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Banyan Tree Ungasan Wedding

Visiting Bali has always been on the tippy top of my bucket list. And this stunner of a wedding? It’s only given me MORE reason to believe making it to there is an absolute must. It’s truly one of the most amazing “I dos” we’ve ever come across (have you seen those views?!) and it has everything to do with the amazing work of Flying BrideErika Gerdemark captured the day behind the lens and Balimetro crafted a film you just mustn’t miss. Catch it all below!


From the Bride… Kevin and I got married in Bali on 28 Juy 2012. The ceremony took place at breathtaking Tirtha Uluwatu Chapel, followed by wonderful reception at JuMaNa, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts. At the end of the wedding, and even after many months later, our guests would still talk about our wedding, of how meaningful and impressive the wedding was they deemed it to be the best wedding they have ever attended. Soon, through word of mouth many people approached me and asked me to help them with their wedding, And thus, Flying Bride, a wedding concept & design company was born.

THE LOVE STORY: It all started with a ministry to visit a retirement home. We did not know each other at that time, but a common friend that organized the event introduced us. “It was love at first sight”, professed Kevin. The rest, is history.

THE PROPOSAL: Kevin proposed in Singapore, at the roof top of Marina Bay Sands overviewing the magnificent view of the bay and the city. He knelled down on one knee with a diamond on one hand, and asked me to marry him.

THE WEDDING: Every element we used in the wedding was personalized to incorporate our character and taste. There are stories behind the choice of venue, food, etc. to result in a signature wedding that is very much a reflection of us, and our story.

White wedding was the chosen theme. White exudes purity, holiness, and sacredness that brings forth magical feeling to the atmosphere. Rows of white Orchids were tastefully arranged in tall vases by the chapel aisle, which led to the center stage and the main focal point of the decoration. A transparent altar table was beautifully decorated with an array of white Roses and white Orchids, under the umbrella of hanging honeycombs and flying butterfly ornaments.

We wanted to continue with the white wedding theme at the reception however needed a twist to it. Hence, we added cream and champagne color into the palette to bring the guests to experience a more elegant yet warmer ambiance that would reflect the extravagant food and wine, under an intimate wedding experience. A small stage fully decorated with white drapery, hanging crystal and white roses was especially built for the bridal table. Instead of the typical long table, we opted for an interesting arrangement of a sweetheart table.

Traditional tea ceremony is a ritual that is performed to respect parents and other family member. As tea ceremony is rooted from Chinese culture, we wanted red, gold, dark colored wood and some Chinese elements to be the theme of the decoration. Also, instead of the usual indoor tea ceremony, we made use of the gorgeous Indonesian Ocean as their backdrop. The result was breathtaking.

Photography: Erika Gerdemark | Cinematography: Balimetro | Wedding Dress: Melta | Invitations: Goodmoments | Stationery: Papeterie | Reception: Banyan Tree Ungasan | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Chapel: Tirtha Uluwatu | Event Concept & Design: Flying Bride

Ubud, Bali Wedding on Paradise Island from Angga Permana

I sort of knew I was going to adore this wedding the moment I read the darling bride’s sweet description.  I mean, any bride that describes her Big Day as a “Love Wonderland” is pretty much awesome in my book. And her wedding?  Well, it really IS a Love Wonderland with a beyond gorgeous setting (hello Bali) playing host to some crazy awesome stylings, beautiful blooms and a Mr. and Mrs. who are so in love, it’s downright contagious.  See it all captured by Angga Permana right here.


On the morning of our special day we woke to blue skies and the tweeting of the birds throughout the valley, our very own Love Wonderland was to become a reality. All the details were handmade by us and with the help of friends and family the perfect setting we had imagined for so long transformed before our eyes. We created an intimate ceremony in a beautiful and special place surrounded by our most loved and together wrote our vows and made our promises within the arms of the sacred Bodhi tree. As a couple, our commitment of love was the most important part of the day and as the heavens opened and the sun shone down, it couldn’t have been a more magical and perfect moment.

A delicious banquet was served and all enjoyed many laughs and tears over stories of the Bride and Groom as we toasted to love and friendship. After dinner, guests were treated to an amazing Kecak fire dance performed by over 100 men from the local village. Staged under the light of the full moon the atmosphere for all was that of wonder and awe as the story un-folded. Dancing and celebrations continued into the night and wish lanterns were released into the darkness of the sky as many hoped for love and happiness for the years to come.

We produced beautiful handmade tea towels for the guests to take home in memory of their time in Ubud and we feel privileged to have shared such a wonderful and very special moment in time with all who were there. The memories will never fade of our most special of days and thanks to our wonderful photographer we have the moments captured in time forever more. Love is to be cherished each day regardless of the obstacles life may bring.

The Cake Topping- The cake was a simple sponge cake with white icing. The ribbon around the bottom was the same ribbon we used to decorate the bouquets and the Bodhi tree. The decoration on top was some fresh flowers that were the same as the table decoration flowers. The bride and groom statue was given to us by Dallas’ mother and father having been bought in Germany on the announcement of our engagement and there was also a silver shoe on there that had also been on my grandmother’s wedding cake in the 1940′s.

Meaning of Candles – The candles ceremony was to symbolise the joining of 2 souls. 2 candles were lit individually at the beginning of the ceremony to symbolise Dallas and I as 2 separate souls. 1 candle was left un-lit. We then picked up the 2 lit candles and held them together to light the 1 un-lit candle. We then blew out the 2 original candles and held the 1 candle to represent the joing of our 2 souls and becoming 1 soul together.

Head Piece + Jewelery – I made the feather headpiece to match the feather pieces on the dress. It was to hold on the veil, and add some extra decorative touches to the final outfit. My father helped me to stick the comb to the back so it was a joint effort again! I added a diamond vintage brooch to it to bring together the diamond cufflinks and the ring elements. The beautiful gold jewelery I am wearing on my head is made by one of my best friends ‘Tigerframe Jewellery’ and I decided to wear it on the day as I liked the fact it made me feel close to her as I took my final steps as a single woman.

Wedding Dress – I drew it up, designed it and had a wonderful Italian lady make it for me in Brisbane. I hand made the feather details on the hips myself. It is made of silk and chiffon.

Decor + Design Inspiration – ‘A Love Wonderland’ – relaxed, festival vibe with a vintage and creative twist. Sentimental touches such as the photos of family and friends that couldn’t be there made it feel very special. The decor was all handmade by us – using bits and pieces found at the venue on the morning of the wedding.

At the moment we were pronounced husband and wife! We turned around and everyone began to throw fresh rose petals as the Marvin Gaye song “You’re a Wonderful One” started to play. It brings tears to my eyes as I write about it! We had hugs and congratulations from all and it really was wonderful!

Shoes: Aldo | Wedding Photography: Angga Permana | Wedding Venue: Panchoran Retreat

Bali Wedding from Erika Gerdemark Photography

Confession time. I’ve been a little bit obsessed with traveling to Bali ever since I saw the movie Eat, Pray, Love. That’s legit, right? It may have been the glamorized soul searching or the fact that Julia Roberts could make anything look amazing, but it’s still the one locale sitting at the top of my must-see list. So, you can only imagine my giddies the very second I stumbled upon these photos from Erika Gerdemark Photography…virtual vacation dream-come-true! Join me as I swoon my Bali-loving heart out right here.


From the Bride…Steve and I both are designers based in Jakarta, Indonesia. We always wanted a laid-back and intimate wedding, where people can sit back, relax and have a great time in the party. So we decided to held our wedding reception in Bali. Being a designer, we are very picky interms of decoration details, dresses, food, and especially photography. I remember the first thing I researched and contact after the proposal was wedding photographer. I was lucky that I found Erika through Twitter. I fell in love with her work the first time I saw her blog. I am thankful to met all the dream vendors that I wanted. Each and everyone in the team was professional and very talented. Janice surprises me with her fabulous works. I had a great time working together with her and Karen. Turns out I have my perfect wedding. Something that I always wanted all this time.  A little bit about my wedding dress, I always wanted a simple, elegant and unique dress. I guess I was lucky that Baron from Tenun Baron, which also a dear friend of mine, offers me a one of a kind fabric with his new experimental technique combined  with my custom designed patterns. His fine and delicate silk woven fabric always amazed me. I can say that he is one of the best textile maker in Indonesia. Now finding a right designer is a challenge, and I think Auguste is the one after all. He understand that simplicity is everything. I love the dress fitting and it is perfect. My favorite part of the day was finally seeing all friends and family gather together in such a lovely place sharing our love together. The inspiration for the decoration and theme was rustic vineyard with a twist of chic elegant.

Photographer: Erika Gerdemark Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Pantai Lima | Floral + Event Design: Bloomz Bali | Event Organizer: Cher Ange + Karen Quarello | Make up: Dewi, New Melati Salon | Invitations, Printed Materials + Favors: SHFT BrandingGudily | Customized Fabric + Textile: Tenun Baron | Catering: M&M | Lighting: Vision One Bali | Wedding Dress + Bridesmaid dresses: Auguste Soesastro