Claire and Hayden

Claire and Hayden tied the knot in tropical Rarotonga with their nearest and dearest. Just a few hours flight away from Auckland, this relaxing tropical island is the perfect place for a destination wedding close to home. Thanks for letting us be apart of your beautiful day, Claire.


The details:

Location: Miri Beach Club Hotel
Hair and make up: Caroline from the Salon
Groom’s and Groomsmen Attire: ASOS
Bridesmaid's Dresses: Showpo
Rings: Michael Hill and Hayden’s was made by his friend
Photographer: Alex King
Videographer: Josh Teariki
Flowers: The flowers were artificial from Kmart and most of the greenery was real. My friend put them together for me in Rarotonga.
Catering: Moana Sands Beachfront Resort

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How did you meet?

We met on the dance floor at the super classy Smart bar in Pukekohe.


When and where did you get married?

We got married on November 7th 2018, at Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel in Rarotonga.

What was the theme/aesthetic of your big day?

Rustic- natural and simple.


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What was the biggest source of inspiration while planning your wedding?

Seeing a proper nutritionist 9 months before the wedding! This helped me feel a millions times better gave me the energy needed to plan the wedding.

The most memorable moment from your day:

Having my flower girl (my niece) run around after me holding my vail wherever I went so it didn’t get sandy.

The biggest hit on the dance floor was:

Good old Venga boys- I think we played about 5 of their songs!


We honeymooned in:

Aitutaki- an island in the Cook Islands about 45 minutes from Rarotonga.


Did you always have an idea in mind of what you wanted your dress to look like?

Yes, always. I wanted something with cut-outs but could not find it anywhere!

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Sophie Chan Andreassend