Real Wedding | Eva + Erik

Eva and Erik’s destination wedding was inspired by their early travels together to Eva’s birthplace in Indonesia.  I love that the couple wanted Bali to “…also be the place where we started our journey together as husband and wife”. This wedding is a delicious mix of exotic elegance.  The balance between the fresh, lush outdoor ceremony is thoughtfully contrasted with the intimate and sophisticated interior of their private dinning room reception.  Eva looks gorgeous in her Melissa Sweet gown and her petite Kate Spade heels are just as sweet!

Eva + Erik | November 7, 2010 | Blue Point Chapel, Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia

The Ceremony
I am originally from Indonesia. I wanted to have our wedding there so my family could attend the wedding. After several discussions, we decided that Bali was the best place to bring both of our families together. Not only was it beautiful, but we also knew that all of our guests would have a good time. It was also the first place that we both traveled together as a couple – so it only seemed right that it also be the place where we started our journey together as husband and wife. The wedding turned out great – Erik’s family and some of our friends who came from the U.S. had a little taste of Indonesian culture and most importantly everyone was enjoying themselves.  We were married at Blue Point Chapel in Uluwatu, Bali. We had 18 people at our wedding, including us! It was very intimate, just the way we wanted it to be. For our ceremony, we had 2 violinists and 1 keyboard player playing Pachelbel’s Canon in D. It was beautiful and heart warming.

Before our wedding, I had never met my wedding organizer or seen any of her company’s work in person other than on the pictures that she sent. We only communicated through email and phone call. When I walked to the chapel on the wedding day, I was completely blown away by the decorations. The flower arrangements were breathtaking. There were pink and white roses and pink gerber daisies on each seat, but what impressed me the most was the carpet made of pink and white flower petals at the center of the aisle. As I walked down the aisle, I saw Erik looking handsome in his tuxedo with his eyes on me. It felt like a dream!

The Reception
For our wedding reception, we gathered back at our hotel where we had a very casual celebration. We were all sitting around one big table just like a family in the private dining room. Both of our families learned more about each other while the restaurant played Italian classics as the background music. We had Indonesian fusion seafood dinner. My favorite was the appetizer, hamachi in yuzu sauce. The main dish was Balinese style barbecue swordfish, prawns and calamari served with red rice. Our guests were impressed by the presentation of the lemon sorbet served in a bulb shaped ice cube!

How Eva Felt in Her Wedding Dress
I felt like a million bucks when I put on the dress for the first time so I knew it was “the dress” for me. I certainly felt elegant and beautiful.

Why Eva Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
As much as I love my dress, I do not intend to wear it again in the future. I would like to pass it on to somebody else so she can feel special on her wedding day.

Eva’s Wedding Dress | Melissa Sweet Valentina
Photography | I Do I Do Bali