On September seventeenth I ran away to tropical paradise and married the most incredible man in the world!

For my wedding I stayed true to my ‘Wardrobe Workout’ no shopping challenge and made my own dress from my late Nan’s crochet table cloth and doily (which meant the world to my mum to know her mother had played a part in the day), combined with some calico I had originally purchased some time ago with intentions of making a couch cover. The head chain and sandals were made from materials bought when I went through a ‘jewellery making’ phase that had been in storage ever since the phase ran its course.  The best part about my outfit, other than it didn’t cost a thing to make, is that the accessories are easily worn again and the dress will be dyed another colour and worn for years to come. Hair and makeup were done by me with my fabulous hubby-to-be as assistant.

Every one of the wonderful staff at Sunset Bungalows played a part in our day. Managers Audrey and Greg organised everything from paperwork to music systems meaning that as a woman born without the bride gene, I didn’t need to do a thing, which is exactly how I wanted it! The gardening staff prepared the grounds and the chapel for the day and painstakingly crafted the floral arch that framed our wedding.  The lovely local Lilly set up our waterfront bungalow with a trail of tea light candles and a table dressed in linen and tropical flowers so we could spend the evening relaxing with a meal and watching the sunset over the lagoon. I wanted to show some pictures here but they look very low resolution in comparison to the professional beauties above.

A massive thanks to Kristel from Photographics Vanuatu did a wonderful job of capturing the essence of our day. With hundreds of images it was hard to select just a few to show here, they were all so perfect. Kristel extended her island welcome well past wedding photographer duties and gave me a birthday to remember as we spent the day touring the Port Vila sights comically crammed on the back of her quad bike. Can’t wait for an opportunity to visit her again in the future.

I hope you enjoy the sneaky peek at our wedding. It is such a pleasure to be able to share the day with you!

Thanks to all who made it such a memorable experience.

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