After first talking on Instagram—while living on opposite sides of the world—Rico flew from Australia to the UK to meet Emma. The two ended up backpacking together and spent 18 months traveling around South East Asia and Australia, before Emma eventually moved to Australia to be with Rico. Now, with a love story like that—you can only guess how epic their wedding would be!
Emma tells us: We wanted to bring everyone on an adventure inspired by our backpacking trip, after spending so much time in Thailand and knowing that we’d have to bring family together from both Australia and the UK. We wanted to show them what we loved about the culture as well as a celebration of love and the chance to bring together our closest family and friends. We wanted a bohemian wedding that felt like a big celebration, so we decided to have two ceremonies with two dresses and two locations.
The First Ceremony
To start off their special day, the two had a Buddhist ceremony in the morning, held inside a cave.
Emma donned not one, but two incredible gowns—doesn’t this photo make her seem like an enchanted princess in a tropical forest?
I had the flower crowns shipped over by the florist, Jo Beth Floral Design, who co-owned the bridal boutique I was the manager of in the UK.
All the florals were white, with tons of luscious greenery for an overall ethereal vibe.
The Second Ceremony
The second ceremony paid homage to Western culture, while bringing in the beauty of the region.
Walking down the aisle with my parents, watching the sunset over the beach and the speeches. But really, every single moment was magical!
How cute are these two?!
Processional: Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding (acoustic version)
Recessional: Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles
First Dance: The Original by Incubus
We love the accent of the bridesmaids in gray, especially with all of the creamy white bouquets!
Emma shares: In the UK, I was working as the manager of a bridal boutique. I wanted a dress from an Australian designer as a link to Rico’s heritage and we worked very closely with Martina Liana.
Ignore everyone who tells you to be sensible! Be as ridiculous as you like—this is your day!
For the reception dinner, it was back to the cave…and we couldn’t imagine a cooler setting for this, can you??
What a view!!
Congratulations, E+R! And may your marriage be filled with many more adventures. :)
photography: Chris Barber Photography // venue name: Rayavadee, Railay Beach, Krabi, Thailand // florals: Jo Beth Floral Design (+ flower crown) // wedding dress: Martina Liana Bridal // wedding dress boutique: The Wedding House // hairpiece: Richard Designs (veil) // second dress: Babushka Ballerina