Gabrielle was fantastic throughout the planning and execution of our wedding day. Every vendor she recommended along the way was professional, reliable, and really added to the stress-free, memorable day my husband were hoping for. Many of our guests commented on how relaxed we looked, which goes without saying we were in excellent hands throughout the whole process! We had an amazing day thanks to Blue Sky Weddings.
Gabrielle and her incredible team at Blue Sky Weddings provided us with the most attentive level of service and professionalism throughout our time working together over 14 months. With her expertise, patience, and insight, we were able to celebrate a gorgeous and intimate 30 person destination wedding. We had read and heard so many positive recommendations about Blue Sky Wedding shortly after we were engaged, so we arranged to travel to Maui and meet with Gabrielle a year before our wedding date. We met at the Olowalu Plantation House, where she was generous with her time and answered all of our questions about details, pricing, and timing of planning a wedding on Maui without any expectations of us to sign with her company. From start to finish, she worked tirelessly to answer our questions, explore all our vendor options, and kept in touch with us as much as we needed. Throughout the wedding planning process, we were working abroad in a foreign country and split our time between our home in the United States and our home overseas. Gabrielle worked through the time differences to spend time on the phone reviewing our progress and connected us to the most wonderful vendors. Gabrielle is a talented, kind, and customer-oriented professional and she's the consummate hostess. It's in her family heritage -- the Longhi restaurant is renowned across the islands for superb cuisine, hospitality, and unparalleled aloha.
We planned a wedding with Gabrielle at BlueSky Weddings and couldn't be happier with her outstanding service from start to finish. She met with us more than a year out and worked with us over the phone and email frequently and in great detail leading up to the big day. Her research was thorough, her local contacts were extensive, and her know-how was apparent to us and all of our guests, who had the time of their lives! Gabrielle's greatest asset is her talent in guiding the bride- and groom-to-be through the wedding planning process so that their vision is realized completely and fully with as little stress as possible. She was so good at checking in with us and confirming she was planning for what we had in mind, and she easily adapted to our own styles so that the event was a grand success. The musicians she recommended (Ahumanu and Billy Arbout DJ) charmed our guests; her suggested caterer (Longhi's) and their wait and bar staff totally wowed; and her proposed photographer (Hula Girl) delivered big time. Gabrielle and her assistant Julie were on hand personally for the rehearsal and the wedding, and they executed our vision perfectly. We loved working with Gabrielle and recommend her with the greatest enthusiasm. She's the best!
Thank you Blue Sky Weddings for a wonderful wedding day. Gabrielle's attention to every detail made this a perfect day for my husband and I. The location was beautiful, the food delicious , flowers , stunning. Gabrielle managed to search out the flowers I wanted, and I was so happy with the results. From the cake, to the photographer, to the staff everything a perfect 10! Food, fantastic! I was a bit nervous when I stared the wedding planning, Gabrielle was attentive and interested in every detail, and I knew I was in good hands with Blue Sky Weddings.
Seriously the most stress-free wedding! I didn't have to worry about a thing. I literally showed up on the day of my wedding and everything was done PERFECTLY.
John Paul & I had our Wedding at Makena Estate and used BlueSkYWeddings. Specifically Gabbrielle, she was amazing. We live in Arkansas and this was the most STRESS FREE event of my life. Absolutely perfect & there is nothing we would have changed. My cake, flowers, decor, venue, food and bar tender were great! Check out blueskyweddings.com to see some of our amazing photos! We brought our own photographer Christopher Nolan Photography from AR and used Gordon Nash from Maui for videography! I did not lift a finger that day, it was all about pampering & relaxing on our wedding day with close friends and family!
Gabrielle of Blue Sky Weddings was simply AMAZING! She was able to take my vision and make it into my dream wedding . She was so detailed and organized..I did not even have to worry about a thing! There was a bunch of small personalized things that my bridesmaids still needed to do the day of the wedding and when we arrived at the venue everything had already been done! I cannot praise Gabrielle enough. One thing too that I found helpful was that Gabrielle answers her phone...even if she wasn't able to speak at the time, we would arrange a time to call back..I found this very helpful. She was also very quick with email responses as well, which helped so much as this was a destination wedding. Thanks to Gabrielle we had one amazing wedding and after party...all 90 of our guests said that our wedding was the best wedding they had ever been to!
Gabrielle was amazing! Our wedding was absolutely a dream come true. The whole process of planning was totally stress free and I knew I could trust the team at Blue Sky Weddings to make my day perfect. The flowers were the most beautiful I've ever seen. Gabrielle spent hours working with me to design the most unique and personal arrangements possible. The colors were perfect! The catering was delicious - or so I hear..I can't say that I ate anything that night (other than cake of course) but all of our guests commented on the amazing food :-) We live in Maui so planning and meeting with Gabrielle was probably easier than if we were planning from the mainland. But she always responded quickly to my questions and concerns and had great suggestions for hair/ makeup/photography/music/ect... It was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. Everyone had a blast and thanks to Blue Sky Weddings I didn't have to worry about a thing!
Gabrielle Longhi and Blue Sky Weddings were amazing for assisting us in setting up the dream wedding that my wife, Michelle, and I were ever hoping for.
We had visited Maui in 2010 and visited several wedding sites including the Honua Kai Lani (Sugarman Estate) in Makena. We knew that the beautiful gem of a location in Makena was where we wanted to be wed. Unfortunately, we had lost contact with the original wedding planners who had taken the time to show us the various wedding venues in Maui. By the time we had to initiate the wedding planning in March 2011, the wedding planners did not respond to any of our phone calls or emails. Fortunately, we stumbled upon Blue Sky Weddings. Coming from California, it was important that we found someone who could assist us in the logistics as we couldn't afford to fly back and forth as much as we would like. We contacted Gabrielle in March of 2011, and received a prompt response from her.
We interviewed each other after we arranged a phone conference call and she spent over an hour and a half listening to us and what we were envisioning for the wedding. Even with the details we were unsure of and the little things that we didn't know about wedding planning, she was able to assist us and fill in the blanks. We gave her our budget and she was excited to help us and work with it. The time that she took out of her day to sit down and talk with us for a free consultation, made us realize that she would be perfect for the job.
She replied a few days after the phone call with a detailed email with all the items that we were thinking of and what we would need to make it happen. The email had a breakdown of costs and our needs and what would be included. She gave us a list of vendors to choose from for music/sound, wedding cakes, make-up/hair, officiants, and even activities, restaurants, and places to stay for our guests.
We probably had a week or two of email and phone conversations before we even discussed a contract with Blue Sky Weddings. When the contract did come, she explained it to us in detail and made sure we were happy with what we were getting into. The emails and contact with this planning service were great. She responded to us in a timely manner and would contact us to let us know whatever information we needed to help make this dream come true.
Food was especially important for my wife and me. Blue Sky Weddings handled all of the catering services through Longhi's Restaurant and Catering there in Maui. Their sample menus on their website were exactly what we were looking for as we wanted to do a "buffet-style" service for our large wedding party. We had our own input in what we wanted for appetizers and entrees and she gave us a sample menu that we were excited about and agreed upon. We got to visit their restaurant in January 2012 and they sat down and did a full tasting of that menu and then some. The food was delectable and very creative. We knew we had a menu that we would enjoy as well as our guests.
The week of the wedding is when we really felt like we made a good decision. We did our pre-walk through the site and everything looked amazing. The grounds were well kept, the staff was polite and helpful, and Gabrielle went over every detail that we would need to know for the ceremony and the reception. We stayed close to our original budget, with her help and she delivered with a breath-taking venue and on-point and on-time precision with the wedding.
On the day of the wedding, everything went as planned and Gabrielle and her crew helped us through the ceremony and reception without "being in the way." They assisted us through everything while being invisible at the same time. Their skill and expertise seems to be unrivaled. We were excited to have them there and have them as our planner.
Reverend Heidi Alfrey, our wedding officiant, was wonderful and patient as she presided over our ceremony. The ceremony and reception site was beautifully decorated with the flowers and color theme we had chosen. The sound and music which was provided by DJ Boomshot was energetic and flowed smoothly as we transitioned from reception, to cocktail hour, to reception. The food and cake was loved by the guests as well as us. All the elements that Garbrielle had spent the time to discuss with us during our wedding planning process came together very well and brought out everything a wedding in Maui should have.
Blue Sky Wedding has excellent planning services and communication… Gabrielle and her staff are the utmost professionals when it comes to beautiful Maui Weddings. They are willing to work with your budget and are flexible with your schedule. They give you 100% and we felt like we got more than what we paid for.
The memories that were created for us that day were more than what we could ever imagine for a destination wedding. Blue Sky Weddings is an amazing planning service that we could never forget. Thank you!!!
amazing food! beautiful flowers and set up! the greatest staff, friendly & professional. total transformation of our space into a beautiful reception area. excellent responsiveness to emails, questions, details. willing to work with difficult allergy issues, and age range of guests. great suggestions to accommodate the bride's wishes. Wish we had used Blue Sky wedding for ALL our wedding needs.
Blue Sky was great to deal with and willing for work with our changing schedules. Just a month before the wedding we had to find a new venue and they helped arrange the most wonderful spot on Maui. As a family we have been coming to Maui since the 1960s and had never known some place so special existed. They also helped to arrange the best Hawaiian dancers we've seen (and we have seen dozens!) Both the bride and groom and the rest of our families had a wonderful time
They are very reliable. The tried to do their best for our weddings. they know many good photographers too. they do much more great job than what you paid. without them I don't think we could have such a wonderful wedding.
I must say, from a mother's perspective, that the wedding for my daughter Caitlin and her best friend Ryan was minimally magical and at times surreal. When I think back to how well this came together, how professionally done and how stress free I felt as it unfolded, I can say that it was more than a success. Gabrielle, our planner, was so well organized and Tad, our photographer, brought a sense of playfulness, that drew lots of compliments from everyone who attended. The food was just tremendous and everything just flowed so easily throughout the wedding. We have such wonderful memories and delight in every one of them. So, bravo to the crew and many thanks from all of our family and friends. It was a wedding made in heaven.
We hired Gabrielle at Blue Sky weddings almost 16 months before our wedding date. I was excited to be engaged and sent her $3,000 excited to start the process. She took the deposit and told me she would be in touch when it was time to start planning. Almost 8 months passed. In that time I had booked my venue, my photographer, booked hotels for myself and all my guests. During all this I had sent Gabrielle emails and either got no response or a curt response that it wasn't time to do anything yet. At this point it was 8 months before the wedding. Vendors that I was contacting directly were telling me they were not avaliable to work my wedding because they were already booked while Gabrielle did nothing. I was starting to get worried about my big day. I wasn't sure what to do and I didn't want to anger her, as she already had my $3,000, which at that point she had done nothing with, so my fiance told me he would call her to make sure everything was okay. After he called her he was annoyed too, he said she was curt and telling him it wasn't time to plan yet. At this point I was sending out invitations and people were making travel plans and I wasn't even sure what was happening. We decided to call some other wedding vendors (caterers, photographers) in Maui that had worked with Blue Sky Weddings to get their opinion of her. They all said the same thing "All her brides look stressed, she's really dropping the ball lately, I suggest you go with someone else" I was upset that I had given her my money and at this point just wanted it back. We called her and her expressed our concerns, we said we wanted our money back, no hard feelings and we would find someone else. She said she was keeping our money if we left. It was so upsetting, we left her and hired someone else anyway. We paid her $3,000 to ignore us. I HIGHLY recommend not working with Blue Sky Weddings, I wish I never heard the name and wasted my money with them.