Boho Elopement Planner – Raymi and Conal

In case you didn’t already know we organise, style and capture destination elopements as part of our OTBP elopement package 3, and we don’t believe in doing a half-assed job. This mindset often has us in a state of ‘what the heck did we get ourselves into this time’, which isn’t always a good thing ha ha But that’s what hypes us and keeps us ticking over creatively. Once we get inspired to create something, you know that kind of feeling? It’s that itch that you just have to scratch, the creative idea that just wont leave your mind and you can’t bring yourselves to stop thinking, dreaming, and breathing life into until you see it come to fruition. Raymi and Conal’s OTBP elopement was one of those projects, and this is how it took shape.

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Conal had often spoken to Raymi about how he would like to take her to visit Fiji one day, even before they were engaged. And so after proposing they searched at a tonne of wedding venues in Sydney but found nothing that really stood out or that connected to them. All of a sudden the idea of eloping to Fiji suddenly became a realistic option. Combining their wedding, honeymoon, and bucket list ticked off all in one whilst keeping within their budget. Raymi also added that the draw was ‘…because of Fiji’s reputation as a friendly place that was both peaceful and perfect for an adventure.’

This isn’t the first time we’d done a teepee style setup (you can check out our very first one with Rene’e and David here) but for Raymi and Conal we wanted to up our game and incorporate elements of  Fijian styling but with a contemporary ‘Boho’ twist. This came in the form of Bamboo poles, weaved coconut fronds, dried palm leaves, handwoven baskets from Rise Beyond the Reef as well as an intricate handwoven round mat, along with Pineapples and a bundle of root crops known as Dalo, which were all sourced from the local market.

The wedding day would be the first time for Raymi and Conal to lay eyes on the setup, and the look on the their faces as they rocked up was priceless! Mission accomplished! Raymi remarked later “The tepee was defiantly my favourite! I love that that it had a Fijian twist, it looked very unique.”

If like us you were thinking ‘How stunning is that gown and where do you find such a thing?’ well look no further, this Boho beauty is from ‘Spell & The Gypsy Collective’, a boutique in Byron Bay (see vendors list below for direct links). And Raymi reckons it only took a few months to find, as she stumbled across it whilst shopping for some casual clothing on their website. “I saw that they had a bridal range so I started looking and as soon as I saw the dress I just thought ‘that one!’. I wanted something that was feminine, unique and would be good for an outdoor wedding. I tried it on after it arrived and it was just as perfect as I thought it would be.” Yes that’s right ladies, it was ordered online, which just makes this story and this couple all the more ‘real’ for us :)

The weather this time of year is always unpredictable but heck it always manages to add some MAGIC to the whole atmosphere. This day was no exception, it had been raining on and off all week and in true OTBP fashion we knew that we just had to go for it and embrace whatever the highland Gods threw at us. Undeterred by the incoming weather we forged ahead, the elements adding flavour to Raymi’s favourite part of the day. “During our Vows I was crying the whole time. Straight after we said them it started to rain and the celebrant said that in Fijian culture it was a good sign. I couldn’t even get the ring on Conal’s finger! My hands were shaking because I was so excited, so I only got it halfway before Conal had to put it on.”

The couples advice for planning a destination elopement was this “Take your time researching vendors and venues. Fiji is such a beautiful place and once you’ve found the right team everything just falls into place and you can focus on the two of you enjoying the day for what it’s really all about. I’m glad we chose such a great team that made our day so easy. Ropate and Gitte both went above and beyond. On the day it was windy and it rained here and there but Ropate worked with everything to capture how beautiful and special the day was on camera. Gitte made the most beautiful flower arrangements and helped us organise a lead up that would have otherwise been extremely stressful for both of us.”

Collaborators

Wedding Venue: Fiji

Getting Ready Venue: Hilton Resort and Spa Denarau 

Wedding Bands + Engagement Ring: Oroginale Jewellery

Set up, Styling, Cake and Marriage Celebrant: All Organised by Kama Catch Me as part of our ‘OTBP Elopement Package.’

Dress: Spell and The Gypsy Collective

Veil/headpiece: Kama Catch Me

Lingerie: Cotton On Body

Shoes: Cotton On

Hair & Makeup: Ash at Hair and Make-up Perfectionist

Flowers: Kama Catch Me

Suit: Country Road

Shoes: Adidas