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The wedding day has arrived!!! Guest were whisked away on the amazing Bel’Mare to a private island – Honeymoon Island, where the ceremony was to take place. Michaela & Erik were joined by 10 of their closest family & friends on this very special day.
Images by Lia & Stu Johnson Photography
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 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
They travelled all the way from the country to say I-do on the tropical Island of Fiji. Sarah & Richard’s wedding was held at the Sheraton Fiji Resort & Westin Denarau which is our most popular resorts chosen by our brides and grooms. The Sheraton & Westin have several areas for ceremonies and receptions and has lots of different accommodation options, and the food and services is always fabulous.
Their wedding was held in the stunning Paradise Chapel which is located right on the point of the Sheraton beachfront, Fiji put on the perfect day for them. Hair & Makeup Perfectionist did a fabulous job on Sarah, her hair looked absolutely beautiful and how cute is that pineapple clutch!
Their reception was held in the Westin Bure which is located right on the ocean front next to the main restaurant, it’s such a beautiful spot with the open sides and that amazing Fijian thatched roof. Grace Creations did burlap tables runners & chairs ties with tropical flowers and pineapple as the centerpieces and they decorated the roof with fairy lights and paper lanterns.
We hope you enjoy these beautiful photos by Zoom Fiji of their special day.
Sarah & Richard spent their honeymoon in New York.
“Bula Chelsea!! Everything went to plan. It was everything we wanted and more. Thanks again for all your help. Sarah & Richard
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.
The Sheraton Fiji is one of our favourite locations to plan a wedding, so when Carly & Nick contacted us to help them plan their wedding day there we were excited to assist!
Surrounded by 40 of their closest family and friends, Carly and Nick were married in the beautiful Paradise Chapel. Positioned right on the beachfront, the Chapel offers the most amazing backdrop for wedding ceremonies.
Due to the prediction of rain, the reception was moved from the lawn area near the beachfront to the ballroom at the Westin Denarau Resort & Spa. The ballroom was set up just as though it was still on the beach with fairy lights and lanterns strung up over the reception area and tables decorated with vases of floating pink frangipanis.
Even though their wedding didn’t quite go to plan with their wet weather option coming into play, Carly and Nick said that overall the day was amazing and were especially impressed with the food, cake and service that the staff provided during the reception.
Carly also had some lovely words to say about her experience with Chelsea Jayne Weddings ‘First of all let me say my wedding would not have been possible without your amazing help and knowledge of Fiji. I have no idea how brides get things done without a wedding planner. You made the whole process so simple.’
Photography: Matt Trewin Photography
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.
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.