I had so many wonderful submissions come through for Bula Bride Magazine, unfortunately I couldn’t squeeze them all in. So over the next month I will be sharing those gorgeous weddings with you all – they are too good not to be shared!
First off is this simply gorgeous InterContinental Fiji wedding of Aron & Jess, who said I do surrounded by 85 loved ones. The couple chose the InterCon for their big day as they had visited numerous times and is one of their favourite spots. Not to mention that Aaron is a keen golfer!
Jess shares with us the details of their day on the blog. Stunningly captured by Destination wedding photographer James Day.
The Dress / I designed the dress myself and had the wonderful Paul and Jo from “Paula & Jo” in Leederville (Perth, WA) make my vision come alive. The bridesmaids wore dresses by a Western Australian designer, Tokay Boutique.
The Hair & Makeup / Clint and his amazing team from Silverstrand did my hair and make-up as well as my bridesmaids and my mum. They did a great job. Clint’s new airbrush make-up is AMAZNG!
The Ceremony / Was held at the chapel at the Intercontinental. I requested sophisticated styling with lots of greenery, white flowers in simple arrangements and no ribbons.
We both come from beautiful close families so we wanted to recognise the important role that they play in our lives. We included our parents in our ceremony by asking them to make a vow to support and nurture our union.
We also asked Aaron’s two sisters to do a gorgeous duet reading from ‘Winnie the Pooh’ (one played Pooh and one played Piglet). It went down a treat.
The Flowers / I have a lot of close girlfriends who mean the world to me and I wanted to include them in our ceremony. So I asked them all to be my “flower girls”. They all lined up at the entrance of the chapel holding a single pink ginger flower each. As I arrived at the chapel, they each handed me their flower, so by the time I reached the chapel entry I was holding a big bunch of pink gingers that became my bouquet.
The Reception / Was held at the Navo restaurant and lawn. We had the dance floor and band set-up on the outside terrace under the stars which we simply highlighted with festoon lights and white paper lanterns.
We all enjoyed a lavish three-course meal. We decided not to have a bridal table, instead opting to have our immediate families and bridal party (all 22 of us) sit together around a beautiful big wooden table. It was perfect.
The Cake / Joseph (the Intercontinental’s pastry chef) kindly agreed to make our wedding cake using Jess’ Mum, Katherine’s recipe, It was a “naked” Sri Lankan Love Cake. Joseph did an amazing job, it looked and tasted FANTASTIC!
The Entertainment / We had the very talented Talei Burns and her 5 piece band play at the reception. She really is amazing! We also had Island dancers and fire dancing performances which the guests loved.
The Day After / The day after our InterContinental Fiji Wedding, we held a recovery morning tea at Kama Lounge the following day where we served our yummy wedding cake with tea and coffee (the perfect caffeine and sugar hit). We also had a hangover recovery station with berocca, electrolytes and asprin aplenty!
The Highlight / We had arranged to hire a boat from the local village to take us from our photo-shoot on the beach at 4th hole of the Natadola Championship Golf Course, to Navo lawn where the reception was being held.
The villagers surprised us with a beautifully decorated boat and they lined the edge of the lagoon to wish us well as we travelled (very slowly) along the lagoon. The sun was setting and it was a very special way to spend 20 minutes alone with each other sipping champagne and soaking it all in. It really was incredible.
The boat arrival was planned to be a surprise for all of our guests. But our dear friend Jill spied the plan on our run-sheet and decided to turn it all around on us. She secretly made 85 giant love hearts in all different colours and handed them out to all of the guests. She let them all in on our secret plan and then asked them to stand on the lawn in the shape of a heart. So when Navo came into view, there they all were, all of our favourite people in the world standing on the shore holding their love hearts in the air and singing “All You Need is Love”. We will never forget that moment.
Location, Flowers & Cake / InterContinental Resort & Spa
Photographer / James Day Photographer
Hair & Makeup / SilverStrand
Brides Dress / Paula & Jo (WA)
Bridesmaid dresses / Tokay Boutique (WA)
Band / Nem & Talei Burns