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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
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.
Corinne & Mark we married at the beautiful Sheraton Fiji in September last year. They and an 11.30am ceremony followed by a lunch time reception in the Flying Fish Restaurant. Their brief to us was they wanted a pool party which was something we had not done before but I think we met the brief very well.
Corinne and Mark chose Fiji for their wedding location as they wanted a beautiful beach wedding and thought Fiji was very affordable and an absolutely gorgeous country. They also have 3 children and knew Fiji was very family friendly place.
They chose a wedding planner to ease the burden for themselves and make the experience as enjoyable and easy a possible.
“hiring a wedding planner It makes all the decisions so much easier and eases the overwhelming amount of planning that you need to do. Chelsea was great and negotiated with the Sheraton for us and organised everything! We just had to choose what we wanted”
The bride wore a lace/vintage style dress that was bought online
The groom and groomsmen wore natural coloured linen pants and white linen shirts, also bought online.
The bridesmaids wore full-length beige coloured dresses with rose detail on the chest.
They said the main highlights of the day was definitely the Kava Ceremony and jumping into the pool fully clothed.
Hair and Makeup Perfections went above and beyond, this is our favourite photo.
Prior to the wedding some of the wedding guests went Zip lining and to the Mud baths and had a great time. The day after the wedding we organised a half-day South Sea cruise with their guests which they said was very relaxing and enjoyable! They went snorkelling, paddle boarding, kayaking and relaxed with massages and highly recommend it.
“I would definitely recommend hiring a wedding planner like Chelsea as she is an expert and knows the ins and outs of a wedding in Fiji and can help to negotiate with the hotels to ensure you receive exactly what you want.”
“We had the best day of our lives! Corinne.
A big thank you to Sam from Ocean Studios for these great images.
Kiara and Antony always knew they wanted a destination wedding for their special day. They dreamed of a tropical location and first thought that the Cook Islands or Hawaii would be great option, but after a quick trip to Fiji their heart was set on this beautiful oasis.
Destination weddings can be tricky to organise so both Kiara and Antony knew they would need some help and called us in to assist them. Kiara tells “With the distance, time difference and also not being very familiar with Fiji, I needed someone who had organised a lot of weddings in Fiji and knew the best places and best suppliers to use. It was something my husband and I discussed and we decided that spending that extra money was worth saving us the stress and fear of the unknown. We did not regret it”
With the help and guidance from Chelsea Jayne Weddings, Kiara and Antony made the decision that the Intercontinental Fiji Golf Club & Spa on the Coral Coast would be the perfect location for their wedding.
With all the guests staying at this gorgeous resort, Kiara and Antony arranged for drinks in the Kama Lounge the night before the wedding so that everyone could meet and get to know each other. What a fantastic idea!
The ceremony was held in the chapel within the beautiful grounds of the resort.
Kiara looked beautiful in her amazing full length mermaid style wedding gown in off white with tulle and feather details. How amazing are her Manolo Blahnik shoes to match.
Antony and his groomsmen wore long sleeve white shirts made from light cotton and dark grey pin stripe trousers.
The bridesmaids wore gorgeous Tiffany Blue full length gown with a jewelled halter neckline.
The reception was held in the beautiful Navo Restaurant, we kept the decor simple but keeping in the Tiffany blue theme.
When we asked Kiara what her favourite part of the day was she couldn’t choose just one! ‘So hard to decide. 1. Having my closest friends and family there in this amazing location on the best day of my life. 2. The excitement the day before and after. 3. Waking up the morning of and taking in where I was and what I was going to do that day. 4. The sun setting in the background during the speeches and looking around at everyone in this amazing pink light from the sunset and having a moment of: Oh my god, this is my wedding!!
Kiara and Antony were so impressed with the level of service they received from their wedding suppliers and by the excellent service by the Intercontinental ‘we were treated like royalty!’
We asked Kiara if she would advise couples planning a destination wedding to hire a wedding planner and she answered ‘Absolutely. Worth every penny. The saving in time and stress and worry made the additional expense of a Wedding Planner totally worth it. Through the Facbeook pages you often hear brides complain about Resorts and Suppliers not getting back to them. Chelsea would respond to me even if it was to say, am chasing them up again, still haven’t heard’.
Thank you to Stu and Malia (www.maliajohnson.com) for the beautiful photos.
When Kylie and Ian were planning their wedding, they decided to turn their special day into a family holiday for everyone that would create wonderful life long memories of this very special time. What better place to do this than Fiji!
Kylie and Ian decided very early on in the planning stages that they needed help and guidance from someone who knew exactly what was needed to organise a wedding in Fiji. That’s where we came in. We helped Kylie and Ian create the most beautiful memories on their wedding day, with the Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa providing the perfect backdrop.
In the days leading up to the wedding the bridal party and their guests enjoyed everything the resort had to offer including snorkelling, fishing and swimming. What a way to begin the festivities!
When the wedding day arrived, Kylie looked stunning in her ‘Violet’ gown designed by Maggie Sottero.
The junior bridesmaids looked so pretty in their dresses from Myer.
Kylie’s flowers were artificial as she was unable to get the types of flowers and colours to match in with her theme, this is a great option if you do not want tropical flowers and worth some consideration.
The groom wore classic grey suit pants and vest with an ivory shirt and tie.
The photos from the day show just how beautiful the celebrations were and when we asked Kylie what the highlight of her wedding day was and if she would have changed anything she responded ‘The highlight was having the most important people in our lives celebrating with us and no, I wouldn’t have changed a thing!’.
Due to the windy weather Kylie moved the reception to the water court which is a really beautiful wet wether option at the InerContinental. It is still outdoors however has a full roof and beautiful water court in the middle which is a great spot to have the fire dancers do there thing.
The 4ft LOVE sign was actually Kylie’s idea, and as this was not available in Fiji our amazing friends at Grace Creation had this made for her. How beautiful is this all lit up, a great backdrop and prop for photos.
The days after the wedding were spent exactly like the days before, relaxing and enjoying the resort while having their nearest and dearest with them before heading off to Hawaii for their honeymoon.
The very last question we had for Kylie and Ian was what advice would you give to couples planning a wedding in Fiji and all they had to say was ‘Call Chelsea!’.
Kylie and Ian certainly made some beautiful life long memories for all involved. What an amazing day!
Thanks to Nadi Bay Photography for the wonderful photos from the day.
Lisa and Craig are blessed with a beautiful big family and with Fiji being such a child friendly place, it was the perfect location to celebrate their special day. Lisa says ‘We chose Fiji as it’s a beautiful destination with friendly welcoming locals. We also wanted our wedding to be a holiday for our family and friends that travelled. Importantly we wanted all our kids to enjoy themselves on holiday too’.
Lisa was pregnant and then had a newborn while organising the wedding, so having the time to plan her perfect day was scarce. She didn’t need any extra stress so this is where we stepped in to help create the wonderful wedding they were both after.
The Sheraton Fiji was the magical backdrop for their wedding. Having visited the islands of Fiji on a previous trip, Lisa and Craig and their family and friends enjoyed what Denarau had to offer. They visited the many different restaurants for dinner, the kids had great fun at the water park and on the banana ride, the boys played golf and the women were pampered at the Sheraton health spa.
When the big day arrived, Lisa looked beautiful in her Collette Dinnigan ‘Rococo’ gown in ivory.
The boys wore classic grey tailored suit and didn’t they look gorgeous!
The girls looked so pretty in their layered dusky pink dresses with flowers by Heidi Briggs.
The ceremony was held on the beach under a beautiful white canopy and lanterns hung between palm trees. What an amazing setting!
The reception was also held outside and it was filled with lots of love and laughter. Lisa said ‘A beautiful ceremony was followed by such a memorable, fun and happy night shared with our wonderful family, friends and many kids. Not to forget the awesome dancing and entertainment the kids brought to our night, we will cherish forever!’.
Lisa and Craig combined their wedding with their honeymoon and stayed for 10 nights at the Sheraton.
When we asked Lisa if she would have changed anything about her day she said ‘Maybe more photos during the day, even a videographer. Even though I was quite relaxed the day went too quick and it’s a bit vague. Otherwise I did have an awesome day and enjoyed it immensely’.
Lastly, we asked Lisa and Craig if they have any advice for couples planning a wedding in Fiji and they said ‘If you are able to use a wedding planner we strongly recommend one as it takes the stress out of ensuring everything is booked to your liking and paperwork is correct. The help we received from Chelsea Jayne Weddings was very professional and greatly appreciated’.
A big thank you to Kristjan Porm Photography for these beautiful images.
Mia and Aaron knew exactly what they wanted when they started planning their wedding. As it was both of their second marriages, they really wanted to do something this time around that was just about them, and their love for one another and their family. Mia says ‘We loved the idea of a destination wedding, so we could combine it with a family holiday at the same time with our 3 beautiful children – and as Fiji was somewhere we had travelled previously and loved, we thought it would make the perfect backdrop to our magical day’.
To help create the perfect celebration, Mia and Aaron didn’t hesitate in hiring a wedding planner to assist them. With both leading very busy lives and Mia having planned her first wedding without the help of a wedding planner, she knew that this was something that would make the whole process smoother and a lot less stressful. She told us ‘We decided to invest in a wedding planner, and one that specialised in Fiji weddings in particular, and it was one of the best decisions we ever made in the planning of our wedding. It took a lot of stress and worry off both of our shoulders, knowing that Chelsea had absolutely everything under control’.
In the days leading up to the wedding, Mia, Aaron and their guests made the most of the location with a big emphasise on relaxation, something they don’t get to do very often. They enjoyed sipping cocktails by the pool and lazing about on the day beds. Mia also enjoyed a full body massage the day before the wedding, the groomsmen attempted a spot of fishing and the children loved visiting the kids club.
The big day finally arrived and Mia looked simply stunning in her custom made Elizabeth De Varga Gown.
The bridesmaids wore the most amazing coloured coral coloured dresses from Two Birds Bridesmaids. The bouquets were Dark Pink Gingers for the bride and Light Pink Gingers for the Bridesmaids.
The men all looked fantastic in their suits from Roger David. We love the pops of colour from the ties against the suits!
The ceremony was held in the Chapel on the beautiful grounds of the Sheraton.
With the sun setting and the fairy lights twinkling in the trees, the guests made their way to the reception which was set up on a grassed area right on the ocean’s edge. What a magical setting!
Mia and Aaron were so happy with how everything went on their wedding day with only positive feedback about the whole experience ‘Even though some things didn’t always run according to plan, there were never any issues as with the help of Chelsea (in the lead up) and then, with the beautiful wedding co-ordinators at our resort, everything was seen to and adjustments were made seamlessly and effortless’.
When we asked Mia to choose a highlight from her day she found it hard to choose just one and said ‘The whole week spent in Fiji was just perfect. Not only did we have a wedding day, but we got to have a wedding week shared with our most closest and dearest friends and family’.
Finally, Mia gave couples planning a wedding in Fiji some great advice ‘Trust in your wedding planner – she has done this more times than you count on your hands and toes. The relationship that Chelsea has with the Fijian wedding suppliers is invaluable, and knowing that she was able to help create for us what we had envisioned for our magical day is priceless!’.
A big thank you to Nadi Bay Photography for the beautiful photos.