rachel & bj

My Wedding - - REAL WEDDING -

Pro­posal: BJ pro­posed to me in Au­gust 2008. It was my birth­day and he sent me for a full body mas­sage. When I got home, he popped the ques­tion and of course I said “yes”. Cer­e­mony Venue: Edge­wa­ter Re­sort & Spa, Raro­tonga, right down at the wa­ter’s edge. A small gath­er­ing with close friends and fam­ily. Hav­ing a wed­ding some­where like Raro­tonga meant we would all be on hol­i­day to­gether. The Edge­wa­ter is very child-friendly – hav­ing three chil­dren, this was im­por­tant to us. The beach was a lovely nat­u­ral place to come to­gether. What bet­ter back­drop than wa­ter and the hori­zon. Re­cep­tion Venue: The Umu Hut at Edge­wa­ter Re­sort & Spa. Stay­ing at the re­sort meant we didn’t have to travel. The Umu Hut was nice and pri­vate, we had our own bar and wait­resses. As our guests were all stay­ing at the Edge­wa­ter, it also meant we didn’t have far to go at the end of the night.

Cel­e­brant: Ani Piri, based in Raro­tonga. Pho­tog­ra­pher: Julie at the Edge­wa­ter Re­sort rec­om­mended Jay from Nior Pho­tog­ra­phy. Theme: I wanted an or­ange theme. I love bright or­ange with black and white, and it looked amaz­ing on the beach. Bride’s Dress: Jopanni Bri­dal in Mount Maun­ganui made my dress. I would de­scribe it as Greek style. It was made from a light polyester fab­ric so I could walk in the wa­ter and it would dry quickly. A white dress with the “works” was im­por­tant to me. It cost me a to­tal of $1,100 in­clud­ing the long veil. It went to­gether beau­ti­fully with my hair­piece. Groom’s at­tire: BJ wore a white shirt with black Wran­gler jeans rolled up, and white Ha­vianas. Brides­maid out­fits: Sally (my sis­ter and Maid of Hon­our) wore a black off-the-shoul­der, knee-length dress from KILT, a NZ de­signer. Grooms­men at­tire: BJ’s two broth­ers wore black shirts, black Wran­gler jeans and black Ha­viana jan­dals. All three guys had match­ing Dragon sun­glasses.

Flow­ers: Or­ange or­chids – they were beau­ti­ful! Hair & Makeup: My sis­ter, mother, mother-in-law and I all had our hair and makeup done by Sanil Singh at Edge­wa­ter Re­sort & Spa Salon. He was amaz­ing! Cake: Sin­gle tier, square choco­late mud cake with white ic­ing and flower dec­o­ra­tion on top. Dé­cor: The staff at the Edge­wa­ter Re­sort or­gan­ised the re­cep­tion in a hut. It was beau­ti­fully laid out with white linen and or­ange or­ganza run­ners with flower ar­range­ments on the ta­bles. Sta­tionery: About a year and a half be­fore the date, we sent out Save The Dates to give peo­ple an idea. Then, in Fe­bru­ary 2012 we sent the for­mal in­vites. En­ter­tain­ment: We had an Is­land string band play for an hour be­fore the re­cep­tion for­mally started. Then we had a speaker and a playlist on an iPod.

Trans­porta­tion: This was easy – we didn’t need trans­port! The Ser­vice: We like to keep things ba­sic, so our cel­e­brant just used the ba­sic vows which suited us. Our wed­ding song was Bruno Mars’ Count On Me, cho­sen be­cause it talks of friend­ship which we think is a huge part of mar­riage and be­ing to­gether. Our best friend, Mike read “The One” for us which was per­fect. Most mem­o­rable mo­ment: Watch­ing my lit­tle girl walk down the aisle in front of me when I re­alised “oh my gosh, this is it”. I re­ally loved walk­ing down the beach to­wards ev­ery­one. Any­thing else worth men­tion­ing: BJ’s speech … this was a laugh. We both went to bed to or­gan­ise our speeches. The next minute, BJ was snor­ing while wife-to-be wrote his speech out for him! This must be the be­gin­ning! Who made the day spe­cial: Our fam­i­lies con­trib­uted so much to make our wed­ding pos­si­ble, and to have such spe­cial friends there made our day! My sis­ter Sally was a huge help plan­ning the wed­ding. I was a bit re­laxed about it all and she kept things tick­ing along. Ex­tra spe­cial: Our three chil­dren were a huge part of our wed­ding. Tanieka (5) was the flow­er­girl and wore a white dress made by Jopanni Bri­dal. She wore a head gar­land with white and or­ange or­chids and threw silk petals down the aisle. Our three year old boy was dressed like BJ and car­ried the rings, and our seven month old baby was dressed like BJ and car­ried by BJ’s youngest brother, Jaren. It felt com­plete to have the chil­dren up at the front with us. Fi­nal note: Hav­ing Julie from the Edge­wa­ter Re­sort was like hav­ing a wed­ding plan­ner! She was amaz­ing! It took a lot of stress off me. Be­ing a busy mum who works, I won­dered how it would all work out, but it went ahead with­out a hic­cup … just as Julie had as­sured me it would!

Pho­tog­ra­phy Nior Pho­tog­ra­phy Date 30 Au­gust 2012

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