Free Spirits: Shanan & Nick in Bali, Indonesia

Ever since Nick and Shanan were introduced by a mutual friend, their laid-back natures have been a perfect fit. They took a trip to Gili Meno (an island off the coast of Indonesia) during their first year together and fell in love with the location, leading the groom to suggest, "If we ever get married, it should be here." Sure enough, they returned a few years later for a breezy, intimate ceremony on this Indonesian shore.

Strands of shells were a fitting headpiece for the bride’s beachy linen gown. Handmade strands of shells and coral were also strung from the trees surrounding the ceremony space.

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Ever since Nick and Shanan were introduced by a mutual friend, their laid-back natures have been a perfect fit. They took a trip to Gili Meno (an island off the coast of Indonesia) during their first year together and fell in love with the location, leading the groom to suggest, "If we ever get married, it should be here." Sure enough, they returned a few years later for a breezy, intimate ceremony on this Indonesian shore.

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After the ceremony, guests traveled by boat to the island of Lombok for a luxe reception at the Oberoi Hotel. Inspired by the stunning sunrises on Gili Meno, the couple chose turquoise and peach as their color palette.
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The wedding was filled with spiritual touches — blessed Balinese offerings of bamboo trays containing incense and flowers were placed along the beach. The couple took part in the Hindu ritual of breaking a coconut before their wedding, symbolizing their respect for a higher spiritual power. 
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Fabric coasters tied together with shells and coral were given to guests as wedding favors.
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Daisy centerpieces complemented the unique table runners designed by the bride.
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The bride designed the patterns for all of the fabric at the wedding. Flags inside the reception tent showcased Shanan’s festive turquoise and peach patterns.
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Guests were treated to a selection of light canapés as they arrived at the reception.
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Guests enjoyed a traditional Indonesian Kue Lapis (a cake made from thin layers of pumpkin and chocolate). The couple used the same cake toppers that Shanan’s parents had at their wedding in the 1970s — bride and groom chipmunks made from walnuts, pipe cleaners and googly eyes.
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