My Wedding - - DESTINATION -

The beau­ti­ful is­land of Raro­tonga pro­vides a won­der­ful, idyl­lic lo­ca­tion for a dreamy trop­i­cal wed­ding or ro­man­tic es­cape. With a pic­turesque stretch of white sand beach and an iri­des­cent blue la­goon pro­vid­ing the per­fect back­drop, there is no bet­ter place for you to ex­change wed­ding vows or get to know each other bet­ter on your re­lax­ing hon­ey­moon away from the stresses of ev­ery­day life.

With its tran­quil set­ting, ideal for South Seas ro­mance, Moana Sands has hosted many fab­u­lous wed­dings over the years and most re­cently Jas­min and St­ef­fan Panoho ex­changed vows on the Moana Sands Vil­las white sand beach sur­rounded by fam­ily and friends.

Jas­min first vis­ited Raro­tonga for her 21st birth­day cel­e­bra­tions 2 years prior to her wed­ding. At that time she had just started dat­ing St­ef­fan but things were look­ing good. Her younger cousin, Tia, was also at her birth­day cel­e­bra­tions and Jas­min joked with Tia that she would one day marry St­ef­fan on ‘this beau­ti­ful is­land par­adise’. Two years later, her dream be­came a re­al­ity and Jas­min & Tia (now a brides­maid for Jas­min) were on a plane re­turn­ing to Raro­tonga to pre­pare for Jas­min & St­ef­fan’s wed­ding.

The de­ci­sion to marry at Moana Sands was made from a rec­om­men­da­tion by a friend who had at­tended a wed­ding at the property pre­vi­ously. Af­ter a phone call to the Gen­eral Man­ager the cou­ple were re­as­sured that they had made the right de­ci­sion and they swiftly booked their bridal party and im­me­di­ate fam­ily into the Vil­las to make this their all-in-one exclusive wed­ding venue and ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Both Jas­min & St­ef­fan come from large ex­tended fam­i­lies, and al­though they knew that not ev­ery­one could come, they were de­lighted to have 71 of their friends and fam­ily con­firm their at­ten­dance. The list even grew dur­ing their re­lax­ing week on Raro­tonga prior to the wed­ding and in true is­land style they in­vited the lo­cal com­mu­nity po­lice of­fi­cer and 5 new friends they had made on the beach dur­ing the lead up to the big day.

Both were very pleased with all the work that Moana Sands and their wed­ding plan­ners,Wed­ded Bliss, had done prior to their ar­rival on the is­land. All finer de­tails were taken care of for them and it made for an ex­tremely re­lax­ing lead up to the big day, giv­ing them more time to spend with their fam­ily and friends. In fact they were so re­laxed on the wed­ding day that Jas­min had to be wo­ken up from her af­ter­noon nap to be re­minded she was get­ting mar­ried in 2 hours when the hair­dresser ar­rived at the Vil­las to do her hair. St­ef­fan was whisked away by his grooms­men for a sight­see­ing ride around the is­land to fill in time.

Need­less to say, all went to plan and a mag­i­cal af­ter­noon en­sued. The ro­man­tic cer­e­mony sealed their love and com­mit­ment to each other and was fol­lowed by a cel­e­bra­tion of great food and fab­u­lous mu­sic from lo­cal band ‘Des­tiny Har­mony’ as well as from Jas­min & St­ef­fan’s ex­tended and very tal­ented fam­ily.

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