A mid-air decision on the way home from a holiday where Gareth had just proposed to Brooke, was the start of the exciting planning process of organising their special day in Fiji. Brooke tells us ‘We had just gotten engaged while on holiday’s in Canada, and had discussed that we wanted a destination wedding. On our flight home I was reading the Qantas magazine which had an article featuring Fiji. It looked so beautiful, so I showed Gareth and we decided there and then that we would get married in Fiji!’.
As neither Brooke or Gareth had ever visited Fiji before, they knew they needed help with the planning. As with most people, they felt quite overwhelmed with the thought of planning a destination wedding and we were happy to take away the stress and help them create their perfect wedding day. We stepped in from the very beginning with suggestions about locations they could choose for their wedding day and in the end they decided to go with the beautiful Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa located on the main island of Viti Levu.
This 5 star luxury resort was the perfect backdrop for their wedding celebrations. The bride, groom and their guests enjoyed the facilities that the resort offers including the 4 pools, day spa, restaurants and the many water activities on beautiful Natadola Beach.
When the big day arrived Brooke and her 7 bridesmaids got up bright and early for hair and makeup and the end result was worth the early start!
Brooke looked beautiful in her blush pink gown by Qnique Bridal.
Brooke let the bridesmaid’s choose their own dresses in shades of ivory, white, cream and pink tones and didn’t see the girls together in their dresses until the day of the wedding. She couldn’t have been happier with the result, the girls all looked amazing.
The groom and his groomsmen all wore light grey suits which complimented the girl’s dresses perfectly.
Due to the grey and rainy weather, Brooke and Gareth had to go with their wet weather option and their ceremony as held in the beautiful beachfront chapel.
The reception was moved from the beachfront to the water court area and was set up exactly as it would have been on the beachfront with white tablecloths, white lanterns, pink gingers, tea lights and lanterns hung up over the tables. The end result was stunning and the bride and groom were so happy with the last minute location change.
The guests enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner and a live band and fire dancers during the reception.
When we asked Brooke what the highlight of the day was she said ‘Having all of our family and friends there was amazing. It was such a good feeling knowing that they all travelled so far to share our special day with us. Everyone had a lot of fun with the traditional Fiji Dancers, they got us all up teaching us some moves. Also the swim that everyone at our wedding had in the pond at the end of the night was so much fun. Definitely something we will never forget!
After the excitement of their wedding, they headed off to Tokoriki Island resort for their honeymoon. Brooke said she couldn’t recommend it highly enough to anyone looking for the perfect honeymoon location.
So what advice would Brooke and Gareth give to couple thinking of planning their wedding in Fiji? Brooke says ‘Contact Chelsea! It took a lot of the stress out of the planning process. I don’t know what I would have done with out Chelsea’.
Thank you to Kristjan Porm for beautiful photos.