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.
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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 Branding + Gudily | Customized Fabric + Textile: Tenun Baron | Catering: M&M | Lighting: Vision One Bali | Wedding Dress + Bridesmaid dresses: Auguste Soesastro
Bali is home to some of the world’s most beautiful weddings. That’s a fact. But the only thing more special than this saying “I do” in this stunning locale is celebrating with 100 guests by your side. It’s a destination wedding feat that seems nearly impossible, yet all came to life with Cakes & Champagne on board. The gallery is bursting with Terralogical’s gorgeous captures, and the film by Bali Metro brings it all full circle.
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From Cakes and Champagne…Lena and Siang were incredible to work with from the very beginning. They were confident in their decisions and they had the most important thing in mind the whole time, that they were marrying each other. It always felt like no matter what happened, it would be perfect just because of that. Thankfully though, everything went without a hitch including custom building many props such as photobooth walls, silk printed table runners & pillow cases, gilded lights (as seen from a reference image from one of Mindy Weiss’ weddings), coordinating transport for over 100 guests and putting together an amazing team of wedding professionals who shone bright on the day.
From the Bride…We always knew we wanted to have a destination wedding. The idea of getting married away from home seemed so romantic and special to us, and we especially loved the idea of all our friends and family getting away for a few days together to not only celebrate our wedding, but to relax and enjoy themselves. We picked Bali because it’s such a magical island with the most breathtaking scenery you can imagine. On a more practical note too, Bali is only a short flight away from our home city, Perth, so it was also very convenient for most of our guests to travel there.
Picking Bali as our destination was one of the best wedding-related decisions we made. We were apprehensive at first, and for much of the wedding planning process, we were concerned that we had made the wrong decision to have a destination wedding and forcing our guests to travel overseas. I think our families were also apprehensive, though they always supported our decision. At the end though, seeing how relaxed and happy everyone was at our wedding, and how in awe they were of the venue, we knew we made the right decision. Our parents already want us to organise another big celebration in Bali for our anniversary! And we picked the Bulgari Resort because we couldn’t get past the amazing views there. Our ceremony venue was perched on a cliff top, and our aisle was a rose-strewn, clear platform floating over an infinity pool. It was spectacular, to say the least.
Wedding Photography: Terralogical | Event Design + Planning: Cakes & Champagne + Bride and Groom | Floral Design: Gloriosa | Ceremony + Reception Location: Bvlgari Hotels & Resorts, Water Wedding | Cinematography: Bali Metro | Invitations: Mr. Boddington | Dress: Vera Wang | Shoes: Valentino | Hair + Makeup: Yeanne Strauss
I’m pretty certain Bali is one of the most gorgeous places in the world to say I do. Unfortunately I’ve never been, but from the looks of these images from Alison Mayfield Studio I think my theory is pretty spot on. Because this couple’s wedding? It’s simply perfection. With views that never ends and a love that never will either, this gallery is overflowing with pretty. See it all here.
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From the Bride… Shawn and I met when we were working on a project together in Beijing. Since we first met, it has been a wonderful 2 year up until our lovely and fairy tale wedding. Shawn was originally from Shanghai but spent majority of his life in the U.S. and later moved to Hong Kong after business school. While I grew up in Shanghai as well, I spent a significant amount of time studying in London and later working in Hong Kong. We actually lived in the same building while we were in Hong Kong but did not know each other until we met each other in Beijing, the beginning of our magical journey together.
We had many choices for our wedding venue and there were simply too many beautiful and charming places around the world. We knew we wanted a destination wedding at an exotic location where we could share this special moment in our lives with those who are closest to us. With the help of our wedding planner, Tiara Wedding in Hong Kong, we narrowed our wedding venue to the island of Bali. Although neither Shawn nor I have ever set foot in Bali before, we were deeply attracted to Bali because of its exquisite and exotic scenery, rich culture and spirituality, and warm hospitality. On Oct 12, 2012, we held our small and intimate wedding in Bali with our parents and closest relatives. The wedding turned out to be everything we had imagined it to be – it was surreal and time seems to have stood still for the entire wedding. We were truly blessed to have held it on the Island of the God and it was a moment that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. Our magical journey together continues!
Wedding Photography: Alison Mayfield Studio | Wedding Venue: Tirtha in Uluwatu, Bali | Event Planning: Tiara Weddings | Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm | Bride’s Veil: Oscar De La Renta | Bride’s Shoes: Oscar De La Renta | Bride’s Dinner Dress: Custom designed by Bride and made by tailor in Shanghai
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