Real Life Wedding: Tobey & Nathan – Cook Islands

Tobey Biggins and Nathan Tipene wed in Rarotonga on 4 April 2013. A barefoot ceremony was held on beautiful Aroa Beach, then guests were treated to a reception in the Tropical Garden Gazebo at the Rarotongan Resort & Spa.

Why did you choose a destination wedding?

We always thought we would elope, however we realised it wouldn’t be the same without our closest family members. We decided on an amazing location that neither our families or us had ever travelled to before.IMG-8bride-tobey-IMG-11

Why did you choose Rarotonga in the Cook Islands?

We knew some friends who got married in Rarotonga and once we heard about their wedding experience, we didn’t even consider any other options. We had made up our minds, we were getting married in Rarotonga!IMG-1-2IMG-2IMG-5

How did your friends and family react to the news?

Everyone was so excited because not only was it our wedding… it was going to be a well-deserved, relaxing holiday for everyone as well.IMG-6IMG-10

How long did it take to plan?

It didn’t take long at all – a few emails between me and the wedding planners and it was all done. Every question was answered, and every detail was completed. The final touches were made when we arrived, and we felt so relaxed that we were in good hands.IMG-12rarotongabride-tobey-IMG-9

Describe the special touches you chose for your ceremony.

We were at a beautiful location on the beach with the lagoon and sunset as our backdrop. Being there barefoot on the sand with our closest family was all we needed. It was everything we had ever wished for.IMG-18IMG-17

Describe your reception/wedding dinner.

It was a sit-down dinner with several courses. We showed our wedding planners pictures of how we wanted things to be set-up and they re-created the romantic, candlelit look perfectly.IMG-14

Do you have any advice for couples planning a similar wedding?

Rarotonga is the ultimate location for a destination wedding. The staff and wedding planners at Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa will do everything for you to make your day unforgettable.


Beachfront Suite, Sanctuary Rarotonga – on the beach


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