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RAIN & KIM TAE HEE’s SGD1,600 WEDDING

When Korean superstar Rain announced his marriage plans with actress Kim Tae Hee on 17 Jan 2017, no one could have expected that the wedding would be held two days later.

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In his handwritten letter posted on his Instagram account, Rain had expressed the couple’s wish to have a private and quiet wedding as their country is currently going through emotional and financially difficult times.

In contrast to many of the high profile celebrity weddings we saw in 2016, the couple, both Catholics, held their wedding at Gaheo-dong Catheral in Seoul. The modest ceremony attended by some 50 guests cost just SGD1,600.

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Image source: www.koreaboo.com

A graduate of the Seoul National University with a diploma in fashion studies, Kim chose to design her own wedding dress, with the help of her stylist, instead of flaunting a designer gown.

After the wedding, Kim released her handwritten letter to fans, thanking them for their well wishes and support in spite of the sudden news. She also thanked her partner for his “overflowing love” and promised to be someone he can lean on and count on for support.

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Image source: www.koreaboo.com

The low-key couple had originally declared that their honeymoon will be postponed for the foreseeable future. On 20 Jan, however, their management companies announced in a joint press release that the couple will be leaving for their honeymoon on 22 Jan. Was it a ploy to throw the paparazzi off-guard? We’ll never know.

Although the specific location was not revealed, holiday makers in Bali can keep their eyes open for the newlyweds who will be there for a supposed total of five days.

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Au Naturel at Villa Anugrah, Bali

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Speaking to Kris and Victoria Emerton-Jones about their destination wedding at Villa Anugrah, Uluwatu, Bali, there leaves little doubt that the intimate event, attended by 78 of the couple’s closest family members and friends, was a perfect reflection of what the couple was – affable, natural and utterly heartfelt.

With a breathtaking view set against the majestic ocean, there is little surprise that Villa Anugrah captured Kris and Victoria’s hearts once they set their eyes on it. Rather than setting a theme for the wedding, the couple chose to keep things timeless and let the venue’s wow factor shine through.

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“The natural beauty of the outdoor setting meant that we didn’t have to go over the top with decorations,” Victoria recalled fondly. “We just really wanted to keep things classic and romantic.”

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Kris and Victoria’s first encounter with each other was likewise filled with easy charm, with everything falling into place naturally as love blossomed.

“I actually spotted Victoria on a picture that was on my colleague’s computer screen at work when we were still living in the UK! I then arranged to meet her through the colleague and we hit it off straightaway,” Kris laughed. Their first year of dating saw Victoria relocating to Singapore with a new job, and Kris following suit within the next six months. With eight years of dating under their belt since, marriage was a natural next step for the couple.

“There wasn’t any turning point in deciding to get married,” Victoria affirmed, “We wanted everything to be perfect so we took out time – we’re both delighted that we did!”

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Following the beautiful ceremony at sunset, nightfall saw the wedding take a more groovy turn, as the couple and their guests in loosening inhibitions and dancing up a storm. The night was not without its fair bit of laughs – one of the photographers was so engrossed that he fell into the pool with his camera. Thankfully, the SD card survived the dip, though the same couldn’t be said for the camera lens. The night ended on a high note with a spectacular fireworks display that left everyone enthralled.

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Sharing that they would change absolutely nothing about their big day, Kris and Victoria were quick to point out that the wedding could not have run so smoothly without the professional assistance of their wedding planner, Vara Wedding. Over the span of 18 months, Vara Wedding helped the couple to work down to the details and visualise what their wedding would look like despite not being physically present in Bali.

“There wasn’t any major challenge that could not be overcome by speaking with the planning team at Vara Wedding. The biggest ‘stress’ for us was to decide what food we wanted because everything was so good!” Victoria gave her thumbs up to Vara Wedding.

When asked about their best piece of advice for couples who are currently planning their nuptials, Kris strongly recommended engaging a wedding planner, especially for destination weddings. “This is very important as you can’t see everything physically and meet every single vendor in person. Having someone to coordinate all these for you would leave you feeling relaxed so that you can enjoy your big day.”

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Vendors List:

Vara Wedding – Wedding Planner
Bali Metro – Videography
Terralogical – Photography
Lumbung Catering – Food & Drink
Aisle Project – Decoration
Bali Floating Stage – LED flooring and video drone
Yeanne Make-Up – Bridal Party make-up
British Consulate Bali
KLM – Business class flights
Villa Anugrah – Venue
Azimuth – Sound and lighting
Balloon Bunga – Fireworks & Sparklers
LED Balloon Release
Wiracana – Hand Fan
Sofitel Nusa Dua – Pre-wedding party
Bespoke Brides – Wedding dress (Chester, UK)
Shoes of Prey – Brides shoes designed herself
Light in the box – bridemaids dresses
Rossi – Grooms Suit & Hand Made Shoes (Singapore)
Next – Groomsman suits
AppyCouple – Website/app
Luxe Singapore – Invites