Bali Wedding Part I – Pre Ceremony

After weeks of enviously clicking through the beautiful weddings of friends and family online, Peter and I were thrilled to finally receive our own Bali wedding photos. In the weeks following our wedding, Peter and I were on a freaking cloud and could not get over how we had the best. wedding. ever. 

I’m so excited to share more about the big day with you, starting with all of the happenings before the actual ceremony.

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The night before the wedding, I could not fall asleep. I was so anxious and excited that I ended up tossing and turning before popping a whopping 3 melatonin pills to help me sleep. Meanwhile, my groom-to-be was snoozing away next to me. Yes, I know there is a super important tradition of the bride and groom not seeing each other before the wedding, but Peter and I clearly weren’t taking the most traditional wedding route. Although I always sleep with an eye mask covering my eyes so when my alarm went off the morning of our wedding, I hopped out of bed, eyes still covered, and yelled for Peter to get the hellz out of the room already while I made my way to the other side of our villa.

Lucky for us we splurged during our stay in Ubud so our pool villa at the Alila Ubud was somehow large enough that Peter was able to get all of his things for the day and leave the villa without us seeing each other.

Shortly after, my maid of honor, Uzma, and bridesmaid, Kacey, made their way to my room along with a patient team ready to do our hair, make up and nails. The girls and I spent breakfast and lunch with my mom and now mother-in-law, Carol, in the villa getting groomed, getting organized, and getting nervous.

Even though we had hours and hours to go before the ceremony it felt like I had a million things to do and the day flew by. I regretted not having written down my vows (I had them typed on my computer) the day before.

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My hands were shaking so much that morning. Possibly from nerves and possibly from a combination of champagne and espresso martinis. Meanwhile the guys seemed to be having a horrible time…

My hands were shaking so much that morning. Possibly from nerves and possibly from a combination of champagne and espresso martinis. My hands were shaking so much that morning. Possibly from nerves and possibly from a combination of champagne and espresso martinis.

But by the time the wedding ceremony grew closer, the moods switched. The ladies were almost ready and I was nothing but excited for the ceremony and wedding festivities to begin.

Unlike most brides, I did not do a trial for my hair and make up and I did not speak to the florist to design the floral wreath I wore so I didn’t really know how the combination of all three would look with my dress until the actual wedding day. I’ll give a full review of the hair and make up team we used, but I was thrilled with how beautiful and confident I felt that day.

The groom however, was starting to feel the pressure. Or more specifically, he was starting to feel like he might pass out. Now I like to think of this as passing out because he was so freaking excited but it was probably a combination of nerves, heat, and again, martinis.

He even had a codeword with his two best men in case he thought he might faint at the ceremony.

“Chickpea.”

If you hear chickpea, get ready for a fall.

Luckily, Peter made it to the altar faint-free, but not without a face full of tears (of joy of course!).

Next up…Part II – The Ceremony

A big thank you to Danny Halim and team for the wonderful photographs and videos!

Yum
  • Mum

    What a wonderful description of the morning, Pristine. It was a fabulous day. xo