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Sandy Beach Wedding

Tide Pools at Sandy Beach

Sandy Beach Photo Session

A Beach Wedding in Honolulu

Planning for a Sandy Beach Wedding in Honolulu on Oahu, is an excellent choice.  Located just 30 minutes from Waikiki Sandy Beach sits at the base of Koko Head Crater. It has beautiful golden sand and a colorful blue ocean for a backdrop. It also has  lava rock tide pools too. The natural setting at Sandy Beach make it perfect for beach wedding photos.

Like it’s nearby neighbor Makapu’u, Sandy Beach is a favorite beach for body surfing.  During the summer months the shore break waves are quite powerful and dangerous.  Only those with local knowledge venture out. Off in the distance the Blowhole at Halona Cove is quite spectacular to watch the big surf crashing into the black lava cliffs.  The blowhole can erupt shooting water up super high like a geyser! It is most spectacular when it’s high tide and windy. You’ll hear a hum noise  just before the blowhole erupts.  As a side note, Halona Cove Beach or Eternity Beach as it is also known was the setting of the famous scene where Burt Lancaster kisses Deborah Kerr in 1953’s “From Here To Eternity. The famous kiss considered very risque at that time in American film.

Most people come to Sandy Beach just to watch the waves, take photos, fly a kite, or just enjoy the day with friends and family. There is not much shade at Sandy Beach Park. That’s one reason why we prefer late afternoons close to sunset when the sun is not as hot and bright.   For an ideal beach wedding location on Oahu, Sandy Beach is a great choice.  You’ll want the best wedding planner in Honolulu to plan your premier Oahu Beach Wedding. So start organizing the wedding of your dreams in Hawaii!

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Beach Wedding Photo Shoot.

Oahu Beach Wedding Venue | Sandy Beach

Wedding Photo Shoot

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Oahu Wedding Venues | Waimanalo Bay

Oahu Wedding Venues | Waimanalo Bay

Oahu’s Favorite East Side Beach

Waimanalo Bay Beach is without a doubt one of the top Oahu beach wedding venues.  It should also be noted that back in 2015  it was voted the #1 beach in the USA.  This beach is the longest stretch of white sand beach on Oahu, at about 3 miles.  This beach is also a favorite choice for many couples desiring a totally natural beach setting for their Oahu beach wedding venue.  The beach is a totally wide open area with only a few homes nearby. It’s located at 41-1062 Kalanianaʻole Hwy, Waimanalo, HI 96795.  Also, it is part of the State Recreation Area where people come to camp on the weekends and holiday. Hands down Oahu beach location is an easy choice when planning a beach wedding in Hawaii.  Weekdays are always best because there are so few people at the beach.  

Sherwoods Beach

Rarely visited by tourists, this beach is an uncrowded and uncommercialized tropical beach setting. The turquoise blue ocean, white sand, and majestic mountain range in the background is simply stunning.  Additionally,  there’s the wooded area known as Sherwoods.  It adds a nice contrast to the beach and ocean with it’s many Ironwood trees creating a forest.

For fantastic, stunning beach wedding photography, look no more.  Our Oahu wedding photographers are top notch professionals and will make your wedding photo session fun and memorable.  Capturing those joyful, fun, and romantic moments between you and the one you love is the goal.  

Waimanalo Bay State Recreation Area is a 45 minute drive from Waikiki.  Located on the southeast countryside of Oahu, the drive is beautiful. You will pass Koko Head Crater, Hanauma Bay, Blow Hole, Sandy Beach, Makapuu Lookout, and Sea Life Park.   As soon as you make your way past Makapu’u the full view of the huge bay comes into view and that’s when you start to get really excited for what’s about to happen. 

You’re about take off  on a lifetime together.  Choosing this beach venue is a great idea for one of the top wedding venues on Oahu.

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Beautiful couple….in the water!

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Majestic cliffs of Makapuu in the background

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Sharing a special moment with good friends

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A special moment

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Sharing a laugh by Sherwoods Beach

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Wedding in Hawaii at Magic Island

Magic Island Vow Renewal

Magic Island Vow Renewal

Magic Island at Ala Moana Park

For their Wedding in Hawaii at Magic island , many couples opt for a late afternoon sunset. Ala Moana means ‘Path to the Sea”.  Just by taking a stroll out along the walking path one can see how that name applies here. There are numerous water craft making their way in and out of the harbor, sailboats, outrigger canoes, and other assorted vessels. The park is a popular spot where people like to walk, jog,  have a barbecue , or just spend time enjoying the view of Diamond Head Mountain, Hawaii’s iconic symbol.

Annually, the Ala Moana Center puts on a 4th of July fireworks show over Magic Island.  It draws numerous spectators to the surrounding area.  Along with the fireworks show, the Ala Moana Center ropes off a portion of its parking lot for a live concert with many popular local bands performing.

For this happy couple, the end of the day marked a new beginning as husband and wife. Sunset in Hawaii is always a special time of day and this was no different. If it’s a Wedding in Hawaii then you should consider this spectacular beach park in Honolulu.

Hawaii Wedding Packages | Magic Island

What would make it even easier and stress free is booking your Hawaii wedding with an Oahu Wedding Planner. There are many different all inclusive wedding packages to choose from.  Paul and Tonie opted for professional photography for their special day and they were not disappointed.   They went with the  Islander Extra Plan with a full hour with a professional wedding photographer. We wish you both many happy and wonderful years together! Thanks so much for letting us serve you all on your special day.

Magic Island at Sunset

Magic Island Sunset Wedding

 

Magic Island at Sunset

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Sunset wedding photos | Magic Island Wedding | Hawaii Wedding for Two | Oahu Wedding Packages

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Top Wedding Venues Oahu

Oahu’s Top 5 Beach Wedding Venues

One of the most common questions we get asked is: So, where are the top 5 beach wedding venues on Oahu?  Well, with so many options, we’d like to help everyone out by narrowing things down a bit in this blog: Here are our Top 5 Beach Wedding Venues on Oahu.

          1) Top Venue in Waikiki: Fort DeRussy Park

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DeRussy Beach Park Waikiki

Located in Waikiki, Fort DeRussy  beach park is a very convenient, hidden gem that is walking distance from most hotels. It also very colorful and romantic sunsets. Fort DeRussy Park is a beautiful park with tropical plants, different kinds of palm trees, and Hawaiian architecture. The park area is a perfect spot for easy to get to ceremonies, and the nearby beach is ideal photography and festivities.

 

          2) Top Venue in Town: Magic Island 

Oahu Top 5 Beach Wedding Venues

Magic Island late afternoon

 Located in Honolulu, just outside of Waikiki, this Oahu beach wedding venue is a huge beach park.  It is characterized by Hawaiian grasses, plants and palm trees. Magic Island is surrounded by a water backdrop frequented by sailboats, canoes, and surfers. The focal point of this top wedding venue is Diamond Head Mountain rising in the distance, an iconic symbol of Hawaii. Just minutes from Waikiki in Honolulu, the gorgeous sunsets make this southern Oahu location one of our favorite evening wedding venues.

 

          3) Top Honolulu Beach: Waialae Beach in Kahala

Oahu's Top 5 Beach Wedding Venues

Waialae Beach

Then, there is Waialae Beach, also known as Kahala Beach is a small, with many arching palm trees and stark blue ocean color.  Off in the distance Koko Head Mountain is always visible.  A quiet beach wedding venue this beach is less than 15 minutes from Waikiki. As you can see from the wedding photo, this is one of the most picturesque and private locations on the island.   Furthermore, it is located next to the Kahala Resort, a great place to go for drinks or dinner.  You can literally walk from the beach to the resort.

 

          4) Makapuu Beach

Oahu's Top 5 Beach Wedding Venues

Makapuu Beach

Further along down along the southeast side, this Oahu Beach Wedding Venue is perfect for a small intimate wedding.  It is defined by rugged beautiful mountains and cliffs surrounding the beach at this oceanfront cove venue.  The unique shoreline has many small tide pools of lava rock.  Because of this, it’s a popular site. Makapuu Lighthouse also has a small island just off the coast which makes for a spectacular and stunning backdrop.  So, it’s just 30 minutes from Waikiki, definitely consider Makapuu.

 

          5)  Top East Side Beach: Waimanalo Bay 

Oahu's Top 5 Beach Wedding Venues

Waimanalo Bay

So, we hope you enjoyed this “Best Of” list.  So, if you like the photos, Please know that more than 100 professional wedding photos like these are part of our Islander Extra Plan. Click here to learn more information on our wedding packages. Also check here to learn more about the other Beach Wedding Venues On Oahu.  Aloha~

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