The reason we started our trip in Fiji was to witness our friends Louise and Nathan tie the knot. After their wedding on Tuesday 26 March 2013, I now completely understand the whole destination wedding thing.
There were about 30 family and friends at Louise and Nathan’s wedding, most of which were staying at The Outrigger on the Lagoon resort (where we stayed) or a close by resort. Days leading up to the wedding were spent relaxing by the pool or beach, drinking cocktails and dining with the other wedding guests and family.
There was an excitement and buzz leading up to the big day, but both the bride and groom were stress-free, with most the planning being taken care of by the resort wedding planner. Nathan played golf with the boys the morning of the wedding and Louise spent the day with her family in their Bure getting ready.
The ceremony took place at a chapel at the top of hill of the resort. The sweeping views of the Coral Coast created such a romantic island backdrop for the chapel. The ceremony was just beautiful; Louise and Nathan looked both so relaxed and happy, and to watch them say their personally written vows in this setting was really something special.
After the ceremony, we enjoyed drinks and nibbles taking in the beautiful views below us, and later the reception, held at the Ivi Restaurant in the resort. The wedding didn’t have that rushed feeling that most other weddings do, or that feeling for the bride and groom that it was going to be over in a flash.
A definite positive of a destination wedding – the whole feel of the evening was relaxed as all the guests are in holiday mode. After a night of dancing in the humid heat, the night was finished off in a way, that no other non-destination wedding is, with a swim and cocktails in the pool with all wedding guests, including a brief appearance by the wedded couple themselves.
The next day, our final night in Fiji, Grace, Ali, Aaron and I went for tapas and drinks at the Kalokalo bar, at the hill right at the top of the resort (above the chapel). This place had big open windows, which made the area filled like it was an open space, and the views of the sun setting over a gray-ish pink skyline was spectacular and very different from what we see at home. Nice way to end our time in Fiji.
Our time to say farewell to the relaxed Fijian lifestyle we had adopted so quickly had come, and we knew our next destination – Las Vegas – was going to pick the pace up a lot. On check out of the resort, the Fijian lady asked for my identification. On review of my licence, she commented “oh The Entrance… such a beautiful place, I went there a month ago for holidays with my family and stayed at Forresters Beach…”. I guess one person’s home is another person’s paradise, right?