Helen and Tim’s Tamanu on the Beach wedding was an absolute blast, start to finish. This little island paradise, so close to home (only a three hour flight) is a wonderful place to get married. Tamanu is a pretty special spot. It’s half an hour or so our of Port Vila on a lovely secluded beach. White sand, a few rocks to climb on the shore; calm azure waters. They always seem to have an amazing chef working here too and the food is quite lovely.
Helen + Tim and their Tamanu on the Beach wedding
Helen and Tim are from Sydney. Together with an intimate group of around 50 guests, they came over to Vanuatu for their Tamanu on the Beach wedding. The ceremony was held in a calm grove of palm trees. We then went for a walk along the beach for some portraits. I had previously found a really cool abandoned resort 10 mins walk up the beach. Apparently this place was designed to be some super-mega resort but the owners ran out of cash and just stopped building. Now the place is a bunch of wonderfully industrial looking concrete husks. It’s the perfect for a wedding party to go for photos.
We eventually made our way back to Tamanu for the reception. There’s nothing quite like sitting in an open-air restaurant, eating epic food, while listening to the water lap at the shore some 20 metres away. At the end of the night I hopped on my bicycle and cycled (in the dark haha) over to my accommodation at one of my favourite places in Vanuatu, Ripples on the Bay. Whenever I shoot a Tamanu on the Beach wedding I stay just down the road at Ripples – I thoroughly recommend it.
If you’re planning a wedding at Tamanu and are looking for a photographer, I’d love to hear from you! I’ve shot quite a few tropical destination weddings in various countries around the world; one of my favourites was this Koh Samui wedding, check it out!