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.
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…
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.
The bouquet, designed by Jun Tantono
Rina and Win
The bride and the groom
The groom and the bride
The happy bride
The beautiful bride
Now a couple
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