Today is a happy day for the Hobbit and me as it marks our second wedding anniversary. For my birthday weekend that same year, 2013, he lured me to the Lake District where he proposed (the proposal story is a new post in itself, I’ll write that another time). After I said YES, he told me that all I needed to do was get a dress, as the entire wedding had been arranged, but if I wasn’t happy with what he had chosen, that we could still cancel it. Behind my back, he had arranged a dream wedding.
We had talked about our thoughts on marriage before (obviously), and we both were really up for getting married abroad. We wanted it to be ours, do it our way, without stressing over guest lists, wedding cakes, receptions and overpriced floral decorations. No guests came, it would just be us. That’s what we wanted and that’s how we did it: we told everyone about our plans, but jetted off to paradise together.
The Hobbit had chosen the most gorgeous location; the island of Mauritius in the middle of the Indian Ocean. If you are now thinking of a luxurious resort surrounded by white beaches and emerald water, that was exactly it. Le Touessrok is a 5 star hotel in the North-East of the island, and had everything you want for a perfect beach wedding and luxurious honeymoon destination. Crystal clear water, white beaches, various pools and restaurants, and great staff, who helped to plan our perfect wedding.
After a comfortable flight, we arrived at Mauritius early morning, and we were welcomed with tea and got a first glimpse of the gorgeous hotel.
where fresh fruit…
It wasn’t until long until someone knocked at the door, and a friendly gentleman introduced himself as our butler. Yes, this was the right place. We had an amazing suite with an even more amazing balcony. The coming 10 days were going to be great!
A few formalities had to be arranged for the wedding during our first days on the island, so we had to take a trip to Saint Louis, the capital of Mauritius. Our driver took us to an office building with interior decor reminiscent of the eighties, we were welcomed into a small office, handed over our documents, and that was it: we were all set to get married.
The days before the wedding, I chose flowers, we decided on our wedding meal, and we visited the locations where the ceremony could take place. We choose to do it on Ilot Mangenie, a small private Island part of the resort, which could only be reached by boat. Do you see that little pointy bit down here? That was the spot we chose.
The resort was fully equipped including a beauty salon where I did a trial for hair & make up a few days before the wedding. When the big day arrived, the butler picked up my dress to get it to beauty salon. I gave a last kiss to my boyfriend, as from now on, I would kiss my husband. I followed my dress to the salon, where the girls would make me look pretty and help me get dressed. I was getting a bit nervous, and this was the first and only time that I missed some of the ladies in my life to reassure me, to have a
glass of wine laugh with to take the edge of and to have girly chat with.
When I was done getting pampered, I met the photographer who would join me on the boat to the island where Hobbit-soon-to-be-Husband was waiting for me.
We had candle lit dinners on our own balcony.
We did an exciting helicopter tour over the island
We rented a car and drove around to see what else Mauritius had to offer, other than beaches. This was at Terres des Sept Couleurs (The Seven Colored Earth) in the Rivière Noire District in south-western Mauritius.
For us, it didn’t get more perfect than this. Mauritius truly is a paradise, a gorgeous, versatile island with friendly people, and the perfect wedding spot. I loved keeping the wedding itself low-key and spend more on an awesome honeymoon instead. Not to mention the fact that the whole experience was completely stress free.
Le Touessrok is an amazing resort and the staff went above and beyond to make our stay as memorable as it was.
See you in 8 years Mauritius, for our 10th wedding anniversary!