I’m probably just as excited to share with you this wedding as Corinne was when she found out her big day was going up on the blog! The excitement and warmth while emailing to and fro with Corinne is shown through the pictures of their day captured by The Lauren & Delwyn Project. Your in for a treat ladies & gents – simple, rustic and a whole lot of fun!
Corinne & Dan were hitched at the First Land Resort Fiji surrounded by 50 family and friends. Having been to First Landing for Corrine’s 31st birthday, they both liked the idea of going back to have their wedding there! So a Fiji Wedding it was to be!
Corinne shares with us the details of her day!
I’d been planning the wedding for a while, but after Dan proposed in 2011, I started working out into the details. I have always wanted to get married, Dan was never fussed so said I could have what I wanted for the wedding if we managed to get paper lanterns, then bought him a classic/muscle car. I said it was a deal 😉
My dream was to have an epic holiday with our closest friends and family, so we could all spend some time together. I’d been to too many weddings where the bride and groom were rushed off their feet trying to visit each table during the night – I really wanted to enjoy our day, so being able to spend time with everyone before and after the wedding took the pressure off.
I used pinterest to get generate ideas, and bought everything online: my dress, the decorations, jewellery, underwear. Packages came in almost weekly as I started collecting the bits and pieces I wanted.
The Dress / Elwin by Claire Pettibone – I fell in love with this dress 2 years ago and once I saw it I never wanted anything else. I paid a deposit to hold the fabric, as they were discontinuing the dress at the end of the season, then sent my measurements to the US in February so they could construct the dress. It arrived 4 weeks before the wedding. I took it to a local dressmaker to do the final alterations. I love it, I want to wear it again and again!
The Bridesmaids / They wore whatever they wanted! My girls chose their own dresses, as I wanted them to be comfortable and choose something they would wear again. They just happened to all choose blue hued colors.
The Stationary / I’m a designer, so I created the invitations and other bits myself. The invites were fun, we put together a little passport book inviting people to our destination wedding, and introducing Fiji and the resort.
The Groom and He’s Men / Wore simple white shirts with sleeves rolled up, and black shorts. Dan gave each of his groomsmen pocket watches with their nicknames and the occasion engraved on them.
The Favours/ We made up welcome bags for all of our guests. We hand sewed each bag, then added a welcome newsletter with activities, temperatures and tides, a flax fan, some sunscreen and some hand wipes.
I may have gone slightly overboard with the gift giving, but I wanted our parents and bridal party to know how special it was for me that they were there. For my bridal party, I bought beach bags, and added a bridesmaid survival kit, a custom getting ready robe, a Turkish beach towel, and a bracelet that I specifically selected for each bridesmaid.
For my mum, and mother in law, they received the same bags as above, and also a “mother of the bride/groom” hanger.
My dad and father in law both received pocket watches. And I gave my dad a Fiji turtle collectors coin.
Along with the pocket watches, the groomsmen all received Cuban cigars.
The Hair & Makeup / I’m not a massive makeup wearer usually, so this was tricky. I wanted something quite beachy but not over the top. We focused on the eyes, and kept the lips quite natural. The hair was up to show the back of my dress, with a braid and some loose curls. It also cleverly incorporated a hair chain. I’m really happy with the job that the girls did.
The Flowers / I found out that frangipani’s weren’t quite in season, but I really wanted them. So in a panic, a week before we left, I contacted Amy from Keepsake Bouquets, and she made 4 fantastic bouquets and 4 buttonholes and shipped them out to me. They were exactly what I was looking for. And we get to keep them.
The Ceremony / Our ceremony was held on the man-made footprint island at the front of the resort. First Landing is said to be the first place people arrived in Fiji, and the footprint represents that.
We picked the day so that our 4pm ceremony would be at high tide, allowing us to do the photos and first look earlier in the day. Lauren and Delwyn were amazing photographers, capturing each moment and guiding us along the way. They scoped out locations the day before, and after the first look and a few beach shots, we all jumped into a couple of vans and headed to a beautiful jungle entrance, a vast field with a wooden building structure, and then a stretch of road with trees hugging over the top. It was awesome, we had so much fun on the shoots. They even remembered to bring insect repellent for the walks through grasses.
Then came the ceremony. The boys stood on top of the helipad. Bridesmaids and myself walked over the bridge to Summer Breeze by Jason Mraz. The line “July is dressed up, and playing her tune” was perfect. Both my mum and my dad walked with me, it was a special moment for me.
The Cocktail Hour / Because we did all of our wedding party photos early, we had group photos during cocktail hour, making sure everyone had a special photo with us. As part of our wedding package, we had the local string band playing after the ceremony and people mingled, started drinking, and enjoyed the atmosphere.
The Reception / Because it was threatening to rain (well, thunderstorms were forecast), we set the tables up inside a private dining area, located under a giant tree. This left a flat area open for dancing afterwards, which was brilliant. Luckily it didn’t rain, it was mostly sunny, with a few hours of dramatic cloud cover to keep us cool during the day – also good for photos.
Amanda (the resort manager) and Shalini (the event co-ordinator) are just fantastic. They listened to my ideas, and created my dream exactly. They set up the tables perfectly, created the candles in mason jars, picked the flowers for the tables, sewed the table runner from the burlap we brought. They even sourced the lanterns that Dan wanted, and hung them in the reception area. It was a beautiful space. I even delayed walking down the aisle so I could look at their lovely work.
Our head table centerpiece was a tanoa bowl that we bought on the trip, filled with flowers and a few fresh frangipani.
The Cake / It was a coconut cake with lime frosting, and toasted, shaved coconut sprinked on top. The resort also made this for us – it was delicious! I got the cake topper made through Miss Sarah Cake on etsy. She will create the words you want, send you a proof to approve, then ship you the laser cut acrylic piece.
The Entertainment / We had all of the speeches up front, as we sat down for dinner, and then everyone was invited to feast. After desert, we went outside while they cleared the tables away. We were super lucky to have scheduled our wedding on the same night as a fire dance show. Then we lit our paper lanterns and had a series of couples photos amongst the lanterns, before returning to the dance area for our first dance.
The Day After / I had a custom t-shirt made, with my new last name and wedding year on the back. Dan didn’t know about it until I wore it the day after… he thought it was great. Most of our party went to Beachcomber for the day, I decided to chill out by the pool with a cocktail and reflect on the holiday that was wrapping up.
The Highlight / The whole thing was epic. Two years of constant planning, a supportive partner, and a fantastic crew at First Landing meant everything came together perfectly.
Hard to pick one highlight – here are my top three:
1. The first look first with Dan, then with my dad, such an emotional moment.
2. Walking across the bridge with my parents, and remembering the billy goats gruff story they used to read to us as kids.
3. The first dance – I loved the song and the moment, dancing with my husband – just soaking in the moment and the completeness of the occasion.
Dan’s highlight was smoking the cigars with the boys at the end of dinner – just sharing in the moment, and having a few laughs.
The whole week was full of laughter and happiness. We came away with magical memories, and couldn’t have wished for anything better. Now we’re saving for a classic car… there is also a pinterest board for that! http://pinterest.com/captaincavedan/cars/
Photography | The Lauren & Delwyn Project
Location | First Landing Resort Fiji
Robes | Singing Slowly
Bride’s Dress | Claire Pettibone
Bride’s Shoes | Ancient Greek Sandals – Medea sandal
Bride’s Jewellery | Elephant Heart
Custom Coat-hanger | Alma’s Weddings
Wedding Survival Kit | Princh Provisions – Shopbop
Flowers | Keepsake Bouquets
Lanterns | Cox and Cox
Cake Topper | Miss Sarah Cake