The ultimate wedding trip

There are few people as excited about the millennium as Cheryl Berthelsen and Matthew Beach, a lucky couple from Virginia who are the winning Internet auction bidders of the first “Wedding of the Millennium.” To celebrate their wedding and the new millennium, the couple will exchange vows at midnight. December 31, at Turtle Island in Fiji, one of the many places where the Year 2000 first arrives.

While surfing the Internet for honeymoon destinations, the bride-to-be came across the Turtle Island web site, noticed the home page feature on the “Wedding of the Millennium” and linked to an online auction site. Bidding several times, the couple ended the auction as its high bidders and came away with the coveted ceremony for a mere $15,100. (US)

Their wedding will be an elegant, private affair, held on the beach overlooking the gentle waters of the island’s famous Blue Lagoon. Turtle Island will celebrate one hour sooner than the rest of Fiji because in 1979, the island adopted Daylight Savings Time to provide an additional hour of daylight to Columbia Pictures’ crew filming the movie “Blue Lagoon,” starring Brooke Shields.

Turtle Island’s owner and managing director, RicharEvanson, is donating the net proceeds from the auction as seed money for a new, permanent hospital to be built on the island to assist 3,500 nearby residents. Currently, the nearest medical facilities are in Nadi, a nine-hour boat ride or 30-minute sea-plane ride away.