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Relaxed, Elegant Thailand Destination Wedding

After saying “YES” on holiday in Thailand, these Brisbane-based cuties decided to continue their love affair with the special spot and say “I do” there as well. Ana Lui captured every paradise-perfect moment that was infused with a modern, minimalist design and her pics are our saving grace this Tuesday morning. See more in our Vault right this way!

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From Ana Lui Photography… Bec and Ben are both based in Brisbane, the capital city of QLD, Australia. Bec works for an International Publisher in a Content Management and Global Operations role, and Ben is working in a Business Development role for a new start-up. They had met back in 2011 through mutual friends – it was a chance meeting, with both of them deciding to tag along with their friends for a quick drink at the Limes Hotel. They got engaged in April 2014 while holidaying in Phuket, Thailand. While enjoying a two week holiday at The Pullman Arcadia, Ben proposed about half way through the trip. He had arranged for champagne to be delivered to the Sunset Deck and the new happy couple watched the sunset and enjoyed some bubbles. Right then and there they knew they wanted a destination wedding.

“We wanted to spend quality time with our guests, while everyone was in holiday mode. We had been the year before, and had fallen in love with Thailand. We toyed around with Europe and America, but decided to stick with Asia due to its proximity to Australia,” says Bec.

They turned to Danielle of White + White for help, an incredible wedding planner and expert based in Brisbane, in conjunction with Isla and Smith based in the UK.

“After reading a few wedding blogs, everyone recommended using a wedding planner for destination weddings, and with hectic jobs, I didn’t need any further convincing! It was the best decision we’ve ever made – for us, it made the entire process a dream and we could have never have achieved what the ladies pulled together. I had to continually pinch myself on the night, it was breath-taking. Danielle and Lisa were brilliant to work with, and are the masters of the industry,” says Bec.

I always dreamed of shooting a wedding in Thailand so when Lisa from Isla and Smith emailed me asking if I want to shoot Bec’s and Ben’s elopement I jumped up with excitement and after a brief chat with the bride to be we booked the flights and packed our camera bags. I am based in Ibiza but up for traveling any day! I am so happy to have been there with Bec and Ben, and also to work alongside super talented and crazy organized Danielle and Lisa!

When I was shooting Bec getting ready I couldn’t wait for her to put her stunning dress on! Her dress was designed by Gwendolynne Burkin of Gwendolynne based in Melbourne.

Bec says she has been looking for a perfect wedding gown and simply fell in love with Gwendolynne designs. “She was amazing to work with, so much passion and so much care. The team were so professional and scheduled around work travel to make my life easier. It was such a beautiful and detailed dress, took months of stitching and hand beading, but it was easy to wear and looked spectacular,” Bec recalls.

The wedding venue was dressed with native Thai flowers such as orchids and lush greenery, and Danielle and Lisa (the Event Planners) used them in abundance in the ceremony and reception. They focused on clean, minimalist colour palette to compliment the venue. Traditionally, the style of flowers in Thailand are tightly arranged with lots of ribbon, but Bec decided to strip everything back to have a much more relaxed, effortless vision, with hand tied orchid stems and hanging orchids in watercolour shades. The result was breathtaking! The girls also created a bespoke tablescape design, by incorporating clear glass wine bottles with tapered candles, lush greenery and stylish letterpress menus with silver foiling to announce the abundance of (incredible) food that was coming.

Danielle sourced Ben Jay, an English-born DJ based in Phuket, and booked local fire dancers who did the show just before midnight.

“We had planned a week of events for our guests, so built a website to keep everyone in the loop as details were finalized. We used the website to house accommodation and flight options, as well as information about Thailand and what to expect. We gave everyone as year’s notice (via a ‘save the date’) to give people plenty of time to save and prepare; and to keep people’s interest, we sent everyone a series of postcards to invite them to the different activities,” says Bec.

Everything was simply perfect. Venue, food, decorations, dress and the vibe with all the guests were super relaxed and having fun! It was an incredible experience to photograph their wedding day as well as the boat trip around the bay of Phuket. I shot hybrid – both digital and film – and I’m very happy with the results.

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Photography: Ana Lui Photography | Event Planning: White+white Weddings And Events | Event Planning: Isla And Smith Wedding Design | Wedding Dress: Dress- Gwendolynne Burkin | Hair + Makeup: Twidale | Venue: Sala Phuket | Film Processing: Carmencita Film Lab

Romantic Singapore Garden Wedding with Elegant Ballroom Reception

Take one adorable duo, a fabulous team of vendors and TWO nights of non-stop celebrations and the results are, well… pretty darn ah-mazing.  Think a beautiful garden oasis (night one) meets an elegant ballroom party (night two), all planned to perfection by Chere Weddings with gorgeous florals by CC Lee. Head to THE VAULT for every moment captured by Mindy Tan, then hit play on the sweet film from Majella’s Studios below.

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From Chere WeddingsWith great love for nature and tropics, the wedding ceremony venue and theme revolved largely around the greens – the couple chose to exchange their vows under a big raintree at The Rocks, Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, Singapore, which overlooks the coast of Singapore filled with golden glow from the setting sun. A casual yet classy and intimate dinner for the couple’s families & closest friends then happened under the stars. Fairy lights added a hint of dreamy effect and guests were also entertained by an acoustic duo who added the fun factor into the night.

A more formal wedding reception was held the next day at The Westin Singapore. Traditional tea ceremony was carried out with the bride donning on a traditional kua. The tables were adorned with lush greens and driftwoods, extending the similar tropical feel to the second dinner celebration. Also as architects, mini figurines were planted on the centerpieces to highlight this unique feature of the couple.

Vicky’s bespoke gowns consisted of 2 inner piece and 1 outer lace layer which changes the colour and look of the gown subtly for the 2 days of wedding.

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Photography: Mindy Tan Photography | Cinematography: Majella's Studios | Event Planning: Chere Weddings & Parties | Floral Design: CC Lee | Wedding Dress: Caramel & Co | Cake: Cupplets | Stationery: Common Hands | Ceremony Venue: The Shangri-La's Fijian Resort and Spa | Reception Venue: The Westin Singapore | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Love Potion | Makeup: The Little Brush | Band: Polkadot + Moonbeam | Groom's Attire: PIMABS | Photo Booth: Easybooth | Tiffany Chair Rental: XOXO & Co

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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See more Destination Weddings in THE VAULT!

Photography: Imaj Gallery | Cinematography: Point One Designs | 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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