I have just got back from the beautiful fiji, where I photographed the wedding of Terina and Matt.
From the moment you get off the plane in Fiji you start to relax…I was met outside of customs by some locals with these big smiles , kind eyes and a shell necklace. Every where you walk you are greeted with “Bula” meaning hello!
The Shangri-La resort is about an hour from the airport by transfer bus, this gives you time to enjoy the view and start to wind down into local time.
Any wedding can have mishaps but working with overseas event co-ordinators can sometimes be frustrating, I think it is good to over time things when working on your schedule as the locals are on their time, which can sometimes mean doubling the time on things, then what they have quoted you.
Terina and Matt found themselves having to redo alot of the planing once they set foot in Fiji. To make matters more stressful for them, Matt had a bad accident on a golf buggy the day before the wedding. Taking off most of the skin from his ankle up to his hip on one side, his hand and also getting stiches on his nose. Nothing that a little photoshop magic can’t fix though
In saying this the wedding day itself was totally stress free beautiful and magical. It was a day filled with emotion and love. They had 30 of their friends and family make the trip over with them making a beautiful intimate wedding, which I think sometimes can make it more emotional.
The Shangri-La did such a beautiful job of the ceremony, reception, flowers, cake, the food and who could forget the cocktails!
Thank you to you both for allowing me to share and spend such an intimate time with you and your closest loved ones, it was such and honour
Please excuse the long post, I wanted to share the whole story of their day
Putting the dress on is when it really hits home…OMG I am getting married today
The local choir was so beautiful and warriors were fabulous, they tried hard to look mean… but I think their faces are to kind and gentle to get away with it
You know it must be good luck to have a rainbow through your whole ceremony!
What a gorgeous idea…whoever gets married in the Chapel at the Shangri-La gets their own personal plaque to hammer in.
I have probably said this many times on the blog before, but I love outdoor receptions