Where : Rangiroa
Wedding Celebrant (officiant) : Nelly Grange
Country of Origin : United-States & Japan
A week before our flight to Rangiroa, we were in such anguish trying to finalize our wedding plan. We’d been back and forth with the resort manager, guest relations personnel, and travel agent. We knew exactly what we wanted for our wedding and how we wanted to get married. But no one seemed to care. They were basically telling us we needed to do it their way with no exceptions. Our dream wedding was not happening, we thought. Yoko was in tears.
What we wanted was simple – a romantic, serene, intimate ceremony with just the two of us on a quiet sandy beach at sunset in Rangiora, no music, just the sound of the ocean, no arch or decorations, just the beautiful natural settings of French Polynesia.
To us, this was too special and too important. Our wedding was not something we could compromise and we felt we shouldn’t have to… We were lost and hurt.
But by sweet serendipity, at the last minute, we found Nelly. Only a few days to go, she jumped right in to help us. She was compassionate, thoughtful, and caring. She understood and knew our heart’s desire.
We had a couple of challenging requests due to the limited time before our trip and few existing resources on the island. But Nelly never said “No, we can’t do that.” She took our desires to heart and came up with beautiful solutions. She handled every detail with care.
Our wedding ceremony, our special vow which Nelly wrote for us from our interview, our post-celebration, our pictures, bouquet, flowers, marriage certificate, location, everything was absolutely perfect and magical. It was truly a perfect day, beyond and above our imagination. Nelly made all of it possible.
She created a wedding that told the story of our love. She created a wedding that represented the love we shared, what it meant to us, and who we are together in life. She has a beautiful gift of making a couple’s vision of their wedding come to life and we are forever grateful she married us. Nelly is an amazing Wedding Celebrant whom we highly recommend to any couple. We are also happy to now call her our precious friend.
Thank you, Nelly for being a part of our forever love and most special day.
Carl and Yoko Snyder (www.carlandyoko.com)
Photo Credit : AngelM