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Rustic Bali Wedding

This, loves, is how you throw a wedding.  You pick a fab locale (hellllooo, Bali), hire some incredible vendors (think Baliku WeddingBloomz and Luxe Salon), then gather all of your nearest and dearest for a stunning celebration in paradise.  It’s basically the recipe for awesome, and when you have Veli Photography on hand to capture every colorful moment, well… that’s perfection.  See it here

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From the Bride… When we started planning our wedding, we knew we wanted to keep it small and intimate. We wanted it to feel personal and something that reflected both our personalities. We knew we wanted the wedding to be fun and relaxed where guests could enjoy themselves with good food, drinks and atmosphere. The most important part of the wedding was to share our love with the most important people in our lives.

The inspiration behind our wedding was natural, colourful and rustic. We used lots of bright fresh flowers paired with rustic wooden furniture. Simple wooden tables were used with candles and vases full of flowers as the main centerpieces.

We used Etsy a lot to order personalised items for our wedding. Some of the things we personalisd was a guestbook made of wooden hearts for guests to sign as well as lollipops personalized with our names and date of wedding.

When we walked into our venue, we knew it was the one. Semara Uluwatu is perched high on the cliff tops of Uluwatu with the perfect ocean backdrop. It’s an intimate 7 villa resort away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of Bali.

The planning process had it’s ups and downs, but that was to be expected of a destination wedding. Our wedding planners, Baliku Weddings made sure everything and everyone was kept on track with the planning process. It was fantastic to see our vision slowly come together. We couldn’t have done it without the help of all our fantastic vendors.

The ceremony was a combination of both our heritages and faiths. We had both Jewish and Catholic aspects incorporated into the ceremony which was very special to share with all our family and friends. It was also very important for us to incorporate our families into the ceremony. We had our parents, brother and sisters share readings and blessings with us during the ceremony. We said our I do’s with the Indian ocean as our backdrop and it couldn’t have been more perfect.

We had dinner and dancing under the stars, with guests taking sandals and sunglasses as thank you gifts. Dancing continued throughout the night, with some of the guests jumping to the pool for a swim and cool off.

We had the most amazing day and are so blessed to have had our family and friends travel from all over the world to celebrate with us.

Photography: Veli Photography | Videographer: Momenthis | Wedding Planner: Baliku Wedding | Wedding Dress: Leah Da Gloria | Cake: Ixora | Invitations: Minted | Catering: Bali Good Food | Florist/Decoration: Bloomz | Hair & Make up: Luxe Salon | Location: Semara Uluwatu | Sound & Lighting: Vision One

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Chic Outdoor Bali Wedding

From schoolmates to soulmates, this perfect pair wed amongst the beautiful shores of Bali. And when the Bride just so happens to be the creative force behind Jonquilla Decor, you know it’s bound to be good. Think elegance meets ease, with fuschia, Legos and lace sprinkled in along the way. Want even more? Andry “Dre” Sander Of Axioo has it all waiting for you here!

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From Jonquilla DecorWho would have thought that once a schoolmate would be a soulmate? Nathania and Ryan met when they were in High School, but Ryan was the senior in the school and Nathania was just a new student. To Nathania, Ryan was that arrogant, loud and obnoxious guy while to him, she was nerdy. After multiple lost and found contact, they decided to meet for a casual lunch at a Japanese restaurant in Jakarta and part of the chase was he going to Bali to see her seven days later. The rest was now a beautiful history.

From the beautiful Bride… I have always wanted an outdoor and casual affair, rather than a ballroom reception. Living in Bali, the event stylist of Jonquilla Decor & Florist, and working among people who are in the wedding industries is a total advantage for us. It makes the planning process went so much faster and smoother as we received a lot of recommendations and tips from each vendor. I chose fuschia and lime green as my color and I wanted wood and glass elements and no-frill centerpiece as the dinner was served family style.

When I was traveling to San Francisco, I managed to look for bridal gown. I had a specific model that I wanted but when I tried it on, it did not “wow” me. Suddenly the shop assistant showed me a beautiful ivory of previous season’s Alvina Valenta gown with a key hole on the back and after putting it on, I knew it had to be my wedding gown. It was a strapless mermaid style gown, perfect for a beach side wedding.

Finding the perfect venue was the initial challenge. With a lot of families from both of our sides, we wanted a big space without the feeling of too grandeur (ballrooms were definitely crossed out from the start). Besides, a wedding in Bali meant vacation for most of our guests who flew in from out of town and country. After searching high and low for the perfect venue, we put our heart in W Retreat – Seminyak, The Starfish Bloo restaurant to be exact . The beach view was perfect, the atmosphere was fresh and the interior was new, funky and chic. The most important thing for Ryan was the food. He is big when it comes to yummy food and he wanted that the guests were served with good food. On the day of our wedding dinner, the food was mouth-watering. We had the perfect fusion of Asian and Western food and the guests said that the dishes were absolutely fantastic.

I thought wedding was all tiring and busy, turned out the pace was slower than we thought before. I had the time in the morning to do my own wedding bouquet of roses, spray roses, carnations, and cymbidium orchid and finished it just in time just before Paul, my make up artist, came and started my make up and hair do.

I was raised Catholic and I wanted to get married in a Catholic church. Thankfully Ryan and his family were agreeable and understanding. The Cathedral of Holy Spirit (or Gereja Katedral Roh Kudus) has a unique architecture of blending the Balinese design and European style. The exterior was a red brick wall, which was typical of Balinese temples and houses and our date was available. One of the Priests who officiated the ceremony was a family friend whom we felt very close with.

When it came to selecting the wedding party, it was sort of a rule in our family that only the unmarried can become the bridesmaid ( and I was the only left single girl in my circle). So I picked my sister to be my Maid of Honor. Ryan’s Junior College’s friend, Jack, was his Best Man. We wanted a slightly unconventional matrimony so instead of the usual church choir, we had a saxophonist, a singer and a guitarist to sing in our church.

We also did follow some traditions of a Peranakan Chinese wedding. Peranakan means “descendants”, so we observed some of the Chinese tradition, for example a Chinese Tea Ceremony. Instead of my father gives me away to a marriage, Ryan picked me up at my house with a hand bouquet. My grandmother told me that in the olden days it symbolized the respect the groom had to give for the bride’s family before marrying the daughter. We also followed loosely a part of Javanese tradition where Ryan was showered with flower petals, coins, and yellow rice grain before entering my house in the morning to symbolize prosperity that he is bringing to the new family.

After months of planning the wedding decorations, of course while in the middle of planning other couples’ weddings, I delegated the job to Deasy, my partner at Jonquilla Decor. I wanted to enjoy my day as a bride so I handed over all things I had done to her about a month before and trusted her. Deasy was not only handled all logistics well, she understood what I wanted immediately and mesmerized us with the creative touch for our wedding. My best friend,Wita, was a great help too. She designed our wedding invitation and the rest of the wedding stationery, and later wrote down all the escort cards two days before the D-day.

The guests arrived for the cocktail reception by the lawn overlooking at the Indian Ocean at 5pm. It was bright and sunny the entire day, so when the sun set, the scenery was truly breathtaking. A lot of our guests took the opportunity to watch the beautiful sunset while savoring the small bites and sip our favorite cocktail selections specially mixed by the bartenders at W Retreat for our wedding. Guests could walk around and saw the display of our engagement shots, as well as our parents’ and grandparents’ wedding pictures.

Growing up in the 90s and listening to music in that era, we wanted a list of songs that express love from that period of time. So we picked several music for the acoustic band to play, and we put a little card for our guests to request songs to play and our wedding planner helped to collect those cards to pass it on to the band to play. So we got songs like Lee Ann Rimes’ “I need you” and Ronan Keating’s “When You Say Nothing At All”.

Ryan’s sister and my sister gave a lovely speech describing how we were their best friends ever since childhood and complimented how perfect Ryan and I are for each other. We were so happy that a lot of our relatives came in for the wedding and friends who live abroad came to celebrate the day with us. It was the wedding that we both dreamed of, a simple and intimate celebration, surrounded by our closest.

Approaching the end of the reception, we danced to the tune of Elton John’s “The Way You Look Tonight”. It was a song we picked together that brought us to the memory of our first dinner at that Japanese restaurant. Soon we were joined by our friends and our best man led a “Yam Seng” Toast.

Photography: Andry "Dre" Sander Of Axioo Photography | Cinematography : Wedding In Motion (WIMO) | Wedding Dress: Alvina Valenta | Stationery: Wita Puspita Design | Reception Venue: W Retreat Bali | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lela Rose | Florist & Decorator: Jonquilla Decor | Makeup & Hair: Paul | Wedding Organizer: Bali Chemistry Wedding

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Elegant Semara Villa Resort Wedding

I’ve never met a Bali wedding I didn’t love. Splashed with green palms, white villas and an all out irresistible tropical vibe, Bali is a destination made for weddings—weddings like this one from Ben Yew Photography. The fresh, clean details are what pulled me into the gallery, but it’s moments like this one that have my heart racing.

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From Ben Yew PhotographyThis amazing wedding was captured in Semara Villa in Bali. The view is simply stunning, at the edge of the mountain, the large open spaces, the amazingly styled outdoor reception and the awesome couple of course that made everything happen. My favourite part besides the beautiful venue and amazing people, is actually the surprise performance from the groom and his friend. When the life band was playing and suddenly the Dave & his mate just took over the mic and started singing. It felt so nice to see them having a such a great and enjoying time!.

From the beautiful Bride…We had seen some of Ben Yew’s work on a friends facebook page which we absolutely loved so tracked him down from there. Ben’s fine art approach to his work is so soft and beautiful and he captured our cheeky smiles and love perfectly on our wedding day.

Photography: Ben Yew Photography | Wedding Planner: Global Wedding Planning | Cake : Ixora Cakes Bali | Rings: Tiffany & Co | Caterer: Bali Catering Company | Bride's Gown: Brides Of Melbourne | Ceremony & Reception: Semara Villa Resort | Live Band: Organized Kaos Bali

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Romantic and Colorful Bali Wedding

At the hands of Flying Bride, this colorful affair is complete with shades of blue and honeycomb. Complemented by the blossoming botanical arrangements, azulejos tiles transformed the palette through customized cushions, table runners, and even the wedding cake! Angga Permana captured every detail and it’s all waiting for you here!

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From Flying Bride… Tintin is passionate about healthy living and eating. Together with Paul, they founded Cocofrio, a certified organic coconut milk ice cream. The range of flavour Cocofrio offers and its colorful packaging inspired me to use these colors as their wedding color palette. Hence blue, tan, brown, shades of mango and golden honeycomb were chosen as their wedding color palette.

In terms of decoration, since Paul’s favorite season is the Spring where there are blossoming flowers, green leaves, sunshine, and bright days, we combined various beautiful flowers and leaves arranged in a botanical arrangement. We also used glamorous candelabras, light bulbs and fairy lights to represent sunshine to brighten their wedding day.

The final touch we included into the wedding was Azulejos tiles (Portugal tiles), which Tintin loves. Transformed to the color palette of the wedding, its interesting pattern was shown in all the stationeries of the wedding including their customized cushions, table runners, and even on the wedding cake!

Photography: Angga Permana | Stationery: Papeterie | Reception Venue: Tirtha Luhur, Bali | Catering: Bali Catering Company | Decoration: Ai Luo Si | Event Design & Planning: Flying Bride

Romantic Blush Bali Wedding

Not only is this wedding chockfull of heartfelt details, but it was also planned in four months (you read right!). With the help of Cherange, this pair planned their destination fête and kept every detail personal. Surrounded by bespoke Florette blooms, Bali Event Hire rustic tables, and Trafficblues acoustics, Imaj Gallery captured what was obviously the best vacation ever. See more here!

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From Imaj GalleryI am delighted to share this beautiful wedding of L & K. I am very happy being a part of this wedding.

From the beautiful Bride…We spent the week leading up to our wedding with our friends and family in magical Bali, one of our fave places in the world! We then had our bridal party stay with us at the Villa for the wedding. It was so lovely waking up together, having a delicious breakfast and relaxing by the pool before the wedding preparations began. Our day was just magical! We were so grateful to all our family and friends who travelled to Bali to celebrate with us and so touched by the all the love we received from everyone. Looking back on the photos now you can literally see the love that was in the air.

I had my mum walk me down the aisle to the acoustic version of Eric Clapton’s ‘Wonderful Tonight’. It was a beautiful, intimate moment we shared just before we walked out and one I will treasure forever. Walking down the aisle and seeing Calvin was just amazing. We both had butterflies!

We really enjoyed having our professional photos taken which literally just involved us having fun whilst being photographed! Our photographer, Imaj did an incredible job of capturing genuine raw images and we are so over the moon that we chose them.

Some wonderful speeches were said at our wedding. Calvin and I both said a speech and it was something I am so glad I did. It felt so good to acknowledge the people in my life who mean so much to me.

We loved our first dance to one of our favorite Van Morrison songs ‘Days like This’. We didn’t have much time to practice and we thought we might be nervous but in the end we just let it all go and really enjoyed the moment for what is was, our first dance together as husband and wife! It was so much fun and one of the highlights of our day.

Our florist, Florette really helped create a a lovely romantic feel for our reception through our gorgeous table arrangements. On top of lace table runners that we had made we had a mixture of roses, hydrangeas and baby’s breath in different sized vases and bottles with some placed on wooden logs. We adored the absolutely gorgeous ceremonial arch, bouquets and bespoke table arrangements. In fact I couldn’t help but shed a tear when I saw them! It really was everything I had envisioned. I felt like I was lost in the best dream of my life!

Something that was really important to us was for our wedding day to be a true reflection of us and we definitely feel as though who we are was embodied in so many facets on the day.

I didn’t have a great deal of time to look for a dress given our 4 month wedding timeframe. The dress I chose was the first one I tried on. loved the gorgeous intricate lace pattern and the sweet jacket. It was perfect for Bali’s balmy weather, whilst still being classic and elegant. My bridesmaids dresses were picked to suit each of them and ordered online. Calvin and his groomsmen’s attire was from Marcs.

We didn’t have time to travel to Bali to check out potential venues, however after considerable research we chose the very rustic and gorgeous Villa Istana Semer in Umulas, just north of Seminyak. We were so incredibly fortunate to have chosen this Villa as it proved to be a truly stunning estate full of character and charm. After locking in our venue we only had four months to plan our wedding so we were quite busy and it wasn’t always easy, however we worked closely with our Wedding Planner Karen from Cher Ange Weddings who was fantastic. We really couldn’t have done it without her, she helped pull everything together on the day so we could just relax and enjoy it!

Photography: Imaj Gallery | Wedding Planner: Cherange | Florist: Florette | Wedding Shoes: Country Road | Caterer: Dijon | Groom's Attire: Marcs | Band Accoustic: Trafficblues | Villa: Istana Semer | Wedding Furniture: Bali Event Hire | Wedding Invitation: Vistaprint

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