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An emotional wedding in Mauritius

Now, we love a real wedding here at, as you probably know, andtoday’s is pretty awesome. Our lovely couple, Pascale and Jean-Marc, not only held their wedding last year in the tropical paradise that is Mauritius, with family and friends, but then jetted off to the Seychelles for their honeymoon. Jealous much? Yes, us too, but then both bride and groom actually grew up on the island, so we’ll let them off.

real wedding in mauritius newly weds

The couple met 19 years ago through a mutual friend, but it was only a quirk of socia lmedia that finally led their paths to cross again ten years later.

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Although they live in Australia now and already have a three-year-old daughter, they decided to hold their where most of our family still live, so it was only wedding back in Mauritius as ‘it is natural to go back and celebrate our special day with them,’ said Pascale. ‘Even those who don’t live in Mauritius made the trip to share in our joy. It was a big family gathering as we haven’t met some of our relatives for years, with some of them living in Europe and the USA.’


a real wedding in mauritius bride getting ready

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After a religious ceremony in a local church, The Sugar Beach Resort and Spa was the setting for the rest of the day, a plantation-style resort curved along the edge of a lagoon on the west coast of the island.

a real wedding in mauritius father of the bride walking the bride down the aisle

a real wedding in mauritius wedding ceremony

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The couple’s colour ideas for the wedding – gold, blush, ivory and lace – made a beautiful contrast to the naturally spectacular backdrop of azure sea and golden sand (and the peonies that Pascale loved so much had to be specially imported from the Netherlands!). Pascale’s dress tied into the theme too, a custom-made gown by Leah Da Gloria.

a real wedding in mauritius bride and bridesmaids

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The reception was a riot of colour, with tables and chairs set by the water’s edge as the sun slowly sank in the west, and a troupe of traditional samba dancers providing the entertainment.

a real wedding in mauritius first dance

a real wedding in mauritius wedding cake

Palm trees clad in twinkling lights were dotted around the sand, and guests were free to help themselves to the amazing buffet, filled with local delicacies and seafood, with champagne pouring freely well into the night.

traditional Mauritian food at a real wedding

The one sad note to the wedding was that Jean-Marc’s father had passed away six weeks before the day. With the family still in mourning, the couple had decided not to have the fireworks they had planned at the end of the night – but were eventually persuaded to stick to their original plan by their relatives. In the end, the fireworks felt like a fitting tribute to Jean-Marc’s father, and became the highlight of the night, lighting up the resort. We know Jean-Marc’s father would have wanted us to as they exploded over the lagoon. ‘have the wedding of our dreams,’ said Pascale. We think he’d have been pleased with the day.

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Sarah has been a journalist and writer for more than 20 years, including 12 at The Telegraph Magazine, and is still dining out on her own wedding tales after more than a decade.