My most favorite moment from the wedding…
I have many favorite moments from the wedding, but there are three special moments that I hold close to my heart. My first one was when I was getting ready and seeing my Dad’s reaction when he walked into the room. His joyful tears started a domino effect of waterworks in the family. Another favorite moment was when I was walking down the aisle and I saw Jekin sitting under the mandap – it’s the moment I realized that I am finally marrying the love of my life and everyone who is close to us would be a witness. The last one was dancing with my Dad to under the Bali night sky to ‘Butterfly Kisses’, a song he has played for me ever since I was born.
I had the most fun…
Each day was amazing with four days of continuous celebrations with our closet friends and family.
I cried when…
During the Civil Ceremony hearing, Jekin says his vows with a slightly unsteady tone as he was holding back tears. It was a tough moment because I knew if I started to cry, he would too. Many don’t know, but he has a very soft and loving heart and I didn’t want him to be embarrassed. I could hear my bridesmaids and even the groomsmen and guests sniffling and wiping back their tears which didn’t help.
My wedding style was…
Soft, elegant and glamorous.
It was most important to me that…
When we started to plan the wedding, we knew our closest family and friends from different parts of the world would attend and since it is a long flight for everyone, we wanted to make sure our wedding felt like a holiday.
My advice for future brides…
- Get a really good wedding planning team that’s well established, trustworthy and understands your vision for each event.
- Be organized. Good photographers, planners, venues get booked out in advance.
- Have fun! At the end of the day, it would be a very expensive party to stress over. Enjoy the moments as they’ll be lifetime memories.
About The Couple
How we met
Jekin and I have actually known each other since we were kids, as we both grew up in Fiji where our families have known each other for three generations. Due to our five and a half year age gap however, I was never ‘cool enough’ to hang out with Jekin. It wasn’t until nine years later when we were finally introduced. Most of our friends and family get together in Fiji for two weeks Christmas and New Year celebration. I was returning from the US, where I was pursuing my degree in Biology and Jekin was visiting from Papua New Guinea, as he was working for one of his family businesses at the time.
Our first date
Exactly a year after we were re-introduced, we met again at the same place – but this time, there was a spark. We couldn’t help but hang out until New Year’s Eve. As the fireworks erupted along the beach, Jekin asked me to be his girlfriend. Of course, I said yes.
Jekin had booked a weekend away for the two of us. I still remember it was a cloudy day, with drizzling rain. He picked me up that morning after which we went white water rafting. I loved every moment of it and credit to Jekin, as he knows I love outdoor sports. Afterward, we were supposed to be heading to our hotel but out of the blue, Jekin wanted to stop at a beach.
It was still cold and rainy (not exactly going to plan), so when Jekin asked me to go for a walk down the beach I was confused. After some quick thinking he came up with a story about being interested in a beachfront property, so I agreed. After walking down the beach in the rain for a couple of minutes, Jekin stopped and asked me if I would ‘be his best friend forever?’. Confused, I replied, ‘what’s wrong with you?’. He asked again and eventually, I said, ‘Yes’. Before I knew it, he got down on one knee. Shocked and speechless, I said ‘Oh shit!’. He popped the real question and after a slight pause, I said yes.
We walked a couple more meters and there was a path of flowers leading into the villa on the beach. There were candles lit all around the room, a string of our photos hung from the bed, heart-shaped flower arrangements on the floor and a bottle of vintage Dom Perignon next to the bed. It was perfect. We spent the weekend at the villa soaking at the moment until we met up with the family the following day to celebrate.