Traditional Thai Meets Modern Eclectic: A Mystical Garden Wedding in Northern Thailand!

It’s not every day that you get to experience two extremely different ceremonies — in one wedding! Sevgi + Deniz chose Northern Thailand for their destination wedding, as it is one of their favorite countries to travel to. Lookmai of The Wedding Bliss Thailand, their event designer + planner, shares: It’s not every day that there’s a wedding planned in Northern Thailand, and the destination still remains widely undiscovered. It does contribute to the beauty of the region even more, not yet spoiled with the crowds of tourists, like some islands, it preserved its original charm and incredible culture even nowadays.

Taking place at the exquisite Dhara Devi hotel in Chiang Mai, the wedding day had several stages. It started off with a traditional Thai marriage ceremony, which includes a parade and games. The second part of the day was devoted to a western style vow-exchange ceremony + reception dinner. Surrounded by mythical Thai sculptures and tropical forest, the day was brimming with mystical garden elements.

Prepare to be enchanted… Let’s scope out the photos snapped by Alen Karupovic!

Traditional Thai Ceremony

There were four key points that S+D wanted to make sure of throughout the day. #1 Non-stop fun and dancing. They even had a Balkan brass band playing for a bit! #2 All the materials used had to be natural (no synthetic); they used real wood, stone, metal, fresh flowers, and natural fabrics. #3 Replete with personal touches, of course. #4 Delicious traditional Thai food, served in a family-style way!

Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

One of the elephants who walked into the amphitheater ended up peeing in the middle of everybody... looking back, it was very funny! When we walked in to the dining area, everybody naturally started playing their tambourines to welcome us, which was a magical moment - it was as if a million crickets supernaturally started "singing" for us. The feeling of togetherness, on impromptu moments like this left such an impact on our hearts. At the end of the night, our music team, Inspector Gadje, was playing Jay Z in Balkan Brass style, and I was being bounced on the shoulders of my two girlfriends - it was incredible seeing everybody still be so into celebrating at 3AM in the morning, and going crazy. These 3 were unforgettable moments.

The bride shares: We have very eclectic tastes, and cultural history. We made sure that this was reflected in the wedding experience. I would say that the wedding was operationally quite modern and had a big emphasis on: engagement, performance, music. But the aesthetics were very romantic, mystical/surreal, and rustic/historic.

How STUNNING are these two? Sevgi donned the most exquisite Alessandro Angelozzi gown and looked like an angel…

The Modern Vow Exchange

HOLY SMOKES, HOLY SMOKES, HOLY SMOKES. Need I say more about this floral set-up from IAMFLOWER?

What a wonderful, magical, mystical garden…

This floral backdrop is DEFINITELY topping our charts for coolest use of florals, EVER!

Our Musical Choices

Processional: Postcards From Italy by Beirut

Recessional: Postcards From Italy by Beirut

First Dance: The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra

What a dream. Aren’t those pops of magenta to offset the pale peach hues simply stunning?

The Garden Reception

The dining tables were arranged on a spacious lawn, with tons of flowers everywhere — to keep the mystical garden illusion. The color palette included a mix of quite bold hues: lilac, rose quartz, yellow, dark purple, green and grey.

Mismatched chairs lined the tables and brilliant floral arrangements added interest — a great way to break up the long family-style tables.

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

Be opinionated and vocal, because nobody else can read your mind regarding an experience that has so many different variables. Test and be sure to be able to trust your wedding organizers… mine were great!

WOW. What a day. And what a week of international weddings here at GWS!

Congratulations, Sevgi + Deniz!!

photography: Alen Karupovic // venue name: Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai, Thailand // event design: The Wedding Bliss Thailand // planning: The Wedding Bliss Thailand // florals: IAMFLOWER // wedding dress: Alessandro Angelozzi // bride's ring: Ursa Major // music: Balkan brass band // lighting: Charlie Lighting