Crown Beach Resort, Cook Islands
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.
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.