ETERNAL BLISS

A BREATH­TAK­ING CLIFFTOP CER­E­MONY AT A POSH HILLSIDE RESORT IN THAI­LAND SETS THE TONE FOR A TORONTO COU­PLE’S IN­TI­MATE CEL­E­BRA­TION, COM­PLETE WITH WOODSY, RUS­TIC TOUCHES AND CUL­TURAL ELEMENTS.

Weddingbells (Toronto) - - Contents - BY KIM­BERLY AGLI­PAY. PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BLUSH PHO­TOG­RA­PHY.

A breath­tak­ing clifftop cer­e­mony in Thai­land sets the tone for a Toronto cou­ple’s wedding.

Amem­o­rable trip to Sri Lanka cul­mi­nated in an en­gage­ment for Toron­to­ni­ans Ed­wina Tam and An­drew Joseph. To Ed­wina’s sur­prise, An­drew popped the ques­tion af­ter the pair hiked to the top of Sri Lanka’s fa­mous moun­tain, Adam’s Peak.

“We started our hike a lot later than we ex­pected, so we were hik­ing in a hurry, fear­ing we would get stuck half­way or at the top of the hill un­til the next morn­ing,” Ed­wina ex­plains. “It was ex­tremely hu­mid, so we were rushed, ex­hausted and sweaty. An­drew kept push­ing me to con­tinue climb­ing, and I started to get an­noyed with him.”

When the cou­ple reached a spot with a beau­ti­ful view, An­drew pro­posed. “Im­me­di­ately af­ter­ward, I rushed him to leave be­cause it was get­ting dark,” Ed­wina re­veals. “Now when we think back about this, we laugh!”

In­spired by their en­gage­ment set­ting, Ed­wina and An­drew chose a clifftop cer­e­mony with a woodsy, rus­tic theme. “We picked cream, blush, grey-blue and bur­gundy for a touch of el­e­gance and pop of colour,” says Ed­wina.

The Ayara Ka­mala Resort and Spa on Thai­land’s Phuket is­land was an ideal choice due to its stun­ning view and amaz­ing pri­vate beach. The cou­ple’s wedding plan­ners from The Wedding Bliss Thai­land cre­ated a beach setup com­plete with pil­lows, and decked out the re­cep­tion in natural de­tails, complemented by beau­ti­ful flo­rals by I AM FLOWER. “They did an amaz­ing job cap­tur­ing our theme, with many wow fac­tors we were awed by,” says Ed­wina.

Just un­der 40 of their clos­est friends and fam­ily watched as the cou­ple ex­changed vows in front of one of the wow fac­tors, a 10-foot-tall cir­cu­lar flower arch. “To us, the arch was a sym­bol of eternal love, with no be­gin­ning or end, just like the love we share,” says Ed­wina. “It was unique and breath­tak­ing—truly a mas­ter­piece!”

The cel­e­bra­tions in­cluded a tra­di­tional Chi­nese tea cer­e­mony. “We mixed elements of tra­di­tion with comedic sab­o­tage, where An­drew and the grooms­men un­der­went the tor­ment­ing door-crash­ing games the brides­maids care­fully thought out,” Ed­wina ad­mits with a laugh. “It was also very cute to see each other in the tra­di­tional tea cer­e­mony out­fits.”

To en­sure the wedding was the best of both their worlds, the cou­ple in­cor­po­rated Sri Lankan elements, such as ex­chang­ing flower garlands. “To in­ter­twine both cul­tures, with tra­di­tional Sri Lankan and In­dian cus­toms and at­tire, was an­other part of our day that made it unique and un­for­get­table.”

Af­ter a first dance to Zayn’s “Fool For You,” the pair par­tied with their guests into the wee hours. The re­cep­tion ended with an impressive fire-spin­ning per­for­mance.

“Our wedding was lux­u­ri­ous and unique, and rep­re­sented us in the most mean­ing­ful way,” Ed­wina says. “It was ex­actly what we en­vi­sioned, if not more.”

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