Do you believe in soul mates? It’s stories like this one that definitely makes me think that in a whole world full of people, there possibly is just one perfect partner for each of us.
It was December 2007. Sydney girl, Sylvia Wong, had been living in London for five months when she took a trip to Canada to further her travels abroad. Canadian native, Matt Service, was taking a trip himself – between states – and through a series of events which veered them both from their initial paths, they found themselves waiting at a bus stop in the small town of Golden.
Sylvia says, “If it weren’t for my flight being delayed two hours, subsequently missing my direct bus and having to wait overnight for the second bus, and if it weren’t for Matt being kicked off his bus (for, ahem, drinking), then we both would never have met.”
She adds, “I gave Matt my email address when we parted ways and a couple of weeks later he found me on Facebook. We chatted now and then for the next six months while I was travelling around Europe. Then we started chatting on MSN and after that it was daily phone calls for about 4-6 hours every day!”
She adds, “I flew back to Canada to see him in August the following year and we decided to start a relationship. We also had to make the decision about where we would live. Either he moved to London or Sydney, or I move to Canada. Around that time, the GFC hit and I was missing home, so Sydney it was.”
Four-and-a-half years later, Matt is almost used to his new home – well, except for the Aussie heat – and after a quiet, private proposal, the pair held a goooorgeous destination wedding on the heavenly tropical island, Fiji.
“I wanted a chapel wedding and Matt wanted a beach wedding,” says Sylvia. “So it was the perfect compromise.”
Photos courtesy of Vanity Image Photography.
Sylvia and Matt were married on Mana Island, Fiji, exchanging vows at Seaside Chapel and celebrating with their 30 guests afterward at South Beach Restaurant.
Sylvia made her entrance to Pachelbel’s Canon in D and a Fijian choir sang beautiful hymns throughout the ceremony and for the exit. “The chapel had great acoustics,” remarks the bride.
“Every couple who gets married there gets to hammer their name plaque outside the chapel,” explains Sylvia.
Sylvia’s beautiful A-line beaded gown was from Sydney’s Bridal Avenue whilst she found the gorgeous sea-blue bridesmaids’ dress from online store, Light in the Box.
The boys wore a beach-chic trouser-vest combo in charcoal grey from Connor, paired with crisp white open collar shirts.
At the end of the night, egged on by Matt and her bridesmaids, Sylvia jumped into the pool – wedding gown and all! “I thought, why not?!” says Sylvia. “I’m not going to wear my wedding dress again so I just did it. A spur of the moment thing.” She jokes, “I’m really glad I did it… aside from the amazing pool photos, my dress came out cleaner!”
Bomboniere: DIY - welcome gift bag / Brides Accessories: Swarovski / Brides Gown: Bridal Avenue / Brides Shoes: Panache Bridal Shoes / Bridesmaid Shoes: Jewelled thongs by bridesmaid / Bridesmaids Accessories: Baku / Bridesmaids Dresses: Light in the Box / Celebrant: Mana Island, Fiji / Ceremony Venue: Mana Island, Fiji - seaside chapel / Entertainment: DJ Will - Universal Tunes, Fiji / Flowers: Mana Island, Fiji / Gift Registry: Wishing well / Grooms Attire: Connor / Groomsmen Attire: Connor / Hair: Stanley Morrell / Honeymoon: Tokoriki Island / Invitations: Bridesmaid - Jenny Vom Kolke / Makeup: Stanley Morrell / Reception Venue: Mana Island, Fiji - South Beach Restaurant / Rings: Eternity Jewellers / Transport: Mana Island, Fiji / Venue Decor: Grace Creations / Videographer: Vanity Image
Additional Suppliers: Worldwide Weddings (Mandi Wilson)