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Modern, Hip Bali Wedding Featuring Sparklers & Flower Crowns

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Today’s wedding in Bali is one of those wedding’s where you find it impossible to choose “the few best photos”. Modern, and hip, filled with eclectic florals, sparklers & big, huge smiles, this wedding is so dynamic in every way!

Normally, when we see weddings in tropical paradises such as Bali, Indonesia, the photos are light and airy, and while we love that (seriously we love that) it’s so cool to see this more modern, moody, raw lighting and photography style from Ilumen. The Balinese teak wood looks so rich, and the colors so wild for the tropics.

Armed with a few different flower crowns (the copper one, so perfect to keep as an heirloom!) silk robes, and a custom gown – Tania’s looks are everchanging for the day. Long lace sleeves for the Catholic ceremony, something more party-friendly for the evening, and always rightfully comfortable. The two, and their lively party, certainly seem to have had the time of their lives.

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Our Love Story

We were in the same class and I used to tease him a lot. Rey always had the best reaction, so he was my favorite. One time, I went too far by pulling down his gym shorts. I only meant to make him flustered but it seems like I pulled them too hard – or the waistband of the shorts was too loose? The shorts went down to his ankles in the middle of a gym class, in front of the whole class. Hellishly embarrassing for him, sure, but he wasn’t not mad. He’s never mad.

I didn’t think I was a bully back then, I was more of a joker – and a tomboy. All of my guy friends treated me like a boy, they swore at me, pull my hair, the jokes are pretty much high school boy’s jokes. But Rey never treated me like that. He always talked to me with respect, never swore at me, always reminded me that I’m a girl, and always stopped the boys if the jokes went too far. A good guy? Damn right he is. That’s when I knew he’s a keeper.

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For him, he told me that he knew I was “the one” one time in class when instead of listening to the teacher, we were reading this gossip tabloid, we can’t remember which. There was this horoscope page about your zodiac sign’s compatibility with each other. We found out I’m a Sagittarius and he’s a Libra. We had 100% compatibility, according to the magazine. That time, being totally ignorant, I said – jokingly – “eh, we’re kinda meant to be”. I didn’t know that kinda stuff moved him but it did.

Although we started cheesy, our relationship together is quite un-cheesy, I guess. For the 6 years we’re dating, Rey never bought me flowers – at all. We spent time mostly at home. Watching TV, ordering take-away, the relationship is so – I won’t say boring – it’s comfortable.

The proposal happened one night when he took me to have a really nice dinner in a really nice place, complete with a reservation and a train-long list of a set menu. It was super predictable. Rey is bad at making surprises. But to know that he prepared all of that, being the person that he is (un-romantic); he brought a huge flower bouquet (for the very first time, finally).

Despite the predictable situation, tears were flowing out by the time he brought out the ring. He didn’t say all the “will you marry me” kind of stuff. Instead, he only asked, “do you want to be with me always?”

I said yes, by the way.

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The Dress & Attire

We wanted to be as comfortable as possible at the wedding, so we chose the attire accordingly. A simple fabric, simple fit, no beads for my gown, and no new shoes. We used our everyday shoes because we knew it would definitely be comfortable – we just couldn’t risk it with new shoes! And yes I wore flats – the best shoes for a garden wedding.

We chose a simpler look for the dinner reception – Rey slipped off his inner vest, and I slipped off the outer gown (the outer had a long sleeve and long train for the church ceremony) to a simple one-piece asymmetrical white dress. All-in-one kind of outfit.

The make-up artist was Rey’s sister, who is close to me as well, so obviously she helped me relax a lot on the morning before the ceremony – as she was the first person to communicate with me on the day.

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The Venue

We chose Alindra Villa for the venue because it had 21 rooms that could accommodate around 60 people, including both of our big family and closest friends. Imagine having all your significant people in one place! We could have anyone near whenever we needed any kind of support.

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The Ceremony

The ceremony was kind of of tricky to arrange according to our desire, as we were getting married in Catholic Church. Not all Catholic Churches allow a marriage to have the bride walked down the aisle by her father, or to have The Scripture’s song as the here-comes-the-bride song, or to have the bride and groom exchange personal vows – all things that we wished to have for our ceremony.

But luckily we chose the right church (Francis Xavier Church, Kuta) and the right priest (Fr. I Nyoman Suryana, Pr.), that both allowed us to have those things. It was a dream came true and we can’t believe how lucky we are until today.

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The Photography & Videography

Iluminen and Rona Tantra Videography were the first vendors that I booked for my wedding. I had my eye on them far before there was even a wedding to plan! Having Rey just trust me 100% on this (just as he did for the rest of the vendors, lol) made it a quick decision when it came to my photography and videography choices.

I love how Iluminen gives a vibe no other wedding photography can give so purely. It’s this rawness. In their pictures, I see real emotion but better, wrapped in an artistic frame. The couple’s authentic gestures combined with a smart play of light and shadow – it’s truly “you” in the picture, yet still a piece of art to hang in your living room. The execution of service was marvelous! We got our wedding teasers just days later, and the final album only a month after the wedding. I just can’t describe how awesome they are.

For Rona Tantra Videography, the outcome speaks for itself. The angle and song choice always gives a certain feel for the viewer. We got nothing but praise from our guests seeing our pre-wedding video and same-day edited video that played at the wedding. It touches every sentimental moment and wrapped the day perfectly.

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The Reception

The dinner was everything we wished for: nothing but enjoyable. We ate our favorite foods (Balinese, complete with suckling pig and satay), our favorite songs played beautifully with an acoustic arrangement, fairy lights, natural flowers and decoration of dusty blue, leafy greens, and grey fabrics.

A wooden dance floor and the best MC turned the night into the best night of our lives. We mingled with everyone, enjoying a good meal and drinks, heartfelt speeches, casual games, even a surprise dance from Rey right before our first dance. Oh, I can go all day talking about the wedding! It was a dream came true.

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Favorite Moments

My favorite moment is when Rey and his groomsmen gave me a surprise dance at the dinner reception, using my favorite song “Are You Gonna be My Girl” by Jet. Remember how predictable Rey is for me, that was the best, most successful surprise he finally managed. I was completely taken aback by it. As a person, Rey is never “extra” at all. He is never comfortable being in the spotlight or making a scene. That is more of my thing than his. For instance, he never even wants to sing karaoke. He’s that type of guy who likes to keep it “low”.

But there he was that night, dancing his ass off like there’s no tomorrow. When I asked how he managed to do it, moreover convinced the boys to do it, it turned out Rey snatched a liquor bottle from the groomsmen table at the start of the party – got them drunk enough and forgot about embarrassment. Super effective! I treasure this moment so much because it shows just how much Rey’s willing to do things for me, even if it’s beyond his comfort zone. I’ll always take this memory throughout our married life, through the smooth and the rough.

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Advice for Other Couples

No matter how much time Rey and I underlined wanting an “enjoyable”, or “simple”, or “relaxed” wedding, we learned the good way there’s no such thing. No matter how much we avoided stress, something always creeps out at the last minute giving us a major headache.

So if there’s a bride-to-be reading this somewhere, I hope I can give you something good; a perfect wedding is not perfect. If you aim to have a wedding with such standards, and it happened to not be like that, it doesn’t mean it’s not your perfect wedding. At the end of the day, the most important thing is the spouse you have that sleeping beside you and the fact that you’re now living the life you always wanted to have, together.

Shit happened at my wedding and it pissed me off good. I even cried quite hard the night before the wedding! But a month later you won’t even remember that part. You’ll only remember how blessed you are to have a beautiful thing called a wedding. I promise you will!

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The Honeymoon

We went to London and Oxford for our honeymoon. It was only a quick getaway, as we both had to get back to work shortly after a week of wedding leave in Bali (we live in Surabaya). For London, it was just a mainstream, touristy visit – so no special honeymoon events.

But Oxford, oh how we recommend it so much for a honeymoon! We rented a car from London to Oxford, so we drove all day in Oxford. We went to local bars, bought groceries at local markets, even cooked our own dinner at the AirBnB we rented. The AirBnB is a whole other story! It was a cute, warm,well-decorated house, with artsy interior as well. It went so well with the whole vibe of Oxford – calm, serene, beautiful buildings, and not as crowded as London. We had our best time together in Oxford.

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