SOME­THING GOLD, SOME­THING BLUE

IT’S HAP­PILY EVER AF­TER FOR ONE TORONTO COU­PLE, WHOSE EPIC CEL­E­BRA­TION IN BALI, IN­DONE­SIA, IN­CLUDED A SCENIC RE­SORT, FRIENDS AND FAM­ILY FROM AFAR, AND STUN­NING FLO­RALS.

Wedding Bells (West) - - Contents - BY KIM­BERLY AGLI­PAY. PHO­TOG­RA­PHY RHYTHM PHO­TOG­RA­PHY.

A cou­ple’s epic cel­e­bra­tion in Bali, In­done­sia, in­cluded a scenic re­sort, fam­ily and friends from afar and stun­ning flo­rals.

In 2007 Carol Lau and Tru­man Wong had their first en­counter at the church they both at­tended. Seven years later, Tru­man pro­posed to Carol dur­ing a cruise to Ber­muda. “It hap­pened one night when I had trou­ble open­ing the door to our cabin. Tru­man opened the door, and to my sur­prise, he was all dressed up,” Carol re­calls with a smile. “He started singing a song, led me to the bal­cony and asked me to marry him. The plan all along was for me to even­tu­ally open the door my­self and find him in the room, but Tru­man ac­ci­den­tally locked it from the in­side!”

Con­sid­er­ing they had fam­ily from sev­eral dif­fer­ent coun­tries, a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding was al­ways in the cards for the cou­ple. “We thought it would be won­der­ful to gather friends and fam­ily for a get­away some­where in Asia,” Carol ex­plains. “We fi­nally de­cided on Bali, In­done­sia, be­cause of its beau­ti­ful scenery, great ac­com­mo­da­tions and how amaz­ing the wed­dings there al­ways look.”

The pair knew one de­tail they re­ally wanted for their wed­ding was to in­clude as many flow­ers as pos­si­ble. “We love flow­ers and green­ery, and Bali is ab­so­lutely stun­ning with amaz­ing land­scapes, so we wanted to in­clude as much of Bali’s beau­ti­ful out­door el­e­ments in­side the venue as well,” Carol shares. “We wanted an el­e­gant look for the wed­ding day, but also wanted it to be cheer­ful and rep­re­sent fun and joy.”

A favourite mo­ment for Carol hap­pened on the morn­ing of the wed­ding, be­fore the cer­e­mony. “I’ll never for­get how I felt when I first saw Tru­man that day,” she says. “We hugged, and I swear I saw tears in his eyes. I couldn’t be­lieve I was go­ing to be­come his wife, and he was go­ing to be my hus­band.”

Friends and fam­ily from Toronto, New York, Mel­bourne, Tai­wan and Hong Kong gath­ered in the In­fin­ity Chapel of the Con­rad Bali re­sort to watch the cou­ple say “I Do.” The chapel’s lo­ca­tion right on the wa­ter made for a daz­zling bal­loon-re­lease photo op, fol­lowed by a canopy-cov­ered lunchtime re­cep­tion. “I re­ally loved how we were able to use all the out­door and in­door spa­ces at Con­rad Bali,” Carol notes.

Step­ping into the Ke­cak Ball­room for the re­cep­tion was a mo­ment of de­light for the bride and groom, who had only seen the space once be­fore. “It was hard to vi­su­al­ize without see­ing ev­ery­thing in per­son be­fore­hand,” Carol ad­mits. “But it turned out so much bet­ter than I could have ever imag­ined.” A lush green flo­ral wall with a “Carol and Tru­man” de­cal served as the back­drop for the head ta­ble, which was lined with stun­ning blue, blush and white blooms. Gor­geous stems hung from the ceil­ing above ev­ery inch of the space, and gold cen­tre­pieces topped with flow­ers stood in the middle of each ta­ble.

Guests en­joyed din­ner and sur­prise per­for­mances by Carol, who played the pi­ano, and Tru­man, who per­formed a dance rou­tine with his grooms­men. The cel­e­bra­tions con­tin­ued with many guests spend­ing time with the cou­ple in Bali af­ter the wed­ding. “We are blessed to have so many fam­ily and friends who were able to fly in from all over the world to be with us,” Carol says. “We are grate­ful they’ll be a part of our mem­o­ries for­ever.”

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