Tiffany and Joshua, both professional swimming athletes, met for the first time in Austin, Texas at the 2011 Austin Grand Prix swim competition. The swimming community was small, so they had met through mutual friends. At the beginning of their relationship, they had to face the challenge of being apart. For 1.5 years, the two lovebirds maintained a long-distance relationship until Tiffany moved to San Francisco where Josh lived.
Amidst a work trip in Austin, Tiffany was surprised by Josh at the airport. He then popped the big question in Mount Bonnell, and the two proceeded in celebrating together with friends and family. An engagement party was also held in San Francisco. After all this hurrah, they had 10 months to plan for their wedding where every single day of preparation counted.
"We never visited the venue. A Facetime tour with my dad revealed that Villa Plenilunio was a beautiful cliffside villa in Uluwatu. It had enough space for everyone, a couple of beautiful pools, and the best view you could ever ask for. I wouldn't have it any other way, it was perfect," recalled Tiffany.
A modern, elegant and white wedding was the theme that Tiffany went for. She claimed that Ai Luo Si did a fantastic job, exceeding her expectations and perfected every single detail. As the duo met and had plenty of close friends from the US, a vast number of them flew to Bali to attend their wedding.
"I was nervous they would not be into Indonesian food, yet no one did. Instead, I got a lot of compliments," exclaimed Tiffany. Lumbung Catering was the one to thank for this. Their pasta cooked in a cheese wheel was also a hit during the wedding.
That day, the bride and groom had a different preparation routine. The bride woke up early in the morning for hair and makeup, then took several photos right after breakfast. The groom woke up a little later and headed down to the beach for a quick swim with his groomsmen after breakfast. However, leading up to the wedding ceremony, both of them were equally nervous.
"I was an athlete my whole life, and I felt as if I was about to compete since I was so nervous before walking down the aisle," Tiffany recalled. Whereas for Josh, he was glad that they took several moments during the dinner and reception to get away from the crowd and appreciate some time together.
In addition to the pool party, the Balinese fire dance performance further highlighted the day, as the couple also wanted guests to experience a little bit of Balinese culture. As for all future brides-to-be, Tiffany's advice is to start preparing early and enjoy everything, be patient and put trust to the process.