Mana Is­land Re­sort, Fiji

Wedding Destinations - - WEDDINGS ON LOCATION - Pho­tog­ra­phy by Mary sylvia

We had both been to Fiji be­fore and it truly is like look­ing at a post­card. We held the re­cep­tion and cer­e­mony at Mana Is­land be­cause it has the clear water and white sand we craved.

We knew we were never go­ing to suit ev­ery­one with the lo­ca­tion for our wed­ding. We chose to have a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding in Fiji be­cause we’re an in­ter­na­tional pair - Marc is orig­i­nally from Eng­land and Danielle is from Canada.

We had both been to Fiji be­fore and it truly is like look­ing at a post­card. We held the re­cep­tion and cer­e­mony at Mana Is­land be­cause it has the clear water and white sand we craved.

Mana Is­land is fan­tas­tic re­sort. We can’t wait to go back in the fu­ture. We es­pe­cially liked that they up­graded us to one of their fab­u­lous hon­ey­moon bu­res.

Mana Is­land Re­sort pro­vided two wed­ding plan­ners who were pro­fes­sional and hap­pily did ev­ery­thing we asked. They helped me ar­range most things via email months be­fore the ac­tual wed­ding but they met us as soon as we ar­rived on the is­land to sort out the finer de­tails.

The cake came in­cluded in the wed­ding package. It was vanilla sponge with vanilla ic­ing - we were a bit sur­prised to find that they had put fruit in the mid­dle. The flow­ers we chose for the wed­ding were frangi­pani be­cause, well, frangi­pani just screams “Fiji me.”

I did my own hair - it wasn’t easy. I’d rec­om­mend for brides get­ting mar­ried some­where trop­i­cal not to wear your hair down, your neck will get sweaty and it’s so un­com­fort­able.

I’d also sug­gest find­ing a good wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher and book them well in ad­vance. The pho­tos are the best part. Mary cap­tured so many spe­cial mo­ments and made us feel re­laxed. I rec­om­mend her to any­one in New Zealand who is get­ting mar­ried, or en­gaged. Mary also does lovely en­gage­ment pho­to­graphs.

One last thought for cou­ples plan­ning a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding - get a re­li­able travel agent and do lots of re­search be­fore choos­ing where to get mar­ried.

wed­ding in­ven­tory

bride’s dress: Dress by Elizabeth de Varga. Groom’s at­tire: Hugo Boss suit. cake: The cake came in­cluded in the wed­ding package. flow­ers: Frangi­pani hair: I did my own hair. makeup: I also did my own makeup. It was all Napoleon Perdis prod­ucts. mu­sic: Our “walk down the isle song” was from The Twi­light Saga, it was the in­stru­men­tal ver­sion of a song called Turn­ing Page. venue: Mana Is­land Re­sort plan­ner: Mana Is­land pro­vided two wed­ding plan­ners.

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