“Even better than our wedding!”
On their 10-year wedding anniversary, the Brisbane City Celebrants duo Cara and Jamie said ‘We Still Do” in this beautiful overwater wedding pavilion in the Maldives.
We asked Cara to fill us in on all the details of their special day…
We envisioned a relaxed and thoroughly enjoyable day surrounded by the crystal-clear sea. Our ceremony took place at the overwater wedding pavilion at Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, and it truly was a dream destination wedding location!
We sailed to the overwater pavilion in a traditional Maldivian Dhoni boat, which was such a picturesque way to arrive. All the staff made us feel so special that we were giggly with excitement by the time we arrived at the stunning overwater pavilion.
On arrival, the Island’s band played the drums and sung their traditional songs as we made our way down the clear glass aisle together which beautifully showcased the sparkling ocean beneath, before turning to face each other and joining hands. Admittedly, our Celebrant hats went back on momentarily as we both ensured we were perfectly centred at the altar!
The overwater pavilion was decorated with fresh ivory roses and orchid arrangements – especially for us! And our custom-made sign by Brisbane Wedding Decorators with the words ‘We Still Do’ added to our floral arrangement ceremony backdrop and tied in perfectly with our ceremony wording.
Our ceremony was an opportunity to celebrate our relationship and our marriage, recognising the challenges we’ve faced together over the past decade and celebrating the triumphs.
Cara tells us “Being a Celebrant, I couldn’t resist writing our own ceremony which reflected on our journey together and how we’ve continued to grow both individually and as a couple. I managed to keep the wording a surprise from Jamie who heard it for the first time on the day, which made our ceremony even more special.”
For our vows, we both agreed on 8 statements, which we wrote privately and shared for the first time during the ceremony. Our words to each other were so in tune and as we read each vow in turn, we aww’d, smiled and giggled at the words we used to describe each other and the memories we shared.
Our ceremony was the perfect balance of meaningful and light-hearted. As our eyes locked, we laughed, we fist pumped and we didn’t stop smiling. It was such a special moment. We kept our ceremony short and sweet which was perfect.
10 years of LOVE
After our ceremony, we headed to the sand spit beach for sunset photos, where the team of Photographers asked us to stand facing toward them and walk backwards towards the sea. With a drone hovering above us, we took a few steps backwards as instructed, before the Photographers, all yelled in unison “Turn around now’. Assuming they were just giving us more direction, we couldn’t believe our eyes when we turned to see huge words dug out in the sand reading ’10 years of love’! It was such a special moment! We love how beautifully the drone footage in our highlights film captures this special memory.
Our intimate reception for 2 took place on a floating wooden deck in the sparkling lagoon. It felt so romantic and private and it was just amazing to watch the sun slowly set in its breathtaking Maldivian style, lighting up the sky. We knew this was a once in a lifetime experience and we savoured the moment.
Our mid-ocean dining experience included a delicious 4-course meal accompanied by chilled champagne, with the waiter returning by boat to serve each course.
Our vow renewals were such an incredible experience so we would love to continue the tradition and renew our vows every 10 years, so I guess we have 10 years to start planning our next vow renewals!
We feel our own first-hand experience of renewing our vows has better equipped us for writing genuine and authentic vow renewal ceremonies. It also allowed us to explore new ways of writing ‘vow renewal vows’ which we are so excited to share with our vow renewing clients!
Photography & Videography Digital Studio Maldives / Ceremony & Reception Four Seasons Resort at Landaa Giraavaru / Ceremony Design & Wording Brisbane City Celebrants / Wooden Sign Hire Brisbane Wedding Decorators / Bride’s Dress When Freddie Met Lily / Bride’s ShoesChristian Louboutin / Groom’s Suit Jacket Urbbana