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


Matt & Julie Hallett • Devon, England • Catamaran Wedding

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Julie and Matt’s Catamaran Wedding with Capt. Howie at Secret Island

Dear Captain Howie and everyone at Above Heavens Gate,

We would like to thank you very much for the wonderful day you gave us on December 17th 2013.  We had our hearts set on the catamaran wedding, right from the start, and were not disappointed.  The weather that day was glorious and sailing 10 miles across the beautiful Kaneohe Bay to our beach destination was the perfect way to start our wedding day off. We were thrilled that the turtles and a seal came out to wish us well too!

Fernando & Marty made us feel very comfortable whilst taking the pictures and shooting the video and we are so proud to show off our stunning wedding pictures and DVD to our friends and family.  They arrived on our one-month anniversary and we couldn’t wait to see them.

You made Julie & I feel comfortable before and during the wedding ceremony.  It was everything we had ever hoped for, to be able to get married on a white sandy beach in Hawaii.

We would highly recommend Captain Howie and Above Heaven’s Gate’s services to anyone thinking about getting married in Hawaii.

With love and best wishes,

Matt & Julie Hallett
Married Dec. 17th 2013




Donna & Lee Scott • Gahanna, Ohio • Hawaii Destination Wedding

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Donna and Lee with Capt. Howie at Pukalani Falls Garden

Aloha from Ohio,

Donna and I were engaged on New Year’s Eve 2013, obviously an exciting time for us.  We knew right away we wanted to have a Hawaii destination wedding.  Being the researcher that I am, I began to scour the Internet for possible locations that would be perfect. Mexico, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, there were lots of options!  Hawaii became the obvious choice, but there are many choices in Hawaii as well!

Then one day, I ran across a video of Capt. Howie.  I was immediately captured.  I shared the video with Donna and she too was intrigued.  I spent that afternoon exploring Above Heaven’s Gate‘s web site and read many reviews and testimonials.  By the end of the day, we had decided to make a call to Hawaii

My first contact with Above Heaven’s Gate was with Sara.  She was extremely friendly and very professional.  She was knowledgeable about what to do and was very helpful with many suggestions about how to handle coming to Hawaii to get married.  That first conversation was in late February 2013, and we set our wedding date for 20 January 2014.

Over the next several months, we made many plans and reservations – hotels, flights, marriage license, etc.  At any time during that process, if I emailed or called Above Heaven’s Gate with a question or a concern, either Sara or Jodi answered back promptly.  They were always a pleasure to work with and always had the answers.

We thought getting the marriage license would be tricky because we were arriving on a Friday night, of a holiday weekend, and the ceremony was on Monday.  The gals at Above Heaven’s Gate had the connections.  They arranged for us to meet with a licensing agent, shortly after arriving. It all went without a hitch (other than the fact that we had been up for nearly 24 hours and were a bit tired, but we were in Hawaii!)

The day before the ceremony we went exploring on the Eastern side of Oahu to scope out the location of the wedding.  I called Capt. Howie to check in and told him we were in his neighborhood.  He invited us to “come on by”!  We had a very good visit and learned more about him and how he got to this place in his life.  It started to rain a bit while we were there, but Capt. Howie said “don’t worry… the weather will change”.  Being from Ohio, weather is always a big deal – especially if you want to do something outside.

The next day, “THE” day, was absolute perfection.  Donna’s stylist, Wade, was a great artist.  She looked stunning!  The photographer, Fernando, and the videographer, Marty, are an exceptional team.  They spent a lot of time with us to make everything perfect. When Fernando shared some of the shots on his camera, we couldn’t believe it was us!

Then, there’s Capt. Howie.  He is a man of strong faith and speaks directly from the heart.  From our talks and through the ceremony he was very positive and nonjudgmental.  We picked the right man for the job!

Above Heaven’s Gate was a great choice for us.  I would HIGHLY recommend Capt. Howie and his team to anyone looking to have a memorable experience that won’t be just another Hawaiian wedding!

Lee & Donna Scott
Married January 20th 2014


Carol and Robert Sladek • Plainfield, Illinois • Hawaii Wedding

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Captain sounds the conch shell, initiating Carol and Bobby’s Hawaiian wedding ceremony in front of Pukalani Falls.

Dear Captain Howie and staff,

What a wonderful experience!  From the time we arrived, it felt like we were with family.  I made fast friends with my hair and makeup artist, Wade, and had a great time with him.  Wade did an amazing job!  It was so much more than I could have expected.

Our entire day, by far, exceeded my expectations! The Pukalani Falls Garden was perfect – from the koi ponds to the parrots, bridges, and waterfalls.  Our flowers and cake were also absolutely gorgeous!

Captain Howie really spoke from the heart during our ceremony and vow exchange, instead of reading traditional vows from a book.  I can’t express how touching it was.

During the planning process, Captain Howie and his staff always answered our questions in a friendly and professional manner.  Nervous bride that I was, I once forgot the time difference and called at 6am, Hawaii Time, on a Sunday morning. And, guess what… Capt. Howie answered his phone!

This was the best experience of my life.  Our wedding video and pictures are out of this world.  There are no words to explain how special our day was.  I can’t begin to thank you enough for making our Hawaii Wedding so incredibly perfect!

Carol and Robert Sladek
Married Feb. 13th 2014


Kristie & Eric Travis • Schofield, Wisconsin • Plan a Hawaii Wedding

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Kristie and Eric in a Hawaiian Ironwood Tree at Angels Bay Beach

Aloha Capt. Howie & Sara,

I don’t know where to begin.  On December 1st 2013 my love (and now husband), Eric, proposed to me.  It was one of the best days of my life.  My dream has always been to go to Hawaii.  I told myself that I would go when I turned 40, even if I had to go by myself.  Well, my dream came true when Eric said we plan a Hawaii wedding!

I went online and looked at different places to get married. When I came across Captain Howie‘s website: hawaiiweddings.com, I fell in love with everything right away.

I emailed them and got a quick reply from Sara.  She is amazing! She is the kindest, sweetest person I have ever met.  I told her what I wanted and she made it happen.  All she said I needed to do was show up, and she was right. She coordinated everything – flowers, cake, pictures, hair & make up.  By the way, Wade, our stylist, was fantastic.  He made us (me and my mom) look like beauty queens. Wade was so nice & fun to work with!  Sara also hooked us up with Eric from A Weekend in Seattle. Your travel agent Eric took care of all our travel plans. He was wonderful too.

On the day of our wedding, we met Captain Howie and Sara for the first time.  From the time we met them, until the time we left, we all felt at home.  During the whole day, there was no rushing or drama.  It was perfect.  The photographer, Fernando, was great too.  He didn’t hurry us at all.  He took a bunch of fun and exciting pictures.

We had our Hawaii wedding ceremony on the beach.  It rained a little and then warmed up.  A beautiful rainbow appeared while we were saying our vows.  The touching words that Captain Howie said were so true and meaningful.

We can’t thank Captain Howie and his staff enough for the most perfect day in our lives.  You all are the kindest and most caring people we have ever met.  Everyone in Hawaii is so happy and nice.  I would recommend Above Heaven’s Gate to anyone who wants to get married in Hawaii.  It was a dream come true for us!

Thank you Everyone :)

Kristie & Eric Travis

Married January 15th 2014



Patti and Greg Moore • Schererville, Indiana • Storybook Hawaiian wedding

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Patti and Greg posing with Rubin and Radha at their wedding in Hawaii with Captain Howie

Greetings from Indiana

I just wanted to say thank you to Captain Howie and all his crew.  They did an exceptional job of making our wedding the most spectacular event and memorable experience we could have hoped for.  Everything was perfect. You all made sure of that, and it truly showed!

Our photo album and video will keep the memories alive; they did not miss any of the excitement we felt on our wedding day.  The video doesn’t just show the ceremony, but every step we made from the time we arrived – so awesome!  I especially like the part where it shows me walking through the cottage door, unveiling my new look to my husband-to-be.  It’s impressive what Wade can do with a brush in his talented hands when applying makeup and styling hair.  His work was truly art!  I never felt so beautiful!

The photographer, Piloni, not only sent us a wonderful book of our pictures, but also gave us the digital files to print as many copies as we want.  We were able to email pictures to all of our family and friends, and post them on Facebook.  I was even able to post hawaiiweddings.com on my Facebook page so everyone can view my pictures there as a slideshow.  How cool is that?

Captain Howie truly cares about making your Hawaii wedding real and personalizes it to your own beliefs. His words will stay close to our hearts forever.  He even adds special touches of humor.  The giggles throughout our video are a delight to see and replay over and over.  It was truly a wedding that would not put your friends and family to sleep.  Everyone wanted me to play it again.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I have been to and seen many weddings and most would put you to sleep.  There are none I’ve wanted to hear a second time!

Captain Howie, you have an amazing team!  Your caring attitudes will never be forgotten.  Again, thank you and God bless!  I will certainly recommend you guys to everyone out there who wants an amazing, storybook Hawaiian  wedding!

Patti and Greg Moore

Married December 14th 2013


Jim and Crystal Amaral • Hide Away, Texas • Wedding on the beach

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Crystal and Jim’s Oahu wedding at Angels Bay Beach.

Dear Capt. Howie,

I would just like you, and couples who are thinking about getting married in Hawaii, to know that our experience could not have been more special and meaningful.  We were looking for a place to get married away from our busy lifestyles. During our wedding, we felt isolated from the rest of the world.

Captain Howie more than met our expectations of keeping God as the focus of our commitment to one another, and set this intention in motion for the rest of our lives. My husband and I were moved to tears during our vows, and you should know that we don’t cry easily. Our wedding on the beach at Angels Bay was beautiful and bountiful of love.

Thank you Captain Howie! We love you and are thankful for your willingness to serve God in the way that you do.

Love and appreciation to you,

Jim and Crystal Amaral

Married Jan. 3rd, 2014


April and Doug Bergner • Fredericksburg, Virginia • Getting Married in Hawaii

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April and Doug’s morning wedding in Hawaii at Angels Bay.


Some people really love a church wedding but for us, we wanted something so much more.  We loved the idea of getting married in Hawaii but what we really loved, and couldn’t wait to experience, was getting married in Hawaii by Capt. Howie.  Our ceremony was extraordinary and memorable.

The staff was so helpful and the whole event ran like clockwork.  We live in Virginia and even from that distance there were no problems.  Captain Howie and his staff are without a doubt the best, most organized, gracious, and supportive group of people we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.

Thank you everyone for making our day special.   It was the most wonderful experience.

April and Doug Bergner

Married Dec. 31st 2013


Alix and Devin Edie • Saskatchewan, Canada • Hawaiian Wedding Moon

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Alix and Devin ‘s Hawaii beach wedding… barefoot at Angels Bay

Dear Captain Howie and his staff

Now that we are safely home, our Hawaiian wedding-moon really seems like it might have been a wonderful dream! We wanted to send a sincere thank you to you and all of your staff for making our day, and really our trip, so perfect and special. We absolutely loved the beach cottages you recommended.  We found the staff there so accommodating and amazing.

Our wedding day and ceremony were perfect, even after the travel stress we had on our way to Hawaii. Thank you for setting our minds at ease when our flights were delayed! Mrs. Miyamoto was so sweet and helpful in getting our license issued, even though we were delayed in meeting her as well.

Please pass our thanks on to Wade, who made me look beautiful, and tell him that we took his advice and went for breakfast at Cinnamon’s the next morning. It was everything he promised!  Thanks again to Reverend Rich and Fernando for making our beach wedding in Hawaii an experience so special and enjoyable. We can’t wait to see the photos.  We also appreciated their advice on restaurants and excursions!

Finally, a big Aloha and Mahalo to Captain Howie, Jodi, and everyone else at Above Heaven’s Gate who helped us out and made everything so beautifully perfect!

Alix and Devin Edie

Married January 12th, 2014


Karissa and Denver Ervin • Tuscon, Arizona • Planning a Destination in Hawaii

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Karissa and Denver’s Sunset wedding at Pirates Cove.

Captain Howie,

We would like to thank everyone at Above Heaven’s Gate for our beautiful May 1, 2013 Hawaii North Shore beach wedding! Your wonderful staff helped us plan every detail and made everything as stress-free as possible. From the limo pick-up, to the flowers, to the photographer and ceremony – everything was perfect. Everyone we worked with was pleasant and eager to assist (even the limo driver helped us find a restroom during our long drive).

Doing something as complicated as organizing a wedding online, you expect to run into some complications, but the service was seamless and we couldn’t be more satisfied. Your personalized service is invaluable to anyone who is not familiar with the islands, or is planning a destination wedding in Hawaii.

Thank you again for your wonderful service. We had the wedding we both always dreamed of and would highly recommend Above Heaven’s Gate to anyone desiring a fantastic Hawaiian wedding.


Karissa and Denver Ervin

Married May 1st 2013