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.
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.”