Nellie and Steve’s Romantic Phuket Wedding
Thailand wedding photographers Liam and Stam were delighted to be asked to photograph Nellie and Steve’s romantic Phuket wedding at Villa Baan Santisuk in Kamala, Thailand. The Australian couple live in Singapore, and have visited Thailand many times, so they decided to hold their wedding in Phuket as it has a “very special place in [their] hearts.” Villa Baan Santisuk offered the perfect setting for their intimate, glamorous wedding.
The December wedding ended up being a truly amazing event, thanks to Steve and Nellie’s detailed planning. The bride wore an Anna Campbell gown, headpiece, and belt, and Enzo Angiolini shoes, and chose dresses from the White Room for her 3 bridesmaids. The bridal party’s hair and makeup was applied by Lisa Allen. Steve and the groomsmen wore suits from Magnifique Tailor in Phuket, which they had ordered just 3 days before the wedding! Steve also wore a vintage Australian watch, made by Markus Clarks in 1943, that had been restored for him as a gift from the maid of honour, Nellie’s sister Janie, and the other bridesmaids.
Not only did the bride, groom, and their parties look fantastic, but so did their venue. The villa was decorated with beautiful white lanterns, and floral arrangements were provided by IAF Flowers.
43 guests from around the world (Singapore, Australia, and the UK) had been invited to travel to Thailand to join the couple for their big day, and this lent the wedding a wonderful “reunion” atmosphere. The guests spent the week prior to the wedding in Thailand as well, so Nellie and Steve were able to hold their buck’s night and hen do in Bangkok and Phuket, respectively. They also held pre-wedding cocktails at Bliss Beach Club at sunset on the afternoon before the wedding.
The wedding itself was stunning. The bride walked down the aisle to an acoustic version of Sam Smith’s “Latch,” performed by Jay Celada, and was married by her older brother, Andrew. After the ceremony, the guests were treated to dinner made by Chef Daniel Isberg, emotional speeches from family and friends, and a traditional lantern release. Nellie and Steve spontaneously decided to have a first dance, despite their lack of dance practice, and danced to “That Lovin’ Feelin’,” from Top Gun, a breakup song. Despite the irony of the song choice, the first dance ended up being a really special moment, as the guests stood around the bride and groom shouting out the lyrics and holding sparklers.
We are so happy to have been a part of Nellie and Steve’s gorgeous wedding (which they even rearranged to ensure that we could photograph it!) and wish them all the best in 2016!
An extra: read Nellie’s account of Steve’s unbelievably romantic proposal! She writes,
“Steven was ultra sneaky! Steven planned the proposal for over 8 months, sourcing a stunning 4.2 carat, cushion cut Ceylon sapphire from Sri Lanka and then flying over to HK to work with a jeweller he knew to design the engagement ring, Steven surprised me with a secret weekend getaway to my favourite destination Bali, which he disguised as an early birthday present . He didn’t tell me where we were going until the morning we left and when we arrived, I found myself at the beautiful Ayana Resort in Jimabaran. It’s all rolling green lawns, lush gardens, amazing lime stone cliffs that drop of into aqua seas with the famous Rock Bar nestled into the cliffs right on the water. After a few hours of sun worshipping and cocktail sipping, Steven sent me off to the spa for a glorious 2 hour massage and facial, before he casually told me we would head down to dinner and that maybe I should put a nice dress on! We were met by one of the hotel staff (who turned out to be our butler for the evening!) who escorted us down the cliff tops to the sand, where there was a private wooden jetty, 50m out in the middle of the ocean, the sun was setting bronze and pink, rose petals, candles and torches were scattered everywhere, a table was set for two and there was a little Balinese band playing music behind a screen of palm trees – all in the middle of the sea! Next thing I knew Steven was down on one knee asking me to marry him! He had champagne on ice ready for our celebration and we cried like big saps. As the sun went down and all the candles shone, we ate lobster, drank champagne and started dreaming up ideas for our wedding immediately!”