Hilary & Scott
We met 5 years ago through a mutual friend back home in Sydney.
We really wanted an intimate tropical beach elopement and decided Fiji would be the perfect location! We had never been to Fiji before so we did all our research online through Instagram and various blogs. We particularly loved Bula Bride as there was so much information which helped us out. We decided we wanted to stay at the Intercontinental Golf Resort & Spa because we loved their accommodation and facilities, but wanted to get married at Yatule Resort & Spa because it was a more intimate spot on the breathtaking Natadola beach.
Once we decided on Yatule Resort and Spa for our ceremony location we got in contact with Paradise Bride wedding planners and they were so incredibly helpful from the first initial email right through to the wedding day! Pooja and the team at Paradise Bride really do make your wedding planning a whole lot easier and stress free as it can be really overwhelming planning a destination wedding.
We spent the morning of our wedding day relaxing by the lagoon at the Intercontinental, getting some sun and having a few snorkelling sessions. There was not a single moment of stress just pure love and excitement! We couldn’t wait to finally get married in paradise.
Lodo from Totoka Hair & Makeup came to our room to get me ready for the ceremony, he was amazing and helped calm my nerves which was great. I was so happy with my hair and makeup and Lodo understood exactly what I wanted and went above and beyond to deliver.
My dress was by Spell and the Gipsy Byron Bay. They have beautiful boho gowns which are perfect for any beach wedding. I loved how light the dress felt while wearing it.
My earrings and bracelet were by Samantha Wills bridal collection. I loved how they had an art deco vintage feel about them.
Scott wore a custom made linen suit by inStitchu, navy blue Chinos by Industrie, & loafers by Aquila
The ceremony was held at Yatule Resort and Spa.
The theme we were going for was tropical boho. I wanted to use pink gingers in my bouquet. I really love the vibrancy of the pink against the greenery but I basically left it up to Paradise Bride to choose the flowers and we were so happy with the outcome. We upgraded our ceremony arch to the teepee and we are so glad we did, Paradise Bride did all of the styling and setup.
Our celebrant was the amazing Usaia Draunimasi from “Celebrant Fiji”. We are quite traditional in many ways so we were happy to go with the standard wedding vowels but did however add a few touches ourselves after our vowels were said. It was a beautiful emotional ceremony.
I spent many months researching wedding photographers and found Anais Photography . Anais truly has an amazing talent for capturing the most beautiful moments and all the love and emotion that comes with it. We loved her photography style and knew she was the one we wanted to capture our day. It gives me goosebumps every time I look at them! We were also lucky enough to have the most breathtaking Fijian sunset that I’ve ever seen. Scott and I were beyond thrilled when we saw how stunning our pictures were.
We wanted to have a private and special dinner after our photo session so we booked a cabana dinner at the Intercontinental’s Navo restaurant. The food was absolutely amazing and our waitress certainly made us feel special. To start we had the duck breast followed by the most amazing mushroom soup. For our mains we had the sous vide beef tenderloin and then the incredible chocolate cake for desert!
We are so glad we decided to have the private cabana dinner, we loved that moment where we could sit back and relax and just enjoy being newlyweds.
The advise that I have for future Fiji brides would be to use Pinterest as much as you can, look through as many blogs as possible and not to stress during and after the planning! All of the vendors that were looking after us all did a fabulous job and made our day run as smoothly as possible.
Fiji will always hold a special place in our hearts and we look forward to returning in the future!