A Thailand Celebration

Posted on: December 3rd, 2013 by Carolyn No Comments

Today we head to Thailand and bring you the laid-back but stunning wedding of Pierre and Candice.  There is nothing more romantic than the idea of an island wedding.  Planning a wedding from Dubai could have been a challenge but this gorgeous couple were not scared to trust their wedding coordinator, Dujarat Vari, and leave all the details up to her.  It meant they could focus on what was really important; getting married and being surrounded by their friends and family.  I probably went a bit mad with their cute balloon pictures but I love how they add such a fun element to this beautiful beach wedding.  All the quirky details compliment this couple`s bubbly personalities.  Enjoy looking through their photographs captured by D-IP Photography.

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It all began…

London has many great things – the Queen, the underground, Pims, Camden, long summer days and a great love story.  Both working and living in London, we met through my house mate.  I had finally managed to get home from work, having been squashed in a tube that was smoldering in the summer heat and saw a very handsome man sipping on a cold drink in our back yard with friends. I think it was love at first sight though –  because the very first time I saw him standing outside in the garden – I just knew.

The proposal…

We love Thailand – it was our very first holiday destination together as a couple (after moving to Dubai).  So we swam out to a sandbank on Maya beach (where The Beach was filmed), he got down on one knee and said “will you?”  I was completely oblivious to what was going on and kept saying “oh my gosh, some woman has lost her ring whilst swimming.” It took him about 20 min to convince me that he wasn’t joking.

The highlights of our wedding day…

The best moment of the day was walking down the aisle and seeing him “as his bride” – it’s a very special moment.  The best thing about the day (other than celebrating love) was sharing it with close friends and family.  Honestly, if you are with the right people, you could have fun in a cupboard.

Planning our wedding from a distance…

Find yourself a good wedding planner.  There is no way you can get the best of the country as an outsider.  Wedding planners know the suppliers, they get things done quickly and you don’t have to stress… it gives you the opportunity to just enjoy the moment.  If you know what you want, send pictures, inspiration, guidance…. and then just let it be!  The wedding planner will do their best to make your day perfect!  Things might change slightly along the way but those finer details aren’t really what matters in the grander scheme of things.

Ticking things off our ‘to do list’…

Everything was done in Thailand – It would have been a mission having to ship things across from Dubai.  Things are probably slightly more pricey here.  Bangkok is super cheap so all the wedding favours, posters, frames etc were bought over there – saving us both buying and shipment costs.  Also, If you have a friend who has a talent and is willing to help – make the most of it.  I had a friend who is a designer who helped with my posters and invites etc.  She did such an amazing job! People really can be a blessing if you let them.

Challenges while planning our wedding day…

Language barriers can be tough when organising a wedding abroad.  You just have to be willing to retype and relook things every now and again.  When you’re deciding on a location that you haven’t seen before, you really have to trust people`s opinions and the pictures they share with you.  Make sure you’re dealing with someone you trust and try and get opinions from others to make sure you have the full picture.

DIY…

If you have the opportunity and time to create things yourself – it`s a great way to ensure a personal touch is added to your big day.  I let the wedding planner do everything.  It was more important for me to spend time with the people who had travelled all that way and to really just enjoy the holiday while I was there.  That’s the great thing about a destination wedding, it’s not just one day… it`s a week of celebrations with your friends and family – really making it even more special and memorable.

My dress…

Her name is Antonio… And she’s a Maggie Sottero dress.  All her dresses have beautiful names.  It was glamourous, yet had a beautiful flower on the waist – giving it the perfect feel for an island wedding.  I had never felt so beautiful before and although it is one day… make sure you spoil yourself with the dress you’ve always wanted.

The first dance…

Good life by One Republic

Something old, something new, Something borrowed, something blue…

I had just turned 30 so it was a bit of a long standing joke between Pierre and I that I was the “something old”.  Something new were my earrings – my wonderful girl friends had given them to me for my 30th birthday and they were PERFECT for the occasion.  Something borrowed was a beautiful diamond ring that my mom lent to me.  She ended up giving it to me as a gift as she has bought a diamond for each of her children for such special occasions (I really am a spoiled brat).  Something blue was a very pretty pair of blue panties – thank you Victoria Secret 🙂

Service Providers

Venue: , PhotographerD-IP PhotographyVideographer: Motion-A CinematographyWedding Dress: Maggie SotteroHair and Make upVictory Hair Samui, Wedding Decor & Hiring: Dreamcatcher Events and Holiday Rental, Flowers: OK Flowers SamuiWedding CupcakesBread Factory, Catering:Dreamcatcher Events and Holiday Rental , Entertainment for pre-drinks: Mykel Miranda, Entertainment for reception: DJ Absolud from Samui Club DJ’s




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