fiji wedding photographers & videographers – jaimee & craigen’s wedding
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This is – without exception – the biggest blog we’ve ever posted.
Craigen’s family have been staying at First Landing resort in Fiji for many years. It’s a special place for them – it’s also where Craigen proposed to Jaimee last year.
So it made perfect sense that their wedding also took place in the lush tropics of Fiji.
They went to huge lengths to ensure that it wasn’t just a ‘wedding’. Instead – their family & friends joined them for an entire week of celebrating, activities, eating, drinking (Jeremy we’re looking at you)… and we really wanted our coverage to reflect that.
So we began – not with the wedding day – but right back at Auckland airport. And for 5 days – we kept going. Below is the result 🙂
and so it begins. day one.
We were chatting with Jaimee & Craigen back in NZ, and discovered that a large majority of their guests were coming over on the same flight as us. Once we arrived in Fiji, there was an epic surprise welcome to First Landing – complete with Fijian warriors & singing. This was followed by an welcome dinner party, dance performances, and kicked the proceedings off in style.
day two. calm before the storm.
Chillout day followed – firstly recovering from the night prior… then plenty of swimming in the pool, an ice cream eating competition, and wedding rehearsal. We spent the day location scouting for the wedding & hanging out with the guests – getting to know people & warming them up to the idea of having photographers around all the time!
This was also the introduction to the now-legendary First Landing strawberry daiquiri … dangerous in the wrong hands.
day three. jaimee & craigen get married!
The wedding day started perfectly. Sunny blue skies, a cool breeze, and sparkling white sand greeted the staff as they set up the ceremony area between the coconut trees, and the reception outside on the beach. Strings & strings of fairy lights, with draped material to map out the table area.
Both Jaimee & Craigen had arranged some gifts for each other – and they had obviously put a huge amount of thought into it!
As the time came for Jaimee & Craigen to get dressed & the ceremony drew closer… so did the clouds. The wind picked up – and everyone was crossing their fingers it would hold out just a little longer.
By this point, the rain had well and truly set in. The ceremony was pushed back by 30 minutes… then another 30… waiting to see if the rain might just disappear.
It wasn’t to be – and so the call was made to shift the setup indoors. Lots of nervous telephone calls were made from one side of the resort to the other.
The absolute best thing – and what completely made the day – was how they reacted. Their expressions say it all. Two people, stoked on the fact they’re about to get married – and not letting the weather get in the way.
By the end of the ceremony, it was the official “sunset” time – and with the clouds on the horizon, we were racing the onset of darkness even quicker than usual. In 15 minutes, we completed the whole creative shoot & were ready to head back into the reception!
As a tip-of-the-hat to Craigen’s Scottish heritage, a bagpiper led them across the bridge & into the reception.
Even though the fairy light tent wasn’t used for the reception – we made the most of it during a gap in the proceedings.
Around 1am we had to wrap up the dance party… so migrated to the rooms ( / swimming pool!) to keep on partying.
By 3.30am we weren’t allowed to keep making noise in the pool… so we somehow managed to keep going (the photos completely stop at that point – there is a black hole in both my memory, and the footage) until dawn. It was decided that a sunrise walk & photo shoot was in order – and an impromtu sunrise yoga competition took place. I managed, in my now somewhat-less-than-100%-professional state to set up an off-camera flash and fire off a few sunrise shots.
day four. post wedding photo shoot
The next day began with an awesome champagne breakfast – and later that afternoon, we planned to get out for a few more photos with Jaimee & Craigen.
The weather, however, looked to be doing much the same as the day before… the afternoon was supposed to rain. So we bumped everything forward & decided to get out there immediately.
We kicked off with this lush green sugar cane field.
As we headed further inland – the clouds were already billowing over the hills. I can’t get over this naturally occurring strip of bright sky sitting just under the cloud. It was the perfect height to stand inside too – made to order!
Nearby was a patch of perfectly tall, swishy grass.
By this point, the rain had returned. After trying to wait it out for a while – we figured it was just going to keep getting heavier… so why not just continue.
Jaimee had seen these fields on their earlier trip & loved the sugar cane in them. When we arrived – it was all burned off… but the ash actually makes for such a striking contrast. When we location scouted we were super excited to find this – we called it the ‘yin yang’ spot.
Not only was it raining – everyone was now completely soaked. Again – we were so stoked to see Jaimee & Craigen just accept what was & make the most of it. It meant we got some awesome rain shots!
day five. the boat trip.
Early in the morning everyone boarded the ‘Ohh La La’ and we headed off into the blue. A day of snorkeling, beaching, and sunshine lay ahead. Even though it was only 10am – the first announcement over the speakers from the captain was “The bar is now open – drinks are complimentary”.
We jumped in with the water housing to catch the snorkeling fun.
This was our little home for the day.
Feeding baby sharks. This was fine in theory – until someone asked ‘what happens to them when they get bigger’ ?? The idea of throwing meat around our toes was slightly less appealing then!
Why not squeeze in a quick wedding shoot while we’re there! This time, we played under the water too. So much fun 🙂 Jaimee was a total natural – so elegant!
sunset – and our last night
If there was one thing we felt like we were missing – it was a sunset. 5 days in Fiji – and the weather had closed in every afternoon to the point where the grey clouds just faded into blue, then black.
But on our lucky last night – just after arriving back from the boat trip – score. Gorgeous sunset!
Back inside at dinner – we learned a new game – finding who had the best ‘gin face’. I think Lauren won.
This was followed by kava – and the best kava face is a tie between Kim & Amber, I reckon.
It was another epic night (almost dawn again this time) – and a fitting way to wrap up our time with this awesome crew.
Truth be told – we were gutted to be leaving the next morning. It felt like the party was just going to keep pumping over the next few days. We really enjoyed hanging out with everyone & making a bunch of new friends.
And now – let’s finish it with a slightly more sedate photo. One of our favourite sunset images from the last night.
Epic Vendor Shoutout:
Fiji Wedding Venue: First Landing Resort
Fiji Wedding Photographers: Perspectives Photo + Cinema
Fiji Wedding Videographers: Perspectives Photo + Cinema
Hair & Makeup : Hair & Makeup Perfectionist Fiji
Fiji Wedding Planner: Weddings in the Pacific
Wedding Dress: Anna Schimmel
Day after wedding dress : Sarah Horton
Wedding Flowers: Piccadilly Flower Company
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Until next time,
Isaac, Amber, Mat and Jared.
- Isaac de Reus
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