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Destination weddings bring to mind warmer weather, sunshine, and well, the chance to get away from it all. Nao & Yuwa’s intimate wedding celebration in Bangkok was no different, as they and their guests flew in from Tokyo for the weekend.

But before we get ahead of ourselves, take in the architecture of their gorgeous boutique hotel venue, the Siam Bangkok.

Bangkok Wedding PhotographerBangkok Wedding PhotographerNao & Yuwa chose to hold their ceremony and reception one after the other, which meant they could take the time to get ready together prior to. This is my favourite way for a wedding day to unfold, as it means the formal parts of the day feel more like one big party – you and your guests can roll from the ceremony to cocktail hour, to dinner seamlessly, and you can rest assured that your guests don’t feel a gap in between events.

Bangkok Wedding Photographer

Bangkok Wedding Photographer

Bangkok Wedding Photographer

Nao’s mother stepped in to help with the finishing touches, a serene and gentle moment together before we were off to explore the hotel’s unique architectural mix of traditional Thai and modern aesthetics.Bangkok Wedding PhotographerBangkok Wedding PhotographerBangkok Wedding PhotographerNao & Yuwa had picked Bangkok as their destination as it was the first place they had ever travelled to together. Finding locations with personal meaning to you both can have a larger impact, as sentiment is a powerful thing.

Bangkok Wedding Photographer

Bangkok Wedding Photographer

Bangkok Wedding Photographer

Bangkok Wedding Photographer

Bangkok Wedding Photographer

Bangkok Wedding Photographer

Bangkok Wedding Photographer

Bangkok Wedding Photographer

While there is no right or wrong on choosing the size of your wedding, smaller gatherings tend to have a different feeling to them. There is a unique intimacy as the happy couple can connect with each guest; conversations can last into the night, and guests get to know each other a little better than say a large event with 350 in attendance.

Nao & Yuwa had 16 guests attend their wedding, and though everything was impeccably styled (guests included), you could feel a relaxed atmosphere in the air. Proof that formal celebrations don’t need to be stuffy.Bangkok Wedding PhotographerBangkok Wedding Photographer

Bangkok Wedding Photographer

Bangkok Wedding Photographer

Bangkok Wedding Photographer

Bangkok Wedding Photographer

As homage to their destination of choice, Nao & Yuwa opted for a traditional Thai water ceremony (Rod Nam Sang) to bless their marriage. The ceremonial headdress signifies their joining as a married couple, and starting with their parents, each guest poured blessed holy water over the couples hands.

Bangkok Wedding Photographer

Bangkok Wedding Photographer

Bangkok Wedding Photographer

By incorporating a new to them tradition into their wedding, it added a special depth to Nao & Yuwa’s ceremony that will have guests remembering it for years to come.

Bangkok Wedding Photographer

Bangkok Wedding Photographer

With a long table dinner set next to the Chao Phraya River, cocktails and champagne toasts were had as the sun set and the evening program began.Bangkok Wedding PhotographerBangkok Wedding Photographer

A long table dinner creates an environment meant for socializing compared to a circular banquet style table which can feel more formal. The shape of the space as well as the overall feel that we wanted to create for the reception was also taken into consideration. Al fresco dining brings to mind family style meals and relaxed summer evenings meant for enjoying. By adding lounge chairs beside the table, guests were able to mingle and unwind before dinner.

Bangkok Wedding Photographer

Bangkok Wedding Photographer

Bangkok Wedding Photographer

Bangkok Wedding Photographer

Bangkok Wedding Photographer

Bangkok Wedding Photographer

Nao & Yuwa chose to move the party into one of the traditional Thai houses for their speeches. By gathering family and friends around, their heartfelt words felt sacred as their nearest and dearest were able to hear them in a soft spoken manner, no podium or microphone required.Bangkok Wedding Photographer

Because of the intimate size of the gathering, Nao & Yuwa were able to hand their thank you gifts and favours out to each guest instead of placing them next to the place settings at the table.

Thinking of hosting a smaller destination wedding? Here’s what to keep in mind:
    • Taking formal photos prior to the schedule of events will allow for a more seamless day, and allow you to be present with your guests. The smaller guest list and unfamiliarity of the setting can become more apparent if there’s a gap in between proceedings.
      Be present! Be there! Mingle and enjoy the fruits of your labour.
    • We did family photos right after the ceremony, but because half of the guest list was family, we were able to get these done within 15 minutes and take a larger group photo with everyone near the water afterwards. Since lounge chairs were put out where the reception was taking place, guests were able to socialise and grab a drink while the family photos proceeded.
    • If you want to have your events back to back, think of what time you’d like the reception to begin and work backwards from there. If you plan on doing family photos in between ceremony and reception like we did, think about how much time that would potentially take, as well as the ceremony length to figure out a scheduled start time.

Bangkok Wedding Photographer

Bangkok Wedding Photographer

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