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Quick Tip: The Faux Glow, Perfected


Even if you consider yourself to be a self-tanning aficionado, doing a trial run at least a week in advance of your Big Day is an absolute must. Before the main event, make sure your entire body has been thoroughly exfoliated, and that any necessary hair removal has taken place at least 12 hours prior, before applying self-tanner, and you’re practically guaranteed a gorgeous, even glow!

Photography: Jerome Cole Photography

Honeymoon Photoshoot in Fiji

Thanks to Blenda Montoro Photography, my bucket list now includes a bougainvillea crown and a trip to Tavarua. Until this photo shoot, I had never heard of this heart shaped island oasis, but now there’s no looking back. This gorgeous couple was lucky enough to have their post-wedding glow captured on this dream of a honeymoon and we’re feeling super lucky they decided to share it with all of us right here.

From Blenda Montoro Photography… Rubens, a Brazilian business man and surfer, had been to Tavarua several times before and always loved it’s natural beauty, the amazing people, the gorgeous resort, and epic surf. After a spectacular wedding in Brazil, Rubens decided to take his bride, now wife, Melissa to his favorite place in the world Tavarua, for there honeymoon. Tavarua is a small heart shaped island in Fiji that is adored by those who know about it. On this trip I was traveling to Tavarua from the island of Kauai, Hawaii with my husband a surfer and our 4 month old son Mateo. I brought a couple cameras planning to photograph the island and people and hoping to meet a beautiful honeymoon couple like Rubens and Melissa. Being from South America, Melissa and I had an immediate connection once we met. Over the next couple days laying by the pool Melissa and I planned a honeymoon shoot for them which they could share with there friends and family back home in Brazil. The photos were so amazing though that we decided we needed to share them with the world.

During the day of the shoot the flower headpiece was made by a couple of the Fijian ladies who worked at the resort. I gave them an idea of what we were looking for, and using flowers from the island they totally exceeded our expectations. We took photos on the Western part of the island because we wanted to capture the best lighting during sunset. We hope these photos help illustrate the beauty of Tavarua and what a special place it is.

Photography: Blenda Montoro Photography | Bride Dress By:: IORANE | Tavarua Island Resort: Tavarua Island Resort

Shangri La Fijian Resort and Spa Wedding

This is one of those weddings that completely warms your heart.  It’s a beautiful story, an amazing setting and a gorgeous bride and groom celebrating their love with their closest friends and family in Fiji.  In other words, it’s the kind of day that fills your day with soooo much love and soooo much joy, you seriously consider sending thank you notes.  See it all captured by Malia Johnson right here.

Beach Resort

From the Bride… I am so excited to be able to share with you pictures with you of our Fijian Fantasy wedding. It was such an amazing day, especially when I didn’t think I had the bride gene before this all started. I think the fact that it was a destination wedding with only 40 of our closest friends and family and that we were all on holiday made the day even more special.

After losing my dad just before my 7th birthday, I grew up always picturing my Mum walk me down the aisle. She had truly been my best friend so when I lost her a few months after my 18th birthday, I stopped dreaming of a big white wedding. So when Pieter proposed I did not begin the planning with the same vigour as many other brides because I thought the day would actually highlight all of my family that would be missing. I pictured the day as being more about Pieter’s family and grew worried about it having that special feel.

When I raised that idea of a destination wedding Pieter agreed it would be good as it would mean that only those people that mean the most to us would actually be there. We feel in love with the seaside chapel at the Shangri la Fijian Resort and spa. When 40 guests confirmed they were coming to Fiji not only for the wedding but a week long holiday we were over the moon.

On the day, my older brother walked me down the aisle. The first tears sprung in my eyes when he said “you know Mum would be so proud.” I had to stop his pep talk in the car as it was making my heart race. I held the picture of my mum that hung from my bouquet as I walked down the aisle and knew she was there in spirit.

As I saw Pieter, the sadness went and I knew that the rest of the day would be filled with smiles as we were surrounded by so many friends and family that travelled so far to witness us get married.

We had such an amazing time with nature putting on a show with the sun shining without it being too hot, whilst the locals including the staff all embraced as to make us feel special.

We were arrived to the reception, we were in for an amazing suprise. My sister-in-law had arrange a dessert table which was stunning and tasty. To think she had tranported all of those extra touches in hers (and her children’s) suitcase. It provided a stunning talking piece and the personalised touch I thought would be hard to achieve with a destination wedding.

Photography: Malia Johnson Photography | Invitations: Petrella Studios | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Calligraphy: Written By Hand | Venue: Shangri La Fijian Resort And Spa | "Here Comes The Bride" Signage: Larkspur & Linen | Bridal Shop: Brides Of Sydney | Bride's Dress: Allure | Bridesmaid Dress: Kim's Couterier | Desserts: Taste Fiji | Signs, Menus & Place Cards: Paper Couture | Styling (Dessert Table & Welcome Area: Chic Style Events | Table Centerpieces: Grace Creations

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Fiji Wedding from Jonas Peterson

I’ll be honest.  Fall is my favorite season.  And I long for cozy sweaters, yummy hot cocoa and curling up by the fire for pretty much the entire year.  That is, until I lay my eyes on a tropical love-fest like this darling day captured by Jonas Peterson.  Because this, my friends, is a sun-filled masterpiece set against the breathtaking land known as Fiji… and if every last glorious image doesn’t make you want to pack up some flip flops and catch the first flight out, I don’t know what will.  See it all here.

And a little film magic from Zoom Fiji?  I think we will.

Golf Club

From the Bride… I grew up dreaming about getting married on a tropical island and Fiji was the perfect place to make this dream come true. Fiji holds a special place in both of our hearts as Dave surprised me by proposing and organised to fly out to Fiji the next day for an amazing holiday. We both fell love the Fijian culture, the Fijian people are so happy and friendly and we always feel so welcome there. We decided on the Intercontinental Golf Resort and Spa on the Coral Coast, such a beautiful place. We wanted an intimate wedding with close friends and family to share our special day. We wanted to create a fun and relaxed atmosphere where our guests could kick back and have a great holiday! What was special was being able to hang out with our guests leading up to the wedding, cocktails by the pool, snorkelling on the reef and great dinners. My wedding planner Jane at the Intercontinental Golf Resort and Spa did the most amazing job taking care of everything. Dave and I didnt have to worry about a thing! As we were getting married overseas I still wanted to put my special touch on our wedding so I had a ball designing our wedding invitations. I just wanted something casual and fun to reflect the day.

Were so happy with what the resort provided in terms of flowers and decor, we were lucky our family were able to help talking decorations etc over to Fiji. It was important to us for our guests to experience some Fijian culture so we incorporated Fijian dancers and a fire show, all of our guest really enjoyed this, it really made the night so special. We also had serenaders playing before the ceremony and during cocktail hour. I also had the privilege of being escorted to the chapel by two Fijian warriors. Our reception was held at the Intercontinentals signature fine dining Navo restaurant which overlooks the lagoon and the island of Navo. Dave and I organised a special cocktail for all of our guests on arrival, it was a coconut mojito, our guests really enjoyed this special touch.  I loved my orchid bouquet and the beautiful pink ginger bridesmaids bouquets, they tied in perfectly with their Amsale dresses. The guys did well withstanding the heat wearing suits in the heat!

One thing that was really important to me was our wedding photographer. I had done my research but my heart was set on Jonas Peterson. I was not disappointed, he captured our day so beautifully, we both love our photos and will cherish them always. I also flew over an amazing makeup artist from Sydney, Christina Clearly who had been to Fiji many times so I knew I was in good hands. She did such a great job and we all looked so beautiful, our makeup stayed on all day and night. I sourced a local hair team from Fiji, I was not disappointed, they knew exactly what I wanted and their knowledge working with hair in the Fijian heat was incredible! We also had the pleasure of working with Zoomfiji, they also did such a great job capturing our special day. Everyone went above and beyond to make our day so amazing.

The staff were incredible at the Intercontinental and nothing was too much trouble for them. They really made sure that they looked after us and we had the day we had always dreamed about! Vinaka!

Photographer: Jonas Peterson | Wedding Dress: Brides of Beecroft | Wedding Stationery: Fave Paper Designs | Bride's Shoes: Peeptoe Shoes | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale | Makeup Artist: Christina Cleary | Hair: Hair N Mkp Perfectionist | Banners: Lullaby Mobiles | Bride's Hair Piece: Kristi Bonnici Bridal Accessories | Girls' Robes: Silk & More | Location: Intercontinental Golf Resort & Spa Fiji

Fiji Wedding by Feather + Stone

This Fiji destination wedding is the stuff that dreams are made of; crystal clear water, sunny skies, coconut cocktails and image after beautiful image by Feather + Stone. Sal and Cal loaded up and shipped off from Australia for a week long celebration at Wananavu Beach Resort Fiji with 90 of their friends and family in tow. What resulted was a picturesque wedding, lots of fun in the sun and a scrumptious day after session to cap things off. Be sure to stop by the gallery for a whole lot more where these pretties came from and now without further ado… From Fiji with love.

And now feast your eyes on the super duper, knock-your-socks-off day-after session…

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From Feather + StoneWe’re Seth and Tenielle based out of Australia (however, we are available for US weddings)!

Sal and Cal’s home is in Melbourne, Australia but they planned an exotic getaway to celebrate with their loved ones in paradise. And paradise it was. Aqua water, lush greenery, palm trees and hibiscus’s as the backdrop. They decided to tie the knot in Fiji simply because they wanted their wedding to be laid back and fun. Many of their family and friends live in different countries and they don’t get to see them nearly enough. Rather than just celebrate for ‘one day’ they wanted create a relaxed atmosphere and a memorable week long celebration for all their guests. This also meant that she could hand the planning over to the resort who did the most amazing job taking care of everything.

Sal didn’t just leave it there though, she brought over 100’s of photos of all their loved ones to create a whimsical photo collage for the reception, strung between 2 palm trees, strings of orgami cranes (symbolising wishes coming true) a goodies table full of their favorite sweets and beautiful simple decor on the tables.  Their reception was outdoors under the stars with loads of tiny white lanterns weaved through the palms. They ended the night with fireworks overlooking the turquoise harbor.  

We stayed with Sal & Cal and the guests for 4 blissful days and we were treated like family from the very beginning. They are a beautiful couple with warms souls and it didn’t surprise us that 90 family and friends made the trip to come and celebrate with them in Fiij. Sal and Cal said everything about their wedding in Fiji exceeded their expectations, from the moment they stepped off the plane all the way through to leaving for their honeymoon on nearby Matamanoa Island. The day before we left we couldn’t let the opportunity slip by with such beautiful people in a magic place so we snuck them away for a “day after” session and we’re so glad we did. 

Ceremony + Reception Location: Wananavu Beach Resort Fiji / Wedding Photography: Feather + Stone / Hair + Make-up: Friend / Flowers: Wananavu Village Flowers / Bride’s Shoes: Top End / Wedding Dress: Lisa Ho / Bride’s Jewelry: Mother’s Earrings, Grandmother’s Ring (engagement ring) / Wedding Ring: H&H Jewellery / Bride’s Headpiece: Linda Gorringe Couture / Bridesmaid Dresses: Decjuba / Groom + Groomsmen Attire: witchery man / Decor: DIY