Moana Sands & PawPaw Patch wedding photos – Joe & Chanel’s sneak peek!

Hi guys!

Our last wedding in Rarotonga this trip was very special – with our friends Joe & Chanel coming over for their tropical wedding.

Joe is the reason this website exists. He’s website designer extraordinaire and a long time surfing buddy. Chanel is his gorgeous wife (now! congrats!) who is a talented art restorer, painter, author, academic, and more.

It was a real privilege to be invited along to share in their day, both as photographers and guests.

So without further ado… some of what we saw.

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos
Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos
Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

Their ceremony was held on Rutaki beach, which was beautiful, with the huge surf crashing in the background. Andrea & Fiona from Wedded Bliss ensured that everything ran smoothly & without a hitch.

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

Remember that mention of the huge surf, crashing in the background?

Well. At one point, the surf came right through the lagoon… we sat there watching these waves rolling towards us over the lagoon…

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

And then there was the sudden realization… as the wave hit the beach… that it was going to come a looooonng way up! Cue a mad scramble up the beach, grabbing camera bags & gear as the water swirled past our ankles. Later that afternoon, waves were surging up and over the road all down the south coast – it was something quite cool to witness. In the next image, you can see the water around everyone’s feet and through the trees..

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

Joe, his brother, & Isaac – being keen bodyboarders – were watching the huge waves hitting the outer reefs, speculating as to their size. For anyone interested – here’s the same swell as it arrived at Teahupo’o in Taihiti, the following day.

Rainbows.

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

It was time to head out for a few shots on (what was left of) the beach… these were interspersed with mad scrambles back up to dry ground as the bigger waves washed right up the beach.

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

Tucked away, in some shelter from the elements…

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

As we weren’t going to see the sunset from the beach where the ceremony took place, we jumped into the cars, and raced around the corner in the fading light to try and get a few shots before the sun disappeared completely.

I love the reflections in these ones!

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

It was then back to PawPaw Patch restaurant, where we had a delicious meal (I just can’t get enough of tropical gamefish – so fresh & tasty!) – followed by some really beautiful speeches.

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

Late in the evening, we had a play out the back of Moana Sands, where we set some lights up & spent a while testing various settings… so we were able to whisk Joe & Chanel outside briefly to capture this.

Moana Sands Paw Paw patch Rarotonga wedding photos

Thank you both for inviting us along to share in your wedding day – we had a really great time, and it was lovely to meet your whanau also. Enjoy these few photos – there are many more to follow!

Isaac & Amber.

Comments

  1. Our huge thanks to Isaac and Amber for helping make our day extra special! We’ve received a lot of comments on the photo already and everyone’s debating on which photos are the best. Currently the beach photos with the reflection off the pools of water, and the night time shot are leading the way!

  2. Chanel says:

    Words can not truly express how grateful my husband (hehe) and I are, for the amazing effort you have both put into capturing these moments. Each time I look at them I am drawn back to that particular time, and place – and I get to relive each of these moments again, as though they’ll never end.

    Although I am sitting in a small apartment in the heart of Auckland, I can hear the waves crashing down upon the sand, and I can smell the warm salty air. I even get the sense of the wind whipping through my hair. These images ensnare all of my senses, and transport me back to beautiful Rarotonga.

    Your images have moved many of my closest friends, who couldn’t be present at the ceremony. They informed me that these images brought them to tears, of the happiest and proudest kind.

    These are the astounding kinds of images, that I hope our grand children will look upon and relish. I have no doubt that they too will the transported to a place, where they can share in this special day – as though they were right along side us on Friday 26th August, 2011.

    Thank you Isaac and Amber, for your alluring creative vision, from the very bottom of our hearts.

    Chanel & Joe .

  3. Nicole Pitts says:

    Wow cuz, you too look so happy together. I love your photos, what a great way to capture those memories. I still look at my photos and it takes me back to my special day. Your wedding looks like it was really magical.