To get your week started off right, I wanted to share with you the truly romantic, absolutely gorgeous, Bali wedding of Dorothy and Stanley. Prepare to be blown away by stunning photos by Studio Impressions, they are just too beautiful for words!
The Couple: Dorothy and Stanley
The Wedding: – Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
Junebug: What were your most important goals in planning your wedding?
Dorothy: Our most important goal for our wedding was to personalize everything. We wanted every detail about the wedding to be about the two of us. For example, our invitation showed a bride and groom together on a tandem bicycle as Stanley loves bicycles and is also a bicycle design engineer. Our RSVP card, the design of which I thought was really clever, also featured a bicycle but with four seats the bride and groom were in the front two seats and in the back there were two empty seats reserved for our invited guests. As for me, I love Westies and sweets, so for our desserts table we had custom made Westie cupcakes and Westie and bicycle shaped cookies. I think the best personalized item at our wedding was our wedding cake topper, which featured a miniature bride in a Vera Wang Dress custom made to be exactly as my wedding dress (the details of the dress were amazing!), a groom in a navy blue suit just like Stanley’s, along with a bicycle and a little Westie dog.
Our wedding colors were also very important to us. In addition to the cupcakes and cookies, we had a variety of pink, purple, and white candies. The staff at Alila Villas Uluwatu also offered to dye our Balinese desserts pink to match our wedding colors. The colors of my miniature bouquet and Stanleys boutonniere on our wedding cake topper matched the colors of the real flowers at our wedding. Most memorable was our water ceremony, where we poured two clear vases of liquid (sodium bicarbonate + phenolphthalein) into one big vase, which turned pink on instant contact. I was also very adamant about having a full path of pink rose petals (not just a small scatter), which I absolutely loved.
Junebug: Where did you hold your wedding and reception, and why?
Dorothy and Stanley: We held the wedding at Alila Villas Uluwatu. We loved the cabana and the view we had during the wedding ceremony. Our reception was held at the same venue next to the Cabana.
Junebug: What three adjectives describe your wedding best?
Dorothy and Stanley: We will tell you three words to describe our wedding: Best Wedding Ever!
Junebug: What were you looking for in a photographer?
Dorothy and Stanley: We were looking for someone who had experience in photographing in Bali, Indonesia. We wanted someone who was professional and had great artistic talent.
Junebug: What specifically drew you to Marcus Bell and Adam Finch of Studio Impressions?
Dorothy and Stanley: Their pictures are full of emotion and love.
Junebug: What did you enjoy most about working with your photographers?
Dorothy and Stanley: They were very professional and allowed us to be ourselves. They did not add stress to an already stressed bride!
The Photographers: Marcus Bell and Adam Finch of Studio Impressions
Junebug: How did you approach this particular wedding and what did you most want to capture during shooting?
Marcus Bell: Their relationship is what I most wanted to capture. Dorothy and Stanley have such a beautiful love story that started in their childhood, that I wanted the images from their wedding day to show the depth of that love and connection.
Junebug: Were there any special photographic requests from the couple that made this wedding especially exciting creatively or personally?
Marcus Bell: When Dorothy and Stanley first saw the work of Studio Impressions they loved both my work and Adams and could see that by combining our unique perspectives that they could get some amazing wedding photography, so they booked us both! This was so much fun because it was like being back in the early days of Studio Impressions when Adam and I often shot together, only much better creatively now. Dorothy and Stanley also wanted us to do some cinematography, so we got to combine our photographic and cinematography skills all together. We just did this ourselves without an extra videographer and because Id really gotten to know this couple, I loved the result.
Junebug: What was the most fun part of this wedding for you to photograph?
Marcus Bell: Everyone was so relaxed at the reception. They all had a great time and so did I, capturing the whole thing. I also loved the location shoot at Penang Penang Beach because it was so breathtaking at sunset and Dorothy and Stanley were not only willing to go anywhere I asked (even out on a rocky edge) they really used the time to soak in their first few moments of being husband and wife in this stunning place. I felt a bit like an intruder but also very lucky to witness it. Photographically, it was a dream.
Junebug: Were there any special locations you were able to choose that made for really great images?
Marcus Bell: Well the sunset at Penang Penang Beach obviously provided an amazing backdrop and location and the light was awesome although the challenge was to shoot quick before it disappeared! The infinity pool at Alila Villas Uluwatu was also amazing because the edge of the pool is a cliff edge. It provides a stunning location that suited this couple perfectly, but a lot of preparation had to be done to make sure the spot was secure and safe and that the hotel would allow us to shoot there. It is a little more dangerous than most infinity pools but it is so worth it!
Junebug: What kind of equipment did you use while shooting this wedding?
Marcus Bell: Nikon D4 and Nikon D800E with the 85mm f1.4 and the 135mm f2 and the 24-70mm f2.8 and 35mm f1.4. I also used Sandisk Extreme Pro cards. All light was natural available light. I didnt use any flash or pro lighting on this wedding.
Thank you Dorothy and Stanley, your wedding was a dream!
To learn all about the incredible team of Wedding Professionals that contributed to this amazing wedding in Bali, be sure to visit Dorothy and Stanley’s Real Wedding page in our Real Weddings Library.