Eric + May had us at the name Bali, but their sweet style and story won us over. They met in Shanghai after moving separately from the US and connected over travel (most notably getting engaged in New Zealand). Naturally a destination wedding was in order, and 80 guests flew in from all over the world to the secluded seaside resort of Alila Manggis in East Bali. First the bride designed a Balinese welcome dinner to kick off the festivities. Then it was onto the Western wedding Chloe of Caught the Light captured below:
For our wedding favors, we tailored made his/hers cotton canvas gift bags with a customized Bali design. Inside the bag, we included tropical essentials such as chapstick, sunscreen, bug repellant, anti-itch balm and sunglasses, as well as keepsake souvenirs such as luggage tag and a set of coasters with our own designs. I included various monogramming, such as printed gold emblem of our names on the sunglass cases, hand sewn initials on the groom side’s TOMS shoes, and personalized robes for the bridesmaids.
By creating all the stationery herself, May was able to create both English + Chinese versions so all guests could be fully informed. Isn’t this design so cute?
May also designed this breathtaking scene herself…
Alila Manggis has a perfect setting with an exotic enclave of palm trees along the ocean side, and I wanted to maintain this beautiful and stylish simplicity. I chose a color palette of blush pink, cream, and gold to add a romantic and warm tone to the lush greenery and vivid blues of the oceanic skyline. I picked peonies and avalanche roses for their pastel colors, while gold accents from the chairs and vases brought a nice glow under the sun. I also adorned the chairs with silk ribbons to create an air of whimsical romance as they fluttered with the sea breeze. For an extra touch of texture, I overlaid sheer blush pink cotton runners on the reception tables.
Of course the big day had to be as fun as it was beautiful. They strung up photos, made a large message board for guests to leave notes about their fave memories, and enlisted Bali Snapz to set up a photobooth that printed two instant prints, one for guests to keep and one for them to leave in place of the escort cards. Cool!
Congratulations, E + M!
Photographer: Caught the Light / Videographer: Balimetro Wedding Cinematography / Venue, Catering, & Accommodations: Alila Manggis, Bali / Event Design: Bride (wedding website) / Wedding Planner: Bali Events Planner / Floral Design: Florette Bali / Hair & Makeup: Yeanne Make UP Art / Invitations & Stationery: Bride / Cake: Ixora Cakes / Tote Bag Design: Gal & Fellow / Ribbon Detail: Crystal Rose Ribbon / DJ: DJ Kazz / Photobooth: Bali Snapz / Bride’s Dress: Christos Bridal / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Veil: Wedding Belles NYC / Evening Dress: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Victoria’s Secret / Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. / Groom’s & Groomsmen Attire: Custom / Groomsmen Shoes: Custom TOMS