My husband and I married on 3/7/20 at a small ceremony of ~30 guests. We opted to have our couples photos taken a week before our wedding so we could get beach photos along with our ceremony pics at the Hawaiian Queen Coffee Garden. Marissa Medina was our fabulous photographer and we absolutely loved the whole process! Couldn't recommend Deanna and her team more!
Best experience ever!
I contacted Deanna about a year prior to our wedding date. She is so organized and made planning an elopement from Canada very easy. She really brought the vision of our "perfect wedding" to life. She performed a beautiful ceremony and we couldn't be happier. I can't thank her, Liz and Maher enough for the truly amazing experience!
Deanna created and performed the most beautiful ceremony we could ever imagine. I am not an easy person to work with - I was not responsive to emails and we didn't provide her any anecdotes. We expressed how nervous we were to get married in front of other people and didn't want to write our own vows for that reason. Deanna was so kind and patient and never pressed for more information or pushed for us to go outside of our comfort zone. She promised a personal, intimate ceremony and she absolutely delivered! While our entire wedding day went by in a blur, both my husband and I have realized that the only clear moments were during our ceremony. Deanna brought us in from a frenzy of nervousness and got us to focus on each other and that important moment. Mahalo Deanna!
FIVE STAR - ABSOLUTELY AMAZING EXPERIENCE!
I contacted Deanna to help us celebrate our 30 year anniversary by renewing our vows on Hapuna Beach at sunset as a surprise to my wife. I thought this would be a fun thing to do and that it might even be a little romantic. Little did I know just how AMAZING Deanna is when it comes to focusing on the moment and centering my thoughts on that place and time. The experience was far more meaningful and emotional than I ever imagined because of Deanna's soft, gentle kind spirit and amazing connection with this very special island. Thank you Deanna!
My wife and I decided to elope on our recent trip to Hawaii's big island. We contacted Deanna a few days prior to departing, and with short notice, she efficiently and helpfully aided us in organizing our ceremony. She helped us with some of the logistics (obtaining a marriage license/certificate which is surprisingly simple!) and gave us recommendations for the best spot to make our ceremony a beautiful and private event. She has a lot of options, from a very simple and relatively inexpensive ceremony, but we opted to add on a photo/videographer for an additional (and reasonable) fee. My wife and I were well taken care of by the entire team for a perfect, short, sweet, and beatific sunset ceremony at Kukio beach. Deanna put together a ceremony that was personalized to our preferences (spiritually, physically and emotionally!) She is not only a professional, but also a flexible and kind soul who will make your wedding, elopement or renewal of vow ceremony one to remember! I highly recommend her services.
Deanna at Kona Wedding Officiant is amazing. My parents were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and my siblings and I wanted to have a vow renewal ceremony for them on the beach with traditional Hawaiian chants. Everything was absolutely perfect from the beautiful beach location to her soothing voice. Thank You, Deanna for helping my siblings and I, give my parents a day they will remember.
Deanna made our day perfect in the perfect location and with the perfect words. She was very accommodating of our changes to the vows and was able to make the drive to come to our more remote location. We could not have had a better officiant and you can trust that Deanna will make your day wonderful as well.
We got married in Kikua Point Park on the morning of December 6th! We originally reached out to Deanna in July and from the first email she sent us, I knew I had found the perfect officiant. Deanna was so quick to respond and extremely flexible. We switched up our package a few times, and added on some additional services and Deanna made everything a breeze. So grateful for the ease she brought to our small family wedding. Our photographs came out amazing as well! So thankful for Deanna and her services!
We come from a beautiful island in the Caribbean (Puerto Rico) We decided on an elopement wedding years ago, so when we where planning this trip to Hawaii, it was just a quick yes to get married there. At the time we knew nothing about the process and ended up at Deanna's site. A quick email and she was just amazingly helpful and quick to respond to every question. We did the Pololū Valley hike and had the most intimate and magical ceremony. Just me and my now wife Nicole looking at each other with nature watching over us. There was nothing that could compare and Deanna just made it all so relaxed and easy. Aloha Deanna and thanks!
Deanna was absolutely amazing. She did a fantastic job with our wedding ceremony. She is very passionate about her work, is organized, professional and truly made it memorable. The photographer was equally as professional and talented. They were both great to work with and made it a great day!
We had a great experience and wonderful time with deanna. She is professional and friendly! Also, she is very quick to respond and address your questions. The whole process just make it simple and easy!
Deanna was a phenomenal wedding officiant for my husband and I’s grandparents. She came to our place over looking the ocean. She orchestrated such a beautiful, wonderful and breath taking vow renewal ceremony for their 51st anniversary. She’s so pleasant and sweet. My family and I loved her and her excellent service. Thank you so much! Well remember this forever!
Deanna was amazing! She was organized, professional, and quick to respond. Even though our wedding was small there were many details that needed sorting out, and we had some last minute changes. She never skipped a beat, everything went so smooth! Our wedding was truly beautiful.
From start to finish, Ms. Deanna was outstanding. Over the last nine months, she provided us with key recommendations and packets choices that were tailored to our needs. There was constant communication throughout this process until our wedding on December 10th of this year. The photographer and videographers captured keys moments and interviews of us before our wedding. She was very detailed oriented to ensure our moment has truly special. Ninety-nine percent of our wedding planning was conducted via email since we were state side. How she conducted the ceremony in the Hawaiian tradition was amazing. If you are looking for a planner for a destination wedding on the Big Island, Ms Deanna is the best choice hands down.
Deanna was great. She helped me with any questions along the way and made me feel like she had our best interests at heart. She is very good at what she does and wanted our wedding to be everything we imagined it would be. And she delivered. Thank you so very much Deanna.
We are very glad that we chose Deanna to be our wedding officiant. She helped us with all the details and was very patient - even when our photographer was about an hour late. She put us right at ease and we highly recommend working with her.
Deanna made our vow renewal ceremony the memory of a lifetime for my husband and me. We contacted her on short notice, but she was able to identify a nearby location and craft vows and leis for us - just within a couple of days. She was so sweet and friendly and responsive; I felt like I was working with a friend from the get-go. My husband and I chose the traditional Hawaiian ceremony, and everything was perfect. We want to return next year to renew our vows- we hope Deanna will be around to officiate. She made our ceremony feel personal and special. Mahalo Deanna!
We had an amazing experience with Deanna! She is very knowledgeable and it was very easy to work with her. She has great packages on her website which include everything you need for an outstanding price!
We wanted a very private wedding ceremony on a secluded beach and her recommendation was great! Our only two witnesses were two sea turtles!
We highly recommend Deanna with Kona Wedding Officiant!
We were married by Deanna at a private home in Kamuela, and she was an absolutely wonderful celebrant. We could not have asked for more. She was incredibly helpful in the lead up to the wedding, guiding us through the ins and outs of what needed doing, whilst providing numerous rewrites of the ceremony as we worked out what we wanted. She was tremendously supportive, and this was a great help to us. As visitors to Hawaii from Australia, having that kind of guidance was fantastic. Lastly, the ceremony itself was wonderful. We thought Deanna was a brilliant celebrant, and so did our families and guests.
Deanna was absolutely amazing! The wedding ceremony was so intimate and beautiful with her flowers and hand-made leis and flower crown. She was quick to respond in her emails and answered all of the questions we had prior to the ceremony. Deanna made the ceremony memorable and the marriage license/certification process super easy and simple. Our photographer Gerald, was also amazing. He made us feel comfortable and took many great pictures. I would definitely recommend Deanna as your officiant or for your vow renewals!
Lori and I spent 10 wonderful days in Kona, where I am originally from, and Lori's first time visiting Hawaii. We had an idea to elope but didn't have any plans ahead of time. Since this was a ceremony for the two of us, we didn't want to spend a lot. The first quote was more than we wanted to spend and their website didn't provide details for what you would receive so we kept searching and came upon Deanna's site. It listed many detailed options so we called and left a message and also sent an email. Boy, talk about fantastic communication. She called back a few hours later and provided additional information via email the same day. Deanna's very accommodating and provided options for the ceremony and whether we wanted any special additions. Deanna recommended a few beach locations and we settled on a small, very secluded beach. It was a public beach but we had it all to ourselves. She performed a beautiful ceremony, one we will both cherish for our lifetime. To anyone that is interested in having their wedding ceremony on the Big Island, definitely contact Deanna, she won’t disappoint. She exceeded our expectations. Mahalo nui loa, Deanna, for making our ceremony unforgettable.
Deanna did such an amazing job as our officiant. The communication was great and she was always on top of the dates and scheduling appointments for us right on time. The ceremony was AMAZING, we loved every minute of it, the beautiful words of commitment and the sand blending, she made it so easy and personal. Highly recommend!!!
Deanna was superb!! The praise for her conduction of our ceremony has continued to stream in beyond our wedding week!
So very professional in her protocols and thoughtful in the added personal touches. Would absolutely again call upon her at renewal time!
Mahalo nui loa, Deanna!!
Deanna our Kona Wedding officiant took care of everything, guidance on Marriage Licence excellent communication through email, preparation of wedding ceremony including vows & on all personal request. Deanna is very personable and has a true passion on performing all of her wedding ceremonies.
Everything was perfect we would highly recommend her genuine services . Thank you Deanna we will be forever grateful that you performed our very one of a kind beautiful ceremony hugs...Mahalo
We eloped just the two of us and she made everything so simple and easy. Taking care of everything will little communication needed. I am very thankful we were so lucky and I highly recommend her. She did the ceremony perfectly and just how we wanted. It was nice being on our trip and not having to worry because she had everything under control!
Deanna helped us plan our last minute ceremony. We called her that morning and were married by that same evening. The semi private beach she found us was beautiful. The whole process was seamless I don't see why everyone doesn't married in Hawaii at the last minute. Thank you so much for making everything possible!
We had an amazing experience with Deanna. She is very attentive to details and very easy to work with. Communication was great and the ceremony itself was beautiful! I loved everything from flowers on the sand to Hawaiian words of commitment and beautiful singing. I highly recommend Deanna, she is the best!
We highly recommend Deanna with Kona wedding officiant! Deanna was very accommodating and flexible. She was easily available and very organized with each little detailed attained to. Deanna gave us plenty of options for our beach wedding, plus assisted us with getting marriage license. Our wedding day could not have been more beautiful, thanks to Kona wedding officiant. From Deanna, the ceremony, and the photographer, everything was perfect. We have not got our professional photos back yet. But, Im confident they will be beautiful. Lots of candid photography, which I love because it captures the moment and time, not just the staged pose. Mahalo, Aaron & Lisa
Deanna was a great officiant for our wedding. Especially since we were organizing our Kona wedding from New Zealand, she was instrumental in helping us to find the right location (Kukio Beach) and help us get all of the requisite details right. Her patience with last minute questions was greatly appreciated and she went the extra mile to make the day something special.
Deanna our wedding Officiate helped with our marriage license since we were from out of state. Deanna helped us with the island information and tourist spot directions.
The wedding ceremony was simple, beautiful, and performed perfectly on a beautiful beach in Paradise.
Thank you Deanna,
Lisa and Todd
This was an amazing experience, Deanna and photographer did such a awesome job on our ceremony we just loved the experience, we had no stress on our big day just showed up and it was a lovely ceremony
Thank you Kona Wedding officiate
We couldn’t be happier about our experience with Deanna! She was amazing. Everything was taken care of down to appointments being made, she did everything for us so our day was smooth and effortless! The ceremony she performed for us was magical and full of the true aloha spirit. Her photographer and videographer took Breathtaking pictures and a video that Captured every moment of our beautiful day. We simply couldn’t be happier with the choice we made by choosing Deanna
( our Kona Wedding Officiant ) to Perform our ceremony. Aloha & Mahalo to you!
My partner and I decided to get married in Hawaii in May 2019. We wanted it to be simple and just the two of us. Deanna, our officiant, made navigating through the process very easy. She offered a few locations for the ceremony, including one that we had to hike to (we chose this location). It was an experience we will never forget. I highly recommend Deanna and her photographer. Thank you!
My partner and I were married by Deanna back in January 2019. Deanna was an absolutely wonderful person to work with, she guided us several months before our wedding and was very warm and excited for us during our talk on the phone.
Deanna is very professional, she filed all the proper permits for our beach wedding, had all of the leis, documents and other items for our ceremony, and even recommended me the beach that we eventually got married on.
I knew we were in good hands when we met with our marriage license officer to obtain our documents the night before the wedding and she remarked "Oh, you have Deanna as your officiant? She's great, she took care of all the hard work for you already!"
Deanna made our wedding perfect with absolutely no problems, and I would recommend her services to anyone looking to get married in Kona. 5 stars all the way!
We wanted to do something special for our 10th wedding anniversary and always dreamed of visiting Hawaii. We found Deanna’s “Adventure Weddings” online and decided to go for a waterfall wedding! Thanks to Deanna, we had the experience of a lifetime!!!! Our ceremony exceeded our expectations. Deanna took us to a private location and led us down a private trail to a waterfall where we renewed our wedding vows! Our ceremony was so beautiful both because we were able to recite our original vows but also because we were completely alone on the rocks in front of a rushing waterfall! This was the one of the most incredible experiences of our lives! Our wedding renewal ceremony was amazing and we are so grateful to Deanna for making this experience possible for us! Thank you Deanna!!!!
We were wowed by Deanna's professionalism and feel incredibly lucky to have found her as our officiant. We felt intimidated to coordinate event details (let alone a wedding) across timezones and countries but Deanna put all that worry to rest. From our first consultation, Deanna acted as our guide to the island she loves so much. She recommended the best event locations, places for family to stay and sight see (she did this even after our ceremony in a follow up email - super nice touch). Her communication has awesome: clear, prompt emails and reminders to keep our date on track along with progress updates for things she had to coordinate on the island to reserve the best time + location. The ceremony is where Deanna really shined; her delivery was heartfelt, audible and simply perfect. She even took the time to make us the most beautiful leis, something we were not expecting.
More than a review, we really wanted to say thank you for everything Deanna. So grateful our paths crossed and can't wait for you to repeat this experience for the many couples after us.
We came up with the idea of eloping on our previously planned trip about a week + before we left. I did some research and found Deanna, of Kona Wedding Officiant. and we were utterly delighted with how helpful she was in directing us to the steps required by the State of Hawaii as well as great suggestions for possible locations to scout. Her ceremony was beautiful and very deeply meaningful. We loved working with them!
We renewed our wedding vows with Deanna and couldn't be happier. We had an intimate Hawaiian ceremony on a private beach in Kona. Never having been to the Big Island, we originially wanted to have our ceremony at Magic Sands, but Deanna recommended Kukio Beach and we are so glad she did now that we have been to both beaches. Our ceremony was so special and made us feel like there was no one else in the world but us. We highly recommend Deanna to anyone who is looking for an officiant on the Big Island.
We had a wonderful experience from start to finish with a traditional Hawaiian ceremony by Deanna. She offers several wedding options and our selection of Hawaiian was so unique and fitting for for our beach wedding at Waialea - great location.
Deanna was very responsive and so helpful in making all arrangements toassure the ceremony would be exactly what we wanted, as well as the details to make our wedding special.
Our ceremony was partially in Hawaiian and English and I think no matter how many guests you have in attendance, everyone would enjoy experiencing the ancient traditions such as sand blending and our ring blessing.
As far as my wife and I are concerned, Deanna is the best and she exceeded our highest expectations from our first contact thru actual ceremony, about 4 months. Mike and Ruth