destination wedding

Sinalei Resort, Samoa | Wedding | Seteuati + Ella

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.

Le Lagoto, Savai'i, Samoa | Wedding | Max + Lupe

When I received an email from Lupe, I thought whoa! now that's a blast from the past.  Lupe helped my husband (then fiance) sort out accommodation in Auckland in prep for our big day.  To now receive a message from her asking me to photograph her wedding I was deeply honoured :)  To repay her kindness was an opportunity I had been waiting for.

Lupe + Max (like most of my clients) reside in Sydney, Australia so our communication was all via email.  We hadn't met once so for everything to fall in place made this wedding extra special.

Their backdrop was the beautiful Le Lagoto Resort in Savai'i.  If you ever get the chance to go there, you will not be disappointed by the quality of service and atmosphere.

Lupe went with a beautiful lace gown while her bridesmaid adorned a more traditional but beautifully made blue + white puletasi.  The groom + his boys wore matching ie faitagas with alohas (lavalavas with pockets and shirts).  They looked awesome!

An absolutely beautiful wedding for a couple so in love.