17 April 2012 was a very special day for Angel and Tony, two lovebirds who tied the knot at Villa Canderi, Canggu Bali that noon. Angel looked absolutely stunning with her blue kebaya, decorated pink nails and white bouquet; while Tony was all happy and smiley during the short one-hour ceremony in his cheerful pink striped shirt. There were no other guests invited, except two witnesses, a Christian priest and a lady from the state civil institution (well, and me as the photographer). None of us they really knew before. That made it the most low-profile, straightforward, simple wedding I’ve ever attended. Close to my own dream wedding, except that I would like to do it on top of a hill or at some secluded beach.
One thing about a private wedding like this is there’s absolutely no stress. No fuss about the flower arrangement, the type of glasses used, the food, the cake, the bridesmaid dresses or any other factors that can turn a supposedly-happy-once-in-a-lifetime moment into a disaster. No bridezilla crying just hours before declaring her vows or threatening to cancel the wedding because the flowers were not yellow. Both Angel and Tony looked perfectly calm and happy, they smiled, and they cracked jokes almost all the time I spent with them.
The two ceremonies (religious and civil ceremonies) themselves took roughly about over half an hour. It was 1 o’clock and the heat was mean especially to the groom. The deal I made was to photograph the ceremony only, but I felt like giving more. So I took them to Batu Bolong beach, about 5 minutes from the venue, and had a short post-wedding session. I delivered the photos the next day because they had to leave for Medan (Angel’s hometown) only the day after. And this is what Tony had to say:
Just letting you know that Angel and I are really happy with the photos. Thanx so much for making it an enjoyable experience.
Well, the pleasure is mine, Tony. It was one of the nicest weddings I’ve ever handled.