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Candice Pearce married Shane Dykstra

Candice Pearce married Shane Dykstra

Proposal: After six and a half years, Shane proposed on the beach in Thailand. We had been apart for two months while I was over in London and decided to meet up in Thailand. After travelling with the ring through the deepest jungles of Indonesia on a surf trip to Nias, Shane had surfed 6ft waves with the ring taped up inside his board shorts. One evening he told me he had a ‘surprise’ for me and made me sit by the pool and wait for him. Finally he took me down to the beach and had written “will you marry me” in the sand.

Stationery: ‘Message in a bottle’. Inside the bottles were a ticket style invite, confirming guests their seat numbers onto a boat. The invite was quite intriguing but still classy with seahorses and starfish, along with gorgeous metallic thin paper.

Ceremony: We scheduled our ceremony at An Island Hideaway Chapel for 4pm so our photos would incorporate the beautiful sunset and a gorgeous pod of dolphins swam by right as I was saying my vows… it was a truly magic moment.

Music: Shane and I both really love American female vocalist Lana Del Ray, so it was no surprise to our guests that I walked down the aisle to her song ‘Lucky ones’ in which she sings about stars aligning and her and her partner finally being the ‘Lucky ones’ (to have met).

Reception: Also at An Island Hideaway, in their beach themed function room. Silk white ceiling drapes, lanterns, bamboo and flower decorations, and more. It was so romantic. The food was lovely too!

Theme: White, apricot and beige. Two toned beige runners ran down the center of the tables scattered with sprinkles of sand, seashells and starfish along with a large vase at each table with gorgeous little goldfish in them, keeping in with the apricot theme. I chose large seashells from beautifulbeachweddings.com.au as the name card holders so guests could take them home and use them as photo holders. I also bought a large glass vase, filled it with sand and shells and left a sign asking guests to write a message, roll it up and tie it with twine. It’s a great keepsake in our lounge room that reminds us of our beautiful day, and once a week we pick out a note and read it.

Transport: Shane and his groomsmen caught the calm water cruise boat with the guests, but I wanted something a little more adventurous so arrived by seaplane, Imagine the guests surprise when our celebrant told them to look up as our plane flew over. The views were just breathtaking.

Photography: When I met Martinia from Life, Love & Light Images I was immediately taken aback by her stunning flushmount albums. Not only were they beautiful to look at, her photography was quite simply amazing. I fell in love with her work immediately. She proved to be such an amazing photographer to work with on the day too, She had a way of making me feel so relaxed and comfortable. Shane and I had so much fun working with her.

Honeymoon: Aitutaki Lagoon Island Resort, Aitutaki – Cook Islands then Lomani Island Resort, Mamanuca – Fiji. Both adults only and very private resorts. Our favourite was Aitutaki Lagoon Resort, the over water bungalows there are simply paradise, you can’t get anything better!

Advice: If it’s very sunny include fans or parasols for your guests. If your wedding dress is an off white, make sure your groom and his party have off white shirts too so your dress doesn’t look dirty if his shirt is stark white. Try and add a little element of surprise for your groom on the day. I got our page boy to walk down the aisle with a sign saying “Uncle Shane here comes your girl”… It was a very cute touch and something he wasn’t expecting.



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