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The Intercontinental Golf Resort & Spa Fiji Wedding by Deep Grey Photography

FIJI. With that single word, this wedding had my undivided attention and it is so living up to its paradise infused moniker. The images by Deep Grey Photography tell a tale of the perfect destination nuptials full of love, love, love and quite possibly the prettiest beach views we’ve ever laid eyes on. Take a little vaca with the full wedding right here!

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From the Bride…Mike and I had visited Fiji in 2006 and were instantly in love with the relaxed vibe, the warmth and friendliness of the Fijian people and of the stunning beauty that is Fiji. After watching a few of our close friends tie the knot and witnessing the huge amount of work that went into a wedding at home we decided that when it came our time it would be perfect to jet set off to an Island paradise with a few of our closest friends and family and get married in Fiji.

Being an event co-coordinator myself (and dare I say it, slightly wedding obsessed) it was very hard for me not to have a huge amount of control over the venue or decorations or all the little details. I was very aware that a wedding in Fiji could easily become quite a ‘cookie cutter’ affair, so Mike and I worked hard on personalizing little details to make the day feel more like ‘ours’. Some might say this defeats the purpose of a ‘stress-free’ destination wedding, but if there was something to personalize I attempted it.

Photography was especially important to me, and so I did a lot of research and finally came across Deep Grey who ever so kindly agreed to fly from Australia to Fiji and photograph our wedding. Adam and Fiona of Deep Grey were amazing and we had such a fun time with them doing the shoot. We brought our wedding cake on the plane all the way from Auckland, New Zealand. I had my dress custom made by a lovely friend of mine; the stationary was also designed by another dear friend of ours. We spent hours in the weeks before the wedding making the red heart fans to keep people cool (and believe me it was HOT!), we also made the ‘Just Married’ and ‘Mr & Mrs’ signs, as well as hand making the boys buttonholes. My mother also lovingly putting together our ring pillow with fabric from my wedding dress and a handkerchief she used on her wedding day – which became my ‘something old’.  We put together all our heart shaped marshmallow favours, hand stamped each place card, and laid out ‘guest book cards’ at each place which were our own take on a ‘fill in the blanks’ type game, where we had written most of it out and left spaces for the guests to fill in feelings and well wishes on our wedding day.

For any who is tempted to indulge in a bit of DIY for your destination wedding, it is totally worth it. Walking in to our reception and seeing the things we made and the little touches we had brought with us was so exciting and just made our wedding day all the more special.

Wedding Photography: Deep Grey Photography / Location: The Intercontinental Golf Resort & Spa Fiji / Wedding Stationery: James Sievers, Friend of the Bride & Groom / Bride’s Shoes: Diana Ferrari / Wedding Dress: Stephanie Phillips Designs

Fiji Wedding by Jel Photography

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!

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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