18 total reviews
We were married in January 2014 by Kona Weddings. We choose Kona Weddings based on a Google search, they were the first company that came up and had a perfect rating with the Better Business Bureau. Their website was the most professional of those we looked at and provided more information in comparison to their competitors. A Google search for reviews of the company turned up mixed reviews; I like to keep in mind when reading reviews that customers that had a negative experience almost always make an effort to write a bad review, yet those that had a positive experience often do not bother writing a review.
I started the communication with Lisa via e-mail; she was extremely helpful and patient with my many questions. The entire process was flawless, stress free and easy. They provided us with an information package which answered most all of our questions and they arranged everything. All we had to do was apply for our marriage licence online, meet with a marriage licence agent once we arrived for fifteen minutes and then show up on the day of the ceremony.
The day of the wedding Bob and Lisa were early and were ready to start when we arrived. The flowers were amazing, well beyond my expectations. I had mentioned to Lisa that I love plumeria; she told me that it wasn’t in season in January but they would try to get some. To my surprise the leis and my bouquet were entirely plumeria, absolutely gorgeous! Bob officiated while Lisa took pictures during the ceremony, after the Ceremony Bob took over taking pictures. Bob had a wonderful sense of humor and made an effort to make me feel comfortable.
We choose the “Secret” Beach Location, on Lisa’s recommendation. The only requirements I had were sand and privacy. The beach was gorgeous, the absolutely perfect venue for privacy. I’m not a fan of attention from random strangers. We were the only people on the beach at sunset and over the beach was blue sky. We had the most beautiful sunset and the lava rocks made for the most unique photos.
At the beginning of this whole process I wasn’t really interested in the photography side of it. Lisa mentioned that they put together a slideshow which was really great to share with friends and family. I didn’t think this would be something we would find that interesting. This is not your run of the mill destination wedding. This is not an all-inclusive resort option. I’ve seen numerous wedding photos from Mexico and Dominican all-inclusive resorts and they look like something I could have taken with a disposable camera. The photography that Kona Weddings provided us with was a professional photography package. Be prepared to pay for your photos and pay a premium for the digital images. Yes, it is an additional cost but you will have these photos forever. Best money ever spent! The images are amazing, and the slideshow… well the ceremony photos all come together in the slideshow and really make you feel like you are experiencing it all over again. Our family and friends were very impressed with the images.
The Big Island is amazing, less commercialized and touristy than the other islands. There is so much to see and do. The money we spent for a dream wedding and a trip of a lifetime was nothing in comparison to the cost of a big fancy wedding in Canada. Our adventure lasted two weeks not one day…. Wish we could do it all over again.
The photography was the best! Since I posted comments in the "planners category", I will duplicate my mistake here!
Lisa was great! As a coordinator and premium photographer, I was attended to like I was the only person on earth! The bouquet was stunning as were the leis! Lisa's fun spirit put us both at ease and her tips were the best!
My husband and I are completely happy with our wedding pictures!!!! All of our family and friends were very impressed with how beautiful all of the photos came out. The slideshow DVD of our wedding day brought tears to not only both of our mothers but to my closest friends as well. I thank Helen for capturing the very essence of Hawaii which is why I wanted to get married there in the first place. I am 100% satisfied with the pictures Helen took of our very special day and I am so happy that I have such wonderful images to show our future children how their parents got married. -Karina Paleo
Even a Hurricane could not stop Kona Weddings from creating the picture perfect ceromony!
I have never written a review before, but I think every one should know what Bob and Lisa did for us. I did not know what to expect when Bob asked us to come to his office the day before the wedding to “talk”. I walked in already breaking a sweat, I was so nervous. Bob and Lisa had every thing planed and answered all my questions. I knew this man was a professional when he said to me “you should have no worries. I will take care of every thing” That was the biggest relief; I did not even know where I was going to stand at my own ceremony. I was clueless about weddings and my Bride did not want the stress of planning a wedding. The day of the wedding HURRICAN ANNA arrived! Every thing was set to be outside. Bob and Lisa came to the estate where we were getting married at 2 hours early (not expected) and organized and rearranged the set up so the wedding and reception could remain outside. This was a huge task; we had hula dancers and fire dancers coming as a surprise to our guests. Bob and Lisa were amazing! Lisa helped my Bride and her friends and guided the ceremony. My brother in law was going to be our minister, but was very nervous. Bob walked him through it and even took over when my Brother in law asked for help. As for the photography, THIS MAN KNOWS WHAT HE IS DOING! He showed us how to pose and take fun photos. He incorporated all of our guest and family including 12 kids. Bob had an additional photographer, Oro come out and take pictures of the events and performers through out the evening. Oro was fun and knew how to get the kids to have fun and smile. Lisa and Bob are more than photographers; they will take all the stress off of your shoulders. Bob and Lisa made it all flow very well, you will not be disappointed! Even our surprise guest hurricane Anna could not stop Bob and Lisa from creating the perfect photos of our perfect wedding.
I never expected to have a real wedding and real photos and I especially never thought I would have a professional wedding coordinator guide me on my wedding day. (due to unforeseen circumstances my budget just did not allow it) When I started calling around the big Island for local vendors for a small surprise ceremony I kept hearing over and over Bob and Lisa's name. The local's knew them and everyone we spoke with had great things to say about them and how I would never regret having Bob capture the precious moments of my ceremony. When I first called I spoke with Lisa and I explained to her my idea of a ceromoney including my son as a blended family, I wanted my eight-year-old son to be involved but did not know how. To my surprise both Bob and Lisa immediately got on the phone with me and gave me ideas and options for creating a perfect ceremony for my blended family. I was honest and upfront about my small budget which was no problem for Bob as he reassured me he would work within my budget. (he kept his word and went way beyond my expectation) The day before the wedding my groom and I met Bob and Lisa at their office, they went over a ceremony plan including a surprise for my son (exchanging of the leis between my soon-to-be husband and my son) and a sand unity ceremony which would incorporate a family minister and Hawaiian traditions preformed by Bob him self. (super cool) They came up to the home that we were getting married at since they had not been to this location before they insisted on seeing the proporty. That is when they realized I did not have a plan and neither did my family. Bob and Lisa offered to help coordinate and also perform the majority of the ceremony. This turned out to be the start of them creating a real WEDDING. I knew then everything would be okay for my day and that's exactly what happened! The day of the wedding they arrived two hours prior to, just to make sure that everything was going to be just perfect. Lisa hung out with us girls while I got ready and captured amazing pictures of my family and girl friends. Bob was able to capture the groomsmen giving advice and displays of affection and that's not often seen. Lisa helped direct the ceremony and made sure the timing was perfect. I was able to walk down an aisle with REAL flowers they brought and after the ceremony was done Lisa, Bob and Oro ( yes they had an extra camera man come by to take pictures since Bob was performing the ceremony) Took pictures of all of our family and friends, including three full pages of Pinterest pictures I wanted to capture in addition to the pictures that they like to take. All three of them stayed long after the ceremony (was not expected!) and captured the most incredible pictures of my family and friends having a great time celebrating the wedding. I cannot say enough positive things about Kona Weddings. They are amazing professional photographers who will guide you, to insure you have beautiful pictures, all the while making sure everything goes smoothly. Thanks to Bob and Lisa I can truly say I had a real wedding and I have the most amazing pictures to prove it.
Thank You Kona Weddings, Teesha
We decided we wanted to get married in Hawaii with just a few friends and family. not knowing what to expect for the ceremony I was happy with how it went, everything was beautiful, it was on a quit beach and the sun was setting. I married my best friend with my close family there(that part was great)
However Bob and Lisa now head the office while Danny and Helen are in the US.
We never met Danny and Helen, But Bob was incredibly rude and sarcastic almost the whole time.
It was my wedding day and I noticed he said some pretty rude comments at the ceremony and even talked not nicely about another couple he had officiated the vows for recently, I decided to just let his comments roll off my back.
We finished out our honeymoon in Hawaii while friends and family went home. Bob wanted us to come to his office to pick out "pictures" which was incredibly inconvenient since it was our honeymoon and completely out of our way. We had a flat tire the day we were supposed to go and had to call the car rental place, when i talked to Bob he was incredibly rude to me over the phone, so we ended up going to his office that night after an event we went to.
When we got there he had a "setup" in his office, i guess to impress but we were not impressed by the "prom" like photos with very poor quality. I knew the poses he had us do were well ridiculous but I hoped we could get a few good shots out of the mix.
After the slide show he showed us he then pulls out his pricing for everything..
the prices were ridiculous, and the only package that includes jpeg's was thousands of dollars..insane... i feel like he does it that way so you have to buy the largest package because all of the wedding ceremony packages only include 12 photos.
and his ridiculous photography packages are a joke especially for the quality of photos.. i wanted to laugh in his face!!! oh and he makes you feel completely stupid for not getting the most expensive package and his tune completely changes straight to a**hole!
The only reasonable photography packages include only single 4x6 photos..wth
what am i gonna do with a single 4x6.. I cant re size it!! he is delusional!!
Oh and the ridiculous slideshow we ended up buying only to find when we put it on our home computer that it was very poor quality, we planned to play it at our reception for all our friends and family.. well we cant because such poor quality would look horrible on a big screen!!
He really ruined the last couple days of our honeymoon that we can never get back, and I still cant believe how incredibly rude he was to me..
DO NOT USE THESE PEOPLE!!
I will probably be sending him examples of REAL photographers packages and a la carte options...
they need a huge wake up call
My husband and I got married with Kona Wedding recently and we both feel that Danny and Helen made our wedding truly special and memorable. The ceremony was beautiful and Danny did an exceptional job as our minister. The flowers were gorgeous and the sunset scenery was stunning. Helen was a friendly and talented photographer--the pictures she took were amazing!!! They also took care of everything for us, so we could relax and enjoy Hawaii before our big day.
We wanted a simple, no stress wedding where we could say our vows in private. So, we were thrilled that Danny and Helen were able to make it not only simple, but also so romantic and fun. I often hear couples express regrets about how they wish they had done their wedding...well, I have to say that I have no regrets and I will always look back at my wedding day as one of the best days of my life. For this reason, I would highly recommend Kona Weddings to anyone who wants to have a simple, but romantic wedding on an island away from it all.
Our sunset beach wedding was perfect thanks to Danny and Helen. They took care of everything and created the most beautiful and unforgettable wedding ceremony. Helen's wedding photos and slideshow captured it all perfectly and are truly spectacular. These are the best wedding photos ever and we'll have them forever to treasure our special day.
When my wife and I renewed our vows it was very emotional. The feelings we had during the ceremony were heartfelt and true. When we viewed the pictures for the first time, we were both amazed as to how the pictures captured our emotions perfectly. The photographer Helen was flawless with capturing the optimal moments which truly tell the story of the day and our love. Excellent.
Awesome! Very Creative! We wanted something different, not like all the rest. Dan had great ideas and was willing to try anything. We so appreciated your talent and sharp eye for perfection. Our pictures were amazing and we have made a new friend in the process. We would recommend your services to anyone. Thank you for your commentment for excellence. Mike and Tanya
Dan was absolutely amazing, professional and lots of fun! I would recommend him to anyone! The pictures turned out GREAT and I felt so comfortable with him it was like having a friend take your photos!
Helen was such a pleasure to work with, she really enjoys her job, which shows in the final result. Her expertise made us feel very comfortable and at ease. All of our pictures were absolutely stunning, it was impossible not to want them all! We've really enjoyed showing the DVD slideshow to our friends and family members who did not have the opportunity to share in wedding ceremony.
Thanks for the wonderful memories!
Working with Helen taking our wedding photo's was enjoyable and fun. Helen was full of energy and very talented. The photo's that Helen provided made our day memorable for us as well as friends and family that were not present by capturing the moment. You can truley trust that you will recieve full satisfaction. Relax your concerns if you were like us and only had the opportunity to visit on the phone prior to your wedding day!
I can't recommend highly enough the services and assistance that Kona Weddings provided. They made what should be a normally stressful day completely stress-free and enjoyable! I have, and will continue to highly recommend Kona Weddings to everyone I talk to!
We had so much fun taking our pictures with Helen. She has so much enthusiasm and great ideas. Helen was positive to work with. Our pictures turned out stunning.
Kona weddings was the perfect choice. The photographer (Helen) was so full of sprit and it was more than just snapping photos. She made us feel as if she was in our hearts, cause we eloped just the two of us and my family was able to feel every emotion that we experienced on that beach with her. She was so patient and creative and it was soooo fun. I higly recommend her for anyones wedding as you will not regret your choice. Choosing kona wedding for our wedding was stress-free and the perfect choice for our special day.
Helen is an amazing photographer and our wedding photos exceeded our expectations! Our family and friends weren't present at our wedding, so it was really important to us to have photos to share with them. Helen did a great job of capturing the moment and the beautiful scenery. We are really looking forward to sharing our wedding DVD and photos with others. Helen also has a wonderful personality - she's very easy to work with. Overall, great experience and I would recommend Kona Weddings!
Helen, we enjoyed your ethusiasm during our photo shoot-you're a riot! We had so much fun. Not only do you take amazing pictures, you capture the moment, as well. Pictures in the water at sunset-LOVED IT! I am so, so happy that I decided to go for it, nobody I know has pictures like that from their wedding : )
P.S. everyone loves the slideshow-absolutely beautiful!
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