Picture this – Coconut plantations, banana trees, beautiful beaches, cute little native children running around, happy people saying hello everywhere, the backdrop to all this is a volcano and I have a gorgeous Bride & Groom who want to get married. This is Rabaul which is a town on the island of New Britain, Papua New Guinea.
I love an adventure and this was certainly at the top of my list of wedding adventures. Karen grew up in Rabaul and Michael works in PNG. It was requested by Michael’s family that the wedding be in PNG which was wonderful for all guests and family attending to experience this great culture.
The wedding ceremony took place in local church which resided on the top of a hill overlooking the ocean and smoldering volcano. The local choir and band sang and played so beautifully I found many a tear welling in my eyes. So many of the locals came and peered through the louvers of the church. Yes it was rather hot but that was to be expected.
We took photos at the local orchard farm, walking along the beach and jetty and one of my favourites was stopping at the Kona Market (corner store). I am sure it was the biggest novelty these little village people had ever seen, having a bridal party being photographed at their hut where they sold peanuts on a stem. Little naked children were running around everywhere.
The reception was at Kokopo Beach Bungalows where a group from the local island of Bucca came and played and sang. You will see in the video how they played lengths of bamboo with their thongs. Apparently the bamboo is cut and tuned to a piano to achieve the right note. If it is a little out you just cut a bit off the end. You couldn’t help but join in dancing.
I feel so priviledged to have been a part of Karen & Michael’s wedding and to have experienced such a beautiful culture. Thank you for asking me to be your photographer. Here is a little peek at their photos.