Member Since: 3/1/2011
I admit, I was a very picky bride.. so when it came to my wedding there was no exceptions! there is something about Carrie that is soo calming and genuine that puts all my senses at ease. She is hands down the real deal and possibly the best investment we made for our wedding. and take it from me, (also to save yourself from learning the hard way) if Carrie gives you advice, TAKE IT!
We flew down to Hawaii for a little trip a year before our big day to make sure that this is where we wanted to have our wedding. Spending the day with Carrie and Mark, chatting about wedding ideas and visiting site after site for a possible venue locations sealed the deal for us. We described what type of wedding we wanted and Carrie knew exactly which venues would be the best fit. We fell in love with Lanikuhonua - the closeness of the beach, the privacy of the area, the breathtaking sunset... it was the ideal outdoor wedding we were hoping for. The day went without a hitch, everything was well organized and just as I imagined. Having all 90 guest fly to Hawaii was a big deal for us, and we wanted to make sure that we truly gave our family and friends a great experience and definitely a wedding to remember.. and based on our guest responses, we definitely delivered! Carrie, Mark and the Cherished in Hawaii family was soo amazing! We couldn’t have asked for more. I don’t normally write reviews for people or companies, but Carrie is definitely worth all the rave. Not only is she a great wedding planner, she is now a great friend. All the best to the aspiring aloha brides!
Member Since: 1/22/2012
I found Carrie and Mark while looking for a wedding officiant on the Knot. We went to Oahu before the wedding and set up time to meet with them. We ended up spending the rest of the afternoon just talking with them like we had known them for years. They really made us feel like family. Our biggest obstacle when planning the wedding was the budget. We were on a tight one. Carrie gave us so many great options to keep us on track. She was dilligent in making sure we got the wedding we wanted for the price we could afford. In the few months leading up to the wedding we had a detrimental loss in the family. When our day came around emotions were kind of high but Carrie made sure that we were all taken care of and that our day was special no matter the circumstances.
Member Since: 9/17/2010
Carrie was amazing from day one. I was scared planning my wedding from California, and i tried to do it all myself but soon realized it was not easy, then i found Cherished!! Just a few hour long conversations over the phone and some emails to Carrie were all it took for her to create the wedding i had imagined and dreamed of. Our wedding was amazing and it went without a glitch. Everything turned out perfect.
Member Since: 11/21/2012
I truly cannot say enough good things about Carrie. She was by FAR my favorite vendor. I chose not to have coordination services, but instead went to Cherished for my florals, guitarist, and ceremony officiant.
From the beginning, she was patient and informative and very prompt with responses to all my questions. Carrie is an incredibly warm person and made me feel like this isn't just business for her, but that she actually cares.
My florals were very affordable, and Carrie worked with me on the price. In the end, I got EXACTLY what I wanted. They were absolutely perfect.
Carrie's husband, Mark, did the ceremony. Like Carrie, he is a very calm and warm person, and I loved the way he spoke. Although Mark is a minister, my husband and I were very particular about having a non-religious ceremony as we are both Atheist. Mark's delivery was perfect, I wouldn't change a thing.
Henry, the musician that Carrie found for me, was awesome. He has a flawless crooning voice, and my sisters pointed out he was quite easy on the eyes! I had requested easy listening, chilled out music, and my wedding songs were 'La vie en rose', along with 'The way I am' by Ingrid Michaelson. Henry nailed them! He kept the crowd entertained while my husband and I had our photos taken, and was great with my little nieces.
My biggest thanks goes to Carrie though. Even though I did not choose coordination services for my wedding day, Carrie came with the crew to make sure everything was perfect. She even fluffed my dress as I started my walk down the aisle. Why can't all vendors be like her??
She is a class act.
Member Since: 7/21/2009
With a destination wedding, you come to rely heavily on reviews you come across online. I couldn't find a single negative review about Carrie or Mark. And now my husband and I know why. Carrie is hands down the best wedding coordinator you could wish for. She works very hard, and goes over every detail of your wedding meticulously. She gives you great seasoned advice without being pushy. Very supportive, very communicative. She has a great working relationship with amazing vendors, which also ends up saving you quite a bit of money as well! She cares so much about what she does, and it really shows. You cannot go wrong with her!
Mark gave us an unforgettable ceremony. We spent some time talking to him during the reception, very friendly, down to earth. You will feel very comfortable working with him.
Her vendors were great as well. Makeup and hair stylists came right to our hotel across the island, very efficient and professional. Caterer and staff were amazing, DJ was fun, bartender was top notch! The bus driver to the venue gave us a tour on the 40 minute drive to the venue, made the time fly and the guests all loved it! If she recommends Kamuela for live music, you will not regret it!
Everything exceeded our expectations, and hopefully they will go above and beyond yours as well :)
Member Since: 8/1/2011
Simply put, Carrie is the best coordinator you'll ever find. In Hawaii, in the US, maybe in the world. When we decided to get married in Hawaii, I set out to find 2 things: a coordinator and a venue. I talked to 6-7 different coordinators (and 10-15 venues) on 2 islands and Carrie was the only one who got it. After talking with me, she suggested the perfect venue and offered to show me around, since it was not open to the public. From that point froward, Carrie just got it. She only uses the best vendors on the island, but is always respectful of your budget. She knows where to spend money and where to save it. She made our wedding amazing! She delivered on everything I asked for and even suggested some surprises I would have never thought of. Best of all, she did it all within budget. I cannot more highly recommend Carrie. If you're thinking about getting married in Hawaii, do it and hire Carrie!
Member Since: 10/17/2012
I had the wedding of my dreams thanks to Carrie and Cherished in Hawaii.
I am an Australian bride who got married on Oahu. My now husband and I had never been to Hawaii before so we definitely needed a wedding planner. From the very first email right through to leaving our wedding, Carrie was sweet, caring, efficient and professional the whole way. We never once stressed our doubted our decision to have a destination wedding in a place we'd never been thanks to her.
We liaised via email for months and months leading up to the wedding. She was so patient and helpful with every decision we made. If I ever had an exasperated moment, Carrie would stop everything to make sure I was not only ok, but smiling and happy again. I was really moved by how sweet she is and how much she cared. And she was very patient with my millions of questions and even when I changed my mind about something. Everything was fine with her as long as "her bride was happy".
She always gave us options and alternatives to help us stay within our budget, or just to give us a different perspective on things. All the contractors and suppliers she used were top notch. Food was incredible, the layout and decorations were perfect and the service was impeccible. It was the wedding of our dreams and it was more than even we had dreamed of. Our guests cannot stop talking about our wedding saying it was hands down the best wedding they've ever been to. And I couldn't agree more.
I cannot recommend Cherished in Hawaii enough. You will absolutely love the service you get from beginning to end. You will be the happiest bride who gets exactly what she wants.
Member Since: 10/17/2012
Carrie was AMAZING!!! She was helpful and creative. What I loved about her was she always made me feel at ease. The day of our wedding was beautiful. She had every detail perfect, down to the color of the napkins:) We found her on this site and I couldn't imagine the day going anymore smoothly using someone else. Hope this helps, you won't be disappointed, promise.
Her husband did our photography and I cried when I got the pictures. There was never any pressure to use him, however I am so thankful we did.
Member Since: 3/4/2011
When planning my wedding from Australia I realized very quickly that I needed help. I spent hours researching and contacting coordinators to help me and when I finally came across Carrie and contacted her she immediately put me at ease.
Carrie is so friendly, sincere, and genuine. I enjoyed emailing with her and reading her responses. She always knew what to say to put me at ease.
Carrie is extremely respectful of budgets and will make suggestions for you to stay within your budget while STILL maintaining the look you are aiming for in your wedding. Everything she suggested was amazing.
When my Dad became ill 6 months before the wedding. Carrie was amazing. She was there to support me just like any other friend would. It just shows what a truly genuine and caring person she is.
When I met Carrie and Mark the day before our wedding I felt like I was catching up with a friend. She took the time to run through the details with us again and wasn't phased in the slightest when we changed a few details - the day before the wedding! She called me the morning of the wedding and immediately put my nerves at ease.
When I arrived at Lanikuhonua Carria was there to greet us. She took the time to distract me from my nerves.(Thank you Carrie - I was SOOOOO nervous!)
Carrie continually told me throughout our planning process that the wedding would be beautiful and and I would love the venue. She was more than right. It took my breath away. Lanikuhonua was spectacular. It was exactly what I wanted for our wedding and everyone raved about how beautiful it was.
Every single detail at the wedding was beautiful. From the flowers, to the place settings, and special champagne bar we had. She thought of absolutely everything and I wouldn't have changed a thing about the day. I loved every single thing - my only regret - that I can't do it all over again!
Everyone at our wedding had an absolutely amazing time and we still have people raving about it being the best wedding they have ever been too. This is all due to Carrie
Thank you Carrie! It meant the world to us and our families to have the wedding of our dreams during a very difficult year. Your kindness, caring attitude and hard work is so very appreciated and we will always remember the most amazing day of our lives.
I highly recommend anyone to contact Carrie when planning your wedding. I guarantee you will be absolutely amazed by every single details of your wedding.
Member Since: 7/16/2011
My husband and I chose to use Cherished in Hawaii Weddings to plan and officiate our wedding at Loulu Palm Estate on Oahu. It really was the best decision that we made throughout the whole wedding process. Carrie and Mark ensured that our wedding planning was a stress-free process. I worked with Carrie for about a year prior to the wedding, and she was always so responsive, honest and helpful. She never seemed to be bothered with my silly questions or number of emails. Carrie had a number of vendor recommendations for us. We chose from her recommendations and were not disappointed. On the day of the wedding Carrie and her assistant were there with us every step of the way! Everything turned out beautifully and was exactly what we pictured. We couldn't be happier with the ceremony that Mark officiated. The words he used were so meaningful and really made the day that much more special. Everything that they did for us was above and beyond anything we ever expected and we cannot thank them enough. We would highly recommend them to anyone :)
Erin & Corey Bennett
Member Since: 9/9/2011
I am from NY and was planning a destination wedding in Hawaii on the beach. I had researched through google and wedding websites and emailed tons of destination wedding organizations. Everyone had the same stale response, ‘here is the link to book with us, thanks for emailing!’. This got old real quick; I had been emailing with specific questions and wanting to get a real person to respond without a generic answer. I was beginning to think it was impossible to find a good place. I read a review here about Cherished in Hawaii Weddings, all of the reviews talked about how good the company was and how nice and helpful Carrie the coordinator was. I decided to email, once I got a response back, it became clear this is who I wanted to work with. Of course I was a little hesitant planning my wedding without being in Hawaii or being able to have a meeting to discuss what I was looking for, but after talking with Carrie I felt very comfortable and confidant I made the right choice. Carrie took the time to email and call me (several times, even before I booked!) to discuss what I was looking for, she gave me several suggestions and recommendations that helped me decide exactly what I wanted. She was so sweet and helpful I could not have asked for a better long distance experience! It was a pleasure working with Carrie; she made the preparation for my special day easy and stress free! I had my wedding a few weeks ago and was very satisfied with the end result. It was just my husband and I at the ceremony, and once we met Carrie and Mark and it felt like we had two long time friends there with us. They were so accommodating and did not rush or try to push us into anything. I would definitely recommend working with Carrie and Mark at Cherished in Hawaii Weddings any day, hands down, it was the best decision I made regarding my wedding plans. Definitely exceeded my expectations beyond my wildest dreams!
Member Since: 3/29/2011
My husband and I are from the east coast and were married in Hawaii September 2012. I contacted Carrie originally because the wedding company referred by my hotel did not respond to me. The pictures on Cherished in Hawaii Weddings's website were beautiful and that was really important to us. Carrie answered the first time I called and talked to me for over an hour. She didn't have the date we originally wanted available (our trip was booked pretty last minute) so we changed the date because we knew we wanted to work with her. Carrie helped me in every aspect of planning and made the process stress free. I knew I had nothing to worry about! Her husband, Mark was the photographer on our actual wedding day and he was great. We had a lot of fun during our shoot and the pictures came out beautiful! Thank you Carrie & Mark!
Member Since: 9/25/2012
It was great to meet Carrie and Mark! Everything was well-planned and prepared. It was much better then we expected. Great bouquet choice for my wife (we have just told the color and Carrie choose the perfect one), romantic wedding place and limousine transport. Even if our English is not very good, it was great to communicate with Carrie everytime and she was very pleasant, helpful and kind to us. I cannot say nothing else then - it was better then weddings in romantic films! Thank you for everything, Carrie and Mark! You are awesome!
Member Since: 7/1/2012
If your planning on doing a destination wedding look no further, Carrie and Mark are your planner and photographer/minister... During my first conversation with Carrie she said, "my role in your wedding is what ever you want it to be, if you want to do this independently and just need my assistance from time to time then that is okay, but if you want me to hold your hand and walk you through every little detail then that's exactly what I will do..." Literally all we did was show up!! That was the lest amount of stress I have ever felt in my life, and it made the memories even sweeter. :)
Member Since: 3/4/2012
Carrie was the best wedding planner ever!!! She helped us plan our perfect wedding in Hawaii while we were completely across the country in New York. Since we were on completely different time zones, Carrie was very flexible with her schedule to talk when I was available and she was always quick to respond to emails. She kept our wedding process very organized, on budget and as stress-free as possible! She gave us great advice and recommendations, but always gave us the freedom to make the decision we wanted! On the wedding day, she was on site every minute and made sure everything ran smoothly even though she had an injured foot and was on crutches the whole time! Carrie’s husband Mark was our pastor and he made our ceremony perfect! He has a very calming presence and wise words. He gently directed us through the ceremony which was exactly what we needed because we were crying with joy the whole time. :) The whole wedding was like a dream, from getting ready, pre-wedding photo and video, the wonderful ceremony and the beautiful reception!
We love you Carrie and Mark!!!!
Member Since: 2/2/2012
Where to begin…I reside in California and had plans to marry in Hawaii. I just started reading reviews to find a wedding coordinator to help me plan my wedding. Since I wasn’t local, I had no idea where to start. I came upon Carrie’s reviews and they were so great that I had to call and find out for myself. Well everything that I read about her in the reviews is true! From the first time that we spoke, Carrie was so easy to talk to. She quickly put me at ease. From there, she was always right there for me with returned phone calls and quick email replies even late at night. If she was going to be unavailable for a few days due to being at work for a wedding, she would let me know upfront so that I knew what was going on. She’s very down to earth and has a really good sense of humor. She listened and really wanted to know what I wanted out of my wedding day. She sent me photos and suggestions to help give me ideas. She gave me her honest opinion about any ideas or questions that came up. Carrie always looked out for my best interest financially too. She inquired about my budget and was very conscientious about not going over it. For some things, I selected way more than I needed to and she let me know how much I really needed and helped me to scale it down to save money. She had the expertise. I asked her for her opinion on many things and she steered me in the right direction. My friends commented that I didn’t seem too stressed out as the wedding day approached and that was because I knew everything was all under control with Carrie. She has the best vendor contacts too! They were all professional and really came through. She had a great florist recommendation. I just sent her pictures of what I was looking for and her florist delivered! They were exactly what I wanted and I received a lot of compliments on my flowers especially my bouquet. I wanted a certain kind of wedding cake and she delivered! She researched around and found exactly what I wanted within the budget I had. It was fantastic! I had found my own photographer but she worked with them and made phone calls to them on my behalf to make sure everything was set. So that was one less thing I had to worry about. Carrie also had several suggestions for my hair & makeup artist and the person I went with was great! I loved the way my hair/makeup turned out. All of her recommended vendors were just great! She also gave me reception suggestions and the place was perfect! Carrie will definitely go above and beyond! She’s efficient, responsible, honest, caring, open, patient, and affordable. She helped me to stay calm on the wedding day. She said not to worry about anything and just go with the flow because it’s all taken care of and I did just that. My guests were commenting on how lovely the wedding was and how everything went so smoothly. She is an absolutely amazing coordinator! Mark, her husband, was our officiant and he did a wonderful job. He helped to put everyone at ease during the ceremony. They both have a laid back attitude but are really professional, reliable, and sincere. They made such a great team. We were all really pleased with the ceremony and reception! Overall, the wedding was such a beautiful success all around. I have the fondest memories of my special day and I owe that to Carrie and Mark! Thank you so much!!
Member Since: 6/9/2011
I'm from NYC & knew we would need a coordinator to plan our destination wedding for such a far distance. We opted for Cherished in Hawaii Weddings to coordinate our entire wedding after reading many good reviews. Carrie is the sweetest person & so easy to work with. She made the whole planning process smooth & efficient the entire time. She always responds to emails, is organized, dilligent & conscientious. She knows the best vendors & keeps you on budget.
Carrie even went over the top to help plan a renewal vow ceremony for my parents as a surprise for my mom & that was very special to my family.
The day of the wedding went flawlessly. She attended to everything & everybody inlcluding making sure the groom & I ate & had enough to drink, etc. She spared no detail & made it look effortless even in an aircast.
The cost was very reasonable compared to the amount of work & time she put into planning & spending time with me over the phone.
Our special day couldn't have been better if it wasn't for her! A special thanks to her & Mark for making our day memorable. We had the time of our lives & it was all over way too fast.
Member Since: 2/25/2012
Carrie and her husband, Mark, made our wedding day perfect. We are so happy with what they did for us. From beginning to end, everything was just flawless. We did not have to worry about a thing, they literally took care of every detail. Carrie and Mark went above and beyond for us, and we thank God for their attention to detail, integrity, and stellar character. They really treated us like family from beginning to end. If you are looking for a great wedding planner, that operates with a high degree of integrity and attention to detail, then you absolutely must call Carrie and Mark.
Member Since: 4/25/2011
We were just married at Lanikuhonua in Oahu on Jan 19, 2012. My husband and I both live in Calgary, Alberta and I knew we would need a wedding planner. We had been given a few suggestions but it was Carrie that I phoned first. In that first phone call, I knew that I would be using Carrie. She was so easy to talk to and relaxed. Instantly, she was able to make me feel more comfortable.
Leading up to the date of the wedding, I was very busy at work, but Carrie made the planning process so easy. I don't think I was a typical bride as I didn't have any ideas of colors, location, and I really felt overwhelmed with all the choices. One of the best things about Carrie is that I really trusted her decisions. When choosing flowers, all I had to do was find a few photos of what I was looking for. The flowers on the day of the event looked amazing and identical to the pictures I showed Carrie. I was blown away. I am sure it was not easy from her end but she took care of everything and did it so smoothly. (Even when there was a fire at our original reception location, she moved everything for us!)
I didn't have any idea of what to expect on the day we showed up to get married, but every little detail exceeded any expectations I may have had. The location, Lanikuhonua, was beautiful. Carrie had thought of every detail and it looked amazing. One of my biggest concerns was whether my parents would be pleased and they absolutely loved it!
Mark married us and he did a fantastic job. Everyone was thrilled with his thoughtful ceremony. And importantly, Carrie's vendors were amazing! The DJ was great, the food and service was incredible, and the bartender ensured we were all having a great time (just as Carrie had described).
We thank Carrie and Mark for a wonderful day and we would highly recommend "Cherished in Hawaii" to anyone planning a wedding in Hawaii.
Kelly & Craig Galloway
Member Since: 12/27/2010
I live in Arizona and we had decided to get married in Hawaii, I was so worried about how overwhelming planning would be. I called another coordinator before calling Carrie and the previous lady was short and not very friendly. She didn't want to tell me if there was a location i could have my wedding at (that had grass) unless i payed her. I went onto the knot and saw Carrie and contacted her and she sat on the phone with me giving me all kinds of help. I of course chose Carrie! She has been so helpful during all the changes and everything i made. I told Carrie what i wanted and that was ALL i did. She took care of everything!!! This made my wedding planning so much easier!! My wedding day was a DREAM COME TRUE! It was so absolutely beautiful there ( paradise cove) Carrie and her husband both were great! I would highly recommend them for your destination wedding!!
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