After Michelle Ledbetter and Danh Bui attended a friend’s wedding at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui in Thailand, they knew they wanted to get married at a Four Seasons resort. “We recalled the service and execution of that wedding, and knew Four Seasons would be able to deliver and coordinate the wedding we wanted,” explains Michelle. The year before their own big day, the couple vacationed at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, and quickly realized this was where they would wed. After more than 10 years of dating, the couple finally tied the knot in an intimate garden ceremony before celebrating with a poolside reception.
The Scene: Working with the Resort staff, the bride planned an event infused with “modern rustic romance,” calling upon lace details, weathered wood and a palette of blush pinks, golds and browns that both complemented the traditional Jimbaran atmosphere and evoked the couple’s California home. Pops of aquamarine—the colour of the bride’s birthstone—accented the neutral scheme and added vibrancy to the oceanfront setting. “I wanted to keep it classic and traditional, yet still personalized to us,” says Michelle.
The Bride and Groom: Michelle met Danh during her first year in college. “Our first meeting was not exactly love at first sight,” she remembers. “Instead, it was the exact opposite: We each told mutual friends to make sure we didn’t run into each other again.” But after they saw each other at subsequent events, the relationship blossomed. “We dated for a long time and survived all that life threw our way, and still managed to grow together,” says Michelle. On their 10th anniversary, Danh and Michelle took a trip back to the college town where they met—and Danh proposed. “He may not have been Mr Right when we first met,” says Michelle, “but on that day it was evident he was everything to me.”
The Bride Wore: Michelle was instantly enamoured of her stunning blush pink Divina gown by Maggie Sottero. “Part of me really wanted a blush-tone bridal dress, but I didn’t find one until just weeks before the wedding,” she says. “The fact that I found the dress and could have it in hand and altered in time—it was meant to be.” She paired the elegant, form-fitting gown with rhinestone-covered Enzo Angiolini peep-toe pumps, and accessorized with a Michael Kors watch and a selection of gold and pearl bracelets.
A Personal Touch: The bride handcrafted a number of the wedding’s details, including the ring bearer pillow, flower girl dress, welcome bags, wedding programmes and table numbers. “Despite the many miles, I still wanted to bring a lot of my own touches to the wedding,” says the bride.
Magical Moment: At the end of the reception, Michelle and Danh walked through a tunnel of hand-held sparklers, completing their farewell with a kiss. “It sealed our memory of our wedding perfectly,” Michelle says. “The wedding weekend was beyond anything I could have ever dreamed of.”
Photography Mimi Nguyen