I BELIEVE IN MAGIC…

Story and photographs by Axioo

I believe in magic. I believe in love at first-sight. I believe in true love. Yes, I’m a hopeless romantic.

Thus as important as the soul mates we’ve found in each other, finding the place where we’re to exchange our vows for life would be as fundamentally essential. It’s the canvas of our love story, the place we’re going to revisit thousands and millions of times in reminiscence of our wedding day.

We didn’t want somewhere just pretty, there were too many of them. We wanted more. We wanted our very own corner amidst this vast world; somewhere serene and secluded, but not too out-of-touch with the modern world.

We headed south, the furthest south of the island of Gods, in search of the edge of the world. Infinity. There we found a hidden gem amidst nature with energy like no other: a place with untamed soul.  Against the drama of the Indian Ocean, perched at the cliff, where a magnetic sun illuminates blue seas and the Indian breeze calms summer dreams. The landscape painted with rugged rocky cliffs, and softest greeneries, wild and mesmerizing waves endlessly crashing and surging over the mighty rocks.

A place where the air smells of earth and the ocean. A place where time is trivial and silence enveloping. We instantly fell in love with the idea of the timeless magic of this place. Alila Villas Uluwatu. It was love at first sight, period.

The structure was out-of-the-question gorgeous in itself, white stonewalls intertwines beautifully with wooden accents incorporating the landscape and its natural vegetation. The architectural design otherworldly one-of-a-kind, the locally-sourced crafts and artistry exceptional. It provides the perfect backdrop for the wedding of our dream: all-white and elegantly simplistic. The slightest alteration to this magnificent master plan would be a disruption to its original allure. So we let it be, simply adding lushes of white floral to accentuate our style and make it our own. I guess, our dream wedding is not so dreamy anymore.

As perfect and precious as it may be, moments fleet away. To capture is to keep treasure.

There’s something whimsically wonderful about memory; it’s like being transported back in time, reliving the sweet moments over and over again. No better way to this than flipping over series of meaningful photographs.

While we see the beautiful work of many talented photographers, it is rare that you find one that speaks so completely to your soul. Axioo’s Adi was a long-time favorite of ours. He just gets it, he understands; as easy as that. I find it difficult to explain this with words; probably it’s chemistry, whether you have it or you just don’t. Dreamy-light-filled moments and exquisite imagery. These captures are fresh, whimsical with subtle editorial twists, beautifully blending moments of candid, raw and unguarded emotion basked in light with artistic detail.

Moreover, the presence of Axioo in our big day is such a delight. Not quite as an art-director with instructions to produce perfectly lovely snaps, but in a subtle way choreographing moments and translating it into beautiful pictures. With lots of laughter and chitchat, we found trusted professionals, yet friendly pals in the team.

Fe Hadi Utomo

Avid traveler. Photography baby.

Literature enthusiast. Fashion Entrepreneur

IG @Fe.Hadiutomo

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