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Our Fiji

Have you ever found a place somewhere in another country and felt like they built it just for you.

For us, that place is Maui Palms on Fiji’s Coral Coast.

Here’s the story of our third visit to our special place. Our Fiji.

We walked through the front door and the atmosphere was electric. Not only were we over the moon excited to be back, but everyone at Maui Palms was excited to have us back. Everyone had heard about the “Re-returners”. The first couple to visit for a second time. The only couple to visit for the third time.

We spent 5 minutes catching up with Christine before heading into our villa.

Fiji Travel Photography: Maui Palms Private Villas

The message on the bed almost made me cry.

Fiji Travel Photography: Welcome Home

I sat on the edge of the bed, looking around the room, drinking from a fresh coconut, when I said “It really does feel like coming home doesn’t it?”

He smiled, closed his eyes for a moment and breathed. “I’ve been waiting to come back here, so I could ask you to marry me”

My eyes flooded with tears in an instant and I managed to choke out a Yes.

I wanted to leap forward and throw my arms around him, but I was holding a half full coconut. I became surprisingly fixated on the fact you just can’t put a coconut down without spilling it everywhere.

After soaking it all in for a few minutes and some text messages to our parents and siblings we walked out to tell everyone the exciting news.

Fiji Travel Photography: Engagement Cocktails

We spent the next 2 days lazily walking up and down the beach, kayaking at sunset and snorkeling the reef at the doorstep.

Fiji Travel Photography: Maui Bay JettyFiji Travel Photography: Maui Bay JettyFiji Travel Photography: Coral CoastFiji Travel Photography: Maui Bay

After Deanna & Matthew’s wedding, we returned to Maui Palms for another 3 nights.

Fiji Travel Photography: Maui Bay

The Boy went spearfishing just after dark with Sam & Tay and on our last night, the boys showed us around the nearby village, and cooked up the catch in a coconut shell bonfire in the traditional Fijian way.

Fiji Travel Photography: Local villageFiji Travel Photography: FishFiji Travel Photography: The Boy with Sam & TayFiji Travel Photography: Coconut firewoodFiji Travel Photography: Beach bonfireFiji Travel Photography: Fish in banana leavesFiji Travel Photography: Beach bonfire

So that’s Our Fiji. My words don’t do it justice at all, but I can only hope that someone reading this decides they want to visit Maui Palms too one day.

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2011 | The Year That Was

2011 was a brilliant year. I loved every second of it. Looking back now, I’m realising just how far I traveled and how many incredible places I’ve been, both here in Australia and overseas. I’ve met some amazing people on the way and wouldn’t change a single thing.

Here’s my journey through 2011!

It started with a bang!

Sydney Photography: New Years Fireworks

Followed by a few days in Fiji to celebrate my 29th birthday (stay tuned for a Fiji wedding in June 2012!!)

Fiji Wedding Photographers: Fishing charter

I helped Mish Koh with this gorgeous wedding in Centennial Park & The Rocks

Centennial Park Wedding Photographer: Bride & Groom portraitsSydney Wedding Photographers: Harbour Bridge

4 weddings in March with Caspix all over the place: Sydney, Berry & the Southern Highlands

First Look Wedding Photographer: GlebeSydney Wedding Photographer: Bride getting readySouthern Highlands Wedding Photography: Bridal PartyBerry Wedding Photographers: Bride & Groom on hill

The Fisherman & I headed overseas again for 8 magical nights in Thailand – fishing, snorkeling, kayaking and a little lazing by the pool!

Thailand Wedding Photographer: Frog on Lotus & Krabi Islands

Sarah & Scott’s engagement amongst the lavender bushes at Lavender Bay

Sydney Engagement Photography: Lavender Bay

If you’ve followed this blog for a while, these little fellas need no introduction – I caught up with my sister & twin nephews a bunch of times, including their first ever trip to the beach.

Northern Beaches Baby Photographers: Twins on beach

Another wedding with Caspix in July, this time up in the Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley Wedding Photographer: Bridesmaid portrait & couple leaving chapel

Wedding season kicked off again in September with Jacqui & Stuart

North Shore Wedding Photography: Bride & Groom portraits

Followed by a trip or two to Canberra, visiting Floriade for the first time.

Canberra Wedding Photography: Floriade

Sarah & Scott’s wedding in October was a glorious day!

Sydney Wedding Photography: Ceremony first kiss

I met a bunch of bubs with big brown eyes

Sydney Baby Photographer: Babies with big brown eyes

Another trip to Canberra to shoot this lovely wedding with Beata English.

Canberra Wedding Photographers: Kiss in the Rose Gardens

Carly & Michael’s engagement session at Freshwater was simply perfect, and I can’t wait for their March 2012 wedding here on the Northern Beaches!

Northern Beaches Wedding Photographers: Engagement on Freshwater beach

Finally, the year wrapped up with a Destination Elopement at Ayers Rock! I really hope it was the first of many.

Alice Springs Wedding Photography: Desert bouquet

As the sun sets for the last time in 2011, I sometimes can’t believe I get to be so lucky to do this for a living.

Ayers Rock Wedding Photography: Sunset over Uluru

A special thank you to all my clients, you’ve made 2011 so much more than I’d hoped. Thanks also to my photographer friends for inviting me along on to share in your own journeys.

Cheers to a bigger and better 2012 :)

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Vatu Lele

Here’s some travel photographs from our amazing few days in Fiji at the end of January. Most of these were taken on our Island/Fishing trip to Vatu Lele. I had no idea water like this existed in real life!

We spent a day on the Playstation 2 with Andreas and Natasha from Maui Palms, as well as a few other guest who were also staying with us.

We arrived at the Bati Luva Resort on Vatu Lele for lunch and spent an hour or so snorkeling in the shallows. The ocean floor was make up of broken coral rather than sand, which meant the water stayed crystal clear the entire time. It was just perfect.

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After leaving the island, we headed towards Frigate’s Passage for some more fishing.

Fiji Wedding Photographer: Vatu LeleFiji Wedding Photographer: Coral Coast Sunset

We stayed at the Maui Palms Private Villas in Maui Bay on the Coral Coast for the second time & it’s a little piece of perfect :)

Fiji Wedding Photographer: Maui Palms Fiji Private Villas

I’d absolutely love to photograph a wedding in Fiji one day! If you’re having a Fiji destination wedding, get in touch!

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