Angel and Tony – Bali Wedding Photographer

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:

Hi Carla

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.

 

Nadya and Jean-Luc – Bali Wedding Photographer

February must be the month of love. Or the celebration of love. Valentine is one that everybody knows about, but this February seemed to have more weddings than usual. At least to me. After the prewedding session with Winda and Jim, I was then asked to shoot the wedding ceremony of Nadya and Jean-Luc on the 29th of February.

I don’t do that many wedding photography assignments, especially the large scale one. But I’m very comfortable doing a smaller, more private wedding photography. Like the one Nadya and Jean-Luc had at one of the most beautiful villas in Bali – Pondok Linayan in Nusa Dua. I made the photos of this gorgeous villa a couple of years ago when it was just freshly built (I still need to blog that one too). The owners, who are good friends of ours, thought I could help shoot this wedding, too.

So it was super lovely. The wedding was a cross cultural event between Bali and France. The beautiful bride and groom are both French, all the guests are French (dressed in traditional Balinese costumes), the ceremony was done completely in Balinese Hindu way, there was a group of little Balinese dancers who entertained the guests with their graceful moves and the last bit: opening champagne and enjoying yummy finger foods like saucissons, etc. was definitely a French culture. Totally interesting. With the magnificent view of Nusa Dua hill overlooking the vast sea, it couldn’t have been any more perfect. Well, without further ado, here are the photos.

And some more below…

 

Winda and Jim – Bali Prewedding Photographer

On Monday, I got a sudden call from Winda, a lovely, outgoing woman who was excited to get married to Jim, a nice Bandung-born American man. She asked me if I could do a prewedding session for them so that they could pick one photo to be blown up and displayed at the entrance of their wedding venue this very Sunday. They already had done their prewedding photoshoot before but they wanted to display a photo with their real wedding dress and suit (the previous one they were wearing traditional Balinese wedding outfit that they won’t actually wear at the actual wedding).

It was a quick call that I had to make but I was up for it. So the next morning we went to Uluwatu (Suluban beach to be exact) and had this great, fun prewedding session. Check out the photos below.

Winda and Jim were such a great couple to work with and they’d do adventurous stuff to get a great photo. Like the one below.

And here are some more.

It was an absolut delight to photograph Winda and Jim. Congratulations on your wedding, guys!

Rinawati and Winarno

Rina has been my bestfriend since we were in the university. We have completely different personalities but that is why we click. She finally ties the knot with Winarno (Win), her colleague at this educational institute in Surabaya, Indonesia. I attended and acted as her main photographer at the beautiful garden wedding at a place called Hallo Surabaya. It was a great wedding and the people, especially from Rina’s family, were surely having fun at the dance floor.

Souvenirs

Souvenirs

Drinks

Drinks

The bouquet, designed by Jun Tantono

The bouquet, designed by Jun Tantono

Rina and Win

Rina and Win

The bride and the groom

The bride and the groom

The groom and the bride

The groom and the bride

The happy bride

The happy bride

The happy bride

The beautiful bride

Now a couple

Now a couple

Wins parents had their very first dance in this wedding. It is not quite a tradition for Javanese people to dance at a wedding (or anywhere else unless its a performance stage)

Win's eldest brother had his very first dance with his wife in this wedding. It is not quite a tradition for Javanese people to dance at a wedding (or anywhere else unless on stage)

The first dance as a couple

The first dance as a couple

Carla and Vincent

I think it is not a sin to post my own picture and my boyfriend here. They may not have been wedding or pre-wedding photos. But at least this is one of the ways how I would do a pre-wedding session.

in Strasbourg outskirt

in Strasbourg outskirt

in Strasbourg outskirt

in Strasbourg outskirt

in Strasbourg outskirt

in Strasbourg outskirt

in Strasbourg outskirt

in Strasbourg outskirt

in outskirt Strasbourg

in outskirt Strasbourg

in Strasbourg outskirt

in Strasbourg outskirt

Ernie and Ken

Ernie and Ken’s story is like a fairytale. One being an Indonesian and the other English, they met for the first time in the island of Gods, Bali when they both happened to be on vacation. People say that when a couple meets in a popular holiday place like Bali, there is a very small chance that it will last. But Ernie and Ken had that lucky small chance. With the same amount of determination and patience through the long distance relationship for sometime after the impressive first meeting, their relationship blossomed rapidly as they called and SMS-ed each other hundreds of times a day. Now they are married and blessed with the most gorgeous twin baby daughters I’ve ever seen.
Honeymoon on Samosir island surrounded by the biggest lake in Indonesia, Lake Toba.

Honeymoon on Samosir island surrounded by the biggest lake in Indonesia, Lake Toba.

Honeymoon on Samosir island surrounded by the biggest lake in Indonesia, Lake Toba.

Honeymoon on Samosir island surrounded by the biggest lake in Indonesia, Lake Toba.

A lovely couple

A lovely couple

Its easy to have a free laugh when youre in love.

It's easy to have a free laugh when you're in love.

On Samosir island

On Samosir island

Real kiss

Real kiss

By the lake

By the lake

By the lake

By the lake

By the lake

By the lake

By Lake Toba

By Lake Toba

Tadaa

Tadaa

Now husband and wife

Now husband and wife

Laughter is the best medicine

Laughter is the best medicine

Vei and Hen

This was one of the most emotional weddings I’ve ever attended so far. The couple, Vei and Hendry, have been together since they were still studying at Widya Mandala University Surabaya. They were happy as hell on the day of the wedding, but it was the time when they vowed which was touching. Hendry had a hard time saying his vow because he was crying. Vei hard a hard time saying her vow because she couldn’t stop laughing.

Weird couple. But lovely nevertheless.

At Camelia Salon

At Camelia Salon

At Camelia Salon

At Camelia Salon

The preparation

The preparation

Half Ready

Half Ready

The dress

The dress

The shoe

The shoe

The Bride

The Bride

The groom - before.

The groom - before.

The Bride - ready.

The Bride - ready.

The bride, again.

The bride, again.

On the phone for last-minute detail.

On the phone for last-minute detail.

Before that...

Before that...

At the church, blessed as a husband and wife.

At the church, blessed as a husband and wife.

At Bethany church

At Bethany church

Happily married

Happily married