The Perfect Vow Renewal . . .

Jamie wanted to surprise Brian with a vow renewal while they were holidaying at the exquisite Likuliku Lagoon Resort in Fiji.  They were celebrating 15 years of marriage with this trip, so it was the perfect opportunity.  Jamie set up a photo shoot with me to document the vow renewal and to capture some portraits of them.  She told me that her wedding photos (like mine!) were in the days before digital images, and she had been pretty disappointed with them.  Our goal together was to create some amazing, epic images in paradise for this couple to cherish over the next 15 years! (And more . . .)  I recommended a “Sand & Sea” session, where we take some images on the beach, and some in the water.  I just love these sessions and was so excited when Jamie was excited about the idea too!

Brian was let in on the secret before the big day, but that was special, because he was able to anticipate the moment together with Jamie.  Likuliku staff set up a gorgeous wedding arch on the sliver of private beach in front of their bungalow, so Jamie just had to step out the door of her room to see Brian waiting for her in the shade of the trees.

The ceremony was simple, heart-felt, and so very special.  Seriously, I always feel just so honoured to be able to witness these moments between couples–it’s such a privilege!  After the ceremony, we continued on with some more photos on the sand, and then ended up in the sea!

Scroll through the images below to see the story of the day, from the ceremony, to walking and dancing on the beach, to a dip in the shallow waters (including splashing on paddle boards and photo-bombing fish).  Afterwards we jumped off the jetty for some underwater images, and then, in search of crystal clear blue water, took a boat out past the lagoon into the deep blue sea and dove in!

We had such a fun time together and I love giving Jamie and Brian some images that they can cherish of their vow renewal in paradise!

Here’s to another awesome 15 years together, you two!




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All photos © Island Encounters Photography

Captured by Laura Pittman, Fiji Photographer

Location:  Likuliku Lagoon Resort Fiji  (This resort is a top pick for weddings, renewals, honeymoons, or holidays due to it’s gorgeous over-water bures!  Highly recommended!)

Wedding Styling, Arch & Celebrant:  Likuliku Lagoon Resort

Jamie’s Dress:  JJ’s (And seriously, I highly recommend this particular dress or style for a Drown the Gown photo session! It flows in the water without constricting the legs!)

Hair & Makeup:  Jamie

Photography Gear:  Canon 5D IIIs, Ikelite underwater camera housing

CONGRATULATIONS due to:  Jamie and Brian for 15 years of marriage.  Great job guys!

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A Perfect Namale Resort Wedding . . .

Ingrid and Errol’s Namale Resort wedding was seriously such a perfect day.  At Namale, weddings are always amazing–relaxed, beautiful and in-tune with Fijian culture.  I am always excited to see a Namale wedding come up on my calendar . . . and I have to say that this one was extra-special.

Ingrid and Errol met through football.  As a former pro player, Errol coached Ingrid’s son’s team.  I was really moved by Ingrid’s life story–she has given so much to families whose children are battling sickness and cancer.  She has such a beautiful soul, and it was truly an honour to witness the depth of love, connection, and joy that she and Errol share in their relationship.  He adores her.

We laughed on the beach, climbed to a waterfall, got sprayed in mist at the blowhole, and finished up at their own private pool up on a rocky outcropping with a stunning view of the Koro Sea.  I truly enjoyed every moment with this couple!

Ingrid and Errol loved the Fijian people, and this was reflected well in their photos and ceremony, complete with warriors, a Fijian flower girl and ring bearer, and a Fijian choir.  Epic!

All of the details of the day came together to form a perfect, stress-free experience for the bride and groom, who were able to wed surrounded by the love and support of the Fijian people.

Ingrid and Errol, I hope these photos tell the story of your day beautifully for all the friends and family back home.  I wish you every happiness in your lives together as Mr. and Mrs.!

God bless you!   ~ Laura

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All Photos © Island Encounters Photography

Photography by Laura Pittman

Location:  Namale Resort and Spa, Fiji

Wedding coordination and styling, choir, warriors, florals, etc. all by Namale Resort

Hair and Makeup:  Hairfirst Brides Fiji

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Plantation Island Wedding . . . Charlotte + Morgan

Charlotte and Morgan are such a fun, relaxed, gorgeous couple . . . and their Plantation Island wedding was all of this as well.  Surrounded by friends and family, they said “I do” on the beach at Plantation Island.  Charlotte wore the perfect dress for a beach wedding and was absolutely glowing all day.  It was hard to pick my favourite shots for this blog post because these two had so many gorgeous shots–pretty hard to take a bad picture of them!

Charlotte heard about me from another bride whose wedding I photographed here in Fiji.  I don’t often get to take advantage of word-of-mouth recommendations like this due to the nature of destination weddings, but I love it when it works out!  I am so glad.  🙂

My husband Ray flew the drone during the wedding to capture some aerial views and assisted me with the wedding.  It was fun to work together, and it’s awesome to get the aerial perspective at the same time I was on the ground shooting.

I loved how Charlotte and Morgan’s family and friends enjoyed the beach (and the kids enjoyed the water) after the ceremony.  Their ADORABLE little boy was so cute splashing around and playing in the sand.  The reception was also located on the beach, and looked absolutely magical with coloured lights on the palm trees and candles on the tables.  I didn’t photograph through the reception, but I made sure to stay long enough to get some photos of that beautiful cake and the bridal party’s grand entry.  I hear they had a lot of fun that night. . . that even included a dark-night swim in the sea after the reception.  It was an absolutely perfect day in paradise.

Congratulations, Charlotte and Morgan!  Ray and I wish you all the best as “Mr. & Mrs.”.  You and the bridal party were such a fun group and we had a great time spending the afternoon with you!

~ Laura


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Plantation Island Wedding Credits:

© Island Encounters Photography

Captured by Laura Pittman and Ray Pittman

Location:  Plantation Island Resort

Package:  Simplicity + Drone

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Mermaids in Fiji. . .

“I see mermaids!!!” When our girls were little, our family lived on a remote beach in northern Fiji that was only accessible by boat (we ran a study-abroad program). We didn’t have a car since we couldn’t use it! Instead we went everywhere by boat . . .to the store, to check email, anything! As we would skim across the blue waters by motorboat, sometimes my toddlers would get bored, so we would play the looking-for-mermaids game. “Eden! Do you see a mermaid? I think I saw a blue one jumping over there . . . “
“Yes Mommy! I see it!” (The girls would stare out at the water where I was pointing, and stay occupied for ages). My kids have always been fascinated by mermaids.
Yesterday I headed out to Beachcomber Island with the Grace College service team that our non-profit, Island Encounters, is hosting right now. We like to take them out on an island day trip at the end of their time here to thank them for all of their help and service in volunteering their time.
When the team arrived earlier this month, we were so excited to see them unpack the mermaid tails that I had ordered from the USA a while ago for the team to bring out to Fiji.
Elani and Isla, our youngest daughters, have always wanted to be mermaids, so we had a lot of fun picking out colours and options for their tails, and they have been eagerly awaiting their arrival to Fiji, and a good opportunity to try them out. Finally, it was our chance!
Elani slipped on her monofin and her tail and splashed into the ocean. We tried it out in the shallows and then went along on the snorkeling trip to try out it in the deep blue with all of the fish. Elani did such a great job swimming with her tail on! Doesn’t she look beautiful?
Then little Isla tried on her orange tail (she was only out in the ocean a couple of minutes so we got some more photos in the pool afterwards). She was so cute and sweet–so excited to be a mermaid!
Thanks to Ray Pittman for all your help with the shoot, and to always keeping the mermaid dream alive in our family. (Ever since you asked me to “be your mermaid forever” when you proposed underwater almost 20 years ago!). Twenty years later, how we are, with little mermaids of our own! 🙂
Underwater photography is such a fun outlet, it made my day to be able to capture such beautiful images of my little girls!! I’m thinking abut ordering some more tails in different sizes for my underwater photography here, what do you think? Wouldn’t you like to be a mermaid for a day?! 🙂
~ Laura


Location:  Beachcomber Island, Fiji
Mermaid tails by:  Fin Fun

All Images © Island Encounters Photography

Captured by Laura Pittman

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Family in Paradise . . .  Family Portraits Sneak Peek

Straight from enjoying the pool and the beach, into a quick family portrait session. . . this session was the essence of a stress-free Fiji holiday photo shoot.  Thanks to Kath for making this happen despite your change in plans!  I really enjoyed seeing your family interact, there is so much love there.  I also enjoyed hearing about your connection with Fiji and the people here–it’s so great when you have relationships with the locals in the place that you holiday–it says a lot about you guys. I hope that these images bring back great memories of your time in Fiji together, and that they will brighten up Grandpa’s day!

~ Laura

All Images © Island Encounters Photography

Captured by Laura Pittman

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  • May 23, 2017 - 10:27 pm

    roseanne - Laura I am kaths mum who could not come to fiji. Thanks so much for these special photos. They have bought a teers to my eyes. Roseanne mccannReplyCancel