Garden

Intimate Destination Ceremony

Photography by Angga Permana. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Angga Permana. www.theweddingnotebook.com

This was truly a dream wedding where family and friends were all at Panchoran Retreat, Ubud, to prepare for the big day. The atmosphere was filled with laughter, smiles and love. The bride, Laura, DIY and custom-made most of the details and décor herself, including her dress, the bridesmaids’ dresses, and even the beautiful hand-made tea towels for the guests to take home. It was a blessed day indeed with perfect weather.

Photography by Angga Permana. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Laura: “On the morning of our special day we woke to blue skies and the tweeting of birds throughout the valley – our very own ‘Love Wonderland’ was to become a reality. We created an intimate ceremony in a beautiful and special place surrounded by our most loved, and together, exchanged our written vows and made our promises to each other in the arms of the sacred Bodhi tree.

“As a couple, our commitment of love to each other was the most important part of the day, and as the heavens opened and the sun shone down, it couldn’t have been a more magical and perfect moment. That moment we were pronounced husband and wife!

Photography by Angga Permana. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Angga Permana. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Angga Permana. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Angga Permana. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Angga Permana. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“We turned around and everyone began to throw fresh rose petals as the Marvin Gaye song ‘You’re A Wonderful One’ started to play. It brings tears to my eyes even as I write about it, so thank you for making me go through it all again!

“A delicious banquet was served and all enjoyed many laughs and tears over stories of the bride and groom as we toasted to love and friendship. After dinner, guests were treated to an amazing Kecak fire dance performed by over 100 men from the local village. Wish lanterns were released into the darkness of the sky as many hoped for love and happiness in the years to come.

“The cake was a simple cake with white icing. The bride and groom cake topper was given to us by Dallas’ mother and father, having been bought in Germany on the announcement of our engagement, and there was also a silver shoe on there that had been on my grandmother’s wedding cake in the 1940’s.

Photography by Angga Permana. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Angga Permana. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Angga Permana. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Angga Permana. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Angga Permana. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“I drew and designed my bridal dress, then had a wonderful Italian lady make it for me in Brisbane. It is made of silk and chiffon. I hand-made the feather details on the hips and a feather headpiece to match the dress. I added a diamond vintage brooch to bring together the diamond cufflinks and the ring elements. The gold jewellery I am wearing on my head was made by one of my best friends, Tigerframe Jewellery, and I decided to wear it, as I liked the fact that it made me feel close to her as I took my final steps as a single woman.

“All the details were DIY by us and with the help of friends and family. It was beautiful to see the perfect setting we had imagined for so long created before our eyes. ‘A Love Wonderland’ – relaxed, festival vibe with a vintage and creative twist. Sentimental touches such as the photos of family and friends that couldn’t be there made it feel very special.”

Photography by Angga Permana. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Angga Permana. www.theweddingnotebook.com

LAURA & DALLAS {Indonesia}

Photography by Angga Permana / Venue Panchoran Retreat, Ubud, Bali / Number of Guests 45 / Bride’s Shoes by ALDO

A Wedding Worth Revisiting

Jenny Sun Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

We imagine many men were heartbroken when the news went out that the beautiful and talented Sonia was getting married, and even more so now that Janice, her identical twin sister, has also tied the knot. We don’t share the same sentiment; we’re overjoyed that they have both found the love of their lives. Jayesslee is probably one of the first few YouTube stars that we actually loved. They’re so talented they actually make ‘Gangnam Style’ sound bearable.

For those of you who don’t know, Andy is actually their drummer and manager. This is one beautiful wedding – every moment of it. The bridesmaids were gorgeous in coral colours, and their dog got to be one of the coolest ring bearers in town. The hundreds of white balloons ascending up into the sky, and the couple’s loved ones sitting in the wide open field enjoying the night together. For all this, we have Jenny Sun and her team to thank.

Jenny Sun Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jenny Sun Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jenny Sun Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jenny Sun Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jenny Sun Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jenny Sun Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jenny Sun Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jenny Sun Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jenny Sun Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jenny Sun Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jenny Sun Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jenny Sun Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jenny Sun Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jenny Sun Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jenny Sun Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jenny Sun Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jenny Sun Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jenny Sun Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jenny Sun Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jenny Sun Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jenny Sun Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jenny Sun Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jenny Sun Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jenny Sun Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jenny Sun Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jenny Sun Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jenny Sun Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jenny Sun Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jenny Sun Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

SONIA & ANDY {Australia}

Photography by Jenny Sun Photography / Wedding Planning Dress Heaven / Flowers and Décor by Dress Heaven / Celebrant Reverend Joshua Choi

Rustic Destination Wedding At Khayangan Estate Bali

Destination wedding in Bali. Photography by Terralogical. www.theweddingnotebook.com

There is almost no better place to hold a wedding in Bali than in the last retreat of an emperor, the Khayangan Estate. Personally, we love the bridesmaids in green dresses running the gatecrashing ceremony against that exotic backdrop, not to mention the tea ceremony. Totally photo-worthy.

This was indeed a celebration of love. The groom designed the wedding bands and had them custom-made in Singapore, while the bride made the DIY wedding invitations and tinned pastilles favours.

Photography by Terralogical. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Terralogical. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Terralogical. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Terralogical. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Terralogical. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Terralogical. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Terralogical. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jasmine: “It felt great seeing our family and friends who flew in from around the world to Bali. As well as the amazing view and intimate setting of having a dinner reception under a marquee in the garden with an eight-piece Cuban band.

“We wanted a theme that was fresh and vibrant with a rustic touch. The colours we used to style the wedding were quite eclectic but nature-inspired, such as grass green for the bridesmaids’ dresses and sky blue for the groomsmen’s shirts.

Photography by Terralogical. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Terralogical. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Terralogical. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Terralogical. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Terralogical. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Terralogical. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Terralogical. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Terralogical. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Terralogical. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Terralogical. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Terralogical. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Terralogical. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Terralogical. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Terralogical. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“I had the table centrepieces made with all local flowers, moss and pine cones. We used dried grape vines from the north of Bali for our wedding arch, with clusters of pale pink, green and beige flowers of different textures to blend everything together elegantly. We strung jasmine garlands from the trees around the estate, which looked charming and also made the whole estate wonderful.”

Photography by Terralogical. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Terralogical. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Terralogical. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Tips from the bride: “Do as much research as you can for destination weddings. Be careful not to hire based on online portfolios only, as you must be sure that the service matches the quality of the product. Make sure the wedding planner you hire understands you, and can creatively turn your ideas into the real day within your budget! Be firm about your budget, and make decisions earlier rather than closer to the date. This will save you money, as you have the time to find more vendors and negotiate.

“If you’re unhappy at any stage during your wedding planning process, don’t be afraid to make the changes necessary to keep things running smoothly. We had to change our wedding planner three months before our wedding due to poor follow-up and nothing being done. It caused lots of stress, but as soon as we found another planner who was the right one, everything was brilliant and it became fun. Which is how it should be!”

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JASMINE & BEN {Indonesia}

Photography by Terralogical / Videography by Bali Metro DigiArt / Venue Khayangan Estate Uluwatu, Bali / Number of Guests 103 / Wedding Planning by Tifany Fadjar / Bridal Gown by Collette Dinnigan / Bride’s Shoes by Badgley Mischka / Hair and Makeup by Yeanne and team / Groom’s Attire by CYC Custom Shop Singapore / Groom’s Shoes by Carmina / Bespoke Tie by Vanda / Custom-Made Wedding Bands by Yuen Ting Singapore / Bridesmaids’ Dresses by Indigo Eve / Groomsmen’s Attire by Uniqlo / Flowers and Décor by Martha’s Florist Bali / Wedding Cake by Le-Ing Ong / Catering by Dijon Bali / Entertainment Juanito’s Cuban Band

Cool Wedding Party

Crazy cool destination wedding in Bali. Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

We extremely love how this couple had no printed wedding invites and wedding cake. The bride couldn’t recall what heels she wore, and she wasn’t concerned about the flowers and favours because someone else took care of them.

Looking at the pictures, you can see it turned out to be a totally rocking and cool wedding. In fact, we’re never seen a properly planned wedding that looked more fun than this one.

Crazy cool destination wedding in Bali. Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Crazy cool destination wedding in Bali. Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Crazy cool destination wedding in Bali. Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Barbara: “[We had] no concept at all, really. The idea was to keep it as fun and stress free as possible. No rules.

“It was great having all my friends and family from all over the world fly in for a week of fun. Seeing the 14 groomsmen with their horse heads on rounding up the guests. My husband’s hot pink suit, getting ready with my stunning bridesmaids, swimming in the pool in my wedding dress with my husband after the wedding, being with all my guests including my 70-year-old mother, the lighting of the wishing lanterns on the beach…”

Crazy cool destination wedding in Bali. Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Crazy cool destination wedding in Bali. Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Crazy cool destination wedding in Bali. Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Crazy cool destination wedding in Bali. Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Crazy cool destination wedding in Bali. Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Crazy cool destination wedding in Bali. Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Crazy cool destination wedding in Bali. Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Crazy cool destination wedding in Bali. Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Crazy cool destination wedding in Bali. Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Crazy cool destination wedding in Bali. Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Crazy cool destination wedding in Bali. Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Crazy cool destination wedding in Bali. Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Crazy cool destination wedding in Bali. Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Tips from the bride: “It should not be stressful for any reason. Relax and enjoy the process of organising the wedding and the day itself. I loved every single minute!”

Barbara & Myles {Indonesia}

Photography by Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography / Videography by Dean Halcombe / Venue Mahatma House in Seseh-Tanah Lot, Bali / Bridal Gown by Nicole Miller / Groom’s Attire by Marc Jacobs / Wedding Bands by David Yurman / Bridesmaids’ Dresses by BCBGMaxAzria / Groomsmen’s Attire by Uniqlo / Catering by Bali Catering Company / Entertainment by Gus Till

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A Rocking Garden Wedding At Campus Lakeside

Bridal shoes. Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Faith and Max held their wedding at Taylor’s University Lakeside, and from the moment guests received their invitations, it was like they had just gotten passes to the most happening event of the year. We wish we were there because it looked like such an uber cool wedding.

Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding invitations. Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Max: “The theme of our wedding was ‘We Love Because God First Loved Us’ (1 John 4:19). I believe our wedding theme and concept came from none other than God. [Faith and I] have so many differences, yet we are able to choose to love because we know God has planned this relationship for us since the beginning. Basically we realised that we can’t love if we never learn that love comes from God in the first place.

“As to why we chose this venue, this is where our hearts are. We love college students. There’s just so much energy in them as well as potential. We are thankful for the privilege of building a campus generation as well as our church ministry. It was at this very spot that I proposed a year before our wedding.

Guest notes. Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding party. Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Taylor's Lakeside garden wedding. Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Garden wedding. Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“It was unbelievable that the day had come – a day in which I saw how God had orchestrated such a beautiful wedding for us! Firstly, there was fine weather during the rainy season, and secondly, my bride sang her vows in a song – the sweetest one. On that day, we married the best that God has given us.”

Ultimately, we think weddings are only for a day, but marriage is for a lifetime, so build the latter. It doesn’t cost tons of money to have a good wedding; after all, it’s not so much a good wedding that we desire but a good marriage. The key is to have a meaningful wedding.”

Taylor's Lakeside garden wedding. Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Pouring of sand ceremony. Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“We both love creativity. We had a casual vintage theme. Pastel blue was the main colour, followed by pastel pink and yellow. With the limited budget we had, and leveraging on God’s given idea, we made use of designs and lots of recycled materials for our invitations and wedding décor.

“Bottles and cans were collected from different kopitiam and cafés, with the help of some friends. Faith’s cousin Alexandrea Yeo, who is a designer, designed and made her wedding gown, and Faith’s brother composed a song for us.

Paper plane instead of confetti, clever idea. Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

First valentine's gift as ring holder. Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“Our wedding bands were carried by my first Valentine’s Day gift to her – a teddy bear. I must admit that Faith was the main creative person when it came to the entire theme, resources and planning. She would make a really good wedding planner!

“I personally loved the wedding invitations (I’m biased!). It served not just as a wedding card with concept and info, but also as a fridge magnet. We’ve seen them in many of our relatives and friends’ homes. If you look closely, you’ll see ‘12345’ – 2012, March 4 at 5pm.

Taylor's Lakeside Campus wedding. Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Our tips for brides-to-be: “Start with a theme while planning. Try to DIY if you’re confident enough, otherwise find friends who are. Get a good wedding coordinator who will help relief you from stress so you can enjoy the moment. Finally, appreciate those involved in making your big day happen.”

FAITH & MAX {Malaysia}

Photography by Inlight Photos / Videography by With Love / Venue Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus Uni Square, Selangor / Number of Guests 350 / Bridal Gown by Alexandrea Yeo / Bride’s Shoes by Taobao / Hair and Makeup by Pixie / Wedding Bands by Materialise Creativity & Mass Customization / Groom’s Attire by Topshop / Wedding Cake by Chef Karam / Catering by Ruemz Hotel / Invitations by Max (Groom) / Entertainment by Relent, Taylor’s University Symphony Orchestra and Jyne Lim (FRESCO) / Sound and Lighting by Psychoacoustic Sound & Lights

Peachy Spring Garden Party

Peach garden wedding. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bridesmaids' dresses. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Welcome sign and notes from guests. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

This wedding made us fall in love with the colour peach all over again. Peach injects a kind of sweetness and happiness into the atmosphere. From the bride’s bouquet and VW van to the stationery, cake and big peach balloons, there is just so much to love about this wedding.

Sugarcoated Events beautifully crafted and put together the stationery. The wedding programme fans – complete with handpainted handles – menus, signs, meringue bar labels, right down to the cushions for the little ones at the end of the aisle. Detailed to the last dot, they also hand-dyed vintage napkins and aprons for the waiters to wear.

Bridal bouquet and confetti. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Peach garden wedding. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Peach garden wedding. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Peach garden wedding. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Peach garden wedding. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Peach garden wedding. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Tealily Photography: “Banker by day, creator by night and all the moments in between. Nicola, of the gorgeous Etsy shop Concrete & Honey, dressed up her wedding with the sweetest handmade pieces in just about every nook and cranny. Hope you enjoy this visual feast as much as we did; I think I’m still in awe of it all. Special mention also goes to the type-your-own guest notes.”

Vintage peach garden wedding. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Adorable flowergirls and pageboys. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Whimsical peach garden wedding. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bridesmaids in peach tones. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Beautiful garden wedding. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Outdoor wedding reception. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Outdoor wedding reception. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Peach colour wedding cake. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Peach colour wedding décor. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Outdoor lunch reception. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.comn

Peach colour garden wedding. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

NICOLA & DARREN {Australia}

Photography by Tealily Photography / Bridal Gown by Collette Dinnigan / Bride’s Shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti / Groom’s Attire by J.Crew and Herringbone / Bridesmaids’ Dresses by Anna Campbell / Flowergirls’ Dresses by Tutu Du Monde / Flowers and Décor by Aleksandra / Wedding Cake by Sweet Bloom / Catering by Katering / Art and Stationery by Sugarcoated Events / Invitation Illustrations by Studio Kandy / Pews and Handmade Goods by Mr & Moi and Concrete & Honey on Etsy / Vintage Tableware by The Vintage Kitchen / Furniture by Splendid Days

Many Cultures, One Union

Wedding at Bali. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding at Semara Resort in Uluwatu, Bali. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding at Bali. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bridal bouquet. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

For the ring. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Pageboys. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

The beauty of traditional design elements combined with a modern touch. In design school, we learned that beauty is meaningless without a concept or reason. Designs with meaning impart something to the people who encounter them. The great thing about Asia is our rich culture. We take it for granted sometimes, but Mary and Jeffrey have breathed new life into it for us.

Mary grew up in the Philippines, but did her law degree in the Netherlands. Jeffrey grew up in the US, and lived in France and Senegal while in the Peace Corp before making the move to Indonesia. We are privileged to get to see this lovely couple’s wedding ceremony at Villa Ambar of Semara Luxury Villa Resort, Uluwatu, through the camera lens of Vicki Grafton.

Wedding at Bali. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Batik fans for guests. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding at Bali. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding at Bali. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding at Bali. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding at Semara Resort in Uluwatu. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Mary: “For our wedding, we decided to bring our cultures together – Indonesian, Filipino, Swedish, English, Scottish, Irish and French – as well as our interest in the environment and nature. Besides the ring box with roots in it, the table numbers were made from logs and the guests’ place settings were little stones.

“’Wayang’ (shadow puppet), ‘Loro Blonyo’ dolls and batik represented Indonesian culture. ‘Wayang’ is most often associated with puppet theater performance. In every wayang performance, the ‘dalang’ (puppeteer) will tell stories about good and bad things, with a lot of philosophy that is highly influenced by epic Hindu stories.

Wedding at Uluwatu. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Garden wedding. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Table centrepiece. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding table décor. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding table décor. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“We chose the characters Krisna and Shinta, who are from a love story from Ramayana. You can see Krisna and Shinta ‘wayang’ in our decorations, and the symbol of Krisna and Shinta on our wedding invitations and save the dates.

“We also had a ‘Loro Blonyo’ (inseparable couple) cake topper and statues. ‘Loro Blonyo’ represents family life and the husband and wife as a beautiful relationship in harmony.

“Back in the day, ‘batik’ was the highest art, because it’s handmade – haute couture and a symbol of status. Nowadays, people in Indonesia wear ‘batik’ for any occasion. ‘Batik’ was seen in our chair ties and other aspects of our decorations.

Bali wedding. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“The ring bearers wore traditional Filipino shirts called ‘Barong’ – representing Filipino culture. I wore a white wedding dress that was designed by the American designer Sophia Tolli. Also, we tailored our wedding liturgy together with our celebrant, who is a Quaker priest.

“For our ceremony, we took readings from the Koran, the Bible as well as our favorite poets, Antoine de Saint Exupery (‘Little Prince’) and Kahlil Gilbran (‘The Prophet’). At the end of the ceremony, our celebrant gave ‘the Blessing of the Apaches’.”

Wedding gown interesting back. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding décor. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding in Bali. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding in Bali. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding in Bali. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

MARY & JEFFREY {Indonesia}

Photography by Vicki Grafton Photography / Venue Semara Luxury Villa Resort in Uluwatu, Bali / Wedding Planning by ASMARA Events / Bridal Gown by Sophia Tolli / Groom’s attire ZARA / Flowers Ambience Flowers & Occasions / Catering by Bali Good Food Catering / Wedding Cake by Ixora Cakes Bali / Entertainment by Ricky & Co

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Childhood Sweethearts Marry After 23 Years Apart

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Childhood sweethearts marry after 23 years apart

This is definitely not a story you hear every day. While puppy love often fades, it didn’t for Sarah Ho and Wilson Ng, who tied the knot at The Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, more than 20 years after they first met as children.

Sarah formerly a designer at Paul Smith and Cath Kidston told the Hong Kong South China Morning Post, “Our mums were best friends and when they met, all the kids used to play together. I remember clearly that Wilson was my partner for this silly game we used to play. When his family left for America, I refused to partner up with any other boy. In fact, I stopped playing that game for good.”

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Childhood sweethearts marry after 23 years apart

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Childhood sweethearts marry after 23 years apart

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Bridal gown

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Childhood sweethearts marry after 23 years apart

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Wedding day at Repulse Bay

Years later, with Sarah studying fashion design at Central Saint Martins, London, and Wilson pursuing his career as an accountant in the United States, a nudge from destiny caused their paths to cross once more.

When one of Wilson’s brothers got married, Sarah asked her mother for Wilson’s telephone number to congratulate him. She texted him, he texted back, and they never stopped.

Having lost touch with Sarah when his family relocated to the States, Wilson confessed that as he was growing up, he missed Sarah once in a while.

“Without realising it, a small part of me always thought of her as the perfect girl. Imagine my surprise when one day, after 23 years of silence, I finally got to talk to her, albeit electronically,” he said. “I knew I had probably put her on a pedestal, but after getting to know her better, I realised that I could never have imagined how great she really was … I couldn’t wait another second to see her.”

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Pink bridesmaids

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Bridesmaids box

Sarah soon realised Wilson was all she could think about, and decided to visit him. But before she got around to it, Wilson turned up in London.

“I knew that with each passing day, it was a missed opportunity to meet her and make my life complete,” he said. “The realisation came 10 minutes before I bought a ticket for a long ride to a country I’d never been to, to see a girl I hadn’t met in all those years.”

He showed up in a suit and with flowers. Although they hadn’t seen each other for more than 20 years, Sarah never forgot her first love. “When we reunited, he looked exactly the way I had imagined and had a smile that almost made me pass out,” she said. “I couldn’t believe that this incredible guy had been in my life all this time and I didn’t even know it.”

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Wedding details

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Colourful wedding arch

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Wedding confetti

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Garden wedding at The Repulse Bay, Hong Kong

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Childhood sweethearts marry after 23 years apart

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Childhood sweethearts marry after 23 years apart

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Childhood sweethearts marry after 23 years apart

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. The wedding party

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Wedding cake

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Love birds wedding cake topper

The day after he returned to the States, Wilson rang a jeweller. Less than two months later, he was on his way to London again, but this time with a ring in his pocket.

When he proposed, Sarah said yes immediately. “I know this sounds cheesy, but I really felt that he was the one the moment I met him again,” she said. “It was as if he just appeared out of nowhere and all I could think about was how lucky I was that he found a way back into my life.”

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Table number

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Childhood sweethearts marry after 23 years apart

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Wedding at The Verandah - The Repulse Bay

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Bridal red cheongsam

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Tea ceremony

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. First dance

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Photoboot

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio

SARAH & WILSON {Hong Kong}

Photography by Kong Wai of History Studio / Venue The Repulse Bay, Hong Kong / Number of Guests 190 / Bridal Gown by Rosa Clara from Le Salon Bridal Boutique, Michigan / Bride’s Shoes by Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo / Hair and Makeup by Sum Wong / Groom’s Attire by Paul Smith, Armani and Ermenegildo Zegna / Bridesmaids’ Dresses by Robert Rodriguez / Flower girl’s dress by Laura Ashley / Flowers and Décor by My Elegant Wedding / Wedding Cake Topper by My Merry Made / Invitations by Bride / Entertainment by Ladybird & The Diamonds / Photobooth by HK Photo Box

{Read about her DIY on our magazine}

Love Is Art

www.theweddingnotebook.com. Photography by Gallerie CK via The Wedding Notebook

www.theweddingnotebook.com. Photography by Gallerie CK. Pink wedding

www.theweddingnotebook.com. Photography by Gallerie CK. Tree décor

Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPac) is the centre of performing arts in Malaysia, a place where people can truly express themselves through theatre, music and dance. Cherrie, who works in a bank, and William, who is from the IT industry, chose to show their love for each other in the gardens of KLPac. Everything looks like such fun – a true reflection of this couple. We especially like the photobooth’s big heart-shaped backdrop.

www.theweddingnotebook.com. Photography by Gallerie CK. Garden wedding photobooth

www.theweddingnotebook.com. Photography by Gallerie CK. Garden wedding photobooth

www.theweddingnotebook.com. Photography by Gallerie CK. Garden wedding

www.theweddingnotebook.com. Photography by Gallerie CK. Garden wedding candy buffet

www.theweddingnotebook.com. Photography by Gallerie CK.

www.theweddingnotebook.com. Photography by Gallerie CK. KLPac Wedding

www.theweddingnotebook.com. Photography by Gallerie CK.

www.theweddingnotebook.com. Photography by Gallerie CK.

CHERRIE & WILLIAM {Malaysia}

Photography by Gallerie CK / Venue Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, Kuala Lumpur

Breakfast At The Park

www.theweddingnotebook. Photography by ZA Gallery. The wedding party

The thing about weddings, as much as most people want to be different, they often find themselves falling into the trap of mediocrity. This site is not about imitation, or worse, intimidation and making you think there’s a benchmark for what your wedding should be like. Rather, it’s about inspiring you to be who you are and celebrating that, as well as reminding you of the things you love and that purity of love you had as a child.

Euodia and Nic are a couple that embodies that. According to Chinese tradition, it should have been a gatecrashing ceremony. We have nothing against that – it can be fun and has its significance – but we’re excited that they decided to have a great time at the park together instead.

One of the most important moments was the exchanging of marriage vows, knowing that I will be spending my entire life with the most amazing man.”

www.theweddingnotebook. Photography by ZA Gallery. Purple themed wedding

www.theweddingnotebook. Photography by ZA Gallery. Breakfast at the Park

www.theweddingnotebook. Photography by ZA Gallery. Breakfast at the Park

Euodia: “I’ve always dreamed of having an outdoor ceremony, but due to the weather here, we opted for a breakfast picnic to fulfil that dream. In retrospect, it was one of the wisest decisions we made.

“Our evening ceremony and reception leaned towards the elegant, classic and formal, so we wanted something fun, bright and colourful for the morning, with lots of patterns and textures. We loved this “out of the norm” way of celebrating our friendship before we walked down the aisle.

“I did the flowers and décor myself with the help of my bridesmaid Melissa Leong – even the boys’ bow ties were handmade – and one of my church members, Michelle Ng, put this beautiful breakfast table together.”

www.theweddingnotebook. Photography by ZA Gallery. Wedding textures

© ZA Gallery. The Wedding Notebook - Breakfast at the Park

www.theweddingnotebook. Photography by ZA Gallery. Breakfast at the Park

www.theweddingnotebook. Photography by ZA Gallery. Breakfast at the Park

www.theweddingnotebook. Photography by ZA Gallery. Breakfast at the Park

www.theweddingnotebook. Photography by ZA Gallery. Breakfast at the Park

www.theweddingnotebook. Photography by ZA Gallery. Breakfast at the Park

www.theweddingnotebook. Photography by ZA Gallery. Breakfast at the Park

Bridal tips: “Always stay focused. Do your research but don’t be distracted by too many ideas, as all weddings are beautiful and unique in their own way. Always be sure of what you and your partner want, and stick to that. Grow on that. Lavish on that. Also do lots of sourcing to get the best bargains in town so you can pull off a beautiful wedding within your budget.”

www.theweddingnotebook. Photography by ZA Gallery. Breakfast at the Park

EUODIA & NIC {Malaysia}

Photography by ZA Gallery / Videography by Rocket Science and Jay / Venue Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur / Number of Guests 8 / Bridal Gown by That Special Occasion and Khoon Hooi / Bride’s Shoes by Christy Ng Shoes / Hair and Makeup by May Lim of Wedding Isle

{Read our magazine for more}

The Unconventional

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Thanks to their unique ROM celebration and creative chalkboard bridal portraits, we were so excited to see what Regine and Joey would do on their wedding day. Once again, we were blown away. Check out how the bride creatively reused items from her garden ceremony for her reception later in the evening.

Regine: “Being unconventional adults, we wanted a wedding that somewhat reflects us. But just like any other bride, I didn’t know where to begin. Excited as I was, I just had too many ideas and things I wanted to do for our wedding. That’s when I fell in love with Pinterest. I started pinning all sorts of interesting things that I wanted to do.

“We wanted something outdoors. But knowing our weather, Joey wasn’t so keen on having our wedding dinner outside. So we agreed on an outdoor ceremony followed by a dinner indoors. We ended up at Hotel Equatorial, Bangi. It has a beautiful garden, and also a big ballroom.

Hotel Equatorial. Garden wedding venue. Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“My greatest concern was the décor. I wanted it to be light-hearted, uplifting, and most importantly, I wanted it to be US (whatever that meant)! Hubby came up with the colour scheme, and showed it to me. My immediate reaction was, ‘Perfect!’

“So that’s how it all started to fall into place, from the main backdrop streamers and aisle stands to the hand-fans that doubled up as lyrics for praise and worship during the ceremony. Then I added other details like the little hearts down the aisle, and the colourful paper roses that hung from above. It was all streamlined with the help of Pinterest – we picked out things that could be done within our theme.

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“My favourite highlight from the garden ceremony was my bridesmaids’ ‘note boards’. I didn’t want my girls to just walk down the aisle holding a bouquet of flowers; I wanted them to be part of the ceremony. We had chalkboards and the girls each wrote their ‘note’ to the groom on them. It was like their final warning to him!

© 3PM Studio. The Wedding Notebook - The Unconventional

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“A good friend, fashion designer Micky Tan, custom-made my three dresses. We conceptualised the dresses and even went shopping for the materials together. What a lovely job she did!

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

© 3PM Studio. The Wedding Notebook - The Unconventional

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“For my ballroom decorations and photo-booth, I literally reused everything we had at the garden ceremony to save on my budget. Instead of a candy buffet, we had big bowls of childhood snacks as centerpieces on each table.

“It’s never just one item that makes a wedding memorable; I believe it’s all the elements combined. The venue, theme, design, decorations, videos, entertainment, and of course, our guests, and we are happy to say we had the entire package!

Tips from the bride: “DIY projects are more difficult to do when you start multiplying by the number of tables. Engage decorators so that you don’t have to worry about execution and setting up on the day. Attending to the guests as bride and groom is already extremely tiring and overwhelming enough.”

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

{Steal Regine’s Pinterest board}

REGINE & JOEY {Malaysia}

Photography and Videography by 3PM Studio / Venue Hotel Equatorial, Bangi – Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur / Bridal Gown by Micky Tan / Bride’s Shoes by Zang Toi / Hair and Makeup by Olivia Loke / Décor by Paper & Colour / Invitations by Joey Khor (Groom) / Sound System by Crossroad Production

{Read our magazine for the DIY tutorials}

From Virtual To Reality

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

This is the garden where it all begins. May Ling and Jin kept everything simple and sweet, but within that simplicity lay the love they have for their nearest and dearest, because most of the items here were DIY. It’s a sign of their love for their guests, but also an expression of the effort they will put into their marriage together. Have you noticed that this photographer, Funky Dali, is often hired to conceptualise not just the photos, but the wedding as well?

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Malaysian photographer Funky Dali. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Garden wedding venue at Lone Pine Hotel. Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Funky Dali: “During our first meeting, the couple told us, ‘We would like you guys to be the planners for our wedding in Penang!’ Brimming with excitement, we quickly set up a second meeting to brainstorm and get things started. Both of them being game designers in Singapore, a rustic/8-bit games-themed wedding was something relevant to them.

“Most of the décor was handmade, such as the ring pillow, thank-you gifts, signs, etc. Even the moustache on the bridal car was hand sewn! We were secretly hoping to keep the moustache but the bride’s mum loved it so much, she wanted to hang it in her home. The couple even flew in DJ Smiles from the famed TheFlashDance in the US to entertain their guests!”

Funky Dali Photography garden wedding at Lone Pine Hotel, Penang. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

MAY LING & JIN {Malaysia}

Photography by Funky Dali / Venue Lone Pine Hotel, Penang