Tropical delight for joyful couples
Do you dream of getting married in a beautiful chapel on a tropical island? Many couples are making this vision a reality and in the second of a two-part series, there are chapels in Asia and the South Pacific where you can get hitched in the location of your dreams.
Perched on a hilltop cliff overlooking the ocean, the St Probus Chapel, at the Hilton Guam Resort and Spa, stands alone, surrounded by lush greenery. 'It has wonderful views of Tumon Bay and the Two Lovers' Points,' says Macy Lee, the public relations and marketing manager at Pink Diamond Wedding (www.pinkdiamondwedding.com.hk). 'The chapel is one of the most popular in Guam with more than 150 weddings a year.'
Lee says the egg-shaped entrance represents 'birth' and a 'new start' for couples. Inside the triangular building made of glass, wood and stone, the front wall of the chapel gives couples an almost limitless view of the ocean from the altar. Large window panels in the angled roof allow lots of light for weddings of 50 to 60 guests. The best time for weddings is during Guam's dry season, between October and June.
For brides- and grooms-to-be, who want to say 'I do' further south, the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa (www.sofitelfiji.com.fj) has a traditional Fijian wedding chapel.
'It's designed to replicate the quaint churches of the Midwest, with its hard-wood floors, wooden pews and arch- paned windows,' says Jocelyn Whiteside, director of business development.
With some 15 weddings a month, most couples fly from Australia and New Zealand. Later this year, the chapel will host its first Hong Kong couple, Whiteside says. 'Its beachfront setting and traditional Fijian feel sets the chapel apart from any other in Fiji.'
The resort has a variety of reception venues, from outdoor garden or beachside settings to glamorous ballrooms and fine dining restaurant options.