Make a crazy offer and you may get an offer you didn’t expect.
This is just what happened to me. I met Sam and Cary when Sam first proposed to have me photograph his proposal to Cary at Castello di Amoroso in wine country. Well, yes, I will do it! It was rainy and kind of cold and kind of dreary but Cary was completely surprised and just completely went with the flow. I loved doing the job and them! Hmm, adding Bali to my destination wedding photography portfolio was something I was excited to add.
I had a trip planned to the Baltics and Russia just one week after their wedding but there was no way I was not going to do this job. I thought it crazy to suggest me as their wedding photographer with all that travel but when they said of course, I was set to go.
It was a long way to travel for really just 3 days in Bali but so very worth it. The people were so amazingly incredible. I went to reception at my hotel (wonderful!) and asked to change some bills for coins but they had none. A woman there said she would make sure I got some and the next day I had them in hand. Amazing kindness and generosity! I made the most of my 2.75 lazy days to be sure. A hotel with amazing food and a massage in a cabana next to the Indian Ocean. Ahhhh, then off to work it was!
I was just awe struck at the Amankila resort. Set right against the Indian Ocean with an Infinity Pool, it was just breathtaking. The staff, just wow. I felt like royalty!
The ceremony was held on the black sand beach. A carpet of 5000 flowers was the aisle runner. The guests were provided fans and umbrellas. Staff were ready with cold drinks and fresh off the tree coconut water in the shell. It was hot. It was very, very hot for this San Francisco girl but I was so caught up in the moment and beauty I didn’t notice until I rested. There were numerous traditions to celebrate Bali and the couple’s Taiwanese cultures. The guests were thrilled and yes, so was I.
I hope the photos do the wedding justice and you can really feel like you were there. Tears from many, sweat stains on most and laughs by all. It was an amazing experience.