• Mari Maffioli

Gay Weddings in Hawaii

I am proud of being an all inclusive wedding vendor here on the Hawaiian Islands. No matter where you see yourself on the L.G.B.T.Q spectrum, I honor and accept any couples that are in love:) Your love story is gorgeous and you deserve stunning wedding portraits that you can proudly display on your stylish home walls. There are so many great reasons to get married or eloped in Hawaii. The beautiful islands of Maui, Kauai, Big Island ,Molokai and Lanai, all have their own personalities and amenities. In this blog I will go through which island would best fit your unique style and nuptial needs. Connect with me today if you need someone to capture your same-sex wedding or elopement. I would love to hear from you:)


O'AHU

For the fashionable couple loves the finer things in life, O'ahu is your island. There is a reason they consider this island "the gathering place". Being the most populated of all the Hawaiian Islands, O'ahu has a plethora of options for five star hotels, resorts and restaurants. If you consider yourselves foodies, the restaurant options from world known chefs is worth the trip alone. So if you want to be pampered and treated like royalty, pick "the gathering place". There are luxury accommodations such as Turtle Bay Resort that will have everything you need for your O'ahu wedding. If your looking for stunning landscape that will leave you in awe for your ceremony, take a look at Kualoa Ranch for tying the knot. Sweeping mountains and a variety of location venues leave this one of the best options for your O'ahu wedding.



MAUI

This is one of my favorite islands and is definitely more suited for the couple that wants pure romantic adventures. A popular locale for couples, not families, leaves this a great option for the newly engaged that wants to avoid the family scene. Home to Hawai'i's only adult-only resort, Hotel Wailea, this intimate 5-star Maui resort is set within the most exclusive properties on the island. The resort has an impressive 180-degree, unobstructed views of sweeping sapphire oceans dotted with neighboring Hawaiian Islands. There are so many gorgeous spots to explore and Maui has a more laid back scene compared to the hustle and bustle of O'ahu. Maui is considered the "Valley Isle" because it sits between two gorgeous mountains. Haleakala to the east and the West Maui mountains to the west. And if you ever thought about getting eloped in Maui, Haleakala is know for their epic sunrises.



KAUAI

Kauai is the oldest and the most northern of the islands in the Hawaiian chain.It is draped in emerald valleys, legendary mountain ranges and the impressive Napali Coast that's been aged by time and the elements. Known as the "Garden Isle" this island is for couples looking for seclusion and luxury. While they don't have as many upscale options as O'ahu , what they do have is all 5 star! 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay, previously known as Princeville Resort Kauai will bring a world-class wellness and a flagship sustainable choice to Kauai’s North Shore. For the adventurous couple that wants a different type of wedding. I recommend chartering a boat and having your ceremony on the ocean while taking in the views of the legendary Napali Coast. Kauai's own Fern Grotto is also a fun jungle choice for your Kauai wedding. It is a fern covered, lava rock grotto located on the south fork of the Wailua River. This garden tour has options for your wedding and should be considered for the nature lover couple.



BIG ISLAND

The biggest of all the islands the actual name of the island is Island of Hawaii (Hawai`i) or Hawaii Island (Hawai`i Island). While this may be confusing because it is also the name of the state itself. This island is best suited for the "country lovers" at heart. If you want to see wide open spaces at your wedding, this is the locale for you. With swaths of land and active lava flows this is a unique choice for any couple. Kona is also know for some of the most colorful tangerine sunsets in Hawai'i. For those waterfall lovers the Inn at Kulaniapia Falls is a dreamy option for couples who prefer to be "off the grid". Saying your vows to the sound of a tropical crashing waterfall doesn't have to just be a dream, it can happen:)



LANAI &MOLOKAI

The smallest and least populated of the Hawaiian Islands. These two islands are for the couple that truly want to be "off the grid". Lanai offers some resort options such as the Sensei, it's zen like grounds would be a perfect peaceful locale for a Hawai'i wedding that is smaller in scale. If your going for more of an elopement with little to no guests and considering a more laid back ceremony, Molokai's few accommodation will fit well with your need for seclusion and relaxation. Be prepared to not have many options since there is only one hotel on the island. Your choices are going to be aimed at privately owned vacation rentals. One that I enjoy are the Dunbar Beachfront Cottages. Cute, small and quaint , with a true feel of old Hawai'i.




Whatever you decide for your #gayhawaiiwedding, I would love to be the one to capture this exclusive moment in your life. You will want a fun #hawaiiweddingphotographer by your side with the knowledge and experience. Connect with me today to plan your #hawaiiwedding.



-Mari

A Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Big Island, Lanai, Molokai and Destination Wedding Photographer


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I photograph weddings and elopements at worldwide destinations but especially love the following locations including....Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Big Island, Lanai, California, Oregon, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and Panama.  Wherever you are planning your big day, I want to be your wedding photographer and help what you envision come to life.

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