Crown Beach Re­sort, Cook Is­lands

Wedding Destinations - - TOP VENUES COOK ISLANDS - Pho­tog­ra­phy by CHRIS­TIne chang

My hus­band and I wanted to make sure that the wed­ding would be low stress. We in­tended to en­joy it and not worry about all the de­tails.

We at­tended a good friend’s wed­ding the pre­vi­ous year in Fiji and ab­so­lutely loved it. We chose the Cook Is­lands be­cause we wanted some­where trop­i­cal and laid­back.

My hus­band and I have very de­mand­ing ca­reers and we al­ways want qual­ity time with fam­ily and friends so we de­cided to make our wed­ding a va­ca­tion for ev­ery­one. We even made a list of rec­om­mended (but op­tional) ac­tiv­i­ties for our guests - the best ac­tiv­ity was rid­ing in mud bug­gies - that def­i­nitely left us very muddy.

Although we didn’t plan on bring­ing a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher, we felt we couldn’t trust any­one else with our spe­cial day, so we de­cided to splurge and ask Chris­tine to come along with us. I first hired Chris­tine to take en­gage­ment pic­tures. Jay wasn’t in­ter­ested in tak­ing en­gage­ment pic­tures at first, but he was so happy and proud of Chris­tine’s work that he stored the pic­tures on his phone and showed them to ev­ery­one. Chris­tine has such a keen eye and cap­tured the small but poignant mo­ments that were shared, not just be­tween Jay and I, but amongst our fam­ily and close friends.

Both my hus­band and I wanted to make sure that the wed­ding would be as low stress as pos­si­ble. We in­tended to en­joy it and not worry about all the de­tails. We didn’t need mu­sic dur­ing the cer­e­mony, the ocean waves were good enough for us. We used the re­sort’s DJ, who played cheesy tunes, but we all had a good time. Even my mom danced all through the night. We be­lieved in set­ting real­is­tic ex­pec­ta­tions of plan­ning a wed­ding from across the world and re­fused to fuss over small de­tails. And we were suc­cess­ful in achiev­ing all of our goals.

wed­ding in­ven­tory

bride’s dress: From a Korean-Amer­i­can dress maker, Vi­vian, who owns To­mato Bri­dal, lo­cated in Kore­atown, Los An­ge­les. I wanted some­thing sim­ple and easy to travel with. It was her own de­sign and she named it the “Amy” dress be­cause I was the first client to pur­chase this de­sign. groom’s at­tire: White, short sleeve linen shirt, linen pants, no shoes and a leaf lei. cake: Choco­late cake with choco­late frost­ing. It was the best cake we had ever had - moist, de­li­cious and the frost­ing was fresh and light. It was made by a lo­cal cake maker and or­dered through the re­sort. flow­ers: I asked the re­sort to get the fresh­est lo­cal flow­ers in col­or­ful hues, they smelled won­der­ful. hair: I went to the res­i­dent re­sort hair stylist. I wanted waves with flow­ers in my hair. She ex­plained that my fine hair would not do well with waves in the hu­mid­ity, but I was per­fectly happy with the re­sults. makeup: I did my own make up. I wanted to look nat­u­ral. mu­sic: We hired a ukelele player (through the re­sort) who played for a short while be­fore the cer­e­mony. venue: We chose the Crown Beach Re­sort in Raro­tonga. The cer­e­mony took place on their beach, we were happy with their ar­range­ments and the re­cep­tion was also lovely. plan­ner: The re­sort pro­vided a wed­ding plan­ner who took care of ev­ery­thing.

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