TOBEY & NATHAN
Their Wedding at The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa, Cook Islands
The Couple: Nathan Tipene & Tobey Biggins
The Date: 4.30pm, 4 April 2013 The Destination: Rarotonga, Cook Islands The Accommodation: Beachfront Suite @ Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach The Ceremony Location: Aroa Beach @ The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa
(adjacent sister resort to Sanctuary Rarotonga) Wedding Package: Aruru ‘Haven of Love’ Wedding Package with tailored additional options Location of your Wedding Dinner: Tropical Garden Gazebo @ The Rarotongan
Photographer: Jenna Tere Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com TheRarotongan.com | SanctuaryRarotonga.com | AitutakiLagoonResort.com
1. Why did you choose a destination wedding?
We always thought we would elope, however when the time came we realized it wouldn’t be the same without our closest family members, so we decided on an amazing location that neither us nor our family had travelled to before.
2. Why did you choose Rarotonga in the Cook Islands?
We had some friends who got married on Rarotonga. Once we saw their pictures and heard all about their wedding experience, we didn’t even consider any other options. We had made up our minds, we were getting married in Rarotonga!
3. How did your friends and family react to the news?
Everyone was so excited, not only was it going to be our wedding, but also a well deserved relaxing holiday for everyone as well.
4. How long did it take to plan?
A few exchanges of emails between the wedding planners at The Rarotongan and us and it was done. Every question was answered, and every detail was completed. We felt so relaxed because we were in such good hands.
5. Describe the special touches you chose for your ceremony.
We kept it very simple. We were at a beautiful location on the beach with the lagoon and sunset as our backdrop. Being there barefoot on the sand with our closest family was all we needed.
6. Describe your reception/wedding dinner.
As there were only 8 of us, we chose the Tropical Garden Gazebo @ The Rarotongan and had a sit down dinner with several courses. Everyone got to choose their meals, and the food was delicious. We couldn’t even fit in the cake! We all enjoyed a few too many champagnes before we pushed the tables aside to make room for our dance floor on the sand. We had shown the wedding planners pictures of how we wanted things set up, and they had recreated the romantic, candle-lit look we wanted perfectly.
7. Any advice for couples planning a similar wedding?
This is the ultimate place for a destination wedding! Whatever it is you want, just ask for it! The Rarotongan and the wedding planners will do anything for you to make your day unforgettable.