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Nat and Corey and that Glow

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OK OK… so you want to know about the Cook Islands.

Yes, it’s a tropical island and yes, there are Coconut trees and coral reefs with white sandy beaches… but I must say what stands out is the locals. Everyone I met was friendly, not in that fake (We want you to spend your money with us) way. This really made it a great place to be.


I’d arrived at 2 or 3 am the day before I left… (The beauty of the International Date Line is always to be gained when travelling east; I guess it’s that novel idea that in our own way we are time travellers).

Arriving at this hour any where is funny but being welcomed with a ukulele and floral necklace you just have to laugh.

Upon arriving at my hotel (Club Raro) I found out that there was no buses before dawn to get to the resort where my friend Nat was getting Married, but I was told that I could get a taxi. Great so finding my room having a shower and a whole hours nap I tried to find the receptionist at the hotel to get me a taxi… 5 am wandering around a hotel in the pre dawn light… after searching the hotel for half an hour I finally found the receptionist who’s response was to drive me across to the resort himself…

OK now this is where I acknowledge that I am a bit of a clown… At Christmas time I’d promised Nat that I was going to be at the wedding and I had called later in the year to confirm I’d bought my tickets, but I had not at anytime confirmed where and when the “Beach side Dawn wedding” would be… So rocking up at another reception I was like… Is the wedding still going ahead? When and where…

As it turns out I was early even for a dawn wedding… I eventually found the wedding crew … and yes it was spectacular see the attached photos… (Nat you and Corey looked so happy and I’m sure you would have been what ever and where ever the wedding had been)


Three cheers to the bride and groom…
Three cheers to Weddings where you just turn up and everything runs smoothly…
Three cheers to being at the right place at the right time…

After the ceremony, photos and general beach activities all moved to the restaurant for the reception. A beautiful breakfast was held, and a true highlight Nat and Corey Danced, now I need to clarify what was beautiful about this for me… Nat is a great dancer and loves to dance… Corey is a trade who has very little to no dance experience but this aside Corey displayed his love for Nat (the fact that he probably felt really unsure and nervous) and they danced!

I guess there is only one other thing I’d like to say about the wedding… They both glowed Nat and Corey showed the signs of people that have blossomed in the other’s presence and love!


Ok, so after several hours and a great wedding Nat caught me nodding off… yep… photo’s with the bride and groom and then back to my hotel to catch up on some Z’s,

Posted by M_Tree 18:35 Archived in Cook Islands Tagged events

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