more precious memory, one that we will recall with great nostalgia as we move into the consecutive stages of life and marital companionship.  To anyone who’s planning on getting married soon, or to those who are looking to renew their cherished bonds, my wife and I both highly recommend Above Heaven’s Gate for the occasion.  Thanks so much to Captain Howie and everyone at Above Heaven’s Gate!

Sincerely,
Glen & Yuri Piskula

Vows Renewed May 20th 2014

   

Kathy & Vince Rodriguez – San Gabriel, California – Wedding Company in Hawaii

Kathy and Vince look on as Captain Howie blows the Hawaiian conch at their wedding in Hawaii… June 28th 2011

Posted on Facebook in May 2104… though married June 28th 2011

Above Heaven’s Gate is a unique wedding company in Hawaii. Calling and talking to Captain Howie, prior to our wedding, was great! We interviewed him and he interviewed us! Cap’n Howie and his team did all the work and made us feel so relaxed with the planning of our Hawaii destination wedding! Not knowing anything about the location, just reading reviews and looking at pictures, made me nervous; however, we were constantly reassured by the wonderful team at Above Heaven’s Gate! Having a wonderful young man, Wade, do my hair and makeup was so wonderful! Everything came out perfect! The location was perfect! The photographer was awesome and the beach was gorgeous! WOW! We have now been married three years and we are looking forward to returning to the place where we got married! Like Cap’n Howie says, he is not for everyone and everyone may not be for him! Let me say that he was definitely for us! Thank you once again from the both of us!

Kathy & Vince Rodriguez

Married June 28th 2011

   

Valerie & Jim Wilcox • Lexington, Kentucky • Hawaiian Wedding

Valerie and Jim from Lexington Kentucky stroll by as the sun is rising at Angels Bay. They were married at this lovely location by Captain Howie on April 28th 2014.

Captain Howie and staff,

Thank you all so much for the unforgettable Hawaii wedding experience! In the beginning, all Jim and I knew was that we wanted to get married in Hawaii and that we wanted beautiful photographs – but Sara walked me through every other step over the phone before we even put our deposit down! When we got there, your hair and makeup stylist really pampered me. Your photographer and videographer were very patient and incredibly talented. When I got something on my dress, your team helped me clean it. Every little detail, from the time we needed to leave our hotel in the morning, to explaining when we could expect our pictures to arrive, was so well planned and went better than we could have hoped! Thank you for making our Hawaiian wedding dreams come true.

Valerie & Jim Wilcox
Married April 28th 2014

   

Glen & Yuri Piskula • Tucson, Arizona • Weddings Oahu

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Yuri and Glen’s Hawaii sunset wedding at Pirates Cove

My wife and I used Above Heaven’s Gate on Oahu to celebrate our 10-year wedding anniversary by arranging a Hawaii vow renewal service.  We opted for Howie to commemorate the occasion because our first ceremony 10 years prior was rife with issues, we lacked good record (i.e. photos and film), and because a gaudy piece of jewelry seems so trite to celebrate the precious time shared between two people still in love.  I’m glad we did, because it turned out to be both picturesque and memorable beyond imagination!

Let me begin by mentioning that we decided upon the “Sunset at Pirate’s Cove” package with some modifications, including videography.  The sunset location has many advantages.  There’s an oceanic cliff upon which the waves crash, creating a rhythmically calming sound; there’s a small but remarkable sandy beach; and, there’s a massive wall of black volcanic rocks off to the left of the beach.  The photographer (Fernando), who’s not only exceedingly kind but also very patient, guided us over these various surfaces to make sure we took full advantage of all that the location had to offer.  I particularly love the shot of my wife in her white dress against the contrasting backdrop of the volcanic rocks, the sea calmly folding in behind her.  On the matter of the photography, we were both exceedingly impressed with the professionalism of Fernando’s demeanor as well as his product.  The photos were beautiful beyond description. We will cherish them for a lifetime!

The ceremony was brief and thoughtful.  Rev. Rich blended a combination of Hawaiian prayers, commentary about the naturalistic surroundings, and allusions to our 10 years together as both a checkpoint and a launching point as we head out into the uncertain waters of the future.  These words resonated deeply with us.  As the ceremony winded down, we spoke our renewed words of commitment to one another, exchanged rings, and felt a powerful renewal of our shared bond.

I’ve always laughed at the idea of tears of happiness but I felt them that evening as the sun set upon ten years passed together, while starring out at the horizon of changes to come.  So much of the symbolism spoken that day and even the symbolism embedded within the location itself were moving.  It seems cliché to type, but we awoke the following morning like newlyweds, bonds strengthened and passion renewed.  Rev. Rich, Fernando, and the videographer (Marty) all contributed to this atmosphere of happy celebration.  Somehow, “thank you” doesn’t seem sufficient to express our gratitude… so we said, “Mahalo!”.

I can also say that Sara, Captain Howie’s Hawaii wedding planners, was very concise with the help she gave in arranging the right package and answering our questions, of which we had many.  The makeup artist, Fe, (and I mean Artist with a capital “A”) was just wonderful to be around.  She was cheerfully chatty, had great recommendations for dining in the area, and was kind in her technique. In brief, she was so professional and she turned my wife from a beautiful woman into a model.  Each time we look back at those pictures, I still lose my breath in awe.  The videographer, though hardly a known presence during the photo shoot, produced a spectacular video that we can’t seem to stop watching since we received it in the mail.

In sum, this experience turned out to be a wonderful record and an even more precious memory, one that we will recall with great nostalgia as we move into the consecutive stages of life and marital companionship.  To anyone who’s planning on getting married soon, or to those who are looking to renew their cherished bonds, my wife and I both highly recommend Above Heaven’s Gate for the occasion.  Thanks so much to everyone at Above Heaven’s Gate!

Sincerely,
Glen & Yuri Piskula

Vows Renewed May 20th 2014

 

 

 

   

Mike and Lynn Campbell • Sykesville, Maryland • Vow Renewal Hawaii

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Lynn and Mike Campbell look on as Capt. Howie blows his Hawaiian conch shell at Pukalani Falls Garden.

Dear Capt. Howie and the Crew,

Let’s start with what attracted us to Above Heaven’s Gate – your website.  Our friends found your site while browsing for vow renewals in Hawaii.  Once they saw hawaiiweddings.com, they were sure that we would really like what you had to offer and your “We’re not for everyone” mantra.  After our initial conversation with you, we knew we had found the right place for us.

Your friendly and extremely helpful staff (especially Sara) provided us with all the information we needed to make our Hawaiian vow renewal extra special – including recommending several restaurants (with URL’s) for a special supper later that evening.  We didn’t have to worry about a thing and that is the way we like it!

The Pukalani Falls and Angel Bay Combination was the package we chose for our 30th Wedding Anniversary vow renewal, and we were not disappointed.  The waterfalls and the foliage were spectacular.  Although we expected that our vow renewal would be special, it was much more than that; it was personalized to fit us perfectly.  Even our friends shed a tear while we were saying our vows.

When we called to ask if a piece of lace from my original wedding dress could be added to the hair flowers, the answer was “absolutely”.  Lynn’s hair and makeup was done beautifully and the lace made it even more special.  Our photographer took the most amazing photos and we were pleasantly surprised when he took us the short distance to the beach to take even more pictures.  Everyone loves our picture book!
We want to thank you for making our Hawaii vow renewal an event to remember.  From beginning to end, everything exceeded our expectations by a mile.  There is no doubt that we would recommend Above Heaven’s Gate without hesitation!

With Fondness,
Mike and Lynn Campbell
Vow renewed May 19th 2014