Newlyweds Mr and Mrs Taureka Hugh Henry and Temarumaru Henry on Honeymoon
Island, Aitutaki. PC: INE SOSENE. 22122006
Love is All Around sung by British band Wet Wet Wet, pretty much expresses the abundance of love drifting around the island like a sweet summer breeze, considering
the significant number of weddings held in the country this month. Couples are taking
their affirmation of mutual love seriously taking the plunge into marriage – the legal, and binding union of two people to journey through adult life as partners in a
celebration of love and friendship and a bright future together. Three newly-wed
couples have kindly shared with us their images and stories of their enchanting, beautiful wedding days making the commitment day as husband and wife.
a magical tranquil day surrounded by Aitutaki’s captivating blue lagoon,
Temarumaru Quarter and Taureka Hugh Henry declared their love and commitment to
each other on Honeymoon Island.
was everything we had imagined and more,” says the beautiful blushing bride.
weather is always a worry for brides who have outdoor weddings.
up to the wedding, the day before Aitutaki was experiencing heavy rains and
strong winds which triggered frayed nerves amongst the planners. However, Temarumaru
or shine I was going to have my motu wedding…” she said.
next day the sun came out blazing, beaming through clear blue skies.
to top it off we had an evening under stars…it was just perfect,” said
hundred and twenty guests from near and far attended the couple’s official
union – the ceremonial ceremony on Honeymoon Island and the reception function
at Tamanu Beach Resort, Aitutaki on Monday December 12, 2022.
Temarumaru and Taureka first met 18 years
ago. The first trip as a couple was a cultural trip to Europe in 2009.
couple left Rarotonga 10 years ago to live in Perth, Western Australia where
they reside today. Taureka finally proposed in 2019. Initially, the couple had
planned to tie the knot the same year, but those plans were put on hold due to
the Covid pandemic.
is the youngest daughter of Rouru Quarter and Mii Upu, and Taureka is a son to
Mike and Kuraono Henry.
and artistic in design and crafts, Temarumaru designed and made one of the two
stunning dresses she wore on her wedding day.
close friend of hers, talented Taratuaau Cuthers, is the mastermind behind the classy
décor scheme which created an elegant, groovy atmosphere for the wedding.
is such an amazing and talented young man,” said Temarumaru.
the pair came up with the concept of the beach wedding on Honey Island and the
starlight reception at Tamanu Beach Resort.
white lights draped in the form of a sprawling tent under the night sky of
brilliant bright stars wowed the guests at the evening reception.
was simply breathtaking,” said a stunned guest, who also complimented the
arrangements and the settings of the ceremonies.
were brought over from Perth and blended with the natural plants and fibres on
the island to create the décor, and Temarumaru used her artistic eyes for
design on the final touches.
away from the usual or traditional way of doing things – not seeing each other
on the wedding day until the actual ceremony – the bride and groom shared a
quiet calming moment together before the ceremony.
first it did seem weird, thinking about it, but it turned out to be the most
romantic part of the day,” she said.
bridal party then joined the couple and all together nerves were calmed before
heading out to the motu.
Islanders are known for their love for family, food and friends.
bride is no different: “My favourite part of the day was obviously eating,
drinking and catching up with families and friends.”
year the couple welcomed to the world their first child, a beautiful daughter
named Ky’a-Aries Mii-Kura Paradise Henry.
admits she had felt quite concerned for Ky’a-Aries because of the heat, “but
she was a true champ and stayed with us right up until reception”.
is the custom with most Cook Islands families, on the wedding day Taureka was presented
the name of “Nakuao” by Temarumaru’s Nukuroa Mitiaro family - which her families
now address him as.
chose to have a big bridal party including her sisters Adrianne Pua and Yvonne
Simona, friends and family - Edna Kata, Lillyanne Marsters, Mahana Sijp,
Mariana Pere, Claudean Robati, Ebony Richards, Alana Short and Lemaya Quarter.
cute flower girls were Mulan Quarter, Purotu Messine, Leaia Chan-Ting and
brothers Tiavare, Hugh and Teiti joined in the groomsmen party which also
included Maka Tereu, Tuakana Mataiti, Steven Henry, Jacques Henry, Aaron
Vaiimene and Tupuariki Puna.
much as the couple love being back on Rarotonga and Aitutaki reconnecting with family
and friends, they will soon return back to their home in Australia and to their
two adored fur babies.
to reality and back to work, so we can save for the next trip. We will be back
soon, and we are so happy the direct flights will be starting up again,” she
couple are also looking forward to building a home here in the Cook Islands -
the next project on their agenda.
and I are truly grateful and would love to thank everyone who made this day possible
for us,” she said.
The newly-wed Henrys would like to
acknowledge all their families, friends, the bridal and grooms parties, parents
and guests for being a part of their memorable occasion: Tamanu Beach Hotel and
staff for the hospitality and accommodation during their stay in Aitutaki; Eikura
Henry, Kuraono Henry and Mike Henry for always being there; Taratuaau Simiona
Cuthers - for finalising the dream
wedding; Ani George-Kainana and Candice Samuel for their hard work and helping
Tara with everything; Messine, Turia and Chartered Boats- from building props
to driving the boats; the Upu family, Puna Family, Henry Family, Mitiaro family,
Rouru Quarter and the beautiful people of Aitutaki; Mii Upu for the Oora and always
being the life of the party; Emcee Tenoa Puna, Aunty Vikki Henderson for the
cake; Dianne Henry for the floral arrangements and everyone else who
contributed towards their special day.
“And to our daughter Ky’a-Aries, mummy and
daddy have been extremely busy leading up to this moment and we would like
thank everyone who helped babysit our daughter, we’re forever thankful.”