• view count-Our Founder’s Casual Photo Shoot at Alila Villas Uluwatu Shot by Bali Fine Art Photographers, The Story & Co.  19.9K

[Written by Asia Wedding Network Founder, Michelle Yuan] 

Our pre-wedding shoot at Alila Villas Uluwatu was such a dream! First off, shooting at the stunning Alila Villas Uluwatu…need I say more? Second, the weather was perfect and our photographer, Ariya and videographer, Alberto from The Story & Co. made the whole experience fun, joyful, and less nerve-wracking than we anticipated. My makeup artist, Charlotte from Charlotte Beauty Studio was more than friendly and patient, taking the time to stay with us during the whole shoot as we started from 5 AM in the morning and finished around early afternoon.

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To be honest, my fiancé and I were quite nervous before the shoot as we didn’t know what to expect (we’re one of those couples who like everything planned to perfection!). Ariya and Alberto met us right when we arrived in Bali, taking the time to talk to us and get to know us as a couple. As top wedding photographers and videographers in Bali, we were quite surprised at how friendly and inviting they were, making us less nervous as we talked to them about our concerns and questions!

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We wanted a casual shoot, a shoot before our pre-wedding shoot, and all our vendors completely understood and thoroughly thought through the process to create what we wanted. As top vendors on the island, everyone from the resort staff to the photographers to the makeup artists took the time and effort to get to know us personally, making us feel special and excited for the shoot, rather than nervous and anxious.

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As one of the top wedding resorts in Asia, Alila Villas Uluwatu had plenty of spaces that offered amazing scenery to complement our shoot so it wasn’t hard to find gorgeous settings. The only hard part was deciding which one to shoot first. We could tell that Ariya and Alberto were professionals who only seek the utmost perfection in their craft as they timed the full day wedding shoot in perfection with the movement of the sun. We could tell that it’s this kind of attention to detail that make them at the top.

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As we wanted a casual shoot before our pre-wedding shoot, my dress was given to me by Squad Bridesmaids Wrap Dresses, a bridesmaids dress vendor that only provides the most high quality wrap dresses on the market. I was so surprised at how well the dresses were made that I’ve decided that I will also be using for my bridesmaids during our wedding. I wore their famous “Katherine Convertible” Infinity Wrap Bridesmaids Dress which can be worn up to 15 different ways. What surprised me the most about the dress was that bringing it overseas didn’t cause too many wrinkles, this is something that will be extremely important during our destination wedding next year. After all, I don’t want my bridesmaids to stress out about ironing and wrinkled dresses.

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Accessories-wise, I wore Rose & Crown earrings from the lovely Kelly Lim Tan, a super friendly Taiwanese jewellery designer based in Manila. Her diamonds are the are made of cubic zirconia, which look similar to diamonds but are way less expensive (you can read more about the company here). This made us more comfortable bringing them to a foreign country. Rose & Crown earrings were super easy to wear and went so well with all of the outfits. My hairpieces were by Sheeta Design, a company in Hong Kong that hand makes beautiful bridal accessories that range from hair combs to tiaras to wedding veils.

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Featured Vendors

Venue: Alila Villas Uluwatu | Photography: The Story & Co. | Videography: The Story & Co. | Makeup & Hair: Charlotte Beauty Studio | Dress: Squad Bridesmaids Dresses | Jewellery: Rose & Crown | Accessories: Sheeta Design | Watch: Rolex | Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti, Jimmy Choo,Valentino