Saimoni and Bua on their wedding day August 31, 2013
Preparing the grooms traditional tapa cloth robe for the wedding.
Prior to the wedding preparations for the bride and groom take place in different homes. Saimoni's uncle was the host and had rented or borrowed the neighbors home for the brides family to hang out and prepare the bride. Even though we were only feet apart the families didn't mix until after the wedding ceremony at the church.
Since we were guests of the grooms father, Temo from Tovu village on Totoya Island, we had a inside look at the preparations for the groom. Here Saimoni is getting dressed by his mother, grand mother and sister.
Bridal party's table was the only one in the home besides a prep table in the Kitchen
The Presbyterian church in-between downpours.
Kathy with the grooms family
Wedding ceremony Fijian style.
Beautiful couple with incredible traditional tapa cloth wedding dress.
Kitchen with a lovo earthen oven
Wedding party spread
Fried fish with an artistic flare
Center: Dalo (taro) cooked to perfection in the lovo earth oven.
Enjoying the incredible food
Exchange of gifts. Temo with a bundle of Yaqona (kava) and sperm whale tooth on a plaited coconut fiber rope. The whales tooth or Tambu is a gift of the highest order. It was a real honor to observe the exchange between the bride and grooms fathers. Even though we didn't understand a single word of the Fijian you could definitely tell this was serious heartfelt business. This is my favourite digital capture from the event.
Brides father (right) with presenting the Tambu to Temo (left) with bride Bua in the middle.
Cute little girl with some high heels