Photo by Todd Hunter McGaw
I got a lovely set of pictures recently from Nerida McMurray. Nerida is a Sydney photographer who romantically decided to run away with her fiance, Matt and marry at Tokoriki Island in Fiji. Tokoriki is an Adults Only resort in the Mamanuca Island Group.
Having shot many weddings, Nerida wanted something different for her own wedding day. The couple even got dressed together- surprising their photographer Isoa Tokalautawa of Tokman Images who had never seen a groom help a bride into a gown before!
A beautiful way to spend a Saturday! Happy weekend!
Nerida and Matt met through a mutual friend- also a photographer. Originally from Zimbabwe, Matt had just moved to Australia from London. The attraction was instant!
After getting ready together, Matt and Nerida walked barefoot to the “famous coconut tree” where a Fijian minister was waiting for them.
After being on the mainland a few days to get their marriage certificate, the minister discovered no one had written a license number on it! He refused to marry the couple until they had the number . Luckily their wedding planner (based at the resort) stepped in, called the registry office and sorted it out half an hour before the wedding!
Nerida and Matt wanted to make their ceremony very personal and wrote their own vows. The ceremony was light hearted with the minster struggling to get Nerida’s name right and pronouncing it “Merinda”. Nerida also dug her feet into the sand to make herself the same height as Matt! The minster had insisted Nerida stand on the higher side of the beach- as is their tradition!
Nerida’s mother made her veil, sewing tulle onto a comb with vintage crystals she had been keeping for a special occasion. Nerida’s parents sent a surprise bottle of Pol Roger champagne with a Shakespeare sonnet on it as a gift to the couple.
Nerida and Matt finished their wedding day with a wedding dinner at a private table on the beach. Nerida describes her wedding as the most special and romantic time in her life.
Thank you for sharing your special day with us Nerida! I wish you all the best for a beautiful marriage together!
Photos by Tokman Images
This gorgeous colour is a watery dreamy grey blue with a slight green tinge – perfect for those who love a different take on blue.
Combine with browns from milk chocolate to dark chocolate and cream
– With ivory, dark chocolate and a pop of cherry red
– With charcoal grey and dark plummy red
– With deep apricot, pale creamy apricot and pearl grey
– With dark navy blue, white
– With dark greyed green and terracotta
– With cream and a pop of orange
– With cream, mid pink and touches of milk chocolate
– The cooler metals such as pewter, stainless steel and silver, zinc
– Twig nests filled with painted blue eggs speckled with brown, and tiny feathers, wire birdcages, dodda vine wrapped around large glass, white orchid filled containers
– Engraved pebbles either real stones, or cream ceramic ones
– White orchids, white or apricot roses, echeveria – particularly nice when in flower, grey leafed plants such as dusty miller, frangipani, cherry blossom, Japanese quince, peppercorn berries, tamarisk, poppies, tulips, orange banksia, anthuriums, sweet peas
– Zinc troughs filled to the brim with grey leaves, cream and pink flowers along a table covered with a duck egg blue cloth, add chocolate touches such as napkin ties, duck egg blue place cards with chocolate script, sparkling glassware, a mix of cream and duck egg blue French Provincial style crockery
– Make ‘placemats’ from heavy duck egg blue paper with hand written script in chocolate – sayings, poems, phrases that are meaningful to you. Would look stylish on dark wooden tables
– Metal work that is rusted either through a painted effect, or real rust. Laser cut screens lit from behind, flower filled urns, candlesticks, tea light holders, planters, wire trays – use as part of the overall theme to create the feeling of gentle age, or to add a point of difference to garden décor
– For cloths or table runners, consider wallpaper or fabrics in a vintage design – think Laura Ashley, Liberty, Florence Broadhurst type designs which might pick up several of the colours in your palette
– Create a ‘bower’ indoors or outdoors, by winding flowers and leaves around a structure such as an arch, or pergola. Hang long strands of flowers and sparkly beads to enclose the area on 3 sides (rather like a beaded door curtain) to create a pretty area in which to say your vows
Endemic to Australia these gorgeous creamy white flowers are a stunning addition to a wedding bouquet.
They have a daisy like form and a raised textured centre of sage green to creamy yellow green. Each petal feels soft to the touch like flannel and are tipped in the softest grey green.
As part of an Australian native bouquet they are perfect with the softer colours of proteas, bottle brushes, grevilleas and hakeas. Team them with grey leaves of dusty miller or bolder plum coloured leaves. Use them in bouquets with softer coloured lavenders, hyacinths or narcissus or use them in their own right as a single flowered bouquet. Against the softer hues of apricot, yellow, grey blue, sage or pink they will look stunning in their simplicity.
Add to the look with flannel flowers as hairpieces, printed on your invitations, tucked into your floral arrangements, or give the seeds as a favour. Trailing down your cake, or interpreted as a special brooch attached to the hip of your dress, this special flower will be admired by all who see it.
Bouquets from Backcreek Country
Have you used flannel flowers in your bouquet? I’d love to see!