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Elegant + Romantic Phuket Destination Wedding

It’s a summer Saturday so in no way should work be done today. Instead, let’s pour ourselves another round of ice cold coffee and dive into this beauty before us. These lovebirds are proof that fate can be oh so strong (don’t miss their adorably romantic story told by both parties below) and celebrated their union with a beyond amazing bash thanks to Luxury Events Phuket and Iam Flower. Julian Abram Wainwright snapped away and Imageforge Asia’s film below just made my day a whole lot brighter.

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From Luxury Events Phuket… Melissa and Ishay’s love knows no border. Let them transport you into their love story which truly looks like a fairy tale…

From the Groom… It was a typical beautiful night in Uganda when I met Melissa. I went with my co-workers to the go-to Irish pub, Bubbles. I saw her from across the bar, standing with her friends, laughing as usual… lighting up the room as she always does. It wasn’t the first time I’d seen her but I never dared to walk up to her. For some reason, that night, I had the courage to talk to her. As introductions typically go in Uganda, the first question is often, “Why are you here in Africa?!” I told her I was a Greek cucumber farmer. She called me out on my bullshit right away. I was immediately attracted to her feistiness and directness. I told her that night that she and I were going to be serious. I knew it was true… she told me I was crazy! We said goodnight and I gave her my phone number, hoping she would call me. She never called.

From the Bride… I met Ishay in December 2009 when I took a year off from medical school to do research in Africa. We both were just like any other ex-pats in Kampala, hanging out at THE Irish Bar in town. I just spent the whole day out with my girlfriends. I almost didn’t go out that night, but fate decided otherwise. I have to admit when I met him, I thought he was attractive. I remember not even being able to pronounce his name. I put his number in as “I, the pilot.” The following week, I was at the Irish Bar, again… and I felt a tap on my shoulder. I looked up and there he was. We spoke and had a real conversation. I thought he was intriguing, intelligent, and fascinating. He kept up with me… even in his Israeli English! I was impressed.

From the Groom… As small communities go, we kept running into each other at the trusty Irish Bar and I asked her out on a proper date. I invited her to drive a boat in Lake Victoria that weekend. She wore a black jumpsuit and big sunhat. Of course, as a future dermatologist, her face was covered in sunblock. I’ll be honest, it was weird but even then, she looked so cute. She always managed to surprise me. She was full of determination and tried so hard to keep the boat straight on the water. It kept curving to the left and right. Who was this girl?

From the Bride… Later that week, we went to dinner. He asked me to wear my glasses. I was so embarrassed since I never wore my glasses out in public. But I did. And he made me feel so beautiful. That night, we never stopped talking until the next morning. We kept having nights like this; it was like a movie! A week later, we went to northern Uganda on a safari; we spent the entire night listening to music, laughing, and sharing our life stories. I had never seen the sky so lit up with stars. He traced out different constellations for me, pointing out the “Great Wagon” to me. Of course, I corrected him immediately and said it’s the Big Dipper.

From the Groom… One month later, I returned to Israel for a business trip and asked her to join me. That’s all it took. One month after knowing her, I knew she was my wife. Six months later, Melissa moved back to California. We spent hours talking on the Internet. For the next two years, we flew back and forth – from Uganda to San Francisco, from Israel to San Francisco, from Israel to Thailand, from San Francisco to Thailand. In July 2012, I moved to Philadelphia and Melissa moved to New York. We weren’t living together yet but at least, we got closer.

From the Bride… Everyone told me we were crazy, that this relationship would never be. We came from worlds apart. We lived worlds apart. But, Ishay was never an average man. He left his dream job in Africa. He left his life, his family, and his friends in Israel. He got accepted to a school that was once my dream school when I was younger. I consider myself so lucky to have met such an incredible person.

From the Groom… Our time in Uganda changed my life. To this day, I still miss my life in Uganda. But today, five years after I approached her in Kampala, I have my true love and she is forever my wife.”

From Luxury Events Phuket… The couple wanted their wedding to be elegant and bohemian with colours to be more overwhelming. The theme colors were white with pops of soft pastel colours (blush, peach) with hints of green and gold, in order to create something classy but with a warm romantic garden-like feel.

What was most important to them was to have a wedding with all the formal elements but in a fun atmosphere incorporating touches of Thai. Melissa’s brother was the wedding celebrant so as the couple were already legally married in the US, Melissa and Ishay wrote their own vows and said them under a chuppah (representing Ishay’s side of the family) in a private villa in Phuket, Thailand. We added in mozoltov at the end. The night was a mixture of Thai and Western elements with the beautiful Thai orchids mixed with the imported flowers in all the arrangements. The guests drank stunning Thai wines, Thai beer. There were three signature cocktails for the evening with one of them being a Thai Cucumber Mojito. Thai canapes were served during cocktails, after the ceremony, followed by a very Western style menu but there was homemade coconut ice cream served with the dessert followed by late night snacks of a local beef noodle soup station which is a dish that the local Thais love to eat on the streets late at night.

As we were in a private villa we could not do the wishing lanterns but instead we set off fireworks after the first dance which are still allowed in Thailand.

Photography: Julian Abram Wainwright | Videography: Imageforge Asia | Event Planning: Luxury Events Phuket | Floral Design: Iam Flower | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Mango | Catering: Daniel Isberg | Groom's Attire: Ben Sherman | Venue: Private Villa | Cake Designer: Les Diables Phuket | Hair & Make Up: Lisa Allen

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Intimate Beachfront Gay Wedding in Phuket, Thailand

Get ready to have your wanderlust ignited, loves, because these gorgeous, intimate nuptials on a private beach in Thailand are so Pinterest-worthy, you may have your bags halfway packed by the end. Thanks to Pure Bliss, this darling duo was able to plan their dream wedding from halfway around the world, and, lucky for us, we’ve got all the waterfront bliss in the gallery right here!

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We were able to ask Sterling and Ron few questions about how their love story started and how they end up having their wedding in Phuket, Thailand.

Pure Bliss Team: How did you both meet each other?

Sterling: My little brother had been telling me about this guy for months – he said I needed to meet him. Well, at his medical school graduation, my little brother finally introduced us. I had seen him earlier and thought, “WOW!”, and when my brother brought him over, I was speechless. We hit if off right away, but started off as friends. We emailed back and forth (I lived in Seattle and he lived in Virginia – opposite sides of the US), and after a lot of plane flights and quick weekends, we fell deeply in love.

Pure Bliss Team: How did you both feel when you met each other the first time?

Sterling: I don’t think I am allowed to say what I was really thinking, so I will give the nice version: My heart leapt, and I was giddy. It was like I had known him forever, and I just found him again. I had to get to know him more. I was like a little a nervous little kid.

Pure Bliss Team: May we ask how your love has grown until the wedding day?

Ron: Neither of us were “out”, so we walked around the issue for quite a while, and the whole coming out to each other was very special. I was actually hiding in a closet when I told him I thought I was gay. Having someone going through the same thing was huge for me. His family was much more accepting than mine (they still are), and they were so patient with me as I started to accept who I was. Every time I saw him, I thought, I couldn’t love him any more – but then I found out that it just keeps growing and changing with time. He started off as my best friend, and now I am married to my best friend. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

Pure Bliss Team: Why and how did you choose Phuket, Thailand, as your wedding destination?

Sterling: We had been planning the wedding for months – originally scheduled for Seattle. Coordination, suits, colors, food, travel, venues…it was overwhelming. Especially since we lived on opposite sides of the country. So, one night we just decided to get married somewhere else, without all of the drama. We randomly picked Thailand. Ronnie had sent me a Youtube video from some company called Pure Bliss. I contacted the team on a whim, and Nanya got back to me the next day. I explained that we were on a budget. In under a month, she coordinated everything from across the globe!!!!

Pure Bliss Team: How did you find the wedding?

Ron: IT WAS EVERYTHING WE HAD IMAGINED! Pure Bliss Wedding team found us a venue and a private beach. We walked out on the warm sand, and I was holding my best friend’s hand. I am not emotional, but I started to tear up as I looked at everything that had been set up for us. The beach was groomed, there were flower petals, there was a simple canopy where our officiator awaited us. The whole team was there, and the music was surreal. They had Cannon in D playing for us, with the waves crashing in the background. Simple elegance. Everything was planned! The flowers, coordinators, photographers…everything went smoothly! They even added a small surprise for my husband – his favorite animal is an elephant, and the look on his face when they brought a happy baby elephant out was PRICELESS!! We spent time together laughing like little kids, playing with the elephant. The dinner was then set up for us on the beach. We had enjoyed our first dance together, and then got ready for dinner. We had a private chef and servers wait on us, as we enjoyed our first dinner as a married couple. It was a perfect day. I can’t thank the team enough for making our day…perfect.

Photography: Mildly The Film | Wedding Planner: Pure Bliss Wedding | Rings: Jared's Galleria Of Jewelry | Venue: Cape Panwa Hotel | Belts: Wallace And Barnes | Groom Suits : J Crew | Makeup And Hair Stylist: Top Phuket Makeup Artist

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Tropical Beachside Thailand Wedding

Before you dive head first into the stunning flowers or the gorgeous beach behind today’s wedding, take a look at this picture. Where the bride and groom are smiling so big, you just know that they could have been married in paper bags and still be thrilled. Okay, now go on to all of the crazy beautiful details because if the couple had you at hello, the rest – photographed by CJK Visuals – will melt your heart. More here!








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From CJK VisualsI had never met Brian and Elaine, but we were connected through their wedding planner, Nanya. I knew that I would be traveling to Thailand from late March to mid April, so I reached out to Nanya in hopes that I could photograph an amazing couple while on my backpacking trip around the beautiful country. Luckily, she had booked Elaine and Brian and they were in need of a photographer!

Fast forward a few months later, and I’m meeting Nanya, Brian, and Elaine the day before the wedding at the gorgeous beachside reception. The next morning, the skies were a bit cloudy but the day was GORGEOUS. A precautionary tent was put up with calls for rain, but thankfully, the ceremony was still able to be out in the open underneath the tall palm trees! It did downpour for a bit during the reception, but everyone was too busy celebrating and dancing inside the tent to care

Elaine and Brian currently live in Hong Kong, but have family from Wales, Australia, several Asian countries, and more that all flew to Phuket for this gorgeous wedding! It just goes to show how loved and amazing they are! I had such an amazing time with these two, their friends, family, and incredible vendors!

From The Bride… I met Brian back in 2011, having relocated from London to Hong Kong for work. Not knowing anyone in this new shiny city, mutual friends from London played cupid and put us in touch. What can I say? That was nearly 4 years ago, a proposal, a ring and now a wedding!

Both being beach lovers, we knew instantly a destination wedding was for us. With Brian being from the UK and myself from Australia via Malaysia, Phuket seemed the perfect location, accessible for all the guests travelling in from across the globe. We viewed several resorts but when we set foot into Jivana Villa, on Natai Beach, it was an immediate YES! The private villa is a true piece of Thai paradise with a large, coconut tree lined lawn with a gorgeous secluded beach as the backdrop.

For the wedding theme and décor, I’m a great lover of jazz and all things vintage. I ran with a Great Gatsby theme so the vision was filled with colours of gold, silver, sparkles, and touches of black & white. One of my favourite parts of planning the wedding was creating a mood board to help pull together the look I wanted to achieve. Our wedding planners, Wedding Bliss, were absolutely amazing with the execution. They really delivered on every meticulous detail, combining their expertise with our bits and pieces of DIY, from the beautiful pictures frames that my dear sister managed to source and the spray-glued gold glitter votive holders completed the night before!

We were lucky enough to find Caitlin, our photographer from Maryland US, who happened to be in Phuket at the same time. A high recommendation from Wedding Bliss, Caitlin’s natural talent captured so many beautiful moments.

Finally, my wedding gown was created by a Hong Kong designer, Noel Chu. Not only does she have an exceptional design eye, but she is incredibly warm and professional and made me feel like a true part of the design process. The lace and feathery details on the dress were flawless and it truly was the wedding gown of my dreams.

What made the wedding truly special was the presence of our families and friends. We are incredibly lucky to have shared our special day with each and every one of our guests, who traveled far and wide. This is what a destination wedding is about!

Photography: CJK Visuals | Planner: Wedding Bliss By Nanya | Florist: Peony | Wedding Dress: Noel Chu Atelier | Wedding Cake: Les Anges | Reception Venue: Jivana Villas | Shoes: Manolo Blaknik | Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Caterer: Two Chefs | Makeup: Gloria Chan | Grooms Suit: Hugo Boss | Hair + Makeup: Bridal Makeup And Hair | Head Piece: Jennifer Behr | Light + Sound: Final Cut

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Romantic Thailand Destination Wedding

This wedding right here, this unbelievably romantic and glamorous bash, is something out of a movie. That’s all I could think of as I went through Sandra Aberg’s beautiful photos, over and over again. The Wedding Bliss and IAMFLOWER worked magic, creating a wedding wonderland for these two lovebirds to say “I do” and we’re the lucky ones who get to obsess over these photos all day long.

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From Sandra Aberg… The story of how Bo and Nat met is like a fairytale. Their first meeting was 13 years ago. Bo was studying architecture at Cornell University and returned to Thailand for a short visit. During her time back she attended a university presentation with her best friend, and the professor giving the talk was Nat. They both remember each other from that first encounter. Nat remembers a skinny young girl that was not his student and Bo remembers the handsome architect. That was their first meeting but they did not see each other again until 10 years later on an airplane to Singapore.

Bo was going to see the World Architecture Festival and Nat was going to be a judge at the competition, and they recognised each other right away. They ended up spending the next four days together with their common friends and quickly realised how many common interests they had like design, arts, and architecture.

Bo had just moved back to Thailand after spending four years working in Shanghai, so Nat offered to show her around Bangkok for upcoming special arts events and exhibitions and they both grew very fond of each other. There was just one problem…

Bo’s father, a Chairman of Central Group, one of Thailand’s biggest conglomerates, had asked his daughter to sign a contract when she was 14 years old and before she was sent to study abroad. The contract stated that she should not have a boyfriend until she graduated!

Bo was confident and knew that Nat was the right one for her so she ran to her mother and asked for advice on how to make her father accept Nat as her boyfriend. Her mother arranged a meeting between Nat and Bo’s father. Bo’s father agreed to meet Nat but not for a general lunch or dinner. Instead, he requested to have an official one-on-one interview with Nat with the purpose of finding out if Nat would be the right one for Bo. He didn’t want the billionaire son-in-law but instead wanted to see the guy who was smart and had a good heart with great ambition, a guy who could take care of his daughter in life’s best and worst situations. After the first meeting, Nat passed the first round but was asked for more interviews with Bo’s family. After many interviews and tests Nat finally got approved by all members. Nat then surprised Bo with a proposal at The Siam Hotel Bangkok, the place where they had their first official date.

After a big celebration in Bangkok, Bo and Nat decided to have a destination wedding to celebrate with only their close friends and family, which was about 250 people from all over the world. They chose Phuket as the destination due to the beauty of the beach and scenery. Also, they fell in love with the brand new hotel, Point Yamu by Como, situated at the tip of a peninsula with a stunning panoramic view. As architects they fell in love with the design and structure of the building and it just felt right from the first time they walked in there. To help them plan this amazing event they had the wedding planners from The Wedding Bliss take care of all the details and decor.

From The Wedding BlissThis wedding was the wedding of the year in Thailand and had to be treated that way. Nothing was left to chance and every detail of the day was carefully planned. Bo and Nat wanted a pure romantic western styled wedding at Point Yamu by Como and wanted to begin with a Christian wedding ceremony followed by a sunset cocktail reception and dinner.

Inspired by the already stunning scenery and amazing design, we created a beautiful outdoor venue on the main lawn of the hotel with a view of the ocean as a backdrop for both the ceremony and the dinner. The location was decorated with chandeliers and hanging flowers to create a complete luxury dream fairytale wedding. The colours were rustic gold mixed with blush pink, white and greens.

To enhance their common interest in architecture, the registration table was decorated with the couples favourite architect books and the wedding favour was an architect ruler with the tag written “The Measure of Love is to Love without Measure.” We also created a gallery with images from their engagement session hanging from the outdoor roof with jars with flowers and ivy to enhance the couples love for art. In the pool area we put up a big Bo & Nat structure to create a nice backdrop for pictures and fun.

The overall feel was inspired by Bo’s unique character and style – a beautiful feminine woman with both elegance and class. We came up with the idea of transforming the whole lawn into a European flower garden. We used all imported flowers such as Pink David Austin Rose, Soft Pink Cymbidium, Ivory Rose, Soft pink Ranunculus and grey leaf. Both the ceremony and the reception was held in this amazing setting and was changed from ceremony to dinner in under two hours to great delight and surprise for all the guests that in the meantime were enjoying the sunset reception at the pool.

Photography: Sandra Aberg Photography | Cinematography: Narakorn Photography | Floral Design: IAMFLOWER | Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta | Invitations: Rabbit on the Moon | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jewelry: Anyallerie | Groom's Attire: Button Up | Wedding Venue: Point Yamu By COMO | Graphic Design: Farmgroup | Groom’s Bow Tie: Lanvin | Lighting & Sound: Final Cut AV Phuket | Makeup & Hair Day 1: Kanakorn Kamjatpai | Makeup Day 2: Nontapat Amornchai | Ribbon: Sling Ribbon & bow | Second Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Veil: Oscar de la Renta | Wedding Planning: The Wedding Bliss By Nanya

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Bangkok Engagement Session

The images in this engagement shoot are nothing short of dreamy, and this couple is nothing short of adorable. But just when you think this engagement session is just as perfect as it could possibly be, it gets even better. Because the couple below also happen to be the talents behind Mildly The Film, and their love for each other and film photography shines bright in this gallery.


From Mildly The FilmFor this engagement session, we talked and planned with a couple for this photo shoot. Early morning, we walked and shoot around the city, looking for landmarks. The yellow and orange buildings are Ministry of Defence. We went to Emerald Buddha Temple and The Grand Palace. In the afternoon, we went to Nongbon Water Sport Center which is place for kayaking and windsurfing. We shoot until sunset.

However, let me introduce myself. We are couple. My name is Toey and my girlfriend is Jin. We are living in Bangkok, Thailand. Both of us are falling in love with handcrafts, food, old stuffs and film cameras. We love pastel color tone. That’s why we start to learn to shoot film. Film photography in Thailand is very less popular comparing to Japan or EU. Our company called “mildly the film” was launched 1st January 2014. This is our very first year in the business.

Photography: Mildly The Film | Building: Ministry Of Defence | Lake: Nong Bon Water Sport | Palace: The Grand Palace | Temple: Emerald Buddha Temple