Monday April 25, 2011
My most wonderful friend and travel companion, Lisa Vorce and I set sail to an Island you are all quite familiar with....BALI. Sherry and Ben were Lisa's amazing clients that met in USA, yet now both live in Hong Kong. Sherry really wanted a soft, almost French feeling for her wedding .....yet in BALI!! ....... A little something about Lisa and I...... when we travel to various countries, we can't STAND not exploring and sourcing as many local resources possible..... "a soft feeling, almost French in style" ...OK we can do it! I will just tell you now, the party was perfect. Elegant capiz shells became our "base" element....our base for the ceremony, our base for all my floral vessels and literally a base for the gorgeous wedding cake! The ceremony was backed by a wall (yes a wall!) that was all hand inlayed by local artist to disguise a huge existing wooden carving in the Foyer at the Aman Resort. The tables were draped with a beautiful cotton organdy that had a Diaphanous floating feeling about it. The floral was displayed in a variety of opalescent capiz vessels that I combined with inlayed capiz spheres...Roses, Jasmine, Gardenia foliage, Hydrangea, Frangipani blooms and local baby spray roses created a beautiful creamy white centerpieces...that yes, had a fragrance that should be bottled. The details were endless...Lisa brought (yes with her) all of the inlayed shell silverware and each plate was displayed on a scalloped edged, capiz charger. All of our napkin rings were made from shells as well...each "petal" hand wired to resemble garden roses!....and that was just the Wedding Reception...
Now for the Rehearsal dinner.....
As Lisa and I filled our three days meeting with the local artisans, we just couldn't stop drooling over the batik textiles!!!!! The entire process of batik is so interesting to me.They believe it was introduced to Indonesia during the 6th century. It's a time consuming art using wax, fabric and dye. (AKA: wax relief) Sherry and Ben seemed excited when we threw out the idea of doing a more traditional Balinese party on Friday. With the batik textiles readily available, we had tablecloths and cushions made in two complimentary fabrics. Entire sarongs where used as flag like banners on the beach - each hanging from "bamboo goal" frames as the guests entered the event. Denpasar is the capital city of Bali and also holds the largest open air market. With a population over 500,000 (all stacked on motor scooters-wow!) I wouldn't say we were overwhelmed...more awe struck...yet successfully navigated the city with a local Liaison. Badung Market was our destination...everything was amazing and beyond what we had anticipated- The fruits, flowers, vegetables, meats, fish, colors...and yes, smells too. I immediately honed in on the various temple vessels made from red clay and some woven from banana palm. Bali has Historic Hindu temples on almost every block. Therefore offering flowers and baskets are aplenty! ...um...Table designs...DONE!!!!
As you can see, Town&Country Magazine combined both events in this beautiful spread. There are so may more images on my web site - mindyrice.com, Lisa's web site -ohhowcharming.com and obviously the amazing Aaron Delesie's web site -aarondelesie.com ...um, yes this is another one of his spectacular weddings...Aaron shot this wedding AND the rehearsal dinner beach party with his wife Jennifer
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