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Moorea Wedding by Kate Webber Photography

One look at these amazingly beautiful images from Kate Webber Photography and you’ll no doubt be swept away into paradise. The fresher-than-fresh flowers, the beyond beautiful lush landscape and the naturally beautiful bride all add up to one fabulous destination fete. Guests were treated to a three day party that included a traditional Tahitian BBQ, swimming with sting rays, and ended with the most spectacular wedding and a surprise rainbow. Click here for even more!

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From Kate of Kate Webber PhotographyKareen and Oskar shared three days of celebrations with guests traveling from literally all corners of the globe. Kareen is French-American and was raised in southern California. She met Oskar, her Swedish groom, at a wedding in the south of France while she was living in Paris and he was living in Monaco. They celebrated their nuptials at Legends Resort on the island of Moorea, Tahiti’s “twin sister” island, also known as the pineapple island. The bride’s mother grew up on Raiatea, part of the French Polynesian Society Islands. Kareen and her brothers have fond memories of swimming in the turquoise waters on their many visits to the area. Kareen and Oskar hosted three days of events for their guests, many of who traveled from all across the globe from USA, Sweden, Australia, Mexico and France, to name a few places.

To welcome guests on the first day, traditional food was prepared in a huge “Tahitian BBQ” pit and included pork, chicken, fish, traditional poi and a demonstration of bread fruit cooked over an open fire, peeled and dipped in coconut milk. Guests were seated at separate tables from their respective partners so as to allow a greater opportunity for everyone to mix and get to know each other a little better. The evening wrapped up with a colorful Polynesian dance performance and fire dance. On the second day, guests walked to a boat that took them out for a beach day. Before reaching the small “motu” (islet), they stopped and swam with large, graceful rays. Guests fed small fish to the rays and then the group was off to the motu for relaxing. Fresh coconuts, local music and a traditional meal of poisson cru were served to guests. Whether relaxing on the beach, swimming or snorkeling, the afternoon provided a mellow experience and allowed guests to take in the surroundings from a new angle.

The wedding was held on the third day. Legends Resort is a small resort of villas nestled into a mountainside and overlooking the beautiful blue expanse of waters below. Kareen and Oskar got ready separately and met on their villas veranda to head off and take portraits together prior to the ceremony with their photographer, Kate Webber. Kareen wore a traditional floral crown of fuchsia flowers with white and green accents. Oskar was perfectly dressed in a crisp white shirt, light blue pants and navy shoes that mirrored the clean vibrancy of the waters surrounding them and played off the green of the mountainside perfectly. A Tahitian priest married the couple in an intimate ceremony on one of the verandas of the villas. The bride and her father were led down the aisle by musicians. Just as the newlywed couple completed their vows and embraced, a rainbow crested out over the water and mountainside behind them! It was truly magical. The rest of the evening had an elegant, easy vibe as guests enjoyed champagne and mingled. The party moved down the hill to enjoy a five-course dinner at La Villa Des Sens, where again guests were paired at tables with new friends. Kareen and Oskar continued onto another more remote island in French Polynesia for the first leg of their honeymoon, then onto Japan and eventually they made their way back to Monaco as husband and wife!

Wedding Photography: Kate Webber Photography / Wedding Venue: Legends Resort in Papetoi, Moorea, French Polynesia

Real Wedding: Chandra and Micheal, II

Today, we are featuring the absolutely beautiful Tahitian inspired real wedding of Chandra and Micheal. This incredibly lovely couple approached their wedding with a pureness and a simplicity that we should all envy, and yet they executed their ideas with unabashed elegance…

real wedding chandra and micheal

all photos by Tammy Horton and Jenny Stafford of Red Loft Studios

From the bride…

We were married on the white sand beach of Pearl Beach Resort in Moorea at sunset on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2007. About 30-45 minutes or so before the Tahitian ceremony began, the beating of drums, whistling of conch shells and the rhythms of guitars could be heard all across the island, into our rooms. The serenade signaled that a wedding was about to take place. So not only did our family and friends witness the testimony of our love but so did dozens of strangers, equipped with cameras.

I was escorted from my suite to a canoe. The canoe took me along the Pacific Ocean, through the overwater bungalows to the ceremony site, where Micheal stood dapper waiting for me. The ceremony area was completely covered with hundreds of exotic flowers and lush greenery. The ceremony was done in French (the spoken language of Tahiti) and English. All of the beautiful traditions of the Polynesian culture were incorporated into our wedding – we danced – Polynesian-style, we were wrapped in an ornate quilt, which signified oneness, and our wedding rings were blessed with coconut milk (yes, a coconut was cracked open over our hands…wait until you see that amazing picture coming up soon).

Beautiful! Stay tuned for so much more!