The InterContinental is the perfect location for a modern tropical wedding, its sleek and contemporary with a hint of Fiji essence. It’s also situated on an actual beach which is pretty special for a resort on the Coral Coast.
Jamie & Leesa’s InterContinental Fiji Wedding is a fine example of the modern tropical. Keeping it simple and making the most of the Fijian culture, food and florals. I’m also in love with the idea of Leesa’s wedding dress – a 2 piece wedding dress which turns into a cocktail dress for the evening’s events (because lets face it, it gets a little hot under there).
Leesa shares with us the details of her and husband Jamie’s big day. Gorgeously captured by Lyndal Carmicheal Photography.
The Planning/ We had absolutely no idea where to start. We were approached by a photographer who asked us if we wanted to be their bride and groom for a wedding workshop she was running. We gracefully accepted the offer. Shortly after, the crazy idea of a destination wedding was tossed around and our beautiful Fiji wedding planning started. Unfortunately the week of my wedding the photographer pulled out and just as devastating it came to my attention that I was not the only bride she had pulled out on.
If it weren’t for Lyndal and JD coming to the rescue, we would not have had any wedding photos. Lyndal is the most amazing person and I cannot thank her enough for flying to Fiji and photographing my wedding all within a week’s notice. I truly cannot explain how gracious we both are for all of their hard work. We absolutely love our photos!
Jane at Intercontinental was also fabulous! I don’t know how many times a day we would speak regarding the preparations, decorations, flowers, table seating etc etc etc and every time without fail she would be happy to assist.
The Bride and Her Maid’s Wore / Mia Solerno 3 piece gown. Made up of a loveheart neckline cocktail dress, princess skirt & handmade beaded belt. Wore fishtail at the ceremony (cocktail dress over the skirt), then princess into the reception (cocktail dress under the skirt) and finally cocktail dress at the end of the night.
The Bridesmaids wore Two Birds full length gowns, each worn a different way. Flat sandals encrusted with diamantes. Bare jewellery; tennis bracelets & diamond studs. Natural but full makeup. Hair tousled but worn in an up-do.
The Ceremony/ Was held at the Navo Lawn. For the setup we had White chairs, White table settings, white orchids with a hint of greenery, coloured petals dusted on the ground, guests were also given coloured petals to shower over us.
The Reception/ Was held at the Toba Beachfront. With Candleabras, fishbowl, floating flowers for the setup. Simple but beautiful.
For the lead up to the reception we did pre-drinks and canapes. During the cocktail hour we had tribal drumming and traditional Fiji dancing to entertain the guests.
The Entertainment /DJ Ranjit– Amazing! Let me know if you want a list of our highlighted songs – first dance, throw bouquet, garter etc. Fire Dancers – Amazing!
The Advice /
- Stay relaxed and keep open minded. If everything absolutely has to be exactly as you imagined it and there is absolutely no room for flexibility then a Fiji wedding is not for you.
- Have a back up plan for those few things that you wouldn’t want ruined on the day – for the ‘just in case.’
- Don’t lose sight of what the day is about.
- Enjoy the moment.
- If you are helping your guests plan their accommodation, don’t give them too many options. Pick 1 option & make a package for them.
- Keep your guests informed of your planning when it relates to them – let them know when you will be booking flights, have booked flights, have booked activities etc
- Get organised with group activities while you are here. So when you arrive in Fiji, everybody already knows when they will see you (outside the wedding)