Rustic Phuket Destination Wedding at Chalong Bay Rum Distillery

October 5, 2018 | Junebug Weddings

If Thailand isn’t already on your bucket list, it will be after seeing this gorgeous Phuket wedding at Chalong Bay Rum Distillery! Kalinda and Anthony planned their epic destination wedding while living in New Zealand, and to say we’re impressed would be a huge understatement. Since they were coming from a beach town, they thought it was only fitting to have a beach wedding in Thailand but with a glamorous and upscale twist. With simple decor, a soft color palette, and thoughtful details, they were able to create an unforgettable destination wedding experience for their 30 guests. We can hardly get enough of their newlywed photo session with Two Little Starfish, which highlighted the best of Thailand’s street markets, temples, and even elephants. From beginning to end, this Phuket wedding was truly something special!

The Couple:

Kalinda and Anthony

The Wedding:

Chalong Bay Rum Distillery, Phuket, Thailand

When planning our wedding, the most important thing to us was that everything was simple. We didn’t want anything over the top or plan anything too difficult to achieve. Simple was best for us since we were living in New Zealand while planning a wedding in Phuket, Thailand. In terms of vendors, the most important thing for us was having a great photographer!

The most memorable part of the day was definitively the ceremony and reading our vows to each other. We were married on a beautiful beach in tropical Phuket surrounded by 30 of our amazing friends and family members.

We chose Thailand for our destination wedding because we had been there a few times before and fell in love with the place, the people, the culture and the affordability of everything. We wanted to take our friends somewhere that we found beautiful, somewhere there was lots to do and see, and somewhere everyone could afford to have fun and not worry about every penny spent. Phuket is a great holiday destination because you can either shop till you drop or chill out next to the pool with a margarita. There is so much for people to see and do, but if your the type of person who likes to relax on vacation, Phuket is great for that, too!

I used to work in event management and so my husband let me work out all the details for the wedding in Thailand. From finding a wedding planner to finding a photographer and choosing the flowers, I was in charge of everything and loved it! I didn’t hire an event planner, per say, but she acted as more of a middle man. I had a vision of what everything would look like and how it would all go and she was the lady who made it all happen. She organized the ceremony, flowers, chairs, and celebrant, and I organized the whole reception venue and party. I didn’t want a big expensive resort-style wedding as having gone to Thailand a few times before I knew that I could have a gorgeous glamorous wedding without the big price tag. So, by planning everything myself and researching everything possible, it was quite phenomenal what we achieved with our budget.

We had no idea prior to arrival what the menu was going to be. As a treat to our guests, we knew we wanted to have oysters, but other than that I had no idea what it was going to be. We had various meat bbq skewers with fancy dipping sauces. We had a selection of bread and dips as entrees, a massive selection of salads and vegetables, and amazing caramelized bananas for dessert. I think the main hit was the unlimited cocktails. Those majitos were to die for; everything was so fresh!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Two Little Starfish
Event Planning and Videography – Gina Smith Photography
Venue – Chalong Bay Rum Distillery
Wedding Dress – Made With Love Bridal


Congratulations to Kalinda and Anthony, and a special thanks to Two Little Starfish for sharing this beautiful wedding at Chalong Bay Rum Distillery with Junebug! Looking for more destination wedding inspiration? This Brazilian couple planned their fashion-forward Italian destination wedding in only four months!

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  1. Beautiful wedding photos.

  2. These are stunning! Can’t beat a cutie elephant guest

  3. Just when you think seeing a dog as a regular feature at a wedding all dressed up, then you go and see an elephant on the beach! Fantastic day!

  4. Amazing images from their wedding day, beautifully captured.
    Congratulations to Kalinda and Anthony, on your new journey of life and wish you all the best

  5. This make me want to go to Thailand and cuddle an elephant. What an experience! I had horses at my wedding, now I wish I’d had an elephant!

  6. Awesome photography. Loved the pics with the elephants must have fel surreal.

  7. WoW! The best beach wedding I’ve ever seen !
    Two Little Starfish did a great job!

  8. Haha loving the elephant photobomb!

  9. Love the atmosphere at the island and the photos. So chill

  10. This is off the scale good! I didn’t realise elephants were such gentle and friendly creatures. These photographs will be cherished for the rest of your lifetime. Incredible images.

  11. OMG!!.. A baby elephant!! So cute!. And That venue is beautiful.

  12. Wow what a cute baby elephant! Such a beautiful photo shoot thank you for sharing.

  13. Elephant, I see an elephant. Nice wedding touches.

  14. Very creative set! The elephant is super cute, and I also love the shot where the dress flows into the roots of a tree.

  15. What an incredible location and I’m sure a dream to shoot ;-)

  16. That baby elephant is blessing them with a trunk full of love :)

  17. Great pics! Very natural and appealing. Good job!

  18. OMG! it’s so cool! Great job!

  19. Wow, this is epic! Now I want to plan a trip there

  20. I love the sweet little elephant! This is a gorgeous celebration <3

  21. A truly exotic wedding. I’ve always dreamed of getting married on the beach.

  22. Wow! Beautiful beach wedding photos =)

  23. So authentic and peaceful. Love the wedding photos and the elephant! :)

  24. Love this picture with bride an elephant!

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