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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: info@ther­aro­ton­ or weddings@ther­aro­ton­ TheR­aro­ton­ | Sanc­tu­aryRaro­ | Ai­tu­tak­iLa­goonRe­

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.

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