Dream Wed­ding

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Our wed­ding day was nearly upon us. We ar­rived in Fiji to a has­sle free pickup from the air­port and were taken di­rectly to Matanivusi Resort on the Coral Coast. Our friends had stayed there and loved it. They told us what a mag­i­cal set­ting it would be for our wed­ding – iso­lated, unique en­vi­ron­ment, right on a white sandy beach, with an amaz­ing turquoise la­goon in front of our rooms.

At first I wasn’t sure if we were on the right road. A long wind­ing dirt road, hug­ging the shore­line and un­der a cas­cad­ing treed path, led us to our ul­ti­mate dream. Ev­ery­thing my friend had said was true – we walked onto a deck with an amaz­ing out­look. Over the edge of the in­fin­ity pool was that ma­jes­tic la­goon rimmed by the reef.

We had dis­cussed our wed­ding plans with the own­ers and noth­ing was too much trou­ble for them. All op­tions were avail­able – a cer­e­mony for just my future hus­band and my­self, an in­ti­mate group of friends or if we wanted the max­i­mum num­ber of 24 guests. No mat­ter which we chose, it was go­ing to be in­ti­mate and very unique.

Now that we were ac­tu­ally here, it was dif­fi­cult to make a de­ci­sion which venue to choose. It was between a beach wed­ding on the pri­vate white sand beach, a cer­e­mony be­side the in­fin­ity pool or for an amaz­ing back­drop, we could ex­change our vows un­der the 300 year old banyan tree, which is nes­tled in the rain­for­est.

I had my heart set on a beach wed­ding and so it was. The staff did ev­ery­thing to make our day and re­cep­tion stress free. Early in the morn­ing I chose one of the many pam­per­ing mas­sages Matanivusi’s qual­i­fied masseuse of­fered in the pri­vacy of my room. I had no wor­ries about my hair and make-up ei­ther as a pro­fes­sional was also or­ga­nized for that too.

We de­cided to en­joy our pri­vate Wed­ding Break­fast un­der that amaz­ing tree. It is so hard to de­scribe the mag­i­cal day we had. Ev­ery­thing was per­fect!

Both be­fore and af­ter our wed­ding our group found ac­tiv­i­ties which suited all of us - surf­ing, kayak­ing, stand up pad­dle­board­ing, fish­ing, snorkelling, guided plan­ta­tion walks, scuba div­ing or just re­lax­ing by the pool and spa with the ul­ti­mate trop­i­cal cock­tail.

An as­pect of the Resort which helped to ‘seal the deal’ is that it is a cer­ti­fied Eco-Resort. We were able to whole­heart­edly em­brace the sus­tain­able prac­tices op­er­at­ing through­out the Resort. Each room is only me­tres from the white sandy beach and that amaz­ing, turquoise la­goon. Above ground walk­ways me­an­der through the prop­erty, fresh rain­wa­ter tanks sup­ply the Resort with all wa­ter needs and with an abun­dance of fruit trees for us to pick, our trop­i­cal dream wed­ding re­ally did come true.

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