Adventurous Fiji Highland Elopement: Rene’e + David

Fiji Highlands Elopement

Australia dwellers, Rene’e + David, were the first couple ever to tie the knot off-the-beaten-path in the unknown Fijian Highlands. While we’ll be the first to admit that when we think Fiji, we tend to think crystal clear blue oceans + sandy, white beaches, we’ll also be the first to agree that R + D have given us a new perspective on this beautiful country as an elopement destination. They tell us, We had never been to Fiji though we had a sense that with its tropical weather and its laid-back feel, it would be perfect for us as we also didn’t want a cliché resort wedding.

And their amazingly talented photographers, Kama Catch Me, add, Organising and shooting a wedding in the Highlands was always going to be a challenge, because it had never been done before, and it’s easy to see why with the rugged, rocky narrow winding roads, the unpredictable winds, and harsh terrain. But if you’ve ever been in a situation where you’d dreamt of something for the longest time and through perseverance that day had finally arrived, then you’d know how big of a deal this one day was for us. 

Fiji Highlands Elopement

Fiji Highlands Elopement

We spent the morning lazing around the resort and slowly as we started getting ready the excitement began to build as our adventure was about to begin. Having my best friend by my side hopping into a 4x4 , and being driven out of the resort and up into the highlands was like we were stepping back in time, and my body was full of butterflies and excitement. The location and beauty of the highlands was like something we'd never seen before! The day was so incredible I couldn't have ask for a better way to celebrate such a special moment in our lives. We made sure we took in everything on the day and just enjoy the whole experience, and it was just how we wanted it to be fun, relaxed, and stress free.

teepee

floral teepee

Fiji Highlands Elopement

Fiji Highlands Elopement

Fiji Highlands Elopement

Chris Riley Bridal Dress

So in love with Rene’e’s dreamy flower crown + bouquet by Grace Creations Fiji.

Chris Riley Bridal Dress

Chris Riley Bridal Dress

And we adore her ethreal lace “Poppy” gown by Chris Riley Bridal.

Fiji Highlands Elopement

Fiji Highlands Elopement

Fiji Highlands Elopement

Fiji Highlands Elopement

lace edged veil

Fiji Highlands Elopement

Fiji Highlands Elopement

These portraits are such a surreal dream!

Fiji Highlands Elopement

Fiji Highlands Elopement

Chris Riley Bridal Dress

Fiji Highlands Elopement

flower crown

Fiji Highlands Elopement

Fiji Highlands Elopement

Make the day your own do what is true to you. make sure its about the Marriage not the wedding so don't stress the small details and enjoy the day as it will fly by.

photography, planning + design: Kama Catch Me // florals: Grace Creations Fiji // officiant: Marriage Celebrant Fiji // rings: Blue Nile & Arnold & Co // dresses: “Poppy” by Chris Riley Bridal // accessories: my bag was my late grandmothers (Vintage Oroton) // veil: Made by Rene’e // hair + makeup: Make up By Wren // sandals + suit: Zara // transportation: Fiji Chauffeurs

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Wedding Stationery Made Easy With Postable

Postable

It’s crazy to think that one of the most time consuming parts of planning a wedding is not related to details, menus, flowers or seating charts. Nope, it’s actually more-likely-than-not collecting all of your guests’ mailing addresses (an ongoing task that can last weeks or months), and sending out your wedding correspondence and writing thank you cards!

But you didn’t think we were going to mention a problem without sharing a solution, did you? Never! So, meet Postable – a modern day wedding stationery company that takes care of all your wedding snail mail needs!

From gathering your guests’ mailing addresses, to sending out your save the dates, to even writing your thank you notes (in what looks like real handwriting!), Postable is so easy to use, they’re pretty much a wedding planning game changer. And their card designs are really cute, too!

Postable

Postable

Postable has an incredible card selection filled with modern designs sure to align with your wedding’s aesthetic. They work with the best designers out there like Rifle Paper Co. and One Canoe Two, and their high quality paper is 100% recycled.

Postable

Postable

Use Postable’s free address book and type your thank you cards (instead of writing them out by hand!). The fonts look like real penmanship and, trust us when we say, this feature will make your life so much easier!

Postable

Postable

We’re so excited to share that Postable is offering one lucky GWS reader a $250 certificate towards the purchase of their wedding stationery (save the dates, invitations, thank you cards, etc.)!

*** Congrats to Hayley S who was our lucky winner! ***

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Vintage Bohemian Winter Wedding: Julia + Mike

Winter Bohemian Wedding

With floral installations you have to see to believe, and an ultra-charming bohemian vibe, today’s snowy Vancouver wedding comes at a perfect time since many of you see a similar scene when you look out of your windows today! Julia + Mike threw a beautiful, meaningful celebration at The Boathouse Restaurant, proceeded by an emotional vow exchange at beautiful VanDusen Botanical Gardens, and we just love all they ways these two personalized those settings.

Julia is a fashion designer by trade, so it goes without saying that creativity runs deep in her veins. The design concept was a collaborative effort between the bride herself, florist, Heather, from Greenstems, event planner, Aly Armstrong, and the stylists at Hunt & Gather Collective. The venues were filled with a sweet, vintage vibe and are sure to act as great inspiration for all of you planning a wedding in the fall or winter months!

Thanks so much to Ainsley Rose Photography for the photos and congrats to Julia + Mike on a beautiful day!

Winter Bohemian Wedding

Winter Bohemian Wedding

Winter Bohemian Wedding

flowers

We’re in love with this gorgeous mandala in the snow made out of seasonal greenery + red roses!

Winter Bohemian Wedding

Winter Bohemian Wedding

When we saw each other for the first time at either end of the aisle, it was as if time stood still for a minute. The chaos of the weather outside and the nerves of standing in front of everyone all disappeared, it was just us. It was calming, and real. The second best moment of the night was getting back to our bridal suite at the Fairmount Pacific Rim and ordering a grilled cheese with tomato soup. We devoured it in bed before even having the chance to take off our wedding clothes!

Winter Bohemian Wedding

Winter Bohemian Wedding

Winter Bohemian Wedding

Winter Bohemian Wedding

Winter Bohemian Wedding

Winter Bohemian Wedding

We love these rainy shots almost as much as the earlier snowy ones!

bridesmaids with umbrellas

Winter Bohemian Wedding

groomsmen

Winter Bohemian Wedding

Winter Bohemian Wedding

Winter Bohemian Wedding

Winter Bohemian Wedding

signage

Aly Armstrong shares, The hanging floral feature above the head table, and garlands down the centre of each guest table, contributed to the enchanted, Westcoast vibe. A mix of gold candlesticks holding black (yes black!) candlesticks adorned each table, along with an eclectic mix of succulents, cafe au lait dahlias and unique air plants displayed under cloches.

Winter Bohemian Wedding

Winter Bohemian Wedding

Winter Bohemian Wedding

See even more in the beautiful film below by Hello Tomorrow!

Make it about you guys! Make planning date nights fun! Remember that there are no rules. Do what feels right! Get a good support team of vendors that you can count on and communicate with.

photography: Ainsley Rose Photography // venue: Ceremony at VanDusen Botanical Gardens Vancouver, BC Canada, reception The Boathouse Restaurant // event design: Hunt & Gather Collective // event planning: Aly Armstrong Event Planning & Design // florals: Greenstems // wedding dress: Romona Keveza from Bisou Bridal // hairpieces: Vintage from my Grandma , reworked by SE Jewelry // shoes: Vintage //bridesmaid dresses: Their own // makeup: Denise Elliot // hair: Sophie Paje from Brush Salon // groom’s suit: Tiger of Sweden // videography: Hello Tomorrow // paper goods: Minted // catering: The Boathouse Restaurant // rentals: Spruce Collective + Be Spoke Decor // tee pee: Diane Rudge // chairs: Chairs by Lee // officiant: Our Best Friend

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryHello Tomorrow Wedding Films is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery

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