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.
Coordination: Winnie & Jenny Fung Baci Weddings
Calligraphy + Signage:¬†Abany Bauer, Brown Linen Design
Bride’s Shoes:¬†Sophia Webster
Groom’s Suit:¬†Paul Smith
Featured in¬†Style¬†Weddings¬†Magazine September 2014 ‚Äď February 2015 issue.
Art Direction by Allyson Anne Klass,¬†Photography by Darren Leow/darrengabrielleow.com
Heaven on Earth
These curve-skimming, flouncy and¬†embellished styles are perfect statement¬†pieces amid the lush tropical landscape of¬†Bali‚Äôs Alila Villas Soori.
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.
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.
Photography¬†Assistance: Darren Chan
Styling Assistance Jasmine Alimin
Hair & Makeup: Grego/9826-2681 using L‚ÄôOr√©al,¬†Professionnel tecni.art and Shu Uemura
Nails: The Glamourous Factory
Crystal Hair Accessories www.gioielli.com.sg
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.
There‚Äôs 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‚ÄĚ¬†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‚Äôs harmonious¬†design, developed by Singapore‚Äôs 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.
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‚Äôll 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‚Äôs little wonder Soori was named¬†Most Heavenly Hideaway by the¬†UK Tatler Spa Awards last year.
There‚Äôs 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¬†Decl√©or, or knot-busting deep-tissue massages¬†like the Balinese Massage.
It‚Äôs impossible to feel restless despite¬†Soori‚Äôs secluded location. If you ever tire of the¬†hypnotic view, there‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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¬†‚Äúhis‚Äú and ‚Äúhers‚Äú 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¬†email@example.com or visit¬†www.alilahotels.com.
Text by Jasmin Alimin
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.
‚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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs infinity pool, which was¬†beautifully lit with white paper lanterns and¬†fairy lights. The musical attraction was Aldo‚Äôs¬†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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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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