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Romantic Bali Destination Wedding

You probably already guessed from the engagement session prior, but this Bali wedding has got style like you wouldn’t believe. It’s every destination bride’s dreams brought to life and Cher Ange and Gloriosa Flower House are just a few of the talented vendors responsible for the day. The always fabulous Jemma Keech shared her snaps of the day, and let me assure you the gallery doesn’t disappoint. 

Beach Resort

From the Bride… Antoine and I got engaged on Christmas Eve 2012, we knew from the very beginning that we wanted –no, needed – a destination wedding. Ours is one of those classic relationships that blossom out of expatriate life. Antoine is Swiss, I am Chinese-Australian and our life together began in Beijing. We have family and friends scattered the world over. An intimate wedding in Bali held with it all the promise of romance and idyllic island beauty. We were aware of the fact that most of our guests would have to travel, regardless of where we held our wedding – so we hoped the choice of Bali would enable them to enjoy a relaxing holiday, as well as honoring us with their presence.

There were times when we doubted our choice to go with a destination wedding, planned almost entirely by email and Skype. In the year leading up to the wedding, we left China to start a new chapter in Singapore. In the midst of packing and unpacking myriad boxes, hunting for apartments, visiting our cat Daisy in quarantine and starting new jobs in a new city, we seriously wondered whether we were mad to be planning a wedding a thousand miles away from where we were. The task was further complicated by our particular requirements. We were looking for a location in Bali that didn’t look too traditional, nor too modern. We wanted a romantic, enchanted garden aesthetic that was ‘dreamy’, ‘magical’, ‘organic’, ‘vintage elements but not rustic”, “like walking into A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream” – all words we threw at our long-suffering wedding planner, Karen, and florist Herni, that I suspected were less than useful in providing direction.

On our first planning trip – with six months to go until the wedding – we visited eight villas and resorts in two days, and none felt like the one. We flew back to Singapore despondent. We were ready to put down a deposit on our second choice location, when I came across photographs of the Amanusa, shot by the exceptional Jemma Keech (who, in the end, also photographed our wedding). In the time it took me to scroll through half a dozen photographs, I fell in love. It had a kind of restrained grandeur that I just knew would fuse beautifully with the vision I’d conjured in my head for our décor and florals. I got on the phone, our date was miraculously available, I consulted with Karen and we booked it then and there, sight unseen. I’d like to think it was simply meant to be.

With the Amanusa, we really had the most extraordinary foundation to work with. After the garden ceremony, our guests enjoyed champagne and canapés at the elevated bar, overlooking sunset views of the Indian Ocean and the Mount Agung volcano in the distance. Our reception dinner was held under the frangipani trees on the lawn. The evening was lit up with twinkling lights, hundreds of candles and the sparkling stars above. It was our greatest wish that our nearest and dearest could come together and celebrate the happiest day of our lives, and to also leave with magical memories of their own. I think we managed to succeed on that front, as several of our guests and family members have been asking when the next Bali celebration will be! An anniversary soiree, perhaps?

Photography: Jemma Keech | Wedding Planner: Cher Ange | Flowers: Gloriosa Flower House | Stationery: Momental Designs | Shoes: Charlotte Olympia | Groom's Attire: Bespoke And Jack London Dinner Suit | Ceremony & Reception: Aman Resorts - Amanusa | Dresses: Carolina Herrera | Getting Ready Lace Robe: Girl With A Serious Dream | Jewellery: Debra Moreland | Jewellery: Tiffany & Co | Venue & Catering: Aman Resorts - Amanusa

Bali Beach Engagement Session

I’ve seen a lot of engagement sessions in my wedding blogging days, but this one just might snag my new “favorite” spot. Complete with a drool-worthy gown by Oscar De La Renta and a series of dreamy images from Jemma Keech, I can only imagine what the wedding (coming up NEXT!) will have in store. Take a stroll through the gallery and let the pin frenzy begin.

From Jemma KeechThe day before Haidi & Antoine’s wedding we spent the afternoon wandering the stunning beaches of Uluwatu, Bali. With their wedding being the following day, we wanted to make their engagement shoot as romantic & relaxed as possible.

Photography: Jemma Keech | Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Dress: Alexander McQueen | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Shoes: Valentino | Venue: Uluwatu Bali Indonesia

Organic Bali Destination Wedding

The only thing more beautiful than this wedding – and believe me, it’s stunning – is the love story leading up. It’s what happens when love surpasses 5 years and 5,000 miles to an “I do” that was most certainly worth the wait. Scroll on for the story in the bride’s own words, and brace yourself for full gallery perfection designed in the hands of A & B Creative and photographed by Em The Gem.


From The Bride…The inspiration for our wedding was curated around our love story.

King and I first met at church small group in Beijing, just 3 months before I had to return to Melbourne Australia for my career move. I didn’t expect to be in a relationship at the time let alone a long-distance one. Neither did I expect a guy would like to be in one, especially with a girl who’d be 5,000 miles away. But chemistry has its own way to creep into your better judgement and so 3 weeks after we got to know each other, say hello to a new couple in the group. As if the idea of long-distance wasn’t challenging enough, we are also different nationalities. When you’re dating a foreigner for 3 months but have to live thousand miles apart, you can’t have expectations for the future if you don’t wish to be heartbroken. So we took it easy and we took it by faith; that if we were meant to be together, God would do miracles. So after developing and growing our relationship for almost 5 years apart, gladly to say, God truly brought us through. And so did technology!

A passage from Joshua Harris’ ‘Boy Meets Girl’ sums it perfectly:

‘It’s a simple story really…
Two people learning to trust God
Two winding paths that God made straight
Two straight paths that He chose to cross just at the right time
The Creator of romance, the Maker who arranged
the first “boy meets girl” in the garden so long ago,
is still at work.’

King and I believe that we wouldn’t have come this far if it wasn’t by God’s grace. So we wanted to bring our story back to him. We designed and framed the passage as part of the wedding detail that reflects the story of our journey.

We decided to have destination wedding in Bali because it’s close to home where I was from which is Jakarta, Indonesia. It was also perfect for a lot of our overseas friends and families to travel as far from North america, Australia, and other parts in Asia and make an exotic holiday out of it. We chose Kayumanis Villa Nusa Dua for it’s perfect space for intimacy, as well as its unique architectural structure that has Indonesian, Italian and Western influence, giving it a mix of modern minimalist and rustic feel. Not to mention the greenery around the venue, which all worked perfectly together for my love in rustic and french provincial style.

From the genuine promise of “we’ll stay in touch” through the occasional complaints “are we ever gonna be together?” to the happy finale “will you marry me?”, our journey is summed up in 3 words in Jenna Rainey of Mon Voir’s calligraphed banner “Worth The Wait” that was beautifully styled and hung as our ceremony backdrop, and still kept for my wedding memoir.

Last but not least, my favourite & best moment of my wedding day was not even the ceremony nor the reception. But it was after the last guests had left the venue, and it was just my husband and I, under very dim moonlit walking back to our honeymoon suite villa, with my bare foot. Just seconds when we were standing in front of the door to get in, that was the moment where I could finally be IN THE MOMENT and realised that we’ve made it!

Photography: Em The Gem | Wedding Gown: Angela Marcuccio Bridal Couture | Cake: C For Cupcakes | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Ceremony Venue, Reception Venue: Kayumanis Nusa Dua | Concept + Styling: A & B Creative | Floral: Chantelle Madison | Hair + Makeup: Lona Bali Make Up Artist | Photography - Assistance: Ashley Kelemen | Wedding Stationary: Eza Nasir