Like most couples who decide to marry in Fiji (myself one of them), they have visited Fiji previously and fallen in love – returned to wed and share it with their family and friends.
Liam & Anna did just that choosing to have a Sofitel Fiji Wedding – the theme of the day was bright & colourful, matching the love between Liam & Anna and in particular their loved ones around them!
They brought Australian Destination wedding photographer Cassandra Ladru over to capture their day. Anna shares with us the details of her & husband Liam’s big day.
The Location / We ended up deciding on the Sofitel Resort in Denarau, Nadi, Fiji. We originally chose the Chapel which was situated on the beach and was surrounded by the beautiful gardens, however closer to the time this went under construction so we choose the beachfront bure which had just been built a couple of weeks before we arrived , which meant we were the first wedding couple to get married there.
The Planning / We went to Fiji in March 2014 for our first family holiday with our then 8 month old. We just fell in love with the people and the scenery it was just so gorgeous. We also didn’t want a big wedding, we wanted a laid back relaxed event where we could have a holiday with our nearest and dearest.
The Hair & Makeup / I cannot rave about Ash (H&M Perfectionists) and his team enough. They are brilliant. We all felt a million dollars and are so incredibly talented they are also such a fun bunch to be around!
The Ceremony / The ceremony was held at the Sofitel Beachfront Bure. This is brand new at the Sofitel, we were so nervous about the weather as there had been storms and some flooding just the week before and we didn’t have a backup plan. But the day couldn’t have been any better, the aisle up to the bure is just beautiful, walking up by the water and is concreted all the way up to the bure was perfect to walk on with heels. In hindsight we were glad the chapel was under construction as this just turned out picture perfect.
The setup was by Grace Creations. I can not rave about Aka and her team enough! They are the most talented bunch of people. I had a vision and they nailed it on the head! My theme for the day was BRIGHT so we had lots of bright coloured Pom Poms, Flowers and sachets. The aisle for the ceremony was Glass jars with Ginger Lillies and the Bure was decorated in colourful Pom Poms hanging from the Arch ways.
The Photographer / Cassandra choose us out of a bunch of keen couples who were all getting married in Fiji. She is just such a beautiful soul and AMAZINGLY talented. We took a risk choosing a photographer who wasn’t based in Fiji however our gamble paid off. We are totally in love with the pictures and will treasure them forever.
The Reception/ Was held at the Sofitel Resort, V Restaurant. We had bright pom poms from the ceiling, colourful chair sashes and beautiful mix matched flower centre pieces. Was breathtaking.
The Cake / This was made by Taste Fiji. It was so beautiful! I had sent them pictures a year prior they did not disappoint. It was a rainbow cake and between each colour was white chocolate ganache, then was iced with the ganache and then had a hand crafted sugar hibiscus flower on top. Was stunning and tasted AMAZING!
The Highlight / Aside from marrying my best friend in front of our closest family and friends for me would have to be my Dad getting up as a surprise and singing Elvis Presley’s Can’t help falling in love. I joined him for the last chorus which ended in a standing ovation. For me this was just beautiful and made the day that extra bit special.
The Advice / Just Relax, you are getting married in a tropical destination for a reason. It is so laid back, everything comes together at the end. Trust your suppliers they are professionals and so talented. Enjoy the break with your family and friends. I definitely would recommend hiring a wedding planner to get you started and from there they can steer you in the right directions to assist with helping you get your big day together without the daunting feeling. I would not change a thing of our big day it was perfect everything went to plan and was simply one of the best days of our lives.
Location | Sofitel Resort & Spa, Denarau
Photographer | Cassandra Ladru
Hair & Makeup | H&M Perfectionist
Spray Tan & Nails | Balance Fiji
Brides Dress | Lillian West
Flowers & Styling | Grace Creations
Wedding Cake | Taste Fiji
DJ | DJ Will
Wedding Specialist | Worldwide Weddings