Elopement in Moorea

wedding on mooreaJason and Yien Sing eloped to the beautiful island of Moorea in French Polynesia.  Originally from Malaysia and currently living in Phoenix, AZ, the two caught a flight across the world to one of the most picturesque, clear blue water locales on earth.  The duo said “I do” with just the two of them present (along with a few locals to enhance the ceremonial experience).  We asked the couple who wed without friends and family surrounding them if that was a unique experience.  The answer?  They certainly never felt alone as the love was pouring in from all directions.  We wouldn’t say that we had no guests present, tourists from all around the world were blessing us, the friendly hotel staffs, the fishes, the singing birds and the ocean. We couldn’t have asked for more.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

 Destination Wedding Photographer: Helene Havard Photography

Wedding Location & Honeymoon: Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa


2 thoughts on “Elopement in Moorea”

  1. Amazing photographs! What a beautiful location to elope and I love Jason and Yien’s story. I’m now researching for unique and unconventional locations to elope with my beloved. I am going to keep this one on my list.


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