Tashmiev & Michael
Tashmiev and Michael decided one special day just wasn't enough to enjoy the company of loved ones travelling thousands of kilometres to join them.
So they swapped the traditional honeymoon for seven days of wedding festivities at Phuket's blissful Cape Panwa Hotel.
The romantic ceremony set-up was an instant hit with the beautiful bride. "I remember walking down the aisle and thinking it looked like something from a magazine", Tashmiev says. The reception was also, literally picture perfect. "Guests were taking photographs of the tables," recalls Tashmiev, adding that the full buffeyt option was worth the upgrade. "We are foodies and have been to weddings where the food lets them down. So we wanted something that stood out - and it really did!"
An incredible fireworks display, an extravagance made affordable in Thailand, was the perfect finale to their joyous nuptials.
Tashmiev gives kudos to Angela at Wedding Destinations, who created a relaxed experience for everyone, including the older guests, and helped the couple feel confident, despite having never visited the hotel.
"It surpassed our expectations and that was just then hotel. The wedding was breathtaking from start to finish. Guests commented it was the best wedding they have ever been to", Tashmiev says.
She advises other brides to find a wedding planner who understands the local area. "The stress level is more than halved, having someone else organise the details".
Testimonial kindly provided by a member of the wedding party.
Cape Panwa Hotel
Renee & Rodolfo
On the 7th of May of 2016 and witnessed by 28 of their closest family and friends, Renee and Rodolfo tied the knot at the stunning Intercontinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort, Thailand.
Located on the tropical island of Koh Samui, The Intercontinental as a wedding location represents 5 star luxury combined with jaw-dropping beauty within the environment it is set.
Renee and Rodolfo from South Australia, met 5 years prior to Rodolfo popping the big question, whilst in Las Vegas. Catching Renee somewhat by surprise, the proposal came when having a photo taken at a Popular Halloween Theme Park. Just as the photographer was about to press the button, Rodolfo fell to one knee asking Renee for her hand in marriage. The memorable moment played out in front of a Spooky Back Drop and a line of strangers queuing for a photo.
Renee (though in complete shock) joyfully accepted!
Having been together for 5 years and having recently suffered the loss of a close relative, the couple found a new perspective and valuing just how precious life is, decided to embrace their future together and waste no more time. Now all they had to do was choose where to get married.
Decided upon Thailand as the Destinations, Renee spent the next 6 months painfully researching wedding venues in Thailand, searching for the perfect location to “Say I Do”.
At first, the prospect of getting married in Thailand was dampened as her efforts to communicate with several resorts and planners turned quite sour, with the local Wedding Providers being less than helpful and eventually quiet nasty.
Exhausted and feeling very much out of their depth, the couple touched base with the team at Wedding Destinations, who while based in Australia are internationally recognised and awarded for their weddings in Thailand.
Wedding Destinations first suggestion to Renee and Rodolfo was The Intercontinental Resort in Koh Samui, a venue that they had not previously considered, but instantly knew was the venue for them. Looking at the images from previous weddings coordinated by ‘Wedding Destinations’ at this venue, both Renee and Rodolfo fell in love all over again and the date was set for 7th of May 2016.
Having researched for the past 6 months, exploring Pinterest and countless wedding websites, the couple were keen to achieve an elegantly styled wedding, without being too stuffy. As the couple are very laid back kind of people, it was paramount that their relaxed nature be translated throughout the Ceremony, Reception and indeed the entire vacation experience.
Prior to employing the services of Wedding Destinations, Renee was acutely aware of the challenges faced communicating with Thailand wedding vendors and resorts. Much to her delight however, working alongside Wedding Destinations she was introduced to tried and tested local professionals, such as ‘Bliss Events’ and ‘Photo I Am’, who quickly began to transform her Pinterest inspired dream, into a detailed and reassuringly structured, reality.
From that point on, the planning process was seamless and with time flying, how time does fly, Renee found herself about to stroll down the aisle, to the sound of ‘Over the Rainbow’ by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. This was the first time she had seen Rodolfo since the previous day, having slept in separate rooms on weddings eve.
Up until that moment, Renee had been pretty head strong throughout the preparation of her hair & make-up, even the walk to the aisle. But then, suddenly engulfed by the sound of the music, the décor, the soul grabbing views and the sight of her hansom groom, now with tears welling up in his eyes, Renee was unable to contain the realisation that everything had finally come together, as one beautiful moment.
Yes, just like Rodolfo, Renee could no longer hold back the tears as she approached her awaiting groom, who eagerly took her hands and whose loving gaze gently settled the moment, allowing the ceremony to proceed.
Following the gorgeous, cliff-top ceremony, the newlyweds accompanied by the bridal party and groomsmen headed down the cliff-side with their photographers, for some shots, beach-side and with sun setting. As promised by the team at Wedding Destinations, Thailand’s ‘Photo I Am’ Photography and Videography team, delivered some incredible images that captured every detail of their perfect day.
On a lighter note, there was a particularly funny incident during the speeches that not only had their guests laughing hysterically, but also had the entire staff and wedding vendors giggling uncontrollably.
The unfortunate slip of the tongue occurred while the mother of the groom was giving her speech. Rodolfo is Filipino (as is his mother) and with English as a second language, Mum was attempting to express the concerns she had before Rodolfo met Renee. Worried that her son would never ‘The One’ because he used to be such a ‘Ladies Man’, the phrase was lost in translation and stumbling to find the correct words, Rodolfo was not described as ‘Ladies Man’, but instead, a ‘Lady Boy’ a term commonly associated with aspects of Thailand culture, but perhaps not quite so appropriate for her newly married son.
Regardless of the connotation, none of course were meant and both bride and groom assured the chuckling guests and staff that Rodolfo does not dabble in the Lady Boy scene. Alas, the explanation did not stop the laughing, only added to them.
The reception dinner was an impressive buffet, which being catered by the Intercontinental Chefs, was to an exceedingly high standard.
Entertainment was provided by a nameless local Trio band, who certainly had the night moving, encouraging some silly behaviour on the dance-floor (as to be expected).
Thanks to the professionalism of the Intercontinental Samui Baan Taling Resort, Bliss Events, Photo I Am and all the other vendors that work under the guidance of Wedding Destinations Australia, the day was a huge success and will be remembered by all those that attended and cherished by the Bride and Groom forever.
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