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This Is Why You Need To Get Married in Bali

They met by chance, decked out in costumes, but thankfully they followed their feelings, and just one look through these pics by Angga Permana, it’s clear they made the right choice. The look of pure love between these cuties gives us butterflies and we haven’t even gotten to the gorgeous orchids and more from Bloomz Fine Flowers, all put together and planned by the talented Cher Ange. If you ever doubted the beauty of Bali, doubt no more – it’s all in our Vault this way!

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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.

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Photography: Angga Permana | Cinematography: Bali Metro Digiart | Event Planning: CHER ANGE weddings & events | Floral Design: Bloomz Fine Flowers | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Aimee Paints | Catering: Bali Good Food | Hair + Makeup: Dewi - New Melati | DJ: DJ Rob Sounds | Groom's Attire: Eleganza Uomo | Celebrant: Bali Wedding Celebrant | Venue: Khayangan Estate | Desserts: Ixora Cakes Bali | Photo Booth: In N Out | Rentals: Bali Event Hire | Sound + Lighting: Vision 1 | String Quartet: Allegro | Tent Rentals: Ristana Tent

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Romantic Bali Wedding

Take a breathtaking Bali backdrop, a talented team of vendors and a beautiful bride rockin’ not one, not two, but three stunning gowns and the results are a wedding that is the absolute definition of perfection. Think the fab stylings of Cher Angegorgeous blooms from Bloomz Fine Flowers and brilliant imagery from Imaj Gallery.  Head to THE VAULT for every amazing moment, then press play on the film from Point One Designs for even more (very pretty) inspiration.

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From Cher Ange… A lovely summer wedding in Bali that was all about blush gold sequins, whites and greens. Elegant and romantic with a touch of Bollywood (honour to the Indian roots of the groom). The bride and groom live in NY and had 80 guests that attended from all over the world. It was a beautiful beachfront ceremony that was followed by cocktail and canapés for sunset around the beach front pool and Balinese dances. Dinner was under fairy lights, we had fulfilled all the trees and the party moved on to the dance floor until midnight.

From the Bride… I’m normally the planner in our relationship, but Gaurav decided he wanted to surprise me for our next trip. What came next was a whirlwind trip to Europe that kicked off with a proposal at the Hotel Caesar Augustus in Capri, Italy. He had organized a private dinner in a cliffside alcove that overlooked a panoramic view of the Amalfi coastline at sunset. Good thing I said “yes,” because the surprises kept on coming with visits to Sardegna, Lisbon, Madeira, and London before returning home!

Gaurav had always dreamed of getting married in Bali; I always knew I would get married on the beach. With our families scattered across the US, Canada, India, England, and Korea, we knew there would be travel involved for most of our guests so we thought, ‘Bali, let’s do it’! There was no question about finding a planner on the ground and were thankful when Karen and Cher Ange came recommended through a friend. Karen was a godsend; having grown up in France and the US before settling in Bali, she had a taste for western preferences and a wealth of Balinese resources to execute a couple’s vision of their special day. In our first Skype sessions and emails, we expressed our desire for a contemporary setting accented by clean lines and a white and gold palette. And, of course, a little sparkle never hurt!

With hundreds of hours of travel, stopovers, and time zones between our 75 guests, our number one objective was to thank our family and friends by giving them an experience they’d (hopefully) never forget.

We narrowed down the venue to Villa Atas Ombak, a stunning beachfront private villa in Seminyak, Bali. As you may have guessed, we’re fond of surprises so Karen helped us incorporate a few surprise touches for our guests which included a welcome “white party” at Potato Head Beach Club, traditional Balinese dancers, a whole roasted pig, fire dancers, and a post-wedding pool BBQ! Gaurav’s personal touches included a brigade of flavored shishas (hookahs) and a drone from our videographers! Since our beloved French Bulldog, Jamón, wasn’t able to join us in Bali, we created a logo of him that was emblazoned on our wedding favors – mini sriracha bottles (our fave condiment) – and had a marzipan replica of him that sat on top of our wedding cake!

Wedding dress shopping was by far my favorite planning activity (as evidenced by not one, but
three dresses!). I must have gone to at least 7 boutiques and tried on dozens of dresses, but in my mind I always went back to this Lazaro ballgown that featured an ivory and sherbet ombre train and gorgeous beading on a fitted bodice. I was nervous about being too hot so I opted for a lovely fitted blush satin gown accented with buttons all down the back and a double French bustle by Anna Maier as a reception dress. While I was shopping for the reception dress, my eye caught a gold Jenny Packham babydoll sample that had only ever walked the runway. It was a one-of-a-kind bundle of French lace, tulle, and gold sequins. I just knew that it was the perfect dress to get the party started with! Not to be outdone, Gaurav had two custom tuxedos from Tom Ford. A midnight blue one (the same one worn by James Bond in Skyfall, natch) for the ceremony and a white dinner jacket for the reception.

Our favorite moment of the day was being surrounded by our friends and family, who had lit sparklers as we danced our first dance to Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love.” Since that was our last formal “obligation” for the wedding, we were excited to get the party started! We were able to keep the party going all night long in the villa and even had some guests (ok, and me) enjoy a late night swim. It was truly a modern-day fairytale come true!

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Photography: Imaj Gallery | Cinematography: Pointone | Event Planning: CHER ANGE weddings & events | Floral Design: Bloomz Fine Flowers | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Cake: Ixora Cakes Bali | Catering: Fabulous Foods | Hair + Makeup: Yeanne Makeup Art | DJ: DJ Rob Sounds | Groom's Attire: Tom Ford | Venue: Atas Ombak | Photo Booth: In N Out | Reception Dress: Anna Maier

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Ethereal Bali Engagement Session

With breezy gowns, bohemian and romantic flower crowns and bouquets, a naturally gorgeous setting and perfect, soft lighting captured by the incredibly talented Angga Permana Photo, this Bali engagement session is truly a thing of beauty. And, so are the Bride- and Groom-to-be at the center of it. See (and pin!) each lovely detail in THE VAULT!

From Angga Permana PhotoThey say,“Opposites attract.” It is as cliché as it gets, but it rings true throughout the 11-year-long journey of Erwin and Airin. He is a sanguine-choleric, a character that suits his day job as a passionate entrepreneur. She, on the other hand, is a melancholic who is very particular about small details, and is an eager learner.

He knows all too well that she appreciates gestures – small and big – and thus makes sure that she is always showered with sweet surprises. Back when they were still school kids, he was always there to send her to school and fetch her after class. When he started making his own fortune, he made sure every special day was memorable for her. From puppies on her birthdays to the latest iPhone models every Christmas, he goes the extra mile when it comes to pleasing her.

She is the yin to his yang. Being an ambitious entrepreneur that he is, sometimes his business takes over his life. She would be the one to remind him that there’s more to life than late nights behind the desk and numbers in the bank account. She makes him feel alive.

He is the big picture person in the relationship. When lovers’ quarrel happens, he would be the gentleman who isn’t afraid to apologize first. Deep inside, he has always known that she’s the one for him and that she’s too precious to lose over a silly argument.

She loves the man that he is. Tough times have shown his relentless effort in building a business he started from scratch. His success is not just for himself, but also his beloved family. He is never ashamed of his humble beginning, and that’s when she knows he’s the man she would want to hold dearly for life.

She dreams big, and that’s a quality that he loves about her. Her wanderlust soul has given her a worldly view in life. She aims to start a global venture that would help others in different parts of the world. To share the blessing and the happiness they have – that’s a vision they will share for life.

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Photography: Angga Permana Photo | Floral Design: Designmillco | Hair + Makeup: Sutrisna Putri | Venue: Bali