Hello lovies! I’d list all of the things I love about this elopement captured by Bora Bora Photographer Damien Gobron, but you can take a look at these lovely photographs and see! From the “Till Death Do Us Part” ring box to the sweet floral crowns, the details were charming, subtle and perfectly orchestrated.
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Brian and Amanda chose Bora Bora to get married with a traditional Polynesian wedding ceremony. With flower crowns and barefoot in the warm sand beach, with a Tahitian priest, a conch blower, dancers and romantic Polynesian music, Bora Bora is the perfect destination elopement dream.
The Polynesian Wedding ceremony held in all the Tahitian islands is a celebration of joy and love. It includes a hand-fasting blessing ceremony, exchange of flower crowns and leis and being wrapped in a Tifafai or quilt.
The groom and his bride arrive on the beach on an outrigger canoe paddled by a bare-chested Tahitian man. Inside a heart of flowers the Polynesian wedding ceremony begins. To start, the conch blower will sound the conch shell and the master of ceremony will divide one leaf into two bracelets and will put them around your wrists to tie the knot. With their hands together they got blessed with pure water from the lagoon.
The bride and groom exchange Leis and fresh flower crowns. In French Polynesia a Lei is given at every joyous occasion. To symbolize the union, they found themselves wrapped in a beautiful Tahitian quilt. Protected by this traditional handmade blanket and under it they kissed as a married couple for the first time.
To celebrate the union, the dancers and musicians will perform the traditional songs and moves and even invite the couple to join them.
FROM THE COUPLE:
We actually went to the same high school for a little bit but never met each other. We finally met about 15-16 years later trading for the same job. We were becoming table games dealers at a new casino that would be opening up. We are still both there. As far as the proposal, I did it on Christmas Day. We already had the ring picked out and she knew she was getting it at some point but didn’t know when. I didn’t give it to her initially. I waited about 30 minutes after we got done opening all the gifts for us and the kids so she would think it wasn’t coming that day. I told her she had one more gift and it was hidden. She was very surprised when she found it and I proposed to her.
Our day was about us first and the love we share for each other. So many people only have one day for thier wedding and are too busy and distracted by everyone and everything going on to remember any of it, or be able to fully enjoy their day. We wanted none of that. We wanted our day to be about us and have everything taken care for us. We wanted a beach wedding and what area has more beautiful beaches than Bora Bora??!! We didn’t have a color scheme as it was just us. Our wedding was a traditional Polynesian wedding.
The dress was mermaid style gown with a trumpet train, embellished with lace on the bodice and bottom train. I also wore wedges that were made on Etsy covered in pearls. I had a single pearl necklace and a pearl bracelet. The groom went traditional beach attire with sandals, linen pants and vest with a coral pocket square and a white button down.
THE PERSONALIZATIONS FOR THE SPECIAL DAY
The only real way that we personalized it was our ring box. We were having a Halloween reception/party after our return to celebrate with everyone, so the ring box I had made was in the shape of a coffin and had “Till Death Do Us Part” with our names and date wrote on it to tie the two celebrations together. Honestly every single part of the day was fantastic! One magical thing that stuck out for us, was that literally once the ceremony was over a double rainbow appeared. Everyone there thought that was a great blessing for us!
ANY WEDDING PLANNING ADVICE FOR NEWLY-ENGAGED COUPLES?
Go big or go home! Which we did! Haha. But seriously, we loved doing a destination wedding with just us. We didn’t have to worry about anything, no wedding planning, no drama, cake, decorations, photography, video….etc. Everything was all included in our package and Intercontinental Thalasso and Spa Bora Bora did an excellent job! Also our photographer Damien Gobron was SUPER! He made us feel very comfortable and definitely captured our love for each other and the beauty of the ceremony and the island. His pictures came out fantastic!
Special thank you to Brian, Amanda and Damien Gobron for sharing this stunning Elopement with us!