Michael and Celine met 13 years ago through a mutual friend. "It was my friend, Thalia's birthday trip to Dufan. We both harbored a secret crush on each other and it was Thalia who finally set us up," Celine reminisced. Their chemistry was apparent from the start but after a year or so Michael dated someone else and moved to the US, while Celine moved to Singapore. After four years of being apart and dating other people, the two reunited in Jakarta. During a lunch together they had what Celine said to be the most thought-provoking discussion about life, spirituality and God. "A few months later we took things more seriously and after four years of dating, Michael finally proposed to me on the Rocky Mountains," Celine shared further.
The couple had around 8 months of wedding planning and selecting the location was the first challenge they had to tackle. "We both insisted on having the wedding during fall as we've always wanted a destination wedding filled with greeneries. We've had a variety of selections from Lembang, Ubud to New Zealand and finally set our minds on doing it in Queensland as we found a really nice venue with a mountainous background overlooking a lake," Celine recalled. It was only after contacting the venue that they found that the place was burned down and renovations wouldn't be able to be done before the wedding day. Celine's mom casually suggested doing it in Florence and after researching, they found plenty of beautiful venues that suited the couple's personality. Their choice finally fell on Castello di Vincigliata, a 13th century medieval castle in the north hill of Florence.
Through photos captured by Taylor and Porter, we can truly see how wonderful the whole wedding was. It was rustic, feminine, and intimate, like how the couple wanted it. The decoration's muted palette complemented the historical beauty of the venue perfectly, creating an understated beauty. Celine herself was a graceful vision in her wedding dress with a beautiful bouquet in her hands.
Looking back at the wedding day, the couple said that it was the day they wished they could do all over again. "Everything was perfect. We were blessed with perfect weather, a really nice number of guests and we enjoyed every single moment of it. It was so surreal, as it was nothing that we have ever dreamed of having in a wedding but at the same time, it was so right for the both of us," said the lovely bride.
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