Exchange Vows at Hyatt Regency Maui During Rare Astronomical Event

Two Brides at the Hyatt Maui by Anna Kim Photography Maui, the island home of haleakala (house of the sun), will be the prime viewing location to see the sun as it is transited by the planet Venus on June 5, 2012. Experience the Venus transit, the rarest of all planetary alignments, from noon to sunset at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, where sunny skies and a state-of-the-art Celestron high-definition 14-inch aplanic telescope – Hawaii’s only recreational HD telescope – provide an ideal combination for viewers.

Travelers can rekindle their romance on sunny Maui with the Sunshine on Sale package for a fifth night free and free daily breakfast for two. Special offerings to commemorate this once-in-a-lifetime event (it won’t happen again until 2117) include:

  • Televised broadcast – The historic transit will be broadcast on a big screen by the pool, allowing prime access for guests and locals to experience the show all afternoon at no charge. The resort’s director of astronomy, Eddie Mahoney, who also leads the nightly Tour of the Stars program, will be on-hand to answer any questions.
  • Group Vow Renewal Paying homage to Venus, the goddess of love, Hyatt Maui will host a special group vow renewal ceremony to coincide with the transit. The ceremony, which will take place just before sunset, will be led by a kahu (priest) and will include the exchange of a fresh flower lei and a Champagne toast. Couples will take home a Hawaiian keepsake album.
  • Dinner at Japengo Couples who wish to end the evening with a romantic dinner at Japengo, known for its exotic flavors, fresh sushi and Pacific Rim-inspired cuisine will receive a 20% discount on all food purchases./li>
  • Spa Discount – Participants in the vow renewal ceremony can feel like goddesses with a 20 percent discount off all spa and salon treatments at Spa Moana, the only oceanfront spa in Maui.
  • Solar Shades – Protect your eyes and observe the transit of Venus safely with solar glasses, branded as takeaway pieces to commemorate the event.

If you and your partner are interested in celebrating your one-of-a-kind love under a memorable sky and beautiful setting (like Dallas-based couple, Gracie & Casey) , contact the Hyatt Regency team.


photo credit: Anna Kim Photography

Real Lesbian Wedding: Gracie & Casey

Civil Union BridesOn Feb. 12, 2012, amid a lush Hawaiian landscape of coconut palms, ginger blossoms, and a trickling brook, Dallas-based couple Gracie Moreno and Casey Clifton became the first gay or lesbian couple to celebrate their love with a civil union (a law which went into effect in Hawaii in January 2012) at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa.

Having never been to Hawaii, Casey (23), a baker for a vegan restaurant in Dallas called Spiral Diner & Bakery, and Gracie (28), a self-employed consultant, dreamed of taking a Hawaiian vacation. And, after learning that the legalization of civil unions was in process, they chose Hawaii for their ceremony as a place where they would be safe and treated with respect. “And indeed, we were,” confirmed Gracie. “The people of Hawaii were very accepting. They were all very congratulatory and happy for us.”

Two Brides at the Hyatt Maui

The duo, who envisioned a beach wedding, wearing sundresses, and walking down the aisle barefoot, chose the Hyatt because they were drawn to the wedding ceremony locations, which offered a more private, intimate gathering place for them and their guests. Ultimately they selected Ka Hale Aloha (The House of Love) for their ceremony – a quaint, secluded wedding gazebo, set in a lush garden with a beach backdrop.

Two Brides, Hawaiian StyleThe brides were complimentary of the Hyatt Regency Maui’s team of wedding experts and their instrumental role in planning their destination ceremony. “They kept everything flowing smoothly – including the Champagne—so we could enjoy our day,” said Gracie.

Photographs courtesy of the couple’s photographer, Anna Kim.

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Gay-Friendly Resource: Red Bank Wedding Walk

From the Red Bank Wedding Walk Team:

With fabulous riverfront venues, world-class shopping, gourmet restaurants and a fun and funky vibe, Red Bank, New Jersey is THE place for your LGBT wedding celebration!

The Red Bank Wedding Walk is the perfect occasion for you, your partner, family and friends to explore our downtown and see what over 40 wedding-related businesses have to offer!

This FREE one-day event begins on March 24, 2012 at 9:00 AM with registration and Continental Breakfast at the historic Molly Pitcher Inn, followed by a exciting day of shopping for all your wedding needs.  Champagne and Prize raffles @ 3:00 at the Oyster Point Hotel wrap up the party!

Your dream wedding awaits!!   Click here to register!

A Letter of Support from a North Carolina-based Officiant

An open letter to same-sex couples by Rev. Jacqui Weiks:

To all loving couples:

In my mind, love is the only thing that is real. But, how long will it take before everyone will be able to express their love in the same fashion and celebrate that love equally?

By entering into a union of marriage you are not only committing yourselves to each other but you are simultaneously committing to work to see this right extended to all those who enter. Only then will the institute of marriage truly be defined by love.

Remembering that currently not all are afforded a right to legal marriage, we must continue to be a voice for and stand up with those who have been discriminated against simply for loving their chosen partners. We cannot deny a person, human being, taxpayer, or worker equal rights.

If you are planning your wedding, be sure to find out what you need to know, where to go, and how to create a wedding day to remember. There are so many professionals that are honored to work with you on special touches that you have always envisioned. There are numerous professional wedding planners, ministers and resources and they are there for you to help guide you every step of the way.

~Blessings of Peace, Love & Joy~
Rev. Jacqueline Weiks, MSS
North Carolina


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