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Romantic Beachside Bali Wedding

A beachside wedding in Bali; it doesn’t get more romantic than this right here. But when the affair is overflowing with florals from Jonquilla Decor & Florist it surpasses expectations even more. Venema Pictures captured it all, from start to finish, and this gallery is what dreams are made of m’dears.

Beach Resort

From Jonquilla Decor & FloristKartika and Stefan have the most supporting family that helped with the wedding planning since they are occupied with work and travel. We met through a previous client’s recommendation and when we met, we went through all details she liked and she didn’t like; we like when brides tell us their expected style, it helps us understand easier and faster! They chose pink and a little fuchsia for their theme color. A play with bronze makes the color pops and you can’t go wrong with a wedding with the beach as the background. Gold tiffany chairs helped to bring out the elegance of the affair and the tulips created an effortless look. 

From the Bride... I guess the most beautiful things happened when you least expected it. We met in 2005 when studying at Studienkolleg and I happened to take a fancy on Stefan and innocently decided to tell a friend. Accidentally, that particular friend passed on the news to Stefan and he came to me to express his mutual liking on me. Turned out, he had all these feelings for me but was just waiting for the right time to make a move.

We were dating long distance for seven years, between Germany, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, and finally Singapore and Jakarta for education and work placement. Even when we began dating, we were already a distanced apart, nevertheless, it was worth a try and we continued to have faith in it. A lot of friends asked what made this relationship work, despite only going out for real dates whenever we could, every two months or so. Without God’s grace and His love, we could not do it. Throughout our relationship, we maintained an honest and open communication, trust and keep on having fun with each other.

Stefan is always romantic in his own way and in the most unpredictable manner. Talk about us getting married did not come out of a sudden. After dating for several years, we both knew that we wanted to enjoy each others’ companion and grow old together. But just like any other couple, we had to prepare A-Z to be ready for a legal and eternal commitment. One day after a couple’s church retreat, at the last session of it, our mentor gave an instruction for us to write a love letter. When he handed out the letter to me, Stefan’s love letter was a marriage proposal. He was down on his knees and asked me to marry him.

The next big thing after he popped the question was for both our parents to meet. We grew up close with our families and we wanted them to be friendly and treat each other as part of the bigger whole family. For the wedding, we chose Bali, the most romantic island for a destination wedding to have an intimate celebration. We wanted it to be celebrated with people who matter to us. We chose the long table-set up rather than the round table to make it more intimate.

My mother-in-law helped with most of the wedding and I am beyond blessed to have her as a new family member. She is caring, generous and throughout the wedding planning I felt I got to know her more and I begin to love her as my own mother. The wedding planning came easy as we met vendors who were experienced, resourceful and reliable.

Everything that happened during our wedding etched a beautiful memory. My bridesmaid made a wonderful speech during the wedding and she advised how Stefan should be aware of some qualities of me. Just like most brides, I was nervous minutes before the ceremony, and with some cheers from my bridesmaid, I felt confident minutes before walking down the aisle.

We were shy to have our first dance and be the center of attention. So instead of a first dance, we danced together with the guests and threw the bouquet after a song. It was a simple and beautiful night for us. We felt the warmth and love from our friends and family members who simply made the effort to attend and celebrate it with us.

Photography: Venema Pictures | Videography: Venema Pictures | Floral Design: Jonquilla Decor & Florist | Invitations: Lovely Cards | Catering: Royal Santrian | Makeup: Dewi - New Melati | Band: Marlyn Entertainment | Groom's Suit: Zara | Wedding Venue: The Royal Santrian | Bridal Boutique: The Wedding Boutique | Event Coordination: Gusri Wedding Services | Reception Dress: Imelda Kartini

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Vibrant Hong Kong Engagement Session

This adorable international couple (he from London; she from California) wanted their engagement session to fully represent where they met and fell in love, and if this stunningly vibrant gallery of images from Ann-Kathrin Koch, set in the multi-cultural epicenter of Hong Kong, doesn’t inspire some serious wanderlust in you, then I don’t know what will.

From The Bride…Tim and I met in Hong Kong where only a vibrant, multi-cultural city like Hong Kong could bring together an English-Malaysian boy and a Taiwanese-American girl. We had both moved to Hong Kong for the same company, although Tim from London and I from California. Sparks didn’t fly until a year later when we went on an accidental date (a group dinner where everyone else canceled. Really!) and realized we had so much in common despite growing up in very different places. Not long after, I knew that Tim was “the one” as we just clicked and our lives intertwined so seamlessly together. Three years later, Tim proposed on a sunrise hot air balloon ride in Myanmar and I have been floating on cloud nine ever since.

Although we are planning a destination wedding, I wanted to take our engagement photos in the place we met and fell in love, and I could not have asked for a more incredible backdrop than Hong Kong. As cliche as it is to say, Hong Kong really is a unique fusion of the East and West and old and new, which translates to countless photo opportunities! To take advantage of the city’s visually stunning juxtapositions, I chose places like Man Mo Temple, a vibrant red temple tucked in between towering skyscrapers, and the Star Ferry, a cross-harbor ferry that offers beautiful harbor and skyline views and has been operating since 1888. These places are also special to us as they are either within walking distance of our home or somewhere we frequent.

The right photographer was very important to us as we wanted to avoid cheesy engagement photos (otherwise Tim wouldn’t have agreed to take the portraits!). After much wedding blog-researching, I immediately knew Ann-Kathrin Koch was also “the one” as soon as I saw her work. She has a keen ability to capture natural and candid but still well-crafted portraits, complimented by her incredible use of light. We also really appreciated Ann’s laidback style that helped put us at ease during a process that can feel very awkward! We are so grateful to Ann for so elegantly capturing our love story on film, which I know we will look back on fondly in our old age and hopefully living somewhere less hectic.

Photography: Ann-Kathrin Koch

Whimsical Bali Wedding Inspiration

I have yet to experience Bali firsthand, but one look at the poetic editorial photojournalism from Le Secret D’Audrey and I’m instantly transported. Polished, refined, romantic and luxurious, every detail Paper Diamonds orchestrated is an ode to the beautiful island and you can see them all in the gallery!

From Paper Diamonds… Shooting with Audrey was a dream come true. Her ability to cross high fashion editorial with poetic, romantic photojournalism is so unique and definitely dictated my direction for decor. I wanted something polished, refined, romantic and luxurious, and ode to her images.

The ghost chairs became the centre point of the theme, using that as a base to build on I then stuck to a neutral palette with pastel greys accented with deep greens. I tried to play with multiple textures that complement each other gently such as the tulle overlay with cotton paper stationery. I used items from our growing inventory of unique, authentically vintage one-off pieces such as the silver platters and our new gold cutlery set for that pop of colour. But oh, those ghost chairs. J’adore.

The Ali Charisma gown is a one-of-a-kind and I loved how he used the flower detailing on top of that netting in all the right places. Ashley fit perfectly in it and she seemed to effortlessly showcase the details. A dress for the wild at heart.

The stationery is also, custom handwritten/drawn pieces from Emily in Perth, Australia. Her geometric patterns could have seemed lost amongst all the straight lights but it added just the perfect amount of whimsy.

Gita from butter had free reign with design on this one, I told her the mood, showed her a few references and she created such a beautiful two tier cake with contrasting layers. Similarly to my table decor, the layers were different textures yet they seemed to just belong with one another.

Yeanne’s team member on hair & make-up. The brief was simple, give me “runway”. She is a brave bride. She is confident and she can definitely work a strong pouf.

Balion provided us with the perfect Bali setting. Nothing is more luxury Bali then a manicured tropical garden right next to the beach. Villa Shalimar’s gardens can host the perfect wedding setting under a Bali sky and the black volcanic sand beach is a unique and special part of the North-West Canggu coastline.

I am so grateful and so truly proud to have been able to work with such an amazing photographer and I am grateful to have exercised my wings on a new and beautiful style. I hope you like.

Photography: Le Secret D'Audrey | Wedding Dress: Ali Charisma | Cake: Butter | Stationery: The Little Press | Venue: Villa Shalimar | Décor, Styling & Flower: Paper Diamonds | Film Lab: CarmencitaLab | Hair & Make-up: Yeanne | Model Ashley : Balistarz

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!


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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Cambodian Destination Wedding

When this bride and groom decided to have their wedding in Cambodia, they knew they wanted to make it extra special. After spending two weeks traveling, the wedding party ended their trip with a traditional, awe-inspiring wedding. Captured by Brighter Lights Media, this video not only highlights the true beauty of Cambodia, but the unique cultural traditions that make this video so special.


From the Bride and Groom… This event was about much more than just our wedding – it was about bringing together family, friends and loved ones to experience a new place, culture and set of traditions together. We currently live in New York City (and Matt is originally from Boston), so while Ratavy’s family is Cambodian, many of the people who traveled with us on this trip were from the US. And for many of them, this was their first trip to Asia. We knew that this was a once-in-a-lifetime trip for many of the people coming, so we wanted to organize a trip around Southeast Asia, and ensure that it would be a memorable journey from start to finish.

The two weeks before the wedding ceremonies, me, Ratavy, & our closest friends and family traveled to Bangkok, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, exploring all of the unique things those places had to offer. From navigating Bangkok’s incredible rooftop bar scene, to taking in the beauty of a sunrise over Angkor Wat, to charting a boat down a Cambodian river and riding elephants to the top of a mountain for a breathtaking sunset, everyone on the trip got to experience something totally new, and they did so together. It is impossible to capture everything that happened over those two weeks in a short video clip, but this teaser beautifully captures the essence of the journey, the sentiment of the group, and the epic proportion of the events that transgressed.

The actual wedding festivities took place over a day and a half period, which was reduced from the typical three-day traditional Cambodian ceremony. This was the first exposure to a traditional Cambodian wedding for both Ratavy and I, so we were learning on the fly, showing gratitude and respect at each step along the way, and focused on ensuring that we didn’t make a total fool of ourselves. The ceremonies ranged from the Melymuka family presenting a plethora of fruit as a gift to Ratavy’s family, to a “hair cutting” event where friends and family symbolically snipped away the past to prepare us for our future together, to a ritual with a line of nine monks positioned directly in front of us, chanting in unison. The ceremonies were a huge success, involved plenty of bowing, and provided great exposure to a new and different set of cultural traditions for everyone.

Cinematography: Brighter Lights Media | Floral Design: Sofitel Phnom Penh | Catering: Sofitel Phnom Penh | Hotel: Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra

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