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Jenna & Aaron were married at the gorgeous Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa. The ceremony was held on the lawn area in front of their ground floor pool Villa and guests were served with canapés and sparking wine by the poolside.
The reception was then held in the Maravu Restaurant where guest were served a delicious three course alternate menu followed by a decadent chocolate mud, white chocolate mud and red velvet wedding cake designed by the Hilton. Jenna and Aaron first dance was to the Benny Benassi remix.
These beautiful images are by Nadi Bay Photography.
“Our wedding was truly amazing and it was all thanks to Chelsea, who made sure that every little detail was taken care of and that everything went smoothly on the day. I wouldn’t hesitate for a second in suggesting Chelsea to anyone getting married in Fiji, she was an absolute life saver and it meant that we could enjoy our time over there knowing that everything was taken care of. Chelsea, thank you!”
Thanks again for all your help!
We are really excited to finally share with you this amazing wedding of Nisha & Josh, shot by Laurence from Nadi Bay Photography on the new Island resort Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island. All guests flew in from America and it was just immediate family that joined them in the celebration of their marriage.
Nisha had a vision of bright colours for her wedding, orange, hot pink and dark purple and we incorporated this into her flowers and the amazing wedding cake by Taste Fiji, which was flown in by Helicopter.
The couple wanted a romantic set up on the deck of the Flying Fish restaurant with the border of lights surrounding them and their guests. All the Decor was brought in by barge by Party & Event hire.
Nisha and Josh were also lucky enough to celebrate their marriage back in the USA when they returned and they had a traditional Indian wedding with extended family & friends, how lucky they were to have two celebrations!
“Our wedding day was wonderful! We had a beautiful sunny day, the flowers and decor looked better than I even imagined, Lydia did a wonderful job with my hair and makeup, Jennifer and Chetan had everything in order, Lawrence and Orlando were great to work with (we can’t wait to see the photos!), the celebrant did a great job, and Adriano went above and beyond spoiling us with a delicious five course menu. All the staff went above and beyond to make our special day memorable.
Josh and I both agree that our wedding day was the best day ever. Everything was better than we could have even imagined. Part of this was luck with a beautiful day and sunset, but most of it was due to the hard work you, all the vendors, and the Sheraton crew (especially Chetan and Adriano) put in to making it such a memorable day. I wish I could relive it every day!
Most importantly, Josh and I are married now! We are enjoying relaxing days at Navutu Stars.”
Here are some images for their beautiful Indian wedding back in the USA.
We met Gemma & Kirk in 2014, they wanted a wedding on a private Island in Fiji and after a long search of possible venues they chose Malolo Island Resort, which is part of the Mamanuca group of Island just off Denarau. They we lucky to be surrounded by 40 of their close family and friends as they said I-do on this Island paradise.
Malolo Island Resort had some major renovations after the 2012 cyclone; the new Restaurant has been done Hampton’s style and provided the perfect backdrop for wedding portraits.
Island weddings are our favourite however there are a lot of logistics required to get suppliers, decor, bands etc. onto and off the Island, but when you have a wedding planner you just leave that all up to them.
Images by Lia & Stu Photography
Gemmas beautful Wedding Dress was from Mia Solano and the Bridesmaids Dresses we from http://www.forherandforhim.com, how gorgeous is that mint colour!
Totoka Hair & makeup did a great job on the girls, despite the ferry running late with an engine problem, they were all still done on time and looking fabulous.
The Groom & Groomsmen suits were from MJ Bale.
The ceremony was set up on the beachfront with a white draped canopy, white cube ottomans and the beautiful pink gingers… and what a backdrop!
The reception was set up in the Treetops restaurant. We hired in decor from the mainland from Party Hire & Events, the beautiful pink and mint colour scheme went really well with the existing decor of the restaurant.
The guest had a 5 course meal designed by Malolo’s head and the bride & groom. The menu started with an Amuse Bouche, choice of 3 entrees, Passionfruit Sorbet and choice of 3 main courses and an alternate dessert. Dinner was followed by a delicious white chocolate mud cake, which was also supplied by Malolo’s pastry chef.
The guest danced their night away to the amazing music by Kulture Band Trio.
A big thank you to Lia & Stu for these amazing pictures, what a beautiful location to shoot a wedding.
“Hello Chelsea, everything was fantastic. We had the best day, everyone is raving about how awesome it has been. We don’t want to leave! Gemma & Kirk
Lyndsay & Kyle were married at the Outrigger Fiji Beach resort. Lindsay has summed up her day in her own words and what can I say… word of mouth is the best recommendation.
OMG! What a stunning place to be, everything was beautiful right down to selection of towels and linen. I can’t imagine a better backdrop for our special day (03/07/2015). We were married in the amazingly gorgeous Chapel on the hill with our 27 guests as witnesses. I can’t even begin to describe how breath taking the view was. Our reception was held at the Vahavu (adults only pool area). Again, completely taken aback at how beautiful this space was. (For those that are still planning and have guests with kids, don’t stress, we had 6 kids in our group aged between 1 1/2 – 10 years and not one of them even noticed the pool area let alone went anywhere near it). Asmeen was our resort based wedding co-ordination and was super organised. I was instantly calmed by her knowledge and reassurance that everything was going to be perfect and let me assure you, it was…. While we are still on the matter of the Outrigger I do need to make a special mention to 2 very beautiful staff members that made every member of our group feel special. We met King George and Vanessa our first day in Fiji and will always remember them both for their amazing service, skills and all round awesome personalities…. Well done guys!
Hair and Make-Up – Totoka
If I had to some these guys up in one word it would be FABULOUS. I can’t even begin to describe how amazing we all looked and felt after they got ahold of us. This transformation included a friend of mine, the MOB, MOG, 2x Bridesmaids, myself and my very adorable niece and my own little princess. Absolutely nothing was an issue for this wonderful duo and I would highly recommend them in a heart beat….
Reception Set-Up – Party and Event Hire Fiji…..
Well I asked and I received…… Everything was perfect. Our reception was as mentioned above at the Vahavu and for all those who have seen this beautiful venue imagine the roof draped with loads of fairy lights and white lanterns followed by long rectangle tables covered in hessian table runners, fern and leaf lengths, loads of tea light candles and pineapples….. It was magical! We also had a kids table set up with bright pink pineapples, coloured cushions, white ottomans and lolly jars… They loved it.. We made our own kids activity packs containing a personalised pencil case and colouring in books to entertain the kids while us adults got on with the “boring formalities”, safe to say they enjoyed their own sanctuary until it was time to carve up the dance floor with there moves…
Photography – Leezett Photography
OMG! I had the pleasure of a brief meet with Leezett a few days before our big day and she greeted me with open arms and huge smile, instantly I was comfortable with her. Our big day arrived and whilst we were pressed for time she not once made me our any of our party feel like we needed to move. We chose Leezett’s company for so many reasons, I had researched so many Fiji based photographers and had always wanted a duo to capture our day (1 to focus on the bride and groom and 1 to focus on those sneaky moments that people think no one see’s) and boy did we receive some excellent service. Both myself and the groom are very uncomfortable in front of a camera but what Leezett was able to capture is anything short of a miracle. You can only imagine how draining it is from having to constantly strike a pose or a huge pearly white smile and this was very clear to Leezett, she would pull us aside and show us exactly what she was capturing to give us the extra boost we needed to get through the shoot… The only frustrating thing there is with this subject is having to be patient while they work their magic and not having your photos right away…. I simply can’t wait for that message from Leezett saying our photos are ready….. Again, I would recommend in a heart beat!
Extra shout out – Chelsea Jayne Wedding Planners (Sydney based)
Well we all know how frustrating it is waiting for an email back when the other end is on “Fiji Time”. I for one am a very impatient person and like to know the answers to my questions straight away, hence why we decided to hire a planner. From the initial contact with Chelsea she made me feel so special (which is what every bride wants to be feeling). We had so many emails, phone calls and text messages back and forth within the first few days of our hiring her and I could finally feel like things were being put in place and could let out that breath I had been holding for months. What an amazing woman she truly is to manage so many different weddings and still make you feel like your her only client. Chelsea worked out what we were wanting and took over from there. Nothing was too big or too small for her to work on and I was completely god smacked at how it all came together….. For all those brides finding it a little too overwhelming please take the time to contact Chelsea, she will make you melt from the first contact…..
Happy Wedding Planning to all of you!
Andrea & Matt are such a special couple and it was an absolute pleasure working with them to plan their big day at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa. They chose Fiji for their destination wedding as they had family & friends from both New Zealand and Australia and they thought it was a great place from them to all meet up and help celebrate their big day.
Prior to the wedding day they took their family & friends out to Cloud 9 and they also had a lovo and bonfire on the beach the night before.
Andrea’s church pastors flew from New Zealand to officiate the day which gave it an intimate and family feel, but it was the extra mile the resort went that impressed these newlyweds the most “When we got back to our room the staff had dimmed the lights, put on a nice CD and filled the whole bath with flowers and hundreds of candles”
The reception was to be set up outside on the Toba Beachfront however due to windy weather they moved it to the Water Court area. The team from Party Hire & Events set up everything to look just as Andrea had wanted outside.
“Fiji time really exists,” Her advice: “Be patient and have faith that they’ll pull out all the stops once you’re there.” “Chelsea Jane Weddings was the best investment I made”
Andrea had two gowns, Lilli Marcs and Maggie Sorreto, so she could ‘trash’ one. The day after the wedding Lia & Stu Photography took the couple out on their boat to do an underwater session.
Brides Gowns: Lilli Marcs & Maggie Sottero
Brides Shoes: Panache Bridal Shoes & Shoes of Prey
Bridesmaids Dresses: JJ’s House
Hair: Hair and Makeup Perfectionist
Wedding Cake: InterContinental Fiji
Decor: Party & Event Hire
Honeymoon: Lomani Island Resort
Invitations: Polkadot Stationary
Makeup: Hair and Makeup Perfectionist
Wedding day Photographer: Cheer Wedding Photography, Fiji
Trash the dress session: Lia & Stu Photography
Cloud 9: Hen’s Party Fiji
Castaway Island, what a perfect place for a wedding! This pristine, private island was the ideal location for Melissa and Danny’s tropical wedding.
Melissa tells us how they met ‘We met through friends and became best friends. The rest is history!’ We loved helping these best friends create their dream day on Castaway Island.
When their guests arrived on Castaway Island, Melissa and Danny had arranged for welcome bags to be waiting in their rooms. They filled them with snacks, drinks, Pure Fiji sunscreen, lip balm, insect repellant and playing cards. Such a special touch and a great way to greet your guests.
To start the celebrations, the couple organised for a big island themed sunset cocktail party the night before the wedding. They enjoyed canapes and cocktails at sunset followed by many more cocktails and pizzas later in the night.
Melissa and Danny were married on the beach. The location couldn’t have been any more amazing!
On the day, the bride looked beautiful in a custom dress By Norma Bridal Couture.
The bridesmaid wore gowns the Stella and Samara Gowns from Bridesmaids Only and the flowergirl wore a Lace and tulle dress from KingSoleil on Etsy.
We love the casual beachside look of the groom and his groomsmen. They all wore shirts and chinos from Industrie and bow ties from Roger David.
Melissa bought silk flowers by Silkflora in Petersham to decorate the tables for the reception and for the bouquets. We think they look beautiful and what a great idea for when you can’t get the type of flowers you really want.
At the reception the guests enjoyed a seafood buffet followed by a two tier chocolate and caramel mud cake.
While the guests stayed at the bar and danced until dawn, Melissa and Danny snuck off to reminisce about their amazing day. When we asked Melissa and Danny about their whole wedding experience Melissa says ‘Aside from marrying my best friend in paradise, seeing the smiles on our guests faces every day was so special to Danny and I. Castaway is truly the most magical place we’ve ever visited and we are so blessed to now be part of the Castaway family. Nothing will ever compare to the experience we all shared together’.
We were so thrilled to help Melissa and Danny create their perfect wedding day and Melissa says ‘The whole thing would have been a nightmare if not for the fabulous Chelsea!’.
Thank you to Leezett Photography for the beautiful photos.
Diana and Bobby were married on breathtakingly, beautiful Vomo Island, one of if not our favourite place in Fiji for a romantic wedding.
A luxury private island escape with only 28 villas and 2 private residences, Vomo is home to soft sandy beaches, clear blue waters and was the perfect location for this stunning couple to celebrate their wedding day.
Diana was radiant on her big day in a strapless, white gown with a jewelled bodice.
The four bridesmaids wore pale blue knee length frocks and silver heels.
Bobby wore a classic black suit and white shirt.
Before the ceremony began, Diana and Bobby decided to have a ‘First Look’ photo session where the bride and groom get to see each other before the ceremony. We love the look on Bobby’s face as he sees Diana for the first time in her wedding gown!
The ceremony was held on the rocks beach which was set up with a fabric draped canopy and chairs for the guests.
After the ceremony the guests were invited to cocktails and canapés at the Rocks Bar while the bridal party had their photos.
The reception was held on the beach under the stars where Bobby, Diana and their guests dined on beautiful food and danced the night away.
The cake, by Taste Fiji, was delivered via helicopter on the morning of the wedding on the bestman’s lap!
At the end of the night, Bobby and Diana arranged a spectacular firework show. What a way to end their perfect day.
A big thank you to Stu & Malia Photographers and Lumen Films, who were brought over from the mainland by speedboat to capture the day.
Aimee and Sung wanted a small and intimate wedding set in a beautiful location and what better place for that than Fiji. With no experience in Fiji weddings and not knowing where to start, they came straight to us and we were excited to help them plan their special day.
We asked Aimee if she would recommend hiring a wedding planner and she said ‘I highly recommend to any bride getting married in Fiji to hire a wedding planner. I couldn’t have come close to organising anything like this without her’.
The Outrigger on the Lagoon on the stunning Coral Coast was the perfect location for their wedding. They wanted a beautiful location and that’s exactly what they got! Aimee and Sung and their guests enjoyed everything the resort could offer during the 5 day celebration including relaxing treatments at the day spa, the magnificent tropical pool and the many restaurants. They even went ziplining through the lush Fijian forest!
When their big day arrived Aimee looked beautiful and was glowing in her Anna Campbell wedding gown.
Sung wore a white shirt and tan pants teamed with thongs to suit the island setting.
The ceremony was held by the water under a flowing white canopy. What a dream location to say your vows!
The reception was in the Vahavu Lounge overlooking the pool.
Aimee and Sung said that one of the highlights of the day was the entertainment. They chose to have Polynesian entertainers and a fire show.
They were also very impressed with the Fijian suppliers who helped make their dream day come alive. They said that everyone was very professional and efficient and that everything looked just beautiful.
For their honeymoon, Aimee and Sung stayed at Matamonoa Island. She said ‘Our honeymoon was brilliant and a great wind down after the big day and hosting 35 people for 5 days previous’.
We received the loveliest email from Aimee after their wedding which said ‘Our wedding was a day I will remember forever. It was everything that we had dreamed of. It was relaxing, stress-free, so enjoyable and myself & Sung, aswell as our guests had an amazing time. All of our guests say its the best wedding they have ever been too. Thank you for your services, I couldn’t have planned anywhere like the beautiful wedding day that we experienced!
But the excitement doesn’t end here for this happy couple because aswell as getting their dream wedding, they also came home with a little something else….a baby! Congratulations to the newlyweds, what an exciting time it is for you both!
Jessica and Brad wanted a small and intimate wedding and decided that Fiji would be the perfect location to celebrate the occasion with their family and friends. I was excited to help them plan their wedding and travelled to Fiji to make sure everything ran smoothly on the day.
The Sheraton Fiji provided a picture perfect backdrop for their special day and the days leading up to the wedding. Jessica, Brad and their guests enjoyed all that the Sheraton had to offer including island day trips, a trip to Cloud 9, dive courses and a lot relaxing by the pool.
Jessica looked beautiful on her wedding day in a stunning white lace fish tail gown.
The bridesmaids wore gorgeous flowing maxi dresses.
Brad and his groomsmen went for a casual island look in their white shirts and rolled up brown 3/4 pants.
Jessica and Brad were married under a canopy of white tulle and greenery by the water’s edge.
The reception was outdoors under palm trees strung with twinkling fairy lights. It looked magical!
Jessica and Brad thought the suppliers who helped them make their day perfect were excellent. They were particularly impressed with the buffet style dinner served at the wedding which was one of the highlights of the day for them.
Jessica and Brad spent their honeymoon on lush tropical Toberua Island which is located off the eastern side of Fiji’s main island Viti Levu.
We asked Jessica and Brad to give some advice to couples planning a wedding in Fiji and they said ‘Be patient. Everything will come together and trust your planner. Chelsea has excellent experience with Fiji weddings. I look back on our day with pure happiness and no regrets. It was the best day of my life!’.
Thank you to Nadi Bay Photography Fiji for the gorgeous photos and we were also very excited to see Jessica and Brad’s wedding featured recently on the Bula Bride blog.
Working worth Dearne & Dean was an absolute pleasure we were also lucky enough to be in Fiji to help them out on the day. You could feel the love they had for each other and their great family and friends who had not only travelled to Fiji for the big day but also travelled 6 hours to Sydney to then fly out. This was a great country wedding in the tropics of Fiji.
Dearne & Dean decide to have their wedding in Fiji as they thought it would be a good way to have the wedding and honeymoon all in the one place, and as they have two young girls Fiji was the prefect place.
They decided they needed to engage the services of a wedding planner as they did not know where to start as the process seemed overwhelming.
There ceremony was held on the Sheraton Beachfront we kept it very simple with pink chair ties.
Dearne wore a Gerry Shaw champagne wedding dress.
The bridesmaid wore a dusty pink dress and the flower girls wore white linen dresses with pink embellishments on them.
The boys wore a white shirt and khaki cotton pants.
As the weather was not on our side we had to move their reception location to the Westin Ballroom. Everyone at the Sheraton and from Grace Creations pulled together to set the room up and it looked amazing.
What they loved most about the wedding was the atmosphere, setting and weather and catching up with all there friends.
We wish them and their family all the happiness in their future life together.
A big thank you to Tokman Imagez for the beautiful photos.