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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 | Event Coordination: Gusri Wedding Services | 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 | Reception Dress: Imelda Kartini

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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

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


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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