Wow, I don’t even know where to start with this one. Grateful is an understatement here. To be invited overseas, to photograph a wedding, for not along people you know in your small town, but long time clients, is an absolute highlight of my career (and life, tbh)
Jess and Todd asked me to be their photographer in Fiji, very early on in their planning stages. The choice to go to Fiji, was easy for them, having been there a few times before, and Jess’ sister Lauren getting married there two a few years ago, it was kind of a no brainer. Their wedding was at the Naviti Resort, on the Coral Coast of Fiji. It was an all inclusive resort, meaning flights, accomodation, food all day, activates, kids club and more was included in the price. With the cost of living these days, this was actually a WAY cheaper (and funner tbh) option for them to have their wedding, than most places these days!
To have 70+ people they love, travel across the ocean to celebrate their wedding for a week, was AMAZING to watch! These two are surrounded by some of the tightest groups of friends I’ve ever seen, what a gift!
All week, in between activities, breakfast, dinner and drinks, there were guests and people we knew everywhere. At one point Olivia said “Mummy why are there so many Tumut people here?” Ha, she just didn’t quite understand 😂
Their wedding was on the Friday, with rain, wind and humidity that was absolutely feral (I’ll never complain about summer here again haha) it sure was a challenge for me – but they put their whole entire trust into ME and my abilities, OH MAN, when people do that – it’s the biggest blessing as a photographer!
They had to change the ceremony location literally the hour before it was set to start, because of the rain – but it was still SO PRETTY! The Fijian people are so kind and patient, their saying is literally “no hurry, no worry” ha! We couldn’t explore much, because of the rain, but with almost 10 years experience as a wedding photographer, I’ve seen my fair share of bad weather so I was fully mentally prepared!!! (we literally jumped in and out of a hotel room balcony taking photos, drinking, taking photos doing the whole “run, let’s shoot for 5 mins” in between down pours, photographer will know) HAHAH!
Despite the weather, they both had an amazing day! From the wild stormy skies, to dancing around in the rain, to Lauren’s epic rap speech at the reception (best I’ve seen yet) the day was EPIC and SO MUCH FUN.
Another thing that was just mind blowing, was having two sets of guests, weddings I’ve already photographed. Jess and Dean, and Hayley and Peck… PLUS, one couple next year, Jodie and Ben who’s wedding I’m photographing too – such a mind trip being with so many amazing people, but WHOH am I lucky!!! *cue the tears*
The wedding event team at the Naviti were so welcoming to me as well! I assume they have a lot of local photographers capture their international weddings, but they were super helpful in anything I needed throughout the night – the Fijian people are incredibly welcoming!!! So grateful!
By the time night rolled around, the dance floor was full, it was messy and hilarious and exactly how you want your wedding reception!
I’ll let you enjoy this blog, of Jess and Todd’s amazing wedding day in Fiji, thank you both SO MUCH from the bottom of my heart for this incredible opportunity, for not only myself, but my family too – Olivia had an absolute ball all week and we’ll definitely be going back!!!
(Also, I have a personal blog coming too, with phone photos and more details from my POV for the week, I can’t wait)
PS, if you’re a guest, there’s a guest gallery coming soon, so no need to try and pinch these photos! 😉
PPS, be careful as you scroll, the photos get messy – haha! ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Photography – Roslyn Clare Photography
Location & Event Planning – Naviti Resort, Fiji
Hair – Josie Dean & Sam
Make Up – Lodoviko, Fiji
DJ – William Lee, Fiji
Brides Dress – Brides of Wagga
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I acknowledge the wiradjuri people as the custodians of the lands and waters of the region, on which I live and work. I pay respect to elders both past and present. I acknowledge and respect the wiradjuri people’s cultural, spiritual, physical and emotional connection with their land, waters and community.