When your romance spans three continents, a destination wedding is pretty much a given. Priscilla Angriawan and Andree Wijaya grew up in Indonesia, dated long-distance when she was in college in Boston, and settled down together in Jakarta. So when they got engaged — while on vacation in Budapest, no less — they knew they'd travel for their wedding too. "We looked all over the world," Priscilla says. "Africa, Napa, France, but we chose Bali since it's a place we know and love." They chose the Alila Villas Uluwatu as the site of their October 18, 2014, nuptials and invited 330 guests to join them for an unforgettable cliffside ceremony and secret garden-inspired reception in paradise — all with a touch of rustic appeal.
Priscilla and Andree enlisted the help of the team at Multi Kreasi Enterprise to bring their spectacular celebration to life — and to handle the tricky logistics. "Our venue had never done a wedding with more than 250 people before so there wasn't enough space to fit everyone for the reception," the bride says. But their florist and decorator, Floralines, was able to build a platform overtop the outdoor pool that would accommodate the entire group. The end result was nothing short of breathtaking, and lucky for us, Elizabeth Messina captured every moment of this spectacular wedding. Read on to see the epic photos of Priscilla and Andree's day.
It was a long day for the bride and groom, who kicked off their celebration with a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony. "We made sure to include all of the customs my grandmother really wanted," says the bride. Priscilla donned a red silk gown and an ornate headpiece, which was an exact replica of the one her mother wore at her own wedding 20 years before.
With the help of her 'maids, who later changed out of their floral silk robes into pale peach-hued gowns, Priscilla changed into a custom-made Adrian Gan French-lace wedding dress for the next ceremony. "I wanted to wear another dress that matched my personality," Priscilla says. "I loved the lace that was spread out around the train, dress, and my veil. Their placement gave it a simple feel but still looked really unique."
Her veil was custom-made by the designer, too. She finished off her look with Manolo Blahnik heels, a necklace gifted from her in-laws, and hair accessories designed by Rinaldy Yunardi specifically for Priscilla.
She had initially wanted a long-sleeved wedding dress, but the Bali heat meant she would be far too warm. The solution? Her dress designer created lace "sleeves" that she slipped on for the ceremony, giving Priscilla the traditional look she loved but still offering comfort.
The bride's bouquet featured statement-making blooms, like blushing-bride and king proteas. "I wanted it to feel a little rustic but still very special," she says.
Priscilla's four bridesmaids wore dresses created by Belle Marie. In addition to dried flower crowns, each important woman carried a bouquet of hydrangeas, roses, protea, and brunia berries.
Although they didn't serve as her bridesmaids, Priscilla also wanted her future sister-in-laws to stand out, so asked each to wear a different mint green dress.
The bride and groom shared a first look before the ceremony, and although they had already seen each other for the traditional ceremony that morning, it was still a poignant experience. "It felt different from the morning because I was in my dress now," Priscilla says. "It was real to me. I was quite touched and cried." Andree looked handsome in his navy blue suit from Zegna. He finished his look with a blushing bride protea boutonniere.
The couple's youngest attendants might have been the most adorable flower girls and ring bearers we've seen yet. Priscilla and Andree's nieces looked too sweet in their floor-length dresses and flower crowns while their nephews donned tailor-made shirts and shorts.
The ceremony was held at the edge of the clear platform built overtop the pool and overlooking the Indian Ocean. The biggest showstopper? A massive floral arch, packed with tons of gorgeous blooms in muted shades of pink and green. To keep guests comfortable during the outdoor I do's, each seat had a bag that was filled with a fan, program, water, handkerchief for happy tears, and bells to ring once the bride and groom shared their first kiss.
"I wanted something to say our vows underneath that we could still look through," the bride says. "It was important to me that everyone could still see the ocean because that was the whole reason we wanted our wedding in Bali. We chose dryer-looking flowers for a rustic feel."
The 5 p.m. ceremony included traditional Christian vows that were officiated by a pastor from the couple's church at home in Jakarta.
Priscilla and Andree really wanted an outdoor reception, but October brings unpredictable weather to Bali and there was a strong chance there would be rain on the wedding day. For that reason, they were forced to cover the reception space, but the bride hated the look of the clear-top tent. "We decided to cover it with branches, lights, and chandeliers to create the illusion of being in a cozy, outdoor garden," says Priscilla. "It was a challenge to bring the garden inside, but we made it work."
Their florist decorated long tables with loads of driftwood, succulents, and tropical flowers, adding rustic touches like wood rounds and antique birdcages to bring in the rustic look Priscilla and Andree both love. "I really didn't specify the types of flowers I wanted, just that I wanted a variety of different centerpieces. Our head table was my favorite," she says.
Dinner was served his-and-hers style, so guests dined on either Andree's meaty dishes or Priscilla's pescetarian selections. The self-proclaimed foodie couple wanted to be sure their menu featured high-quality meal choices and options that were highly representative of what they enjoy.
In lieu of a traditional guestbook, the couple asked friends and family to leave a "message in the bottle" for them to read after the wedding.
After dinner, a jazz band the couple had flown in from Jakarta kept guests on the dance floor. "The ceremonies were the most important part of the day for us," says the bride, "but if we were throwing a party, we wanted to make sure it was unforgettable!"
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Alila Villas Uluwatu || Wedding Planner: Multi Kreasi Enterprise || Floral Design & Rentals: Floralines || Catering: MnM Innovative Concepts Catering || Photographer: Elizabeth Messina