Recommended Wedding services companies in Hawaii

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Hotels, B & B's, Ceremony & Reception sites

The vast renovations are complete, and Turtle Bay Resort is better than ever. Unfortunately, they are also much more expensive than ever, but this is a special place and so we recommend it enthusiastically! For photography and video, it is on our top two list. Take a look at some of our work here. Try renting one of the townhouses, that is the best deal if you don't need an oceanview and are traveling with a medium to large group. Main hotel #- 293-8811.

For northshore B & B's, nothing can compare with Ke'Iki beach bungalows on remote Ke'iki beach. There is no surf at this beach, so it is not overrun with people. Lay in hammocks on the finest beach on oahu with the most sparkling ocean water imaginable. Check out our locations gallery for photos! Go to for prices and reservation info. Ke'nui beach is nearby, and is also a wonderful B & B location. Ke'nui is near Pipeline, so there is much more people and action happening there if that is your thing.

There are too many vacation rentals, estates and B & Bs to list here. Folks love Lanikai, Kailua and the east side going out to the north shore via the old one-lane Kam hwy. Check out the many websites for properties, and be sure to check out the reviews. We love Laie, Kailua, Lanikai and the northshore areas the most! West side at Makaha is lovely, but very hot!

Westin Moana Surfrider is the oldest standing hotel in Hawaii, and is classic, understated Hawaiian elegance. Photography there is superb. Right on the beach in Waikiki, the Grand Salon has been converted into a restaurant and is no longer a ballroom, but you can make reservations for smaller groups after your ceremony. Local people love it as much as visiting couples. Call catering at 923-2889. Please tell them A special Moment sent you!

The Royal Hawaiian Hotel is the other classic, old time Hawaiian Waikiki hotel that we recommend very highly. The architecture is very nice, yet different from the Moana. Photography is outstanding here for sure. Let them know we recommended you! 923-7311

Paradise Cove is located on the Leeward Coast, in the famous Ko'olina area. It is a great place for photos and video. It is hot out there, so we recommend dressing down after Ceremony and Formals are completed. Many love their Luau and show. It is a very large and busy tourist luau spot, so be sure that is what you want. It is not quiet and intimate. Prices are reasonable. Call or email us for more detailed info. Paradise Cove's toll-free number is 800.775.2683.

Sheraton Waikiki hotel has a small room called The Ni'ihau room which has a large lanai overlooking the ocean and Diamond head. That room is very special, and one of a kind in Waikiki. It only seats about 60, but offers you the best view in Waikiki without a doubt. This room is an absolute gem, and we recommend it along with beautiful ballrooms that can accommodate small groups and large receptions of 600+. We recommend that couples be very clear and concise when working with Sheraton staff regarding every detail related to your reception. 922-4422

Hale Koa hotel is the military facility in Waikiki for military folks and their friends. The service here is absolutely the best in Hawaii for the price, and much better than hotels that charge considerably more. It is very popular with local couples. Photography here is quite good, we know all the best spots from hundreds of Weddings photographed here. The expansive grounds are very nice. 955-0555

The Kahala is away from Waikiki, and is a five-star hotel. The elegance here is understated, classic Hawaiian style. It is a superb Wedding location with wonderful photography inside and out. The service is warm and gracious, and the location is romantic and generally quiet. Prices here are quite expensive with the new owners and management. Security is as good as it gets, U.S. Presidents have stayed here for decades. The resident dolphins offer a unique in the water experience for everyone, and they can be hired to jump behind you for photos. 739-8888

The Ihilani resort and spa is a fabulous place in every way. The natural cove is superb for photos and video, as is the entire hotel and grounds. We do recommend having your reception outside on the grass ocean side if possible. This is a fancy place, and we feel it is very special and worth more than they charge. Please let catering know that A Special Moment referred you. Thanks! 679-0079

Haiku Gardens on the windward side of Oahu is a fabulously lush & colorful garden setting, and offers just about anything you might desire for Ceremony and Reception. It can be a rainy place, and so we recommend it for Weddings from July through September. Their chapel is quite nice if you wish to have an indoor ceremony, but the lighting for video is not acceptable. Outdoors is so much more gorgeous in every way! Their food is outstanding, as is their reception area overlooking one of the nicest garden settings in Hawaii. We have shot many weddings here! 247-6671.

Schrader's Inn on Kaneohe bay is a unique place, offering a wonderful Ceremony site on the water, and old style 3-story bungalows with fantastic ocean views from many rooms. We recommend our northshore photo/video pkg before or after your Ceremony. The north shore is just down the road from Schrader's, which is located in the scenic He'eia Kea area. 239-5711

Olomana Gardens is at the base of the mighty and majestic Koolau mountains in Waimanalo, and is our first choice for having a relaxed and down home ceremony and reception. Beautiful gardens and setting, no rush kind of place because the owners are that way. They have had problems with neighbors complaining about the noise, so call them for the latest info. 259-0162.

Sea Life Park is also in Waimanalo, and they have built a gorgeous, quaint Chapel overlooking Makapuu beach and lighthouse. Wonderfully dramatic setting. 259-7933.


Reverend Mike Nelson is an awesome person, calm, loving and really on top of things! He is also not very old, so he is quite fit, and can traverse difficult terrain if need be, which is normal fare when you work with our suggested locations! Rev Mike is part Hawaiian, speaks eloquently, and has a wonderful and genuine personality. 808.265.2405

Reverend Wendell Kalanikapuaenui Silva is our first choice for a traditional Hawaiian Ceremony performed by a Hawaiian. Rev. Silva has an exceptional reputation, and he also is famous here in Hawaii. His Ceremonies are sincere, wonderful and inspiring. He chants, asking God for his Blessings upon the site and people present. Kahu, as he is affectionately called, often tears up during your Ceremony, as his heart is in the right place. He has a Congregation, and serves very nicely his community as well. He is not as agile as Rev Nelson, so no rough terrain please! 808.239.6145.

Reverend Brian Nurding is a super-mellow person, we love him dearly. He is an Episcopalian Minister involved with his congregation, and he can accommodate other Christian faiths. He lives in the Aiea area, and is always officiating weddings at Ihilani resort in Ko’olina as well as Turtle Bay. Ready and willing to be out on the north shore or Ko’olina/west side of oahu. 383-4699

Reverend Alice Inouye is a Feng Shui expert, and active instructor. Everyone loves her, she is such a sweetheart. Calm, clear and organized with a soft, feminine persona to boot! 598-2655

Reverend Frank Mak of Joyful Christian Ministries is a fabulous and Joyful Minister, who has an incredible calming effect on everyone. He is quite famous in Hawaii for his Weddings, and comes highly recommended. 808.536.5224.

Reverend Chip Wheeler married our principal Wedding Photographer John Rogers, and wife Shizuko, and we greatly applaud his support to preserve Traditional Marriage. Chip is fluent in both English and Japanese, and is highly recommended. 247-4050.

Hair and Makeup

Sherri Hee is superb, genuinely nice, creative, on time and fun. We could not recommend her more highly. 808 542-0817. Her website is: and email

Susan Akamine is a superb hair and makeup artist. She is totally on-time and together, and we especially appreciate that!! She does definitely expect her clients to also be on-time. 688-1033.

Dorys Foltin is an excellent hair and makeup artist who gets along very well with her clients, and is also on time. 866.727.3663 toll-free or 737-3663.

Hair and makeup by Tonya comes highly recommended. She does wonderful work, and is particularly exceptional with Asian women. Brides love working with her. 387-7547.

DJ's and music

David Louis of Dynamic sounds is a tough act to follow. Great emcee, fabulous entertainer and the nicest person you will ever work with. He has cutting edge entertainment custom tailored for an unforgettable reception. You will love his “family feud” rendition of the famous TV game show. He will become a friend for life and create wonderful memories that you will enjoy for a lifetime. or 808)627-0602.

Ninja entertainment has put together an innovative, exciting program for your Reception that is awesome and worth checking into. 372-9176.

Pumehana Davis has the best harp and flute ensemble on Oahu. She is most gracious and professional.
877.737.6422 Toll Free or 737-6422

Florists and decorations-linens etc

Emi’s flowers and gifts comes most highly recommended. Her attention to detail and warm personality offers you a most pleasant experience. Floral design is her life-long dream and passion. 753-2824.

Traci and Keri at Cover 2 Cover offer the best service and value in the fine linen and decoration dept. Keri is the Catering Director at the famous Willows restaurant in Honolulu, and Traci coordinates weddings there. They are the best- warm, gracious and on top of their game, plus their prices are the best!

At Turtle Bay, the florists located in the hotel are great if you are having your Wedding on the north shore. They do a great job! Recently our customers hired them to provide floral arrangements, chairs and torches for a dramatic beach Ceremony at Malaekahana beach park. We also like the resort. 293-8811.

Cindys flower shop in Chinatown, near downtown, offers outstanding leis & flowers for great prices. Fresh local flowers such as white and yellow ginger have the most heavenly smell, and cost very little here. Cindy also offers complete Wedding services. 536-6538

These Wedding professionals come highly recommended from A Special Moment Photography & Video. We have worked with them for many years, and they have performed very admirably for our clients. We hope your experience echoes ours. We greatly appreciate your mentioning to these vendors that we at A Special Moment recommended them to you. Thank you! Please share your comments at anytime with us. Aloha!


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