You may have seen from my instagram diary that I’ve recently returned from an amazing holiday to Le Touessrok, Mauritius. I thought this would be the perfect excuse to surprise Mr Merri, slip into my wedding dress and say ‘i do’ all over again. If you are planning a destination wedding listen up as I now have lots of tips to ensure your day is nothing short of perfection. This is the diary of our Mauritius Wedding, apologies in advance for all the kissing!
A few months before we were due to depart I contacted Le Touessrok to see if they could accommodate vow renewal ceremonies as well as weddings. This is when I was introduced to the amazing Annabelle, Events Manager at the venue who was such a dream to deal with. Over the months Annabelle took my ideas and arranged everything, so we just had to turn up with some decorations and our outfits. This is my first top tip – you have to get along with the Events Manager and feel they completely understand your vision. Being so far away can be tricky but use all the tools you can to ensure everyone is on the same page, schedule monthly calls, create and share Pinterest boards, itineraries and so on.
Think about what you will be packing in your luggage, I used crepe paper streamers, ribbons and made tassel garlands up when we arrived. Paper items won’t result in excess baggage charges and look good too, another top tip. Unfortunately I hadn’t planned on it being so windy on the beach where we had the ceremony. I had envisioned my streamers laced and completely covering the top of the arbour with my tassel garlands hanging loosely down the front but it just wasn’t possible. And this leads me to my next tip – most destination venues like Le Touessrok will have multiple options for your ceremony so if you can’t afford to visit before the big day, make it a priority upon arrival to check each out at the specific ceremony time you have chosen.
I surprised Mr Bijou with a new wedding ring as we said our wedding vows over again. The later time of day was great for moody photos.
Photography is such an important decision as it’s the lasting document of your day. Destination wedding packages often include photography but my top tip is to really research their portfolio and ensure it fits with your style. We all have different tastes and for us although we loved the drama of the photos they all felt too posed. Being uncomfortable in front of the camera meant that we didn’t feel the images really captured us as well as photographers who shoot in a more reportage style. So my suggestion is either have a practice run with the resort photographer and share examples of the kind of shots you are after or pay for a photographer you like to join you for the big day.
Here are some further images we took ourselves.
Style wise Mr Bijou kept it simple in short sleeved shirt and chinos. He suffered similar windswept hair issues, those curls couldn’t be controlled.
Having my make up done by one of the therapists in the spa was super relaxing, the perfect way to gather your thoughts pre-Wedding. If you don’t want to see each other pre-ceremony, than the Spa is the perfect place to hang out. Unfortunately I thought I’d be able to do my hair myself but wish I’d left that to the professionals too. Given the weather it turned into windswept tresses that couldn’t be tamed. In hindsight I’d have researched more and chosen a loose up do or ponytail. I was pleased with this necklace I found and wore as a headband, but it just wouldn’t stay in place. It was pretty magical to slip into my Jenny Packham Boudicca wedding dress again though and even better to realise I could still squeeze into it!
The stunning tropical bouquet (along with all the other floral arrangements) were provided by Le Touessrok’s superb staff from their on site garden. I didn’t really have a theme for these but just asked for something loose with hints of english roses amongst tropical blooms. I think they nailed that brief.
I fell in love with these place cards by Sepia Smiles when I spotted them on Etsy and as Mr Bijou and I are bookworms thought they would mark great book marks. I printed my reading in grey ink on the home printer and rather than use scissors tore the edges before securing on recycled blue card with pretty washi tape. The reading was a combination of a couple of F. Scott Fitzgerald pieces, I love the final line most “.. it was the beginning of everything.”
The discreet and thoughtful staff dressed our bed with petals and chocolates which was a really thoughtful and welcome surprise after our delicious dinner. And the special treats continued into the next day when we enjoyed a special lover’s champagne breakfast on our balcony.
All in all it was pure heaven and I couldn’t recommend Annabelle and all the Le Touessrok staff highly enough.
Venue, Le Touessrok Resort – www.letouessrokresort.com
On site Photographer – www.dreampixpro.com
Wedding Dress, Boudicea by Jenny Packham – www.jennypackham.com
Place Cards by Sepia Smiles on Etsy – www.etsy.com/SepiaSmiles