There is just something so wonderful about these Fiji nuptials that I could seriously gaze at these stunning images from Jel Photography all day long. It may have something to do with the jaw-dropping location (un.real) or the bride's amazing gown (her own design) or the feeling of pure happiness radiating from every single photo. I suspect that it's a combination of all of the above, and more, that has left me feeling so enchanted. I think I just might adore this wedding and I know you will, too. See even more lovely images in the gallery!
From the Bride...Planning a wedding is a wonderful mix of emotions - excitement, nervousness and anxiety! Our wedding was like planning a United Nations conference! We live in Singapore, our families live in Australia and the U.K.; friends are in the U.S, Europe and the Middle East; our photographers come from New Zealand, our wedding planner from Queensland; our videographer from San Francisco; and so naturally we decided have our big day in Fiji!
After 5 years together, and three since we were engaged, we finally set a date and wanted to stick to it - but choosing the location was not so easy. After a couple of false starts we chose Fiji - mainly because it would mean a week long vacation for our closest friends and family rather than have the wedding over and done in less than 24 hours!
One grandmother had never flown outside of Australia and didn't even have a passport, so we knew it would be a logistical challenge. A funny aside to this, when applying for her passport, she discovered the name on her birth certificate was different to the one she's been using for more than 80 years! We were so lucky that we had travel agent supremo Sue Natho from Essence Tours on our side! Sue is an expert when it comes to Fiji and really guided us in the right direction. With the internet it is simple to find a lot of information when planning a destination wedding - but having that inside knowledge is priceless.
Everyone tells you when you're planning your wedding that come the big day all the stress will be worth it. Well, a destination wedding is a lot of stress! And they are wrong! If you have a day (or a week in our case) as wonderful as we had it doesn't just meet expectations, it far surpasses what you could hope for. We had a dream wedding in an idyllic location shared with the most important people in our lives. And the best bit is, you walk away married to the person you love!
Wedding Photography: Jel Photography / Wedding Ceremony Location: Sheraton Fiji Resort / Wedding Reception Location: Fiji Orchid / Videography: Benjamin Hanson / Wedding Dress: Designed by the Bride via the Wedding Present, Singapore / Bride's Shoes: Bourne Collection / Flowers: Paradise Brides / Planner: Essence Tours / Music: Fiji Choir / Groom's Shoes: R.M. Williams / Wedding Cake: Taste of Fiji