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  Elias at Laakea Ocean Wedding was simply AMAZING! My husband and I wanted a small beach house/ vacation rental to host our ceremony and reception as well as some of our mainland guests during their stay.

We had searched many websites and took a few tours for potential venues but we hadn’t found “the place”. I contacted Elias and told him exactly what we were looking for. He gave us an address to meet him and as soon as we walked out through the yard to the beach, we knew it was the place!

Once we had the venue, the rest was simple and Elias helped us out the rest of the way.
His easy going nature and can-do attitude made me feel confident that anything was possible! Elias has great connections with area vendors which provided us with flowers, tables, food, etc. and under our budget in most cases! And he has several items in his own inventory that allowed us to skip on expensive rentals. Elias was easily accessible and promptly answered my many emails and phone calls. He accompanied my husband and me on vendor appointments to help in facilitate the meetings and to make sure that we stayed away from the non-essential items that many brides can get talked into.

Elias was on-sight all day on the wedding day. He made sure that everything was set up properly. Many thanks to Elias and his business partner, Lorenzo, for a flawless execution of the wedding itself!!

– Sarah

 Planning a destination wedding from afar can be a very stressful process–you never know what you will get until you arrive! But Elias at La'akea Ocean Wedding was very responsive and reassuring from the moment I first contacted him almost a year prior to my wedding date to help plan my Hawaii wedding long distance.

He made me feel confident that what I envisioned he would be able to accomplish within my scope and budget. He had a very can-do attitude and was very involved in the wedding event when I did finally arrive in Hawaii for the big day–directing the caterers, helping with set-up or stringing up lights–very hands on and attentive to help take care of everything so I wouldn’t have to worry about a thing except to just enjoy the party!

Thank you Elias and your team for all your help!

 – Anonymous

  Saying that Elias and the rest of the Laakea Ocean Wedding group were extremely helpful is an understatement!! They helped us coordinate wedding photography, catering, seating, and entertainment with the best in the biz. Elias has a very developed and refined contact list and was able to execute the best day of our life seamlessly!

We recommend Elias to everyone for weddings, events, vacation, or whatever. Next time we do anything in Hawaii we will contact Elias and La'akea Ocean Wedding to help us reserve the vacation rental we will be relaxed to stay at.

My Wife and I learned the important lesson to focus on what you are good at, especially if it is a wedding; we are not good wedding planners. Laakea is. Elias’ took the stress off and allowed us to focus on our wedding, not the ruthless coordination. Anyone who is looking to do a wedding in Hawaii should contact Elias and Laakea Ocean Weddings!!

– Garrett

  Elias is simply a blessing! He is nice, super friendly and warmhearted. He is not pushy nor does he force vendors on you. He looks out for your pockets too and isn’t trying to wipe you out. Lol. He is excellent for day of coordination, the set up, service, catering, bar, minister and even the entertainment was phenomenal. Elias, went above and beyond our contract…holding/storing my wedding supplies (before), sorting out an issue with the venue (after). He truly works for his brides.

As I live in Texas, had never been to Hawaii and would be there only a few days to my wedding (destination wedding / big adventure). I was very worried, nervous; about the wedding, set up, vendors, and even the planner. After MANY phone calls, countless emails and various changes, I had the wedding of my dreams…it was an absolutely beautiful day with no regrets whatsoever. Elias proved himself really and especially on the day of.

I was truly impressed and had a blast.

All our guests were happy and truly had a great time. It was a huge success, many thanks to God for his blessings and for granting Elias the strength & patience for all that he does.

Many heartfelt Mahalos!

– Abiola