alexia & peter
Our culture and traditions are very important to us, and choosing to have a destination wedding meant that we were risking losing all of that. When we became aware of a little Greek Orthodox church in Fiji we thought that this could be the way to unite all of our ideas. Our choice of venue for our reception allowed us to bring in the island/beach wedding experience, giving us the best of both worlds.
Coaches picked up our guests and took them to our little church, a 40-minute ride on the back roads, giving them the opportunity to see the real side of Fiji. Nestled in the middle of nowhere, the church is quaint, with a sky-blue ceiling, two rustic chandeliers and an altar decorated with Greek icons.
It was an honour to be married by our Archbishop K.K. Amfilochios from Wellington, and four priests. To have a bouzouki player walk me up the path to the church and to hear those church bells ring as we entered, was moving and added to the excitement. There was nothing more unique than having the local stray dogs enter the church during the ceremony, and having young Fijian orphans sing in Greek.
Our reception was held at a beachfront restaurant, and a white wonderland surrounded us. Guests were seated at long tables decorated with white sequined tablecloths and flower garlands with candles in between. We used a mix of real and artificial flowers, and with a ceiling covered in white wisterias, we felt like we were sitting in an orchard of flowers. Tropical Destination Weddings had to ship in over 400kg of flowers, candles, tablecloths and chandeliers to give us the touch of luxury we wanted!
Our guests were treated to a live bouzouki floorshow, allowing us to party the Greek way. Everyone danced under the stars, and ended up dancing in the ocean. The vibe travelled to other resorts and several spectators ended up joining in the festivities!
Photos: Danelle Bohane
Bride’s gown: Sottero & Midgley
Others that made their wedding special: Lato Photography & Video,Tropical Destination Weddings,
Paradise Bride, ASOS, Pia Gladys Perey, John Carras, CJ Makeup Artistry, Holy Trinity Church, Flying Fish Restaurant, Taste Fiji, Secret Diary Designs, DJ D’Angelo, Tourist Transport Fiji