2013

1652. “Thank you” – Jacob and Whitney from Kirkwood MO  – 12/19/13 – 5 guests at the Palace Lawn at the Hilton Waikoloa Village (This was my last wedding for 2013. It really touched all of us profoundly. The bride’s father was terminally ill. His last wish was to walk each of his three daughters down the aisle and speak to them along the path. This, coupled with the Christmas holiday, made this a powerful moment for all of the crew at the Hilton. Thanks for your generosity and thanks to all the couples who allowed me the privelege of being there at your wedding)

1651. “I really liked your ceremony – Thank you” – Alan and Riannan from Plymouth , MN  – 12/5/13 –  4 guests at the Palace Lawn at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

1650. “Thank you – That was excellent” – John and Lisa from Corona del Mar, CA  – 11/25/13 – 60 guests at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel north lawn (Thank you for your generosity)

1649. “Thank you” – Dan and Brandy from Johnson City, TN – 11/12/13 – 3 guests at the Palace Lawn at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

1648. “Thank you” – Rob and Shana from Sherwood, OR – 11/12/13 – 40 guests at the Palace Lawn at the Hilton Waikoloa Village (With the new millennium, couples have been able to do some interesting sequential numbers for their anniversary. Rob and Shana got the last good date for a long time!)

1647. “Thank you” – Mario and Alexis from Los Angeles, CA – 11/11/13 – 18 guests at the Palace Lawn at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

1646. “Thank you” – Chris and Moe from North Vancouver BC – 11/9/13 – 20 guests at the Palace Lawn at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

1645. “Thank you so much, I was worried that we couldn’t find someone who understood us spiritually. I just wish everyone could have been here” – George and Margaret from Chandler, AZ  – 11/5/13 – the wedding chapel at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

1644. “Dear Keith, I just wanted to take a second and thank you again for the service you gave at the wedding. It was wonderful and so personal. Everyone enjoyed it, for not knowing any of us. I could not have asked for it to turn out any other way. You did an amazing job. Thanks again, if you ever need a reference please put me down. I would love to help you out.” – James and Samantha from Hilo, HI – 10/27/13 – 12 guests at the Point at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

1643. “Aregato gozai masu” – Shinichi and Hiroko from Japan – 10/26/13 – the Fairmont Orchid Wedding Gazebo

1642. “Aregato gozai masu” – Isau and Kanae from Japan – 10/18/13 – 20 guests at the Eva Parker Cottage at the Mauna Lani Bay Resort for a tenth anniversary renewal of vows

1641. “This is awesome. I am the luckiest man alive!” –  Kurt and Sherri Leta from Berryville, VA  – 10/15/13 – 6 guests at the Palace Lawn at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

1640. “That was a great service!” – Chad and Andrea from Colorado Springs, CO – 10/14/13 – Their two children joined them for a 20th anniversary renewal of vows.

1639. “Thank you” Cal and Saori – 10/12/13 – 30 guests on the beach at the Mauna Lani Bay Resort

1638. “Aregato gozai masu” – Soichi and Mizuki from Japan – 10/9/13 – 3 guests at the Fairmont Orchid Wedding Gazebo

1637. “Thank you so much!” – Tae Bong and Ji Sook from WONJU CITY South Korea – 10/5/13 – The Sheraton Keauhou Bayside Overlook. (It was raining hard all the way from my house to the resort. I was worried. Miraculously, it wasn’t raining at the chapel. It was such a spectacular sunset.)

1636. “Thank you very much!” – Noriako and Mayuko from Japan – 10/5/13 – 7 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding Chapel

1635. “Thank you for being funny!” – Jestin and Alisa from South Weber, Utah – 30 guests at the Palace Lawn at the Hilton Waikoloa Village (Jestin was wearing purple high top tennis shoew to match his purple tie great fun!)

1634. “Thank you, our guests commented how much they enjoyed the ceremony” – Brian and Jayne from Hillsboro, OR  – 9/28/13 – 20 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding Chapel – Came here on 50th told girls this is where I wanted to get married, 7 years later

1633. “Thank you very much for your services on 9/27. Jason and I had a wonderful time and I appreciate your participation. ” – Jason and Stephanie from St Petersburg , FL – 9/27/13 – 15 guests at the Palace Lawn at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

1632. “Thank you” – Derek and Angela from Charlotte, NC – 9/25/13 – 15 guests at the Palace Lawn at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

1631. “Thank you” – Christian and Kaelyn from Woodbridge, VA – 9/21/13 – 100 guests at the Palace Lawn at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

1630. “Thank you” – Bill and Teresa from Pleasant Hill, CA – 9/18/13 –  5 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding Chapel for a 30th Anniversary vow renewal

1629. “Thank you so much” – Thanh and Joyce from Redmond , WA  – 9/17/13 – 20 guests at the Palace Lawn at the Hilton Waikoloa Village (Joyce never stopped smiling, what a great bride!)

1628. “Thank you so much” –  Brian and Beth from Cornelius, NC – 9/12/13 – 40 guests at Kumukea Beach at the Four Seasons Hualalai (Beth had crystal chandeliers hung in the trees above the wedding site. It was such a beautiful wedding)

1627. “Thank you” – Chad and Katy from Terre Haute, IN – 9/10/13 – the Point at the Hilton Waikoloa Village (Thank you for your generosity)

1626. “Thank you” – Danny and Cherie from Honolulu, HI – 9/7/13 – 100 guests at the Palace Lawn at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

1625. ” “Thank you for ‘sharing the journey’ of our 10th anniversary. Thanks to your sweet ceremony, the day was unforgettable”” – Gary and Sheri from Hebron, KY – 9/4/13 – 10th anniversary renewal of vows at the Point at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

1624. “Thank you so much for your beautiful words. We will never forget our special day. It was perfect! God bless you!” – Roland and Annette from Monroe, NY – 8/30/13 – 4 guests for a 10 anniversary renewal of vows at the Point at the Hilton Waikoloa Village (Thank you for the card and for your generosity)

1623. “Thank you” – Phillip and Priscilla from Santa Ana, CA  – 8/27/13 – the Point at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

1622. “Thank you” – Rob and Colleen from Bar Nunn, WY – 8/24/13 – the Point at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

1621. “Thank you” – Ohm and Julianne from San Diego, CA – 8/24/13 – 30 guests at the Palace Lawn at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

1620. “Thank you” – Ryan and Carly from Waddell, AZ – 8/16/13 – 30 guests at the Palace Lawn at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

1619. “Thank you” –  Steven and Kelly from Bremerton, WA- 8/13/13 –  the Palace Lawn at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

1618. “Thank you” –  Mark and Rivelea from Bellevue, WA – 8/9/13 –  they were joined by their 3 children for an eigth anniversary renewal of vows at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding Chapel

1617. “Hi Keith,David and I just want to thank you for being a part of our wedding.  The aloha spirit was felt by us all and was a special joy for our mainland guests to experience. Mahalo and aloha” – Tina & David from Santa Fe Springs, CA – 8/7/13 – 14 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding Chapel (Tina is from the Big Island, I was so glad she was able to return for this momentous occasion)

1616. “Thank you” – Eamon and Nicole from Allentown, NJ – 8/7/13 – 10th anniversary renewal of vows with their daughter at the Point at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

1615. “Thank you” – Nick and Whitney from Watsonville, CA – 8/4/13 – 10 guests at the Palace Lawn at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

1614. “Thank you” – Jonathan and Nicole from Mission Viejo, CA – 8/4/13 – 20 guests the Point at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

1613. “Thank you” – Anthony and Noreen from Murrysville, PA – 7/31/13 – renewal of vows with their 2 children at the Point at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

1612. “Thank you so much. That was perfect! We couldn’t have asked for anything better.” – Pat and Kim from Olympia, WA  – 7/25/13 – the Point at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

1611. “”You did a wonderful ceremony” – Eugene and Patty from Port Hueneme, CA  – 7/24/13 – the Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding Chapel (This wonderful couple chose this date – 7/24 – because They are excited about being married – 24/7. The flowers at this ceremony were beautiful there werwe so many of them and Patty was wearing a really beautiful lei po’o)

1610. “Awesome ceremony – your words are powerful – you don’t do it for show. It really resonated with us” – Royce and Aimee from Dallas, TX – 7/15/13 – 17 guests at the Eva Parker Cottage at the Mauna Lani (They had such a beautiful ceremony set up at the Milo Tree with lanterns as decorations)

1609. “Thank you” – Matt and Erika from Frisco, TX – 7/14/13 – with their 6 children celebrating their 7th wedding anniversary at the Point at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

1608. “Thanks” – Terry and Elizabeth from Cloverdale, WA  Australia – 7/13/13 – 25 guests at the Palace Lawn at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

1607. “Arigato” – Shota.and Miyuki from Japan – 7/13/13 – 10 guests at the Orchid gazebo

1606. “Thank you” – Cameron and Shandi from Sherman Oaks, CA  – 7/12/13 – 44 guests for a first anniversary renewal of vows at the Palace Lawn at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

1605. “Thank you again so very much” –  Vic and Marion from Hillard, OH – 7/7/13 – 3 guests for a thirtieth anniversary renewal of vows at the Palace Lawn at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

1604. “Thank you” – Anthony and Angel from Irvine, CA – 7/2/13 – 3 gurests at Aiopio Beach

1603 “Thank you very much” – Michael and Brandy from Haslet, TX – 7/1/13 – 20 guests at the Palace Lawn at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

1602. “This meant so much to us” – Chris and DeeDee from Clovis, CA  – 6/30/13 – 10 year wedding anniversary suprise renewal of vows at Keahu o Lu Beach Park (Thanks for the wonderful gift)

1601. “Good job” – Brandon and Danielle from California – 6/29/13 – 30 guests at the Palace Lawn at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

1600. “Thank you so much for being here and doing this on our special day” – Norman and Carol from Decatur, IL  – 6/22/13 – 4 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding Chapel

1599. “Wonderful ceremony” – Tyler and Rachael from Longmont, CO – 10 guests at the Palace Lawn at the Hilton Waikoloa Village (Thank you for your generosity)

1598. “Ryan and DeAnne from Tampa, FL. – 6/18/13 – The wedding tree at the Four Seasons Hualalai

1597. “Aregato” – Hideki and Michiko – 6/15/13 – 4 guests at the Wedding Chapel at the Hilton Waikoloa Village  (Thank you for your generosity)

1596. “Aregato gozai masu” – Hideo and Aiko from Japan – 6/14/13 – 4 guests at the Wedding Chapel at the Keauhou Bay Sheraton (Thank you for your generosity)

1595. “Thank you for reaching out to us. We are super excited” – David and Cynthia from Union City, CA – 6/13/13 – 25 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Point (This was a wedding full of comedians. We all had great fun!)

1594. “Thank you” – Eric and Natalie from Omaha, NE – 6/12/13 – 25 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Point

1593. “Thank you” – Russell and Laura from Chicago, IL – 6/10/13 – 10 guests at the Palace Lawn at the Hilton Waikoloa Village (My daughter got married over the weekend, then I had 3 weddings on Monday. I feel like I should be on a reality show, “Last Man Standing”)

1592. “Aregato” – Kei and Emiko from Japan – 6/10/13 – the Orchid gazebo (Thank you for your generosity)

1591. “That was really nice” – Jake and Jamie from Boise, ID – 6/10/13 – 20th anniversary celebration of vows with their 2 daughters at Keahu o lu Beach (The youngest daughter dropped her mom’s ring somewhere on the beach. We looked and looked. Just as we were walking out to the ocean to begin the ceremony, Jamie found her ring. Another wedding miracle!)

1590. “We’ve been to a lot of weddings. This was the best” – Reagan and Stephanie from KAILUA-KONA, HI – 6/7/13 – 120 guests at Anaeho’omalu Bay (This was my second daughter’s wedding. It was quite the extravaganza. God really blessed all aspects of the wedding. Our family is very thankful to everyone who helped out. It felt like everyone we have ever known and people that we don’t know were all working hard for days to set up and break down for the reception. I decided not to count how many college students were camping at our house. Everyone had such a great time. We are so glad that so many friends and family were able to travel and celebrate with us.)

1589. “Aregato gozai masu” – Hideyuki and Ayumi from Japan – 6/4/13 – the Orchid gazebo (Thank you for your generosity)

1588. “I finally got my Hawaii beach wedding! – Jackie and Alex from Taiwan – 5/24/13 – 10th anniversary celebration of vows at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding Chapel (This was a celebrity event. They have a reality TV show in Taiwan and over 300,000 likes on their facebook page. This was part of a promo that they are shooting for Hawaiian Air opening a direct flight to Taiwan. We had a lot of fun and even the crew commented about how emotional everyone was during the ceremony.)

1587. “Thank you” – David and Yolanda from Melbourne, FL – 5/23/13 – Puako Beach

1586.”Wonderful!!” – Josh and Celia from Ankeny, IA – 5/23/13 – 30 guests at the Palace Lawn at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

1585. “Perfect” – Joe and Mia from Livermore, CA  – 4/28/13 – 20 guests at the Palace Lawn at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

1584. “Thank you, we loved the ceremony” – Art and Kathy from West Chicago, IL – 4/26/13 – the Mauna Lani Bay Resort

1583. “Aregato” – Mio and Kazuya from Japan – 4/16/13 – 20 guests at Kumukea Beach at the Four Seasons Hualalai

1582. “Thank you – that was a great ceremony – Nick and Courtney from Anchorage, AK – 4/13/13 – 40 guests at 74-4910 Hao Kuni St. (Nick and Courtney are such a wonderful couple. Courtney’s mom told me during the rehearsal that one of the wedding guests is the Hawaiian language expert at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. I did the opening oli and blowing of the pu from my heart. Yes, I was a little nervous. And to top it off, this was my first wedding with this wedding coordinator. This venue is an elegant vacation rental home and we all had a great time.)

1581. “So many people told us it was the best wedding they had ever been to!” – Jason and Emma from Kailua-Kona, HI  – 4/13/13 – 110 people at the Holualoa Inn (Emma is my cousin. She has lived with us for the past 3 years. We love her so much and we are so thankful that God gave her and Jason such a beautiful wedding. The reception was done by friends and it was amazing!)

1580. “Wonderful ceremony – thank you” – Tony and Vicki from Barboursville, VA  – 4/6/13 – 3 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Point for a fifteenth anniversary renewal of vows.

1579. “Thank you it was a beautiful ceremony” – Lon and Marilyn Gunn, Alberta  CANADA  – 4/1/13 – their 3 children and grandchildren joined them for their 35th anniversary celebration of vows at the Palace Lawn at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.

1578. “We are at a loss for words – thank you so much” – Ryan and Zena from Holywood, FL – 3/31/13 – The Point at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.

1577. “Raf and I cannot stop smiling since we left the lovely island. We keep talking about how wonderful everything turned out. For us, it was important that you know how much you being a part of it meant to us. Attached are a few of the wonderful photos that were recovered. We all looked so happy and you were one of the many reasons. Please share our story with your wife, family and church. We will be forever grateful. You will be a part of our story for the rest of our lives. A million thank you’s!” Rafael and Shannon from Pasadena, CA  – 3/29/13 – 20 guests at the Palace Lawn at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. ( I believe God uses weddings to send people a message about how much he loves them. This is an amazing wedding story. I just have to share a condensed version. Both Raf and Shannon admit that if they had met even a few days earlier, they would have never been a couple. Both of them came to a point in their lives of spiritual transformation. It was in that moment that God brought them together. Without realizing it, they chose Good Friday as the date of their wedding. I spend Good Friday in prayer. We do a service here that lasts for hours where we only focus on the cross. It is the most spiritually intense service of the year for me. I say that to let you know that I was running on high octane fuel for this wedding. It was a great wedding with a great couple. They had an amazing sunset. They came to the Easter Sunrise service and told my wife that the camera bag with all their wedding photos had been stolen right after the wedding. I was very upset and began praying for them all day Easter. On Monday I saw them on the way to the airport. I really felt bad that this had happened. A little while later, they called and said that their photos had been recovered! We were all crying with joy. I sensed that God was letting them know how glad that He is that they are developing their relationship with Him and that He will always take care of them.)

1576. “Thank you” – Austin and Sarah from Aurora, CO  – 3/27/13 – 28 guests on the beach at the Mauna Lani Bay Resort

1575. “Thank you” – Barrye and Tracy from Alexandria, VA  – 3/26/13 – their son joined them for the tenth anniversary celebration of vows at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding Chapel (Thank you for your service to our nation)

1574. “1574. “Just wanted to take a moment to thank you.  We want to tell you once more how wonderful our ceremony was and everyone who attended or has seen the video absolutely loved it. Thank you for a beautiful wedding.” –  Nick and Shelley from Yakima, WA – 3/23/13 –  14 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Point (As I was talking to Nick before the ceremony, he spotted two whales breaching just north of us. They came swimming right by and put on quite a show. That just has to be a great sign for this special couple.)

1573. “Thank you, it was a wonderful ceremony” – Louis and Susana from Pasadena, CA – 12 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Palace Lawn (This was my first wedding with the new coordinator at the Hilton. Her name is Kanani, which means beautiful in Hawaiian. I look forward to doing many beautiful weddings for beautiful couples at this beautiful location!)

1572. “Thank you for everything” – Ethan and Christina from Everett, WA – 3/20/13 – 21 guests at the  Hilton Waikoloa Village Palace Lawn (Ethan was born and raised on the Big Island. I am always so glad when one of our youth gets to return home for their special moment)

1571. “This was way better than I expected. I won’t be able to sleep tonight thinking about what you said” – Walt and Callie from Hot Springs Village, AR  –  3/13/13 – 50 anniversary renewal of vows at Keahu o Lu Beach (Thank you for your generosity)

1570. “Ten years ago, we eloped in Las Vegas. This was our real wedding. I love her more now than ever. You did a fantastic job!” – Tony and Meredith from Frisco, TX  – 3/5/13 – 4 couples who are close friends gathered to support Tony and Meredith for their 10 year renewal of vows at the  Hilton Waikoloa Village Palace Lawn (Tony was a comedian and we all laughed and cried so hard at this ceremony.)

1569. “Thank you -thank you – Alfonso and Marcy from LAS VEGAS, NV  – 3/1/13 – 10 guests at the  Hilton Waikoloa Village Palace Lawn (What a great love story)

1568. “A lot of weddings are boring, you did an exceptional job” – Don and Barbara from Sedona AZ 2/22/13 –  the Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding Chapel  (Don is a classic car guy. He was dancing with Barbara in the garage when he dropped to one knee by the 33 chevy and gave her the ring – classic cars, classy engagement. I love your style Don. Barbara and I found out that we were born a month apart right down the street from each other. She was born at St. Joseph’s and I was born at Good Samaritan. Small world!. As much fun as we had at this wedding, it was kind of bitter sweet. This was the last wedding with the wedding coordinator. We have done some great weddings over the past 3 years, she has treated me so well and we will definitely miss you 🙁  . . .)

1567. “That was great” – Brad and Debra from Chugiak, Alaska – 2/19/13 – 4 guests for a surprise 30th anniversary renewal of vows at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding Chapel

1566. “Aregato gozai masu” – Eiji and Yoko from Japan – 2/16/13 – 5 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding Chapel  (Thank you for your generosity)

1565. “Aregato” – Seiichi and Norie from Japan – 2/16/13 – 20 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding Chapel

1564. “Aregato” – Hirofumi and Momoko from Japan – 2/15/13 – 8 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding Chapel

1563. “Thanks for being our pastor” Jack and Colleen from CA  – 2/14/13 – 2 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Palace Lawn (Jack is in law enforcement. He had been shot some years ago and no one expected him to live. Even he had wondered why God let him live. Then he reconnected with Colleen. During the ceremony he shared the entire story and made us all cry. What a powerful love story.)

1562. “Aregato gozai masu” – Koji and Ryoko from Japan – 2/8/13 – 10 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding Chapel

1561. “Aregato” – Hajime and Ai from Japan – 2/1/13 – 10 guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding Chapel (I know I say this a lot, but the Kona Coast has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world during winter. The weater is a perfet temperature and the colors are so vivid. Thank you for your generosity!)

1560. “Thank you” – Cody and Shinae from New York, NY  – 1/27/13 – 7 guests at the Wedding Tree at the Four Seasons Hualalai

1559. “Did you see Jeff start crying?” – Jeff and Michelle – 1/15 /13 – Their two daughters joined them for an early morning 15th anniversary celebration of vows at Kukio Beach

1558. “Thank you so much” – Jaime and Nikki from Logansport, IN – 1/7/13 – surprise 20th anniversary celebration of vows at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Wedding Chapel

1557. “This is so beautiful” – Gerald and Katja from Vienna Austria – 1/1/13 – Keahu o Lu Beach (I hope this is a sign of how wonderful 2013 is going to be! Gerald and Katjia had the entire beach to themselves.)

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