SPECIAL LOCATION: Georgia Clarke and Rory Hammersley-Mather had their wedding ceremony in an outside chappel.
SPECIAL LOCATION: Georgia Clarke and Rory Hammersley-Mather had their wedding ceremony in an outside chappel. Groovey Banana Photography

Memorable island wedding

BEAUTIFUL Erakor Island was witness to a lovely sandy wedding on the weekend.

Georgia Clarke, youngest daughter of Peter and Sally Clarke, and Rory Hammersley-Mather, youngest son of Kim and Carmel Hammersley-Mather, tied the knot at Erakor Island Chapel, Vanuatu.

They were married on the afternoon of Friday, August 11.

The ceremony, that was attended by 44 of their closest family and friends, was held at Erakor Island Chapel, an outside chapel that was the first one built in the Pacific Islands.

"The outdoor chapel was incredible, such a special and unique place to get married, with a sandy aisle and tropical flowers and greenery all around,” Georgia said.

Georgia Clarke and Rory Hammersley-Mather tied the knot at Erakor Island Chapel, Vanuatu.
Georgia Clarke and Rory Hammersley-Mather tied the knot at Erakor Island Chapel, Vanuatu. contributed

Georgia, who went to St Joseph's school when she was younger, was given away by her father Peter.

Her bridesmaids were Tess Clarke, Rachel Hammersley-Mather and Caroline Gilbert.

Sam Stephen was best man and other groomsmen were Craig Uys and David Jurgs.

"It was an emotional ceremony, with two of the bridesmaids bursting into tears halfway down the aisle,” Georgia said.

"Luckily,the vows that we wrote ourselves, had everyone in stitches of laughter to lighten the mood.”

The memorable reception was held on the beach, with the sand acting as the perfect dance floor.

"Our first song was an unusual choice, being a rap song that wasn't particularly slow but it was a song that meant a lot to us as a couple,” Georgia said.

"The first night I met Rory I told him I loved the song and he asked me to marry him on the spot.”

The night ended with a solid three hours of dancing, with all of the guests joining in and some very loud accompanying singing.

The couple said the whole week in Vanuatu was amazing and something they would never, ever forget.

"It's not often you get to go overseas, to a tropical paradise, with 44 of your closest friends and family,” Georgia said.

The freshly-married love birds are looking forward to their honeymoon where they will be enjoying everything Europe has to offer.

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