I was so thrilled, like a kid who was too excited to go on a school trip, the moment this wonderful couple, asked me to go with them on a road trip. It got even better, when I found out that they wanted me to capture their pre-wedding photos.
The initial plan was to go on a Ciwidey by car, and simply stop by at every corner that looks photogenic enough to be used as the set of their pre-wedding photos. It was quite an interesting project as both Martin and Noni already knew exactly what kind of shots they want. Since Nonie is a more of an outdoor person, this pre-wed is probably a little bit different from any common pre-wed concept that is filled with sweet stuff like beautiful dresses and flowers.
As a modern version of a hippie girl, Nonie loves to explore new and unique places. Once we were traveling to Bali, and she picked quite an anti-mainstream hotel in Ubud that has no air conditioner with an open air bathroom facing a huge ricefield. Just like any other couples, when it comes to wedding stuff, the girls get the bigger pie to decide anything, while the men shall follow. Hello, it’d be the most important day of in every woman’s life, right?
Based on Noni’s personality, I picked the Citambur waterfall as the spot for their photoshoot. The trekking route to the waterfall would be very perfect for Noni who loves to climb up hills and walk through rocky roads. Sadly though, we didn’t make it there as there was a landslide that blocked our way. We waited for 4 hours and took some pictures while waiting, yet it was raining and apparently the weather wasn’t on our side, so we cancelled our plan and made a u-turn instead.
Despite of the downside, we stumbled upon some other beautiful places like a tea garden and an abandoned railway. The photoshoot in the garden was a bit challenging. Not for me, but for the groom. Although the place was very peaceful and calm, there were plenty of spider webs, hosted by a very rare spiders that we had never seen before anywhere. Guess what, out of every phobias, the groom has a specific phobia over spiders!
Even though we have encountered two challenges, the trip was still one of the most fun trip I ever had. Mostly, because it involves Martin, the groom, who is a natural clown. He is very funny and talkative, the kind of person who could uplift even the most gloomy vibe. A real creative head who puts his heart on his creative skills. He even brought along his team from work to record the pre-wed photoshoot with drone, and make a content for his youtube account about the tough part of doing a pre-wedding. I guess, he kinda got what he asked for.
Overall, I was very, even utterly satisfied beyond words with the results of this road trip photoshoot. I got to capture the couple in a very uncommon places that makes the photo itself stands out from other pre-wed photos. Apparently, we don’t always have to go abroad to capture beautiful outdoor places. Indonesia offers some hidden gems as well, if we are willing to explore!
Witnessing The Union of Martin & Noni
There is always something magical and romantic about visiting Bali with your loved ones, let alone holding a wedding in this beautiful island. If I could turn back time, I’d probably pick this island as the venue for my wedding. Or maybe later, for vow renewal with my husband, we’ll see. As for now, I’m happy with visiting friends’ wedding ceremony, or capturing my clients’ wedding that is held in Bali. Just a few weeks ago, I got everything that I could asked for in one package, which obviously made my day, like a little girl receiving a beautiful present wrapped in pink paper and big white ribbon. I had to visit Bali for one of my good friends’ wedding, which also happened to be my client! I got to do what I love to do, while at the same time having fun and celebrating the union of my two good friends. Remember Martin & Noni?
Yeap, it’s their wedding day! (Read about their pre-wedding photoshoot here)
Through thick and thin, I’ve witnessed these two progressed in their love journey from friends, to fiancé. It was not a smooth sailing for them, so to be able to see them standing together at the altar, exchanging vows for a lifetime was definitely wonderful.
The concept of their wedding was a rustic hippie wedding with earth colors dominating the color palette that can be seen through the decoration and other stationary. Amazingly, they arranged this wedding without the help of a professional EO. It was an intimate wedding, as they only invited 70 guests, which is a mixture of close friends only and family members.
One day before the D-Day though, I had a bad migraine and fever. It was totally beyond expectation; I mean who would have thought that you would get sick in Bali, only a day before your friends’ wedding? With the worst scenario haunting, I texted a friend to standby as my replacement, just in case I couldn’t make it to the wedding. I decided to bed resting for the whole day, and sacrificing some good time that I could have spent with my friends, who were busy laughing at the pool and strolling around Bali.
Gratefully, I got better just in time. I woke up the next morning feeling all excited to witness their sweet union with my own eyes, while at the same time capturing the moments from behind my lens. Nonie got a surprise video from Martin, edited by the groom himself, that portrayed clips from every single travel they’ve done together in the past. After the wedding ceremony, rain was pouring heavily. Everyone had to run to a cabana to take cover from the rain. We ended up being stuck there for two whole hours because there was no umbrella at all to be used. No one was able to run through neither to the villa nor to the cars, which were parked about 10 minutes away from the venue. What a real memorable evening!
Well despite of everything, I still had to admit that I had a good time capturing Martin and Noni’s wedding. I believe they will have a strong marriage foundation, because they have managed to endure and overcome every single obstacle that came along the way. With them being united as husband and wife, I’m sure they would come out stronger from now on to tackle even bigger challenges that might come their way.