Anthony & Aurélie live in Marseille, South of France. Anthony’s mum is Tahitian but Anthony had not visited Tahiti in a very long time.
He and Aurélie have been together for 11 years and have two kids. Anthony secretly planned a trip to Tahiti for the four of them, and a surprise Tahitian wedding ceremony (that I co-officiated with a Tahitian priest) all that without Aurélie having a clue about it.
Once it was all booked and confirmed, he finally proposed to her! This was in February in a movie theatre in France, before hundreds of people in attendance!
First, his asking to Aurélie’s parents was screened in the theatre…
And this is Aurélie’s reaction while watching the above on screen, and as Anthony entered the cinema…
… and dropped to one knee:
And of course she said “Yes”!
But the Tahiti trip remained a secret until they got to the airport in April… Aurélie thought they were flying to Thailand and had packed her wedding gown as Anthony told her they’d do photos while there.
So this came as a complete surprise to her!
Anthony wanted a traditional Tahitian ceremony incorporated into their personalized wedding ceremony in Moorea to honor his Tahitian roots.
It was a lovely day filled with smiles, dancing (their daughter proved to be so good at Tahitian dancing!) and amazing memories:
• Moorea Ceremony Officiant / Life-Cycle Wedding Celebrant: Nelly at wedOtahiti
• Wedding Planner in Moorea: Nelly at wedOtahiti
• Photographer: Helene Havard
• Videographer: Flying World Pictures
• Hair stylist: Maryse
• Make-up artist: Audrey Bodilis