Yatule Beach Resort is starting to become one of my new favorite venue for a wedding. And being locals B&B definitely put on a wedding that was just as gorgeous as the couple themselves. Bianca you are one stunning bride!
Bianca shares with us the details of their Yatule Beach Resort Wedding. Captured by who else but the ZoomFiji team!
The Proposal/ He proposed at beautiful Whale Bay in Northland, New Zealand – one of my favourite spots on earth. I was expecting to go for a morning swim at my favourite beach but I didn’t know that Bruce was planning to propose and had already gotten on the phone to my Dad back in Fiji to ask for his blessing. We walked out to a lookout and while taking a selfie he pulled out a Princess ring he borrowed from his nieces. After the initial shock, it was a huge yes…followed by FINALLY! 🙂
The Planning/ I couldn’t have done it without my parents and my mother-on-law all the way in New Zealand organizing things on that end. We were so lucky that family and friends contributed in some way, the support blew us away.
The Hens & Bucks/ My mum and 3 bridesmaids planned a ‘Grease’ themed bridal shower at a gorgeous little beach cottage in Pacific Harbour. A spa station was set up right next to the beach and girls from a local beauty school pampered guests with mini pedicures, manicures and shoulder massages. Everyone enjoyed sipping cold cocktails and watching the sun go down while being pampered. The rest of the night we played games, ate too much food and more drinks!
Bruce wanted to show his overseas friends the real beauty of the islands so he and the guys chartered a boat and went island hopping in the Mamanuca’s, stopping at a sandbank for a swim then later on enjoyed drinks in the Nadi nightlife.
The Theme/ We wanted simple but striking based on a tropical elegance theme. We used vibrant coral with crisp white and gold accents. These were incorporated into the Invitations, personalized name tags, bridesmaids dresses, centrepieces and signature cocktails.
The Rings/ Custom-made rings by Aaron Duff of Elite Design, Whangarei, New Zealand. We’ve photographed a lot of rings so were inspired to create our own unique designs. I’ve always liked the vintage feel of a coloured diamond so I chose a champagne diamond in a halo setting, set in platinum. What makes it more special is Bruce had a little diamond of his Grandma’s, set into the band. Bruce wanted something industrial with an ethnic feel. He chose a traditional Fijian tapa design set in white gold, roughened slightly for the rustic look.
The Ceremony/ The Ceremony took place at Yatule Beach Resort. We had Louise Acraman from Taste Fiji run the whole event for us and we couldn’t have asked for a more creative, professional and genuinely lovely person to work with. Just before the ceremony it started to rain so everything had to be moved indoors but she managed to transform the entrance of the hotel into an elegant, intimate space. Thankfully the rain stopped right after the ceremony and again Louise worked like a machine so that the reception was held outdoors as planned.
The Reception/ The tables were covered in white linen with rustic woven place mats and hand-made boxes filled with our favourite cookies doubled as favours and place settings. The centrepieces were cylinder vases with submerged pink and red gingers and floating candle’s. Instead of table numbers we chose table names of places and times that were significant in our relationship, like where we had our first date (Long Beach) & what I said when Bruce proposed (Finally!). After dinner, everyone moved beachside where a custom-made bamboo bar was set up and a dance floor area was specially made and stung with fairy lights. For relaxing and canoodling there were several bar-leaners and lounges placed around the dance floor.
The Cake/ Chocolate fudge cake with coconut flakes made to look like the ruffles of a wedding dress – made by my Aunt Antoinette.
The Entertainment/ The acoustic trio Tolu played during cocktail hour and dinner then DJ Ranjit played for the rest of the night. The party didn’t stop until 3.00am! My Dad also organized fireworks and a huge bonfire.
The Menu/ Food is very important at island weddings so this was one of the harder decisions to make, but in the end we couldn’t have been happier with Taste Fiji. Lee & Louise Acraman created a menu combining Fijian delicacies with international flair.
The buffet style dinner included dishes such as Natadola mud crab, braised pork belly, whole fish, prawns, curries, salads and my family added to that with a traditional Fijian lovo – meat and root crops cooked in an earth oven. Everything was divine!
The End/ Guests were treated to midnight snacks of doughnuts & chocolate sauce, bacon & egg baps, cassava crisps.
The Highlight/ Instead of 1 day we planned 3 days of wedding celebrations and got to spend time with all 110 guests – of 115 that were invited! The first night was a traditional Fijian welcome and kava ceremony, guests dressed up in island gear and were garlanded on arrival. Everyone had the chance to meet eachother over cold drinks & a spectacular sunset. Day 2 – the big day! Day 3 was a chilled out BBQ lunch under the tree’s of Natadola beach.
The Advice/ Book your suppliers early. Hire someone to coordinate the day for you so all you have to do is relax, enjoy every moment with your family and friends and trust them to do the rest!
Location/ Yatule Beach Resort Fiji
Event Co-Ordination & Catering/ Taste Fiji
Hair & Makeup/ Hair N Mkup Perfectionist
Setup/ Rosie Weddings – Centerpieces, Bar Leaners & Cabana LoungeLighting & Custom Dance Floor/ Sunlight Film Services Fiji – Leo Richmond
Cupcakes & Favours/ Cookie Kulture
Bridesmaids Gifts/ Tote Bag from Peachy Flamingo with custom woven fan & robes
Band/ TOLU – Kulture Band
DJ/ DJ Ranjit Ranju
Photography & Cinematography/ Being professional photographers ourselves, Bruce and I wanted a photography and video team that would treat our wedding similar to how we ourselves approach weddings; with professionalism, creativity and genuine warmth. The decision was then easy to have Zoomfiji associate cameramen, Damien Light & Allan Stephen, document our day. www.zoomfiji.com