The French Polynesian wedding ceremony held in all the Tahitian islands is a celebration of joy and love. It included a hand-fasting blessing ceremony, exchange of flowers crowns and leis, and being wrapped in a Tifafai or quilt.
From the bride: We had always wanted a beach wedding. Water has always been an important part of our relationship. Our 2’nd date was paddle boarding and our first trip together was a surfing trip to Costa Rica.
We decided to opt for an intimate and private ceremony in a beautiful beach location. We love to travel so it was important to have local and cultural elements incorporated into the ceremony.
We also wanted to incorporate the African American tradition of jumping the broom with the local customs of a French Polynesian wedding.
French Polynesia is known for its beautiful flowers and arrangements. Our wedding coordinator was phenomenal. She provided me with a red ginger flower bouquet which was also used to decorate the wedding broom.
We also had beautiful white flower crowns and leis to match. The flowers and palms used throughout the ceremony evoked a feeling of fun and romance
To contrast with the beach setting, we went with a modern elegant fashion look. A fitted silk dress with a lace bodice, traditional veil, and short train was chosen. A tailored cream linen suit was worn by the groom.
We were both excited to jump off the dock of the hotel room into the water. This was something we had both been looking forward to and signifies us jumping into our new married lives together.
Accommodations: Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
Photographer: Bora Bora Photographer Damien Gobron