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Breathtaking Bali!

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Ok…talk about a life changing experience! It all happened for me in beautiful, beautiful Bali!

I’m not really an island girl, but Bali stole my heart.

Our clients Ben & Sherry live in Hong Kong and wanted a destination wedding, and Bali was their locale of choice. Ben is the brother of one of my former clients. I was so delighted to get the call from his fiancé Sherry as I love doing multiple events for the same family. Always so fun to reconnect with the family and the guests.

I met with Ben and Sherry while they were visiting CA for the holidays….and was presented with two big challenges…

Challenge #1: Although Bali was the destination of choice, Sherry didn’t want anything too colorful, too Balinese, or pretty much anything tropical at all!
Challenge #2: Sherry is severely allergic to the sun. Like…breaks-out-in-intense-rashes allergic.

Hmmmm… ok. No problem. A non-Balinese wedding in Bali….(in the shade)!

As you know, I love design challenges…so we took this one on full force. We had only a short time to plan this wedding, and could only do 1 site visit. Mindy and I were scheduled for a 3-day site visit (that would be 3 actual work days + 22 hours of flying each way!). The plan was to do some rapid planning, sourcing, and designing in those three days and then meet with Ben and Sherry in Hong Kong on our way back from Bali and present the entire design to them. Yikes. No pressure what-so-ever!

Bali Destination Wedding (Shopping in Denpasar for floral vessels. Photo by Aaron Delesie)

Ben & Sherry had selected the amazingly beautiful Amanusa Resort for their wedding celebration, and had selected a hip restaurant in Jimbaran as their rehearsal dinner location. So the locations were done – we just needed to view the locations and design each event for them.

So…off we went to Bali! Within only a few hours of landing and shopping in the local markets, Mindy and I knew instantly that Capiz was destined to come to the wedding. When we work on destination weddings, our first priority is to figure out what is indigenous to the area, and more importantly what the local artisans can produce for us. The capiz products from Bali are stunning and we knew using capiz as a décor foundation would give Sherry that romantic (and non-tropical) feeling she was after.

Bali Destination Wedding (Photos by Aaron Delesie)

Our design included custom capiz chargers, all capiz vessels for Mindy’s florals, and the pièce de résistance…. a giant capiz wall as the backdrop for Sherry and Ben’s nuptials. We also incidentally later found a source to make church pews for us for the ceremony. So…the finished design included…church pews, the capiz backdrop, and capiz chandeliers flanking the “altar”. Unbelievable!

Within our short 3 days, Mindy and I had mapped out the entire design, figured out our sources, and were ready to head over to Hong Kong.

One thing was unsettling to us though…it was a tad heartbreaking for us to do an event in Bali without doing something traditionally “Balinese”. We absolutely loved our wedding day design and we knew Sherry and Ben would love it too. But…we didn’t love the idea of having everyone fly over to Bali and go to a restaurant for the rehearsal dinner.

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As we flew from Bali to Hong Kong to meet with Sherry and Ben – Mindy and I prepped and designed an entire traditional Indonesian BBQ as a potential rehearsal dinner option for them. While in Bali – we spent a whole day in downtown Denpasar at the gorgeous, gorgeous markets and found the most extraordinary produce, florals, pottery, and vessels for a traditional Balinese rehearsal dinner. Our only challenge now was to convince Sherry and Ben that this would be so much more enjoyable and memorable for their guests than just going to a restaurant. We were armed with the most extraordinary photos from downtown Denpasar…so we were certain we could convince them.

And…SUCCESS!! Sherry and Ben loved the idea and gave us the green-light to pull the plug on the restaurant rehearsal dinner and move it over to the beach for a BBQ. Sherry was perfectly content to have a traditional Balinese BBQ as their rehearsal dinner since we were giving her a beautifully romantic and ethereal (and non-tropical) wedding. Mindy and I could not have been happier! And…don’t worry…I set the timing of the event to start just a few minutes before sunset…so Sherry was perfectly fine to be out on the beach for this event!

The wedding and the rehearsal dinner were unbelievably gorgeous! And we are so grateful to Sherry and Ben for letting us do our thing. They had a tremendous amount of faith in us and we knew we wouldn’t let them down! Check out Aaron Delesie’s photos in my gallery under “Breaktaking Bali” and “Indonesian BBQ”. Both the wedding and the rehearsal dinner were featured in Town & Country Weddings, which you can view in my press gallery. The spread looks fabulous.

(Video about Balinese rain stoppers)

And…as an added bonus of our Balinese adventure… Warmana – the Reiki master at the resort singled me out (perhaps I had a little too much “energy” as I was buzzing around at this event??) and gave me private Reiki lessons. As an event planner – Reiki is invaluable. Warmana ended up initiating me in First Degree Reiki, which is a huge honor. He has initiated 700 people worldwide, and I am number 701.

(Photos by Aaron Delesie)

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Reader Comments (15)

love the video of you & mindy shopping in the market! and the wedding was, as usual, so very gorgeous!!

March 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterchristina
Hi, just found your blog via a photography blog. You seem to have a great job.
Having an Indonesian background I'm really impressed how you organize everything in such short time! Everywhere, actually, not only in Bali.
April 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNauli
So you enjoyed Bali? When I look at those pictures, somehow...i feel really familiar. haha maybe bc I love in Vietnam (silly me). Great pics~ I love your blog ^^
Oh, I love your little bts-videos! Your work is always stunning and it was great to see the girl behind the magic. :)
April 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia Swedenborg
You sure enjoyed your time in the market. Who was taking the shots? Is that the bride with you?
September 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHalley | Custom Posters
I read to your blog all contain then i say The Bali is Breathtaking. Thanks a lot for enjoying this beauty article with me. I am appreciating it very much! Looking forward to another great article.
November 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBali
OH I just love Bali. I was there this year in June for three weeks and we shot a wedding at the Aston Bali Resort. If you can get to Lembongan Island. So rural and amazing. Bali is truly a magical place!
November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChanelle Segerius-Bruce
This looks like such a beautiful country, I would love to go for a visit.
January 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter5 Star Wedding Blog
Excellent Planners like you make the event planning career worth venturing into. The simplicity with which you are able to fit into any environment whether at home or far away in a different country is amazing. That confirms that there are so many skills required of a planner and it is one career you must have a passion for to enjoy. With all the travelling involved, working in multicultural environments, I must say you are indeed talented and an inspiration to upcoming event planners. Thanks for sharing it all.
January 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNoella2
What a spectacular experience, and what a joy to get to work in Bali!
April 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterchristina
Seing your blog about Bali was so great ! Thanks for sharing ! So talented..... I miss you creative girls !
July 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDK Events St Barth
Beautiful event! I'm in love with Sherry's makeup - could you share the makeup artist's contact info?
February 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulia
Thanks to our lovely bride for the following info! The make-up artist contact was introduced to us by the hairstylist, Amy Lo. They usually work as a team on destination weddings. The make-up artist's name is Cathy.
Here's the store name and address
Amy Lo
Creative Director
MM Mastermind Il Colpo
Tel: +852-3102-1820
Shop 1, G/F, Crawford House, 19 Stanley Street, Central, HK
Hope that helps!
March 13, 2013 | Registered CommenterLisa Vorce
You're so adorable in the video! Love your aura. Are there such things as rain stoppers? What do they do? stop the rain? ha..
September 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersandra pan

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