A Journey of Love
illiam Shakespeare wrote, “Journeys end in lovers meeting.” Like twin souls separated at birth, we go through life in search of that special someone, that one true love and when we find them, our lives are complete. I wouldn’t say the journey ends, however, more that it takes a new course, this time, with your soulmate in the seat beside you, as you embark on a quest for new meaning and the joys of a shared life.
This issue, we celebrate great journeys. Of course, a wedding is not just about the big day itself but all the preparations leading up to your walk down the aisle. How do you envision your journey to your big day? It doesn’t always have to be tense and hectic. From inspiration for your cake and pre-wedding beauty treatments to the most trendy colour themes, we’ve covered everything for a smooth and blissful journey.
Whether your big day is around the corner or a year away, make sure to enjoy the planning process. It’s been said that it doesn’t matter where you’re going, but who’s beside you. Very often, a bride leans on other women in her walk down the aisle, for advice, for help on the big day, and indeed, you’ll probably be handed values that have been kept in the family for generations. Whoever these special women are—your mum, sister, aunt, cousin or best friend—toast your sisterhood with a sparkling celebration. We offer ideas with a beautiful photo spread featuring society’s best pals, Meaghan See and Nada Jumabhoy, on page 126.
Travel remains a popular wedding theme, perhaps because more couples are meeting abroad, they come from different places, they enjoy travelling together, and the sheer fact that we live in a cultural melting pot. And because everyone has unique travel stories, the travel theme is the easiest to personalise on the big day. See how couples have done it in the Dreams section, starting on page 54.
This issue, we also turn the spotlight on destination weddings, with expert tips on travelling with designer gowns (page 39) and planning an overseas pre-wedding photo shoot (page 144), and even how to elevate your home with resort-inspired details to keep that wedding holiday mood for good (page 32).
In creating this issue, we travelled to Tembok on Bali’s northeast coast with city girl Sabrina Ho. While Bali, particularly its vibrant south, continues to be a popular location for destination weddings and shoots, we show you a different side of the Island of the Gods—what’s left of authentic Bali, and a godsend for frazzled to-wed couples in search of tranquillity and an ancient spiritual healing. Check out the gorgeous bridal gowns spread against a majestic backdrop from page 102.
Don’t miss the special story this issue where married couples share how the’ve navigated their journey of love. Read about it from page 94. Enjoy every little step to your big day. It’s going to be your most epic adventure yet!
Experience Bali’s authentic spirit in Tembok (page 102); romantic spots for breathtaking pre-wedding photos (page 168)