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Paradise Cove beach, new video driving instruction.

by Ron Taylor on 03/10/15

Today I put together another video, this time driving to Paradise Cove at Ko'olina Resort.  This beach is perfect for weddings because of the small parking lot which limits the number of people that can access the beach at one time.  Only draw back is that because of the limited parking space, it can be a problem for the wedding party if the lot is full.  One way to guarantee parking is by having the ceremony early in the morning. I have met the bride and groom there as early as 7 a.m.  It's actually kind of nice because the beach is pretty much empty.  
This video is a bit shaky like my other one, but it serves its purpose.
Click here to see the video.
Happy Wedding!

New video of driving to Secret Beach

by Ron Taylor on 03/03/15

Today I created a new video of how to drive to Lanikuhonua beach, aka "Secret Beach."  My wife used the GOPRO video camera to record as I was driving.  The video is a little shaky, but I think it will still help to get people there without getting lost.  Secret Beach is actually my favorite spot for beach weddings.  This beach is not well known to the public, so usually there's only a handful of people there.  The drive from Waikiki is about 45 minutes to and hour, depending on the traffic condition.  You simply get on the H1 freeway, keep driving until the freeway ends.  Once the freeway ends, you will see the Ko'olina resort exit sign within five minutes or less. When you pass the guard shack, be sure to wave to the very friendly Aloha Team security guard.  At the very first traffic light, make a right turn, you will see the parking lot ahead.  The walk from the parking lot to the beach is about three minutes.  
Click here to see the video.  
Happy Wedding!

GEICO gecko beach wedding commercial

by Ron Taylor on 02/11/15

Yesterday I saw this funny GEICO gecko beach wedding commercial.  The commercial doesn't look like it was shot in Hawaii, but it still is beautiful.
The brides dress is stunning.  I liked that she wasn't wearing a veil because the wind would have blown it all over the place. The grooms vest was very stylish, gave it a little bit of that safari traveler look.  I thought it was funny that the minister said "do you have the ring?"  I imagined the groom giving a horrific look and saying "I forgot it."  I actually had a wedding where the groom lost the rings, so we ended up borrowing their mom and dads rings.  To prevent losing the rings, it is better to already be wearing the rings, and then at the wedding site I will get the rings from you before the ceremony begins.  If I were the minister in that commercial asking for the rings, I would have said something like this to the groom, "You may now present the ring."  Anyhow, I really enjoyed that video because it promotes the beauty and intimacy of having a ceremony in the wonderful nature that God created for us to enjoy.  Below is the link to the commercial if you haven't seen it.
Happy Wedding!

Celebrities Johnny Depp & Amber Heard Beach Wedding

by Ron Taylor on 02/10/15

I read today in Yahoo news that Johnny Depp and Amber Heard tied the knot.  The wedding was held on Johnny Depp's private island in the Bahama's.  They had a small romantic beach wedding with only a handful of guests.  Although Johnny Depp's net worth is in the millions of dollars, he and his wife chose the small intimate wedding.  Here's the link to the article that I read:

Pacific Business News wedding article

by Ron Taylor on 02/05/15

Today I read a shocking article in the September 15, 2014 issue of the Pacific Business News.  According to the article, the average cost of a wedding in Honolulu is $52,190.

In my last blog post, I said that the national average is $29,858; that makes the weddings here in Hawaii almost double the national average, wow!  If newly weds can afford a high price tag, I’d say go for it, but if not, don’t go broke trying. With that kind of money, why not use it for a down payment on a starter home.  Don’t get me wrong though, I love the beauty and details that go into high end weddings, in fact I have officiated for many. What worries me is that many couples get way over their head, and end up having to start their lives together in big debt.  The most affordable wedding in Hawaii is the beach wedding.  You have the soft white sand, aqua blue ocean, palm trees, what else can you ask for?  Take a look at my photo gallery, you will see what I’m talking about.  

Happy Weddings