Romantic Rarotongan Sunset Wedding


This beautiful island resort wedding was held at Muri Beach Club Hotel in Rarotonga. The couple created a relaxed and romantic feel with a sunset ceremony on the beach.  
It was an amazing venue and the staff were very professional and tentative to our needs.  

I had two very talented bridesmaids; Heidi who did an amazing job of my make-up; and Stacey who did a stunning job of my hair. We did a trial run with hair and makeup before the wedding and bought a few items to use on the day. It was so special having them there to help make my day extra special.


I loved my wedding gown; 'Westlyn' by Maggie Sottero, it fitted the occasion perfectly. The white gown shone beautifully against the white sand and blue sea.  I wanted my dress to be pretty, floaty and fun, but to also have a traditional wedding look. My gown was simple and was made from tulle with an intricately beaded bodice and stunning low back. I loved how it was very light and comfortable to wear.  I also wore a beautiful full-length tulle veil highlighting the low cut back.

Sarah had her gown altered by removing the tulle neckline and lowering the back. This gave the gown a completely new and beautiful look that suited Sarah beautifully!

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We had the ceremony on the beach in the late afternoon so our photographer was able to capture the most amazing romantic sunset photos from different parts of the island.

Our photographers; Angle Photo & Video Cook Islands, were arranged by our venue. We met prior to our wedding, to go through what we wanted, she was friendly, professional and easy to talk to. We got amazing photos and a beautiful photo album presented to us on the last day of our honeymoon.

We wanted a small, intimate and casual wedding, so we had 35 guests made up of our family and friends. Most stayed at the Muri Beach Resort which was a 5 minute walk along the beach to our wedding venue.

We had a beautiful marquee on the beach where we had our reception and danced the night away.

Having our 2-year-old son Carter with us to enjoy our day as well as my husband’s two older sons Oliver and Finn who supported us throughout the day was very special and we’re so glad they could all be there.

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Bride: Sarah McConnell

Gown: Maggie Sottero - Westlyn

Accessories: 90" White Veil  and Touch-ups 'Jenna' shoe

Venue: Muri Beach Club Hotel

Photography: Angle Photo & Video Cook Islands

Florist:  Andrea at Forever Flowers, Hamilton // Hair: My Bridesmaid Stacey // Make-up: My Bridesmaid Heidi //


Theme | Beach Wedding
Setting | Tropical Island
Designer | Maggie Sottero
Gown Style | Small A Line