There is so much I can write about this wedding, not only for the spectacular Fiji wedding that it was but more so because the beautiful Chelsea has been a friend since we were making coffees and serving cakes together at David Jones cafe over 10 years ago. Even through the years I was travelling and living overseas we remained in contact. When I returned to Perth, it was Chelsea, who among her many achievements, is a celebrant, decided that I should show my portfolio of African images to a couple of her wedding couples, and started me on this amazing path in my life.
Chelsea moved to Canberra three years ago and met Grant. Grant was very determined to get Chelsea to agree to a date and well, I guess the rest is history!
On the 26th of April, at the Sheridan Resort in Denarau, Fiji, Chelsea married Grant, witnessed by 32 guests on a very hot and humid afternoon. I confess that it was really hard to photograph the ceremony as I, like many of the guests, and Chelsea, cried all the way through the ceremony. I forgot my tongue trick and the tears flowed (hold your tongue on the roof of your mouth and you will not cry - great tip for those wedding speeches that tug at the heart strings...)
We had around half an hour to get shots around the resort before the sun set then it was onto the bar for some cocktails before an awesome buffet dinner (and my favourite part, buffet dessert - I totally deserved those two chocolate mousses...and chocolate cake, I worked really hard! I swear!!!)
Chelsea and Grant, thankyou so much for inviting us to share and photograph your most amazing day. It was a privilage not only to shoot my lovely friend and her new husband, but especially meet Grant. I know that my friend has met that man of her dreams, although she didn't know it at the time, and has married a man that will love and care for always xxx
Isn't this the most amazing location for a wedding?
Getting made up in a tropical paradise!
Grant's daughter Wynter. Such a cutie!
As part of the ring exchange, Grant & Chels gave Wynter a bracelet.
Speeches were given straight after the ceremony.
After the cake was cut, the partying began, sort of. It was hard to party too hard in the heat!