You’ve Got to See This Ceremony + Reception Held in a Cave!

Thailand Wedding in a Cave

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.

Ready to head to South East Asia? Let’s take a look at all the moments Chris Barber Photography captured at Rayavadee in Krabi, Thailand!

Thailand Wedding in a Cave

So sultry!!

Thailand Wedding in a Cave

The First Ceremony

Thailand Wedding in a Cave

To start off their special day, the two had a Buddhist ceremony in the morning, held inside a cave.

Thailand Wedding in a Cave

Thailand Wedding in a Cave

Thailand Wedding in a Cave

Darling Details

Thailand Wedding in 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?

Martina Liana Dress

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.

Thailand Wedding in a Cave

all white bouquet

All the florals were white, with tons of luscious greenery for an overall ethereal vibe.

The Second Ceremony

Thailand Wedding in a Cave

The second ceremony paid homage to Western culture, while bringing in the beauty of the region.

Thailand Wedding in a Cave

Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

Walking down the aisle with my parents, watching the sunset over the beach and the speeches. But really, every single moment was magical!

Thailand Wedding in a Cave

Thailand Wedding in a Cave

Thailand Wedding in a Cave

How cute are these two?!

Our Musical Choices

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

Thailand Wedding in a Cave

gray bridesmaid dresses

We love the accent of the bridesmaids in gray, especially with all of the creamy white bouquets!

Martina Liana Dress

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.

The Newlyweds

Thailand Wedding in a Cave

Thailand Wedding in a Cave

STUNNING.

Thailand Wedding in a Cave

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

Ignore everyone who tells you to be sensible! Be as ridiculous as you like—this is your day!

The Tablescape

Thailand Wedding in a Cave

For the reception dinner, it was back to the cave…and we couldn’t imagine a cooler setting for this, can you??

Thailand Wedding in a Cave

Thailand Wedding in a Cave

What a view!!

Thailand Wedding in a Cave

Thailand Wedding in a Cave

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

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