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Colorful Cultural Bali Wedding

I’ve never met a Bali wedding I didn’t love, but this cultural beauty takes that love to a whole new level. Think soft minty blue mixed with the prettiest of blush pinks with dreamy design elements brought to life by Flying Bride . Grab a front row seat to the day captured by Erika Gerdemark right this way.

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From Flying BrideIndah is an Indonesian Chinese, whereas Robin is an American with Filipino root. Since the very first meeting, I knew that their different heritage and background would make their wedding very unique, rich with traditions that if embraced together tastefully would make one great, meaningful and unforgettable wedding.

With that in mind, I designed their wedding to combine various cultures such as Peranakan style Chinese Tea Ceremony, and a reception dinner that was infused with cultural items such as batik patterns (Indonesia), and Capiz (Philippines) in the decoration. However, instead of the usual traditional wedding that is very colorful with various bold color, Indah wants her wedding to be elegant and dreamy. Hence, we gave an interesting twist to the theme by using pastel color such as beige, blush pink, coral, light blue and turquoise to result in a one-of-a-kind wedding so beautiful beyond words.

Rama & Shinta wayang was also chosen as a symbol of their wedding as Indah and Robin went on their first date to watch Wayang show. It did not stop there as Indah has been faithfully keeping Shinta’s wayang, a present from Robin, who keeps Rama’s wayang, in the hope that one day they (and the wayangs) would be together just like the story of Rama & Shinta.

Their wedding day was indeed a very sentimental day for Indah & Robin. A day that Indah claimed to be the best day of her life, so perfect her family and guests gushed about how it was the best wedding they have ever attended.

Wedding Event & Styling: Flying Bride | Photography: Erika Gerdemark | Videography: Balimetro | Wedding Dress: Hian Tjen | Wedding Cake: Creme de la creme | Wedding Decoration: Tea Rose | Wedding Invitation: Pemberley | Wedding Organizer: Bali Dream Wedding | Wedding Venue: Tirtha Bridal

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Romantic Bali Wedding Film by Lula Wedding Films

As someone who could (and gladly would) watch wedding videos all day long, one shot in Bali is pretty much the cream of the crop. Lula Wedding Films captured the insane beauty of the island, where Wedding Acts created an absolutely elegant celebration for one adorable couple. From start to finish, this is one fine film and I’ll be pouring over it more than once to soak up every single beautiful moment.

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From Benjo Hilario of Lula Wedding Films … They say love, like wine, tastes better through time. Witness this beautiful union of Andrew and Irene in Bali, Indonesia!

Photography: Photo Factory Bali | Videography: Lula Wedding Films | Floral Design: Nefi Decor | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Ceremony Venue: Alila Villas Uluwatu | Planning: Wedding Acts

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Romantic Bali Destination Wedding

You probably already guessed from the engagement session prior, but this Bali wedding has got style like you wouldn’t believe. It’s every destination bride’s dreams brought to life and Cher Ange and Gloriosa Flower House are just a few of the talented vendors responsible for the day. The always fabulous Jemma Keech shared her snaps of the day, and let me assure you the gallery doesn’t disappoint. 

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From the Bride… Antoine and I got engaged on Christmas Eve 2012, we knew from the very beginning that we wanted –no, needed – a destination wedding. Ours is one of those classic relationships that blossom out of expatriate life. Antoine is Swiss, I am Chinese-Australian and our life together began in Beijing. We have family and friends scattered the world over. An intimate wedding in Bali held with it all the promise of romance and idyllic island beauty. We were aware of the fact that most of our guests would have to travel, regardless of where we held our wedding – so we hoped the choice of Bali would enable them to enjoy a relaxing holiday, as well as honoring us with their presence.

There were times when we doubted our choice to go with a destination wedding, planned almost entirely by email and Skype. In the year leading up to the wedding, we left China to start a new chapter in Singapore. In the midst of packing and unpacking myriad boxes, hunting for apartments, visiting our cat Daisy in quarantine and starting new jobs in a new city, we seriously wondered whether we were mad to be planning a wedding a thousand miles away from where we were. The task was further complicated by our particular requirements. We were looking for a location in Bali that didn’t look too traditional, nor too modern. We wanted a romantic, enchanted garden aesthetic that was ‘dreamy’, ‘magical’, ‘organic’, ‘vintage elements but not rustic”, “like walking into A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream” – all words we threw at our long-suffering wedding planner, Karen, and florist Herni, that I suspected were less than useful in providing direction.

On our first planning trip – with six months to go until the wedding – we visited eight villas and resorts in two days, and none felt like the one. We flew back to Singapore despondent. We were ready to put down a deposit on our second choice location, when I came across photographs of the Amanusa, shot by the exceptional Jemma Keech (who, in the end, also photographed our wedding). In the time it took me to scroll through half a dozen photographs, I fell in love. It had a kind of restrained grandeur that I just knew would fuse beautifully with the vision I’d conjured in my head for our décor and florals. I got on the phone, our date was miraculously available, I consulted with Karen and we booked it then and there, sight unseen. I’d like to think it was simply meant to be.

With the Amanusa, we really had the most extraordinary foundation to work with. After the garden ceremony, our guests enjoyed champagne and canapés at the elevated bar, overlooking sunset views of the Indian Ocean and the Mount Agung volcano in the distance. Our reception dinner was held under the frangipani trees on the lawn. The evening was lit up with twinkling lights, hundreds of candles and the sparkling stars above. It was our greatest wish that our nearest and dearest could come together and celebrate the happiest day of our lives, and to also leave with magical memories of their own. I think we managed to succeed on that front, as several of our guests and family members have been asking when the next Bali celebration will be! An anniversary soiree, perhaps?

Photography: Jemma Keech | Wedding Planner: Cher Ange | Flowers: Gloriosa Flower House | Stationery: Momental Designs | Shoes: Charlotte Olympia | Groom's Attire: Bespoke And Jack London Dinner Suit | Ceremony & Reception: Aman Resorts - Amanusa | Dresses: Carolina Herrera | Getting Ready Lace Robe: Girl With A Serious Dream | Jewellery: Debra Moreland | Jewellery: Tiffany & Co | Venue & Catering: Aman Resorts - Amanusa

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Bali Beach Engagement Session

I’ve seen a lot of engagement sessions in my wedding blogging days, but this one just might snag my new “favorite” spot. Complete with a drool-worthy gown by Oscar De La Renta and a series of dreamy images from Jemma Keech, I can only imagine what the wedding (coming up NEXT!) will have in store. Take a stroll through the gallery and let the pin frenzy begin.

From Jemma KeechThe day before Haidi & Antoine’s wedding we spent the afternoon wandering the stunning beaches of Uluwatu, Bali. With their wedding being the following day, we wanted to make their engagement shoot as romantic & relaxed as possible.

Photography: Jemma Keech | Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Dress: Alexander McQueen | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Shoes: Valentino | Venue: Uluwatu Bali Indonesia

Organic Bali Destination Wedding

The only thing more beautiful than this wedding – and believe me, it’s stunning – is the love story leading up. It’s what happens when love surpasses 5 years and 5,000 miles to an “I do” that was most certainly worth the wait. Scroll on for the story in the bride’s own words, and brace yourself for full gallery perfection designed in the hands of A & B Creative and photographed by Em The Gem.

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From The Bride…The inspiration for our wedding was curated around our love story.

King and I first met at church small group in Beijing, just 3 months before I had to return to Melbourne Australia for my career move. I didn’t expect to be in a relationship at the time let alone a long-distance one. Neither did I expect a guy would like to be in one, especially with a girl who’d be 5,000 miles away. But chemistry has its own way to creep into your better judgement and so 3 weeks after we got to know each other, say hello to a new couple in the group. As if the idea of long-distance wasn’t challenging enough, we are also different nationalities. When you’re dating a foreigner for 3 months but have to live thousand miles apart, you can’t have expectations for the future if you don’t wish to be heartbroken. So we took it easy and we took it by faith; that if we were meant to be together, God would do miracles. So after developing and growing our relationship for almost 5 years apart, gladly to say, God truly brought us through. And so did technology!

A passage from Joshua Harris’ ‘Boy Meets Girl’ sums it perfectly:

‘It’s a simple story really…
Two people learning to trust God
Two winding paths that God made straight
Two straight paths that He chose to cross just at the right time
The Creator of romance, the Maker who arranged
the first “boy meets girl” in the garden so long ago,
is still at work.’

King and I believe that we wouldn’t have come this far if it wasn’t by God’s grace. So we wanted to bring our story back to him. We designed and framed the passage as part of the wedding detail that reflects the story of our journey.

We decided to have destination wedding in Bali because it’s close to home where I was from which is Jakarta, Indonesia. It was also perfect for a lot of our overseas friends and families to travel as far from North america, Australia, and other parts in Asia and make an exotic holiday out of it. We chose Kayumanis Villa Nusa Dua for it’s perfect space for intimacy, as well as its unique architectural structure that has Indonesian, Italian and Western influence, giving it a mix of modern minimalist and rustic feel. Not to mention the greenery around the venue, which all worked perfectly together for my love in rustic and french provincial style.

From the genuine promise of “we’ll stay in touch” through the occasional complaints “are we ever gonna be together?” to the happy finale “will you marry me?”, our journey is summed up in 3 words in Jenna Rainey of Mon Voir’s calligraphed banner “Worth The Wait” that was beautifully styled and hung as our ceremony backdrop, and still kept for my wedding memoir.

Last but not least, my favourite & best moment of my wedding day was not even the ceremony nor the reception. But it was after the last guests had left the venue, and it was just my husband and I, under very dim moonlit walking back to our honeymoon suite villa, with my bare foot. Just seconds when we were standing in front of the door to get in, that was the moment where I could finally be IN THE MOMENT and realised that we’ve made it!

Photography: Em The Gem | Wedding Gown: Angela Marcuccio Bridal Couture | Cake: C For Cupcakes | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Ceremony Venue, Reception Venue: Kayumanis Nusa Dua | Concept + Styling: A & B Creative | Floral: Chantelle Madison | Hair + Makeup: Lona Bali Make Up Artist | Photography - Assistance: Ashley Kelemen | Wedding Stationary: Eza Nasir

Colorful, Tropical Destination Wedding in Canggu, Bali at Chalina Estate

This gorgeous new Mr. and Mrs. set out to plan a wedding their guests would never forget, and I think it’s safe to say that mission was accomplished. With the help of Cher Ange, they whipped up a happy and colorful Bali destination wedding that defines unforgettable. Veli Photography was behind the lens to make sure not a moment was missed, and you can see it all right here.

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From The Bride…Gerard & I met in late 2009, on one of his many routine visits to my office. What started off as an innocent friendship quickly blossomed into a partnership that kept growing stronger & stronger. When we got engaged 3 years later, it didn’t take us long to decide on a destination wedding. It combined our greatest passions – exotic food, travel and entertaining – with a laid back vibe. On top of that, it would give our guests a good excuse to have a holiday and escape reality for a few days. Despite not having travelled there for a few years, Bali was chosen as our wedding location. It was a leap of faith but we were confident that it was the ideal place to make our vision a reality. A few reconnaissance missions before the wedding really paid off and cemented our belief. Bali had evolved into a haven for foodies and sophisticated revellers. Conveniently located between my family in Singapore and our nearest and dearest in Perth, we relished the opportunity to share the Bali we grew to love with our family & friends.

We embarked on our mission to throw a party that no one would soon forget. Gerard & I have always loved entertaining, so this would be our pièce de résistance, the icing on the cake, as it were. We organised events at our favourite places, including a little fiesta at our favourite Mexican restaurant the night before the wedding. This gave our guests the opportunity to get to know each other & really set the tone for the whole event. We wanted this intimate group of people, who would share in our day, to leave Bali having made new friends and many fond memories.

I found Pinterest to be a great source of inspiration and after much research, we knew exactly how we wanted our day to unfold. Hints of shabby vintage chic with splashes of colour that came so naturally on this tropical island. This was, after all, a celebration, and we wanted the energy from such a joyous occasion to infuse the entire event. It was going to be a personal affair, reflecting our personalities and quirks.

It wasn’t long before I realised that planning a destination wedding was not going to be an easy undertaking. I, like many brides before me, was fuelled by the fervent need to plan, to book, to make our vision a reality. After a few false starts and frustrating emails back and forth with various resorts, a friend recommended a wedding planner she had heard of, Karen, from Cher Ange Wedding & Events. I was delighted with what I saw on her website; amazing locations, stunning backdrops and mouth-watering food. I contacted her immediately and the rest, as they say, is history. Karen introduced us to the crème de la crème of wedding vendors in Bali. For us, the holy trinity of food, photography and music would be the key to a successful day.

The ceremony and reception were both held at Chalina Estate, a fully staffed private villa in Canggu which we called home in the days leading up to the wedding. Slightly secluded & nestled between the beach and rice paddies, it was the perfect backdrop for our day. As guests entered the property, they were transported to our very own private sanctuary. We were able to incorporate Balinese touches into the day; gamelan players & Balinese dancers welcomed our guests as they arrived. Showers threatened the day, but a local rain stopper made sure that we weren’t drenched as we said our vows. The staff wore traditional Balinese outfits.

Whilst we knew the reception was going to be when everyone would kick up their heels and get a little bit crazy, we wanted our ceremony to be something special, shared with our closest of family and friends. For this reason, we chose to have an ‘unplugged’ ceremony, so that our guests could share in the intimacy of the moment with us. There would be no photos, videos or social media posts of the ceremony; that was left to the professionals. The flowers for the ceremony consisted of lightly coloured imported & local roses, hydrangea, coral ginger & cockscomb. Together with the decorations, they were subtle, understated & elegant. Once the ‘official’ business was concluded, the tone of the day took a festive & upbeat turn, with cocktails and canapés preparing the guests for what was to come.

Vibrant flowers, fairy lights and colourful lanterns set the mood for the reception. There was no mistaking that it was going to be a fun night in this tropical wonderland. We hired a photo booth for evening, complete with props, which was a massive hit with the guests. DJ Jono, an Aussie based in Bali, spun tunes for all ages. Kiddies and grandparents alike were cutting loose on the dance floor. This, to us, is a sign of a successful party.

Being self-proclaimed foodies, Gerard & I knew that the food we served our guests had to be special. Enter M&M Innovative Concepts. From the delectable canapés served between the ceremony and reception, to the 3 course feast which included entrees of lobster & roast duck, main courses of barramundi (an Australian freshwater fish) and lamb and a dessert buffet to cater to every possible taste, every dish served by M&M was perfectly crafted and garnered compliments from everybody seated at our communal table. Cocktails flowed freely all night, and to make sure that we didn’t leave anyone feeling too giddy, we served late night snacks of chorizo hot dogs.

Gerard, a photography buff himself, scoured the internet to find a photographer who would meet our lofty expectations. After toying with the idea of flying an Aussie photographer over for the day, we decided that a locally based photographer, who knew the lay of the land, would be a better option. It didn’t take long to find Veli Photography, who caught our eye with his creatively composed shots that took advantage of the beautiful colours found everywhere in Bali. Together with our videographers, Balimetro, our entourage of paparazzi made sure that every moment was captured for posterity.

My dress was a beautiful off-the-rack dress by Perth designer Aurelio Costarella. I found it on my first dress shopping excursion and fell in love with it immediately. The bridesmaids’ dresses were custom made, as were the suits for the groomsmen. I found exquisite flower girls’ dresses online from a department store in the UK. With Karen taking care of the planning in Bali, I was able to embark on many little DIY projects, which included all the wedding stationery and a ‘happily ever after’ sign which greeted the guests as they entered. These personal touches were present throughout the day, bonbonnieres filled with sweet treats that hark back to our childhood indulgences and programs that doubled as fans to provide relief from Bali’s notorious humidity.

Our guests were treated to a night of fun, love and decadence, and in return, we got to share our big day with the people who mean the most to us. Our wedding day was everything we dreamt of and more. I know that the fond memories we now share will bring a smile to our faces for many years to come.

Photography: Veli Photography | Videography: Balimetro Wedding Cinematography | Event Planning: Cher Ange | Floral Design: Bloomz Fine Flowers | Wedding Dress: Aurelio Costarella | Cake: Ixora | Bride's Shoes: Nina | Jewelry: Fletcher & Grace | Catering: M&M Innovative Concepts | Bow Ties: Gentleman & Scholar | Groom's Shoes: G-Star | Celebrant: Bali Wedding Celebrant | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Chalina Estate | Flowergirl Dresses: BHS | Photobooth: Bali Snapz Photobooth | Sound & Lighting: Vision 1 | Veil: Gilded Shadows

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