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We just had our wedding few weeks ago and it went off without a hitch. Perfect planning from the perfect planner. We are in CA so the entire planning process was sight unseen so Lori was not only on top of everything, she really made sure all the details were taken care off. She is great to work with, very responsive, and very creative. Her husband Jaime wasn't too shabby either, he sang during out ceremony and it was beautiful. - Kelly & George
Lori and Jackie were our planners and there isn't enough I could ever say about them!! I'm convinced that Jackie works 24hrs a day 7 days a week!! There was no question or detail she didn't get back to us about asap!! Every detail and aspect of our wedding turned out absolutely perfectly!! There was actually nothing we would have changed and that's all due to their hard work. They were amazing at making different suggestions to suit our needs or wants, and providing many different options as far as venders and pricing options. Nothing was ever too much, even when I know I was being the annoying, way too involved bride!! They made us feel so special and so cared for, and it's very obvious that they really truly love what they do and genuinely wanted to make our day perfect for us!! I wish I was getting married again so I could work with them again! lol We'll honestly miss talking to them daily and planning our amazing and special day! I'd recommend them a hundred times over to my closest family and friends!!
Lori and Jamie are the only reason my husband and I are married today. And this is no exaggeration. I was scheduled to be married on August 7th but unfortunately hurricane isaella made landfall that day. In the course of two days Lori and Jamie managed to complete reschedule my wedding to a day earlier. It is only because of their tireless work, fantastic relationships with other vendors and passion for giving people the weddings of their dreams that I was able to celebrate with all 59 of my friends and family on August 6th. While a hurricane is of course unavoidable and unpredictable, you can absolutely be confident that rain or shine Lori will do her absolute best for you. She was always available, able to incorporate requests easily and always professional. Jamie is fantastic and sang during cocktail hour- he has great taste in music and really helps to relax wedding guests and set the tone. This company is a great small business and is really there to make your destination wedding seamless. I feel the cost of their service was easily the smartest wedding purchase I made, and was if anything disproportionately small for the time and dedication Lori and Jamir give to each of their couples. This will be the best decision you make!
My partner Michael and I got married on Maui on 25 April 2014 with approximately 40 guests at a private estate. We live in Australia so getting a coordinator was essential as we had no idea how things worked in Hawaii. Tropical Maui Weddings EXCEEDED our expectations by a long shot!! Every vendor that Lori picked out was perfect. They were all laid back as we had requested. We couldn't believe how amazing the venue was (more beautiful than the pictures), how delicious the food was, how nice and thoughtful the bartender and staff were and how perfect the ceremony and reception were. I worked primarily with Lori and found her so easy to work with and never had any trouble getting quick turnaround on responses to queries. Also, I will vouch that Jamie's voice is outstanding and would recommend him. I would say that he sounds better live than on the recordings on his webpage - in case you weren't sure.
Thank you for such a great day. All of my guests are still raving about it and I will never forget it. I would recommend Tropical Maui Weddings in a heartbeat!!
We were married in Maui three months ago and our wedding was just PERFECT thanks to Tropical Maui Weddings. We had a really short, romantic and intimate ceremony on the beach in Makena, just before sunset. We are Italian and we made it all the way to Maui just to get married, only the two of us. Since we had no guests, the organization went fast and easy. Jackie Tanaka helped us choose the best vendors and she really thought of everything! She also invited us at her house to go through the ceremony and helped us get all the documents we needed (before and after the wedding). I instantly felt like I could rely on her for making it perfect, and now I’m so glad I did. It was more than perfect!!!
We chose the following vendors:
-Pastor David Krueger – ceremony
-Richard Marks – photography
-Derik Sebastian – guitarist / vocalist
-Lois Hiranaga Floral Design - flowers
-Pam Jensen - hair styling and make-up
Thank you Jackie and Tropical Maui Weddings!!!
Sara & Stefano
Lori of Tropical Maui Weddings was a joy to work with! After our first email and phone conversation, I immediately felt at ease with her. And since we were planning our wedding from the mainland and would not be able to visit Maui before our trip for the wedding, we really needed someone we could trust to set up the wedding of our dreams! My only criticism is that sometimes emails don't get responded to very quickly (though sometimes I could have been accused of the same!) and considering we started communicating over one year before the wedding, there was plenty of time to get everything in order. She did seem to sense when I was a bit panicky and would respond to those ones quickly! And in my opinion the fact that she is a busy wedding planner bodes well that she is good at what she does! And come the day of our wedding she was superb! She made sure everything was just as I wanted it, and she remained so calm even with the threat of rain, and possibly having to move the set up to the backup rain plan! Thankfully the rain passed with enough time that the original plan was still a go. She kept everything running so smoothly, and yet I barely noticed her there! She made my dream wedding come true all without ever meeting her until a few days before the wedding! We also used her husband Jamie as our musician for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and dinner music. He is so easy to listen to, and other than a few special requests we just let him decide on the rest of the set list and he was able to read our guests well. Everyone loved the music! He even learned a new song that my Mom wanted to perform at our wedding and accompanied her, that meant the world to us!
Working with Tropical Maui Weddings was likely the single best decision we made for our wedding in Maui. Jackie, Lori & Jamie provided us with stellar service before, during and after our big day. They were so gracious and an absolute pleasure to work with.
We reached out after a friend recommended them and got a very quick response from Jackie. We were planning about a year in advance and had enough time to fly out and meet the TMW team. Jackie had set up multiple meetings with vendors, had our cake tasting lined up and even had a list of restaurants to try for catering. When we left we thought we had everything planned. WRONG! We must have changed our minds on various details a million times, but the TMW team never seemed to miss a beat. They were extremely understanding & really patient with us.
We were a bit nervous at first, as we were planning a same-sex wedding, and unfortunately it’s difficult to know in advance how certain businesses will react, but TMW and all the vendors they recommended were absolutely great. We actually loved working with their team so much we ended up hiring Lori to officiate our wedding, and Jamie to sing during our ceremony.
Planning a wedding, especially a destination wedding, can be stressful. Having Tropical Maui Wedding and all of their connections and vendors made it feel like we had a relative on the island; one who knew exactly what they were doing and how to get things done. The day was as stress free as possible. Not even the smallest detail was missed, the day was truly perfect, and if I didn't know better I would have thought they actually invited a large pod of whales that started breaching during our ceremony! Amazing.
My wife and I got married in May at Sugarman Estate (Honua Kai Lani) in Maui, with around 60 guests. The whole event was fantastic and this was in no small part due to the incredible service provided by Tropical Maui Weddings. Lori Lawrence worked with us for months in advance to help us plan all the details, and she was a total pleasure to work with. Professional, reliable, knowledgeable and very friendly - we were extremely grateful and happy to have her on board, both for the planning process and for the wedding day. She was as hands-on as she needed to be, and it was very reassuring to know that she was there for us from start to finish. The peace of mind she provided, aside from the technical support, was invaluable. Her assistant, Jackie, was also great - very helpful and efficient.
We also hired Lori's husband, Jamie, to sing for us at the wedding, and he was absolutely terrific. A beautiful voice, and great musician - and a really nice guy. If you're looking for some wonderful musical accompaniment for your big day, look no further.
Lori has been doing this long enough that she's also fully connected with many of the other wedding vendors, and it was through her recommendations that we were able to hire the people we needed. For each vendor (e.g. caterer) she would provide a few options, and some background on price/quality/reputation of each one.
We were very happy with all of our vendors:
Catering: Aloha Events
Flowers: Lois Hiranaga Floral Design
Paster: Pastor Kahu Kale Kaalekahi
Cake: Cakes by Joann Maui
Photography: Jessica Pearl wedding photography
Videography: Sasha at Cinemaui
Travel Agent: Travel With Amanda, The Wedding Specialist
Overall, we cannot recommend Tropical Maui Weddings enough if you are trying to organize your Maui wedding from afar. It is absolutely worth it, and you will be happy you did.
Thank you Lori, Jamie and Jackie for making our wedding day so spectacular.
Our wedding day was absolutely perfect thanks to Lori. She thought of absolutely every little detail, including the way the breeze would blow my veil during the ceremony. All our vendors were wonderful and the location just perfect. Lori recommended Olowalu Plantation House and I now completely understand why, a truly magical setting. It's definitely daunting to plan a wedding in another country but dont hesitate to put all your trust in Lori, she will make sure it's perfect. Our wedding day exceeded my expectations and many guests commented on how it was the best wedding they have ever been to. Thank you so much Lori and Jamie, we now have beautiful memories to last a lifetime!
We have one word to describe Tropical Maui Weddings: AMAZING. We were overwhelmed with the thought of planning a destination wedding; however, when we found Lori and Jamie Lawrence of Tropical Maui Weddings all of our stress went away. We were married at the Olowalu Plantation House in November and Troplical Maui Weddings is the perfect wedding planner to use for that venue. From the moment we began communicating with Lori we knew we had picked the right wedding planner. Lori and her assistant, Jackie, were unbelievable to work with: emails were answered promptly and telephone calls were returned and they really went above and beyond to answer questions and give suggestions. Our wedding day was extra special because of all of the work TMW put into it. All of the vendors recommended by Lori were fantastic and all of our friends and family are still talking about how wonderful the day was. We had Lori's husband, Jamie, sing during our ceremony and everyone thought it was a cd playing. Jamie's amazing voice put a unique touch to our ceremony and all of our guests loved his voice. You can't go wrong with Tropical Maui Weddings. A big thanks to Lori, Jamie, and Jackie! Without them our day would not have been what it was.
Jamie and Lori were an absolute pleasure to work with. I was married at Olowalu Plantation House on October 20th. A Maui beach-side wedding had been a dream of mine since I was a child and the day turned out to be more than I had hoped for. I've had many guests tell me it was the best wedding they had ever been to or will ever go to. I have no doubt that was due to all of Lori and Jackie's hard work and Jamie's heavenly voice. Jamie sang during our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. He was absolutely amazing! Lori kept things running smoothly the entire day. She felt like a friend instead of our wedding planner. We hadn't met in person until a few days before the wedding and she made all the long-distance planning easy and stress-free. The vendors she recommended were all wonderful and worked so well together. There is not one thing I would change about the whole experience!
Olowalu is a magical place and I can't thank Lori and Jamie enough for making my day so special!!
Lori and Jackie were so easy to work with- they made our day stress-free! Good value for all the services they provided and both are very friendly. My rehearsal wasn't scheduled until last minute, which started to get me worried, but it all worked out. They would send me vendor options (eg for florist, limo companies etc), but I was able to find better deals and options myself sometimes. I was able to book whoever I wanted though and pay through TMW. It made everything very easy! We also hired Lori's husband, Jamie, to be our musician at ceremony and reception- wow he was incredible! Not cheap, but really made the ambiance of the night. Lori was not always quick to respond, but Jackie was on top of things 95% of the time. I would recommend TMW!
overall the service and professionalism was very pleasing. The wedding was perfect, the venue we selected was exactly what we had wanted and the added touches that Lori provided really made the day seem like a dream come true. She connected me and my husband from day one, understanding what we wanted. She was very flexible and always willing to provide advice and suggestions.
How to choose a wedding planner when you live thousands of miles away? The entire voyage was truly a journey we were going to experience with the Lawerence’s. Although in the back of mind I always questioned myself is this the right person, does she really understand our budget, our vision of what we want, should we have traveled to Maui first to sample the wedding cake and food, meet her and Jamie (her husband who would sing at our wedding), meet the pastor that would marry us and the most importantly is the venue we chose what we want and does it resemble the picture. All we had to go by is Lori’s word. Well the day came we took the chance and flew in 2 days before the wedding. We met Lori the night we flew in at the venue our wedding and reception would take place and all my apprehensiveness vanished. I knew she heard what we wanted and helped us choose the right location. The wedding day came, long story short, the food, the caterers, the bar tenders, the setup of the wedding ceremony and reception was flawless. The perfect Maui sunset in the background during dinner was a bonus but what made it perfect was the sweet talented Jamie, singing our wedding song and dinner music makes your heart melt. In our eyes the wedding was perfect, exactly how we envisioned it. Lori truly is a professional that keeps your budget in mind, she is honest and attentive giving you advice and suggestions along the way, she understands your wants and needs guiding your every step of the way. We talked to many wedding planners and what helped make our decision was that we never felt like we were planning our wedding day with a business person but with a dear friend who listened, understood and was sensitive to our needs. Her compassion, knowledge and work ethic is unquestionable.
This wedding planner was very helpful until I used a photographer who she didn't want me to use (even though he's on her website, which is odd). After I booked the photographer (I don't know that this was why, but the timing was odd), she was hard to get in touch with, and she would take forever to respond to me. For example, I asked her for a quote on a shuttle in March of last year. She finally gave me a quote at the end of September! I went almost all summer without hearing from her at all. I even started to wonder if she was still doing my wedding.
The day of the wedding, my makeup artist didn't show up. Well, come to find out, she was never hired by the wedding planner. She hadn't wanted me to use this makeup artist from the beginning, but I was adamant that I use her. Guess who ended up doing my makeup? The person the wedding planner wanted me to use. Convenient, huh?
I shed many tears from being stressed out, and ironically enough, the person who was supposed to ease my stress (wedding planner) was the one who caused the tears in the first place. Please don't use this person. I know she has many great reviews, but I can't for the life of me figure out why. I felt like I was fighting an uphill battle with her. It was beyond ridiculous. BTW, the photographer was fabulous!! The makeup artist was not. I loved the florist she recommended. Her husband was our singer, and he was wonderful! It's hard to plan a wedding when you're thousands of miles away, but this is still a business. She just didn't act like she was running one.
Do not hesitate to work with Jackie and Lori with Tropical Maui Weddings. From start to finish they were flawless. Always responsive and ready to answer any questions we had. Lori even went to our location 3 hours early to set up for our event, just to make sure we had a spot. All of the beaches in Hawaii are public so that was very important. I really felt like they went out of our way to make us feel comfortable and special. Five stars!!