New caledonia elopement Le meridien Noumea wedding photography by Valerie Fernandez
January 10, 2020

New Caledonia Elopement at Le Meridien Noumea | Edward and Yukine | Cross cultural destination wedding | Pacific Islands Adventure Elopement Photographer

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If there is one thing that is amazing about new technologies and social media, it’s how it has enabled people to connect from anywhere and everywhere in the world. Yukine found me and contacted me through Instagram from her home in Japan. It was late at night here in port Vila, i was tucked in my bed ready to switch the lights off when the notification came in. Yukine explained to me that her fiancé Edward and herself were planning their destination elopement in Noumea, the capital city of one of the South Pacific jewel islands: New Caledonia. It was their dream for them to get married by the turquoise blue waters of the new Caledonia lagoon. With several direct flights every day from Tokyo and Osaka to Noumea, reaching New Caledonia to make this dream elopement come true could be easily done. Once there however, they were hoping to have someone guiding them around, taking them to beautiful iconic spots where they could capture some memories of their special day. I have traveled to Noumea all my life as I have family and friends who live there and the connection with Vanuatu are very strong. I have also lived there at different stages of my life, so it’s fair to say I know my way around. Having experience allowed me to figure out right away where to take Edward and Yukine, which spots they would like best and how to structure and time our session to get them at the right place for sunset. Being French also helps going around and getting things booked with vendors, and I believe this was an other reassuring factor for Edward and Yukine, as we could talk at length about their vision for their day, and then they could simply rely on me to do all the French talking.

And so we started planning. They  had planned to stay at Le meridian hotel in Noumea, in one of the amazing suits over looking azure waters. Located right by local’s favorite and famous l’Anse Vata bay and at the footstep of the Ouen Toro mountain, another iconic place in Noumea, Le meridian Noumea is the perfect starting point for a newlywed’s day out exploring and creating memories of their special day in this South Pacific coastal city. Yukine was planning on wearing two different dresses, one for their private wedding ceremony in the morning and for their afternoon photos, and later on, a different, 100% glamorous one for a tour on the bays and a sparkling sunset.

I met with Edward and Yukine up in their room to capture the incredible views of the morning sun, turquoise blue waters and infinite islets spread off the coat of Noumea. At that point Yukine had planned to offer Edward and wedding gift, and as they were sharing this moment I had a first glimpse of what their relationship was based on: love and laughter, tenderness and a deep mutual respect and consideration for each other. I knew right then and there I was in for an amazing day doing what I love most: capturing the connection between two humans, who love each other deeply.

From the stylish décor of Le Meridien to the beautiful garden chapel where they had had a private wedding ceremony in the morning, from the beachfront jetty to typical local sailboats marinas, from the high hills of Noumea to iconic viewing points, we wandered around soaking in the beauty of the sparkling ocean and the whimsical ballet of light falling through gentle foliage before witnessing, in awe, the pure magic of the sun setting down on the bays of Noumea.

As I dropped them off back to Le Meridien, smiles were bright and eyes  glowing with a sparkle only marrying your best friend in an amazingly beautiful place can ignite.

 

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