taking the plunge

Kirryn & Terry
Married in Fiji

“Best part of the day was saying our vows and trying our hardest not to cry!”

love at first sight:

In 2007, Terry was visiting the Gold Coast when he met Kirryn, who was working at a restaurant. After a brief conversation, they exchanged contact details.

Two days later, Terry was deployed to Iraq.
Over the next 9 months, Kirryn and Terry kept in contact via emails and phone calls.
Upon Terry’s return, Kirryn was waiting for him at the airport. Within one month, Kirryn had packed up her life in Brisbane and moved to the Gold Coast to be with Terry.

the proposal:

Terry planned to pop the question once he return from his next mission, this time to Afghanistan. After 5 months away from his beautiful girlfriend, Terry returned from the other side of the world and took Kirryn to the restaurant they met for the first time. If fact, Terry had arranged to sit at the exact table he seated in, almost 3 years to the day they first met. In front of his parents, Terry proposed to Kirryn with a white gold princess cut diamond ring he had made for her in Dubai on his way home from his deployment.

hometown or homeland:

Originally, Kirryn and Terry had planned on an Australian wedding and decided on a location near Kirryn’s home town of Evans Head. The couple soon came to the realisation that many of their guests from around Australia would be spending a lot of money travelling interstate and not many of Terry’s mothers family would be able to attend as they lived in Rotuma, Fiji.

With the support of their family and friends, who all loved the idea, Terry and Kirryn finally decided that their perfect day in white would be in Fiji!

Finding which island to host their wedding was the next decision, choosing from an array of areas made it a difficult one. Kirryn loved the idea of getting married in a chapel looking on to a beach, so the couple agreed on Shangri-la Fijian Resort located on the Coral Coast of Fiji, it was easily accessible with a variety of accommodation in the area.


the big day:

Dressed in a breathtaking, layered and bountiful strapless white dress, complimented with a long train and veil, Kirryn finally wed her husband in the presence of friends and family from around the in a beautiful white chapel.

Terry’s 9 year old daughter, Maddison was a very important part of the couple’s wedding. She was Kirryn’s Maid of Honour, the ring bearer and walked her down the aisle. “We were both so proud of how she was on the day; it was the perfect start for our little family.” says Kirryn.

“Best part of the day was saying our vows and trying our hardest not to cry! Surrounded by our close friends and when family, with the mood set by  traditional Fijian hymns sung by their choir was what we had been waiting for since we had begun planning our wedding. It felt like I was the luckiest girl in the world.”

The reception was an absolute ball had by all, everyone was on the dance floor as Terry’s family had organised a Rotuman/Fijian band and dancing act to entertain the night away!

bride’s gift:

Kirryn’s gifts to her mum, bridesmaids and flower girl were a set of pearl earrings and matching necklace, because pearls was a gift her Grandfather would give to her Grandmother on special occasions.

trashing the dress: 

When their wedding photographer Malia first discussed the Trash the Dress idea, the couple thought it was crazy, particularly as Kirryn’s dress was quite big and had a long train, not to mention the cost of it. It wasn’t long however, before Terry and Kirryn began to love the concept of travelling to a small sand bar in the outer islands of Fiji where the water was the clearest blue and the sand was pure white to take unique wedding photos in a place where no other couple in the world had done.

A few days after the wedding, the couple and their photographer travelled in a small surf boat for an hour until they reached a little sand bar. “It was beautiful and secluded and we had never been anywhere like it before in our lives. We spent a few hours playing on the sand and in the water while Malia took the most amazing photographs of us.”

Eventually, the photographer took the couple further into the deep blue water to take some deep underwater shots. “We got back into the boat and headed off the sand bar to where the water was deep and the most incredible colour.”

“The best moment of the day was jumping off the boat into the ocean wearing my dress, it was amazing. Our photos turned out better than we could have hoped and are now priceless to us.”

Photography by Malia Johnson Photography