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Destination Beach Wedding in Thailand

Beyond a simply beautiful destination wedding, this Phuket soiree is so much more. The stunning Bride in Inbal Dror with her mint and coral ‘maids, the newlywed kiss framed by lush florals, and well, Johnny Depp was there! The baby elephant named Johnny Depp, that is. It’s a Thailand fete planned by The Wedding Bliss By Nanya that’ll have you smiling at every turn. Head to the full gallery from Brooke Merrill Photography for more!


From The Wedding Bliss By NanyaKelly was living in New York when she got a last minute invite to join her coworker Kolby and his girlfriend Michelle for a weekend in Palm Springs. The Coachella Music festival was in town and they had an extra ticket with her name on it. Being a huge music fan, Coachella gave Kelly the perfect reasons for an impromptu weekend getaway.

The hotel in the desert left something to be desired but it did have a pool and in-between concerts was packed full with fellow festival attendees. It was here that Kelly’s friend Kolby met Randy, and the two quickly bonded over everything especially their shared love for LCD Soundsystem, Kelly’s favorite band. Kolby invited his new friend to meet back up with them later that evening to watch a show.

Kelly remembers how excited Kolby was to tell her about an awesome guy he had met that he wanted to introduce her to, named Randy. Reluctantly Kelly agreed but ended up having the best time. At the end of the weekend they exchanged numbers and from that point on they were inseparable.

They continued to see each other after their weekend at Coachella ended, each making cross-country flights from Los Angeles to New York. Their long distance romance lasted for more than a year when Kelly decided to take a position in Los Angeles to be closer to Randy.

It wasn’t long after Kelly arrived, that Randy started ring shopping, and his first stop was Harry Winston where he chose a gorgeous, cushion cut diamond engagement ring. Planning the proposal turned out to be a little trickier. Randy decided he wanted to propose during the Coachella Music festival at the tiny hotel where they first met. Kelly was in the room rushing to get ready when Randy came in. He wanted her to sit down so he could talk with her, but she was already running late and started getting annoyed that he wasn’t ready himself.

She was about to get up so she could continue getting ready when he dropped to his knee and proposed. She had no idea. Through tears of happiness Kelly managed to give Randy an answer…Yes.

Randy and Kelly decided on a destination wedding but didn’t know where they wanted it to be. Randy’s roommate Dan suggested they look into Phuket. He had just returned from a trip there and had fallen in love with the gorgeous white sand beaches, amazing food, and friendly locals. After researching Phuket on the Internet, Randy and Kelly decided it would be perfect.

Kelly knew she needed help coordinating the wedding from afar and contacted Nanya Tanthapaiboon, a luxury wedding planner of The Wedding Bliss. Nanya and her team made sure every detail was perfect, overseeing everything from the welcome dinner to the private cruise the couple planned as a surprise for their guests the day after the wedding.

Randy and Kelly wanted their wedding to be an experience for their guests, as well as reflect their love of music and beach life. They chose The Surin Phuket for their ceremony and reception location because they fell in love with the gorgeous beaches, private villas, and breathtaking views.

After making the 22-hour flight from Los Angeles to Phuket guests were greeted with a welcome dinner followed by a late night dance party. Kelly and Randy love to dance and incorporated music and or dancing into every part of their amazing wedding.

On the day of the wedding, Nanya and her team set to work laying out the ceremony location. I Am Flower of Phuket did an amazing job creating the wedding arch by filling it with orchids, coral-color roses, and other vibrant tropical. Even the chairs were decorated with the most amazing tropical garlands that hung along the backside.

Once guests arrived they were greeted with a glass of champagne and as they took their seats. Local musician Moody Paul performed an outstanding acoustic reggae session.

As the ceremony began, Randy just beamed as Kelly and her dad made their way to the sand. Kelly looked absolutely stunning in her fitted Inbal Dror wedding dress and veil and danced all the way down the aisle as Moody played a cover of Jason Mraz’s song “I’m Yours”.

Since Kolby was the one who first introduced Kelly and Randy back in Palm Springs they thought it was only fitting that he be the one to marry them. Instead of traditional vows the couple selected their favorite lyrics from songs and recited them to each other.

When Kelly and Randy were finally pronounced husband and wife they walked down the aisle and found a surprise waiting for them. A baby elephant named Johnny Depp was there to bring luck and good fortune to the newlywed couple and their guests.

Even though it had been raining on and off for the entire day the rain let up just in time for the ceremony but began again shortly after. The best part of the wedding was when the bride and groom made their grand entrance. They headed to the dance floor and their friends and family gathered around them. The rain began to come down again while they danced to their favorite song, “Dance yourself clean,” by LCD Sound System. No one cared. They turned the music up and had a dance party in the rain. It was awesome.

Later in the evening guests headed back to the beach for a private firework show, and when it was time to turn the music off Kelly and Randy handed out wireless headphones for a silent disco after party. It was amazing.

Photography: Brooke Merrill Photography | Cinematography: Toxi Pen | Wedding Planner: The Wedding Bliss By Nanya | Floral Design: I Am Flower Phuket | Ring: Harry Winston | Light & Sound: Final Cut AV | Wedding Venue: The Surin Phuket

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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.


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 | Groom's Shoes: G-Star | Celebrant: Bali Wedding Celebrant | Bow Ties: Gentleman & Scholar | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Chalina Estate | Flowergirl Dresses: BHS | Photobooth: Bali Snapz Photobooth | Sound & Lighting: Vision 1 | Veil: Gilded Shadows

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Classic White Wedding in Bali

We usually don’t think of classic details paired with destination weddings in Bali but, (and this is a big but) that pairing is crazy beautiful. Like drop all your plans thus far and go the destination route. Photographed by Angga Permana, this affair takes the natural beauty of Bali and throws in all white florals, the prettiest lace linens and al fresco dining under a tropical night sky. It’s pure perfection.


From the Bride… Reminiscing the most beautiful day of my life, “I remember the corner. The corner of your colour, the corner of your smile. The street corners turning into corners of the corridor. Into the corners of the place where we hold hands. The corners of your mouth, of your eyes. The corners of words we spoke. The corner of your name. On the corner where we exchanged our vows for life. The corner where we kissed. I remember the corner.”

It has always been personal right from the very beginning. Each and every little thing about this wedding is a reflection of us. We knew exactly what we wanted: a wedding stripped to its very core, the union of two souls and a celebration of love, no glitz and glam. Far from typical Indonesian weddings with thousands of guests and the fanfare; it was going to be an intimate affair with our closest friends and family, a personal sweet memory lasting for years to come..

The inspiration was simple: nature’s beauty meets ethereal elegance. Simplistic, subtle, yet stylish. First things first: the wedding dress. Instead of world-class designer-labels, we opted for a piece by a talented local designer, for the sake of originality. The dress holds special significance since it is one of a kind, with a hand-painted design incorporated into the gown through laser cut. No other dress in the world could be the exact same.

Venue pick comes naturally: Secluded Uluwatu area of Bali was perfect fit, and Alila Villas Uluwatu, perched at the cliff of Indian Ocean instantly stole our hearts. We didn’t even bother checking on other venues. For once, we’ve decided we were going to have our wedding at the edge of the world. We were to fly the whole pack of family and friends to paradise island for a wedding getaway.

It was a remarkable journey: humbly starting with the vision and some scattered creative ideas, watching it take form and in the end, unfolding to a realization before our eyes. We couldn’t have done it without the help of a solid teamwork from the vendors. On the day of our wedding, our décor was a portrayal of subtle elegance and the pureness of white. Sunset Cabana was basking in golden sunshine, white floral arrangements and ornaments, embellishing the beauty of the wooden structure as it already was. The ceremony began just before sunset with white petals down the aisle, tingling crystals above our heads, and the perfect shade of blue as backdrop, that of the clear sky and the Indian Ocean. Nothing could be more perfect.

Next was alfresco dinner under the stars, serenaded with a selection of our favourite music. Our wedding reception was set on poolside terrace of the villa, overlooking the serene ocean. Wooden structures and withering frangipani tree blended beautifully with lushes of white floral, accented with chandeliers; creating a surreal image of our very own secret garden. The table setting was a romantic image of its own, white floral composition on Victorian vases, gold tinted crystals and glassy cutleries, soft lace table runner on rustic wooden tables, completed with lovely Tiffany chairs. Each set comes with a laser-cut box of macarons and a personalized thank you cards, showing our deepest gratitude towards the people that are dearest to our hearts. To top it all up, this splendid setting captured gorgeously by our favourite photographer!

Crazy after-party all the way through midnight make the night unforgettable. Everyone was down on their feet having a really good time. It was not only our night, but theirs too. It warmed our hearts to hear everybody’s compliments of how amazing the day has been. A few months passed, I still remember vividly stills and episodes of the wedding; it will be our cherished memory for the rest of our lives.

Photography: Angga Permana Photo | Wedding Dress: Fifi Firianty | Wedding Cake: Alila | Ceremony Venue: Alila Villas Uluwatu | Reception Venue: Alila Villas Uluwatu | Wedding Shoes: Venilla Suite | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Priska Henata Couture | Cinematic Videography: Axioo | Groom Suit: Wong Hang | Hampers: Silverbox | Stationeries: Cottonville | Wedding Decor: Rose Barrel Décor