“Indian Fusion Wedding Fiji – Garden Of The Sleeping Giant – Leigh & Kimti”

When Leigh and Kimti initially approached us and spoke about having a wedding that drew elements from Kimti’s Fijian roots, and that they had Louise from taste Fiji (with her meticulous attention to detail and eye for styling) onboard with helping them create their vision, we knew that this was going to be an ‘Off The Beaten Path’ Wedding that we couldn’t miss out on!

And what a memorable wedding it was. From the build up which saw Kimti and the girls getting ready at ‘Naisoso Villas’ and the guys a few Miles down the road at ‘First Landing Resort’, and then the off road journey by 4WD into Sabeto towards the heart of the ‘Garden of the Sleeping Giant’ where their ceremony took place in and amongst lush green vegetation inhabited by an array of exotic flowers, with rustic wooden benches for guest seating, right down to the Pineapple theme than ran throughout including the use of baby pineapples as button holes! Kudos to the Team at taste Fiji (full vendors listing below) and to Leigh and Kimti for pulling off their dream wedding, as well as a dream for us to capture.

This wedding reflected a fusion of cultures and races, infusing the buzz of emotions mixed with laughter, and tears of joy. Close your eyes and you’d be forgiven for thinking that you’d journeyed back in time to when Fiji was genuinely considered ‘The way the world should be’. This was a celebration, this is Fiji! Enjoy.

Here’s what the couple had to say about the day:

What made you choose Fiji: Fiji is Kimti’s birthplace and with mainly Fijian, New Zealand and Australian guests it was the perfect meeting place for all. 

Can you tell us a bit about the day through your eyes: We felt lucky to be able to create a personalised wedding outside of the resorts, in a location that was both breath-taking and sentimental to us. For us, it was like hosting an event akin to something we might attend each year at the Adelaide Fringe Festival on a balmy summers night! 

What were you’re favorite moment/s of the day: Saying our vows and being married in a tropical rainforest ceremony venue with light filtering through the trees was more wonderful than we ever could have imagined. Without a doubt, it will the be the most fondly remembered part of the day for years to come.

Is there any advice you’d like to give future brides in preparation for their big day: Choose a few things each that are important to you each, and then for the rest – accept that there will need to be compromises!

Any special thanks or mentions you’d like to make: To Louise Acreman and her entire team at Taste Fiji and to all of our guests for their sense of adventure in joining us!

Vendors:

Getting Ready Locations:

Kimti and the Girls: Naisoso Island Resort Villas

Leigh and the Guys: First Landing Resort Private Villas

Celebrant: Livai

Location: The Garden of the Sleeping Giant

Bridal Dress: Custom Dress by Rapsimo (Adelaide, Australia)

Rings: Dhamani Jewels (Dubai, UAE)

Accessories: Earrings – Lulu Frost; Vintage Bouquet Brooch (Strathalbyn, Australia).

Hair & Makeup: Dale Dorning (Queensland, Australia)

Flowers: Tadra Flowers & Taste Fiji 

Groom Tuxedo: Cambridge

Groomsmen Suit: TM Lewin

Button Hole Baby-Pineapples: Tadra Flowers & Taste Fiji (Lou from Taste Fiji picked the baby pineapples from their home garden).

Accessories: Fans, frames etc sourced by couple.

Reception Setup: Banquet chairs and Tables and rustic ceremony benches by Party and Event Hire

Arch, benches, dessert table and Bar furniture , Table flower arrangements- Taste Fiji Events

Catering and Wedding Cake: Taste Fiji

Videography: Jetmo 

DJ or outsourced entertainment: Liam Ray – Acoustic Duo, DJ Will

Chauffeur Service: Pacific Destinations Fiji