Wakaya Island, Fiji
Dean McDermott and Tori Spelling were married on May 7, 2006 at the Wakaya Club in Fiji. The bride and groom kept their wedding a secret from everyone except wedding planner Jo Gartin of Love, Luck and Angels, who arranged a special day for the couple without family or friends.
After enjoying breakfast in bed and a couples massage, a large conch shell was sounded at 4 p.m. to signify the start of the ceremony. Tori walked barefoot across the beach in a white eyelet Dolce & Gabbana dress with a pink sash. She held a bouquet of white orchids with stamp-sized photos of Dean’s deceased parents and her former nanny. A pathway of fragrant white frangipani petals led her to Dean, who stood waiting in a white Dolce & Gabbana suit.
The couple exchanged personal vows. Tori promised to always be Dean’s little girl, and Dean promised to worship and adore Tori every minute of every day.
After presenting each other with Neil Lane rings, the couple spent their first moments as a married couple with a walk on the beach, and then built sand castles with banners that read “McDermott Castle” and “Truly, Madly, Deeply.”
Following the ceremony, a four-poster, king-sized bed was placed on the beach and set up as a living room for the couple to feast on a six-course meal. They shared their first dance in the ocean to “Amazed” by Lonestar. They were so excited, they didn’t mind getting their wedding attire wet. The newlyweds spun around and splashed in the water while toasting with champagne and eating sushi.
After the fourth course, Tori threw her bouquet in the water as a tribute to the angels she believed brought her and Dean together. They then fed each other a cake for two which was made with butter cream frosting and topped with an orchid confection.
The couple spent their nine-day honeymoon in a $3,200-per-night villa at the Wakaya Club. After returning to their home in Los Angeles, they hosted a post-wedding fete for family and friends who were not in Fiji to witness the marriage. The couple shared footage of their week on the island, shot on Super 8 film and made into a 40-minute silent movie by Fifty Foot Films.