“Don’t marry the man you can live with, marry the man you can’t live without.” Anonymous
We have been to a fair few weddings over the years from the traditional British church wedding, those ceremonies held in magnificent stately homes and hotels to a snowy winter wedding in a Finnish forest. The destination wedding we attended last month on a stretch of white sandy beach on the tropical paradise island of Koh Samui in Thailand will be hard to top.
The sunset ceremony itself may have been the main event but the wedding had three elements that made up an unforgettable few days. A pre-wedding eve White Party triggered the start of celebrations, a get together of guests at the beautiful RockPool located at Kanda Residences. Crashing waves hit the rocks below, cocktails were served in glass spheres and white clad guests mingled on the terrace under lanterns and twinkling fairy lights, chatter and laughter filling the air as the sun set.
The stunning Villa Mia was transformed into an idyllic wedding paradise on Friday 13th May, unlucky for some maybe but not for this non-superstitious loved up couple. Words cannot describe how incredible the venue looked, the attention to detail, the colour coordination and the customized accessories set the scene. A giant LOVE sign, blackboards with personalised messages, trees strung with hanging flowers, the garden filled with beautifully decorated tables. A floral ceremonial arch located at the end of a sandy aisle had a backdrop of lapping waves, a proud brother gave away his sister filling his late father’s shoes, the beautiful bride was bursting with happiness from every pore, the nervous groom and his posse were immaculately dressed.
The bar was a converted orange VW camper van, a saxophonist filled the post ceremony air with music, the bride’s friend sang personalised lyrics, the speeches were both emotional and amusing, the tears and laughter infectious. There was delicious Thai food, crazy dancing, a local pancake cart with nutella goodies, a turquoiz three-tiered wedding cake and a traditional fire show to end the official celebrations. Not forgetting the bride who jumped into the swimming pool in her wedding dress kick starting a impromtu pool party.
After a day’s rest the final event was a private day charter with Boutique Yachting to Koh Phangan aboard the O’Lina. This magnificent and luxurious yacht was amazing, the crew were friendly and professional from start to finish and catered to the guests every whim, the food which included breakfast, lunch and endless snacks was tasty and the trip itself smooth and relaxing. Snorkelling and a tender to the beach were offered to those that wanted to get off the boat at the island. The ideal day to end a flawless wedding, here’s a look in pictures……
All views are my own. Unless otherwise stated, all photos on this page © Jo Brett 2016. All rights reserved. Additional boat party photos used courtesy of Melinda Robinson.
Read my previous Thailand posts In Pictures: A Postcard from Thailand, Discover Thailand: Phuket , Review: La Flora Resort Patong, Discover Thailand: Bangkok, Review: Oriental Residence Bangkok, Review: Siam@Siam Design Hotel, Bangkok, Discover Thailand: Koh Samui and Review: Anantara Lawana Koh Samui