You‚Äôre my destiny, Raffi & Nagita’s Love in Bali

Story adapted from Cek & Ricek Vol. 844

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Raffi Ahmad and Nagitu Slavina‚Äôs wedding named ‚ÄúYou‚Äôre my destiny, Raffi & Nagita Love in Bali‚ÄĚ, not only felt luxurious but also fun and cheerful. The event was broadcasted live by RCTI on Saturday the 25th of October 2014 from the afternoon to later that night and it was far from being too conservative. That‚Äôs because the bride and the celebrity guests were all very enthusiastic and enjoying the celebration.

During the initial presentation to reporters on Sartuday the 18th of October at Alila Jakarata, Rena Tabhita from ‚ÄúYour Dream Wedding Organizer‚ÄĚ promised that Raffi Ahmad and Nagita Slavina‚Äôs wedding in Alila Villas Soori will be set in a romantic, natural setting.

The exquisite ambiance of the hotel set on Bali’s West coast with beautiful volcanic sand and imposing cliff backdrops made the wedding celebration look very promising. This, along with the sun setting over the sea behind the couple just created the perfect romantic atmosphere.

When the bride and groom ‚ÄďGigi and Raffi entered the celebration area on the beach, guests were all dressed in shades of white, which blended perfectly with the decor and contrasted beautifully with the sand. Moreover, Maruli Tampubolon, an emerging Indonesian singer, brought some fantastic, romantic songs to the stage, including ‚ÄúAll of Me‚ÄĚ by John Legend.

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The warm and romantic atmosphere soon got everybody feeling emotional as Raffi and Gigi recited their vows while exchanging gifts to one another. Gigi stood upon the altar in her pink dress and recided some rather unique vows;

‚ÄúRaffi, my husband, I promise to always love and respect you through good times and bad times, through thick and thin, health and sickness, showered or unshowered. But please do shower… Honey I promise to cook for you morning day and night if I can so you will have plenty of energy to live a healthy life”.

‚ÄúI also promise you that I will pray for your success and good health, so that you can settle all of your installements and morgages, I love you.‚ÄĚ Gigi said with a hint of laughter in her voice. ‚ÄúI love you too‚ÄĚ Raffi said with a smile.

It was then Raffi‚Äôs turn to say his vows, ‚ÄúIn front of all the people close to me, in front of my mother, my father, my family and all of our guests gathered here today, I promise you that I will be there for you morning, day and night. Even though I am not always home, I will try and be a proud husband for you. To be a role model for our small family and I promise to stay together through thick and thin. But don‚Äôt worry, I will not put the burden of my morgage on you.‚ÄĚ Raffi said jokingly, to which Gigi responded with a laugh.

A notable list of friends were present at the wedding including Uya Kuya, Luna Maya, Irwansyah, Kartika Putri Ayu Dewi, Jessica Iskandar, Ayu Shita, Billy and Kevin Chand, as well as Julia Perez were all among those present at the ceremony.

And to top it all off, the excellent music was performed by artists such as Dewa 19, Ari Lasso, Once, Potret and DJ Al.

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Azure Water, Cerulean Sky and Everlasting Love…

Photography by¬†Andreas ‘Adi’ Permadi from Axioo

Videography by Kinema Studios

This magical day, framed between¬†the cerulean¬†sky and azure¬†waters of the Indian Ocean, was the day Ruth and Alex celebrated their everlasting love. Family and friends were gathered, the venue was decorated beautifully and¬†the bride’s dress looked gorgeous, all was set for an unforgettable day.

While the couple prepared for their journey¬†down the aisle, smiles¬†grew bigger¬†occasionally mounting to laughter in anticipation. As they¬†both set off, Alex accompanied by his best man and Ruth at her father’s arm, they arrived at the cabana welcomed by the dazzling view of the ocean from the clifftop.

The wedding was beautiful, with hues of white from the flowers and a radiant couple so visibly overcome with joy. Having exchanged their vows, playful petals burst into the air slowly descending upon them as they walked away husband and wife.

Later, when the sun set over the sea, everyone knew this would be a day they will never forget.

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Bukit Cinta “Love Hill”

As the sun gently rose over the hills of central Bali, the bride and groom began their preparations for their special day. A touch of Yoga in the morning to awaken their senses and off to their Villas to get suited up. With the stunning selection of dresses for the bride and her bridesmaids, the day was certainly set to be a beautiful one. As the hour approached, the bride and her bridesmaids all looked astonishing in their beautifully adorned dresses. As for the groom, no wedding is complete without a touch of traditional class on his side. Equipped with his navy blue suite and white shirt, he most definitely looked the part.

 

Alila Ubud’s sculpture garden was the venue for the wedding ceremony, decorated with tones of dark pink and red from the flowers and framed by¬†the lush tropical forests of the Ayung Valley.¬†Sometimes less is more and this is one of those instances. A view like that one¬†really doesn’t need¬†intricate¬†decorative choices. They let nature speak for itself, and speak for itself it did!

 

The newlyweds then set off for a stroll on Bangkiang Sidem otherwise known as “Bukit Cinta” by the younger generation, which fittingly means “Love Hill”.¬†The dramatic landscape not only made for some tremendous photographs but also gave the couple some time to themselves to unwind after the ceremony.

 

The wedding reception venue, by the poolside of Alila Ubud was adorned with a long dining table decorated exquisitely and all was set for an evening of joy. The setup was truly magical with flowers and lights roofing the guests as they dined and the pool reflecting every moment of the celebration.

 

And to finish the evening in style, a beautiful display of fireworks illuminated the sky. It truly was a gorgeous day and most certainly one that will be remembered by all for years to come…

 

Happy Bride and Groom: Jocelyn and Paul
Photography: Jonas Peterson
Videography: Velare
Coordination: Winnie & Jenny Fung Baci Weddings
Calligraphy + Signage: Abany Bauer, Brown Linen Design
Venue: Alila Ubud
Bride’s Dress:¬†Marchesa
Bride’s Shoes:¬†Sophia Webster
Groom’s Suit:¬†Paul Smith

 

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Style: Weddings at Alila Villas Soori

Featured in¬†Style¬†Weddings¬†Magazine September 2014 ‚Äď February 2015 issue.

Art Direction by Allyson Anne Klass, Photography by Darren Leow/darrengabrielleow.com

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Heaven on Earth

These curve-skimming, flouncy and embellished styles are perfect statement pieces amid the lush tropical landscape of Bali’s Alila Villas Soori.

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Mermaid bustier gown with beaded bodice and flange skirt, from Rico-A-Mona Bridal.

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Bustier gown with ruched bodice, embellished waist detail and tiered skirt with horsehair hem, from French Wedding.

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Organza bustier gown with pleated bodice and ruched skirt, from Beautiful Love Wedding.

With st unning landscapes of blacks and beaches and dramatic cliffs¬†surrounding the resort, Alila¬†Villas Soori makes for a perfect¬†venue for a luxurious tropical‚Äďparadise wedding.

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Chiffon toga gown with circle skirt, from Rico-A-Mona Bridal.

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A-line gown with lace overlay and sheer lace back-panel from Beautiful Love Wedding.

With stylish Asian architecture set¬†between verdant rice fields and the¬†coast line, Alila Villas Soori offers¬†guests the best of both worlds¬†‚Äď luxurious villas with all the¬†comforts you can expect set¬†against the beauty of Bali.

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Gown with sheer mesh detail, embellished bodice and tulle skirt, from The Feline Bridal.

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Bustier ballgown with sequinned bodice and ruched full skirt, from Beautiful Love Wedding.

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Bustier gown with lace overlay on bodice and tulle skirt, from French Wedding.

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Satin mermaid gown with heavy embellishment and tulle skirt, from The Feline Bridal.

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Chiffon toga gown with embellishments, from Rico-A-Mona Bridal.

Photography Assistance: Darren Chan

Styling Assistance Jasmine Alimin

Hair & Makeup: Grego/9826-2681 using L’Oréal, Professionnel tecni.art and Shu Uemura

Nails: The Glamourous Factory

Crystal Hair Accessories www.gioielli.com.sg

Accessories: Swarovski

Model: Serena Adsit/Mint

Location: Alila Villas Soori, Bali

 

Style & Solitude

Getting a tan, going for massages, eating,¬†drinking, and relaxing ‚ÄĒ rewind and repeat.¬†Sounds like the perfect honeymoon?¬†Then book a stay at Alila Villas Soori.

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There’s just something about Bali that draws you back repeatedly. Every region you venture to offers a completely different experience, from world-class dive spots up north to the white-water rapids of central Bali, moving down to the spiritual and artistic centre of Ubud, the trendy nightlife of Seminyak and decadent style of Nusa Dua.

One of the island‚Äôs best-kept secrets is¬†Tabanan ‚ÄĒ a picturesque town south-west¬†of Bali and home to verdant rice paddies,¬†shimmering volcanic black-sand beaches and¬†seaside cliffs beautifully beaten down by the¬†unrelenting waves of the Indian Ocean. Time¬†creeps to a standstill here, and the lack of¬†vendors peddling costume jewellery and¬†kites on the beach is a welcome change.¬†Very often, guests feel like they are on a¬†different island altogether!

A blissful beachfront Eden that offers¬†the very best of Bali‚Äôs landscapes is where¬†Alila Villas Soori sits. You‚Äôre greeted by the¬†cerulean sea in front and an awe-inspiring view¬†of mystical Mount Batukaru behind. Being¬†cradled between two such exotic ‚Äúworlds‚Ä̬†makes the resort ideal for a tranquil, almost¬†meditative holiday.

Alila Villas Soori adds to the beauty of the existing landscape with lush gardens and reflective ponds. The resort’s harmonious design, developed by Singapore’s SCDA Architects, combines cool, grey and black volcanic stone and polished teakwood, with an unparalleled level of private space around the compound.

The medium-sized estate has 48 spacious villas ranging in size from one to 10 bedrooms, each with their own pool, outdoor shower and courtyard that overlook either the Indian Ocean, or paddy fields and mountains. For honeymooners, we recommended you book a second-storey Ocean Pool Villa for the seaview bathtub. Tip: Villas 202 to 206 are well positioned for the best postcard-perfect panorama in the property.

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For larger groups like a wedding party, do¬†book The Estate ‚ÄĒ a 10-bedroom residence¬†spread over two floors. The massive living room¬†is perfect for an indoor dinner party, while the¬†courtyard that overlooks a 20m infinity pool¬†fronting the endless ocean beyond is a lovely¬†area for barbecue dinners.

Nature is with you always: In the Beach Pool and Ocean Pool villas, enjoy the sea breeze and sound of waves crashing against the volcanic shore; while at the Mountain Pool villas, you’ll enjoy the day-and-night chirping of crickets from the fields.

Each unit comes complete with luxury amenities like a Nespresso machine, wi-fi access, iPod docking station, giant flat-screen TV with cable and Apple TV loaded with a list of chart-topping movies. The highlight is His and Hers toiletries thoughtfully provided in the indoor bathroom and the outdoor rain shower. With details like this, it’s little wonder Soori was named Most Heavenly Hideaway by the UK Tatler Spa Awards last year.

There’s nothing like an in-villa breakfast to start your day. Usually served at the outdoor pavilion, the breakfast menu offers local cuisine and Western fare like a hearty English breakfast with sausage, eggs and bread basket; or healthy  egg-white omelette and muesli porridge. If you enjoy food sampling, Cotta restaurant serves up a rotating menu of tapas-sized dishes for breakfast, and Indonesian fare for lunch.

For dinner, dine under the stars at Ombak, which serves an eclectic European tasting menu paired with wines. Or lounge around the nearby deck on slip-covered couches while you sip signature cocktails. If the heat gets to you, head into the air-conditioned Reading Room and catch up on books over a TWG cuppa.

Fancy a relaxing rubdown? Then head to the temple-like Spa Alila and book a luxurious facial using French skincare brands Babor or Decléor, or knot-busting deep-tissue massages like the Balinese Massage.

It’s impossible to feel restless despite Soori’s secluded location. If you ever tire of the hypnotic view, there’s a host of things to do on the premises like complimentary yoga classes, gym workouts, surfing, cycling or renting a Segway to explore the estate and surrounds. Little known fact: There’s a beach-side bat cave some 50m from the resort and a gorgeous cliff above it that has an amazing sunset view.

The resort also offers customised tours called Journeys by Alila that take you to tourist spots like Tanah Lot temple, Pejaten terracotta craft village, Kerambitan traditional market, Alas Kedaton monkey forest and a kopi luwak plantation.

The service at Soori fully¬†exceeded our expectations.¬†Just like the understated¬†luxury of the resort, the staff¬†possess a rare combination of¬†amazing efficiency, laidback¬†charm and cool wit. Everyone¬†speaks fluent English and pays¬†attention to everything, from¬†dietary constraints right down¬†to food allergies; but they also know when to¬†accord couples ‚Äúprivate time‚ÄĚ.

Alila Special, book a Honeymoon Photo Package and enjoy these additional perks:

Luggage tags and custom-designed “his“ and “hers“ Balinese sarongs, hair and makeup, and three hours of photography. You take home 400 photos, 50 master shots and one photo album. For reservations, e-mail soori@alilahotels.com or visit www.alilahotels.com.

Text by Jasmin Alimin

Island Paradise

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Although Aldo and Charisse had been living in New York at the time they got engaged, they dreamed of a beachfront wedding in Bali that could double as a vacation. They instantly fell in love with Alila Villas Soori (45 minutes west of Seminyak) not just for its breathtaking cliffs, ocean views and magical sunset, but also the impressive service rendered during their nine months of planning.

They also turned this destination¬†wedding into a reunion of sorts ‚ÄĒ Charisse is¬†from Hong Kong and Aldo had been born in¬†the Philippines. To welcome their 76 guests,¬†the couple put together a welcome package¬†in each villa containing an MP3 player with a playlist of Aldo‚Äôs favourite tunes, a white¬†sarong for women, white slippers and tubes¬†of sunblock, of course!

Even the children were well taken¬†care of. There were babysitting services¬†provided and a separate dining menu¬†served at the ‚Äúkids club‚ÄĚ, which was filled¬†with entertainment and toys.

The wedding-day celebrations kicked off with a Chinese tea ceremony followed by a beachfront solemnisation where Charisse wore a Vera Wang gown and Aldo suited up in Ralph Lauren Black Label and Giorgio Armani. The bridesmaids filled the event in cheery yellow dresses, while the groomsmen had orange accents on their neckties and Converse sneakers.

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‚ÄúWe chose an orange-and-white palette as it made¬†for a nice contrast to the¬†black, sandy beach, ocean¬†and blue sky,‚ÄĚ says the bride.¬†These colours resonated¬†throughout the entire venue¬†from the solemnisation area¬†to table-settings, which¬†had orange table-runners¬†and centrepieces made of¬†white peonies, roses, tulips, ranunculus,¬†gerberas and frangipani. Even the dinner¬†menu incorporated citrus-coloured dishes¬†like spiny lobster with sweet corn, and¬†wild arugula with smoked peach.

For the wedding cake, Charisse sent over a recipe for her favourite crepe-layered cake to Alila’s chef Ashton Hall, who spent several weeks perfecting it. It was finished with custom-made cake toppers in the likeness of Aldo and Charisse with their two dogs.

The dinner reception took place on the lawn by the resort’s infinity pool, which was beautifully lit with white paper lanterns and fairy lights. The musical attraction was Aldo’s cousin, MiG Ayesa, who was one of the top three finalists in the TV talent contest, Rockstar: INXS and a Broadway star (in Rock of Ages). He sang the couple’s favourite song, Baby I Love Your Way, which they waltzed to. After that, other talented musicians in the family performed a Beatles medley that got everyone up on their feet. Apparently, they boogied so hard that the dance floor broke. Now, that’s what we call a party!

Text: Jasmine Alimin

Photography: Marcus Bell/Studio Impressions (Australia)

Gown: Vera Wang, Suit Ralph Lauren Black Label & Giorgio Armani

Hair & makeup: Didin, Bali

Flowers Gloriosa Decoration, Bali

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