What was your greatest struggle while planning your wedding?
Initially, the greatest struggle was finding a date that suited everyone – there were some people that I just refused to omit! The second biggest struggle was the fact that the venue was in another country, and I had to rely on memory to try and plan things.
What was your favourite moment of the day?
Walking down the aisle, seeing everyone I love on the beach, and Constant at the front, my dad by my side. It was overwhelmingly joyous.
How did you decide on a specific theme/look&feel for your wedding?
Where did you find your inspiration? There was no real look and feel – I couldn’t really care less about fringes and fluff! I figured that since it was already on the beach in such an epic setting, we didn’t need much else. We had fairy lights, that was more than enough.
How long did it take you to plan the wedding / how long were you engaged?
We were engaged for three/four years. Initially, we thought we would just be engaged forever but then somewhere along the line we figured out that having a huge once in a lifetime party with our family and friends sounded pretty good.
How did you go about finding vendors for your wedding?
Since I’ve been in the wedding industry myself all these years, all of the ‘vendors’ were my friends
If money was no object, what outrageous thing would you have insisted on having for your wedding?
I would probably just have covered every square inch of tree/ palm tree in fairy lights, haha!
How did you prioritise your wedding budget?
In our case, the largest chunk of the budget went to helping our family with flight tickets. What could be more important than them? We didn’t do decor, flowers, cake, bouquet. That stuff didn’t matter to me.
Do you have any advice for other couples planning a wedding?
Yes, a lot (haha). Having photographed over 300+ weddings myself, I knew exactly what I did not want for my own wedding. I did not want one big, overblown, showy day that I spent half a mortgage on. It’s a nice idea, but the entire day flies by in what feels like 2 hours. How do you spend quality time with 120 guests on one day? Like my one friend put it: “I spent the first half of my wedding saying hello, and the other half saying goodbye. That’s about it.” So I wanted a small, intimate wedding, where no one was rushed, everyone was barefoot, everyone was relaxed (including me). We spent the few days leading up to the wedding floating in the warm waters with our guests, cocktails in hand. The wedding day itself was no different. It was idyllic, and everyone had the time of their lives, not just me! Also, you really can do what you want. Make the day yours. Question everything. I asked my father to marry us, he’s not a pastor, but he’s great with words, and having him do the ceremony for us was one of the most special things of the entire wedding.