Hawaii Wedding Testimonials
Karin & Gary – Dream Come True
I just want to let you know our Hawaii Beach Wedding was absolutely wonderful. It was amazing, and as you know this was my dream for over 10 years. It literally felt like the pages of a story book unfolding. You all were awesome! Wade made me feel so comfortable and look beautiful, Piloni made me feel like a model and we both adored Captain Howie. He was everything I knew he would be; kind hearted, spiritual, and full of love and laughter. Jodi, thank you for making my dream come true.
Catherine & Donny – Hawaii Vow Renewal
We just wanted to tell you guys thank you and how much we love everything you guys did for us 🙂 We can’t wait to see our photos!! Capt Howie was awesome thank you for your wonderful words and wisdom 🙂 and the blowing of the conch it was beautiful!
Thank you so much,
Catherine & Donny
Evette & Louis – Hawaii Dream Wedding Reality
Where do we begin with the thank you list to you and Captain Howie? We will never be able to compensate you for all the hard work you contributed so that we could relax and enjoy our wedding day. You made the planning and the actual date run so smooth. Hiring you and Captain Howie was the best wedding decision ever. Your services were invaluable to us. Everyone did a spectacular job ( hair, makeup, assistance getting dressed, limo service and much much more. I sent you pictures of flower asking that I have these flowers on my wedding day. You made that dream a reality. When it rained you came running out with an umbrella to cover us. Our expectations were exceeded by far. We really appreciate all that you have done for us. If our wedding day is an indication of how our marriage will be, I have nothing to worry about. Thank you again, Jodi and staff. We will always remember your professionalism and kindness.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith – married 6/28/16
( lol I’m a wife now )
Chelsea & Kurt – Twin Falls, ID – Wedding of Our Dreams
Thank You so much for everything! We truly had the time of our lives in Hawaii and the wedding of our dreams. That day went perfect and everyone was amazing at their jobs! Working in a hospital I know it is important to have great team members and you have the best!!
From the bottom of our hearts Mahalo!!
Chelsea and Kurt 4/21/2016
Candice & Jason – Pirates Cove – Perfect Ceremony
Aloha! We wanted to reach out to you fabulous folks and thank you for the perfect ceremony performed by Captain Howie! Our expectations were by far surpassed. Thank you, Captain Howie and Jodi, for making our wedding day absolutely perfect!
Mahalo, Candice & Jason 4/20/2016
Andrea & Steve – Indianapolis IN – Absolutely LOVED Our Wedding!
I just wanted to send a quick message to say thank you! Steve and I absolutely loved our wedding! We couldn’t have asked for more! Everyone on staff was very nice, and did a fantastic job! The entire experience was more than we could have ever hope for! I was a little anxious about my makeup at first (only because I’ve never seen myself look so flawless), but after seeing a few photos, I absolutely loved it! My hair was perfect too! Ruth was truly phenomenal! We cannot wait to see the pictures Piloni took! He was fantastic, and we could tell by his professionalism that he captured some wonderful shots! Marty and Reverend Rich had such great spirits, and we look forward to watching our wedding day over and over again!
Thank you again!
Andrea and Steve
Abby & Mark- Fairfield, CA- Thank you for the Wonderful Wedding
Captain Howie & Crew,
Today is our 5th wedding anniversary and I can’t help but think of the day we got married and the wonderful people and fantastic experience we had. We just wanted to thank you again for giving us the wedding we loved and wanted. Oahu and your team will always hold a special place in our hearts. After 5 years, we’re happier now than we were then (and I thought we were pretty darn happy!) Thanks for helping us set a good foundation with an excellent, worry free, beautiful ceremony!
Mark and Abby Walker
Jessica & Gareth – South Wales, UK – Best day ever!
Honestly Jodi, I really can’t thank you all enough. You Have all been so friendly, warm, happy, pleasant and every compliment under the sun. We could not have asked for more wonderful people to share our wedding with. It was the best day of our lives, and I can’t wait to come back in 4 years, or possibly less. Hopefully then we can share lunch and a drink ????
A very warm Aloha to you!
Lots of love, Gareth and Jess.
Kristy & Rob – Walla Walla, WA – Wonderful Beach Wedding Hawaii
Thank you for everything. Our wedding day and everything leading up to it was so smooth and stress-free. It made the day so much more enjoyable because we knew we were in good hands. We had a wonderful experience with Hawaii Weddings.
Kristy & Rob 12/24/2015
Daniella & Tony – Sierra Vista, AZ – Wedding Experience of a Lifetime
Thank you so much for the most incredible ceremony of a lifetime! Being married on the Love Boat was something we had envisioned and you made such a vision come true. Thank you for the experience of a lifetime and something which will stay with us forever.
Wade, your makeup and hair artist, was so gracious and extremely talented – I looked like a model on a New York runway. He helped me relax and enjoy the experience. Wade is beyond an artist and belongs on the New York runway as a makeup artist.
The photographer was beyond professional and exceeded our wildest dreams. The photographer took special time and effort to make the poses as picturesque as possible. His attention to detail resulted in excellent photographs of our wedding. We were extremely pleased with his abilities to make stars of us both on our wedding day.
Further, Captain Howie, a minister with respect conducted the ceremony with great intimacy. His sermon was sacred and powerful – we were swept away. Captain Howie told us of weathering storms together and how it was important to look for love and even deeper to our spirituality coupled with the connection to God. We both thank you for that powerful message – our commitment is spiritual and everlasting.
Additionally, we appreciate the extra company of his wife and Capt. Paul besides the beautiful light show of the evening sky at sunset.
Thank you for such loving memories which will last us forever!
Tony & Daniella
Lacey & Adam – Spokane, WA – Perfect and beautiful Hawaii Destination Wedding
Hawaii Weddings blew our expectations out of the water! We only had a few weeks to plan our last minute wedding, and just as we started to accept the fact that we were going to have to settle for something less than amazing, we found Captain Howie!
Everything seemed far too good to be true, but after my initial call to check for availability I was sold. I spoke directly with Captain Howie who was super laid back, flexible with his schedule, and overall awesome to talk to. He set us up with Jodi for more detailed planning and she turned out to be one of the nicest people we have ever met. They were both extremely helpful and available throughout the entire process and made our rushed wedding planning so easy and enjoyable.
We also want to thank our videographer, Marty, and photographer, Piloni, who were both awesome! They captured everything beautifully and were very fun and easy to work with.
Again, we didn’t think there was a chance that everything could be as perfect and beautiful as the website makes it seem but it ended up being better! Just in case I haven’t made it clear already, my wife and I highly recommend Hawaii Weddings!
Adam and Lacey
Jessica & Lamar – Sinking Spring PA – Absolutely Beautiful Beach & Garden Wedding
Jodi, I just wanted to take the time to thank you, Captain Howie, and the rest of the staff at Hawaii Weddings. I am still trying to find the words that describe our wedding day and nothing seems adequate; it was truly amazing. I never thought my wedding day would be so stress-free. I wish the morning wouldn’t have gone by so fast but it was just like a fairy tale and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way!
Jodi, you were a pleasure to work with and always prompt responding to my e-mails and phone calls. I was a little worried when I requested a customized flower bouquet and lei but you made me feel at ease making this change. When I saw the flowers in person, I was blown away; they were exactly what I wanted and absolutely beautiful!
Wade, my hair and makeup stylists was wonderful! He was easy to talk to while getting ready and made me feel so comfortable, it was like I had known him for years. Wade took the time to ask what I wanted and exceeded my expectations. I was worried about how I was going to get the hairstyle that I wanted; however, he was easily able to recreate the hairstyle adding his own touch making it better than I could have imagined.
I had always dreamt of getting married on a beach. The ceremony Captain Howie performed was perfect. His combination of words and music were meaningful and heart felt. The ceremony went by very quickly and Captain Howie kept us engaged the whole time. It was nice after the busy day to sit and get to know Captain Howie a little better before leaving. He spoke of his life a bit and the decisions that he had made that lead to this moment. We were extremely pleased with every aspect of our wedding day and thankful to have met Captain Howie.
We can’t wait to see our photos and get the video that we can share with our friends and family 🙂
Thank you all so much for making our day so special.
Mackenzie & Eric – Owosso, MI – Fairy Tale Wedding in Hawaii
What a wonderful experience this was! Jodi was so easy to talk to and made everything seem stress-free and flawless. From our pastor, Reverend Rich, to my hair and makeup done by Wade, to our breathtaking photos…this was truly our fairy tale wedding. I would give Hawaii Weddings 5 out of 5 stars, absolutely. I never felt a lack of communication and everyone on the team was so focused on making our special day exactly as we asked. Thank you again, mahalo!
Brittany & Chris – Queensland, AUSTRALIA – Hawaii Sunset Wedding
Wow! Where do I begin? Everything about our wedding experience was absolutely amazing! Hawaii Weddings went above and beyond for our wedding at Pirates Cove. I would give 10 stars if possible. Jodi was quick to reply to our emails and called us internationally to discuss details. Michael spoke beautifully at the ceremony, and it was a special surprise to have him sing and play the ukulele. Wade did an outstanding job on my hair and makeup! Last but not least, we will forever have amazing photos thanks to Fernando. We loved them so much that we ended up increasing our package. Many many thanks from Australia!
Shane & Daniel – North Little Rock, AR – Unforgettable Tropical Paradise Wedding
My husband and I were trying to plan our destination wedding from Arkansas, and just started surfing the web for venues. Hawaiiweddings.com popped up and was so beautiful!! Jodi, Sara, and all the staff at Hawaii Weddings went out of their way with all the help they gave us, even answering their phones on the weekends and when out on errands!! I couldn’t have asked for kinder people, and Cap’t Howie was awesome!!
Our experience with you guys was amazing!!!! We truly were in paradise…we could not have asked for anything else that would have made it more perfect for us and our guests! The house and grounds are very magical! To everyone that worked with us you made our experience very relaxed…from the limo ride to the minute we arrived at the venue. It was seamless and unforgettable!!! Capt. Howie, you are the best! We both felt like you had known us for years, you knew exactly what to say in our ceremony.
The surroundings were perfect, the people were awesome, and the entire day went like a dream. If you are looking for a tropical paradise for your special day, you cannot go wrong with Hawaii Weddings!!
Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts!!!!
Shane & Daniel – August 13th, 2015
Kelsey & Brent – Calgary, AB CANADA – Hawaii Wedding of the Year
We had an absolutely wonderful experience getting married with Hawaii Weddings on June 30, 2015. We enjoyed every moment of our special day as well as the lead up to the wedding! The lovely Jodi & her talented team took care of every detail & made the process so stress-free and enjoyable! Jodi has excellent communication skills & was always quick to respond to emails & had wonderful suggestions when we needed guidance! Wade did an incredible job with the hair & makeup & Fernando did a superb job of going the extra distance to be there for our first reveal & our dinner after our ceremony. I can’t wait to see all the pictures!! Every moment of our wedding day was so special & using Hawaii Weddings was absolutely the perfect way for us! I would highly recommend this route for anyone planning a Hawaiian wedding. You can have confidence that the Hawaii Weddings team will customize your wedding & far exceed your dreams of your perfect day!
Kelsey & Brent
Lisa & Sal – Clarksville, TN – Beach Wedding Ease
The happiest day of my life! I can’t thank you enough for how special you all made Sal and I feel! It was smooth sailing from the start! If you’re getting married in Hawaii then Hawaii Weddings is the way to go!! such a great experience.
Deana & Gary – Myrtle Beach, SC – Hawaii Beach and Waterfall Wedding
Dear Capt. Howie and Hawaii Weddings staff,
Gary and I would like to express our immense gratitude to all of you for making our wedding absolutely perfect! It truly was everything we wanted it to be!
When I began researching weddings in Hawaii, everything was so formal! With this being a second marriage for both of us we wanted it to be laid back, fun, casual & beautiful all at the same time! You did exactly that for us! You made the planning process so easy and non-stressful! The one concern I had was the pictures. When Jodi told me that the photographer would choose the pictures we would get in our package I was extremely nervous and honestly concerned. However, I worried for absolutely no reason because the pictures we received were perfectly stunning! Our photographer captured all the feeling, excitement, and beauty of the day! He even allowed us to choose some special poses that we felt really fit our new family! We are also so glad that we chose to have the video done of our special day! The videographer was amazing and he got things that we never even knew he was getting. I can’t express enough how much I love the video with the music you put with it! I cry
every time I watch it!
I am so thankful that I found Capt. Howie in my search! He gave us the day we truly wanted to have and he included our 3 adult boys in the ceremony as well! It truly could not have been a more perfect ceremony that suited us and who we are!
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Mahalo and Aloha!
Deana & Gary Brown
Rozina & Shervin – City of Angeles – Wedding at Angels Bay
When we decided to get married in Hawaii, we were very nervous trusting our whole day to a stranger. We decided to get married alone and we are from Los Angeles. From the very beginning, Jodi answered every one of our emails within 24 hours, answered all our questions over the phone regardless of the time difference. Captain Howie and Jodi love what they do and are amazing at it. Our pictures are phenomenal. The sound, the waves in the background, and our personal vows were all readily heard.
We were so impressed with the workmanship and the artistry. We would recommend them at any price, but the fact they are so affordable is simply a bonus! Go no further–you’ve found the one you want for your wedding day. I read on the reviews that they treat you like family and we were skeptical, but it is absolutely true. The day was absolutely perfect. We felt like family from day one and we cannot wait to see them again for our vow renewal. We cannot stress enough how wonderful they were. They handled it all. Book them today! We want to thank you all for making our Hawaii wedding so beautiful and special. From the beginning, the process was so easy and stress-free. We are very thankful for all you did to make our day special. It was perfect and wonderful in every way thanks to Captain Howie, Jodi, Piloni and wade. Everything came out perfect! The location was perfect! The photographer was awesome and the beach was gorgeous! ”
Rozina & Shervin
Emily & Jack – Brentwood, TN – Hawaiian Sunset Wedding
We want to send kudos to everyone at Hawaii Weddings! Your team did an amazing job from start to finish and we couldn’t have been more pleased with the process, the team and the location. A truly magical experience!!! We have only the best things to say about it all. Every aspect was so easy and incredibly enjoyable from hair and makeup with Faye, the videography with Marty, our photographer Fernando and of course our humorous officiant Rev. Rich. Even before the wedding date we’ve had easy communication with Jodi and Sara on the phone and via email.
Jack was so impressed that Rev. Rich seemed to know so much about us from the moment we stepped out of our car in the parking lot. I loved that! The team really made us feel so very comfortable and made the moment that much more amazing. You and your team do a fabulous job and we could not have asked for anything more perfect than what we received from your entire team! Thank you! You make this look so easy.
With the greatest appreciation,
Emily & Jack
p.s. Oh my gosh, please pass along our many thanks to the Hawaiian musician who made us fall in love with the ukulele too! They kept calling him the Hawaiian Elvis!
Melissa & Tony – Anchorage, AK – Perfect Hawaii Beach Wedding
Hello! We got married with Hawaii Weddings on May 31st. Wade did my hair/makeup PERFECT and everything else was perfect also. It was so laid back and the photographer was nice and chill and funny. The minister was awesome too. We are very happy with everything from you guys did and would highly recommend you forever! Our guests told us it was the best wedding they have ever been to. Thank you!
Nicole & Jeremy – Sacramento, CA – Beautiful Beach Wedding Hawaii
Jodi, Captain Howie & Piloni we want to thank you for making our special day so absolutely amazing! Captain Howie’s wise words and the spiritual harmony are truly one of a kind. We are blessed to have been able to have Captain Howie perform our ceremony in such a beautiful location. Our day was so perfect that it felt like a dream that had come true. Thank you again for making our special day one of the most beautiful and memorable days ever!
Mahalo and Lot’s of love,
Nicole & Jeremy
Camille & John – Randolf, UT – Magical Hawaii Wedding
April 23, 2014, was our magical day. I called and spoke with Jodi at your office and with only a couple weeks planning she helped me pull off an amazing trip for me and my family.
We arrived on a Monday, I proposed that evening and our wedding was on that Wednesday. What a beautiful place on the beach. Limo for ten and flowers! Amazing job with short notice. My wife, daughters, and the rest of my family that went and home cannot believe that I pulled off something so romantic. I could have never done it without you.
We are still going strong over a year later and talk about our return trip to your piece of paradise.
Mahalo and thank you from both our hearts,
John & Camille
Shea & Rich – Normandy Park, WA – Lovely Beach Wedding Hawaii
Thank you and your staff so much for the wonderful day. Everything was great, the ceremony was beautiful, and everyone involved was wonderful. It was stress-free and lovely! Can’t wait to see the pictures!
Heather & Charlene – Pflugerville, TX – Catamaran Wedding Hawaii
Dear Captain Howie, Wade, Marty, Fernando and the rest of the staff at Hawaii Weddings,
We would like to thank you so much for making our Wedding the memorable, special, and truly smooth and easy day it was! Upon our referencing and researching for a destination for our wedding and finding your website, we knew immediately this was the place for us to start our lives together. We opted for the unique experience of the Catamaran Wedding. We knew there was a 50% option that due to the weather, this could not be accomplished at this time of year. We picked a backup plan; however, you all made our dreams come true and our blessed event the one that we truly wanted. We started our day at 4AM with Wade doing hair and makeup for two (not an easy task for any man). Luckily he was truly sweet, charming, funny, and all around a terrific start to our day. He put us at ease and everything just flowed from there. He is a wonderful asset to your team. From there, we drove to the launching ramp for the catamaran. There we met Captain Howie for the first time! He is a treasure and a whole lot more than what is shown on the website. With his GOPRO and a few instructions, we launched the boat. He gave our 11-year-old son a 60 second tutorial on how to “Captain the boat” then he gave the helm to him. The boy was a natural and made it look easy, while Captain Howie took video and pictures of our 10-mile adventure to our beach destination for our wedding ceremony. From there we changed our clothes, while Marty and Fernando set up for pictures and more video. We gave them a few songs that are sentimental to us and asked them to collaborate and come up with some island tunes to mix with our video. The variety of styles the two gentlemen have been truly amazing and we can’t wait to see what all they came up with. (I know the tree stump/coconut haupia cake with glasses was a first for Fernando and it looked beautiful). Not to mention that was the best tasting cake! The ceremony was both spiritual and personalized for us and our family. After a short picnic lunch and change of clothes, we were off again to sail back to port. The day was picture perfect, our dream, and one which our entire family will always love and remember.
Cheryl & Scott – Sherwood Park, AB CANADA – A Wonderful Wedding
Aloha Captain Howie and the gang at Hawaii Weddings,
We thank you all so much for making our March
18th 2015 wedding day a breeze. All the e-mails and
phone calls with Sara were great. She made sure
every thing was in order and I truly thank her for
that. Thank you to Fe who turned me into a beautiful
bride. A special thank you for that! Thank you, Capt.Howie
for winging it ;). As you said, it just made our ceremony
that much more special. The cakes, the flowers, and the
photo/videography were all so wonderful.
Scott and I truly thank you all!!!!!!
Scott and Cheryl Holloway
Stacy & Brian – Kaufman, TX – Perfect Wedding Day
Thank ya’ll so much for everything!! Our wedding day was perfect! Everybody on your crew was wonderful to work with and the packages you offer took all of the stress out of the planning. In addition, the view at this beach is phenomenal! Would highly recommend this company to anyone looking to get married in Hawaii!! Thank you again!
Married March 10th, 2015
Farrah & Alfeo – Long Beach, CA – Aloha & Mahalo for a beautiful Beach Wedding
Dearest Capt. Howie & the gang,
You have such a great team, from the multiple calls and many questions answered by Sara to the moment we stepped out of the plane and Jodi made sure we landed safely. She was also there to greet us, outside of the hobbit house and offer help right away, to the fantastic job of Fe with my hair & makeup; she made me look glamorous, to the magnificent video & photo session we had with Marty & Piloni. And of course, we are also thankful for a very spiritual, meaningful, beautiful and perfect ceremony on one of the most serene beaches in Hawaii with Capt. Howie. The entire staff made us feel like Ohana!
We will forever thank you for that once-in-a-lifetime experience with you and the gang, and always treasure our memories. You have made our dreams come true. It was just like what we had envisioned our wedding to be. Now, we have beautiful pictures to hang on our walls (and we look like models in professional wedding magazines).
Many, many thanks for your outstanding professional service, exceptional workmanship, the quality of pictures and video, and your willingness to go above and beyond our expectations. We have been very pleased with the kindness and manners of each and everyone we encountered. Your “aloha spirit” is greatly appreciated.
Aloha & Mahalo,
Married Sept. 19th, 2014
Camila & Rafael – Porto Alegre BRAZIL – Beach Wedding Hawaii
Dear Captain Howie and the gang,
It has been 6 months since our wedding ceremony on the beautiful Angel’s Bay beach. There is no single day that we do not transport ourselves to the incredibly good vibe of July 24th….that sea, that sand, that sunshine…
The wise words were spoken by Capt. Howie has become a spiritual guide to our lives since then. The magic that happened that week will stay in our hearts and souls forever.
Our families here in Brazil were impressed by the great quality of the wedding video and photos taken. It is surely one of the best choices we made in life, to register our special wedding moment with you guys.
We are already looking forward to renewing our vows in the future with all of the gang in Hawaii.
We wish you all the best and hope to see you soon!
Aloha and Namaste from Brazil,
Married July 24th, 2014
Kelly & Ronald – Waianae, HI – Hawaii Beach Wedding
Dear Hawaii weddings team,
First I want to say a huge thank you to everyone. Our wedding was perfect and we couldn’t be happier.
I was thrilled with my hair and makeup, Wade did an amazing job.
We cannot wait to see our pictures. We saw some on the back of the camera and they looked great!
The service went with out a hiccup.
And thank you for working with me with the changes I kept making.
We wouldn’t have changed a thing.
Carmen & Darin – Katy, TX – Hawaii Beach Vow Renewal
Thanks so much for making our day so awesome! We had the perfect day at Hawaii Weddings! Everything was beautiful and we will always remember our 10th wedding anniversary because of the wonderful day you created for us! It truly was the best day ever! Thanks again and aloha! 🙂
Darin and Carmen Davis
Latonya & Loren – Wesley Chapel FL -Memorable Hawaii Beach Wedding
Most little girls dream of their wedding day and how perfect it’s going to be. Well, I was never one of those little girls. But if I were, nothing in my wildest dreams could have prepared me for our wedding with Hawaii Weddings!
I originally began speaking with Sara in January of 2012 about a 10/11/12 wedding date. Due to my husband’s commitment to serving this country, our wedding date was changed. As the months and years went by, my wedding package changed several times and Sara helped me along the way. She was truly amazing and extremely patient.
People thought that I was crazy to travel from Tampa, FL to be married, especially since we live in one of the top wedding destinations in the world. But, when I learned of Capt. Howie, Pukalani Falls Garden, Angel’s Bay, and the entire staff – I was beyond impressed and nothing was going to keep me from the dream wedding location.
Everything about our wedding package and wedding day was PERFECT. Wade, the make-up artist made me look and feel like a Perfect Angel. Then, Fernando, the photographer captured each special moment that my entire family shared. Our ceremony was superb. I will never forget Captain Howie’s words to Loren and me as it rained during our ceremony. We cannot say enough wonderful things about Hawaii Weddings and our memorable event!
At 10:11 on 12/13/14, Capt. Howie pronounced us as Husband & Wife and we are forever grateful.
LaTonya & Loren Poole
Married Dec. 13th 2104
Kelly & Jason – Albany W AUSTRALIA – Stress-free wedding
Dear Captain Howie, Sara, Jodi and the entire team at Hawaii Weddings,
Aloha, Our wedding on October 15th 2014 will be a day that we will cherish and remember forever. Your website (www.hwold.elcadia.com) made planning and organizing our wedding so easy and stress-free.
A huge thank you to Wade for doing such an amazing job on my hair and makeup, Fernando for the amazing photos at Pukalani Falls & Angel’s Bay, and Marty the videographer who captured our special day.
To Captain Howie, thank you so much for conducting our ceremony which was incredible, unique, and interesting. The tropical garden scenery for our wedding was simply stunning and breathtaking.
I cannot thank all of you enough for making this day so incredibly wonderful and special.
Kelly & Jason Reside
Albany, Western Australia
Sarah & Brian – Sultan, WA – Special Wedding Day December 13th, 2014
Aloha Hawaii Weddings Family from the Great Pacific Northwest.
Captain Howie, Sara, Jodi, and Team,
We wanted to take a minute to thank you all for the most wonderful and magical experience of our lives on our special wedding day, December 13th, 2014. From the time we walked in the gate, we felt like we were at home. We cannot say enough about how amazing this staff/family was – from our makeup artist, Wade, who went above and beyond all of our expectations making my wife and me comfortable, relaxed, and at home…to our fantastic photographer Paloni, how patient and kind he was with us; he is a remarkable photographer/artist. The wedding photos are better than we could have ever imagined.
Captain Howie is the most beautiful, spiritual soul that we have ever encountered. His genuine love for life and the lives he touches every day is beyond anything you can comprehend without the pleasure of meeting his beautiful soul in person. He truly touches your spirit. Our ceremony was exactly what we imagined it would be. Perfect.
The hobbit house and this immaculate property are one of the most breathtaking, spiritual, and peaceful places that we have ever encountered. From the lush green gardens to the tranquil waterfall, the many Koi ponds, and of course we won’t forget the turquoise blue ocean and perfect white sand beaches – it truly is a dream come true! Our wedding license was filed immediately, we received it within 2 weeks and on the 4th week, we received our wedding photos and video. We cannot find words to express the amazing job that was done! The pictures are phenomenal and captured us so beautifully, and the video is our most priceless possession.
Angel’s Bay is the most magical place we could have ever picked to be married!
Thank you again to our extended family, Howie, Sara, Jodi, Wade, and Piloni. We are forever grateful to you all for making our wedding such a stress-free and perfect time in our lives. Mahalo!
With All Our Love,
Brian and Sarah Kladnick
Married December 13th, 2014
Lisa & David – Queensland, AUSTRALIA -Perfect Beach Wedding Hawaii
Thank you, Captain Howie and team!
Right from the beginning, I knew that this would be the place for us.
Sara was a great coordinator. I had suggestions for the bouquet and she sorted them out wonderfully. I was emailing and changing our plans every week, but she took it onboard and made our adjustments. I couldn’t have asked for better organization.
Fernando, our photographer, was wonderful; our photos came out beautifully! He talked us into more photos, and they were worth it.
Our videographer, Marty, was also great; our video was so personal and truly lovely. I’ve watched it several times.
Captain Howie was spectacular; he definitely made our ceremony and vows special. His personal touches made the difference between a usual wedding and our spiritual and meaningful experience.
The flowers were very beautiful and unique. I loved them so much! We got the purple leis and boutonniere as well a custom bouquet. Everything was well worth it. All of the flowers were perfect.
We had the passion fruit (lilikoi) cake and it was the best cake ever…very light, fluffy and so delicious. Really wish we had the recipe!
The venue was a beautiful wooden house with an even more beautiful garden, koi ponds, and waterfall. Angel’s Bay was wonderful for sunrise photos. We had an incredible day thanks to this great team.
Living in Australia, with no way of actually seeing the venue before the day, it was very nerve-racking but everything was even better than we saw in the photos online. It took a lot of trust to organize everything by email and phone, but I wouldn’t change anything. It was perfect!
Lisa and David Forkings
Married on the 22nd of September 2014
Melinda & Pete – South Lyon, MI – Waterfall Wedding Hawaii
Pete and I were seeking a simple, intimate, and anything but “traditional” marriage ceremony. Being business owners we can be limited on time as well as flexibility with long range planning. We did have a vision to travel to a tropical and peaceful place but lacked confidence on an actual destination. I wanted beauty, but couldn’t decide between a beach and sand or a waterfall. Very shortly into my Internet search, I located “Hawaii Weddings”. Based on the extremely well laid-out and informative website, it took only a few minutes to identify this location and its team as the ultimate and most perfect destination. I instantly had an overwhelming sense that I found the most beautiful and peaceful destination ever imagined. I no longer had to choose between a waterfall or a beach because here, you literally have it all! Captain Howie and his awesome team of associates not only met our expectations, they exceeded by far on every possible detail.
I absolutely loved the informational video posted on the website: “we are not for everyone”, and I learned that this was so true. If you are searching for beautiful, peaceful, uniquely memorable and divinely spiritual — this is your destination!
Pete and Melinda Brewis
Married Oct. 25th 2014
South Lyon, Michigan
Yukiko & Josh – JAPAN, Beach Wedding Hawaii
To Captain Howie, Sara, Jodi, and the entire team at Hawaii Weddings,
We would like to thank you all for making our special day even more memorable than we had hoped. We will always remember the support we received from the Hawaii Weddings team!
It was a pleasure dealing with Sara and Jodi, who always replied promptly and were always reassuring with their words. They truly gave us the peace of mind we needed. It can be stressful planning a wedding from overseas, but there wasn’t a moment of stress on our part. Thank you, Sara and Jodi, for putting our minds at ease!
Every part of this experience was top-notch, from the beginning to the end. Fe did a fantastic job on Yuki’s hair and makeup. She was very personable and friendly and was a pleasure to talk to. Fernando’s experience and expertise were quite evident on the day of the photo shoot and we’d like to thank him for his professionalism. Thanks to him, we have beautiful pictures we will be looking at fondly for the rest of our lives. And I don’t want to forget the limousine, which was turning heads to and from the hotel. Thank you for sending it, along with the courteous and professional driver!
This brings us to Captain Howie. To this day, Yuki mentions his ceremony and is impressed by his words. The Captain came as advertised — lots of character, compassion, and words of wisdom. Thank you, Captain Howie, for performing our wedding ceremony. We came to Hawaii for a wedding, but you gave us something more meaningful — a marriage!
Thanks again to the team. Because of all of your efforts, the only thing we had to worry about was the weather!
Josh and Yuki
Married Oct. 7th 2014
Karen & Travis – North Bridge, Western AUSTRALIA, Hawaii Beach Wedding
Dear Captain Howie & Team,
Thank you so much for making our wedding day absolutely perfect! From the moment we saw your website, we knew that Hawaii Weddings was right for us. We wanted a stress-free, unique wedding in a beautiful location and that’s exactly what we got. Every one of our guests commented to us afterward on what a fantastic wedding it was and how much they enjoyed the day (many of them said it was the best wedding they’d ever been to!).
Thank you, Sara and Jodi, for assisting us in organizing the day. You were an absolute pleasure to deal with, helpful and friendly in responding to all of our queries. In the lead up to our wedding, our friends and family kept commenting that it didn’t seem like we were doing much in way of preparation but, in combination with the website, you made it so easy to plan that there really wasn’t much for us to do.
A massive thank you to Fe, who did my and my mother’s hair and makeup. You are nothing short of a magician! I’ve never received so many compliments and, in some cases, I’ve to convince friends and family who couldn’t attend that it really is me in the photos! It was lovely chatting to you while you worked your magic and we both appreciated your efforts to ensure that our hair and makeup was exactly how we wanted it.
Marty (video) and Fernando (photos) – you were fantastic and made us feel so at ease. Thank you for giving us such beautiful reminders of our wedding day with an amazing video and stunning photos. We initially weren’t going to get a video, as we were a bit shy about being on camera, but we are so happy that we changed our minds. The quality of the video and photos is incredible and we are so thankful that we have a record of Captain Howie’s words.
Though we didn’t get to meet whoever made our wedding cake and our bouquet and lei,. They were respectively delicious and beautiful. Thank you for making those parts of our wedding day as wonderful as the rest.
As for the ceremony itself, the scenery was spectacular and the ceremony was perfect. Thank you, Captain Howie, for your heartfelt and transfixing words. Everyone was very impressed with the clever way you personalized the ceremony and we are truly appreciative of the insights and guidance you gave us for our married life together. You are an incredibly interesting, remarkable, and inspiring person and we feel very honored to have met you.
Thank you to you and your wife Deva for opening up your beautiful, enchanting home to enable us to have our dream wedding.
We’ll definitely be back to renew our vows one day!
Aloha and best wishes to you all,
Karen & Travis Frontin-Rollet
Married Sept. 23rd 2014
Diane & Richard – Midlothian, IL – Hawaii Vow Renewal
Dear Capt. Howie and The Gang,
First and foremost, thank you for making our vow renewal so special! It could not have been more perfect. Sara helped make all of the arrangements so easy for us, thank you for going above and beyond to make our day so special. I just want to say our flowers were just amazing! I am so happy with the way they looked, not only to us in person but how they showed up in all of the pictures.
Once we arrived at Pukalani Falls Garden, Jodi greeted us. She was so friendly and helped us feel right at home. Next, I met Wade who did an outstanding job on my hair and makeup. My husband was totally blown away and I felt like a super model!
Let me just say that our photographer, Piloni, was incredible. I wish I had a better superlative for him but I do not. He helped us feel comfortable which made the day extremely enjoyable. You can tell he is so passionate about his work. He noticed every little detail to make sure our experience was exactly like we dreamed it would be. Our photos turned out amazing! Everyone that views them says they are the best wedding photos they have ever seen. We have to keep telling people that this is not a fake backdrop and this place really exists.
The garden at Pukalani Falls and Angel’s Bay Beach were beyond breathtaking. At one point I said to my husband, “Can you believe we are here?” It was just an unreal experience that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. The ceremony with Capt. Howie was so incredible, so heartfelt and sincere. He really made our vow renewal personal and touched our hearts with his beautiful words.
I cannot thank all of you enough for making this day so incredibly special for my husband and I. We feel blessed to have met all of you and the memories will last a lifetime.
Diane & Richard Murphy
Vows Renewed on Sept. 4th 2014
Cathy & Pat – Kelowna, British Columbia CANADA – Hawaii Destination Wedding
Pat & I would like to thank you all for making our wedding day so absolutely wonderful! We seriously could not have been happier. Everything from the flowers, photos, staff, hair & makeup was terrific.
Our family loved every minute of the event as much as we did.
Captain Howie, I (Cathy) think I loved you the most. You are so gentle and kind, supportive and knowledgeable, and I dare anyone to blow the Conch better than you! You included both of our faiths in the ceremony, and I cannot thank you enough for that!
Pat and I are already saying our 5-year renewal will be with all of you!
Thanks again & Aloha!
Cathy & Pat McCullough
Married on March 5th 2014
Susanne & Sebastian – Munich GERMANY – Beach Wedding Hawaii
Aloha Howie, Jodi, and Sara,
Since Susanne and I left Oahu, we have wanted to send you an “Aloha” from us in Germany. As always, unfortunately as well after such a beautiful vacation, the daily life grabs you and time passes quickly. So I mentioned this morning that we are now more than two months married and I really should sit and write you this e-mail.
We really want to thank you for making the 8th of September the most beautiful and wonderful day in our lives. It was like a dream came true. From our first contact with you, we had a good feeling that you were the right team – which was 100% confirmed on our wedding day. And, this definitely includes your photographer. Fernando was a very warm and nice person who gave us such a comfortable feeling. The pictures you sent on the DVD and photo album (mahalo for the upgrade) are so beautiful, even without digital Botox.
We are especially thankful for the deep thoughts of Howie about what makes a relationship so special and strong, his words were 100% right for our ceremony, as we had a really hard start into this year. After our wedding at Waimanalo Beach, we enjoyed the evening at the “House Without a Key” and “Orchids” which were great recommendations. That was the perfect finish for a perfect day.
Mahalo again and kind regards,
Susanne and Sebastian Bartel
Married Sept. 8th 2014
Christina & Vic – Hobart, IN – Hawaii Beach Vow Renewal
Dearest Captain Howie and Gang,
Aloha! We surely miss you all and being able to say that!
We are very sorry that it has taken such long time to write our testimonial, but you have all been on our minds ever since we left! We will forever be grateful from the bottom of our hearts for everything you have done for us. You are all so amazing and beautifully kind-spirited people. We couldn’t have asked for a more inspiring and thoughtful ceremony that came straight from Captain Howie’s heart.
We love how Captain Howie expresses that saying: “I do” between two souls shouldn’t just mean “til death do us part”, but that it truly means forever. We are greatly and forever honored to have shared our exceptional day with all of you.
We truly appreciate how happily attentive and patiently helpful Jodi and Sara in your office, my stylist Fe, and our photographer Fernando, all were. The kids still talk about how Captain Howie was able to blow the conch for such a long time and then take turns trying their very mightiest to blow for just as long as he had on that day. They fell in love with Captain Howie just as we did!
Thank you completely from all of our happy souls!
More Than Sincerely,
The Paris Family
Vows Renewed May 13th 2014
Michelle & Erich – Meridian, ID – Hawaiian Wedding Catamaran Style
To Captain Howie and the entire crew at Hawaii Weddings!
Michelle and I are so happy! The incredible memories that we will share for the rest of our lives from the day we put in your hands will always be cherished. Thanks to all of you for everything.
We received our photos this week. Incredible! And thank you for the photo book, that was unexpected and greatly appreciated!
To Capt. Howie, thank you for your thoughts, your words, your wisdom. We will be taking you with us on our journey.
What a fantastic day!
Erich & Michelle
Married on Sept. 17th 2014
Shelly & Chad – Kingsley, PA – 25th Anniversary Hawaii Vow Renewal
To Everyone At Hawaii Weddings,
We just wanted to thank you all for making our vow renewal, in celebration of our twenty-fifth anniversary, so special. It is truly a day we will never forget. Everything was just perfect!
From Sara & Jodi, who helped answer our questions and made sure all of the details were covered. They made many suggestions to help in making the day special in a unique way. To Pastor Mike, who made us feel very comfortable and spoke to us like he had known us for years. We had our four children with us and they all wrote something and spoke from their heart during the ceremony. Our daughters sang two songs that touched us in a way you could never know. My husband and I both wrote a testimonial to each other and I still tear up when I think about it.
The pictures and the video turned out absolutely beautiful! Everyone was truly wonderful that day. Thank you all again! I would recommend Hawaii Weddings to anyone looking to make memories of a lifetime.
Thank you so much,
Chad & Shelly Hollenbeck
Vows Renewed on Sept. 29th 2014
Belkis & Sergio – Honolulu, HI – 25 Year Hawaiian Vow Renewal
Aloha Capt. Howie and the awesome Hawaii Wedding staff,
Belkis and I would like to start by thanking you all for the outstanding and professional job that your crew did during our25th-year Vow Renewal. Belkis and I met in Puerto Rico 30 years ago when we were just teenagers, and for some reason we knew all along that we would be together. We always wanted to renew our vows in Hawaii, however, because of my job, it made it sometimes difficult to plan. Finally, we did it and what an awesome experience it was. It felt as if I was getting married for the first time all over again!
The pictures have caused a great deal of talk among our family and friends, so much that they all want to come to Hawaii and get either married or renew their vows. In closing, I would like to thank each of you for all you do in making all of our dreams come true in such a professional manner. I will highly recommend Hawaii Weddings to all of my friends.
Sergio & Belkis Ortega
from Manati, Puerto Rico
Vows Renewed on Sept. 19th, 2014
Carla & Julio – Sun Prairie, WI – Wedding at Magical Pukalani Falls
Aloha Captain Howie & Team,
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our wedding day special and memorable! Julio and I met on Match.com in 2010 and wanted to get married in Hawaii. When I viewed videos of Captain Howie, I was drawn to his sincere commitment, devotion, and the enthusiasm he processes for his profession.
When we arrived at Pukalani Falls Garden, we found the setting peaceful, beautiful, and completely magical. We felt at ease and very comfortable with Fern, and are extremely happy with all of our photographs. Fern is from Argentina and Julio is from Uruguay, S. America, so they had plenty to talk about. The cake and the flowers were outstanding and went above our expectations! Sara was always so kind, polite, knowledgeable, and patient with us!
Captain Howie is a true gem and an awesome communicator! He allowed us to relax and focus on our deep love for one another. He emphasized how the commitment we were making should last a lifetime, and how we must be there for each other – forever. We were extremely at peace and are now devoted to our vows for the rest of our lives. His professionalism and love for his work permeate every cell in your body. He is capable of guiding you to completely engage your mind, body, and soul to become one… during one of the most important and unforgettable days of your life.
We want to send a big “mahalo” to all the staff at Above Heavens Gate for making our wedding day just as we had always dreamed it would be!
Love to you all… great job!!!!
Julio and Carla Almeida
Married Sept. 15th 2014
Barb & Martie – Edmonton, AB, CANADA – Married by Capt. Howie
We are extremely confident that anyone looking to book a wedding at Hawaii Weddings will be as pleased and happy as we are. Capt Howie and his team made sure our day was everything that we wanted and more. Unless you know the island well, we recommend the limo. The driver promptly picked us up at our hotel in Waikiki, and we had an enjoyable ride to Capt. Howie’s place. Once there, an assistant took me to have my hair and makeup done while my husband relaxed in the most beautiful surroundings of Capt. Howie’s back yard. The hair and makeup artist, Wade, is very friendly and interesting. He kept me entertained with stories that soothed my nerves. And, by the way, he did a fantastic job. The photographer, Piloni, also did a fantastic job! When I first saw our pictures, I was taken back wondering if that was really us. Piloni was very flexible and took every pose that I wanted. He was very patient working with us old people with frozen smiles. Simply put, he made us laugh! We were also very surprised to receive a coffee table book of our pictures. People that we have shown it to can’t believe how beautiful our pictures are! Capt. Howie is the most remarkable human being. Never before in our lives have we met a man that radiates so much love! We could feel it in our hearts. His interpretation of God and the soul were so powerful! Capt. Howie truly is the most wonderful, caring person I have met in a very long time. His ceremony was very touching.
This is the place to be married if you want no stress. Everything was done as we wanted, with just a simple phone call and a few emails. Pukalani Falls Garden is beautiful, the beach is spectacular, and Capt. Howie and his staff are the warmest and most accommodating people. If you are eloping or planning a small wedding, Hawaii Weddings is the place to be! We highly recommend this service and location to anyone.
Barb and Martie DeGeer
Married July 5th 2014
Cathy & Crescent – West Sacramento, CA – Hawaii Wedding
I started looking for Hawaii wedding venues two years ago, but from the moment I found your website and spoke with you directly I knew no one else would do. It took two years, but we finally had our Pukalani Falls/Angels Bay wedding! From the moment we saw you at 4:00 a.m. waiting for us in front of the Hobbit House, your sarong blowing gently in the breeze, it was amazing! Our sunrise wedding was a dream.
The best decision we made was opting for the Treasure Chest Package – every single detail was taken care of just beautifully! I had read many rave reviews about Wade’s hair and makeup, and it is all true. He not only did an incredible job, he was sweet and kind and interesting and I loved him!
All of the flowers featured on the website are pretty and I was having the hardest time deciding. Thank you, Sara, for your suggestion of a short cascading bouquet with white orchids, purple orchids and yellow plumerias. It was absolutely gorgeous! Ordering the matching haku was perfect. I loved it so much I wore it for two more days on our honeymoon! Cres really liked his Cooke Isle Maile lei… very elegant. It dried beautifully and we brought it home!Captain Howie, you say in your video that the cakes are delicious and I am sorry but that is just an understatement. We ordered the lilikoi and it was the best cake we have ever had! We enjoyed it during our honeymoon and still had enough left to pack up and bring home. I would say to everyone “don’t miss out on the cake!”
Captain Howie, you say in your video that the cakes are delicious and I am sorry but that is just an understatement. We ordered the lilikoi and it was the best cake we have ever had! We enjoyed it during our honeymoon and still had enough left to pack up and bring home. I would say to everyone “don’t miss out on the cake!”
We had been to the beach at Waimanalo/Angels Bay previously, and it is breathtaking. Our wedding-day sunrise on the beach was every bit as awesome as we had hoped it would be, but we also appreciated knowing that you had a contingency plan in case of rain! And Pukalani Falls? The grounds were more incredible than we had imagined. Our waterfall and garden photos are stunning! We opted for reciting our vows on the beach and that was great, but in hindsight having the ceremony at the incredible Pukalani Falls would have been a bit more private and quiet. We would have also had our beach photos, of course, but would have been better able to hear the music of the wonderful guitarist we added to our package! Still, deciding between Hawaiian guitar music and the sounds of the surf is a pretty tough choice
The highlights video is a gem. We love it, our family loved it, and it will bring us joy for years and years to come! Thank you Fernando and Marty for the photo and video magic. It is no small thing to have the copyright release included with your package. Many photographers and most of the wedding venues in Las Vegas, for example, charge extra for the release and/or you have to buy your photos through them. With the release you provided I was able to go to my favorite camera shop and order quality prints in whatever size and quantity I wanted!
Finally, Sara and Jodi were just beyond wonderful to work with. When we finally met them in person it was like being with family! We also enjoyed your lovely wife Deva, the parrots, and the cats. And to you, Captain Howie, we offer our extra special thanks for the words and thoughts you offered during our wedding ceremony, as well as those you shared at our goodbye. You were worth the wait and we will never forget you.
For all the joy you bring to others, we wish all of you at Above Heaven’s Gate continued health and happiness all the days of your lives.
Crescent and Cathy Cavanaugh
Married September 10th 2014
Yuxi & Xiang – Shanghai CHINA – Married in Hawaii
Dear Captain Howie & Staff,
Thank you a lot for making our Hawaiian Wedding dreams come true. After deciding to get married in Hawaii, we started searching for a wedding organizer on the internet. Your slogan, “we’re not everyone,” and so many testimonials really caught our eyes. Then we had our initial conversation by phone in the very early morning in Hawaii, which was late night in Shanghai. With your great support, we didn’t have to worry too much about planning a wedding at a location thousands of kilometers away from us.
We are grateful for the wonderful spiritual ceremony. We could feel that Captain Howie was trying to understand us and delivered a unique ceremony that touched our hearts. Captain Howie talked to us at a very slow pace, in order to make sure we completely understood every English word.
We highly recommend Above Heaven’s Gate to everyone who wants to experience a unique wedding. The location is beautiful and the staff is wonderful. Thank you again for the amazing experience!
With love and best wishes,
Yuxi and Xiang
Married June 27th 2014
Danielle & Ty – Coos Bay, OR – Wedding in Hawaii
Dear Capt. Howie & Team,
Thank you so much for everyone’s hard work and time to make our wedding amazing. We appreciate your efforts to fix the mistake with the photo book company. Our album turned out beautifully.
It was so incredible to be able to speak to Captain Howie and the team and feel at ease during the planning process. We were confident that everything would be wonderful and we were right. From the cake and flowers to the stylist and photos, our wedding was perfect!
I never thought the process could be so stress-free. I was able to focus on the most important thing, marrying the man of my dreams.
Thank you so much for all the amazing work every member of the team performed. And, I have to say extra special thanks to the gentleman who did my hair and makeup! You made me feel so beautiful on our big day. Also, I’d like to say special thanks to the photographer. My dad is a photographer and he is very much a perfectionist; he thinks the photos are incredible 🙂
Thank you to all of you!
Danielle & Ty Volin
Married May 28th 2014
Lina & Willy – College Point, NY – Hawaii Beach Wedding
Dear Capt. Howie and the Gang,
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all so deeply for the unforgettable moments spent during our wedding ceremony at Angel’s Bay this past June 7th, 2014. From the moment we entered the enchanting white sands of Angel’s Bay and captured the view of the turquoise waters, we knew that our ultimate dreams had come true! The entire process, from day 1 to the actual moment when you said: “ You may kiss the bride”, was as smooth as the white sands beneath our feet. We would like to give a big shout out to you of course, for making this dream come true, and the following team members…
Jodi & Crew: For helping us throughout the planning stages of our wedding – questions/emails were answered promptly and thoroughly.
Makeup/Hair Stylist: For a fantastic job done! My wife’s hair and makeup were captivating!
Photographer: Fantastic job done on our photo package – very experienced and courteous.
Videographer: Amazing job! HD quality and Sound! Highly recommended, thank you!
Musician: High quality, very articulate and professional musician- The Hawaiian songs were a true compliment
to our dream beach wedding – our favorite, “My Little Grass Shack.”
Captain Howie: We would not have been able to do this without our love, you, and your wonderful team. Our friends and family from New York and Colombia all agree on your level of commitment and professionalism during our wedding. Your words during our ceremony were beautiful! Thank you!
Lina & Willy Serrano
Married June 7th 2014
Trina & Oliver – Freeport, NY – Vow Renewal in Hawaii
Dear Rev. Captain Howie & The Gang:
We want to say “THANK YOU”!!!
ALL of you made our renewal of vows a dream come true. It was everything I wanted my wedding to be (since we went to the justice of peace initially). Everything was perfect from the flowers to the ceremony! We are still blown away with the entire experience at Above Heaven’s Gate.
Our day at Pukalani Falls Garden started with being greeted by Rev. Captain Howie, who led us to Wade, the hair and make up artist (magic man). Wade was very comforting while performing his magic to make me into the most beautiful women right before my husband’s eyes.
The photographer, Fern, did an amazing job capturing the emotions of love my husband and I expressed silently toward each other in every picture. His directions were easy to follow and made the experience enjoyable.
The videographer, Marty, did an outstanding job with the highlights video. We’ve watched it at least 3 times a day since we received the DVD. This part of the video made it easy to share our wedding with our family and friends. Big Hit! Love It!
The ceremony, Oh My God! The spirituality and blessings that we received from Rev. Captain Howie during our ceremony were heartfelt and moved us emotionally. We hung on his every word and with each blessing, we felt a new chapter in our life beginning. Thank you again.
We would be remiss if we did not thank Sara, whose expertise as a wedding planner helped us to choose the wedding arrangements that fit our needs. It couldn’t have been a more perfect day!
We just want to tell anybody who may be contemplating having their ceremony performed by Rev. Capt. Howie that the first thing we did when we got home was to advise our unmarried children to get married with Above Heavens Gate, and that is the biggest compliment we could give to their wonderful team. See you in ten years!!!
Mr. & Mrs. Laurie
Vows Renewed Aug. 20th 2014
Jade & Andrew – Western AUSTRALIA – Destination Wedding Hawaii
We have so much to say thank you for, it would most likely fill a book! First off, thank you for making our special day that much more meaningful; being that we didn’t have any family or friends there, you all felt like family to us and it warms my heart to know that, even on the other side of the world, there are people who are willing to make others feel at home.
Our day started off kind of upsetting as we didn’t have anyone there with us to witness our ceremony, but that all changed the moment we were welcomed at the gate by the warmest smile and kindest heart, Wade. It just put all the things we were upset about in the past and we knew our day was going to be amazing. Walking through your gates, Howie, was absolutely breathtaking! We have never seen a place so beautiful and serene. We will never forget what Pukalani Falls Garden looks like because it is a permanent video in our minds.
Wade did an amazing job with my hair and makeup. With no trials or anything, he knew exactly how to make me look stunning. I can’t even make myself look that good! I felt like I had known him forever and his company made me feel at peace.
Sara, even though we didn’t get to meet you, we want to say thank you. Thank you for organizing everything. You did everything perfectly and we couldn’t have been happier. My flowers were better than what I ever imagined and I still can’t get the smell of the pikake flower out of my senses; they were heavenly!
Our photographer and videographer were amazing and our photos and video… wow, they are amazing! We were speechless when they arrived the other day! I (Jade) must admit, I cried and cried. They are beyond brilliant! Marty and Piloni are both extremely talented and we are so pleased they captured our day.
The moment we met you, Howie, it felt like you were a family member! You have a spirit that just draws people in and warms their souls. Thank you, thank you, and thank you! You are a one-of-a-kind soul, and also cheeky. Our ceremony was perfect and when you spoke it felt like someone was wrapping a warm soft blanket around our shoulders and protecting us from all the upsetting things going on in our family and in the world.
Your home is honestly unbelievable! I never knew homes that beautiful existed, but they do and you have created your own heaven. Howie, I want you to know how special you are; you didn’t only marry my soul mate and me, you gave me a new sense of being, the way you spoke made my heart and soul feel pure again. I left your home feeling completely whole.
There is no way to thank you all enough! We love you all
Lots of love from Jade and Andrew Kemp
Married Aug. 23rd 2014
Ofelia & Larry – Denver, CO – Hawaii Vow Renewal
Greetings Captain Howie,
Hope all is well! Also, just wanted to thank you once again for the wonderful wedding arrangements you and your staff provided Ofelia and I and to let you know that we’ve authored the following review (below) on Wedding Wire as promised. It was certainly a pleasure to meet you and the staff and we hope to visit Hawaii once again where we will most certainly stop by to visit.
Our best wishes,
Larry and Ofelia
Captain Howie and his professional staff at Hawaii Weddings made our vow renewal ceremony absolutely perfect! Our dream of a flawless and magical Hawaiian wedding came true thanks to the great coordination and attention to detail provided by Captain Howie, Sara, Jodi, Piloni and many others at Hawaii Weddings. We will forever be grateful.
The hair and makeup, cake, and especially the flowers exceeded our expectations! Everything was perfect! In addition, we have never seen such a beautiful place, where our ceremony was held, that compares to Pukalani Falls! This garden and waterfall scenery is absolutely stunning!
Most importantly, the ceremony itself was like no other. Captain Howie, with his unique style and genuine sincerity, performed a ceremony that we will treasure forever. It touched our hearts and souls and at one point we couldn’t help but shed tears of joy during the event.
Hawaii Weddings went above and beyond to make our wedding day special, unique, and memorable in every way. I had no idea that just six months earlier when I made the initial call and spoke to Captain Howie, that they would make sure the entire process was stress-free for the two of us.
We will treasure our video and photos for the rest of our lives and be thanking our friends at Hawaii Weddings for helping put together such an incredible day. Given our wonderful experience, we will be highly recommending Hawaii Weddings to everyone we know who has wedding plans in their future.
Our heartfelt thanks to Captain Howie and all the staff at Hawaii Weddings!
Larry & Ofelia
Vows Renewed on Sept. 5th 2014
Natalie & Miles Kirkley – Fate, Texas – Hawaii Wedding
Aloha from Fate Texas,
Wow, our Hawaii wedding day was absolutely perfect! We came all the way from Fate Texas and we had high expectations. Our expectations were exceeded! We had a sunrise wedding so my appointment with the stylist was at 4am. Everyone greeted me with a warm welcome. My hair and makeup turned out beautifully, the scenery was breathtaking, Captain Howie and all staff made my day exactly as I had imagined.
Natalie & Miles Kirkley
Married June 13th 2014
Frank and Katrina Beham – Sligo, Pennsylvania – Wedding Hawaii
Captain Howie married us on May 13th at Angels Bay Beach. It was definitely our dream come true wedding. Absolutely gorgeous! We were very pleased with the package we got, the “Rainbow” Beach Wedding. Everything went very smoothly on our special day. Our pictures and video were amazing! They will be memories we cherish forever. We would recommend Above Heaven’s Gate to anyone.
Thanks for such a wonderful Hawaiian wedding experience!
Frank and Katrina Beham
Married May 13th 2014
Melissa and Michael Platt – Dunelin, Florida – Hawaii Wedding Services
Dear Captain Howie and Staff,
Sorry it took a little time to extend my gratitude to you and your wonderful staff. I will say you have the most extraordinary sanctuary and provide a service to couples alike to share in one of the most memorable moments in one’s life. When I found your website, I scoured through every link, every photo to find the “gotcha” tag but there was none. Your honesty and simplicity were a great find, as many other Hawaii wedding services entailed so many moving parts. From the first call to arriving on our wedding day, you and your staff have been ready to answer questions, phone calls, and emails. We send a special “thank you” to Jodi and Sara for making the planning process of a Hawaiian wedding a stress-free reality.
Now for the wedding day, I could not thank you, Wade and your wonderful photographer enough! Each one of you had a special impact on us that day. Wade not only made me feel at ease with conversation about our love of food, he also made me look and feel beautiful. When I had no plan, he got right down to business and produced a masterpiece. I never felt so beautiful in my entire life. The photographer, Piloni, made us feel like supermodels and let us sneak a peek at a few of the shots. This man knows his craft! Lastly, Capt. Howie, thank you for taking the time to get to know us and delivering such an amazing, heart felt ceremony. You hit the nail right on the head with every word, you even got the groom a little teary eyed!
Pukalani Falls, the Hobbit House, and Angel’s Bay cannot be compared and provided the most romantic, peaceful, and serene setting any bride could hope for. I could not imagine getting married anywhere else. Mahalo for the wonderful memories!
Melissa and Michael
Married June 13th 2014
Amy & Christopher Adams – Fairbanks, Alaska – Hawaiian Wedding
Hello Capt. Howie and everyone and Hawaii Weddings,
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 Hawaii Weddings!!!
Amy & Christopher Adams
Married June 21st 2014
Kristin and Tim Dortch – Lawrenceville, GA – Weddings Hawaii
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 Hawaii Weddings 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 Hawaii Weddings 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 Hawaii Weddings.
Married May 14th 2014
Glen & Yuri Piskula • Tucson, Arizona • Weddings Oahu
My wife and I used Hawaii Weddings 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 staring 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 was 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 Hawaii Weddings!
Glen & Yuri Piskula
Vows Renewed May 20th 2014
Mike and Lynn Campbell • Sykesville, Maryland • Vow Renewal Hawaii
Dear Capt. Howie and the Crew,
Let’s start with what attracted us to Hawaii Weddings – your website. Our friends found your site while browsing for vow renewals in Hawaii. Once they saw hwold.elcadia.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 were 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 Hawaii Weddings without hesitation!
Mike and Lynn Campbell
Vow renewed May 19th 2014
Kate & Daniel Lorraway • Queensland, Australia • Planning a Hawaii Wedding
Dear Capt. Howie and his Team,
My partner and I were recently married at Angels Bay Beach on Wednesday, the 28th of May.
We would like to pass on a huge ‘thank you’ to Capt. Howie and the team for putting together such an amazing day that we will never forget. We are based in Brisbane, Australia and none of this could have gone ahead without the help and patience of Sara and Jodi, with steady communication via email. Sara and Jodi made the whole process stress-free and well planned (an amazing help for a bride!!) with their continuous guidance, which really put me at ease.
A huge thank you to Sara and Jodi for making the “Planning a Hawaii Wedding” process a great experience. I would recommend you to anyone looking to marry overseas. I must confess I still got nervous as our day was organized through email, but with clear communication and amazing planning, I was soon put at ease by the phone call to Sara who had a warm personality and confirmed everything I had wanted.
Capt. Howie, we must thank you. Your performance was not like any other, very spiritual and deep. We could not have asked for more and would not change a thing. Thank you so very much!
The solo Hawaiian musician, Dean, set an amazing mood with his great personality. His music was perfect and I cannot wait to hear the recording of our Hawaii wedding ceremony.
And again, a huge thanks to Capt. Howie and the team! We were very happy with everything and would not change a thing.
Kate & Daniel Lorraway
Married May 28th
Angela and Brian Irish • Cartersville, Georgia • Weddings Hawaii
Dear Captain Howie and staff,
I wanted to thank you all for making our Hawaii wedding so beautiful and special. From the beginning, the process was easy and stress-free. My consultation with Capt. Howie was effortless! I talked with Sara several times and she helped with all the planning. They were great to make recommendations and tried to accommodate every request I had.
The day of our wedding in Hawaii was beyond perfect. I loved my makeup artist/ stylist, Wade. He was so warm and supportive. Angel’s Bay and Pukalani Falls Garden are gorgeous.
The service by Capt Howie was so lovely and meaningful to us. We will never forget that special moment on the beach. The flowers and photographs were amazing. The photographer was very professional and really put us at ease
I cannot begin to say how much Above Heaven’s Gate meant to us on our wedding day. We are very thankful for all you did to make our wedding experience special. It was perfect and wonderful in every way thanks to Capt Howie and staff.
Angela and Brian Irish
Married March 1st 2014
Christina and Michael Peters • Tustin, California • Hawaii Sunset Beach Wedding
Dear Captain Howie, Reverend Rich, and the gang,
Michael and I would like to extend a heartfelt MAHALO to your entire team at Above Heavens Gate Weddings! I could not have imagined a more beautiful and stress-free event, and it all happened because of your magic. At the beginning, we were concerned that you would not be able to accommodate our quick request since we were hoping to turn an event around in four short weeks, but luckily you had an opening at our hoped for the date, time, and location. From that moment, I knew it was meant to be.
It also helped that Jodi and I were able to plan the whole thing in less than twenty minutes! Talk about my kind of wedding planning…. if only everything in life was so simple. Sara and Jodi were an absolute joy to work with. They kindly answered all of my silly questions and never made me feel anything less than the most important person they were talking to. I was never rushed during our conversations, and they were prompt in answering all of my emails. I’m sure brides can keep you quite busy so I appreciate all the time they spent with me. I guess I should mention that we had a small and intimate ceremony with only two guests, but that didn’t cause Sara and Jodi to make me feel any less special. Leading up to our wedding, Sara and Jodi checked in on us to make sure we knew how to get the Hawaii marriage license, which was an absolute breeze, as well as finalizing other small details.
On the day of our wedding, we spoke with Sara, Jodi, and Reverend Rich to make sure everything was on track for a successful event. Being a constant planner, I was appreciative of their friendly calls, reminders, and organization. The hair and make-up artist arrived promptly and got right to work. She and I talked through all the photos I brought along to make sure we were on the same page for the look I wanted to achieve. She had some great suggestions based on her experience on how we could translate those ideas to make me look amazing. She did great, fast work and left me feeling like the best version of myself.
When I got to Pirates Cove for our Hawaii sunset beach wedding, running fashionably late, my fiancé, Reverend Rich, the photographer, and videographer were all there waiting for me. We got right to work to make sure we could get enough good lighting for photos and time our ceremony to occur while the sun was setting. The photographer and videographer were absolute professionals. I appreciated their constant direction and patience as we worked through shots and poses. The last thing I wanted to think about was how to pose my body to get the right shot for print, and luckily I didn’t have to. I was able to smile, enjoy myself, and let them catch that happiness.
Hawaii’s weather was so good to us. We were concerned that we would lose the sunset as it had been overcast in the days leading up to our ceremony. Mother Nature really cooperated and gave us a clear sky and beautiful sunset. It was the perfect backdrop to Reverend Rich’s thoughtful words. Hearing the waves crash in the background, while the sun set – I definitely thought I was in a dream and was so grateful to have found Hawaii Weddings to help me bring my dream to fruition.
Deepest Thanks and Aloha,
Michael and Christina Peters
Married April 4th 2014
Todd and Cheryl Lewis • Kailua, Hawaii • A Perfect Hawaii Wedding
Dear Captain Howie,
Sorry this has taken so long, but I do want to thank you and your staff for a wonderful day! Wade is a sweetheart and an amazing stylist! My family said I had never looked so beautiful. Everyone was so relaxed and easy-going, yet punctual and competent. The photographer and videographer did an amazing job with the photos and video. The backdrops of Pukalani Falls and Angels Bay are breathtaking and it truly captured the magic of Hawai’i. The flowers were gorgeous, and the Passionfruit cake was the most amazing cake I have ever tasted! Everything went flawlessly, and I couldn’t have asked for an easier and more beautiful wedding!
Captain Howie, your ceremony was beautiful and I truly appreciate that you included the children. Everything was spiritual, but not religious, which is exactly what we wanted. From the bottom of our hearts, thanks to you and your staff for a perfect Hawaii wedding experience!
Todd and Cheryl Lewis
Married Feb. 15th 2014
Julianne & Scot Embry • Pompano Beach, Florida • Hawaii Destination Wedding
Dear Captain Howie, Jodi, and Sara
Scot and I can’t even begin to say how pleased we were with everything on our Hawaii wedding day. It was just perfect!
Being an event planner for many years, I was a bit concerned being so far away and not being able to see the venue in person, conduct a walk-through, etc.
Jodi and Sara made me feel so comfortable, taking care of every detail. From the hair and makeup being on site to the dressing room and flowers available upon arrival, they alleviated any stress on my special day
The photographer, Piloni, was fabulous too, as our pictures turned out beautifully and captured the day so well.
We highly recommend Above Heaven’s Gate to anyone interested in planning a Hawaii destination wedding that features a unique and personalized ceremony within the surroundings of a tropical paradise.
Thank you again.
Julianne & Scot Embry
Married April 25th 2014
Julie and Manny Gutierrez • Hopatcong, New Jersey • Wedding Hawaii
Dear Captain Howie and Staff,
I hope this letter finds you well and happy. I wanted to take a moment to thank you so much for an absolutely wonderful, magical Hawaii wedding. Manny and I have lifetime memories thanks to the professionalism and love from your staff. Everything from start to finish was made easy and stress-free. We both were especially excited to receive the amazing photographs from Piloni! He is a master craftsman and we enjoyed working with him tremendously.
Also, thank you, Captain Howie, for the wonderful books on spirituality and time you spent with us. We both appreciated the private attention you gave us on our special day. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you! Much love to you and your staff of Hawaii wedding planners.
Julie Brenckle & Manny Gutierrez
Married March 19th 2014
Amy & Dean Vallender • Queensland Australia • Hawaii Destination Wedding
Hi Captain Howie & Gang,
Wow, I don’t know where to begin to thank you all for the most amazing day for us! From the best stylist to the professionalism and friendliness of Sara, our day could not have have been any more perfect.
With our Hawaii destination wedding set, the next job was to find someone to create our perfect day. I spent a month looking at so many different companies. The pictures were beautiful and they all sounded good, but I just wasn’t sold. As soon as I clicked on the Above Heavens Gate website and saw Captain Howie on the front screen, I knew this was the right person for us. Something just instantly felt right. I looked no further.
From the beginning, I was always greeted with a friendly email or reply on the other end of the phone. And, to my surprise, Captain Howie even answered our first call. It took no time to lock in my wedding date and plan the day’s events.
The limousine was ready and waiting to take us on the beautiful drive to Pukalani Falls Garden. The makeup artist/hair stylist, Wade, is so talented and personable. Captain Howie’s Hobbit House is a masterpiece, an amazing oasis. I had it in my head I was getting married on the beach; however, Captain Howie’s Pukalani Falls Garden was so serene that I just had to get married there.
Having never been a fan of having photos taken, especially in front of strangers, I was dreading this part of the day. The photographer, Fernando, is amazing! I was blown away with the photos he took and his patience while explaining how to stand and pose ( it is safe to say Elle McPherson’s job is safe. I am no next Top Model 🙂
Not wanting Christian, religious references included in our vows or day, the words Captain Howie spoke meant so much more to us and I will always remember this… Love.
Like the Above Heavens Gate website explains, this isn’t the type of wedding for everyone (mainly not for those who want a very traditional wedding). It was the absolute perfect wedding for us and I wouldn’t have changed a single thing. My parents, who attended are now thinking of coming back to Hawaii and booking a vow renewal with Capt. Howie!
So a huge thank you to Captain Howie and the gang for giving us a Hawaii wedding experience we will treasure, remember, and celebrate forever!
Amy & Dean Vallender
Married March 3rd 2014
Michelle and Tam Giannini • Las Vegas, Nevada • Hawaii Wedding Experience
Thank you Capt. Howie and staff!
Our Hawaii wedding experience with you was much better than we ever anticipated it would be! We feel like you truly felt our energy, both individually and as a couple. We really appreciate your personal and unique attention. You made our wedding in Hawaii the best it could possibly be! All of your staff is amazing, as well as the breathtaking Pukalani Falls Garden and beach at Angels Bay.
Love and Aloha,
Michelle and Tam
Married March 24th, 2014
Matt & Julie Hallett • Devon, England • Catamaran Wedding
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
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
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. The 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
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: hwold.elcadia.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 & makeup. 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
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 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
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
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
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
We would like to thank everyone at Hawaii Weddings 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 pickup 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 Hawaii Weddings to anyone desiring a fantastic Hawaiian wedding.
Karissa and Denver Ervin
Married May 1st 2013
Regina and Cedric Arnold • Atlanta, Georgia • All inclusive Hawaii Wedding
Dear Captain Howie and crew,
Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always dreamed of meeting my Prince Charming, falling in love, and having a fairytale wedding that would begin a successful marriage. Captain Howie and the Above the Heaven’s team made my dream come true!
When Cedric and I first called Above Heaven’s Gate, we only called to inquire about their package prices out of curiosity of what an all inclusive wedding in Hawaii would cost. No proposal had been performed… no ring, no plan to get married yet. But after viewing the website and Jodi exciting us about ALL that you folks could offer, we decided right there on the phone (on the spot) to get married in Hawaii! So Jodi was actually the only witness to our proposal (smile). Before I realized it, I was saying yes to Cedric’s offer to book the Hawaii wedding package and picking out colors and flowers.
Above Heaven’s Gate exceeded our expectations from our first encounter, up to when we were waving goodbye in the limo after the wedding. They were extremely attentive, friendly, very accommodating and professional.
Captain Howie didn’t even know Cedric or me; however, it was very evident that he spoke straight from The Spirit because it felt as though God was speaking directly to us through him. The ceremony was very meaningful, entertaining, and intimate. I wouldn’t change one thing about that magical experience.
If you want a dream wedding with a breathtaking garden, live animals, your very own personal A-List hair and make-up artist, white sands, and a team of help who cares…then call Above Heaven’s Gate and book your Hawaii wedding plans TODAY!
Mr. & Mrs. Arnold
Married Dec. 6th 2013
Lori and Gene Rice • Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania • Hawaii Marriage License
Thank you, thank you so much, everyone!
Our wedding in Hawaii was just perfect. It was everything I could have wanted and more. Pukalani Falls Garden is absolutely captivating. The waterfalls are so lovely! The landscaping is even prettier than it looks in photos online. I especially loved that the garden is private… not public. A breathtaking beach, Angel’s Bay, is right across the street – so we conveniently had pictures taken in both locations!
I was most impressed by the attention to detail from everyone. From making sure we knew exactly how to get our Hawaii marriage license, to choosing the options that best suited us and our budget, you all made everything so easy and so stress-free. I’m glad we opted for the limousine. It was a beautiful and relaxing ride. And, my flowers were gorgeous! Everyone took such good care of us, every step of the way.
To prospective brides and grooms out there, this alone can make or break your day! I had checked out some other wedding places, and I’m so, SO glad we went with Above Heaven’s Gate. We never once felt like a number, a mere cash opportunity, or like we were being rushed. I always felt secure. After my first phone call, everyone knew us by name… that speaks volumes! You all clearly care about what you do, and about your couples. We sensed it through the entire process, but especially on our wedding day. It was beautiful, effortless, and full of genuine warmth… like being among good friends. It simply could not have been any better, and I could not be happier!
Thank you, Captain Howie! I was very touched that you spoke with us before the ceremony, and made our wedding personal. No “script”, no formula…you actually spoke to us, for us, and from the heart. It meant a lot to both of us and was deeply appreciated.
Thank you Piloni for a terrific job “directing” us during our photo shoot and making us feel comfortable, while still having fun! And thank you so much, Jodi, for helping me into my dress (above and beyond the call of duty), and for all your kindness and help throughout!
A heartfelt Thank You to everyone at Above Heaven’s Gate. We had a perfect day that will be treasured always! Highest possible marks!
Lori and Gene
Married Jan. 8th 2014
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