Intimate Destination Wedding in Fiji

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Rob and Olli held their destination wedding in Fiji, with 75 friends and family in attendance (the majority of the crew coming from Australia).  The pair shared a bit about their big day with us.  We decided early on that we wanted to do a destination wedding somewhere that was close to Australia. Neither of us wanted a big wedding and given our backgrounds (Italian and Assyrian) we were destined to have a very big wedding had we chosen to stay in Sydney. Fiji is a popular place for Australian’s to get married because it is so close and is about 3.5hrs from Sydney and so it seemed like an ideal location and besides, there were so many beautiful resorts in Fiji to choose from and who doesn’t love a holiday!?” 

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With the help of Small Guide Travel Pty Ltd in Queensland, the couple selected the Intercontinental Golf Resort & Spa at Natadola Bay on Viti Levu as their wedding location.  “It was a no brainer for us – we wanted the best resort for our budget, we wanted a beach with white sand, great location, amazing rooms and we wanted a resort that only accepted one wedding per day. We had not been to the resort prior to choosing it but we trusted our Fiji Wedding expert Mandi, we researched the resort on sites like Trip Advisor to see what reviews were written about the wedding experience there etc.”

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The palette was a pretty coral pink and grey to go with the surroundings.

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Olli found the perfect presents for her parents online.  “The gifts I gave to my parents were pretty special.  I wanted to get them a little keepsake and I found custom made cufflinks for my father and a pearl bracelet for my mother – which they were both able to wear on the day.”

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The pair also participated in a few fun traditions.  “We both wanted to wear blue shoes to the wedding as our ‘something blue’.”  While the bride’s jewelry was borrowed from her sister as her something old and borrowed.  Then, as a wedding day surprise, Rob gave his bride earrings as wedding present so she had something new (and unexpected) to wear too!

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As for a theme, they let the natural beauty speak for itself.  “We were pretty casual about the theming of the wedding and didn’t really have anything specific in mind to be honest. We were in Fiji, the backdrop is theme enough! I had my young cousin Amy – who is a graphic designer – design the Save the Date cards and she came up with the design and we carried that theme on through to invites, envelopes, table numbers, thank you cards etc.” 

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The ceremony was held inside the chapel but with big windows, the beautiful outdoor backdrop could not be missed.

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This wedding was certainly meant to be!  “We were set up by a mutual friend. She seemed adamant we would be perfect for each other so I agreed for her to send Robert my details. She gave Robert my email address and he contacted me pretty much straight away. We chatted over email for about 2 weeks before we finally met up for a date. One date and we were pretty much inseparable. Wasn’t long before we knew we’d met our ‘one’. 10 months later he surprised me with the proposal in his favorite park on the way to what I thought was a dinner with friends. We went to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants and we spent the rest of the night sharing texts and phone calls with family and friends!”

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Then their wedding photographer, Hilary Cam, took the newlyweds out for some fantastic photos.

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At the reception, guests were treated to some local and certainly magical entertainment.

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We asked the couple if they experienced any challenges planning from far away in hopes of helping future couples.  The only challenging part of planning a wedding from another country, especially when you haven’t seen the resort, is that you can only trust the pictures you see and the conversations you have with the hotel’s wedding planner. This is particularly hard when all your communication is via email or on the phone. You don’t really get a sense of how things look, the layout of the resort or wedding venue until you get to the resort and do a walk around. We were not disappointed…it was perfect! We used local suppliers provided/recommended via the hotel for flowers, decorations, cake, DJ, lighting etc. We didn’t want the hassle of trying to find anyone ourselves so we just asked to hotel to recommend suppliers. We were very happy with the people they’d suggested. We didn’t want to compromise on our photos so we took a photographer we knew and trusted to do an amazing job, with us to Fiji.”

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For wedding favors, at the end of the evening each guest left with a custom made luggage tag from Mr and Mrs Favors.

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 Congratulations to the newlyweds!

 Destination Wedding Photographer: Hilary Cam

 Wedding Vendors: Wedding Location: Intercontinental Golf Resort & Spa at Natadola Bay, Travel Agent: Small Guide Travel Pty Ltd, Cuff Link: White Truffle Studio, Photo Jewelry: Kidonas Photo Jewelry, Favors: Mr and Mrs Favors


Elopement in Moorea

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moorea honeymoonsbora bora weddingsbora bora honeymoonsSo many factors go into the wedding location selection – the guest count, cost, view, amenities, and other material needs.  But Jason and Yien Sing had different reasons for selecting Moorea as their destination wedding spot.  They shared with us, “Chinese describes a solemn love as mountain and sea because a pledge of love should be as firm as a mountain and as wide as an ocean. In Chinese also an eternal love last till the sea dries up and the rocks are rotten. This is the reason we chose Moorea over other islands.  Moorea has very beautiful mountains and spectaculars bay.”

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wedding lei ideasbora bora destination weddingWhat was this blessing of paper, we asked.  “Well, we registered in the U.S and had a symbolic ceremony in Moorea, so regarding the paper, it’s a piece of certificate made from tree bark with our vows and Tahitian names written on it. The leaf was placed in between the bride and the groom’s hand and then the high priest poured coconut water on our hands. We don’t remember what is symbolic of the leaf but our guess is to seal our vows.”  Love this!  A great idea if you don’t meet the legal requirements to wed at your destination.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

 Destination Wedding Photographer: Helene Havard Photography

Wedding Location & Honeymoon: Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa


Four Seasons Bora Bora

To set sail today we thought we’d venture far, far away from home. When lining up the editorial calendar (it was a little like picking my fantasy itinerary around the world) – the decision for the first post came easy. We’ve all seen inspiration boards of fabulous wedding details, from the perfect wedding dress to the color palette that’s just right for your season and reception space. So I went back to the boards for inspiration and viola!  Sitting on my desktop, on my own inspiration board, not bridal inspired, but nonetheless – I landed on a photo of a property that takes my breath away every time I turn on my screen. And, as fate would have it, it just so happens to be a honeymooners’ haven. It’s time to jet set with Jet Fete to the Four Seasons Bora Bora… Need I say more? Well, I will anyway.over water suites bora bora

Bora Bora (n): A French Polynesian island in the South Pacific encased by an abundant barrier reef.

Translation? Pure blue over-water bridal bliss about eight hours by plane from Los Angeles.

Bora Bora is known for its exquisite lagoons so take advantage and opt for one of the 100 over-water bungalows. Believe us, over-water suites are worth the splurge!honeymoons in bora bora

Complete with an authentic Polynesian wedding chapel, Four Seasons Bora Bora can be home to your intimate wedding day as well as your honeymoon. We recommend travel for two – a setting this secluded is better experienced without the in-laws in tow! For an elopement that is anything but Elvis-inspired or for a place away to unwind after a big, all night affair on the mainland, the Four Seasons Bora Bora sits atop a blue lagoon, better than any feature film could capture. And with a Catamaran that will take you on an island discovery tour or elegant dinner cruise and a holistic spa with services you’ll only find in French Polynesia, you’ll feel like the star of your own movie.

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When to Go: Our summer is their winter, when the weather is perfect. Pack your bags after your June, July or August nuptials for 80 degree weather served up daily.

Travel Tip:
Consider taking some extra time on arrival to stay in Papeete before catching your connection to Bora Bora to enjoy another sweet spot in French Polynesia.