When Ella got in touch with me early 2014 I was excited to hear that her and fiance Seteuati decided to marry in Samoa, where they first met during their time at the Bible College some years prior. Their love has seen them through the distance of Uati living in Samoa and Ella in New Zealand as well as the passing of Uati's father recently.
When I met these two for their engagement session at Auckland's Mission Bay, my excitement to capture their day grew even more. They are such a loving couple with eyes only for each other. When your relationship withstands the distance across the Pacific Ocean not just for a few days or months but a few years, you are meant to be.
Seteuati and Ella were married at the absolutely beautiful Sinalei Resort in Upolu, Samoa surrounded by a gathering of families and friends. Their ceremony was beautiful and reception was filled with laughter. We took their formal portraits at the resort which provided such a beautiful tropical background. Bridesmaids looked lovely in blush pink gowns from ASOS, with their dashing groomsmen looking relaxed in their traditional samoan ie-faitaga (lavalavas). Ella was an absolute sight on her day in her beautiful Maggie Sottero gown with Seteuati in his very dapper cream suit.
A gorgeous entrance I finally got to witness was Ella arriving by canoe to the ceremony with her brother waiting to walk her from the beach to her dad waiting on the pier.
Favourite moment on the day for me was seeing Ella in her beautiful dress. Ella has since made the move to Samoa and set up shop as an absolutely talented Makeup Artist under the name EBB Samoa.