international wedding: kayumanis nusa dua spa and resort bali, indonesia
photo: bunn salarzon
hotel california was playing inside my head as i walk from bonny’s villa to derrick’s early on during their wedding day. no, no, it wasn’t the music i’m using for their video and not that there’s something wrong about it except for the fact that the band who played this song actually offered their souls to the devil in exchange for fame. it’s my body’s natural defensive response to control panic and excitement from getting a little bit too much.
two days before the wedding, just minutes after gen and i met the couple for the first time, i remember derrick saying we’re part of the family right then. moments later, bonny was singing her version of i finally found someone. it was that kind of chemistry that made us instantly at home.
it was our first time documenting a muslim ceremony and frankly, as the song in my head continued playing, i had no idea what was about to unfold. all i knew however, was that they have this beautiful resort dressed up with a floating stage on the pool and a couple of extremely different culture is about to merge.
our stay in bali was absolutely phenomenal. not only did we experience the local traditions, we got to enjoy the sights and the food with the best company all the way from italy, thailand, laos, cambodia, US, mexico and indonesia. we couldn’t ask for anything more.
bonny looked like a goddess. she took everybody’s breath away when she walked down that floating aisle. soon enough, emotions were overflowing. it was one of the most beautiful weddings we have ever witnessed.
moments before we said goodbye to the couple one last time, bonny said we’re part of the family now. not one second during our stay that we didn’t feel like it! =)

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