Although Monique and Matthew originally planned a gorgeous wedding in Sydney, Australia, for 120 guests, the couple quickly realised that their celebration was becoming less about what they envisioned and more about those 120 people. “I had seen brides on their wedding day looking so overwhelmed, and I didn’t want my day to be like that,” says Monique. “I really wanted to be present in the moment and enjoy my guests.” The pair cancelled their Sydney venue to plan a destination wedding at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui.
The Couple: Monique met Matthew in Sydney when she interviewed for a job at his company, and almost instantly knew he was the one. “He was my first friend in a new city,” she says. Over the next few months, the pair spent time together, bonded over their love of dining out, and ultimately became a couple. When they moved in together, says Monique, “we knew it was meant to be.”
The Rehearsal Dinner: The couple hosted a rehearsal dinner in a private residence within the Resort. Beside the home’s pool, guests savoured seafood canapés as they mingled. “It’s not every day that you are with 43 of your favourite people in the world, in a foreign country,” says Monique. “It really built up such a sense of happiness and joy, as we were so appreciative of our guests for making such a long trip to share our special day.”
The Scene: Monique wanted a relaxed yet elegant wedding, cocktail hour and reception, and Thailand’s natural beauty served as the inspiration for the celebration’s aesthetic. A sandy white beach at the Resort was the location for the sunset wedding ceremony, during which Monique and Matthew exchanged vows under a hydrangea-and-rose-covered bridal arch. After an al fresco cocktail hour complete with mojitos and amaretto sours, guests wandered over to the beach reception, where white chairs and round tables with crisp white linens were adorned with white and blue floral centrepieces. Lanterns were set around the perimeter of the area, and purple landscape lights highlighted the trees and cast a luminous glow over the scene. “It made the whole night feel like a dream,” says Monique.
The Bride Wore: Monique chose an unconventional two-piece gown by Suzanna Blazevic Couture—an “easy, breezy outfit,” says the bride of the flowing, lace-adorned dress. “I knew I wanted something completely me and that completely suited the destination.” She accessorised with earrings by Samantha Wills, peep-toe heels and flowers in her beach-wavy hair.
The Honeymoon: Monique and Matthew extended their time in Koh Samui and honeymooned at the Resort for eight days. “From the moment we checked into our villa, we knew every holiday from then on would not compare,” says the bride, who spent the days kayaking, sailing and swimming with her husband. “By night we had room service around our villa pool and soaked in the experience together.”
Photography Blumenthal Photography