When Auckland based photographer Samantha Donaldson sent me this Fiji wedding I was instantly whisked away on an island holiday (and complaining to hubby that we totally need one). Kim & Ben had the fabulous idea of having everyone stay on the island a week before the wedding. This allowed all the guests to get to know each beforehand, making their special day much more intimate and by the looks of things, loads of fun!
A huge congratulations to gorgeous couple Kim & Ben, and a massive thank you to the very talented Samantha Donaldson for sharing these incredible pics with us!
Why did you say ‘YES’?
I knew Ben was the one very early on in our relationship… he was my diamond in the rough; an absolute heart of gold, but a little rough around the edges. Our relationship works so well because we function as a real team, we look after each other and he makes me laugh.
What was your inspiration or theme for the day?
It wasn’t an inspiration or theme but more like a prerequisite; we really wanted someone we knew to marry us. That’s a bit hard when you don’t know any celebrants on a tropical island, but we were lucky enough to have a wonderful marriage celebrant that acted as witness, so a really close friend could marry us.
We didn’t really have a theme for the wedding, but over time I guess it evolved into a ‘tropical vintage’ theme. We tried to keep in line with the colours of the beach with the bridesmaids in dusky blue maxi dresses and Ben wore braces to distinguish himself from the groomsmen.
What were your Save & Splurge items?
The fact all the guests had to travel to Fiji for our wedding was probably the biggest splurge item!
As the wedding was low key we decided to do our own hair and makeup, as a result I spent a fair bit of money on Chanel makeup – but it was worth it.
Because we were on an island, the flowers needed to be brought over from the mainland. That was going to cost a lot of money so I bought silk flowers and made up bouquets. This worked really well as the flowers didn’t wilt in the heat and the bridesmaids each got to keep their bouquets.
What music did you play for those special moments?
I walked down the aisle to the acoustic version of Turning Pages by Sleeping at Last and our first dance was Sweet Disposition by Temper Trap.
In hindsight, is there anything that you would have done differently?
Nothing – it was a magical day and the week leading up to the wedding with all our family and friends was perfect. Gloria the wedding coordinator at Musket Cove Island Resort was amazing. She took care of everything and I didn’t have a thing to worry about on the day.
What do you love most about being a MRS?
Once you’re married it feels different, even better. I am not sure why, but we both agree that being married takes your relationship to another level. Changing your name on all your identity documents is another story however, that’s not so much fun…
What advice would you give to future brides to be?
Have a destination wedding, especially if your families are from different counties. It was such a fantastic way of bringing everyone together and giving them time to get to know one another. By the time the wedding rolled around, nearly every guest knew one another and that made the wedding particularly intimate. As all the planning and work is done prior to arriving on the island, you get to spend the time before the wedding, just relaxing and enjoying yourself.
Photography // Samantha Donaldson Photography
Planner & Stylist // Gloria Osborne, Musket Cove Island Resort, Fiji
Flowers // Provincial Home Living
Hair & Makeup // Chanel Makeup
Cake // Musket Cove Island Resort, Fiji
Bridesmaids Dresses & Accessories // Jarlo London
Grooms Suits & Accessories // SABA
Venue & Catering // Musket Cove Island Resort, Fiji
Invitations // Miki.o Designs