Every girl dreams of a destination wedding in a stunning chapel that fronts a gorgeous ocean. English lad Robert Davidson and Singaporean babe Michelle Yow found the perfect venue at Tirtha Uluwatu – a private estate on the southern coast of Bali.
Purposefully built for weddings, Tirtha offers everything a couple needs to host an intimate wedding, complete with a powder room, lounge area, bridal suite, indoor and outdoor dining options, and all-glass chapel for solemnisations.
"We love the idea of getting married in a glass chapel, as it provides something more than your standard church setting. When we viewed the location, we were blown away by the elevated cliff edge view of the Indian Ocean from the altar," recalls Michelle.
The magnificent views, the architecture, the interior evoked such a sense of grandeur that the couple merely enhanced key features of the venue by draping fairy lights around trees, candles on the walkways, and lanterns overhead at the dancefloor. "We just wanted to keep everything simple and sophisticated," she says, attributing the amazing planning and décor to the folks at Vara Wedding and Aisle Project.
Paying homage to their cultural mix, Michelle wore a custom-made champagne-coloured cheongsam gown from Divine Couture, which was further embellished with beads by her mother. Robert suited up in a three-piece ensemble from Dino Collezione which gave off a rural English vibe. At night, he casualed it up with a dandy newsboy cap and rolled-up sleeves.
Singapore makeup artist Larry Yeo flew in to take care of Michelle's looks for the day, which according to him was an au naturale resort chic style to complement her vintage-chinois wardrobe. Topped with an elegant birdcage veil, the bride looked red carpet ready for her moment in the spotlight.
After the ceremony, the couple hosted a dinner in the dining hall for their 38 guests serving a four-course western menu, peppered with humorous speeches by the maid-of-honour and bestman, 'live' music by local band Vagabond, and a whole lotta dancing courtesy of the guests' Spotify playlists!
"The venue has a glass dance floor which sticks out over the edge of the cliff. Needless to say, it made even the most conservative guest want to get up and dance!"