From Flora Botanica Designs…The word Bali screams the beautiful sandy beach and the coastal lines, but besides its breathtaking scenery, it’s truly called the Island of God. With hundreds of temples in the Island, the Balinese takes ceremonies and worshipping very seriously and impart this as part of their daily living.
The Balinese have a distinct and inspiring arts and architecture. Their walls and reliefs, along with the deep orange and mix with grey are magnetic. We were so lucky to have this inspirational shoot happened at a neighborhood temple’s yard and along the edge of beautiful rice terraces.
This couple is not a professional model, they are real couple who are truly in love can’t take their eyes off of each other. So everything was real and natural; their smile, the chemistry and even the set where these amazing shots take place was never properly manicured to its perfection. Everything was just the way it is.
Megan of Megan W Photography successfully captured beautiful images of the set, the couple’s chemistry and everything that is here delights the senses. Her supreme accomplishment is having created great photographs that are unforced and casual.
Tania of Flora Botanica Designs help to set the set with some casual affairs of her hand bouquet, large, lush, airy with a tropical look. She chose some subtle colors to highlight the strong features of the environment. We have to let the nature wins!
From The Bride…Anton and I have started dating 9 years ago and when we had a mini getaway to Bali a year ago, he proposed and I said yes!
Just like any other recently engaged girls, our eyes are suddenly fixated on color swatches, pretty flowers, white gowns and two of the most tapped phone apps are Instagram and Pinterest. That began my journey in wedding planning. Anton, my then-fiancè, got the chance once in a while to get periodical updates on what our wedding designs were going to be like. We were not a fan of big, ballroom style wedding so we thought a small and intimate soiree would be ideal.
In my line of works as a graphic designer, I designed and made a layout of wedding albums for a wedding photographers and looking at hundreds of indoor wedding, I wanted to have an open-air party with a panoramic background.
Living and working in Jakarta, we flew to Bali, a place where our family and friends would get the chance to spend the weekend and attending our weddings. Among lots of beautiful resorts and villas in this holiday Island, we fell in love with The Latitude, a private residence with a big infinity pool, drop-dead-gorgeous Indian ocean scenery, plenty of space for our 100 guests and layers of terraces for our Holy Matrimony. Everything about that place drew us in.
To me, choosing colours is not difficult. I am always a fan of white and gold ornaments and I picked that as our theme colour. I picked a design that was aesthetically beautiful but at the same time cost-savvy with matching menus, place cards, and gift tags were printed with the same theme colour. We want our wedding stationery to be timeless, and we thought that gold and white is never outdated.
I felt that everything had to be properly designed and coordinated and also equally important for us to find vendors who are not only experienced but also share the same vision of what we wanted. For sure, we wanted the chandeliers to match the golden ornaments on our wedding stationery. We had lots of candles, flowers on golden stands and flickering tea light candles on the table. My wedding gown was the prettiest creation I have seen. I’m always a fan of lace and pearls, and Soko Wiyanto designed what I really like, a simple mermaid style with an off-shoulder neckline with lots of beads, pearls and french lace.
Among other vendors that worked with us, my friendship with Bernardo from Bernardo Pictura, came as an immediate hiring. I felt that being friends with the photographers ease the wedding day tension and able to bring that natural smile and giggle. His laid back attitude was a potion for our parents and bridesmaids who felt that they may not look perfect on camera, and we love his style of photographs; modern, candid, and beautiful without too much trying.
As our wedding happened to take place during the rainy season, we installed a tent to be on a safe side. Tania from Flora Botanica Designs, hung beautiful draperies and chandeliers. Together with the 20 chandeliers, dining tables which are set up in a row, golden tiffany chairs, and a big wedding cake, at night it felt grand, like a fairytale, just like a typical grand dinner in a palace we see on movies and TVs. I adore a classic white theme wedding, the one that when you look the photos thirty years later, it would still look beautiful and never out-of-fashion, and when she incorporated a little touch of greens in the arrangement, it was a genius idea, truly beyond what I had imagined. It was romantic and breathtaking. Hiring her was the best decision ever.
The best moment during our wedding was our Holy Matrimony. I had been dreaming about this before, walking down the aisle with a perfect weather, sunny but breezy. The temperature was rather uncomfortable days before the wedding. It had been hot with unpredictable showers and I couldn’t imagine standing in the heat. I was lucky! It rained for almost an hour and when it stopped, it was pleasantly cool and breezy. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect weather than that. We walked down the aisle with a small church choir, surrounded by close family and friends and truly it was the moment we had been dreaming about.
Our reception was a blast. Our MC was so entertaining without being too intrusive and we hired a DJ at the end of the night. Well of course, with Jack Daniels, Vodka, and wines from dinner, we had an absolute dance party. It was a night to remember over and over again, and if we have the chance, we’d spend our anniversary with the same people reliving the day.
From the Bride… Our meeting was through pure happenstance. He had just taken a career break from his job in Sydney and decided to move to Beijing on a lark and hoped to improve on his Chinese. It was his first time living overseas by himself. As it turns out, one of his classmates in language school was dating a good friend of mine from university. It was at his dress-up birthday party that we were introduced to each other. We chatted pretty much all night and found out that we were actually neighbours in Sydney for a few years but our paths never crossed until that night.
From the Groom… My initial thought was that she was easily the most beautiful girl at the party, although she did have an angry looking resting face. Whatever. I decided that I wasn’t going to approach to her. However, once I did speak to her, I thought she was sweet and had a great sense of humour. Definitely someone I would like to get to know better.
From the Bride… As we met at a dress-up party, my first impression of Kevin was that his costume was showing a lot of legs! After we were introduced and started taking, I felt he was articulate, well mannered and genuine. So when he asked for my number before he left the party, I thought he was a nice enough guy and wouldn’t mind seeing him again.
About our proposal… It was meant to be a surprise proposal during a romantic candlelit dinner on the beach in Koh Samui. However, the elements conspired against us and created a perfect storm of gale force winds and crashing waves which prevented the on-beach diner. In the end, when we got back to our hotel after dinner, he asked me to watch a short video he had prepared which showed our life together for the past couple of years. The video was sweet and incredibly touching. When I finished watching, he was already bent down on one knee and he asked if I would do him the honour of marrying him.
The entire planning process started when we flew to Bali for a hectic weekend (about a year ahead of our proposed wedding date) of venue inspections, taste-testing and meet wedding planners. After we returned home, we booked the venue and engaged Karen of Cher Ange Weddings. The next ten months was a bit of a blur with endless emails, mood boards, seeking quotes, various selections and Skype sessions with Karen. Although the process of planning a Bali wedding from Australia was always going to be challenging, having Karen’s expertise and local knowledge to guide us was a tremendous help.
The first thing we did when we woke up on the wedding day was to see if it was still raining, checked weather reports and made a panicked phone call to Karen ordering a marquee. Not exactly the ideal start to one’s wedding day but Karen swiftly took care of everything allowing us to just enjoy the day!
We separated into different villas shortly after breakfast so the bridal parties could get ready separately. Having my bridesmaids all together getting ready was actually pretty special because we live in different cities now and it has been several years since we have all been together at the one time. The getting ready process was half long overdue catchup, half getting pampered. The boys got ready much quicker than we did so I think they went and welcomed guests and took photos at the welcome drinks.
After all the guests were seated, the string quartet cued the entrance of the bridesmaids and then it was my turn! Holding onto my dad’s arm as he walked me down the stairs to the flower petaled aisle, I think he was more nervous than I was. I remember telling him to slow down – it’s not easy walking down a steep staircase in wedges and a flowing wedding dress!
The ceremony itself was brief but heartfelt. Kevin and I exchanged our personalised vows and then we signed on the dotted line. The MC actually told us that he was getting “misty” during our vows.
The entrance of the bridal party was to “Sugar” by Maroon 5 which set the party mood for the reception. Dinner was a delicious three course fusion cuisine. The guests also enjoyed a selection of handmade desserts at the gorgeously decorated dessert bar.
After the formalities, I remember there was ample toasting, lots of laughs, plenty of dancing, being pulled into the pool, followed by more dancing….oh and also playing in the photo booth! We wanted a relaxed elegance and classical affair which would complement Khayangan Estate’s stunning cliff-top scenery and character-filled grounds. Soft neutral colours were used throughout our decoration with touches of brass to really stand out in the candle light.
There were also some subtle personal touches throughout, such as the wedding invites were custom hand-drawn illustration of Kevin and I, by Aimee Paints based in the UK. The table name cards were tied to a rustic brass key and then hung on a restored timber door for the guests to individually discover where they were seated, and photos of our travels and lives together were displayed on a couple of strings using mini wooden pegs so guests could get to know our story better!
We chose “I do I do” by Charlie Mars to have our first dance to. It is relaxed and mellow and has simple yet sweet lyrics. It is the type of song that just makes you feel warm and happy. Plus it is also a song from one of our favourite shows, “How I Met Your Mother”!
Towards the end of the night, after all the formalities were done and many of the guests had taken to cooling off in the pool beside the dance floor, the Best Man said to Kevin, “I honestly can’t remember the last time everyone had so much fun!” I think that sentiment perfectly described the mood at the end of the night. Yes, the venue, the decor, the dresses were something out of a movie or magazine, but what truly made our wedding day special were the family, relatives and friends who made the effort to come to Bali to let us simply have fun with the ones we love.