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!
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!
For more underwater images, click here!