It was my distinct pleasure to design Verna & Tinos gorgeous beachfront wedding at Samujana on Koh Samui, Thailand. From the very first time I talked to Verna, we clicked. Helping her plan and design her wedding was one of the highlights of my year. Verna had a clear vision of what she wanted for the wedding; organic yet elegant, romantic and intimate. We began designing shortly after the invitations had been printed which left a lot of room to create something magical. After a few phone calls, I created an inspiration board and design proposal detailing all my ideas for layout, welcome gifts, flowers, stationary, ceremony, tables and all those special little touches. We set up a walk through in Thailand to meet and view the beautiful property and confirm all our plans a month prior to the wedding. Verna and I walked through the entire event, planning special design details for each event, and thinking through all the logistical details to ensure a phenomenal guest experience! Planning for the tropical Thai weather, I suggested an open sided, U shaped tent, so that guests would be covered in the case of rain while still being able to appreciate the beautiful environment. The phenomenal production team, BIC built the chairs, bars, tables and tent exactly to my specifications. The result was an exquisite, intimate weekend.
Guests arrived at the Koh Samui airport greeted by a wooden sign with organic greenery swag, cold towels, and welcome bags containing a local sim card, water and a snack. Upon arrival an Samujana, guests met their Villa manager, who offered them an in house menu, as well as gave them the opportunity to sign up for a variety of classes throughout the weekend, including yoga, cooking and muay thai.
The day of the wedding guests were greeted with cold towels and a welcome beverage on the ocean front lawn. As the ceremony began, the bridal party entered down a pathway lit by more than 300 candles. Guests stood as the bride made her way down the aisle, lined with a lush pathway of growing flowers. The bride and groom exchanged vows between organic floral arrangements. After the ceremony champagne, signature drinks and appetizers were passed to guests as they mingled on lounge furniture as the sun set. Making their way to the reception, guests were greeted by an oversized wooden board holding the seating assignments, and baskets of flip flops and pashminas.
Guests entered the tent, taking their seats at weathered wood chairs. The U shaped tent had a fully draped ceiling, with soft chiffon panels tied off with greenery on every pole. Crystal chandeliers hung above with greenery vines strung throughout. Menus made of cotton paper with gold foil sat tucked inside napkins, with guests names tied to sprigs of greenery. Etched bottle openers with the couples monogram sat at each place setting inside stamped muslin bags. Lush, organic green and white flowers sat between mercury glass and metallic candle holders, creating an intimate and romantic environment. Verna and Tino did their first dance on the dance floor which sat in the middle of the U, outside the tent. After dinner, guests watched as a beautiful show of fireworks went off overhead.
Photo: Ryan Ray | Design & Planning: Joy Proctor Design | Local Planning: Luxury Events Phuket | Florals: Bow & Arrows | Videography: Lovell Productions | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Gabbie | Rentals & Lighting: BIC Productions | Catering: Go Samui Catering | Stationary & Calligraphy: Written Word | Location: Samujana Villa