CLAIRE & MARK

Plant­ing seeds of love

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The cou­ple planned a small, quiet wed­ding with just close fam­ily and friends. They chose Plan­ta­tion Is­land Re­sort in Fiji for the ac­com­mo­da­tion and cer­e­mony, then hon­ey­mooned next door at Lo­mani Is­land

Re­sort. Bride: Claire Anne Mitchell (Ham­mond)

Groom: Mark Stephen Mitchell

Re­side: New Zealand

Cer­e­mony & Re­cep­tion Venue: Plan­ta­tion Is­land Re­sort, Fiji (www.plan­ta­tion­is­land.com)

Hon­ey­moon: Lo­mani Is­land Re­sort, Fiji (www.lo­mani­is­land.com)

GOWN

A Fran­tisek Riha de­sign (http://fran­tisek.co.nz). Claire ex­plained what she wanted – some­thing beachy and funky. She says he has amaz­ing vi­sion, was so help­ful, his prices are rea­son­able for the work he does, and the dress was

bet­ter than she ex­pected.

GROOM & GROOMS­MEN'S AT­TIRE

De­spite the heat they all wore pin­stripe slim suits with white shirts

and red sashes.

ADDED DE­TAILS

The red and sil­ver theme was still beachy and re­laxed. Red an­thir­i­ums were used for the bou­quet and to dec­o­rate the choco­late mud cake. The re­sort or­dered red items for the ta­bles, and Malakai brought in red satin for the arch. The cou­ple were trans­ported in a buggy and guests in a trac­tor-drawn car­riage. Cater­ing was Mon­go­lian with chefs cook­ing dishes to or­der in front of the guests.

WHAT MADE IT SPE­CIAL

Claire’s dad flew in from Zim­babwe and her two daugh­ters wrote their own speeches which they read be­fore the cou­ple read their own vows which they’d per­son­ally writ­ten. Claire says that opt­ing for Plan­ta­tion Is­land Re­sort was the best way to get mar­ried – they took care of ev­ery­thing and ev­ery­one was so

friendly and re­laxed.

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