Mahalo to our guests for sharing their stories with us.
My wedding at the Grand Wailea was everything I hoped it would be and so much more. The resort was beautiful and the food was fantastic but the best thing that the Grand Wailea had to offer was my wedding planner, MaryAnn Bowman. I can honestly say that my wedding was stress free, drama free and accident free and it is all because of her. MaryAnn had the perfect balance of knowing when to come to me for guidance and also when to make decisions on her own to make sure I was not too overwhelmed. I planned my entire wedding with her from my home in Virginia and she was able to bring everything I had imagined to life through only phone calls and emails – she even went the extra mile to give me a call or shoot me an email just to let me know how excited she was for me. I felt like I had one of my best girlfriends planning my wedding for me because she was so sweet and she truly cares. I did not have to do anything on my wedding day except enjoy it. I had the perfect wedding day and that’s all thanks to MaryAnn!
Brittany and Jonathan Etsey
My husband and I knew instantly that we wanted to have our wedding in the Seaside Chapel once we stepped foot inside. Actually, we hesitated slightly because it was the priciest venue that we encountered during our search for our ceremony location, but we have absolutely no regrets. Our wedding ceremony was the most memorable event of the entire day and we will be forever thankful for that precious moment. All of this was possible with the help from family and friends, but also our wedding coordinator, Noelani Akina. Throughout the entire wedding planning process, she always offered her continued support, efficient guidance, and accommodating service. From our first on-site visit until after we said “I do”, we could depend on her for a helping hand. My husband and I could not have asked for a more perfect experience! If you are in search for a beautiful chapel, picturesque grounds, great service, worry-free planning, and a wedding of your dreams, you owe it to yourself to give Grand Wailea Resort & Spa a visit.
Jenna and Grant Nakama
It is not often that you find everything you are looking for in a person especially in a planner. Professionalism, charm, wit, zest, a good attitude and energy that is contagious was my first impression of MaryAnn Bowman. From the first time I met her I was addicted to her energy. She had the most positive demeanor and I am pretty sure “no” wasn’t a part of her vocabulary. She was a “make it happen” kind of person and that she did.
My husband Colt and I got married on August 25, 2012 at the Seaside Chapel and later held our reception at the Ballroom. We had 60 guests and even with that many people MaryAnn still made it FLAWLESS from start to finish. During the 9 month process MaryAnn was our best friend, our cheerleader, our mentor but most of all our stress relief. She went above and beyond and turned our dream wedding into reality (she actually made it better than we could have ever even imagined). She was there for us 7 days a week all hours of the day and night and always with a smile on her face. She never once complained about meeting us on her days off and she always turned any request we made into a reality. She not only accommodated Colt & I 110% but she also took great care of our families who had traveled to Maui for our wedding. When we did have some problems with reservations MaryAnn quickly stepped in and took over to ensure everything went smoothly. As a bride you expect that something is going to go wrong or that something isn’t going to get done but not when you are working with MaryAnn. There was not one thing on our wedding day that wasn’t perfect. Working with MaryAnn has been one of the best experiences we have had and it’s one we will never forget. The Grand Wailea was our favorite place in Maui before we got married but now it’s our favorite place ever! We wish we could get married every day!
Thank you Maryann for being our number one fan and turning our dream wedding into reality. There are no words that will ever be enough for the gratitude and appreciation that we feel towards you and the Grand Wailea. Girl you know you are the BEST!
Jennifer and Colt Stewart
Wow, how do you describe a perfect day… It starts with having our Wedding Vow renewal event at the beautiful Grand Wailea Resort and inside the Sea Side Chapel. From the beginning to end our event planner Noelani Johnston helped us with many ideas, planning and put together perfectly, everything for our special day. Her suggestions for Reverend Al Terry and music and songs by Charles Nahale, photography by Scott Hughes were more than we could ask for. The wonderful Hawaiian processional, drums and dancers brought the spirit of Aloha to all of us in attendance. The candlelight setup & chapel decorations were also beautiful. A very special thank you to Noelani Johnston for all her personal assistance. Also, thank you to the Grand Wailea staff for our enjoyable stay. It’s hard to put in words just how wonderful it really was….Mahalo.
Gary and Lisa Gerein
As we approached our 25th Wedding Anniversary, my husband surprised me by asking for my hand in marriage all over again. It was the beginning to one of the most romantic and memorable family moments in our lives! MaryAnn Bowman Blanchard, the Senior Social Catering Manager, had been communicating with us to plan our celebration, but the minute we stepped into the lobby we knew this experience was going to be something special. MaryAnn and the staff at the Grand Wailea seamlessly tended to even the smallest of details to provide our family with an afternoon and evening to remember. We have vacationed at the resort many times; the chapel and gazebo are two of our favorite spots on the grounds. They provided the perfect setting for our special ceremony. Daisy and Jerry Grigory, from Jerry Grigory Photography, captured the essence of our day in the most spectacular photos imaginable. He is an amazing photographer with an artists’ eye! Our deepest appreciation to MaryAnn, Jerry Grigory, and the Grand Wailea for helping to create a truly unforgettable day! We’d do it all over again!
Diane and Chris Calcaterra
Coto de Caza, California
When my husband and I decided to have a destination wedding in Hawaii, it just so happened that one of my best friends was in Maui and she volunteered to do site visits for me. When she called me with the details of each resort her comment was “every resort is absolutely gorgeous and you can’t really go wrong with your decision, but I will tell you that the wedding coordinator at the Grand Wailea will become a dear friend if you chose to have your wedding there. She has that charisma and magic about her and you just want to be her friend.” That comment sold me. I contacted MaryAnn Bowman and we began to plan the wedding of my dreams. I am one of the last of my friends to get married and have witnessed the chaos first hand but I can honestly say that having MaryAnn by my side made everything so simple and stress free. I sent her pictures and ideas I liked off of Pinterest and she made it all happen with elegance and grace. Dan and I got married on August 31st, 2013 at the Seaside Chapel with the reception at the Chapel Overlook. The flowers looked like they were out of a magazine spread and the food was mouth watering. Our day was pure magic and I still get giddy just thinking about it. MaryAnn and I continue to check-in with each other via texts and emails and I truly do consider her a dear friend. I felt like royalty the entire time I was at the resort and would recommend the Grand Wailea as a wedding venue to everyone.
Kristine and Dan Wilson