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Our team is made up of the best local Big Island Hawaii wedding professionals who are ready to create a memorable wedding day you will remember for a lifetime. Our Big Island wedding team is comprised of officiants, skilled professional photographers, videographers, and musicians. As a team, they have made thousands of couples happy on their special day here on Hawaii Big Island.
Our team is trained for our service at Kona Wedding Officiant by owner, Deanna DiMichele, to ensure that all wedding days meet the highest standard. All couples are met with Aloha, or love, and provided warmth, compassion, and a wonderful wedding day experience. We pride ourselves on creating positive memories for our couples. Please take the time to read our five star reviews shared from our happily married couples.
Deanna DiMichele, owner and licensed minister, feels so proud, lucky and blessed to be the owner of Kona Wedding Officiant®. Being with couples on the happiest day of their life is hands down the best part of Deanna's job.
Deanna has a bachelor's degree from Stockton University in Philosophy and Religion. Deanna received a post baccalaureate degree in English Language Arts from the University of Hawaii Manoa, where she taught in Hawaii State for many years as a public school English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher.
Deanna has a strong background in Hawaiian cultures and traditions through her past work as a teacher in the state of Hawaii and her continued love of education. She enjoys reading Hawaiian myths and legends and learning new Oli (Hawaiian song) that she can bring to her wedding ceremonies.
She loves staying active. Deanna is a runner, surfer, and hiker. She has hiked almost every trail on Hawaii Big Island from mauka to makai. Before moving to Hawaii Big Island, Deanna thru-hiked 1,200 miles of the Appalachian Trail.
Deanna believes that her team is crucial to her work and she loves every member!
Meet her awesome crew below! To see their beautiful work, click on their photos.
Meet The Team
Deanna DiMichele, owner and licensed minister of Kona Wedding Officiant®, has been a resident of the Island of Hawai`i since 2010. Originally from the Jersey shore, Deanna moved to Kailua Kona where she established Kona Wedding Officiant® in 2017. Prior to starting her business, Deanna was a teacher.
Deanna's wedding ceremonies are non-denominational. Couples have the choice between traditional, spiritual, Hawaiian, and Christian ceremonies. Ceremonies may be customized to include different elements including the lei exchange, sand blending, Hawaiian ring blessing, hand binding, personal words, and other elements couple may wish to include to honor loved ones, such as poems, music, a family lei exchange, or speeches.
Kahu Tom Fernandez has been a resident of the Island of Hawai’i since 1988. He was born and raised on Oahu and after graduating from college he moved to Kailua-Kona where his family has lived for 3 generations. Tom has been a Kahu/Minister at Kalāhikiola Congregational Church since 2005.
Kahu Tom's wedding ceremonies include both English and Hawaiian vows. Kahu Tom shares about the Hawaiian values of aloha and ʻohana that are being created as two people are married. A basic ceremony is available, however customizing the wedding to include a lei exchange, sand ceremony or special touches honoring parents or loved ones are always available. Typically the ceremony is approximately 15-20 minutes long, however a special reading or an inspirational message can always be included depending on the wishes of the bride and groom.
Margarita has been performing wedding ceremonies since 2019. She creates beautiful and romantic ceremonies for couples using traditional ceremony elements.
Margarita's wedding ceremonies are non-denominational, but can be customized to include elements such as the lei exchange, Hawaiian ring blessings, personal vows, and hand binding. Margarita provides a warm and caring space for couples to share an intimate ceremony on the beach or at their own private venue.