Crown Beach Resort Rarotonga wedding photos – Jeff & Marie’s sneak peek!
I can’t believe it was only a couple of weeks ago that we were relaxing in the sun in Raro… the bitter cold here in Auckland at the moment makes it seem a lifetime ago.
Jeff & Marie had their wedding at the stunning Crown Beach resort, on one of the sunniest days of that week. Talk about being blessed with perfect weather.
In the morning, we headed around to Marie’s room – where one of the first things we saw was this cool poster, designed by a friend of theirs. We knew right away – this was going to be a cruisy, relaxed day with the emphasis in the right places!
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As they were both getting ready in separate rooms at Crown Beach, we were easily able to float between Jeff & Marie’s respective rooms – to capture the excitement (Marie) and nerves (Jeff) of the morning.
Amber came into the room, somewhat apologetically, and said she had found this gorgeous patch of light and we just had to get a few shots there. The only catch? It’s in the shower. Lucky for us, Marie was up for anything.. so in we went. On the left is me, taking the photo… and on the right, the finished product.
Wait until you see the ‘trash the dress’ version the next day!
Jeff & Marie decided that they wanted to have a private moment before the ceremony where they could see each other for the first time.
They had said before the wedding ‘let’s not get presents for one another’… and then Jeff arrived with a gift for Marie, and likewise, Marie had bought a gift for Jeff! The moral of this story is – when your fiance says ‘I’m not buying a gift’… you should just get one in case 🙂
Next step was to head out for some pre-ceremony photos around the island.
When we stopped to ask permission to shoot in this field – the owners said “of course… but, why would you want to?” The beauty on everyone’s doorstep in Raro blows me away every time.
It was so hot in the midday sun once we arrived down at the beach, so we grabbed a few shots & then made for the aircon!
Back at the room, after a quick touch up, Marie’s dad arrived & it was time to head down for the ceremony. I love this little patch of light streaming through above the doorway – very angelic.
The boys watched expectantly as the girls walked along the beach and up through the archway.
After the ceremony, the guests sipped on cocktails – while Jeff & Marie sneaked a few photos in the gardens around Crown Beach.
The marquee reception was right on the beachfront – which afforded everyone a perfect view of this sunset.
With a few cool dance moves, the reception was officially underway.
There’s a magic time of day (well, almost night) when the sky is so dark that it matches the brightness of the artificial lighting around the place. We shot this back through the material of the wedding arch, which gusted in the breeze at just the right time to frame up the marquee in the center.
Jeff didn’t actually end up using many of his speech notes – Marie had most people in tears with her amazing story of their love… so Jeff ended up ad-libbing a bit to catch up!
The dancefloor was simple – the beach. Everyone danced away the rest of the evening with the sand between their toes.
The next afternoon, we caught up with Jeff & Marie again, for round two!
We love shooting ‘trash the dress’ sessions in Raro – it’s a great chance to get out and about, and be a little bit more adventurous with your dress.
We were shooting on the rocks up above this churning cauldron of waves crashing over the reef. I think Jeff saw me looking at it – and read my mind.
“Can we do some photos down there?”
It’s a shot we’ve had in our heads for a while, but haven’t done yet because it’s kinda sketchy. Massive surf. Surges over the reef. We watched it for 5 minutes, and I went down and stood in the water to assess how strong the surges were… to make sure they wouldn’t be swept out to sea. Tentatively (us) or with gusto (Jeff & Marie) – they got into the sea.
And this is what followed.
After a while, we moved to calmer waters…
We shot underwater for about as long as Jeff & Marie still had breath / energy – I was amazed at how long they kept it up – wet wedding clothes are HEAVY!
Remember the shot in the shower, on the wedding day? We couldn’t resist finishing up the trash the dress session with a repeat, with water on.
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Jeff & Marie – thank you both so much for having us along to celebrate with you in beautiful Rarotonga. We had a blast with you guys 🙂 Enjoy this little peek of the photos – it’s only the tip of the iceberg!
Isaac & Amber.
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