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Sparks flew when two globetrotters from different ends of the world crossed paths in a land faraway from home. Parties are just part of life for ex-club DJ Dean Fergus and fashion designer Kristin Lee. Never did they expect that one would change their lives forever.

A long-distance relationship took off from there. Kristin was back in South Korea after spending years in Italy, while 30-year-old Australian hotelier Dean was constantly jetting between Australia and Asia.

They would meet up in Bali once a month but it was simply not enough for the lovesick Dean. He decided to pay Kristin a visit in Seoul during Christmas that year.

“It was a clear evening on Dec 27 when he got down on one knee in a hotel suite overlooking my city,” said Kristin whose parents were celebrating their wedding anniversary on the same day. “And I said ‘yes’.”

They exchanged their vows a year later at the cliff-top Tresna Chapel of Ritz-Carlton Hotel on the Bukit peninsula of Bali. Arranged by Secretvillas Bali, the reception was hosted at Villa OMG Nusa Dua on the other side of the peninsula. They engaged local Project Bali Wedding and Photo Factory Bali to take photos of the occasion.

Rather than the casual or beach-themed weddings commonly seen around Bali, Kristin wanted “a more high-end style you can see in capital cities around the world”. A frequent traveller to New York and an erstwhile resident in Italy, Kristin knew exactly where to find the right stuff to create a setting that amalgamated the refined taste of Europe, beautiful patterns of Korea, and the exotic nature of Bali.

Designing their monogram was one of the very first things Kristin did when she planned for the wedding. Their initials – written in Swarovski crystals – would twinkle blithely on her pink and peach bridal bouquet.

The couple made their invitation cards in India, ordered custom-made embroidered table linen in South Korea, and scrawled the names of their 50 guests individually on butterfly ornaments.

The bridal gown from the US was an eye-popper. Made with heavy duchess silk and dusted with Swarovski beads, it had a three-layered train that spread out 4m long.

Almost as pricey as the gown, the veil measuring almost 4.5m had to be custom-made to suit the length of the wedding gown.

Wedding guests were served a gourmet spread that included Russian herb blinis and chilled Spanish gazpacho. The kids had their own menu featuring their favourite fish and chips, and ice-cream.

As darkness fell, the guests ended up in the infinity pool that overlooked the Indian Ocean, sipping cocktails under the starry sky – the same nightscape that sealed the destiny of Kristin and Dean the night they first met.

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