Kereshan and I met 6 years ago through friends. He proposed nine months before our September 2016 wedding with the help of our beautiful son. He dressed our son Kairo in a onesie and had it printed with ‘will you marry me?’. When the day warmed up I took off Kairo’s jacket and was so shocked and speechless I didn’t even have time to cry.
My dress was custom made and designed by a very talented friend - Charmaine January, Bridal and Ball Creations. I wanted a princess gown as it was something I’d always dreamed of wearing. My dress was strapless with a sweetheart neckline, made of organza, silk and tulle with a train. My bodice was hand sewn with over 25 hours of hand beading work. Each intricate detail was so carefully designed, it is a dress that I will never part with!
The groom was in full white with a waistcoat and bow tie to match – he looked dashing! The groom and his groomsmen all wore white canvas chuck Taylors instead of formal shoes. This fitted with not only their personalities but ours aswell. The groomsmen wore baby blue pants to match the girls and white shirts with white bow ties.
The absolute highlight of my day was seeing Kere’s face light up as I walked down the aisle. His eyes were fixated on me, I have never seen him look at me like that before.
Our dream was always to have a beach wedding outside of New Zealand. Personally we both could not bear the thought of a wedding with over 150 people! Having already had a baby, we wanted our day to be filled with those closest to us who have seen us grow within our relationship. We wanted them to witness the start of yet another exciting chapter in our lives. We had to take into consideration the cost for ourselves and for our guests but at the end of the day we knew that everyone who really wanted to be there would be there!
We wanted to ensure that our son had a very special part in our day. He walked down the aisle with his 93 year old great grandmother. Having them both do that was so so special to us, as family is the utmost top priority in our lives.
We had our reception in the umu hut on the resort right in front of the water with banquet style seating. This was great as we faced our guests. We had a beautiful island style buffet and couldn't fault a single dish. Our guests especially loved the vegetarian curry Edgewater catering made for them. Our wedding cake was two tier chocolate mud cake baked by the resort. Our guests still go on about the cake to this day and many of them brought some back home with them!
My one piece of advice for brides to be would be to trust in yourself. If you are planning to get married in Rarotonga – trust in your planner, they know what they’re doing! Rarotonga is a place of forced relaxation – you have no choice but to let all the nerves and stress go because the moment you land you are so taken away with its beauty. The sense of peace you will feel is unlike any other.
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