Testimonials

Overall Service: Excellent

COORDINATOR: Gwen was amazing from day one. For a couple who had dreams of getting married in Maui, Hawaii, she made it very possible considering we were living in a small isolated northern community in Labrador, Canada. Although we had a 7 hour time difference, she returned my calls at reasonable hours and was very fast to respond to emails and give us advice. All we had to do was show up and everything was taken care of!

MINISTER: Ron was fabulous! He was very friendly, made the men feel comfortable and we loved his traditional dress! He looked the part of a minister!

PHOTOGRAPHY: WOW! We would highly recommend Alan Fong to anyone! He took his time, waited for the right backdrop (waves crashing, clouds in the sky, perfect sunset moments,etc.). We never once felt like we were rushed. He just wanted us to 'enjoy the moment'. His picks for prints were fabulous! He was very kind hearted, comical, and definitely knew what he was doing. He had the prints to us very promptly and delivered them right to our condo and gave us full rights to all the photos for us to print when we returned home. Excellent service!!!

VIDEOGRAPHY: We had so much fun with Brian! Many times videographers are up in your face, however, a few times, Brian had to remind us that he was actually there! He, along with Alan, waited for all the right shots. We were really impressed when he asked us to redo our vows after the ceremony as he wasn't happy with a few spectators on the beach that were in the vow shots. We felt that most people wouldn't even take the time to re-tape that and just have an 'oh well' attitude, but not this guy! The video was waited for us at our door the next day!!! It was a huge hit with friends and family when we returned back home!

MUSICIAN: Excellent guitarist! His soft voice and guitar picking was a great fit to our small ceremony. We couldn't have asked for better!!!

FLOWERS: Just what I wanted! I had a hard time envisioning my bouquet but this one was it. I send the colors to Gwen and she sent back a beautiful picture. The bouquet was just that, beautiful orange lilies, blue delphiniums, and white dendrobiums. The florist was a sweet lady and the flowers couldn't have better suited what I was wanting! The leis were also so fragrant and lasted a while.

HAIR/MAKE-UP: Theresa knew how to get things done! She was so sufficient and precise. Our hair & makeup was beautiful! She went above and beyond her duty, driving myself & maid of honor to the beach so the groom wouldn't see the me. Since we were early, she took us on a tour of Maui along the way....made us feel very comfortable and relaxed as we waited for the groom and others to arrive at the beach. Top notch service! THANKS!!!

SUGGESTIONS: My only suggestion is this: Do not second guess yourselves when trying to find a wedding planner for Hawaii! Blue Ocean Weddings is the way to go! They will take care of everything for you and make the day SO stress free. Most people complain that they don't remember their wedding day due to stress, well it was the complete opposite for us thanks to Gwen and her team. Mahalo!

Stephanie & Ben

 

Overall Service: Excellent

COORDINATOR: Excellent

MINISTER: Excellent

PHOTOGRAPHY: Excellent

VIDEOGRAPHY: Not applicable

MUSICIAN: Not applicable

FLOWERS: Excellent

CATERING: Not applicable; However, the cake was very good

SUGGESTIONS: Continue your good work

Van and Minh

COORDINATOR: Great! Gwen is very organized, and fast to reply to emails - which is great when so much of the planning is done online! There were a few things we wanted that were different that we made a push for, and Gwen helped make those requests a reality for our big day. We took one or two aspects into our own hands because we were able to find more competitive prices on our own.

MINISTER: Ron Winckler. He did a good job. It wasn't quite how we had envisioned it, but we got some nice compliments on the ceremony.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alan was awesome! He really got a lot in a short time before the sunset! We have stunning photos.. what beautiful memories, and the album he sent was gorgeous.

VIDEOGRAPHY: Great! We love it. I got tears in my eyes watching it the first time. He was really great to take the songs we wanted to put them on the video, and also some of the songs that we had worked into the ceremony. We are so happy we got the video! And what a great way to share it with our friends and loved ones who couldn't make it.

FLOWERS: This is one area that I really had no idea how it would turn out! And it was all PERFECT. The bouquets were just what I had in mind, and the centerpieces were massive, a lot bigger than we were expecting. The one on the head table was beautiful too.. so sad I couldn't take them with us when we left!

CATERING: WOW. The food was phenomenal. Something for everyone, and everyone raving about how delicious everything was. So much food too. We also had a Peanut Butter Bar for dessert... it was a hit! Thanks to Molly and Dana at Cafe O'Lei for helping us get such a great menu!

BAR: Stacey at Bars Are Us was awesome. Start to finish, super friendly, and helpful with all our questions and requests. Had 2 signature cocktail and they were great, and wound up swinging in a last minute champagne toast which was very nice!

SUGGESTIONS: Gwen was great. She'll take care of everything for you, and help point you in the right direction for anything extra you might need.
 

Steph and Jason


Overall Service: Very good. Impeccable.

COORDINATOR: Couldn't ask for better! All we had to do was show up! Thanks so much.

MINISTER: WONDERFUL!!! David and I were both so pleased .

PHOTOGRAPHY: Great! Alan's photographs were beautiful and his personality was great.

FLOWERS: Beautiful. Exactly like the picture I picked from the website.
 

Angela and David



Aloha Gwen,
We're now back home in Switzerland, after having had a spectacular trip to Hawaii and the most wonderful, exciting and pleasant wedding ceremony we always dreamed of. Mahalo to you from our side as well.

Overall Service: Very good. Impeccable.

COORDINATOR: Gwen was great she did a great job in coordinating our day, especially since we were half way around the world.

HAIR STYLIST: Teresa - She is a gem. Yvonne looked stunningly beautiful and she loved her hair/make up and appreciated Teresa's ideas/suggestions.

MINISTER: Vance performed a wonderful, memorable ceremony for us. We very much liked his laid back/relaxed persona and the Hawaiian feel of the ceremony.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alan was great. Big kudos to him for taking us to Makena Beach to have our pictures taken there during sunset as well. Fantastic pics!

FLOWERS: Great. Exactly what we wanted.

CATERING: Beautiful cake (we loved it), nice "Champagne".
 

Newly-weds,
Yvonne & Alex
 


Hi Gwen,
We're finally catching up on life back home here in Florida but just wanted to say a heartfelt thank you to you, Ron & Alan for the wonderful experience with our renewal service. It was truly a highlight of our anniversary vacation and a memory that both Michael and I will treasure. Attached are a few of our favorite photos but feel free to use any and all that Alan took that day; we think they came out great!

Overall Service:

COORDINATOR: 10

MINISTER: 10

PHOTOGRAPHY: 10+

FLOWERS: 10

SUGGESTIONS: LIMO & DRIVER WERE ALSO 10
 

Best Regards,
Michael and Tisha Hyter
 



Overall Service: The overall service was excellent. I'm a take charge kind of person and to sit back and let someone else plan everything was a nice change. I think it allowed us to enjoy our time being engaged more because we weren't stressed out about all the wedding details.

COORDINATOR: Gwen did a great job. Very good at responding to e-mails and I sent her a lot of questions. Everything came to gather like it should have and I didn't have to do anything besides answer a couple of questions.

MINISTER: We couldn't have been happier with Judge Loo. She did an excellent job, was fun to be around and kind of made us lighten up and have a good time. I highly recommend her!

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alan was very easy to work with and takes great pictures. We were married on a Wednesday and had our pictures on Friday. He even took our pictures later that night while the sun was setting.

VIDEOGRAPHY: Brian was very pleasant and again very easy to work with. You don't even realize he's taping you. Our video was dropped off the day after the wedding and turned out really good. Couldn't be happier with it.

FLOWERS: I was a little worried about the size of the bouquet I picked out because I went with the small bouquet of calla lilies to try and save some money. It was a lot bigger than I thought it'd be and the flowers themselves were huge and gorgeous. I love the orange color against the blue sky and water.

SUGGESTIONS: Eeverything was outstanding and it couldn't have gone better. We're both very pleased. Thanks so much!

Danille Bormann



Thank you so much for your assistance on our wedding day! Both Brook and I have to admit... everything was perfect... it really was!!! We couldn't have asked for a better day.

Overall Service: Excellent

COORDINATOR: Excellent

MINISTER: OUTSTANDING!!!!

PHOTOGRAPHY: Excellent - very quick service and excellent quality of photos.

FLOWERS: Beautiful. Leis were also beautiful and perfect!!!

SUGGESTIONS: We can't think of any. You and your team were great. I loved how I could always count on you for returning email or phone calls. You are very organized and efficient!!! We loved the officiant! We know he has done these thousands of times before but he still seemed so enthusiastic and genuinely happy and excited for us. It made the ceremony much more personable and special.

Alisa & Brook Taylor



Gwen-
Thanks again for making our Maui wedding run so smoothly! It truly was a dream come true! See below for my comments! If you need anything else from me just let me know! Thanks so much!

COORDINATOR: Awesome! Things could not have run any smoother!

MINISTER: Rick was wonderful! He did such a great job! I keep commenting on what a great job he did!

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alan & Cesar did excellent! We got our photos and cd before we left! The album was beautiful! They did great!!!

MUSICIAN: He did awesome! It was better than I expected! Very Hawaiian...totally what we wanted!

CATERING: The reception was at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort...the food we went with was so good!

SUGGESTIONS: Everything was excellent!!!!

God Bless-

Ronnie & Amy



Aloha Gwen:

This is my first day back at work....WHEW...tough to go back!!

OverallService:  Very good, I would recommend you to any one of my friends or relatives!!  :-)

COORDINATOR:  Gwen, I thought you did a great job...considering having to deal with a tsunami warning the day before.  Everything turned out perfect...we appreciate you checking to see if there could be a rain back up location.

HAIR/MAKEUP:  Theresa was great...very friendly and outgoing and she showed up early....bonus in my book!!  She did my makeup EXACTLY the way I wanted it with very little direction....hair too...although it was pretty windy, didn't matter all that much....ha, ha...

MINISTER: N/A  (Brought our own)

PHOTOGRAPHY: LOVED Alan Fong....he was the best...professional, yet fun.  He had our photos and CD for us before we left the island.  We absolutely LOVED the pictures....He also gave us some great tips on where to eat and how to visit Hana...

VIDEOGRAPHY:  Brian was fabulous.  He and Alan worked very well together...they were a lot of fun....we had our DVD before the end of the week....we LOVE that also!!  The music he chose was perfect!!

FLOWERS:  The flowers were beautiful.  The florist did a great job...I was thrilled with the bouquet.

 Thanks for making our day special....everything turned out perfect!!  Appreciate all your coordination!! 

Mahalo,

Kathy & Neal

 

Kevin and I would like to thank you for your services in assisting us with our wedding. We were very pleased with the experience

Overall Service: Excellent! The scenery was gorgeous and everyone was extremely friendly.

 COORDINATOR: Gwen did an excellent job planning our wedding

MINISTER: The minister was very friendly

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alan was friendly, helpful, and had a great sense of humor. Our photos turned out beautifully.

FLOWERS: Gorgeous!

 SUGGESTIONS: You did an excellent job with our wedding, and we are very happy with everything and everyone involved.

Thank you,

Kevin & Georgette



Overall Service: Spectacular. Amazing.  Breathtaking.  Unforgettable.  Gwen contacted me within an hour of my initial request for information. I had thought I would choose a different planner until I spoke with Gwen.  Gwen instantly gave me a feeling of confidence and professionalism. We discussed the options for our wedding, she made suggestions and we quickly made our plans for a wonderful intimate beach wedding - we only had two guests. When we arrived at Makena Cove, a young couple with children shared our ceremony. They thanked us for "inviting them to our wedding." I truly felt like a "Queen for a day".  Mahalo.

COORDINATOR: Gwen - extremely efficient, responsive, professional, reliable and of course nice.

MINISTER: Vance. We requested a Hawaiian ceremony with a lei exchange. We were not prepared for the beautiful and meaningful service and vows.  The words of commitment we exchanged almost made me cry –Vance told us, among other things, that we were each other's best friend, we were to cherish and love each other – and on a funny note, there was some reference to my husband as “the kingâ€Â. We received a Hawaiian blessing. The conch shell was an unexpected touch.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alan Fong. Alan brought out the best in both of us. He captured the feeling of the ceremony. Our joy is evident on our faces. He had fun with us – listened to me when I said I wanted a picture in the water. My husband and our friend wanted hat and cigar pics. Men! Alan accomodated each request. He delivered our photo album personally to our hotel. Outstanding.

MUSICIAN: Our guitarist almost made me cry! I surprised myself with the emotions I felt on our wedding day. Very girlie racing heart and nauseous. But I had this under control. Had a spa morning and returned to the hotel with only time to get dressed – which I did in about 20 minutes.  But -“ when he started to sing "Somewhere over the Rainbow" by IZ, it took all my abilities not to burst into tears. He had a beautiful voice.

FLOWERS:  I said surprise me but sent a picture of the shirt my husband was going to wear. I suggested white and blue flowers. My bouquet was white roses, white calla lilies, white orchids and a blue/purple flower. Gorgeous. Our leis were also beautiful.

N/A - since there were only four of us, we wanted to go to a luau. The luau at the Maui Prince was very enjoyable. They made my husband and I feel like the center of attention. Gwen took care of the arrangements for us and I suspect she ensured we were well treated as we had the front center table – the best seats in the house!

LIMO: Our limo driver, Chance, treated us like royalty. What can you say about a guy that washes your feet? He gave us a little tour after the ceremony since we were a little early for our reception – the Maui Prince Luau. (Also fantastic).

 

SUGGESTIONS:  Nothing could have improved our wonderful day!


Mahalo!

 Patricia and Arthur

 

Thank you very much for your service.  The wedding was everything we wanted.  Below are my comments to the survey

COORDINATOR: excellent

PHOTOGRAPHY: excellent - all of our friends and family loved the photos

FLOWERS: excellent - perfect, it was hard to see what they would look like by the pictures to choose from, but they were very nice.

Mahalo!

  Tracy and Ian

 

COORDINATOR: Gwen provided Bob and I with excellent communication throughout the planning.  She provided Bob and I with the least stress possible!  Both email and phone calls were returned within a few hours.  After a year of planning, Bob and I were comfortable when finally meeting with Gwen two days before the ceremony, and we knew Gwen and her team were on top of any last minute changes.  We will always remember your professionalism and the friendship you and your staff provided us with on February 24, 2009!

MINISTER: Ron Winkler was great!  He kept the interest of both family and friends throughout the ceremony, and has a great sense of humor.  We were happy to have the opportunity for him to be the first to call us "Robert and Valerie Barrett!"


PHOTOGRAPHY: Alan took beautiful photos. Bob and I had fun with the different poses, which made for a true Hawaiian photo album!
 

VIDEOGRAPHY: Bob and I were very impressed with Brian's work.  Brian never missed an opportunity to catch a "once in a lifetime moment!"  His final DVD brought tears to my eyes!

MUSICIAN: He played my requested song, "Somewhere over the Rainbow" by IZ, while I began to walk towards my groom.  The song was as beautiful as I expected.

FLOWERS: The bouquet was exactly how I pictured it.  White tea roses and blue hydrangea was my request, and Gwen follwed through so my flowers fit perfect with my dress.


CATERING: Our reception was at Five Palms Restaurant in Kihei.  We had a private dining room with a small dance floor.  The dinner was wonderful, and all guests enjoyed the food and of course the drinks!

Bob and I would like you to use us as a reference for your company.  We both hope to see Gwen and her team in the future, and we will highly recommended Blue Ocean Weddings to people planning destination weddings.  Thanks for a unforgetable experience!

Valerie & Bob

 


Hello Gwen,

Sorry for the long overdue email. I'd like to thank you for such a wonderful job you did in coordinating our wedding. It was like a dream for us. As paranoid as I was, you really did everything perfectly... from the beginning to the end. The touch of the cake and essentials were absolutely stunning. The ceremony brought tears to our eyes and the photography perfect. NOTHING WENT WRONG!!!!! Amazing to us as we always have something come up.. but YOU made it a perfect day for us....5 Stars for a job well done...

 

Love Adela and Eric Williams


COORDINATOR:  Gwen was great to have as a coordinator for our ceremony.  We were comfortable and confident that everything was going to go as planned.  The process was simple, all we had to do was show up and Gwen had taken care of everything.  The actual wedding day did start out a bit rocky as it was pouring down rain at our location.  Gwen advised to move to an alternate location, but we were stubborn and wanted to get married on the beach!  As soon as everything was set up and my father walked me to my husband the sun came out and the skies cleared.  We were so glad that we chose to tough out the rainy weather and get married on a beautiful Maui beach.  After all, we are from the Seattle area and a little rain wouldn't have hurt us. :)

MINISTER:  He was absolutely perfect.  He spoke the most beautiful words that we will remember forever.  We got exactly what we were looking for.

PHOTOGRAPHY:  Alan is a very talented photographer.  He captured so many beautiful shots.  Everyone who we have shown the pictures to have been extremely impressed and jealous.  He got so many great shots it was hard to choose which ones to print out to put on the wall!

VIDEOGRAPHY:  N/A

MUSICIAN:  The musician was wonderful.  Although, we were really lost in the beauty of the beach and the amazing words of the minister that wish we had spent more time listening to the harp.

FLOWERS:  The flowers were beautiful.  They really did exceed my expectations.  I really loved my bouquet.

CATERING:  N/A

Hair and Makeup: DJ was awesome!  She did my hair and makeup perfectly.  It was so nice that she came to my room at our hotel to do my hair and makeup (which turned out better than I could have wished for).

Shanna and Jorge Berlanga

COORDINATOR: Gwen was awesome! We were a little hesitant about how everything would unfold! But Gwen was on her game, and truly made everything so easy! Because of her all we had to do was show up!! I loved that!

MINISTER: AWSOME!!!! He was fantastic!! Not a dry eye around! We could not have asked for someone better! Everyone felt he truly made our wedding special!

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alan was wonderful! Easy to work with, great direction, and worked hard to get amazing shots!! My whole family loved what he was doing!

VIDEOGRAPHY: Great job! And such a quick turn around! We were able to get our videos before we left the island! He was also very easy to work with!

MUSICIAN: GREAT!! He did a wonderful job, and he is very talented! He truly helped set the mood.

FLOWERS: Beautiful! My bouquet was amazing!! I loved it!

CATERING: Our cakes were great, even the second day!!!

Brianne and Ryan Van Scotter

COORDINATOR: Top notch wedding coordinator. Answered all my questions and concerns promptly and was very pleasant and professional.

MINISTER: He helped me to relax my nerves with his soothing manner and I appreciated that very much. He gave us a beautiful wedding we will always remember.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alan was very pleasant and he gave us photos that everyone commented on what a wonderful job he did for us. We are very thankful to Alan for taking his time with us and giving us a photo album with such high quality photos which we will cherish forever.

FLOWERS: Just gorgeous and colorful.

SUGGESTIONS: None. You all did an excellent job! I would recommend you to anyone who plans on getting married on beautiful Maui.

Cheryl and Bill Sullivan

Overall Service: The service was fantastic. We took a very “hands off” approach with the planning, confident that Gwen would handle every detail and she did!

COORDINATOR: Gwen is an excellent planner. She was organized, easy to reach, friendly and knowledgeable. She was even able to track us down a musician when ours cancelled at the last minute. She enabled us to have our dream wedding, stress free.

MINISTER: The only instruction we gave Gwen was to find us someone with a traditional Hawaiian vibe, and boy did she deliver! The Big Kahuna was everything we could have asked for in a minister. He had a huge smile on his face the entire ceremony, which was perfect. The chants he did were beautiful and we were all charmed by his easy going personality and sharp wit.

MUSICIAN:
Our savior Hawaiian guitarist did a fantastic job. The songs he played were light and beautiful and he even played the Hawaiian version of Over the Rainbow, a personal favorite. He was booked last minute, but he fit seamlessly with the ceremony.

FLOWERS: They were all beautiful! The topiaries and bouquet were absolutely stunning!

Jennifer Krummel
Thank you for all of your help with our renewal vow ceremony on June 30th. Everything was beautiful.

Overall Service: Our renewal vow ceremony was even better than our wedding. Gwen took care of everything including the last minute concerns that I had and add-ons to our event.

COORDINATOR: Gwen was always available and addressed any and all concerns. She answered my e-mails promptly and was very honest when it came to me wanting to add a guitar player and a hula dancer which by the way was the best. It really had a special flare to the event. We were supposed to have our renewal ceremony at the Secret Cove but the tide was too high, so even before I arrived at the location Gwen quickly contacted me to change the location to South Maluaka Beach. It was beautiful! Our ceremony location was in a beautiful area that I've heard referred to as Circle of Love. The beach was just a few feet away from us and the view was fantastic. Our ceremony photos truly capture the beauty of this location.

MINISTER: The minister outdid himself! He did an amazing job. The ceremony had a true Hawaiian spirit! It was better than our wedding ceremony.

PHOTOGRAPHY: WOW! Alan did an amazing job. Some of the poses seemed weird but once we saw the pictures we understood why. Our families can't get over how beautiful the pictures are. Some of the photos even belong in a wedding catalog.

MUSICIAN: We had a guitar player and a hula dancer. If you are looking for a way to incorporate the spirit of Hawaii this is the way to go. It was so beautiful!

FLOWERS: The bouquet was gorgeous! It looked just like in the photos on the website. The colors are so vibrant and beautiful.

CATERING: We had dinner on the beach! We were looking for a unique dinner experience and that's just what we got. We had a chef prepare dinner right on the beach! The food was amazing!!!!!!! This dinner experience was truly the highlight of our trip.

Livy and Jose
Overall Service: FABULOUS, AMAZING, TERRIFIC, AWESOME---what else can we say? Having a hassle free wedding and an awesome coordinator that goes above and beyond is priceless!

COORDINATOR: Gwen is amazing! I was a little apprehensive about having a wedding coordinator that I had never met, but Gwen took care of every little detail. My first impression of her was a good one. I had gone on Knot.com and requested information from various coordinators. She called me back in NO TIME and was so friendly! I knew then that we had our coordinator and we need not look any further! She made suggestions as to where we should stay, flower choices, musicians and was just awesome all the way around! She made our wedding license appointment for us and gave us directions on how to get there and what to bring. She is so laid back and that really made us at ease! Through e-mails and phone calls, Gwen did it all!!!! Thanks for adding the limo for us. That was the easiest way for all of us to get to the wedding site and, of course, very stylish! Everything was perfect, Gwen! We have told many people about you and have said if they get married in Maui, the ONLY choice is YOU!!!!!!

MINISTER: Tino was so friendly and told us exactly what we were going to do and how we were going to do it. We chose the Hawaiian ceremony with the blowing of the conch shell and it really made things feel more authentic! (It is the Hawaiian/Christian ceremony) We felt as if we had known Tino before the ceremony. You can tell that he loves what he does. His smile radiated throughout the entire ceremony! He even gave us pointers on where to “find” conch shells.

VIDEOGRAPHY: Brian is great!!!!! He filmed the entire wedding, bits and pieces before and then after the cake cutting, he “staged” a few things for us to do. The final product is FABULOUS!!!!! He set it to music and I cry each and every time that we watch the video! He was so nice and patient and gave our photographer plenty of “working room”. They worked so well together!!! We got the video, along with an extra copy. He captured the “true us”, which is always laughing and joking!

MUSICIAN: Gwen helped us choose the Hawaiian guitarist. I am super sorry that I have forgotten his name, but he did an amazing job!

FLOWERS: Again, Gwen to the rescue!!! I was very concerned since I had a “beachy” wedding dress that wasn’t quite ivory, but definitely wasn’t white and didn’t know what flowers to use. I sent a picture of my dress to Gwen via e-mail and she and the florist decided on THE PERFECT flowers for my bouquet! (We went with cymbidium orchids with the blush pink throat and creamy white calla lilies in my bouquet) I have short hair, so we used a single orchid for behind my ear and it was amazingly beautiful! All the colors were just right and didn’t clash with my dress! I also wore an ankle lei, which was dainty. PERFECT!!!! My husband wore the maile lei at Gwen’s suggestion and it was, again, a perfect choice!

CAKE: The cake tasted SO GOOD! My husband doesn’t have a “sweet tooth” at all, but even he LOVED the cake! The flowers on the cake were vibrant and so beautiful. Gwen suggested the cake with ilioi filling and buttercream frosting. This cake is AMAZING! We chose the small cake since we only had two guests there. It would have been plenty for a larger group, though!

SUGGESTIONS: Nothing different, Gwen! All you guys are AMAZINGLY FABULOUS!!!! I do suggest to future clients if they have lost loved ones and want to honor them, do what we did and release butterflies in their honor at the end of the ceremony. My sister and father and Ferlando’s brother and grandfather were honored in this way at our ceremony and it was just beautiful!!! My suggestion is to CALL or E-MAIL GWEN ASAP! She gets the job done and done VERY WELL!

Wendee and Ferlando
Hi Gwen,
Hope all is well with you! I want to THANK YOU again for making our wedding day MORE than I could have ever imagined. Everything was so PERFECT and I'm still in amazement! I honestly cannot express my absolute LOVE for everything that day....the ceremony, location, flowers, the minister's beautiful words, the photographer, the music, the videographer, and of course, YOU.....ALL COMPLETELY PERFECT!! Everyone was so professional, organized and EXTREMELY friendly. Thank you for EVERYTHING!! I truly wish you ALL the BEST and lots of SUCCESS with Blue Ocean Weddings. You made my wedding day dreams a reality....THANK YOU!!

Marc and I were able to FINALLY share our wedding video with family and friends over the weekend. Believe it or not, we have a few family members who want copies of their own! Unfortunately, I don't have the videographer's contact information any longer....can you please give me his name, phone # and/or email address? I'd like to see if he can send me duplicates....Thank you!

Again, thank you for everything!!!

Best Regards,

Cecilia Tenner :)

COORDINATOR: Gwen made all of the pieces of our wedding come together
perfectly. When the wedding time came and there was rain she had an
alternate plan. She was very willing to accommodate to our wishes and we VERY much appreciated that. Our wedding was everything that we had hoped, planned and more!

MINISTER: Rick was amazing. He was a very eloquent speaker, full of
emotion, heart, and spirit. The words spoken during our ceremony brought
everyone to tears. He made it seem as if we had known each other for
years. And he wore a great shirt too!

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alan did a great job. He was able to put all of our pictures together and deliver them to us before we left the island! The results were fantastic. He captured us on the beach with the sunset in pictures that we will share forever.

VIDEOGRAPHY: Brian put together a wonderful DVD for us. The footage, music, and editing were perfect. Brian created an opportunity for the people who were unable to attend the wedding to feel as if they were
standing on the beach with us in Maui. Outstanding job.

MUSICIAN: Our guitarist did an excellent job. Beautiful voice and great
song choices. We never got a chance to really thank him but trust
me he was wonderful. It really added a nice touch to our wedding and DVD.

SUGGESTIONS: Everything went hand in hand and the only suggestion we have, is to keep making peoples dreams come true as you did for us!

Mahalo!
Kris and Jasmine Cochran
Vancouver, WA

OVERALL SERVICE: AMAZING! I felt guilty for not helping out ;) Also, in comparison, the prices were very reasonable for the services included.

COORDINATOR: Gwen - It's always hard to trust someone you don't know, but you exceded our expectations! Everything we talked about was exactly what I invisioned! Also Gwen is awesome with responding to emails...I had responses to my questions within a day or so (usually within a couple hours even!)

MINISTER: I wouldn't have wanted anyone else! He made us both feel at ease and he is such a kind spirit. We opted for the Hawaiian ceremony which added such a special touch.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alan Fong took beautiful photos and we had them back within a matter of days so that we could bring them home with us. He also gave us the rights to the photos so that we could make enlargements and copies for our families upon our return.

VIDEOGRAPHY: Our video was adorable! It captured all of those little moments that we took for granted. We had this in hand within a few days as well!

FLOWERS: AMAZING! I sent Gwen a picture of my ideal bouquet and that is exactly what I got! (After the wedding I brought them to a local flower preserver Genji with Heavenly Petals of Mai - and turned them into a shadowbox display)

CATERING:
We didn't do any catering, but Gwen did get us a DELICIOUS passion fruit cake from Maui Wedding Cakes.

SUGGESTIONS: There isn't a single thing that I would change from our wedding day. The weather was great, the people were great, and I still smile just thinking of the event :) If you plan on doing a morning wedding, I do highly recommend the in-room hair and make up! (Sue Helmer did mine and she put me at ease before the final plunge and did an amazing job!)

Thank you again for making this a truly unbelievable day for Christopher and I! (4-26-08)

OVERALL SERVICE: We would highly recommend Blue Ocean Weddings to any couple who is considering a destination wedding in Maui. We were very pleased with the quality of service we received.  Kevin and I were very concerned when we started the wedding planning process knowing that we wouldn’t see the end product until the day of the wedding, especially after contacting several wedding coordinators and received little or no response.  Gwen called us the day I e-mailed her inquiring about her services.  After speaking with her, we knew she possessed the professionalism, integrity, and experience to organize and deliver what we were hoping for and our wedding day was wonderful and well exceeded our expectations. 

COORDINATOR: Gwen was exceptional.  We were very pleased with her professionalism and promptness in getting things done.  I clearly remember at the beginning of this process, Kevin and I wanted to stay at the south end of the island and have our wedding ceremony there.  Unfortunately, due to the many activities that took place in Maui during October, the resorts/locations we would have liked to reserve in south Maui were booked on our wedding date.  Gwen called around to various resorts and locations to find a place for us to conduct the wedding ceremony.  Kevin and I were very picky about the location and the backdrop for our wedding pictures.  Gwen was patient, diligent and she was able to reserve the gazebo at the Westin Maui for us, which turned out to be absolutely perfect.  Gwen was always available to answer our many questions and accommodate all the changes we made throughout the process.  Gwen’s attentive manner and promptness gave us great comfort and trust in her abilities.  Her services well exceeded our expectations, and she made our wedding day a very special and memorable day for us and our families.  

MINISTER: Pia was amazing.  He was very friendly, comforting and an absolute gentleman.  We met Pia the day of our wedding and immediately, we were drawn to his relaxed demeanor and friendly smile.  He made us feel very comfortable and provided us with clear instructions on what we needed to do during the ceremony.  Pia performed a beautiful ceremony and we were so extremely blessed to have him as our minister. 

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alan was incredible.  One of the many reasons we chose Blue Ocean Weddings  was due to Alan’s photos on Blue Ocean’s website.  We fell in love with his work immediately and it was exactly how we envisioned our pictures to be – beautiful, elegant, and gracefully capturing every moment of our special day.  Our pictures arrived the day we returned from our honeymoon and they were absolutely gorgeous, all neatly bounded in an album.  Our only regret is not being able to secure Alan for more photography time.  Alan’s work is exceptional and we really enjoyed spending time with him.

FLOWERS: Gwen brought the flowers the morning of the wedding and they were exactly how I wanted them.  The roses were beautifully arranged and luckily, we were able to preserve the bouquet, the corsages and a couple of the boutonnières.  Gwen also arranged to have Theresa do hair and makeup for me and my mother.  We loved the flower arrangement she designed for my hair.

CATERING: We had a private reception at the Seawatch lower pond.  The view was absolutely gorgeous.  We chose from one of Seawatch’s formal lunch menus and it was incredibly delicious.  The service was great and to top it all off, the cake was an absolute perfection. 

SUGGESTIONS: None.  Thank you Gwen, Alan, Pia, and Seawatch for making our wedding day so memorable and special. 

Sherri & Kevin -


Maui Wedding Coordinator
OVERALL SERVICE: It was such a beautiful service; it felt like a dream come true. Honestly, it was a perfect day and I can't complain too much about that.

COORDINATOR: Gwen was wonderful! We only talked on the phone maybe a couple times (we're from MN) but we mostly emailed and it worked out really well. I was excited to finally meet her and she was so nice! I liked how she took the time to learn everyone's name and we had a large wedding party too. Sorry I didn't get to say thank you that day! Mahalo! Wish you could have joined us at the Seawatch, but I'm sure you were busy with more weddings!

MINISTER: Ron actually saw me waiting with a couple of my bridesmaids in the front of the Maui Prince and he took the time to talk to me. I know that he talked with my husband as well before the ceremony. His service was excellent and both our parents, who are Catholic, were very impressed with him. It meant a lot to my husband and I that are parents were happy with the service. His words were very meaningful and we will always remember them.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alan was really great to work with. He helped people feel comfortable and got some really nice shots. We got our pictures while we were still in Maui, and we were very pleased with the results. Thanks for joining us at the Seawatch!

VIDEOGRAPHY: Brian did an excellent job capturing our wedding. We actually saw him again at the Maui Prince a week later and he said that our DVD was already in the mail. When we got back to MN, we were able to watch it and of course, it made me cry. I liked how we got to pick the music on the DVD. It is such a great memento to show your family, friends, and for future generations.

MUSICIANS: I really wanted a classical guitarist and a violinist and it was a few months before the wedding. Of course, Gwen got them for our wedding! I didn't get to talk to them to thank them, but they did a beautiful job. Make sure you let Gwen know if you have any music requests. I had forgotten to bring my list, but no worries, the music that they played was perfect.

FLOWERS: My bouquet was exactly how what I asked for! The tropical arch matched the colors of the bridesmaid dresses and my bouquet. The flowers were gorgeous and I felt silly wondering if they were real. Of course they were; this is Hawaii! The maile leis for the groomsmen stained their barongs though, so they didn't wear them.

CAKE: I wish I could have had some more! We had passionfruit cake and had some leftovers but they were devoured by the next day. The flowers on it matched my bouquet and it was delicious!
The Seawatch was excellent! I was worried that we wouldn't get much of a view in the main dining room, but there is a view since they have the doors open to the lanai. Our two servers were great and the food was very good. I recommend the fish.

SUGGESTIONS: I just recommend that people have a list of music with them to give to Gwen, or email it to her early on. I had made a list of music that I wanted, but I didn't bring it with me. But like I mentioned, even if you don't have any requests, the music that they play is beautiful.

Marita and Neil

Beach Wedding Gwen,
Thank you for all of your help! I thought everything ran smoothly.

COORDINATOR: Very helpful with answering my questions and being patient with my frequent changes.

MINISTER:
An excellent orator. Shared a lot of wisdom and kind words. I couldn't have asked for anyone better.

VIDEOGRAPHY: Nice to work with. Even our photographer enjoyed working with him. We haven't received the video so I can't comment on the quality - any idea on when we're supposed to receive that?

MUSICIAN: Wonderful. Although everything seemed to happen so quickly, there were moments of his performance that I recall that stick in my mind.

FLOWERS: Beautiful. My family loved the arch and it made a great focal point to the setting.

MaryGrace and Joe Hulog
Maui Wedding OVERALL SERVICE: Blue Ocean Weddings provided us a superb service!! Before we booked with them, we did extensive research on different wedding companies in Oahu and Maui. After speaking with Gwen, I found that Blue Ocean Weddings met all our criteria. I'm so happy with the outcome -- I will definitely recommend them to our friends and family if they ever choose to have a destination wedding.

COORDINATOR: Gwen basically took care of everything so I wouldn't have to worry at all. Because of her, I was able to enjoy my relaxing vacation in Hawaii before the wedding. On the wedding day, we ran a bit late and I was getting upset. Once we found Makena Cove Beach and I saw Gwen standing there, holding my beautiful bouquet and smiling, I knew everything was going to be great.

MINISTER: We loved our minister!! He has a great voice and a sense of humor. I've watched the wedding DVD already, and I still can't believe how great he was.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alan did an amazing job with the photographs--he's so talented! He was able to capture waves crashing to the rocks while we were posing. Alan is easy to work with, very down-to-earth. The best part was getting our album and pics two days later. Other companies take over a week or more to have it delivered.

VIDEOGRAPHY: Brian was so nice to drop off the video to our hotel the next day as he promised!! The video turned out professionally made-- not cheesy at all. Both the videographer and photographer took good care of my guests and included them in lots of the pics also.

FLOWERS: I sent Gwen a pic of the bouquet I wanted, and the florist exceeded my expectations by adding white roses to it. LOVELY!

SUGGESTIONS: Keep up the excellent work guys.

Doug and Monica

Overall Service: Our experience with Blue Ocean Weddings was outstanding! Andy and I were worried about planning a wedding from so far away and basing decisions on pictures, as I’m sure most people would be. After researching and calling many different coordinators, it was apparent that Gwen was organized and well versed in all things wedding on Maui. Everything exceeded our expectations and was even more amazing than we had hoped for. We are really glad that we decided to have our wedding on the beautiful island of Maui and with Blue Ocean Weddings. Mahalo nui loa!

COORDINATOR: Gwen was GREAT!!! She was always available to answer our many questions and concerns either by phone or e-mail. She took care of everything – items both big and small – and made sure everything was perfect and what we had envisioned. Because Gwen was our coordinator we were able to spend the morning of our big day on the beach instead of stressing over little details. Gwen handled last minute changes to our wedding due to weather with great ease. She even took the time to call me to let me know that back-up plans were in the works and that I had no reason to stress.

MINISTER: Ron provided us with the exact type of ceremony we envisioned. He kept the ceremony traditional yet lighthearted, with some traditional Hawaiian custom too. It was exactly what we hoped for. Ron talked to us as though he had known us for years and made both of us very comfortable.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alan Fong was the best! He did everything he could to make sure our pictures were perfect for this once in a life time event. He was quick to provide us with the finished pictures and they were beyond expectations. The way he captured the perfect scenery left those viewing our pictures thinking that nothing so beautiful could be real.

VIDEOGRAPHY: Brian was helpful, friendly and professional during the ceremony and dinner reception. The editing, added music and formatting made the DVD perfect. From perfect sound, angles, to capturing the moments that meant the most during our day, he created perfect keepsake of our wedding day.

MUSICIAN: The traditional Hawaiian guitarist added the perfect Hawaiian touch to our ceremony.

FLOWERS: Gorgeous and exactly what we wanted! The bouquets for myself and for my three bridesmaids were amazing – so pretty and better than I had imagined.

CATERING: The Sea Watch Restaurant was wonderful. Everyone’s food turned out great as we heard nothing but compliments. Their willingness to accommodate our last minute changes due to rain were fantastic. They were able to move everything indoors and make it beautiful setting.

SUGGESTIONS: None, you guys are amazing!

Andy and Kristina d'Azevedo


OVERALL SERVICE: Thoughtful and professional every step of the way. We could not have asked for better people to help us with our wedding!

COORDINATOR: Planning a wedding from away is an extremely difficult and time consuming task. Gwen was consistently available to answer our numerous questions, whether over the phone or via e-mail. Though our ceremony was relatively small, we cannot over emphasize how important the rehearsal was in easing our concerns about the flow of the ceremony. Gwen was an invaluable asset in helping to ensure that all the pieces of the ceremony came together at the right time in just the way we wanted.

MINISTER: Vance was simply amazing!! He had a wonderful voice that truly added to the ceremony and the video that captured the ceremony. Along with performing the ceremony exactly the way we wanted, he added a lot of light humor that really helped ease our nerves during the ceremony. And he's an extremely nice guy who is fun to chat with. We, Vance, myself (the groom), and my best man, had a very pleasant and humorous conversation prior to the ceremony.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alan exceeded all of our expectations in terms of service and quality of photos! He went out of his way to make sure we received the photos before leaving Maui (just days after the ceremony)! Multiple people from other parties on the beach approached us afterwards and explained how jealous they were about the quality of photos they thought Alan was capturing. Although we had browsed Alan's best works prior to our ceremony, he still blew us away with the shots he capture on the beach--amazing!!

VIDEOGRAPHY: He did a wonderful job with capturing every moment of our ceremony. He was very patient and helpful despite our severe lack of experience with being on camera. The final DVD was very professional and quite memorable. It captured our special moment in time in a way still photos simply cannot.

MUSICIAN: Though we interacted with Carmen (sp?) only briefly, he sang and played beautiful music that really added a special ambiance to the ceremony.

FLOWERS: Gorgeous and exactly what we wanted!

Mahalo very much for all your help,
Tyrel and Christie Newton

OVERALL SERVICE: The Overall Service was outstanding! At first we were skeptical about planning a destination wedding with only pictures to go by, however it turned out better than we expected. The Cove was more beautiful then imagined, the water is such a pretty turquoise and the sand is so clean and soft.

COORDINATOR: Gwen was very helpful with what options to choose for the wedding. She was always there to answer any and all questions. Knowing that she would be there to make things go smoothly took away a lot of stress.

MINISTER: Rick Jackson was fabulous! He was funny and personable and gave a wonderful ceremony. He help put everybody at ease on such a hectic day.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alan Fong was great and very funny! We are very happy with every single picture and made it hard to pick a favorite. Time was limited because the sun was quickly setting and he was still able to capture a variety of different scenes and poses. He worked very hard!

VIDEOGRAPHY: From the moment that we stepped out of the car till the end of our event he was there to capture every moment. We ordered the unedited DVD and were very pleased with the outcome. We have enjoyed watching it over and over re-living some of the moments that might have gone forgotten.

FLOWERS: Loved the flowers! We did the heart-of-love and it was so beautiful and special. It helped visually bring the wedding together. The bouquet and boutonnière were gorgeous and went perfectly together. All of our guest loved their lei's and it added a nice touch.

SUGGESTIONS: None....Everything went fantastic and beautifully! Thank-you for all the hard work!

Regards,
David & Penny Barna




COORDINATOR: Gwen was great!  I cannot complain when our day was absolutely perfect!  Gwen really made the day effortless.  I was a worrier being here in So Cal and trying to plan for a wedding in Maui, but Gwen told me "do not worry!"  After seeing how everything was really thought out and brought to fruition made the day perfect.

MINISTER:  Ron was perfect.  He kept the ceremony light and intimate.  He sermon was very touching and it brought me to tears.

PHOTOGRAPHY:  Alan is great to work with.  Our pictures are absolutely beautiful!  He was very accommodating to what we wanted.  He took beautiful pictures for us at the Fairmont instead of the beach, which was important to us.  (We were staying at the Fairmont).

VIDEOGRAPHY:  Brian was great!  I didn't even notice he was there filming.  We just received the DVD, and I am so glad we did it.  It really brings you back to the day and how special it is.

MUSICIAN:  We chose the harpist, but with the wind, I couldn't really hear it.  I would probably go with the violinist if you are having it outside.  Or choose two musicians to complement each other.

D.J.:  Billy was very nice.  I worked on our list of songs for the reception, such as the entrance song for the bride and groom, and our first dance.  The songs were nice, but not what we had asked him to play.  I would make sure you talk to him a week before your wedding to verify that he knows what songs are important to you.  Other than that, he was very accommodating the day of the reception and played songs on request. 

FLOWERS:  All the flowers for the whole day was GORGEOUS!!!!  I can't explain how beautiful the flowers were.  From my bouquet to the reception centerpieces for the individual tables-all gorgeous!  I would recommend having specific flowers that you want with a color theme.  Janna did a wonderful job on all the flowers.

CATERING:  We had our ceremony and reception at the Seawatch.  All our guests loved the food and service at the Seawatch.  The Seawatch was the perfect place.  Thanks Gwen for recommending the venue! 

SUGGESTIONS:  I truly cannot think of anything because the day was PERFECT.  I know how stressful planning a wedding is for the brides, especially from far away where you can't really see or feel anything.  It would be really helpful to have a timeline for the brides so they know what to expect and what they need to do on their side.  Because planning a wedding here is SoCal, the bride needs to get everything planned ASAP, but in Maui I guess as long as you have your venue squared away, everything is a piece of cake!  But Gwen is a professional so brides relax and have fun! 

Jane and Adam


 


COORDINATOR:  Gwen Clark.  Gwen is absolutely amazing. She has done this a million times but makes you feel like you are the only bride; she is genuine and sincere in all of her efforts and enthusiasm. She is organized, has fantastic ideas and takes care of absolutely everything and doesn't let you stress about anything. She was AMAZING to work with. Everyone commented after the rehearsal and the wedding what a wonderful job she did and that she was so nice. I think other people have had bad experiences with coordinators being a bit over bearing but that was not our experience at all. We were married at the Olowalu Plantation and it is a beautiful place. We (just me really) were nervous not having seen the plantation in person before deciding to get married there but once we saw it a few days before the wedding we were so relieved. Has all the elements for a romantic, beautiful Maui wedding. Which of course all happened because of Gwen.

MINISTER: Rick Jackson.  He was amazing. He has a great spirituality that brings together faith and the beauty and traditions of Maui.  Everyone asked if he was our personal minister because the ceremony was so amazing and personal in sentiment to Mark and I- seemed like he had known us forever.

PHOTOGRAPHY:  WOW - Say Cheese!  We took so many pictures and it was AWESOME.  This day won't last forever but the 465 pictures we got sure will.  He did a great mix of shots of pre, during and post ceremony. He has a wonderful eye for what is going right and what needs to be tweaked a little. The hardest thing is deciding which photos to display once you get your prints and CD, which by the way was within a week after we arrived back in Seattle.

VIDEOGRAPHY: I was hesitant on having a videographer, we just weren't sure we wanted one, however after receiving our video were were so glad we did. You don't realize how much you miss or don't get to spend enough time with everyone and the video really filled in those gaps for us. Also, for those who couldn't' make it to Hawaii this gave us the opportunity to share our ceremony and reception with them.  

MUSICIAN: Ginny Morgan. She was fabulous to correspond with before the wedding, answering all the questions we had. The music was beautiful and just what we had envisioned.  

FLOWERS: Not sure of the vendor? the flowers were PERFECT.  I don't know flowers so I sent Gwen some pictures of things I liked and when the the florist opened the boxes and I saw the bouquets, leis, and arch flowers for the first time I was just so excited. Everything was fresh, beautiful and smelled amazing.  

CATERING:   Cafe Olei Restaurants.  The food was AMAZING and the wait staff was so nice and helpful with everything. They did an excellent job of decor with the flowers on the buffet table for dinner and the appetizers before hand were a huge hit as well, and again DELICIOUS!

CAKE: Maui Wedding Cakes.  We did a three tier cake with chocolate covered strawberries and just like everything else it was fantastic. The cake was great and the strawberries were full of flavor and had been freshly dipped in chocolate.

HAIR/MAKE-UP:  Theresa.  Absolutely wonderful. She was so sweet. She was prepared for anything we wanted to do and had some fantastic suggestions.  She even brought me a straw so I wouldn't mess up my lips and could still drink Champaign before the ceremony =).  

D.J.: Bill Arbor.  Billy Contacted us right after we booked with Gwen, almost 13 months before our actual wedding date....Talk about organized! He was great. We had about 230 songs on our list and Billy did a great job of mixing and editing so the whole evening flowed from one event to the other. He also handled the spontaneous limbo match that started like a Pro. He didn't miss a beat - he changed up the music and helped with some hilarious commentary.

SUGGESTIONS: If you do videography have some songs you would like for the background picked out in advance.

Tina and Mark


 


Overall Service: We are so pleased with our overall experience and the
level of service we received with Blue Ocean Weddings. Everything went
so smoothly and was stress free.

COORDINATOR: Gwen was great! She communicated with us wonderfully and provided everything we asked for. Our wedding experience exceeded our expectations and was more than we could dream of. We could not have asked for a more beautiful ceremony. Gwen really helped to make our wedding a very special moment that will forever be in our hearts and of those of our family and friends who were able to witness it. Thank you for everything!!!

MINISTER: Tino was an exceptional minister. We did not want an extremely religious ceremony. Tino provided us with a beautiful spiritual ceremony that was true to our beliefs and feelings. Our ceremony was so touching and special. Our family and friends said it was the most amazing ceremony they had ever witnessed. Thank you so much Tino!

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alan was fantastic. We loved working with him. He made us feel very comfortable and captured the most beautiful moments. Alan is truly a very talented and experienced photographer. We were able to pick up our pictures quickly and received more than what we asked for. Our pictures are phenomenal! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

FLOWERS: Our flowers/leis were beautiful, fresh, elegant and simple as requested.

CATERING: Lunch at the Seawatch Restaurant was wonderful. Again our expectations were exceeded. All of our family and friends were able to be seated; we had a large party. The view was breathtaking and the food was delicious.

SUGGESTIONS: We think every bride and groom to be should get married in Maui. It is the most beautiful and romantic place. We hold a very special place in our hearts for Maui and Blue Ocean Weddings!

Elizabeth and Eric

Overall Service: GREAT GREAT GREAT I can not say enough! Everyone at the wedding was so impressed with the professionalism of the staff. They couldn't believe that all of this was made possible over the internet! Everything went better then planned! It was LIKE A DREAM!

COORDINATOR:
Gwen was AMAZING! She totally listened to what I wanted and planned every detail thoroughly! I was contacted only when necessary. I felt totally comfortable and not stressed at all! I put all of my trust in her hands and she definitely delivered and did not disappoint! Gwen your the best and I am currently recommending you to all of my engaged and soon to be engaged friends.

MINISTER: Was so awesome! He kept the ceremony traditional yet lighthearted. I could not have written better vows. He had me say exactly what I wanted to say and made this day so special!

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alan Fong was great! He was a little pushy with my family. But hey, atleast he got the best picture. We will be able to enjoy these photos for a lifetime. He delivered the pictures to our hotel only 5 days after the wedding! We enjoyed looking at them on the plane ride home!

VIDEOGRAPHY: I haven't recieved my DVD yet but i am sure it is going to be great. (it has only been 10 days post ceremony) He even asked what song we wanted the background music to include.

MUSICIAN: To be honest I had the Hawaiian musician but i don't even remembering hearing the music I was so captivated with my surroundings.

FLOWERS: If you are contemplating the heart of the flowers..GET IT! they were beautiful and provided such nice color to the photos! My bouquet was gorgeous it is still alive!

CATERING: Yormans restaurant was great. The coconut shrimp was awesome. the waitress were so great they were so attentive to me and my husband. My guests always had full glasses!

SUGGESTIONS:
NONE...KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! Your company is making alot of dreams come true!!

Monique and Robert Marsh



Overall Service:
First of all, Tim and I would like to thank Gwen so much for making our Wedding day as perfect as it was. Gwen provided an excellent and efficient service for planning our event from such a distance. I can honestly say that planning this wedding was stress-free, thanks to Gwen.

COORDINATOR:
Gwen did a fabulous job of helping us plan our Wedding - through emails and telephone conversations Gwen was able to create the perfect event for us. Every Wedding detail was exactly as I imagined it. Gwen was able to offer many wonderful suggestions that helped immensely in planning our Wedding.

MINISTER:
Our Hawaiian Minister did a great job - our guests were very impressed as were Tim and I. I feel that we had a true Hawaiian ceremony that will never be forgotten by us and our guests.

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Alan did an amazing job with the photos, he was extremely professional and efficient. Alan truly capture the moment of the day in his photos - we couldn't have asked for a better photographer. We were especially pleased to have received our photos digitally and in an album prior to our departure.

MUSICIAN:
Willy, our violinist, provided the perfect romantic ambiance for our special day. Willy's music was excellent and impressed all our guests.

FLOWERS:
Gorgeous - better than expected. Gwen was able to create the exact flower arrangements that we requested. Only in Hawaii can you expect such amazing flowers!

CATERING:
The dinner at Pacific'O Restaurant was delicious and the service was great.

SUGGESTIONS:
There is nothing that we would change - everything exceeded our expectations. We loved the butterflies!

Mahalo!
Jody & Tim McCready

HI Gwen,
My apologies for not getting back to you sooner. I can't believe it has been almost 2 months since that wonderful day at the Cove.

Overall Service: Great! Everything that was supposed to be in our package was there. Booking such an important event from so far away made me nervous, but Gwen and her team were able to make the day just perfect.

COORDINATOR: Gwen was prompt to return my emails and answer any questions I had for her. Very easy to talk to and she knows her stuff!

MINISTER: Paster Vance was great! If you think Hawaiian minister... he is it!

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alan's photos turned out great! He is very easy to work with and every photo seems to be a good shot. I don't know how many times we have looked at our photo album since we got back. Our family and friends have also commented on how great the pictures look.

VIDEOGRAPHY: Brian did a great job with the video. I would recommend to anyone to get one done. There was too much happening that day to take in. We always see new things when we watch the video. The music he chose went perfectly with the video.

MUSICIAN: Ron was great! The choice of songs was fantastic! He even played Tiny Bubbles by request for my parents before the ceremony started.

Thank you again Gwen for your help in putting this wonderful day together. Mahalo, Trevor



COORDINATOR: Gwen you were awesome. I was so worried about being here in Michigan and trying to plan a wedding in Hawaii. You made me feel worry free and made everything look beautiful. Thank you

MINISTER: We loved Vance. He did an amazing job and made our ceramony wonderful. The blowing of the shell, and doing part in Hawaiin, made it extra special. He is great.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Words cant express how our pictures turned out from Allen. We loved everything and how comfortable he made us feel and the time he put into the pictures. They were ready to be picked up just after a few days after the wedding. Thank you Allen for the gorgeous pictures that will last a life time.

VIDEOGRAPHY: Glenn was wonderful with our video. We loved how it turned out. It was done in time to take home and everyone loved it. Everyone was amazed at how great it turned out and how beautiful it was, not a dry face in the room.

MUSICIAN: The violinist was good. It added the nice music in the background

FLOWERS: My flowers were perfect. I sent Gwen a picture of my bouquet and she made it look flawless.

CAKE: The cake was delicious. It was also beautiful. My whole family loved the cake also.

SUGGESTIONS: Not a thing. Everyone did such an amazing job and made our wedding day at Makena Cove very very special. Thank you everyone for your time and for making the memories that we will keep forever.
Elisha and Mark



Aloha Gwen,

Thank you so much for our beautiful wedding. We had no idea what to expect since we were planning this from thousands of miles away. Everything turned out beautifully, just the way we imagined it would be like. Makena Cove was beautiful, the minister was so sweet and sincere, the musician played one of our favorite songs, the flowers were gorgeous. Alan took great pictures of us, and our friends and families love them. Glen made such a beautiful and moving wedding video, that it has made others cry when watching it. The reception held at south maluaka circle was delicious. Thank you so much for making our wedding such a special day for our friends and family.

You can definitely use our photos, we loved them.

Mahalo!
Eddy and Evelyn

Overall Service: Amazing! We had such a wonderful experience with Gwen & Blue Ocean Weddings from start to finish.

COORDINATOR: Gwen paid so much attention to detail, and was very helpful as we planned our wedding in Maui from Las Vegas. She took care of absolutely EVERYTHING and left us to enjoy the time, and not have to worry about everything. She made sure our day was extra special, and couldn't have been better.

MINISTER: Vance was amazing!! Everyone, including us, was so moved by the ceremony and sincerity with which he officiated. We were told countless times it was the most beautiful wedding people had ever been at. It was really powerful, and the ceremony was magical.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alan and his assistant did a wonderful job, and were able to get a ton of beautiful shots throughout the ceremony and reception. It's great to have so many beautiful photographs to remember our wedding by. And he was very prompt in getting them to us- they were waiting for us when we returned from our honeymoon!

MUSICIAN: The musicians were great and gave the evening a great Hawaiian vibe.

FLOWERS: Gorgeous!

CATERING: Catering, and the staff at the Maui Prince provided us an amazing buffet dinner. We couldn't have been happier with the Hawaiian buffet, and working with them, especially Leo. Again, everyone at the wedding said it was the best 'wedding food' they'd had.

SUGGESTIONS: Keep up the excellent service!

And a big, big mahalo to you for being a part of our day! We honestly couldn't have been happier with the way things turned out! And we've already been talking about coming back next February for our anniversary.

Take care!

Aloha,
Indu & Justin



Overall Service: The service was wonderful. Everyone was so professional and fun! The day was perfect, we couldn't have gotten any better!

COORDINATOR: Gwen is so good to work with. She promptly answered all of my questions and put my mind to ease. She knows what she's doing!

MINISTER: Rick was great. He gave a heart-felt sermon that we just didn't expect. He really tailored what he said to us and had a lot of fun with it.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alan was awesome and so are the pictures. We got them before we left the island. How cool is that!

VIDEOGRAPHY: I am so glad that we got a video. The day rushed by and now we have a DVD we can play at our reception for all of our family and friends. Glen was really cool too.

MUSICIAN: This added that "something special". I was worried we wouldn't hear the musician very well, but we could and the sound comes out great on the DVD also.  

FLOWERS: They were so beautiful and lasted almost a week.

CATERING: The cake was delicious and the service at the Seawatch was wonderful.

SUGGESTIONS: We wouldn't change a thing. It was picture perfect. Thank you!

Rebecca Smuder



Overall Service: Excellent. It was obvious that everyone knew one another and all worked well together to make the entire ceremony flow perfectly. Everyone was so upbeat and seemed genuinely happy for us on our wedding day. They created a very professional, yet relaxed atmosphere. We were so glad to have such nice people witness our wedding.

COORDINATOR:
Excellent. We had originally set our wedding date for June 2007. But, in November we decided that we needed to bump our wedding date up to January. I emailed Gwen, hoping that she could change the date on such short notice. She took it in stride and was even kind enough to allow us to make alterations to our original contract. We were so grateful that she was so flexible and we didn't have to give up on our dream of getting married in Maui. Our wedding planning process was virtually stress free. I only had to make a few decisions regarding the bouquet I wanted, the musician, the location and the cake. Gwen took care of the rest and made it all come together!

MINISTER: Excellent. The Hawaiian minister (Vance) was very warm and kind. His ceremony was just beautiful. He was well spoken and came across as genuine, both in person and on the video.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Very Excellent. Alan gets bonus points! haha. We had our ceremony at 10am at the secret cove. He took our picture for and hour and a half, both during and after the ceremony. When we were all done with our photo session, he handed Patrick his card and said that if it looked like it was going to be a nice sunset to give him a call at 5 and he would go down to Wailea Beach and get some sunset pictures, no extra charge! He said that he didn't have another wedding that day and he lives right near the condo we were staying at. Well, as luck would have it, the skies stayed clear and we did get a nice sunset. We ended up with a couple hundred wedding pictures in the end! It is obvious that Alan loves his work and it shows in the pictures, too. I had such a hard time picking my favorite picture for Gwen to use on her website! All of our friends and family are blown away by the pictures. Our wedding went by too fast, but Alan managed to capture so many special moments in photos. I will treasure these pictures forever! Thanks Alan!

VIDEOGRAPHY: Excellent. Brian made us feel at ease in front of the camcorder. I personally hate being on video, but I almost forgot he was even there. The final product was just beautiful, too. We got the edited DVD. He was going to let us pick the songs to put on the DVD and we had brought a CD. We decided on one song we definitely wanted, but had no idea what the second song should be. I told him to pick the second song...something that went well with the one we had picked. Am I glad I did! I had never heard this song before, but the one he picked was so perfect!  Also, he and Alan worked so seamlessly together that it made everything go smoothly.

MUSICIAN: Excellent. Just right to set the tone for our wedding ceremony. We were very happy that we chose the guitarist over the other music options!

FLOWERS: Just beautiful! I get so many compliments on my bouquet from people when they look at our wedding pictures. I just sent Gwen an email with a picture of the bouquet I wanted and she got them for me!

SUGGESTIONS: None, I think everything was perfect!

Diana Jackson


 


Gwen,
Thank you so much for making our special day unforgettable. Everything was perfect (well, except for the rain, but that's good luck!)

Overall Service: Blue Ocean Weddings provided excellent service to us in the planning and execution of our wedding. Gwen was very responsive in thorough in the planning process and the day was executed flawlessly. I believe every one should have the wedding of their dreams, and Blue Ocean Weddings made our dream come true.

COORDINATOR: Gwen was organized, communicative and detail-oriented. Entrusting this important occasion to a coordinator may be a difficult proposition to some brides, but Gwen's professionalism and commitment to excellence saved me the stress and strain of wedding planning and allowed us to enjoy our day to the fullest.

MINISTER: Vance was incredible. He reached out to our wedding party before the ceremony to get to know us and conducted the ceremony with such charisma and emotion, it was as if he had known us for years. We were so proud to have him a part of our ceremony.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alan made us look fantastic! He captured the joy of the day and how special the day was for us, which is not easy to do. We were able to take home the album and CD to show family and friends who couldn't attend, which was priceless.

VIDEOGRAPHY: I haven't seen the final product yet, so I can't fully comment, but he was very attentive and he and Alan worked well together.

MUSICIAN: The music was beautiful. It captured the spirit of Hawaii that we love so much as well as the emotions of the day. We love that he took a page from the IZ songbook - it was perfect. (By the way, is there anyway to contact the musician? We wanted to provide him with a small gratuity for his services, but didn't get a chance to).

FLOWERS: The flowers were lovely. Not only were we surrounded by the breathtaking natural landscape, but we got to hold the beauty of Hawaii in our hands, which was powerful.

CAKE: One word: YUM! We enjoyed the cake at our post-ceremony brunch and our guests were going back for seconds. The details of the Hawaiian flowers made it every more special and authentic to us.

SUGGESTIONS: More balance with unposed photography. I haven't seen the video yet, so I can't comment there.

Gwen, Kevin and I thank you for making our dream wedding come true. No words can describe how much your top-notch orchestration and your partners' flawless execution meant to us. It was the best day of our lives (so far!) and you were an integral part of it. From the heart, thank you so much!

Mahalo and best wishes always,
Ryann and Kevin Greve

Gwen,
As you might remember, Michael planned this surprise Wedding Vow Renewal for the past 9 months with you and your co-workers. Thankfully, the surprise went off without a hitch! The weather was poor all day until just before the ceremony. And, for that we have God to thank. However, all the other major details fell into Gwen’s lap and she and her co-workers did an amazing job.

COORDINATOR: Michael felt that Gwen was instrumental in coordinating all the details of our special day. Trying to keep this under raps from me was very difficult for Michael and if it wasn’t for you, Gwen, he would never have pulled it off. Thank you for helping us celebrate an amazing day!

MINISTER: Vance was heartfelt and sincere throughout the whole event. As many people have commented on your testimonial section of your website, Vance made you feel as if he knew us on a personal level and it made the vow renewal even nicer. We have watched the video many times with family and friends and each time at least one person comments on although his homily/sermon may have been well-rehearsed; it was thought-provoking and powerful. Great job, Vance! Vance has also received many compliments on how handsome he is!! J

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alan took some great pictures of us, I have to admit! We usually shy away from cameras and likewise, we tend to get silly in these types of situations. Alan was very patient and even laughed along with us. Some of the poses seemed foolish at the time (i.e. putting our foreheads together), but those ended up being the best! So, word to the wise: don’t assume that those particular pictures will turn out ridiculous! It was a bonus that Alan gave us a disk with all our pictures on them and a letter allowing us to make copies. Thanks again, Alan, for coming to our Resort before we left. Being able to take home the photo album/photo disk was a great send off for us!

VIDEOGRAPHY: Brian did an amazing job with our DVD. It showed the “true” us. It is a heck of a lot better than our original wedding video that is for sure!! Brian edited the video perfectly! He used the music Michael wanted in the background and he kept the part where we all got bulldozed by a huge wave! Thanks, Brian!

MUSICIAN: I don’t recall the gentleman’s name, but our guitarist did such a beautiful job. He even included in the middle of his song a warning about the big wave that was heading our way! Otherwise, we would all have been soaked to the bone. Instead, we were able to jump out of the way and salvage the video and photography. The only incident was that either Alan or Brian lost a shoe! Hope ya found it!

FLOWERS: Simply gorgeous! The bouquet  looked just like the picture! The leis were beautiful and held up throughout the evening.

Addition by me: We rented a town car for the evening and our driver Chris was the nicest guy in the world. We unfortunately messed up his very clean car with a ton of beach sand after the ceremony, but by the time we returned from changing clothes to go out again, the car was clean as a whistle. Chris gave us great suggestions for restaurants and activities for the rest of our trip and he was right on the money (Stella’s is a great breakfast place!).

SUGGESTIONS: Keep up the great work! I can speak for myself and say that other than the births of our two children, this day was the happiest day of my life. It outdid our original wedding by far (and we had a nice wedding, too!). Gwen, you and your co-workers allowed us to have a special day that can never be repeated. Thank you for giving us a memory of a lifetime.

Michael and Dickce Little

Gwen,
We could not have asked for a better day! Everything turned out just perfect. We can’t wait to come back to Maui...it was paradise! Our first day back home and it is in the 20’s and sleeting...yuck!

Overall Service: Everyone we encountered was very professional but also very personable. I would use all the same people if I had to do it over...they were all great!

COORDINATOR: Very professional. Everything was taken care of very quickly...calls were returned immediately. Gwen addressed any of our concerns right away so this was a very stress-free time for us.

MINISTER: Rick Jackson was fabulous! He has a way about him that makes you very comfortable. We were told when we went to get our marriage license that we were very lucky to have him performing our ceremony and I have to agree!

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alan is the best! He works quickly so that you’re not out there for hours taking pictures and yet he manages to capture all the right shots and some very unique ones, too. I am extremely happy with our pictures and it was so great to have our album and CD in hand before we left the island. I would definitely recommend using Alan!

FLOWERS: My bouquet was so gorgeous! It really added color to my pictures and stood out so beautifully against my white dress. The flowers were flawless.

May we use you as a reference for our future clients? Absolutely!

May we use your photograph on our website? I would love for you to! I am attaching my favorite picture in case you would like to use it!

Mahalo!
Vanessa and Randy Tuley

Aloha Gwen,
Everything was wonderful...more than we imagined! The cove was amazing, we wish it was more private but not anyone's fault. The weather seemed to be perfect on Tuesday, we think we got best sunset that week. It made up for the beach goers!

The minister was funny and comforting, we liked him, and  my Family also liked him :)

The photos are awesome, it was a pleasure working with Alan, he's fun too! :)

The flower bouquet was beautiful! and colorful :)

Thanks again, we wouldn't mind being used as a reference and/or pictures on the website.

We will definitely come back to Hawaii, we miss it already :)

Gina and Florin Micle

Coordinator: Gwen did a great job, everything that we asked for and all the changes that were made to our original requests were dealt with in a timely manner with out any need for us to remind her.

Minister: We both really like the minister, he was exceptionally nice and did a great job (even while choking on a bug). He talk to us as though he had known us for years and made both of us very comfortable.

Photography: Alan was an great photographer and took great picture. He even allowed us to re-produce his picture at no extra charge (that is very rare). He was fun and professional and actually gave us more than we aid for.

Musician: It is kind of hard to comment on this, she was there on time and everything, but with it being a harp and the waves crashing near by it was hard to hear. I think for a beach wedding a different instrument would be better (only because a harp is so soft it is hard to hear)

Mary Alldaffer


Aloha Gwen!
We couldn't have had a more perfect wedding thanks to you. I was very pleased with your services, right down to the hair and makeup- Sue was awesome- very accommodating. Alan came by to drop off the photos and stayed to chat a while which was so nice. We would have liked to leave the island with our wedding DVD but Glen mentioned he would mail it to out by Wednesday- we certainly don't want to rush the editing process. The musician- his name escapes me- performed wonderfully and was so gracious to share the stage with my brothers. The Seawatch staff was also very accommodating- the food and the service was great. Everything went wonderfully but my most memorable experience of all was sharing our day with Kahu Mau at Keolahou Church. The church had that old Hawaii charm and Kahu Mau made the ceremony so warm and memorable for all of us. I intend to write him a thank you letter and send him a photo for his website as well.

I would be happy to be a reference for your future clients and you can certainly use our photo for your website-attached is one of my favorites.

Warm Regards,
Jenevieve and Nathan Ooka
COORDINATOR: Gwen was great. I plan a lot of events and am very critical (as Gwen knows) and everything was done with the utmost level of detail. When Gwen could tell I was getting stressed or concerned over email, I instantly received a call that would reassure me that everything was ok. It was the day of the wedding though, where we saw how amazing every item we discussed was, and Gwen's "whip crackin", enthusiasm and caring nature that made us so thankful that we chose to work with her.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

MINISTER: Pastor Glenn Armstrong was very easy to work with. I sent him what I wanted, he read it and let me know what he thought, and he delivered with sincerity and kindness.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Michael Andrews and his assistant were wonderful. Both made us feel very comfortable and captured everything we could have asked for. The photos are SO SO great, a blend of traditional and journalistic. I highly recommend him.

VIDEOGRAPHY: Very easy. Gwen recommended them, they captured some truly hilarious words from our friends and family. We got the video very quickly. You don't pick your songs or anything, but they choose nice ones that fit the moment and in the long run, I was happy we didn't have to worry about it. We look forward to watching it again and again on our anniversaries.

MUSICIAN: I don't even know the name of the quartet... Gwen new I wanted a string quartet and booked them. But they were great and really set the mood of the ceremony. Th DJ, Billy Arbour, found all the music we requested and made it easy for us... he read the guests well too and chose great songs to keep the party going... he even covered up his stuff and waiting out in the rain for us to hit the dance floor once it stopped.

FLOWERS: SO great! They were even better than I imagined... the arch was STUNNING. I don't know the name of the florist Gwen booked but anyone wanting amazing flowers should ask for the florist that did Dan & Erin's wedding!

CATERING: The food at the Seawatch was amazing. I had several people tell me it was the best food they have ever had at a wedding, that it actually tasted like they ordered it at the restaurant rather than "catering" food, and that the portions were excellent. The macadamia crusted island fish was AMAZING!! Everyone was very nice as well.

Maui Wedding Cakes did a great job with the cake too... just want we wanted and delicious as well.


Best Wishes,
Erin and Dan Kaplan

Overall Service: We cannot thank-you enough for the most amazing day of our lives. You are truly remarkable and we couldn't have asked for anything more on our special day. Our dream wedding really did come true and its all thanks to you and your team. A BIG MAHALO from both of us!

Coordinator: Gwen you are absolutely unbelievable. Your attention to detail and 100% organization was much appreciated. We love you!

Minister:
The Hawaiian minister was excellent. He spoke so genuinely and sincerely, it was remarkable. His wedding attire was unbelievable, a very nice treat for us and our guests!

Photography: Alan was amazing. We had all of our 340+ digital photos before we left the island and every single one of the pictures is unbelievable. He did a great job getting different poses and even put up with our fun photo requests! Glen and the other videographer were also wonderful. We had that video before we left as well, and were shocked at how amazing it turned out. Something we will cherish forever.

Musician: He was also more then we could have ever expected. He sang and played beautiful Hawaiian music and was a lot of fun!

Flowers: Jana did a wonderful job on all of the flowers. All of the flowers from the bouquets, to the arch flowers, to the centerpieces....they were all remarkable. Absolutely outstanding!

Catering: The Seawatch Restaurant did a fantastic job on reception venue and food. All of our guests were "wow'ed" by the quality and taste of the food.

Suggestions: Absolutely none that we can think of. The day was better then we could have ever imagined and we couldn't be happier! When we come back to renew our vows we will definitely be contacting you!

Thanks again for everything
Mahalo,
Shannon & Corey


OVERALL SERVICE: Our experience was outstanding. We couldn't have asked
for anything more! The whole destination wedding experience was a leap of faith for us (coordinating our entire wedding via email and phone). Wedidn't know what to expect-but Blue Ocean Weddings exceeded our expectations.

COORDINATOR: Gwen was on top of everything. Very easy to work with. She was very accomodating and responded to all of our questions immediately.

MINISTER: We can't say enough about Tino. He was outstanding in every respect. We were very pleased that he was the officiant for our special
day.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alan Fong was a terrific photographer to work with. He was patient and gave great direction - our photos turned out wonderful. Alan personally delivered our photos to us before we even left Maui. Alan's the best!

VIDEOGRAPHY:
We haven't received our video yet, but can't wait to see it. Brian and Lucy were great to work with, they were so discreet that we didn't even notice they were filming.

FLOWERS: Out of this world. Our bouquet and leis were beautiful.

SUGGESTIONS: Keep up the good work! For anyone thinking the destination wedding route, we highly recommend Blue Ocean Weddings.


Melissa and Matthew

Gwen & Alan,
Please forgive me for not writing sooner! Married life has kept me busy! Brian and I can not thank you enough for such an easy and beautiful wedding! We never imagined it to be so unique and unforgettable! I have probably looked at our pictures over 100 times! Our family and friends were estatic to see them when we got home since no one knew where we were or that we had gotten married! We had a blast!

Being a photographer myself I have a huge respect for what Alan does! he gets to capture the moments that will tell the story of their wedding day to all of the family and friends that couldn't be there. What a wonderful job to get to be on the beatiful Maui beaches day after day!

We will reccomend you to everyone we know! Eloping in Maui is the way to go!

Sincere thanks to everyone,
Lindsey & Brian Turner
Atlanta, GA

Hi Gwen,
It was lovely meeting you also - Thank you so much for organising such a wonderful wedding for us. It was everything I could have wished for. Below are my comments:

Overall Service: Excellent! Everyone was great! I loved every moment. I cannot fault anything. As I'm sure every bride says - the day went by so fast, so I'm looking forward to viewing the photographs and video to enjoy everything all over again.

COORDINATOR: Very Professional. Very organised. Very Friendly. What more can I say :o)

MINISTER: Amazing!!! So well spoken. The service was beautiful - Christian / Hawaiian mix.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Again very professional and yet lots of fun. I can't wait to see the pictures!!!

VIDEOGRAPHY: Looking forward to seeing the video. I was unaware of the cameras presence, which was great. Usually I dislike being taped :o)

MUSICIAN: Great musician. Wonderful music. Beautiful singer.

FLOWERS:
Stunning. Exactly what I had envisioned.

CATERING: Food was delicious. Staff were courteous and friendly.

Thanks again Gwen, everything was beautiful!!!

Catherine & Gavin
Overall Service: Hi Gwen just wanted to say thank you so much for everything. It was unbelievable. and you made it all happened. I cant thank you enough for all you have done.

COORDINATOR: Gwen is a doll and was easy to work with. Her charm and personality is unforgettable. (thanks Gwen your a rock star. love ya)

MINISTER: Tino was our minister and he was very passionate and sweet and made us feel like we have known him for years.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Allen was so great to work with. He was funny and an amazing photographer. The pictures are unreal. the background look like something out of a magazine.

VIDEOGRAPHY: We haven't see the video yet but I'm sure without a doubt it will be something we will cherish for life. Brian was great. I thought I was going to be nervous with a video camera in my face but I wasn't. Brain and his staff was so fun and they felt like family.

MUSICIAN: WAS AMAZING!!!!!

FLOWERS: The flowers were so beautiful.

CATERING: We had the best service. Dave and Jason catered to everything we needed and made everyone very comfortable.

CAKE: Our cake... what can I say but it was perfect. the colors, the design. PERFECT!!!

SUGGESTIONS: If you decide to get married in Hawaii I highly recommend if you use Gwen and blue ocean weddings. you will have the most magical, breath taking wedding imaginable. with no stress.

Christina and Michael Ablett

Aloha Gwen,
Sorry for the delay in responding to your email. We just got back last week. Thank you so much for all your assistance in planning our wedding. We couldn’t have asked for anything better. It was awesome.

COORDINATOR: 5 out of 5

MINISTER: 5 out of 5

PHOTOGRAPHY: 5 out of 5

MUSICIAN: 5 out of 5

FLOWERS: Except for one of the guest leis that broke half way through the ceremony, 5 out of 5. My bouquet in particular lasted all week.

SUGGESTIONS: Everything was done to my complete satisfaction. There is nothing in particular that I can think of that could be improved.

Again thanks for all you help.
Giulia & Tom

Gwen
Jeremy and I had no idea what to expect planning a wedding via e-mail in a place we had never visited before, but when we arrived and as events took place leading to the wedding, we realized we had absolutely nothing to stress about. Gwen took care of every last detail, and was very good about communication - obviously very organized. In addition, while in Maui, I heard from other people who have worked with Gwen how great she is at planning weddings. The location was beautiful and surprisingly secluded, and everything was ready on time. I couldn't have asked for anything for our special day. I would absolutely refer Gwen to anyone wanting to get married in Maui. Mahalo Gwen.

COORDINATOR: Gwen did an excellent job planning the wedding ceremony. I would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to get married in Maui. The site was beautiful and everything was done perfectly.

MINISTER: Robert did a great job. He was very helpful, and communicated with us very well prior to the wedding. The ceremony was flawless. We were very happy with Robert.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alan did such a great job with the sunset and getting pictures taken at the right time. The photo album we received was beautiful.

VIDEOGRAPHY: The video was okay. We were satisfied with the quality and length, but for the amount we paid we expected a little more, but I can't really explain what that would be. Maybe we just weren't expecting the right thing. They were very professional and nice the whole time.

MUSICIAN: Great! Played beautiful music and did a great job.

FLOWERS: Loved my bouquet, loved Jeremy's lei.

SUGGESTIONS: No suggestions, just want to thank Gwen for making everything go so smoothly for us. I would definitely use Gwen again if I were to do it all over again!

Elena and Jeremy

Gwen,
We had a fabulous experience! I am very quickly checking my e-mails, but would be very happy to do a letter of recommendation for you.

The ease of getting married with no pressure, just pure fun was wonderful! No worries, and when we walked into the picture perfect Cove and saw our wedding cake, glasses and lovely set up I almost broke into tears it was so lovely!

The ceremony was presented in a heartfelt, gracious, presentation, very meaningful, and I can't say enough about the photographer! I can't wait to see the pictures. He was fun, very detail oriented and obviously knew his business. He new what time to do what and what things needed to be done when to get the best shots.

Thanks to you and your team we truly had the BEST WEDDING POSSIBLE!!!!!

And yes, please use any of the pictures and any comments. I would be happy to be a VERY HAPPY reference!

Christi and Barry Dear Gwen,
My deepest apologies for not getting back to you sooner on this. And I certainly hope it isn't too late to put in my comments. Kevin and I could not have been more blessed on our wedding day. We were surrounded by loving friends and family in a breathtaking locale and could not have asked for more as far as our ceremony and dinner were concerned. You were a wonderful coordinator, and I'm glad I was among the lucky brides in your care. We were nervous doing all the planning for one of our most important days purely over phone, Internet and e-mail. But you guided us along and gave me some expert advice when asked. And we ended up with the wedding we dreamed about. Thank you so much for your help. Best of luck in all your endeavors.

COORDINATOR: You should get no one else. Gwen is fabulous.

MINISTER: Officiant Ron Winkler has an easy-going and warm presence. He keep the mood light yet special. We were more than happy to entrust such an important moment to him.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alan Fong took wonderful pictures. He keep the photo-taking process from being too long or boring. Our pictures were ready and delivered within a few days. And the sunset shots were breathtaking.

MUSICIAN: Our classical guitarist was never intrusive upon the ceremony. He provided light and beautiful background music.

FLOWERS: I had calla lillies and my bridesmaids gardenias. I showed Gwen a picture of what I wanted and she made it happen. And she gave me some much-needed advice on the gardenias.

:SUGGESTIONS: Nothing to fix here. Gwen, you really helped lead me along in this process. You listened to what I wanted and gave me the advice I needed to get it. We got married at the Diamond Resort in Wailea (beautiful gazebo surrounded by trees and flowers with views of the water) and would recommend it to everyone. You are so good at what you do. Don't change a thing.

Mahalo,
Kevin and Diana Camacho
Dear Gwen
We took the most wonderful memories back to Switzerland! We had a fantastic wedding day! Thank you very much for making our day that special! We could really enjoy ourselfs. There was nothing we had to worry about. Everything was just perfect!

Overall Service: Very good

COORDINATOR: Very very patient with me and my changing wishes!

MINISTER: The minister was very nice and friendly. He had such a good aura
that we felt very comfortable in his company!

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alan Fong was just great! It was great fun doing photos with
him! Everyone at home was hooked when they saw the photos!

CATERING: The view from the 'Seawatch' Restaurant was just fabulous and the
dinner was delicious!

LIMOUSINE: It was the best decision to take the Limousine. So there was no
worry about driving! The driver was very friendly!

If our minister (sorry, I forgot his name) has an e-mail, could you please
send it to me? We would like to thank him too. Thank you!
Greetings from Switzerland
Susanne and Mario Fanton

Aloha Gwen,
Roland and I had a wonderful time in Hawaii and we would like to thank you for pulling everything together. You really made our wedding day a 'no-stress' event and allowed us to focus on what we were there to do -just as it should be!!

Overall service:
Absolutely perfect! We wouldn't change a thing; You are so easy to work with and made everything so simple for us. Your attention to detail is amazing - from the flowers to the first dance -everything was perfect!

Minister: Tino was blessed with a very special gift - what can I say except for we were in awe of his ceremony. It was beautiful!

Photography: Alan did a fantastic job with the pictures - they are beautiful! He was able to capture the moments you can't 'pose' for - ;we plan on contacting him for a photo session when we return to Hawaii someday.

Videography: Brian and Lucy were great as well!! Even though we got the 'unedited' video, it was just as perfect! I think they even had a blast after the ceremony!

Musician: The guitarist was perfect - Somewhere Over the Rainbow has a special place in my heart and what a coincidence that was the song he played as my dad walked me down the beach! Very touching.
Flowers: Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful!

I can't make a suggestion. Everything exceeded our expectations - it was as though we had a “fairy-tale” ceremony right out of a story-book! The surprise of the first dance was wonderful - we were not expecting it and that little dance made everything perfect!!! Please add us as a reference for future clients and yes, you may absolutely use our photograph on your website!!

Thank you for everything!!
Roland and Tessa Anodide

Overall Service: Excellent!!! We could not have been happier with the location, corrdinator, Hairdresser, minister, photography, video, and flowers!!!! Everything ran smoothly and the weather could not have been more beautiful. The directions that Gwen gave to the site we excellent!!! If I had to do it all over again I would use Blue Ocean Wedding. 

COORDINATOR: Gwen was very professional and always took time to answer a nervous Bride’s questions!!! Gwen was very good at holding to her word and really listening to us. She was courteous and kept things on task the day of the wedding so everything ran smoothly!! Thank you!!!

MINISTER: Pastor Bob was excellent with his ceremony and words of love. He was very welcoming and we felt like he had known us for a very long time. Pastor Bob gave a beautiful Hawaiian prayer, which added to our special moment.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Richard Marks was wonderful, he took time with us to get all the right shoots and really helped us become comfortable in front of the camera. Richard also delivered a beautiful album and went above and beyond our expectations!!! Thank you!!!

VIDEOGRAPHY: Brian Rothstein did a great job setting up the video, when my husband and I saw the video for the first time we were blown away with how beautiful it came out. WE never expected such a great video!!! The only complaint is that the wind was a little loud but you can still hear everything and the shots were perfect along with the choice of music and special touches put into the video!!! Thank You!!!

FLOWERS: Gorgeous, the most beautiful flower I have ever seen. Just perfect.

HAIR: Sue did such a great job and really helped me look my best. Sue was kind and really helped me feel at ease just hours away from the big moment!! She was very easy going and great to talk to and her level of professionalism showed in the finished product. What a beautiful hair style!!!!

SUGGESTIONS: Everything was great, There is nothing I could ask you to change!!!! 
 
Thank you,
Shelby & Jason Spagnola

Coordinator: Gwen, you did a fantastic job.  It was hard to know if everything I was communicating was being understood as I understand it, so I wasn’t sure how everything would turn out – I am kind of particular.  But it was perfect and beautiful.  Better than we expected in every single regard.  I don’t even think it could have been better if it had been in San Diego and I had planned everything myself.

We loved, loved, loved Olowalu Plantation Estate.  The grounds are beautiful – so lush and right on the water. The plantation house itself has a very cool vibe, and I loved getting dressed/ready there.  We didn’t get to see the site until the day before, so we just hoped we’d like it.  But we loved it.  It was a special place.

Photography:
We really liked Alan’s direction – sometimes he told us how to pose, and sometimes he just let us be ourselves.  Our casual photos taken at McKenna Cove were great – the colors of the scenery and the poses Alan chose to print for us were awesome.  I love our wedding photos – we were lucky enough to have a gorgeous sunset. 

Musician: We had a Saxophone player, who I never had the opportunity to meet.  But the music I heard from inside the house before I walked down the isle was beautiful.

DJ: We made a song list (including do and don’t plays) and told him it was OK to take requests, and he didn’t play anything that didn’t fit the criteria.  I was so thankful (not to hear the Macarena or Electric Slide), and we had an awesome dance party!

Flowers: I loved the bouquets, pew décor and petal isle.  I really liked the centerpieces (beautiful flowers, great color matching), but was a little bit surprised by their size (for $100 each, I thought they’d be bigger).  The centerpieces were probably the only thing I was mildly disappointed with of the entire day.  However, I thought the staff did a great job setting up the tables with all of the items we shipped over, securing everything despite some wind and even keeping the candles lit.

I would recommend giving a suggestion in advance to others that want to decorate their own tables – to be sure to use some kind of a hurricane, which we just didn’t think about until we were already in Hawaii.

Catering: It took us some time to get our menu picked out (so many choices and we had a lot of guests), and I wasn't sure I was 100% happy with what Matt and I had selected.  But the food rocked.  Everyone loved it we had so many compliments on the food.  The presentation was awesome, the staff was professional and the Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken was delicious.  I think I ate 4 pieces.  Guests also really liked the Island Mahi Mahi and the Au Gratin Potatoes.  We were also so touched that the opening of Dana's new restaurant was the night of our wedding, and instead of being at the restaurant, she was at our wedding.

Cake: Our cake was beautiful, exactly like the one I picked out.  I didn’t get to taste but a bite, but heard from our guests that it was tasty.

Salon Louchia: Teresa (sp?) did a wonderful, wonderful job on my hair and make-up.  I would recommend her to anyone without a doubt.  I brought in a picture of a hairstyle, and she made it happen.  I was really glad I had a practice appointment with her, too, because when I went there on my wedding day, I wasn’t nervous about how I was going to look at all.  And to me, that was a big deal.

Stacy from Bars Are Us: Stacy was great to work with.  She’s a lot of fun.  There was hardly ever a line at the bar, and they poured excellent drinks (not weak!).

Thanks to everyone who helped put our day together.  I didn’t have to worry about a thing, and that was one of the best parts.  You can of course use us as a reference, and feel free to post pictures or comments to the website.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

Sincerely,
Matt & Lindsay Enyedi

Gwen, 
Thank you so much for coordinating our wedding.  The location was beautiful, the ceremony was perfect, and everyone had a great time.  We were very happy with our minister, who approached us before the wedding and put us at ease.  He was very easy to work with and he conducted a perfect ceremony that we were both happy with.  The photographer as well was wonderful, we met a few days after the wedding and reviewed the pictures.  Receiving additional pictures on disc has been very helpful, I have e-mailed the pictures to family members from all over who were unable to attend the ceremony.  Everyone has commented on how beautiful the pictures turned out and were very impressed by the photographers ability to capture the personality of our group. Thank you to Blue Ocean Weddings for creating a perfect day for us and our family, I couldn't have asked for anything more!

We would be more than happy to be a reference and you may use our pictures.

Thanks again,
Scott and Jodi Holbein

Gwen,
Thanks for doing such a superb job with the preparation of our wedding. We both think the wedding and the reception were wonderful. Yorman's was a smash hit for everyone who attended. We had a spectacular evening, fabulous view, and great meal

We both send you and Alan our many thanks for making our wedding a day of rememberance.

Mahalo,
Bobbie & Keith Fenske
Gwen
Just finally returned to work today, what a great vacation! We had such a wonderful time in Maui and of course, getting married was the absolute highlight.

Thanks you for everything, it was perfect. Friends and family who have seen the wedding on-line have commented on what a beautiful wedding it was. Your service was invaluable. The minister was everything I had pictured. Alan did a fabulous job on the photos and went over and above our expectations. Glen’s video has turned out to be the best thing we could have ever done. Our friends and family say they felt as if they were there and actually cried because it was so touching. The guitarist was another perfect “Hawaiian” touch to the ceremony. I can’t imagine not having him and my bouquet was beautiful.

Again, both Jim and I want to thank everyone involved with making our day so special. There is not one thing I would change. I will highly suggest other friends who are getting married to consider your service and “Get Mauied”.

Please feel free to use our photo if you would like for your website and yes, you can use us as a reference for future clients.

Take Care---
Stephanie Sawyer

Dear Gwen,
Jake and I are so blessed to have such a wonderful wedding coordinator like you! (Especially when we first met on our wedding day !) Everything about our special day was perfect! We could not ask for more! We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything Blue Ocean Weddings did for us! We enjoyed every moment!

Love,
Sarah & Jake Mason

Overall Service: Everything about our wedding day was perfect! Everyone was exceptionally nice, considerate, etc. The cake was beautiful and DELICIOUS!

COORDINATOR: Thank you Gwen! It was hard to imagine how everything was going to come together through the two of us emailing. You did a fabulous job! I could not ask for more!

MINISTER: WE LOVE REV. KRUEGER! (By the way, do you have his mailing address?) Meeting with him was a wonderful, delightful experience that made Jake's and I's wedding even more cherishable and dear to our hearts. It was almost like we had known Rev. Krueger our whole lives! He is a wonderful Christian minister and I am so thankful he was the one who "Helped" bring us together and become one in God's eyes!

PHOTOGRAPHY: Very good at what he does! Our wedding pictures are AMAZING! I can't stop looking at them! He was very persistent and knew exactly what he wanted and because of that, our wedding memories are portrayed through our pictures perfectly!

VIDEOGRAPHY: Very nice man! We have yet to see our video, but I can only imagine how great it will be! He seemed to know what he wanted from us as well! I'll be sure to let you know as soon as I watch the video!

MUSICIAN: To be honest, I don't remember anything he played. I was so wrapped up in the moment I blurred everything out, even the music, and payed all of my attention to Jake. He seemed especially nice and I can't thank him enough for playing in our wedding!

FLOWERS: Exactly what I wanted! The flowers topped it off! I loved everything about them! I had an image in my head that I could not describe to you through email and you still seemed to get into my head and find exactly what I was looking for! They were amazing and gorgeous! WOW! Words cannot describe how beautiful they were! I wanted to bring them home with me and preserve them forever.

Sarah & Jake Mason

Gwen,
Overall Service: What is there to say... We were in awe of how beautiful everything was. The wedding was more than we could have ever wished for. We are so glad we opted for the 10 doves. It was so peaceful.

COORDINATOR: Gwen, you are wonderful. With all the trouble we had with the other company, you took over, planned everything last minute and set our nerves at ease. We went from a nervous wreck to sailing on smooth water! We couldn't have asked for anything better. Your services were AMAZING!

MINISTER: When he got out of the car we were smiles from ear to ear. The minister looked just like our pastor from back home! He was wonderful. His presentation was much more than we expected. Everything he said was from memory and from the heart. It went so very smooth. One of the best things that we liked was the prayer he ended it with.

PHOTOGRAPHY: My father has done wedding pictures for many years and he highly approved of Alan's work during the wedding and the finished product. He made everything extremely easy. We even had the pictures before we went home. How great is that!

VIDEOGRAPHY: We can't wait to see the DVD!

MUSICIAN: Our guests enjoyed the harpist! My husband and I really can't put too much info in here because we were so absorbed in the moment! We will get to see his handy work on the DVD.

FLOWERS: Great!

SUGGESTIONS: What could I suggest? Everything was perfect!

May we use you as a reference for our future clients? Absolutely! 562-882-0909

I just gave out your information to my doctor who is getting married next August! Hopefully you will have the chance to work with her!

Gwen - thank you so much. You turned our nightmare into something beyond our imagination. The Cove was unreal! Thank you for everything. Words will never express how much your help meant to us!

Mandee and Chris Reedy

Gwen, Thank you so much for the perfect day. Everything was above and beyond what I had expected. You were so professional and attentive to every detail and everyone who works with you was fantastic! Alan was just so nice and put everyone at ease--the pictures are beautiful! The limo driver and Corey, the videographer were so funny and friendly. Everyone worked so hard to make sure that we were happy and we couldn't ever Thank You All enough for the priceless time and memories you have given us for our wedding day. We will cherish that moment forever. We can't wait to work with you again when we renew our vows. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Overall Service: Outstanding. Gwen, you especially were always so prompt in returning my emails and calls and answering my endless questions. The entire staff is extremely professional and friendly.

COORDINATOR: Gwen you are the best!

MINISTER:
Tino was fantastic. All of our guest loved him. He made our wedding ceremony very special with his additional touches. When we first met him, he was so soft-spoken. We were both amazed at the passion and energy he put into ceremony.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Our pictures are beautiful. Alan was so kind to work so hard to ensure that we had beautiful poses and backgrounds. The scenery and colors he captured seem unreal, particularly the sunset ones on the beach. He was wonderful working so quickly, yet calmly, without us every feeling rushed or pressured.

VIDEOGRAPHY: Corey was very sweet. He was constantly working and very nice about asking us to pose for the shoots. We can't wait to see the finished product.

MUSICIAN: He was great. His voice and playing are amazing. The songs he played were so perfect, especially the last one, Somewhere Over the Rainbow. He is just so talented and I think it really made our wedding special to have him there playing.

FLOWERS: All the flowers were gorgeous. My bouquet was more elaborate than I expected and the flowers used were exquisite. I loved it so much I saved for our entire trip and had it dried when I got home so I can keep it forever. The corsages were lovely too. Our moms were very touched to have that special designation and wear the beautiful flowers.

CATERING:
Gwen you did a fantastic job in recommending Yormans to use. The food was delicious and also above and beyond what we expected. Our guests could not stop talking about how great it was and the staff at Yormans. The waitress' were great. They were so friendly and on top of everything. They gave us 5-star service. Gwen, you made our reception run so smoothly too. You had everything so well-organized and set-up so we could have a traditional wedding reception even though we were so far from home.

SUGGESTIONS: Nothing whatsoever! You all were perfect!

Thanks again for everything.

Best wishes,
Cecy Lara



Aloha Gwen!!!!
Sorry for the delay, we are settling in from the honeymoon. Thank you soooooooo much, we had a PERFECT wedding, thanks to you!!!!!!

Overall Service: Above 100% satisfaction!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All of our desires for our special day were not only met, they were exceeded. We imagined that we would have a beautiful ceremony, but nothing could have prepared us for ultimate perfection!

COORDINATOR: (Gwen Clark)… An absolute blessing! We are the “dream makers”, and she is the “dream catcher”! Gwen caught our dream and made it reality! She has gone above and beyond meeting our desires. Thank you so much!

MINISTER: A true blessing! We felt that our minister was one who believes in the true meaning of marriage and love. As we all turned towards one another to pray and proceed with the ceremony, the sun appeared after a day of rain, and kissed our faces. Pure divinity! Absolutely beautiful!

PHOTOGRAPHY: Absolutely breath taking! The pictures capture the very essence of us in Hawaii, on that very special day. The photos made people who have never been to Hawaii believe that they could reach right through the picture and touch Hawaii!

VIDEOGRAPHY: The video editor made us feel at home and comfortable! Never were we nervously aware about being filmed.

MUSICIAN: Beautiful beyond our dreams! The musician completed the mood of the ceremony.

FLOWERS: The flowers were absolutely beautiful!

CATERING: The catering was delightfully delicious!

SUGGESTIONS: Continue to be the best!

Shauna Swift-Cox

Gwen,
We couldn't have asked for a more wonderful experience. Everything was perfect. Makena Cove was amazing and it was like the minister had known us for years. We and our families have nothing but raves for everything you did, and would be most willing to be used as a reference and we would tell everyone who asked to use you and your staff. Thank you, Thank you a million thank yous!!!!!!!

Fondly,
Amy and Chris Meier
COORDINATOR: Very detail oriented and professional, yet personal!

MINISTER: Rev. Ron Winckler made our ceremony very personal and meaningful. We felt like we knew him within a few minutes of meeting him.

FLOWERS: BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! I cannot tell you how much we loved the flowers and the especiolly the circle of flowers. Thank you for the outstanding choices.

MUSIC:We were very happy with the harp music to set the tone of our wedding.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alan was awesome!! He has such a warm personality and his work is outstanding. We enjoyed the visit we had with him when he brought our pictures to Kapalua. We could have visited for hours.

VIDEOGRAPHY: Bob was fun to work with on our wedding day. We don't know about the finished product as we have not received it as of yet.

David & Beverly Leedom

Aloha Gwen,

Everything was absolutely perfect! We honestly were shocked at how smooth the entire process was. I did not want the stress of a "traditional wedding" here in the south (where weddings can get outrageous). Making the decision to get married in Maui and have you as our planner was the best decision we could have made.

Can't comment on the video. We should receive it this week, but everything else was wonderful. The pictures just don't look real! It looks like we are standing in front of a backdrop!

You can absolutely use us as a reference and let me know if we need to send you any pictures. I'm not sure if Allen gave you a copy.

Mahalo!
Tiara and Boris Henderson


Hi Gwen,
You made things so easy. I can't thank you enough. The minister was absolutely fantastic, it was really nice that he took time to meet us before the wedding
day. The flowers were beautiful, exactly what I was hoping for. I can't wait to go home and see the professional pictures and the video. The guys were really nice and easy to work with. Feel free to use us as a reference and to post any pictures from our wedding on your website. I am so happy with how
things went, but I better go so I can enjoy the honeymoon.

Thanks again,
Beth and Rob Bittner


Overall Service: Matt and I appreciated everything!!! It was a lifetime
dream come true!!! Our day was very special to both of us because you doneeverything in your power to make sure nothing went wrong!!!!!! Thank you so much!

COORDINATOR: Gwen, there isn't enough words in the book to express what you did for us. We loved every bit of our wedding and also our trip to Hawaii that you planned for us! We could not of asked for a more special time than what you had planned for us!!!!!!

MINISTER:
Bob was a very passionate person. He knew exactly hoe to make your ceremony very special and very memorable. We thank him for everything he did within our ceremony in Hawaii!!

FLOWERS:
Our leis were beautiful. They really made our ceremony unique with the Hawaiian tradition.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Allen was amazing!! He did the most wonderful job ever on our pictures. He really knows how to catch some awesome pictures. We were very pleased to also have our pictures back within 24 hours. Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!

SUGGESTIONS: We really have no suggestions except put all of your faith in Blue Ocean Weddings because they really know how to make a lifetime impression on someone. We loved everything they had done for us!!

Matt and Laci Bross

Dear Gwen,
Wanted to write a note and tell you how much we appreciated everybody's work in making our wedding amazingly beautiful. Gwen you did a great job in arranging all aspects of our wedding. The flowers were beautiful, Alan's photography was better than we'd even imagined. The minister was great and put us at ease right away with his down to earth demeanor. The videographer was very nice, and we can't wait to see the video. The site at Makena Cove was just breathtaking complete with a whale in the background. And Gwen your recommendation of the Sea Watch for dinner was right on, we had a delicious dinner there in gorgeous surroundings that matched the occasion beautifully.

Many Mahalos to you all,
Kris and Ian


Overall Service: Service was outstanding. With everyone's hard work on your team, we didn't have to do one thing but show up.

COORDINATOR: Mike and I talked about how wonderful Gwen is in her profession. She truly knows how to put together a beautiful wedding.Not to mention, handle everything to eliminate any stress on the weddingcouple.

MINISTER: Our Minister was unbelievable. He never once looked at
anything to perform the ceremony. You could tell what he said came from the heart.He truly made Mike and I really think as he was preforming the ceremony. It seemed as if he knew us, but had just met us. I would recommend this Minister to everyone! I've had so many guest say that was the most beautiful wedding they've ever attending and the Minister really made it happen.

FLOWERS: Perfect

MUSIC: The harpist was wonderful. She added such a peacefulness to the
wedding.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Allen is wonderful at what he does. I can't wait to see his work. Allen definitely is all about service. He was incredible with the camera. I would highly recommend Allen any day!

VIDEOGRAPHY: I can't wait to see the video. If it's anything like everything else, it should be outstanding.

RESTAURANT/CATERING: Seawatch was a nice place for the reception. They did a nice job.

SUGGESTIONS: Gwen, I'm not sure what you could change when everything went as perfect as our wedding did. I must say, I was concerned just from being so far away from the wedding site and having someone else do all the work.You truly took all of my concerns away and did an outstanding job!

Thanks
Gwen

Michael & Lauri Dugan
It was a wonderul day for the both of us. I would like to thank you for your help in making it a very special day.

I would like to personally thank you for your choice in the wedding performer. He made both of us feel really comfortable and we very much enjoyed his ceremony. We both like the Hawaiian touch he brought to it.

The photographer was very easy to work with as well. He got us our pictures before we left, which allowed us to show the pictures to our families upon return.

We were both very pleased with the Makena Cove. We were fortunate that we basicall had it all to ourselves during the ceremony, which made it extra special. The veiw and surroundings were spectacular.

Once agian, thanks for all your help in meeting and exceeding our expectaions for our special day.

Ted Alexander
Hi Gwen. It was a pleasure to finally meet you after all our correspondence. Thank you so much for everything you did to make our wedding day absolutely perfect!

The overall service and coordination was superior. We loved our minister Diana George, the flower leis were beautiful and we are so pleased with Alan Fong's photographs.

You may certainly us us as a reference for future clients, In fact, I just recommended Blue Ocean Weddings to a co-worker from our Dallas office.

Thanks so much again for everything, Gwen.

Mahalo,
Karen
Gwen, I want to apologize for not getting back to you sooner. Since we returned from our Honeymoon, I have been working a ton!

Overall Service: Our wedding day was exactly as I wanted it to be. I sit and reflect on our special day and NOT ONE thing went wrong. The entire day, the entire ceremony...everything was perfect! It was truly the happiest day of my life and Blue Ocean Weddings was a huge part that day. It will be an experience I will Never forget. We are both so grateful we found Blue Ocean Weddings. We would do it all over again and wouldn't change a thing. Thank you for everything. You will never know what it means to us.

Coordinator: Gwen, you created such a comfortable feel especially for me that day. I didn't spend anytime worrying or fretting over how everything would work out because of how accommodating and willing you were to work with us before the wedding day came. When our special day finally came, everything ran so smoothly and perfect that I have nothing but wonderful things to say about you. Thank you for creating a little girl's dream come true.

Minister: The ceremony that was performed was so special for the both of us. It was a spiritual and peaceful experience. I love the way the minister made me feel like he truly cared that he was joining two families. It felt like someone we knew was performing the ceremony. It was very beautiful and extremely meaningful.

Flowers: I LOVED MY BOUQUET and Jim's Lei the most. Don't get me wrong, the leis for our guest were beautiful too, but our flowers were EXACTLY what I envisioned. ( Gwen, can you read minds? Haha!)

Music: I will be very honest, I never heard the music. I was so focused on why I was there that my mind just didn't hear the beautiful music that was played. My family said the harp added the most special touch and Christine played wonderfully. Christine was very kind and I just loved her! I can't wait to see our wedding video so I can hear the harp. I know it was perfect as well!

Photography: Alan did such an amazing job! The colors and the moments he captured are breathtaking. I have looked at the pictures at least 1,000 times since we received them from him. I loved his hustle! He didn't have much time ( with the sun going down ) to get the pictures he did...he made the most of every picture. They are so amazing. I have shared them with so many people and everyone has said that the pictures are amazing. Thanks Alan!

Videography: We haven't seen the finished product yet, but I am sure it will turn out just as wonderful as everything else has. I will let you know as soon as I see it.

Erin Colegrove
Dear Gwen,
Everything was wonderful! I felt so fortunate to feel so comfortable in a situation where you haven’t actually met the people. Gwen was great! She kept me up on everything and was on top of all details. When I met the minister I liked him right away. I felt like what I had requested regarding the ceremony was exactly what he did. The flowers were beautiful and the beach was incredible. It was just what we wanted.

Thank you so much!

Matthew & Jacqueline Corulli
Aloha Gwen!
Darryl and I couldn't have imagined a more beautiful experience! Gwen answered the phone or called back immediately every time I called her. She was awesome...we did the more expensive package, but added and deleted it to make it special for us.

She did the bouquets perfectly. The Minister, Ron was very sincere and we were very impressed with his blessings for us and his words of wisdom during our ceremony. Gwen, you were fantastic, you made it all so easy and there was nothing that was below the high standard that I hoped for our wedding. The photographer and videographer were incredible and we did get some beautiful photos of our special day. The flowers, food, cake, everything was excellent! Our families were very impressed with you as well...

We went to the Sea Watch's lower pond for our reception, it was fabulous!

I seriously would recommend Gwen to anyone I care about! She knows the island, she obviously has great contacts, and she appreciates and understands that our special day should be nothing less than perfect. Darryl and I were very pleased with the entire event!

Mahalo!
Mr. and Mrs. Darryl Smith

Gwen,
Stephen and I were very happy with the service we received before and during our wedding. Stephen and I couldn't be happier with how our wedding went. Alan was fantastic (we got our photos the NEXT DAY), Corey (the videographer) was terriffic, and the minister was just what we wanted. We are very happy!

COORDINATOR: Gwen was extremely friendly and pleasant to work with! We loved her!

MINISTER: The minister was great!

FLOWERS: The flowers were just what I wanted but was not as imporessed with the maile lei as I thought I would be.

MUSIC: The music was good...

PHOTOGRAPHY: Loved Alan (see above).

VIDEOGRAPHY: Loved Corey (see above).

SUGGESTIONS: Stephen and I are very happy we were married through Blue Ocean Weddings and would do it again...although we hope we don't have to!

Sunny & Stephen Hall
"Gwen was awesome! She was so professional and when our flights were rerouted, she took care of everything!!! Thanks Gwen!"

MINISTER: Our vows were lovely, our minister was so kind and genuine, he was great.

FLOWERS: My flowers were exactly what I wanted! I sent a picture to Gwen and she made sure that they were the exact replica of what I wanted!

MUSIC: Our violinist did a great job. She offered for us to pick the music, but we told her to go ahead and play what she thought was the most beautiful. I will never forget hearing the sound of violin while Steve and I pledged our love for eachother.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alan did a great job with our pictures. He is such a sweet, funny man, who knows what he is doing when it comes to photography.

SUGGESTIONS: I wouldn't change anything.

Whitney and Steven Schmit
Gwen,
A+ for Blue Ocean Weddings. Our wedding far exceeded all expectations we had. We have and would recommend Blue Ocean Weddings to anyone planning a destination wedding in Maui. The service we received was extremely professional, prompt, and personalized, which made our wedding planning extremely simple.

COORDINATOR: Gwen was excellent to work with and her recommendations were right on the money!

MINISTER: The minister gave a very heartfelt and personal ceremony.

FLOWERS: Beautiful.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Excellent! We received our pictures back the day after the wedding and were very impressed.

Allison and Michael Hearn

Aloha Gwen,
First of all, we just want to thank you so much for your expertise in making our day so beautiful and running so smoothly. I had no stress or worries in planning our wedding, and I owe it all to you. We were impressed with everything. I was unsure about planning a wedding from so far away, but your professionalism put my mind at ease. I did not imagine a ceremony as beautiful as ours from just a few phone calls and e-mails. If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't change a thing, only I would try to get our families to get out there.

You delivered on EVERYTHING I requested and a lot more. The officiant was sincere and spiritual, the harpist played and sang beautifully.

The flowers were absolutely breathtaking. I tried very hard to bring them back home with me, but they fell apart as we traveled around on our last day. I've never seen any like them, and the colors were on point.

We were very impressed with the professionalism and timeliness of the photographer. He did an outstanding job. Every picture was clear and expressive. The pictures taken at sunset looked liked something out of a story book! Alan did a fantastic job, and everyone who has seen our pictures has commented on his work.

We will let you know how the video turned out, but we are confident it will capture everything we encountered. I'm sure our families will feel like they were there once they view at our June reception.

Sue did a great job on my hair and makeup. As an African American with naturally long hair, I was not sure if she could do a good job at first, but she quickly made me feel like I was going to look my absolute best for my day. Rod even commented over and over on her work. Everything was perfect, even the flowers!! I 'll recommend Sue to any and everyone looking for the best artist and stylist on Maui.

Our accommodations were second to none for the money we spent. We enjoyed everything and were impressed with our spacious condo. Everything we could have possibly needed was there. We hope to contact you soon for an anniversary stay.

Again, we can't completely thank you for all you have done for us, but we greatly appreciate your services, suggestions and expertise in making our day absolutely perfect. Please don't ever stop what you do.

Mahalo,
Shayla and Roderick Gordon
Aloha Gwen,

We're sorry this is so tardy.  Our wedding took place March 28th, 2008

I did want to write you and let you know that we so appreciated everything
that was done for us.  It was a fantastic day and we greatly appreciate the
work you put into it.
 
OVERALL SERVICE: The service was fantastic. Everything went off without a
hitch and we even had a gorgeous sky and perfect weather to boot.  I wasn't
nervous at all in having Gwen handle everything.

 COORDINATOR:  Gwen was great.  She is as hands on as you want her to be.
She really knows what she's doing, and had everything set up for us in
advance.  All we had to do was show up.  She suggested things, without
pushing them on you and had all the right ideas for the day. It made our
wedding day stress free.

 MINISTER:  We had a traditional Hawaiian ceremony.  Our officiant made us
feel calm and made us laugh.  It was just the way we wanted our wedding to
be.

 PHOTOGRAPHY: Alan was SO fantastic. We couldn't have asked for anything
more in our pictures. When we saw our pictures we were floored by how
beautiful everything was.  He was organized and efficient, and we've been
told by all of our friends and family that we have the most beautiful
wedding photos.

 MUSICIAN:  We had a single guitarist, and without me asking he played just
the kind of songs that I wanted.

FLOWERS:  The flowers were amazing. I felt like a princess.  I picked our
a photo of the bouquet that I wanted and the flowers were very similar to
that. It was stunning and fit right with the beach and the dress. The
flowers in my hair were the perfect touch.  Everyone who attended our
wedding got to enjoy the flowers as they all got leis and wore them for the
rest of the night even at the reception.

 SUGGESTIONS:
NO suggestions.  I guess just one. If you're planning on having a wedding
in Maui, contact Gwen. She is a fantastic coordinator.  We have friends who
we told about our wedding and they are using Gwen and Alan too for their
upcoming wedding.

Amelia Elder Johnson





Gwen took so much stress off my/our shoulders that not only was it my most pleasant and memoriable moment, but Blue Ocean Weddings seem to have all the bases covered. 

The cove was beautiful, as the weather, and that extended all through the other parts of our experience, like the Lemosuine, the photographer , the videographer and all the finished products. (photo albumn, video).  The Outrigger - Marriott was fantastic, the air transportation was as good as can be expected (no delays), there was no hassle with getting marriage license....and all in all it was AWESOME.

I was VERY PLEASED with Gwen's service, and would feel great referring her to others.

Jerry and Cynthia Thompson