Real Wedding – Traditional Balinese Wedding Ceremony

02/04/2014 | 1

You Mean The World To Me

Jasmine & Chris   ♥   Bali, Indonesia

Photographer:   Windee Winata – PhotoFactory Bali

 

There’s so much to love about this intimate elopement; not only did it take place in a luxury boutique hotel in blissful Bali with a traditional Balinese wedding ceremony overlooking the beach but Jasmine the bride wowed her hubby-to-be in a stunning, strapless Monique Lhuillier gown – serious dress envy!

 

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

 

Jasmine says:

“We are natives of the San Francisco Bay Area in California and originally envisioned having a big traditional wedding in Santa Barbara, California at the end of the summer. With all the stresses of wedding planning, and the various expenses adding up, we decided to be selfish on our special day, and make the celebration truly about the two of us. Upon giving it much thought, we decided to move our wedding up six months, and get married in March 2013, rather than September 2013. As you may know, it’s quite cold and rainy in San Francisco during that time of year.”

 

Getting Married Abroad

Getting Married Abroad

Getting Married Abroad

 

“We decided to elope to somewhere exotic with warm weather on the beach. Somehow, we settled on an elopement to Bali, and so we began researching different parts of Bali in search of the perfect location. It came down to Hotel Tugu in Canggu on the west side of Bali. The wedding event coordinator, Era, made it so easy for us to set up the wedding we had envisioned.”

 

“It was important for us to have an experience that was indicative of the location and culture of the place where we were getting married. We selected a traditional Balinese ceremony, rather than a Western style one, which served to help immerse us in the culture of this place that we had decided to start our life together as husband and wife.”

 

Getting Married Abroad

Getting Married Abroad

Getting Married Abroad

 

“When the big day came we planned for an aisle of local tropical flower pedals, hand made archways of palm fronds, Frangipani bridal bouquet and boutonniere, and a traditional Balinese altar complete with an authentic Balinese priest.”

 

“I decided to wear the Monique Lhuillier designed wedding dress that I had planned to wear for the Santa Barbara wedding.  Chris wore a custom tailored suit from Indochino.  We decided to do this to keep some of our Western roots in this otherwise Balinese ceremony.”

 

“We had planned the ceremony to be fairly early in the morning in hopes that the temperature would be a bit lower than mid-day, but this did not keep the weather from rising into the high 80s (Fahrenheit) and being very humid.”

 

Getting Married Abroad

Getting Married Abroad

Getting Married Abroad

 

“The actual ceremony was quite a little adventure with all of the various customary rituals that we went through to symbolize unity, team work, prosperity, the blessing of our hearts with holy water, the sharing of food to symbolize continuous care between one another, playing catch with a small ball fashioned of palm leaves to symbolize the playful back and forth of a healthy relationship, and the interaction with a duck and chicken to bring prosperity.  Along the way there were many laughs to be had as we fumbled though the rituals that had not been previously rehearsed as we had landed in Bali only the night before.”

 

“The members of the Hotel Tugu staff who were also a part of our ceremony, acting as assistants and translators to the Balinese Priest, were very warm and understanding of our mishaps as we joyfully performed the various tasks necessary to complete the ceremony.”

 

Getting Married Abroad

Getting Married Abroad

Getting Married Abroad

 

“We had prearranged the middle of our day to be spent with a local wedding photographer named Windee Winata who we had gotten to know a bit over extensive correspondence via Skype and email.  Windee, with a pleasant assistant photographer, took us around the island to various locations to sightsee and take photographs.  Since we had eloped and did not have guests to tend to, we had preplanned to treat this portion of the day like a wedding engagement photo session.  We took photos at various locations around the island without great concern for a tight time schedule of any kind.  Windee was wonderful and did a great job of making us feel comfortable.”

 

Getting Married Abroad

Getting Married Abroad

Getting Married Abroad

 

“We finished our long, fun filled, but tiring photo session and toured of parts of the island at Tanah Lot where the tide was in and the sun was setting behind it, giving the impression that the temple was floating out on the water.  It was quite a magical place.”

 

“We then returned to Hotel Tugu for a romantic 5 course dinner on the beach.  This was part of the package that we had arranged along with our ceremony with the hotel.  Dinner was by candlelight, moonlight and the warm glow of the red lanterns that had been hung in the adjacent tree especially for us. As dinner came to a close we were exhausted after a long day but pleased that we had made the right choice for what we wanted to get out of our special day.”

 

Getting Married Abroad

Getting Married Abroad

Getting Married Abroad

 

What were your highlights and favourite memories from the day?

  • “The humorous moments during the ceremony that resulted from a language barrier between us and the Balinese Priest.  These moments each resulted in laughter for all those involved and ended up adding a memorable intangible element that helped ease any anxiety that we may have had beforehand.”

 

Do you have any advice for couples who are looking to get married in Bali?

  • “This approach may not be for everyone but it was a good route to relieve a lot of the stresses that come with coordinating a large, expensive, traditional wedding.”

 

Getting Married Abroad

Getting Married Abroad

 

Would you do anything differently?

  • “We have no regrets.  Fighting to have control over every little detail to make everything ‘perfect’ only leads to disappointment.  In allowing things to flow we also allowed ourselves to be flexible about our definition of what ‘perfect’ was to us.  Life often unfolds in little unexpected ways and in our case these turned out to be the most memorable moments of our wedding day.”

 

Do you have any wedding budget tips?

  • “Elope!”

 

Venue and suppliers:

Photographer – Windee Winata – PhotoFactory Bali // Venue, florist, event decor, musicians, caterer – Hotel Tugu, Bali // Bride’s dress – Monique Lhuillier // Bride’s shoes – Michael Kors // Groom’s suit – Indochino

 

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