When Jasmin contacted me with her wedding I shouted “Jackpot!” I knew it was going to be a stunning wedding – Johanna Johnson Gown, dapper looking Groom, the stunning wedding setup of Wananavu, it had it all. The one downfall was that Jasmin had her friends take photos for them on the day.
There is nothing wrong with getting your friends to take photos of your big day, especially if they have some camera knowledge. While Jasmin was happy with her friends capturing their day, it should have been captured by a professional to best showcase the absolutely stunning day that it was. I’m only saying this as a publisher who couldn’t really show many of the photos from this wedding due to the quality.
Lately I have heard brides say that they are using a friend to photograph their day or have had friends photograph their day as a ‘present’ and has resulted in tears, broken friendships and regret. So I want to take this opportunity to say INVEST! Even if it means removing one tier of your wedding cake, not buying those killer designer heels that will only be worn once or sacrificing some decorations (the tangible things) and put the money towards a good photographer. Because lets be honest – these pictures are invaluable and will last a life time.
Jasmin shares with us the divine day that was their Wananavu Fiji Wedding. Oh and I forgot to mention, there are some divine maids going on here as well. Gah! So much gorgeousness!
The Planning / After Luke proposed on a sunset catamaran cruise in Darwin in front of my family, we immediately started planning where we would like to get married. We lived on the Sunshine Coast for a few years & knew that a tropical location was a must. We wanted a fun, relaxed & ‘different’ wedding, so when we started looking into Fijian locations we handed over the reigns to Global Weddings based in Melbourne to help us with the logistics.
The Location / As soon as we saw another wedding that Global Weddings had organised at Wananavu Beach Resort we knew this was the perfect location. With 360degree ocean views & a remote setting away from the main tourist locations in Fiji, we knew we & our guests would have a very unique & intimate experience.
The Bride & her Maids / I wore a Johanna Johnson gown, headpiece & cuff and my Bridesmaids off-white lace dresses picked by themselves by Lover & Nicholas the label. They also wore different flower crowns.
The Flowers / We were blessed with quite warm weather so us girls picked wildflowers the morning of the wedding & made our bouquets & the boy’s flower pins.
The Ceremony / My dad walked me up the aisle to Jeff Buckley’s ‘Hallelujah’ & Luke’s sister Jacki read extracts of Dr Seuss’s ‘Oh! The places you’ll go!’ We wrote our own vows. I promised to be a supportive, encouraging wife & to try not to get fed up with footy season before it even starts. Luke promised to be my partner for life & to not use 6 scoops of washing powder to wash one football jumper. The setup was all done by Kelini & the beautiful staff. Everything was white with a colourful flower arch & the ocean as the backdrop.
The Favours / As a bonbonniere we made a small donation on our guest’s behalf to a local school where they purchased stationery & sporting equipment. My parents also visited a nearby school & made a donation so that all of the students could attend an athletics carnival the next day (they could only afford to send a select few). Such a heartwarming experience!
The Reception / Was under under starlight on the sandy beachfront at Wananavu Beach Resort. It was decorated with overhead lanterns, tropical palms & flowers. The centerpieces were a simple large banana leaf with flowers & lots of candles.
The Entertainment / Traditional fire dancers greeted guests upon their arrival & as entertainment during the reception. They got guests involved by teaching traditional dances & games like ‘Coconuts & Papayas’ that involved everyone holding hands under each other’s legs & dancing which was a highlight! Our bridal waltz was to Jeff Collin’s ‘In the air tonight’ which led to a mashup of songs that got the whole bridal party dancing. Our MC was our very close friend Tiff Hulm (who also doubled as one of our photographers). This multi-talented lady is also an actress & kept everyone well & truly entertained throughout the night!
The Highlight / Having a tropical holiday with 50 of our closest family & friends! The generosity & friendliness of the locals also made the experience unforgettable.
The Advice / The Fijian people are extremely laidback so having a wedding planner made the planning & organisation so much easier. We also had a hashtag #bulabrauer so all of our guest’s images on social media were combined into one album so we had extra photos of our wedding. I’ve then had all of these printed like Polaroids & framed.