Kurt Bayer is a Herald reporter based in Christchurch

Kiwi bride jilted on eve of dream Rarotonga wedding

Wedding venue at Crown Beach Resort and Spa on Rarotonga. Photo / via Facebook
Wedding venue at Crown Beach Resort and Spa on Rarotonga. Photo / via Facebook

A New Zealand bride says she is devastated after her husband-to-be ditched her the night before their lavish wedding in Rarotonga.

Jilted bride Vanessa says her Christchurch fiance left the five-star Crown Beach Resort the night before their $40,000 wedding was due to take place on October 22 last year.

"There was absolutely no hints or signs that it could happen, it was a complete shock," the 40-year-old told Fairfax.

Crown Beach Resort and Spa on Rarotonga - where Vanessa was to have her wedding. Photo / Supplied
Crown Beach Resort and Spa on Rarotonga - where Vanessa was to have her wedding. Photo / Supplied

​"It was horrific. I went into shock. I just remember wailing and feeling violently ill."

She told the Herald today that she was "so in love and happy".

There were 49 friends and family who had travelled to the wedding, from as far away as the United States.

Now, Vanessa is selling her wedding dress and engagement ring on Trade Me.

The brand new Jane Yeh backless dress has a starting price of $2950.00.

The platinum, ashoka & argyle pink diamond ring has been valued at $38,500 and has a Buy Now offer of $24,000.

A devastated Kiwi bride is selling her wedding dress and engagement ring on Trade Me after her husband-to-be ditched her the night before their lavish  Rarotonga wedding. Photo / Trade Me
A devastated Kiwi bride is selling her wedding dress and engagement ring on Trade Me after her husband-to-be ditched her the night before their lavish Rarotonga wedding. Photo / Trade Me
Jilted bride Vanessa's brand-new backless Jane Yeh dress has a starting price of $2,950. Photo / Trade Me
Jilted bride Vanessa's brand-new backless Jane Yeh dress has a starting price of $2,950. Photo / Trade Me
Wedding venue at Crown Beach Resort and Spa on Rarotonga. Photo / via Facebook
Wedding venue at Crown Beach Resort and Spa on Rarotonga. Photo / via Facebook

- NZ Herald

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