Our preferred wedding locations on the island of Oahu
Sherwood Forest Beach is located on the East Shore approximately 40 minutes from Waikiki. It is without a doubt one of the prettiest beaches Hawaii has to offer. Its long stretch of white sand beach and crystal clear turquoise water creates a backdrop you will spend a lifetime reminiscing about.
If a breathtaking Hawaii beach wedding is what you envisioned for your ceremony, this is where you want to be. Sherwood Forest Beach is recommended for those wanting a beautiful wedding or vow renewal in the sand. For packages with limousine transportation, this location does require one additional hour ($110).
Recommendation: Sherwood Forest is available from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. This is an excellent location for small or large parties. Commercial transportation such as limousines and buses are not permitted on weekends and major holidays.
Sandy Beach is located on the South East Shore approximately 30 minutes from Waikiki and shortly past Heaven's Point. This famous body surfing beach is known for its golden sands, dramatic lava rocks, and shoreline tidepools. Sandy's, as the locals call it, is the perfect
While Sherwood Forest is our top recommendation for a beach ceremony, Sandy's is an excellent choice if you want to capture the lava rocks in your photos.
Recommendation: Sandy Beach is best from sunrise to 1:00 pm. It tends to become populated in the afternoon due to the wonderful surf! For packages with limousine transportation, this location does require one additional hour of limousine time ($110).
Note: The State of Hawaii only grants permits from October-March. Other months are not available.
Heaven's Point is located on the South East Shore approximately 30 minutes from Waikiki. It is one of the most stunning locations Oahu has to offer. From the lookout parking lot, you follow your photographer to the rocky cliffs below overlooking the turquoise blue ocean. Dramatically crashing waves create the perfect backdrop for your wedding photos. Given there is no beach access and guests are not permitted to follow the photographers during the shoot, we primarily use Heaven’s Point as a second location. For packages with limousine transportation, this location does require one additional hour of limousine time ($110).
Recommendation: Heaven’s Point is best in the morning to the early afternoon. Couples without guests can choose this as a ceremony location; however, it is recommended as a secondary photo shoot location. Flat shoes are strongly recommended. The terrain is rocky with loose gravel and not recommended for those with mobility issues.
Waialae Beach is located approximately 10 minutes from Waikiki. This is one of our most popular locations because of its natural beauty and close vicinity to Waikiki.
It offers a vast variety of photo opportunities, from an elegant grass oasis surrounded by palm trees, to enchanting beach images with quaint islands in the background.
Both Waialae Beach and Magic Island are great locations for couples looking to stay within the Waikiki area.
Recommendation: Waialae Beach is best from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. The main area at Waialae Beach is populated. However, where we perform the services, it is typically very secluded.
Magic Island is located less than 10 minutes from Waikiki. It is a large park that offers a vast number of breathtaking photo opportunities. The view of Diamond Head, Waikiki, and golden Hawaiian sunsets make it the perfect location for couples looking to stay in the Waikiki area and have gorgeous sunset photos.
The ceremony is typically performed on the lawn overlooking Waikiki and Diamond Head followed by a photo shoot on a beautiful white sandy beach.
Recommendation: Magic Island is best at sunset from Monday to Thursday. This is a very popular location for Hawaii residents on weekends; therefore, it is not a recommended location on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
Available weekdays from 10:00-2:00, Liliuokalani Gardens is located in a residential neighborhood in Honolulu. The beautiful park features a garden, a relaxing stream, and a lovely waterfall.
You'll stroll down a paved walkway alongside a flowing stream, cross the bridge, and walk across the lawn to your ceremony site next to the natural waterfall.
Recommendation: The maximum number of guests is limited to 16. Although excellent for photos with the waterfall and lush surroundings, this is a natural waterfall, so the weather conditions do affect the flow of the falls. Liliuokalani is often paired with a second-location beach photoshoot.
Kawela Bay is located on the North Shore approximately 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours from Waikiki (depending on traffic). There is a majestic, tropical forest just behind the breathtaking beach making it the perfect venue for couples looking to capture a variety of “land and sea” images.
We are often able to capture images with the “locals” - Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles - from a safe distance.
Recommendation: Kawela Bay is not recommended for couples staying in the Waikiki area due to the distance between the locations. A travel fee of $100 per vendor is applied to all packages at North Shore locations. This is a popular beach for Hawaii residents on weekends. If possible, choose a weekday if seclusion is important. Limousine service is not offered for this location.
Paradise Cove Beach is situated on Oahu's West end just minutes from the Aulani, Marriott Beach Club, and the Four Seasons properties. Ko'Olina is known to offer some of the most pristine coastlines Oahu has to offer. Between the dramatic crashing waves, crystal blue water and direct view of the majestic, golden Hawaiian sunset, Paradise Cove Beach is sure to impress!
Recommendation: Paradise Cove Beach is ideal for couples staying in West Oahu. Lighting is best between 10:00 am - Sunset. This venue can accommodate parties up to 16. A travel fee of $100 per vendor is applied to all packages at West Oahu locations. Because Paradise Cove is roughly 75 minutes from Waikiki, we recommend couples choosing a package that offers limousine transportation should remove this option from their package and receive a credit for this service.
Sherwood Forest, also known as Sherwood’s Beach, is a beautiful stretch of sand perfect for your Hawaiian beach wedding. Located in the Oahu town of Waimanalo, Sherwood’s is one of our most popular wedding locations. The turquoise water, golden sand, and islands in the background provide the perfect backdrop for your ceremony. There’s no better location for a beach wedding in Hawaii.
St. Catalina Chapel is across from Makapu'u Beach and is nestled against the Ko'olau Mountains. This stunning chapel offers couples an intimate ceremony surrounded by swaying palms and sweeping views. The venue fee is $995 with a $250 deposit to secure the date. (The deposit will be deducted from the $995 total). If you cancel the venue 15-60 days prior to the event date, the deposit is non-refundable.
Recommendation: The spacious chapel can accommodate groups up to 100 (due to state gathering restrictions, the current max is 50). Ka Moana Luau is only steps away, making for a wonderful post-ceremony celebration option. The venue is about a 40-minute drive from Waikiki. For packages with limousine transportation, this location does require one additional hour of limousine time ($110). The chapel accepts bookings within six months of the ceremony date.
Noelani Garden is located on the eastern part of Oahu in Kaneohe. This private garden oasis offers sweeping views of Kaneohe Bay. Surrounded by a majestic koi pond and lush botanicals, this intimate ceremony area offers a one-of-a-kind setting for your special day! The venue fee is $595, not inclusive of any wedding decor (arch, chairs, etc.)
Recommendation: Noelani Garden is ideal for parties up to 20. However, parking is very limited (four cars is ideal). For groups, please speak with your wedding coordinator regarding transportation logistics and restrictions. It is available Monday-Sunday and is roughly a 1-hour drive from Waikiki. For packages with limousine transportation, two additional hours of limousine time are required ($220).
Lanikai Estate overlooks the famous Lanikai Beach on the eastern shore of Oahu. Since beach weddings on Lanikai Beach are heavily restricted, this a prime location to have this renowned beach as your ceremony backdrop! The variety of tropical plants at this landscaped private estate is the perfect setting for a secluded, tropical ceremony. The venue fee is $695, not inclusive of any wedding decor (arch, chairs, etc.)
Recommendation: Lanikai does not allow limos or buses; only cars and vans are permitted in the area, and parking is limited to three vehicles (no street parking). We recommend a guest count no larger than 24. The ceremony location is elevated (see photos and video), so this location is not recommended for those with mobility restrictions. The venue is available Monday-Sunday and is roughly a 1-hour drive from Waikiki.
Available to book until the end of October 2020!
Koko Kai Garden combines the majestic Koko Head Crater, serene water, and pristine garden make this private, oceanfront setting the perfect balance of all things that make Hawaii an amazing destination wedding location. The venue fee is $395, not inclusive of any wedding decor (arch, chairs, etc.)
Recommendation: Koko Kai Garden is ideal for parties between 2-50 (street parking unavailable - a maximum of 18 vehicles permitted). Available Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday between 10 am and 3:30 pm. Incorporating a second location to capture beach or rock images creates the perfect Hawaii wedding album. For packages with limousine transportation, this location is just outside of Waikiki and is subject to one additional hour of limousine time ($110).
Marina Chapel is a hidden gem on the East Shore approximately 30 minutes from Waikiki. This brand new chapel has gorgeous views of the Hawaii Kai Marina and a private patio for an intimate ceremony. There is elegant white bench seating, a stunning bridal salon, and a shimmering white grand piano! Ornate white silk floral arrangements and seashells line the aisle for the beautiful, beach-chic bride to walk down.
Marina Chapel is perfect for couples wanting a covered ceremony while still including the beauty of Hawaii. The chapel looks out to the Hawaii Kai Marina, offering beautiful views during the ceremony.
For packages with limousine transportation, this location does require one additional hour of limousine time ($110).
Recommendations: Marina Chapel is available for $695 and includes an on-site team assistant. Please ask your wedding coordinator for additional information and to check on availability. The chapel has changed its compacity and now accommodates up to 8 guests (effective until December 31, 2020).
Moana Gardens offer a panorama of Makapu’u Beach, Rabbit Island, and the Ko’olau Mountains, one of the most breathtaking views on the southeast shore! The venue fee is $795, not inclusive of any wedding decor (arch, chairs, etc.)
Recommendation: Moana Gardens is available for parties up to 100 guests. The Ka Moana Luau is just steps away, making it the perfect reception option! The venue is about a 40-minute drive from Waikiki. For packages with limousine transportation, this location does require one additional hour of limousine time ($110).
*More photos and details coming August/September 2020!*