"Gigi was amazing 💐
I knew I found the right person when I found her website. I really gravitated towards the fact that she asks you questions about yourself, what you love about your "soon to be" and your love story. Her communications skills we're amazing and it felt like talking to your favorite aunt.
We chose to elope and I literally had not one friend or family member there but her presence gave comfort when I started feeling anxious.
If we could do it all over again I would change some things but one thing I would have zero doubts in was hiring Gigi to marry us.
She really sparkles with love" ❤
Candyce & David Swinson - Los Angeles, CA
"We felt comfortable with Gigi from the very beginning. She is a wonderful officiant who made our wedding ceremony personable, elegant, and stress free. She answered all my questions during the planning process and was very attentive. She went above and beyond for us and I appreciate all her efforts in making our wedding unforgettable. I was stuck between two different locations for our ceremony and she helped me make the final decision in choosing a small intimate area with a great backdrop. And I'm so happy I trusted her. Our pictures came out great. Gigi thank you so much! :)"
Annelise C - Honolulu, HI
"We found Gigi on Yelp, and based on her reviews I emailed her. She got back to me immediately and we started chatting back and forth about the ceremony. My husband and I live on island so we obviously had locations in mind and the type of ceremony we wanted (intimate, beach, simple). Gigi was perfect! She listened to our wish list, recommended the best location and more importantly was easy to work with. She removed the stress from our wedding preparation by making it fun and special. She is the best wedding officiant I have seen, and she truly cares about her couples, surrounded friends and family.
Our ceremony was a dream come true, and Gigi has everything to do with that. I recommend her for anyone on or off island. Don't stress yourself out about getting married here. Gigi got this!"
Ewa Beach , HI
"For my head shots photography Gigi will always be my first call. Her work is incredible, she's fun to work with and she took her time and made me feel very comfortable. It felt like I was just hanging out with one of my close friends. And she got me the shots I need right away. I will constantly recommending her to friends and business colleagues. She's that great!"
George M - Honolulu, HI
"We stumbled upon Gigi when we went through a couple different wedding ceremony companies on Yelp and they were all booked for the date we needed but one of them reffered us to her and what a blessing that was. From the beginning Gigi was great to communicate with for the surprise vow renewal to my wife of twelve years.
We had everything in line of what we wanted and the day came I had to play it off very well to keep the surprise, we were walking on the beach pretending to be lost looking for a restaurant and there was Gigi and her crew with Ukulele musician and photographer standing on the shore from afar enjoying the sunset as we walked up my wife realized what we were up to and broke down crying. It's was a very memorable moment that we will always remember for a long long time."
Manny V - Carlsbad, CA
"Gigi is EXACTLY who you want to officiate your wedding ceremony!! She is so thoughtful, energetic, and eloquent.
Throughout the planning, Gigi was quick to respond, eases stress the whole way through, and just fun to be around.
We didn't end up using her for our ceremony photos but after following her on social media, we wished we did. She is exceptional and a one stop shop for all your ceremony needs!
I promise, you will NOT regret your decision to use her!"
Kimber B - Honolulu, HI
"I found Gigi on Instagram while searching Hawaii wedding hashtags. Our first wedding photog/officiant was supposed to send us the contract and then we never heard from them again. (That's a whole other story.) Anyway, I was feeling a bit desperate and worried that our elopement wouldn't happen because all I was finding were these really cheesy Hawaii wedding sites with mediocre (at best) photography. Then after hours of poring over Yelp and Google, I turned to Instagram and hit the jackpot with Gigi. I sent her an e-mail and she called me within a few short minutes. I immediately knew that she was the one for us, and even though it was stressful that our first company went MIA, we both felt that it worked out for the best.
Gigi was so great both on the phone and via e-mail. We chatted regularly leading up to elopement, and she was a HUGE help with all of the planning and decision making. Part of the reason we wanted to elope was to keep the day low stress and easy, and Gigi definitely helped make that happen for us.
The day of also went off without a hitch. We got ready at her friend and assistant photographer's estate in Pahoa, which is breathtakingly beautiful. We took our time getting ready, which helped both of us remain relaxed and excited for the ceremony. Amber and Gigi helped me with my hair and make up and they did a really beautiful job. I was relieved the have the help and was so happy with the results.
Once we were ready, we drove a few minutes down the road to this gorgeous lava rock and black sand beach where we got married on top of the rocks with the ocean splashing behind us. It was surreal because the setting was so beautiful. We also saw a sea turtle and it rained a light fine mist, which are both blessings in Hawaiian culture.
In addition to be the wedding planner and head photog, Gigi is also the officiant. She wrote a beautiful ceremony for us that we honestly thought is perfect. She personalized the ceremony using the story of how we met and what we love about each other, and she even stepped away when we said our own written vows, which we both thought was a really nice gesture and it made the moment even more intimate. Gigi also did the lei exchange and recited the blessing in Hawaiian, which was also really sweet and special.
Gigi had two assistant photogs helping shoot during the ceremony (David and Amber), and then she joined them once she was done officiating. We have seen a few previews of the pictures and we are so excited to see the finished versions. We know they will exceed our expectations.
Gigi and her team made our day perfect and we are so grateful that we found her to help with our elopement. We highly recommend her--you will love her!"
Christina B - Washington DC
"Thank you Gigi Lee and crew you guys were awesome we highly recommend her two thumbs up for all you Yelpers wanting to do a vow renewal, wedding or photography session she has the perfect ideas for them all.
"Gigi is a very talented, upbeat and very professional. Her demeanor and amazing photographic eye made our family photo session most enjoyable. She was able to capture many photos with our active 11 month old grandson! Her team works together flawlessly - professional, efficient, great photo composition, and working with the ever changing natural lighting. It is obvious that her main goal is to capture her subjects in the best light and best angles! Mahalo Gigi."
Susu Markham - Kailua, HI
"Outstanding work. Gigi is an incredibly talented artist as well as very patient, kind, funny and skilled at her work. I asked her if she could take a photo of me for my website as well as for business cards etc. Not only did she take the most incredible selection of photos which I love, but she also did a makeover before we started, so I felt a million dollars! Never having had a professional photo taken I was a little anxious as I don't usually like close ups. Gigi was wonderful in helping me relax and feel at ease both during the makeover which was a lot of fun as well as a huge boost for my self confidence, and during the photo shoot. Gigi's manner was gentle, kind and supportive at all times as she guided me through the photo shoot together with her wonderful kind assistant Jan, suggesting ways to sit and stand and where to look. As I love the ocean, we even went down the road to the beach where we saw the most beautiful turtles whilst taking pictures. It was absolutely magical!
The whole experience was an absolute delight and joy and I came away with my self confidence increased and a huge smile on my face as well as the most stunning pictures of myself that I have ever had taken.
I cannot recommend this experience highly enough - whether you want photos to use for work or social purposes or a wedding or an anniversary/birthday etc. Also if you just want to treat yourself to a new self image with a fabulous relaxing makeover and some stunning images. I also found out today that Gigi creates websites so I have asked her to give my website a makeover now that I have great images to put on it. (By the way - we are not related and I have never had the pleasure of her services before so my comments are all genuine)."
Margaret G Dublin, Ireland
"Let's talk about Gigi! Don't you want pictures of that most precious day?? Not just any pictures, but ones that capture the very essence of how you, your soul mate, your family, and your guests feel and express that energy through something tangible and eternal you can always have to cherish the rest of your lives together. This is what Gigi did for us. She was with us for 9 HOURS! Never ONCE did she get tired, complacent, or even bored. She instantly became part of the "crew" and was a MUCH welcomed addition to our wedding party limo ride fun after the reception. Her personality is one of a woman who is loved and loves all and who carries a heart of gold and shows that through her work. It's truly, I mean truly amazing. Her photos of us bring tears to my eyes because of her ability to capture how I felt like the most beautiful, lucky, and loved bride ever to grace existence and how my husband felt like the luckiest (and, come on, most handsome and sexy) man to be by my side and know that this was the moment he could say "it's you and me forever, beautiful".
So to anyone and EVERYONE who reads this post, if you have any thoughts or doubts about this woman's ability to make all of these things, all of your dreams for YOUR DAY come true, wash those thoughts from your mind! This lady is IT. You'll never feel more important or better taken care of than with her!
From the very bottom of our hearts, we send a BIG mahalo nui loa and all the aloha we have to Gigi and want it to be known she will forever be remembered and loved in the Shaffer home!!!
Ashley Shaffer - Texas
"Gigi along with an additional photographer captured every single moment from getting dressed, through the ceremony and pretty much all through the reception (this encompassed a window of many hours, mind you it was the day of the Kamehameha Parade). The images she captured throughtout the day was amazing, bringing tears to my eyes as I reviewed the photo sets.
From the dress up at the Ilikai to the ceremony at Kamehameha Schools Chapel and finally to the Coconut Club at the Mariott Waikiki, Gigi left no stones unturned. Without hesitation I highly recommend Gigi Lee as your phtographer for your special day. I could go on for days with this review but I'll just end by saying thank you Gigi for making the father of the bride shine bright like a diamond in the eyes of his little girl..... for that alone I am ever so grateful to you! If anyone would like to know more about how satisfied this dad is please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And, as soon as I figure out how to post the beautiful shot of father & daughter that Gigi photographed and sent to me within the first 72 hours(because she knew my heart yearned for it) I will post it. Hey Gigi, next gig? One or perhaps two sons?"
George Huffman - Honolulu
"Gigi Lee is amazing! After speaking to her on the phone briefly, I knew I had to have her. Her excitement is contagious! She agreed to do my hair/makeup and photography. Her prices were awesome. She Arrived to do my hair and makeup an hour earlier than scheduled and brought some great music and really fit in great with my family. She made everyone feel at ease and comfortable. She listened to what I wanted and made suggestions as well. She took photo's during the hair/makeup, the ceremony, and then after. She knew our officiant well and they together knew how to get great shots and make our day the best ever! Her personality is amazing! Gigi is truly a wonderful person in and out and you can tell how devoted she is to her clients and her effortless way of caring really makes her a part of the wedding party and joyous day!!! Thank you so much Gigi!!!!!"
Melissa Barlow - Oklahoma
"After I saw Gigi photograph and officiate my good friends wedding, I had to hire her for photos! We had a beautiful early evening family shoot on the beach when my parents were in town. Even with some crazy wind, we had SO many fantastic pictures to choose from and she was very quick and informative during the whole editing process - even giving me teasers of the final pictures! Gigi is both professional yet fun and relaxed. She is very open to any ideas you have and super easy to communicate with. Her positive spirit is awesome to be around. Overall I highly recommend her for any photo needs!!"
Chrissy Vimini - Waipahu, Hawaii
"Gigi took pics of my family Christmas photos which wasn't a very simple task especially when part of my family consists of an energetic 2 year old. Gigi let her do her thing and was able to get some super cute pix. I loved that she could work with not only my 2 year old daughter but also my 16 year old son, 13 year old daughter and 8 year old son. She was also able to get some great shots of my husband and I. Mahalo Nui Loa to Gigi. I will definitely continue to use her."
Rose Chan, Oahu
"Gigi is absolutely AMAZING!!
I don't even know where or how to start!! She is a great person, super friendly, super sweet, super positive, super professional, super passionate about what she does. I was so not excited for my wedding ( i know, lame! ) but Gigi turned it all around!
This is what happened:
I lived in Massachusetts for 12 years so I thought marriage procedure at the city hall was the same every where! But after calling department of health on Friday morning I found out i needed to find someone willing to marry me, because i would only get the marriage license from them. The sweet lady on the phone told me she would help me find someone on the yellow pages. I know super nice of her, BUT I didn't want just any random person to do it, so I turned to YELP. And that was THe Best thing i ever did!! I found Gigi!!! Her reviews were awesome and after reading a bit of who she was on her personal page I felt like I needed to have her. So I called, although it was last minute she made it happen. She made me feel at ease from the first phone call until the last text message telling me i was officially married. Her ceremony was so incredibly sweet, all the small details from the place where we met, to where we went ( water front just like i wanted), to all the great pictures she took. Everything was just perfect. I wish I could get married all over again! She made me feel like a real bride. Thank you so much Gigi!!! I can't wait to get the pictures back so i can relive that moment you made so special!! And for you ladies who are looking for a photographer or a ceremonialist Gigi is the person for you!! Her positivity, her humor, her sweetness, her professionalism-- you can't get any better!! Don't think, just call her!!!
And can forget to thank Mark as well! Thank you both for an amazing experience. I will be forever grateful.
Luiza- Kailua, HI
Mahalo!!"Gigi Lee is awesome and amazing as wedding minister and also her photography as those pictures says million words as the pictures are so amazing and beautiful. One wonderful thing is that Gigi Lee knows American Sign Language that she can do it in our renew vows, that inspired us greatly that she did in American Sign Language as we can communicate as do the vows. If we are back to Hawaii again in the future, we definitely will have Gigi Lee do the photography again. Book with Gigi Lee and she will do awesome job for you. Gigi Lee, thank you so much for doing this for us, you made the time to come and see us, do the make up, do the renew our vows and the pictures are awesome!!! I love you very much as best friend. Your photography and everything you did ROCKS!!!"
Cheryl - Turlock, CA
"Gigi can do it all! My photos turned out so amazing and I had the best experience with her! Don't miss out on an opportunity to work with Gigi on capturing your special moments! You will not be disappointed! After loosing 120 pounds, Gigi took gorgeous photos of me to mark the special occasion. She did my makeup too, which enhanced my look for the glamour shots and made my eyes stand out along with allowing my inner joy to translate through the photos. She makes you feel so comfortable and happy. It all projects through for the perfect result you are hoping for!!"
Dana Lee - San Francisco