“Fiji Mountain Elopement – Garphing & Tzeyin”
It’s been an amazing year so far, sure we started off slow but towards the end of the year we’ve found our pace and have stuck to it with OTBP sessions and elopements being at the forefront. This year has also seen a rise in us capturing couples further abroad than the “usual” Geographical locations, adventurous couples willing to push the boundaries a bit just so that they get the full flavour of a Fijian Destination wedding experience.
Garphing & Tzeyin were one of these. They are actually our first couple to capture from Malaysia (although they live and work in Singapore).
So how does a couple from Malaysia living and working in Singapore decide to elope off the beaten bath in the middle of the Fijian highlands?
Well it all started with an unusual proposal…
As it goes, one day, Garphing (the groom) shows Tzeyin a few online adverts about Fiji. Jokingly Tzeyin asks about how amazing it would be to have a helicopter proposal in Fiji and Garphing’s response was “Um, why not we spend the money to get married there instead?” And the next thing they knew they were booking flights for Fiji :) How’s that for an impromptu proposal? lol Straight for the jugular.
This is their story. Congratulations guys xo
When we asked them why they chose an OTBP highlands elopement this was their response:
Once we decided to marry in Fiji, we looked through a lot of Fiji wedding blogs. Then we came across a Highland Elopement post on the ‘Kama Catch Me’ website. It was stunning! Both of us know this is what we wanted and immediately came to an agreement without a second thought (which is something that rarely happens between us).
The planning, researching, logistics and styling is really all down to Gitte, having fractured her arm early this year and no longer being able to shoot weddings, she has consistently poured herself into passions that make her buzz, OTBP elopements being one of them. Thankfully for us we had Pooja and the Team from Paradise Bride (full vendors listing below) to collaborate with on the setup and flowers.
The following conversation ensued when we asked the couple what their stand out moments from the experience were:
Tzeyin: The settings! Especially the teepee. It looked exactly the same as what I discussed with Gitte.
Garphing: My bride!
Tzeyin: *eyes rolling*
Garphing: Alright, the champagne popping. I didn’t expect to do this in the highlands. And after 3/4 bottle of champagne on an empty stomach, I felt a bit dizzy during the photo shoot.
Tzeyin: Ohh, and the bouquet! It was lovely.
The couples advice for anyone planing an OTBP elopement:
Have a few days of buffer between your arrival and wedding day. You never know what will happen. (we lost our baggage on the day we arrived, luckily it was retrieved later on the same day.)
And also if you can, have a face to face chat with your photographer before the wedding (like we did), it’s always good to prep yourself to know what will happen on your actual day. They can also answer all your last minute questions and it’s always easier to communicate verbally.
Photographer: Kama Catch Me Photography
Event planner / Stylist: Gitte from Kama Catch Me
Getting Ready Venue: Fiji Orchid Resort
Ceremony venue: Fiji Highlands
Cake (and what kind): Taste Fiji – Mango Coconut Flavour
Ceremony Setup / Bouquet / Button Hole: Pooja and Team from Paradise Bride Fiji
Celebrant: Usa from Marriage Celebrant Fiji
Ring carrier & Clothes hanger: DIY by the groom (wire letter by local artist in Malaysia)
Transport: Kama Catch Me
Bridal gown designer: Samantha Chua from Emmanuel Haute Couture
Veil: Emmanuel Haute Couture
Wedding bands: Custom made from Ling Jewellery
Flower crown: Gitte from Kama Catch Me
Robes: Cotton On, Singapore
Shoes: ALDO, Singapore
Hair & Make up: Ash from Hair & Makeup Perfectionist