LOVE stories can be at times hard to come by in this day and age.
People have ever-changing views on true love and the journey of finding "the one" can sometimes be an elusive dream.
For those who do end up at the altar, the celebration stories are many, ranging from the adventurous to the simple.
And then there are those who choose to weave into their personal stories, the history of family drama and romance.
One such intense story - which deserves a book of its own - is the eloping of a strong and wistful man from Yadua village in Sigatoka and his true love to a secluded beach just outside the village.
And what makes their story even more special is how more than 70 years later, a descendent of this Yadua villager comes back to marry his one and only love on that very same spot.
The ancestor was Eliesa Ratuva, - a man of great courage who went against all odds including tradition, family and the vanua to marry Silovata Rabo from a nearby village.
Against all opposing forces that would have ultimately kept them apart, Eliesa exchanged eternal promises to his sweetheart on Ravuka beach.
Located on the picturesque outskirts of Malaqereqere in Sigatoka - about two kilometres from Yadua Village - Ravuka beach is as beautiful as it is breathtaking.
Lined with beautiful white sand, clear blue skies and the sound of crashing waves, it is no wonder that the enigmatic Eliesa chose a huge rock located on the beach to wed Silovata.
His granddaughter, Clara Emmitt described him as a man who stood by his beliefs and never wavered from his decisions once they were made.
"He was very bold and very strong to stand up to his elders," said Mrs Emmitt.
And it was because of that courage and strength depicted by a man so highly regarded by his family, that Mrs Emmitt chose to name her eldest son after him.
His namesake, Andrew Ratuva Emmitt also displays some of that tenacity that his namesake was well-known for.
And showing that he is also a true romantic at heart like his namesake, Andrew brought his love of more than nine years, Sarah Hoogenboom to Ratuva beach where they wed on a beachfront estate overlooking the spot his great-grandparents exchanged their vows.
"It wasn't really a hard decision to make because I've always heard about the story of my namesake and how he eloped on that beach," said Andrew, a day before his traditional I-Taukei wedding to Sarah.
"Ever since I was a kid I would come here with my mum and my brothers and sisters and this is where we grew up.
"Even though we live in Australia, we always make it a point to come back and to always maintain our traditional Fijian roots," he says of his bond with his vanua.
His daughters, Charlotte and Kasanita, says Andrew, have also visited Fiji as much as the family allows - something he says will always encourage.
The two day wedding celebration was attended by guests and family from Australia and Fiji.
At the end of the beautiful ceremony filled with laughter, music and entertainment, a proud mother, grandmother and aunt - Clara Emmitt admits that her children would always be her main priority.
She too possesses many of that strength her grandfather would have been known for. She vows to ensure that her children and grandchildren would continue to use and live off the land - including Ratuva beach - that her ancestors were blessed with.