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For a couple who loves nature, especially rocks and geology, having an outdoors-y beach wedding is a fitting choice. Having lived in Southeast Asia for some time, Chris and Diane – now based in Jakarta – wanted to whisk their guests away to a part of a world they didn't know, and the tropical island of Langkawi, Malaysia, proved to be the perfect setting for their cosy ceremony. Bright blue and soft pastel hues dominated the decor's colour palette, while quirky touches like a dino-topped cake and a photobooth showed off the couple's fun-loving side. Read on as Diane shares more about their sensational day....
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How they met:
Just after moving to Brisbane, Chris's company contracted him out to my company. We met through mutual friends at the bar next to the office. After being friends for a little while, Chris won me over with a 'geologist's kit' for my birthday, and our romance was sealed when he came to help me move a gigantic mirror at home.
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As for the proposal (we lived in Perth at this stage), I'd been in Melbourne visiting some friends, and when I came home, he was waiting for me at the airport. When I came through the exit, there he was holding some plaques with pictures of our journey together. The final one was of our cat, and said (in bad French) that we could live an amazing life together. He then got down on one knee, in front of all the miners who frequent Perth Airport, and proposed with a ring he had made on the other side of the world.
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The bride's outfit:
I was very drawn to vintage, elegant gowns, especially satin and open-back styles. But of course, the dress had to match the beach environment. I tried a few different different styles to see how I'd look, and lots of friends participated in the trial. I was so confused, as I did like lots of dresses! I finally chose the perfect one on my own a few hours before leaving Perth and moving to Jakarta.
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The groom's outfit:
We wanted something simple and comfortable for a beach wedding, but also something a little different (like the cloud-shaped lapel pin).
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As a dual-citizenship couple, we wanted to get married somewhere between Australia and France, so our guests could experience something new. We fell in love with the forests and hills surrounding the resort, as well as the eco-friendly nature of the whole island. Langkawi is also a UNESCO-listed Geopark, which appealed to us as rock lovers! Another reason we decided on The Andaman was how quickly the wedding planner answered all our questions upfront. I think it's very important to have a reliable wedding planner when organising a wedding overseas.
There were a couple of surprise poems read by the bridesmaids. Our vows were also a mixture of French and English, so that both sides of our family and friends could be a part of the experience more.
We went with one of Andaman's set menus, which we thought most would like. The main surprise was our wedding cake – a geological design inspired by a Threadless t-shirt, topped by two kissing dinosaurs.
Al Bano and Romina Power – 'Felicita'
During the bridal party's photo session, guests were entertained with a guess-who-I-am type of game as an ice-breaker. Answers were displayed by a video projector later on during dinner. There were lots of laughs, and we learnt some crazy things about our guests, too! Our guests were also surprised by a flash mob dance that only two people knew the moves for, but in the end everyone got involved and made it amazing. We finished the night with an Australia Day disco party – crazy vibes!
We happened to enter the reception to 'The Show Must Go On' by Queen, which was totally accidental.
We first looked at local photographers for budget reasons, and discovered Ruby's page. We loved her vintage style and over-exposed shots. Plus, in her portfolio, I discovered she covered a friend's wedding (small world!). We booked her a minute after we finalised the wedding location. We're delighted over the work she did with her friend and colleague, Christine – they were very good companions during the day.
Small vegemite tubs, Eiffel Tower key rings, and a little card with a picture of us and our cat, Lily. All of these were inside little pouches.
The pouches used for the wedding favours were made from a fabric designed by me, sewed in Jakarta and printed through Spoonflower.
Bridal gown - By Demetrios, bought in Dion for Brides in Perth, Australia
Jewellery - Kailis pearls, Tiffany & Co wedding bands
Bride's and bridesmaids' shoes - Charles & Keith
Headpiece - Lace headband and bracelet from Tina Eva Renee on Etsy.
Groom's and groomsmen's suits – Massimo Dutti and Country Road
Groom's shoes - Betts
Groom's accessories - LovelyLapels on Etsy
Wedding planners - Phyllis Loh and Magdalene Lee from The Andaman
Flowers and decor - Organised by The Andaman; cute knick knacks from Typo
Cake maker - Organised by The Andaman
Food and drinks - Organised by The Andaman
Stationery - Invitations from Bespoke Press, seating cards and program from The Andaman
Wedding favours - Mini vegemite tubs and Eiffel Tower key rings rom Alibaba; photo-printed souvenir card made at Moo
DJ - Low Frequency Production
Photographers - Ruby Yeo and Christine Lim
Congratulations, Diane and Chris!
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