Maui Sunset Weddings

Nothing is more beautiful than the island of Maui at sunset – the bright pinks, oranges and yellows fill the sky and reflect off of the ocean magically. You are transported to a place of tranquility and happiness as the sun begins to set. Even after the sun lowers past the horizon, the colors still linger in the air for a moment longer to show off its natural beauty.

No matter what time of the day it is, you will be thrilled with your venue choice of Maui, Hawaii. However, the most breathtaking backdrop to our weddings has to be a Maui sunset. The vibrant colors create the perfect scenery for photographs of sunset ceremonies. The entire sky and ocean reflections look like they’ve been photoshopped but we can assure you, they haven’t.

Maui Sunset Weddings

When is the best time to have a Sunset Wedding?

In the later months of the year, Maui sunsets start at about 5:58 pm Hawaii time. In the earlier months of the year, the sun sets around 6:30 pm. The times are always changing so make sure to check for perfect timing on your wedding day for optimal picture taking here! The best time to schedule a sunset wedding would be an hour or two before the sunsets (depending on what size group you have). Below is a chart showing average sunrise and sunset times for Maui, Hawaii.

Maui Sunset Chart

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Pros and Cons of Having a Sunset Wedding

It is considered to be easier to have a wedding indoors because you don’t have to worry about natural light or weather. We don’t aim for easy, we want you to have perfection! With Maui sunset weddings, or beach weddings in general, it is key to consider lighting, weather and temperatures of the outdoors. Like we said earlier, an hour or two before the sun sets is the best time to allow for the best sunset wedding photographs.

No two sunsets are alike! Your ceremony, depending on how elaborate it is, is only going to be about 10-20 minutes. You will have a limited amount of time for photos before it gets too dark. Since you are dealing with a small window of time it’s important that your wedding starts on time.

After the ceremony, while you are taking couple-only shots the sunset will also make a perfect backdrop for the cocktail hour. The lighting will be warm and beautiful for your photo session and also stunning for your family and friends. Once your photo shoot is over and you rejoin your guests then everyone can make their way towards dinner with lanterns, candles and tiki torches!

Maui is a warm tropical location but keep in mind that when the sun goes down, the temperature will also go down. This could be considered a pro or a con depending on the season you are getting married. For the ladies, it’s helpful to bring a shawl, sweater or light jacket just in case.

Maui Sunset Weddings

Observing a sunset on your wedding night is symbolic because the sun is setting on your single life and your new married life gets to start with the rise of the new sun. If you are still wondering why you should consider a sunset wedding in Hawaii, then you should know that there simply are no words to describe the feeling that each and every person on the planet gets from taking in such a beautiful sight.

Maui Sunset Weddings by First Class Weddings

Pictures by First Class Weddings

Sunset Picture with couple by Mike Sidney

Sunrise Sunset Chart from Hawaii Guide

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The Hawaiian Luau

Hawaiian Luaus

Hawaiian Luau

LUAU:  A Hawaiian celebration involving a local feast accompanied by various types of traditional entertainment. The actual word “Luau” is a term often blended with the word party…meaning that an actual luau can be held for many reasons. A graduation, birthday or even a wedding.  In Hawaii, Luau’s are extremely popular with hundreds of people attending. Check in time begins between 4-6pm where you will be greeted with a beautiful orchid lei and a delicious Mai Tai. Once you make your way to your seats you’ll be invited to mingle, take photos and support the local artists.

Luau Food and Drink

Luau themed parties and celebrations often take place in an open outdoor area with a stage and lights. As cocktail hour nears an end you’ll most likely start to hear conch shells blowing and see men dressed in Hawaiian attire running around lighting all the Tiki Torches. From there. you’ll be invited to watch the official reveal and removal of the pig from a pit nearby. Yes, this is the pork that will be served at the luau! Other traditional favorites served is Poi, chicken long rice and lomi lomi salmon. Poke is another luau favorite. It is raw fish marinated in citrus juices and coconut cream… delicious! Sweet grilled pineapples, barbecued veggies, and traditional favorites make for a perfect Hawaiian feast.

Luau Entertainment: 

Hawaiian Music plays a big role in the entertainment. Instruments include ukuleles and drums which sets the tone to lead you on a magical journey telling an authentic story of the islands. Polynesia entertainment includes hula dancing, chants and songs originating from as far back as the 1800′s. Expert fire-knife dancing, fire breathing, and fire eating are an ancient Samoan traditions that seem to be one of the highlights of the show. With all the fabulous things that a Luau offers it’s no wonder that a Hawaiian luau is on the top 5 things to do while you’re on the islands.

Hawaiian Luaus

 

Hawaiian Luaus by First Class Weddings

Hawaiian Wedding Leis from Modern Weddings Hawaii

Tropical Drinks & Drummer from Old Lahaina Luau

Pork and Pineapple Buns from Sunset

Fire Dancer from First Class Weddings

 

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Some of the Best Beaches on Maui

Hawaiian Beaches

Kaanapali Beach 

One of the best beaches on Maui is Kaanapali Beach. This beach is very popular amongst vacationers and has many hotels along its 1.5 mile long beach. This beach is much less crowded than those on the island of Oahu. This beach is located in the west part of Maui and is perfect for parasailing, surfing, volleyball and sailing. On the northern most end of the beach is “Black Rock” which is known for snorkeling and cliff diving ceremonies that take place every day at sunset.

Hawaiian Beaches

Keawakapu Beach

This beach is considered to be more of a secret paradise which allows for the ideal getaway from the large crowds of people on the more populated beaches. Although it is smaller it always has wonderful swimming conditions and has soft sands which are perfect for sunbathers and children to make their dream sandcastles. A little off of the beach lies an underwater reef that is great for snorkeling.

Hawaiian Beaches

Kapalua Beach

Kapalua Beach is on our list of best beaches on Maui from its warm sands to its lava rocks and palm trees…this is one of the most popular beaches in the state of Hawaii. Ranked as one of the top beaches in the nation, this beach is perfect for families with children thanks to its calm waters and natural tide pools. In the winter you can even see whales migrating to deeper waters!

Hawaiian Beaches

Kahekili Beach

A little further down the beach of Kaanapali is Kahekili beach. These two beaches are separated by lava rock and a hotel but it is the perfect spot for amazing snorkeling and scuba diving. This can be a slightly more dangerous spot for swimmers because of the hidden rocks and strong currents so be careful when adventuring out that way!

Hawaiian Beaches

 Napili Bay

Check out this picture-perfect sunset! Napili Bay is a charming beach known for its fantastic swimming conditions, golden sand and crazy snorkeling. You could spend an entire day at this beach thanks to all of the great activities and easy access picnicking – this is where we would want to spend every single day!

Best Beaches on Maui

Makena Beach (Big Beach)

Makena beach is South Maui’s largest beach and is about a 50 minute drive from Lahaina. This beach is nearly 2/3 of a mile long and 100 yards wide. There is great swimming and snorkeling in these pristine waters. It is nestled in between two black-lava outcroppings and provides a more secluded landscape compared to more crowded beaches like Kaanapali and Lahaina.

Best Beaches on Maui

Baldwin Beach

This beautiful, long white-sand beach is a favorite with local families. This beach comes with the whole shabang – lifeguards, port-a-potties, showers, barbecues, picnic tables and a covered pavilion. Baldwin beach is very popular amongst boogie-boarders and even has a baby beach on the west end that offer calmer pools for little ones.

Best Beaches on Maui by First Class Weddings

Kaanapali Beach from Hawaiian Landmark Images

Keawakapu Beach from Hawaii Life

Kapalua Beach from Maui Rental

Kahekili Beach from Tropical Villa Vacations

Napili Beach from Napili Kai

Makena Beach from Grand Champions

Baldwin Beach from Maui Guidebook

 

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Haiku Mill

Haiku Mill

Haiku Mill

This beautiful wedding venue on Hawaii’s island, Maui, is set on the northeastern coast of the island. Haiku Mill covers two acres of ruins and tropical paradises. This sugar mill is also known as pua Le’a or “blossoming passion” in the Hawaiian language. The old world meets the elegance of Europe with this venue. In 1858 this land was turned into a sugar cane company by the Kingdom of Hawaii. It wasn’t until 1861 that sugar was being produced in the mill.

Haiku Mill

The Haiku mill was the first sugar cane mill in Hawaii with a steam engine and was added to the National Register of Historic Places listings in Hawaii in 1986. For over 100 years the sugar mill was abandoned and was overtaken by the lush tropical forests that ended up covering the thick stone walls. The only remaining part of this venue are the breathtaking stone walls that left an open-sky cathedral to let in the light.

Haiku Mill

Couples love Haiku Mill for its amazingly lush gardens flowing over the historic stone walls and into the scenery of their wedding ceremony and reception. This venue captures the beauty of Hawaii with the romance of the abandoned factory.

Haiku Mill

Haiku Mill

The sugar mill lights up stunningly at night with lights cascading through the open windows… the palm trees and greenery take you deep into a tropical paradise in which you never want to leave! How could you? Haiku Mill is one of our favorite places to have a destination wedding on Hawaii’s island of Maui.

Haiku Mill

Haiku Mill Wedding by First Class Weddings

All Photos by First Class Weddings

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Outdoor Hawaii Wedding

Outdoor Hawaii Weddings

Outdoor Hawaii Wedding

Sunny Hawaii is calling your name! Beaches are one of the most popular destination wedding choices and Hawaii is our favorite spot to do so! The warm breezes, blue waves and breathtaking sunsets make Hawaii the absolute perfect wedding destination. We, at First Class Weddings, think Maui is the most fantastic place to get married!

Outdoor Hawaii Weddings

Imagine having your wedding ceremony right next to the beautiful turquoise waters of Hawaii… The grass is always lush and green with accents of tropical flowers and palm trees decorating the natural landscape. Choose an outdoor Hawaii wedding if you love the ocean, sand and amazing views!

Outdoor Hawaii Weddings

This elaborate wedding arch was the perfect piece for their wedding ceremony. The purples, pinks and greenery coordinated with the bride’s bouquet and hairpiece amazingly. Our favorite part of this stunning arch was the small hanging vases with flowers displayed inside of them, shown below.

Outdoor Hawaii Weddings

Outdoor Hawaii Wedding

Decorations as simple as a single flower in a glass bulb create wonderful reflections of the sun and make for gorgeous pictures. The purple and green colors featured in this wedding call us to the beaches!

Outdoor Hawaii Weddings

This Maui wedding took place on a perfectly green lawn overlooking the spectacular view of the ocean. This venue made for the perfect backdrop for this outdoor hawaii wedding.

Outdoor Hawaii Weddings

Lush decorative flowers ranging from hydrangeas to orchids line the length of these simple white tables. Our bride, Phoebe  hung simple white lanterns above her brightly colored tables and once the sun went down they lit up for perfect romantic lighting.

Outdoor Hawaii Weddings

The colors of Hawaii and all of its tropical glory allow brides to use bright bold colors for their flowers and decorations. We love this simple table with hydrangeas, orchids and other flowers with candles lining the center of the table…how romantic!

Outdoor Hawaii Weddings

 

After seeing this phenomenal wedding on Maui would you consider having your perfect wedding in Hawaii?? Let us know what you think about Hawaii and all of its beauty!

Outdoor Hawaii Wedding by First Class Weddings

All Photos by First Class Weddings

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Beach Glass

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Beach Glass

Beach glass, or sea glass, is physically and chemically weathered glass found on beaches along bodies of fresh and salt water. The process of weathering produces naturally frosted looking glass. Many people collect beach glass as a hobby while on vacation or to make various kinds of jewelry.

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Beach glass starts off as a normal shard of broken glass that is continuously tumbled around on the ground until the sharp edges are smoothed and rounded out. While the glass is rolling around it loses its slick glassy surface and gains a frosted soft appearance.The process of making beach glass can take years to make it smooth enough to touch. It starts off as pieces of glass from broken bottles, tableware or parts of shipwrecks that fell into the ocean or lakes.

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 Beach Glass 

Sea glass can be produced artificially when pieces of glass are tossed into a rock tumbler or dipped into acid to give the desired finish…this type of “fake” beach glass is considerably less expensive than natural sea glass. This glass can be found all over the world but is most popularly found along the north eastern beaches of the United States, California and all other beaches.

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The colors of sea glass varies depending on its original source. Most of the glass comes from bottles but can also come from jars, plates, windows, ceramics and more. The most popular colors of sea glass are green, brown, white, blue and purple.

 

Beach Glass by First Class Weddings

Beach Glass 1 from Art In Nature

Beach Glass 2 from Sea Glass Painter

Beach Glass 3 from International Sea Glass Museum

Beach Glass 4 from Sea Glass Jewelry

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Hawaiian Waterfall

Hawaiian Waterfalls

Waimoku Falls

Maimoku waterfall is located in Kipahulu, Maui in Hawaii. It is about 400 feet in height and can be accessed oh a 3-5 hour hike on Pipiwai Trail in Haleakala National Park. This is not the easiest waterfall to get to but it is the largest waterfall on Maui and has a beautiful hiking trail through thick bamboo forests…don’t miss out on this Hawaiian waterfall.

Wailua Falls

Mailua Falls is set in Lihue, Kauai in Hawaii and is 80 feet tall on the Wailua River. This waterfall captures sunlight beautifully and is the perfect spot to watch the sunset. Located right off of highway 56 on Maalo Road is where you will find this natural treasure. Wailua falls is recognizable from the opening credits of the 1970s series Fantasy Island. When it rains, Wailua river is filled to the brim which sends fast moving water over the entire span of the fall’s ridge. Hundreds of years ago native Hawaiians would leap off of the edge of the falls and into the pool below to prove their manhood but it is not recommended!

Hawaiian Waterfalls

Kaliuwaa Falls (Sacred Falls)

This beautiful hawaiian waterfall is very hard to get to! The hiking trail that leads to these sacred falls has been closed off since 1999 due to a rockslide that killed 8 hikers on the trail because of the unstable canyon. The best view to get of the Kaliuwaa falls is by air travel such as helicopter tours which offer views of the waterfall and canyon and into the Koolau mountain ranges.

Hawaiian Waterfalls

Waianuenue Falls (Rainbow Falls)

In Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii is where you will find the rainbow falls. Although not the biggest of the waterfalls only measuring in at 80 feet tall this waterfall is the most impressive when the rains fill the river that feed into the falls. The pool is deep in foliage and natural lava caves surround the waterfall. Take a visit down to rainbow falls on a sunny morning and you will see just where it got its perfectly fitting name from!

Hawaiian Waterfalls

Akaka Falls

Last but certainly not least is Akaka Falls on the Big Island of Hawaii. This monster of a waterfall is 422 feet tall and people visit it every time they come to Hawaii thanks to its amazing beauty! This is a must stop place in Hawaii and has a loop trail that takes you around the falls. You are walking through a dense green forest of nature to a natural landmark of Hawaii…do not miss out on this view!

 

Hawaiian Waterfall by First Class Weddings

Waimoku Falls from Quincy Dein Photography

Kaliuwaa & Waianueue Falls from Hawaiian Magazine

Akaka Falls from Hawaii Gaga

 

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Kauai Weddings

 Kauai Weddings

Cher Weldon and Ron Jones traveled from Colmesneil, Texas to the beautiful North shore of Kauai where First Class Weddings arranged an intimate Hawaiian wedding ceremony.  Cher and Ron’s First Class Wedding took place on one of the most beautiful beaches in Hawaii on the island of Kauai, officially named Kauapea beach.

Kauai Weddings at Kauapea Beach (aka Secret Beach)

This beach is more commonly known as Secret Beach which is a wonderfully romantic and secluded location to tie the knot.

Inspired by Tori Spelling’s wedding, Cher had a distinct vision of what she wanted for her special day. The result…a perfect comprimise that included a romantic beach ceremony with Hawaiian Ukelele music, an aisle way scattered with orchids, custom sand castle display and a romantic private catered dinner under the stars.

Hale Lani

Secret Beach Hideaway Kauai - Hale Lani

Cher and Ron stayed at Secret Beach Hideaway's Hale Lani (shown above & below), a stunningly gorgeous cottage that sits atop a cliff overlooking the couple's ceremony location on Secret Beach.

The Hale Lani Kauai is secured by a gated entrance and is extremely private. This truly is a perfect hideaway for a Kauai Wedding.

Flowers included an all white Calla Lily bouquet, a traditional Maile Lei for the groom and a white Orchid Lei for the bride. Cher and Ron exchanged leis in a traditional Hawaiian lei exchange symbolizing their love and commitment to each other.

Cher, Ron and their Kauai wedding vendors - including a musician, a minister, photographer and even a sand castle artist made their way down the steep path en-route to the beach.

Custom Sand Castle

It was no easy feat yet First Class Weddings hired professional sand castle builder Julian Miller and he brought in the appropriate tools, sand and other secret ingredients to make this custom sand castle oasis exclusively for Cher and Ron!

Private Kauai Wedding Dinner Reception

This Kauai wedding was lit by Tiki Torches and candle light, Mr. and Mrs. Jones celebrated with a privatly catered dinner in a romantic canopy on the grounds of Secret Beach Hideaway's Hale Lani.

Congratulations Cher and Ron Jones!  First Class Weddings is honored to have been a part of your special day.

Contact First Class Weddings today and begin planning your Hawaiian dream wedding!

Kauai Wedding by First Class Weddings

Accommodations by Pure Kauai: Secret Beach Hidaway - Hale Lani

Ceremony Location: Kauapea Beach (Secret Beach) located on the island of Kauai, Hawaii

Officiate: Rev. Julie Wirtz

Wedding Music: Coppin Colburn

Flower, Canopy and Candle Rentals: Mr. Flowers

Furniture Rentals: Martin Roberts

Private Catering: Thomas Ryan

Sand Castle: Jullian Miller

 

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Hawaiian Vow Renewal

Hawaii Vow Renewal – 30 years strong!

Pege & Lenny Fischman celebrated their 30 year Hawaiian vow renewal with First Class Weddings. We are extremely honored to have been chosen to share in this emotionally charged and deeply heart-felt occasion. The Fischman’s and their two sons traveled all the way from Jupiter Florida so this was an extra special treat for us.

Pege Fischman

When First Class Weddings started planning with Pege in June of 2012 she specifically requested a small and private beach location. Although they were staying at the Puamana Condo’s on the West side of the island, we felt that a beach located 45 minutes away on the South shore of Maui would provide exactly what she was looking for.

Beach Wedding

After a few short months of planning, obtaining a Hawaii beach permit, hand selecting the perfect minister and securing one of the finest photographers on Maui, Pege and Lenny were re-married on August 16, 2012. The minister officially started the ceremony by blowing the Conch Shell.

Beach Wedding

Shortly after the ceremony started the couple laughed as they recalled memories and told stories of their past.  Precious memories for sure!

Beach Wedding

The Hawaiian island weather was perfect as Pege & Lenny yet again shared one of the most memorable days of their lives together.

Beach Wedding

Pege & Lenny have endured so much over the years and even told us that there were times that they thought they wouldn’t make it….yet here they are. This couple truly has what it takes to endure whatever life dishes out.

Beach Wedding

Pege’s bouquet consisted of pink ginger, cymbidium orchids, and dendrobium orchids.

Beach Wedding

First Class Weddings loves Hawaiian Vow Renewals and we completely adore Pege & Lenny Fischman!

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Fischman & Family!

Trish Barker Photography

Hawaiian Vow Renewal by: First Class Weddings

Minister: Rev. Joe Miles

Photographer: Trish Barker Photography

Flowers by: Dellables

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Our Maui Wedding

Hawaii Bride

Our Maui Wedding at Sugarman Estate

Our Maui wedding took place at sunset with our closest family present. The venue, Sugarman Estate, is a private property overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the Southern coast of Maui. When I arrived I was in awe at the beauty that surrounded me. This already picturesque venue had been transformed into my dream for our Maui wedding.

Our Maui Wedding Day

Our Maui Wedding Ceremony Location

By the water sat 12 bamboo chairs attached with purple hydrangeas. An aisle way lined with pink orchids lead to a custom wooden arch adorned with hydrangeas, roses and orchids in shades of my favorite colors which were purple and pink. Glass bulbs with pink orchids submerged in water hung perfectly alongside hanging votive candles, framed the backdrop of the ocean.

Glass Wedding Bulbs

Our Maui Wedding – Hanging Orchids in Glass Bulbs

My bridal party consisted of my two nieces, a flower girl and a Junior bridesmaid.  Guests were greeted with my nieces placing Hawaiian leis around their necks as they entered the property. I had not seen my fiancé the day of the wedding and peered out the glass doorways to watch while everyone took their places.

Junior Bridesmaid

Flower girl in Makena, HI

Our Maui wedding ceremony began as the officiate, dressed in traditional Hawaiian robe, blew a conch shell.  The string quartet began to play and the flower girl, then junior bridesmaid made their way down the aisle.  I walked down the aisle to Pacelbell’s Cannon in D, with my mother and father by my side.  I approached my now husband, just as the sun began to set.

Sugarman Estate WeddingOur Maui Wedding – Sugarman Estate Ceremony

We incorporated Hawaiian tradition into our ceremony by placing leis around each others necks and each of our parents.  We exchanged traditional wedding vows, placed wedding bands on the others finger and shared our first kiss as husband and wife.  After we were officially named Mr. and Mrs. Waggoner, we concluded our Maui wedding with the release of two white doves.

Hawaii Wedding Reception

Our Maui Wedding Dinner at Sunset

After the ceremony, our guests sipped Hawaiian cocktails while my husband and I took sunset photographs along Makena’s beautiful coves. To the side of the ceremony site was a white canopy which hung Chinese lanterns over a long rectangular table covered with white and purple linens. Floating candles and square vases of green, blue, white, pink and purple flowers sat atop a bamboo table runner.  Being as our Maui wedding was such a small and intimate affair, we opted for an elegant 4-course meal for our reception.

Wedding Cake with Orchids
Our Wedding Day Cake

We sat down to dinner as a jazz duo played, and shared our first dance before the first course arrived.  We ate, were toasted by our families and enjoyed orchid decorated cake.  As we drove off in the limo at the end of the night I couldn’t help but think what an amazing day it had been.  Thanks to First Class Weddings our Maui wedding completely exceeded our expectations.  I couldn’t think of a more perfect way to begin a life together.

 

Hawaiian Wedding

Post By: Hawaiian Bride – Phoebe Waggoner

Wedding By: First Class weddings

Photography By: Mike Sidney

Venue: Sugarman Estate aka: Honua Kai Lani

Flowers By: Country Bouquets

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