Since mid July of this year, I’ve been traveling like crazy. I’ve only been home 1 – 2 weeks at a time. Saidy and Kale’s Bali elopement was right in the middle of all of this. Today I took a little break from the mound of editing that I am buried under to blog the actual wedding day. I previously blogged the little in home shoot we did in the airbnb they rented in Changgu.
I just want to say that scrolling through their gallery today to choose images for this blog brought actual tears to my eyes. Looking back on it now, it was one of the most special days I’ve ever been a part of.
The day started out like every other day in Bali. We walked to breakfast as the sun was rising, drank lattes and walked back to our house to hang out. It was Monday, the full moon. In Balinese culture this is an incredibly special occasion and there were offerings being made on every street corner. Outside of our airbnb in particular, special offerings were held all throughout the day. I think the special ceremonies set the tone for the day. Saidy embraced it all, laid by the pool most of the morning and by afternoon she started getting ready to meet Kale at the “Saidy House” as I’m calling it. Kale kind of stayed away trying to keep some sort of tradition I suppose. He sat in the living room sipping Bintang, and listening to old country tunes. Saidy, of course in true Saidy form, got herself ready with no help from anyone. She washed her hair, put on a little makeup and headed down to the house carrying her dress like it wasn’t anything too special. Kale was there waiting for her but he stayed in a room until she called for him to come out so they could get married. Together they walked to the front yard, said their vows and it was done. I was pretty surprised when I felt a little tear while shooting their ceremony. I mean, it was the most chill, untraditional wedding I’d ever been a part of but seeing the way Kale was looking at Saidy and the look on her face was enough to make even me choke up.
We snapped a handful of photos, played music, let them have a first dance, and then we all wandered back to our other house to change clothes. We had a drink at the pool, then headed down the street to our favorite Mexican restaurant to celebrate over dinner. I swear there was some sort of vibe in the air and I will never forget it.