Jono & Herlina

The Wedding by Aha

I don’t think there are many things I love more than a Bali wedding. Call me corny, but hey, that is a true sentiment. I know that some may love the grandiose event with crystal chandeliers hanging from the ceilings in a large ballroom adorned by lavish decorations, and those are great, but give me an intimate affair filled with the smiles of familiar faces in an outdoor setting decorated with personal and delicate details and I know that I’ll be a happier man. I’ll be even luckier if there’s a cool Bali breeze whooshing past. What can I say? I am an island boy at heart. Naturally when someone shares my sentiment and choose to host an intimate wedding on the island, I can totally feel them and, call me biased, but I feel instantly connected. 

This is how I felt about Jono and Herlina, and their wedding that was very much family focussed. Actually Jono and Herlina might just be the lucky few who got the best of best worlds - they had the small, intimate, heartfelt wedding on the island, followed by the grand celebration in their hometown, Makassar. I don’t have to tell you how lucky and blessed I am to be invited to their intimate celebration in Bali. 

This wedding was beautiful from the very beginning. Jono and Herlina said their vows to each other (and it was incredibly touching) in the morning in front of their families and closest friends and because the weather was so nice and inviting, they couldn’t hold back from going down to the beach to enjoy the sun, sand and sea. I caught a glimpse of the bride and groom right there on the beach and I can see happiness radiating from their faces. It’s so beautiful to witness everyone taking the time out of their routines to just spend time with family in this occasion. The day ended with an evening at the beautiful garden of the Conrad, where everyone was treated to a nice dinner with good wine and to listen to stories told by the couple’s best friends and families during impromptu speeches. It was clearly a night to remember and I can just see Jono and Herlina still telling stories of this wonderful day for years to come.

Thank you for having me at your intimate celebration of love, Jono and Herlina. May your marriage be even more beautiful than your wedding ever was. 

 

Love, 

Aha

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28 Sep 2016

Scott & Candice

The Wedding by Aha

You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of heavens dance between you.

Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

 

Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.


(Poem by Khalil Gibran)

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09 Sep 2016

Stalone & Jessica

The Wedding by Paulus

Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be the shelter for each other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be the warmth for the other. Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before. Go now to your dwelling place to enter into the days of your life together. And may your days be good and long upon the earth.

Treat yourselves and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together. Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves. When frustration, difficulty and fear assail your relationship – as they threaten all relationships at one time or another – remember to focus on what is right between you, not only the part which seems wrong. In this way, you can ride out the storms when clouds hide the face of the sun in your lives – remembering that even if you lose sight of it for a moment, the sun is still there. And if each of you takes responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight.

 

Congratulations on your wedding day, Stalone and Jessica!

 

Love,

 

Paulus

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06 Sep 2016

Jared & Marissa

The Wedding by Will

Getting engaged can be one of the most memorable and exciting moments in your life. There is so much love and happiness that surrounds a newly engaged couple and I just absolutely love it! Yes, you've finally met the man or woman of your dreams, you've decided to get married but then soon after that excitement wears off, you’re hit with the reality of the fact that you have to start planning a wedding. As you plan this wonderful day, both of you will continue to feel joy but may also experience a few butterflies and a little confusion. Organizing your wedding ceremony and reception is a big undertaking. Sure, you’ve been in a few wedding of your close friends recently got married, but things are different when it comes to your wedding. 

During the wedding preparation, there will be times when you and your partner argue about anything and everything. There will be issues about budgets, guest lists, vendors and styles. After all, just remember what this day is really about is to celebrate your love journey. Stay focused, and keep organized. Don’t let any little things or opinion differences put any distance in your relationship. Learn to lower your ego for above all, what matters most in your wedding preparation is the exciting new phase of relationship you will have with your partner. 

The wedding of Jared and Marissa was very light, casual and really fun. Jared is a New Yorker and Marissa is an Indian-Indonesian. She's a very detail oriented person, especially when it comes to her own wedding. I asked her once, "How did you finally manage to get all these exquisite details in your wedding? How did you do it?” And she said, "There's only one key, set your priorities. If you keep thinking about it only, there will always be something that’s overlooked. But when you put it in writing, you can clearly see which one goes first, which is more important, and which can be done later.” So then, I ventured to ask what her priority was when planning the wedding. She told me that AXIOO is at the top of their priority during the wedding planning, because she believes that photos and videos are all they will see after the wedding day is over. In the process of wedding planning, everything will seem important. But if everything is important, nothing is important. Start to set your priorities.

Congratulations, Jared and Marrissa!

 

Sincerely,

Will

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01 Sep 2016

Danielle & Melo

The Wedding by Donny

”Lord, behold our family here assembled. We thank you for this place in which we dwell, for the love that unites us, for the peace accorded us this day, for the hope with which we expect the morrow, for the health, the work, the food, and the bright skies that make our lives delightful; for our friends in all parts of the earth. Amen.”

I remember being blow away at the beauty of Danielle on the day of her wedding. She was breathtakingly beautiful. I spent the day trying to capture the beauty, relentlessly trying to find angles that justify, but I guess I wouldn’t be able to. I caught a glimpse of Melo looking at her, with deep intent, as if he was trying to sketch her face in his mind to remember forever. If beauty does indeed fade, he should want to remember that day for the rest of his life. I totally get it. 

Congratulations again to Melo and Danielle. May you spend forever looking at each other with admiration for each other’s beauty. 

 

Love, 

Donny

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24 Aug 2016

Kalfaris & Adisty

The Wedding by David

In weddings today, most people tend to allow less time for ceremonies and traditions and give more time for receptions and partying. They tend to keep ceremonies efficient, almost dismissing traditions entirely. Instead, they leave more room to mingle during the receptions. I’m guessing that it is a decision based on priorities. And I’m also guessing that it’s because most may have missed the great part about traditional ceremonies. 

In traditional ceremonies, every little step taken during the procession signifies an important milestone. As someone who often witnesses the processions in traditional ceremonies, I always think it’s beautiful to watch the bride and groom walk right of the lives as they know it into something new with the ones they choose to spend the rest of their adult lives with. Every part of the ceremony symbolizes a step towards their new lives. And that’s the meaning that makes traditional weddings so beautiful and so emotional. 

I don’t know what your priorities are for your wedding, but if you’re planning your wedding today, I would like to encourage you to consider putting ceremonies and traditions higher up in the priority list. I know that parties are important and fun, but your union is still the most important part of your wedding. That first step where it all comes together. That’s the most important. Try to understand the meaning of the traditions you were born into and then you’ll understand why the processes is more important than the celebrations itself. 

Aris and Adis’s traditional wedding ceremony was so emotional. Every little step they took created a whirlwind of emotions around their wedding and at one point, I couldn’t help myself from tearing up. The procession of their union was so meaningful that made the celebration feel even more festive. 

Congratulations again to Aris and Adis! Here’s to your forever! 

 

Cheers,

 

David

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16 Aug 2016

Tri & Stephanie

The Wedding by Adi

When Stephanie and I got engaged, we knew that we wanted to get married in Bali. Although we both live in Sydney, we thought it’s very fitting to have the wedding in our home country. Bali has a special place in our hearts because of its magical feel. The island’s proximity to our respective hometowns is also a significant factor in making it the destination of our wedding.

Organizing a wedding from overseas is not for the fainthearted. Fortunately for us, we have a lot of friends back home who have had experience in planning their own weddings. We therefore made a lot of our decisions based on our friends’ and families’ recommendations. Most of our vendors have provided their services to our friends in one way or another. It was safe to say that we felt more at ease to be working with professionals that have handled our friends’ ceremonies. The results speak for itself! We are so thankful to have picked their services for our wedding day.

On the day of the wedding, we were blessed with textbook Bali weather. Although it rained a little bit in the morning, the sky cleared up for ready for the perfect wedding day. When I saw Steph walking down the aisle and looking how beautiful she is, I could not help but think about the first time I saw and met her. It was a pretty amazing moment. I have always thought that Steph is beautiful, but on the wedding day she looked undeniably gorgeous. I closed my eyes and took a mental photo, never wanting to forget how she looked in that moment.

The wedding was simple yet elegant. We wanted our guests to have the best time. It was our priority to be able to eat, dance and mingle with our guests on the day. It was also important for us to have our closest friends and family to celebrate our communion. All in all it was a relaxing, fun and enjoyable celebration with our loved ones! We will forever be grateful to everyone that had the opportunity to celebrate with us.

Thank you to Adi, Dodo, Kris and the AXIOO team for capturing such charming photos throughout the day!

What a wonderful day it was!

 

TRI and Steph

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11 Aug 2016

Augustus & Sophia

The Wedding by Paulus

We are lifelong learners. We’re programmed to never stop learning until the day we’re finally in heaven. It’s never a standstill. We always need to level up, take on a new challenge, take on new risks, make decisions. It’s always an uphill climb in life… but that’s the great part about it. 

When we were babies, we learned to sit up, then to crawl, then to walk, and then we learn to run. So it’s the same with relationships. First, we learn to be a boyfriend/girlfriend, then we learn to be a fiancé, then we learn to be husbands/wives, then parents, then grandparents and so forth. Every time we learn something new or obtain a new role, a new world opens up for us. It’s exciting and its scary at the same time, but nevertheless, doesn’t a new stage in life deserve to be celebrated? Yes, they do. 

A wedding is like a graduation. A level up celebration for the couple who just decided to tie themselves consciously and voluntarily to one person for the rest of their lives. Through the good and the bad. In sickness and in health. For richer and for poorer. Together. For always. I always think that this particular level up deserves a huge celebration. Don’t you think so? 

A huge congratulations to Augustus and Sophia who just went to the next level in their relationship. It's going to be an exciting journey! 

 

Love,

Paulus

 

 

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10 Aug 2016

Gabriel & Winny

The Wedding by Aha

I remember having brunch with Gabriel and Winny two days before their wedding in Bali. It was the first time we ever met. Prior to that, all coordinations and any exchange of information were made over the phone or on emails, most of the time with our client relations officer and seldom did it even directly involve me. Gabriel and Winny lived in Australia and they were in Bali simply to be married. At that time, I thought that they must be overwhelmed with preparations and, to be completely honest, I had not expected them to agree to meet me when I asked. But they did. I was surprised but felt really grateful that they had taken a few hours out of their time to sit with me over brunch. 

We ordered. I remember wanting to order something light, just so I didn’t look like a big eater in the company of people who I thought would be “watching what they ate” just two days before their wedding. Speaking from experience, most brides and groom didn’t indulge in a hearty appetite before their wedding day… But of course, Gabriel and Winny weren’t most couple. I remember thinking how refreshing it was to see a bride and a groom who saw a waffle as a waffle and an ice cream as an ice cream without putting any negative impressions or any restrictions on themselves as they savored it. I was grateful that I got to actually enjoy a nice meal over a nice conversation too. 

We talked about how they met, how their story began and how they finally settled their hearts on getting married in Bali. We also talked about how they imagined their wedding will be. And it was when they started telling me that I began to see how they were as relaxed as they were. Since it was a destination wedding and they were leaving their routines and everyday lives to get away and get married, Gabriel and Winny decided that this would be like a holiday for them and their guests. It would be stress-free and they would have to enjoy themselves to bits. No one should have to feel burdened by anything and everyone should come as they are. Whatever will happen will happen and they will just find ways to enjoy every minute of it. 

Isn’t that how all destination weddings should be like though? Shouldn’t you be able to indulge yourself in every moment of being in another place to do something big in your lives? Shouldn’t you be able to savor every local delicacy and not deny yourself the luxury of the experience? Shouldn’t you just take pictures when you can and even when the skies go dark and it starts to rain, you say, “Oh, it’s raining! Shall we have lunch first?” That’s what Gabriel and Winny did. And in my own personal opinion, theirs was a perfect example of how a destination wedding should be. This is how every wedding should feel like - enjoyable as you share pleasantries and quality time with your loved ones, and not at all burdened by overwhelming busyness.

Thank you, Gabriel and Winny, for giving me a chance to experience a destination wedding with you. I truly enjoyed capturing every moment of your big day. I hope our paths will cross again one day soon and we will meet again.


Cheers,

 

Aha

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30 Jul 2016

Aldo & Priska

The Prewedding and Wedding by Adi

As a wedding photographer, I know exactly how to create a photogenic wedding. I consulted extensively with Adi on his vision of one-of-a-kind wedding. I maximized my advantage of seeing him everyday at our office and kept asking him about the colour scheme, the groom men’s outfit, the shape of the arch, the boutonniere, simply about every details. Because it’s important for me to catch a spark of excitement on my photographer’s eyes as he sees the adventure he’s about to capture.

But what’s the meaning of all those carefully and beautifully planned details when the rain was pouring non-stop for the whole week, accompanied by giant tidal waves that kept on crashing seashores, flooding streets and tourist hot-spots? I remember it well we had to do our rehearsal under the moonshine because that was the only time the sky was dry. 

I woke up in the morning of my wedding day, the sun was shining. But it was grey. Then some darker grey clouds approaching us and it started to drizzle. It wasn’t for too long but enough to scatter my mind and my heart. Even so, I knew I shouldn’t let my mind scatter my faith. I convinced myself that these grey clouds meant nothing compared to all the blessings that had been poured onto us all these years, that have lead us to this very day. 

I let go, I was grateful whether or not it was raining. When the matrimony started, the weather seemed nice. It wasn’t too hot, neither windy, and surprisingly, it wasn’t wet at all. I kept imagining God was smiling at us and our guests. It was truly a miracle. In the end of the day, we felt extremely grateful to God because he gave us way better than we could ever dreamed of, even in our wildest dreams!

 

Love, 

 

Aldo

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28 Jul 2016
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