Love Stories

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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The Water Palace In Bali

Bali wedding bridal portraits. Dennis Yap Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

To the southeast of Amiapura are the ruins of a vast royal pleasure garden. Much was destroyed during the volcanic eruption of 1963, but the Taman Ujung Water Palace, which is influenced by a combination of European and Balinese architecture, remains one of the nicer water palaces in Bali. Shiau Ferng’s classic long veil is also a perfect match for this location.

Bali wedding bridal portraits. Dennis Yap Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bali wedding bridal portraits. Dennis Yap Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bali wedding bridal portraits. Dennis Yap Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bali wedding bridal portraits. Dennis Yap Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bali pre-wedding photos. Dennis Yap Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bali wedding bridal portraits. Dennis Yap Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bali wedding bridal portraits. Dennis Yap Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bali wedding bridal portraits. Dennis Yap Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bali wedding bridal portraits. Dennis Yap Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bali wedding bridal portraits. Dennis Yap Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bali wedding bridal portraits. Dennis Yap Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

SHIAU FERNG & JONE {Indonesia}

Photography by Dennis Yap Photography* / Location Taman Ujung Water Palace, Bali

Almost There

Andrew Yep Photographie. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Andrew Yep Photographie. www.theweddingnotebook.com

DIY sign. Andrew Yep Photographie. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bridal car. Andrew Yep Photographie. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Andrew Yep Photographie. www.theweddingnotebook.com

He is the drummer of a modern rock band, Rosevelt and hardcore band, A4J (AZUREFORJANNE). So you get a classic vintage jeep as a bridal car, old school gold rings for wedding bands, DIY décor, and a group of very awesome people.

Vera: “Basically the theme was cosy and very indie-style. Everything was planned with budget restrictions – DIY décor done by family members and invitation cards designed by Sanjay, A4J’s vocalist. The best thing was we did not have to pay for the venue. It was supposed to be a garden wedding but due to bad weather, we decided to move it indoors.

Andrew Yep Photographie. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Andrew Yep Photographie. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Andrew Yep Photographie. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Andrew Yep Photographie. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Andrew Yep Photographie. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Andrew Yep Photographie. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Andrew Yep Photographie. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding band pillow. Andrew Yep Photographie. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“The most memorable moment was when Bryan picked up an instrument that he once loved playing but now hates very much, the violin. It took some practice before he could play me a simple song. Another was when the groom and all his groomsmen played those traditional Chinese games before entering the bride’s house. It was fun. Everyone was very cooperative and indeed a good sport.”

Tips from the bride: “Pinterest for overall wedding ideas followed by lots and lots of Google images. I followed a wedding website’s complete what-to-do guide from day 1 of preparations right up to the day we tied the knot.”

Andrew Yep Photographie. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Andrew Yep Photographie. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Andrew Yep Photographie. www.theweddingnotebook.com

VERA & BRYAN {Malaysia}

Photography by Andrew Yep Photographie / Venue Royal Port Dickson Yacht Club / Number of Guests 150 / Bridal Gown by Tidebuy.com / Bride’s Shoes by Debenhams / Hair and Makeup by Denise Goh / Catering by Royal Port Dickson Yacht Club / Music by Church band and Nick Davis

A Great Adventure In Cambodia

Destination bridal portraits at Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photography by Wainwright Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Julian, of Wainwright Weddings, met Annie and Jason in Siem Reap for their portrait session at the Angkor temple complex – one of the most stunning photography backdrops imaginable. We immediately fell in love with his work. His ability to capture life and people is remarkable; it almost feels like we took these photos from the pages of National Geographic or LIFE magazine. This brings bridal portraits to a whole new level.

Destination bridal portraits at Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photography by Wainwright Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Destination bridal portraits at Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photography by Wainwright Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Destination bridal portraits at Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photography by Wainwright Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Destination bridal portraits at Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photography by Wainwright Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Destination bridal portraits at Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photography by Wainwright Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Destination bridal portraits at Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photography by Wainwright Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Destination bridal portraits at Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photography by Wainwright Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Destination bridal portraits at Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photography by Wainwright Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Destination bridal portraits at Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photography by Wainwright Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Wainwright Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Destination wedding photos at Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photography by Wainwright Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Wainwright Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

ANNIE & JASON {Cambodia}

Photography by Wainwright Weddings / Location Siem Reap

A Tropical Dream Wedding In Phuket

Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Adorable flowergirls. Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Destination wedding, check. Garden wedding, check. Beach wedding, check. Now is that a good start or what? Look at the bridesmaids in hot pink and flowergirls in bright colours with bindis on their foreheads. To top it all off, the venue was filled with orchids.

As the photographer told us, if you want to get married in Phuket and have a beautiful beach wedding, then Katathani it is. Boasting 850 metres of unspoilt paradise, embraced by lush green hills and the sparkling blue ocean, this place is a tropical dream.

Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Katathani Beach Wedding, Phuket. Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Hot pink bridesmaids' dresses. Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

VIBHA & CHRIS {Thailand}

Photography by Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography / Venue Katathani Phuket Beach Resort

Girl Meets Bike

Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

When we saw these bridal portraits with a Royal Enfield vintage motorcycle that was licensed by the Crown in 1890, we just knew we had to cover the story. This set is for your man.

Joshua of Inlight Photos: “Edwin is a motorbike lover, while Cynthia is from the creative industry. We basically used these two elements to design the photography concept and style for their engagement and bridal portrait shoots. This is what we’ve always enjoyed doing – styling the theme and capturing the moments based on a couple’s love story, background and personality.”

Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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

Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

CYNTHIA & EDWIN {Malaysia}

Photography by Joshua of Inlight Photos / Styling, Creative Direction and Art Direction by Joshua of Inlight Photos and Sherly of Tie The Knot / Props by Sherly of Tie The Knot / Hair and Makeup by Ruby

A DIY Destination Beach Wedding At Koh Lipe

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Destination beach wedding at Castaway Resort Koh Lipe, Thailand

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Destination beach wedding at Koh Lipe

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Destination beach wedding at Koh Lipe

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Destination beach wedding at Koh Lipe

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Destination beach wedding at Koh Lipe

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Destination beach wedding at Koh Lipe

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Destination beach wedding at Koh Lipe

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Destination beach wedding at Koh Lipe

Not even rain could stop this bunch from having fun. Friends and family members who were game enough to fly all the way to Koh Lipe for the wedding certainly were not going to let raindrops stop them from partying.

This wedding is testament to the fact that one’s wedding day is not about being perfect, but about celebrating the love of two special people coming together as one. Look at all the DIY details – flowers, décor, stationery, favours, etc. – they were all a labour of love by the newlyweds’ loved ones. And check out the great use of typography in all their collaterals. We are happy to see such a joyful, stress-free bride.

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Destination beach wedding invitations

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Destination beach wedding at Koh Lipe

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Wooden signs

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Destination beach wedding at Koh Lipe

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Destination beach wedding at Koh Lipe

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Destination beach wedding at Koh Lipe

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Destination beach wedding at Koh Lipe

Geraldine: “The most meaningful part is spending good quality time with my closest friends and family. How amazing that everyone helped out during the wedding to set up the place. Don’t try to do everything on your own. Get friends and family to help out, and you’ll be amazed at how it brings people closer. Not everything will work out as planned on your wedding day. It rained on mine, but it was not the end of it. We had so much fun.”

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Photobooth

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Destination beach wedding at Koh Lipe

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Destination beach wedding at Koh Lipe

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Bridal bouquet

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Guestbook ideas

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Wedding cake and cupcakes

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Destination beach wedding at Koh Lipe

GERALDINE & RAYMOND {Thailand}

Photography by Darren Jee Photography / Venue Castaway Beach Resort, Koh Lipe / Number of Guests 45 / Bridal Gown by Syomir Izwa / Hair and Makeup by Syomir Izwa / Wedding Bands by Cartier / Wedding Cake and Desserts by butter.fly

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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

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