Melissa C. Koh

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Our Engagement Party


It’s been exactly a year since our engagement party and we find ourselves back in this beautiful paradise.

I can’t help but reminisce about what a fun and memorable time we had, celebrating our engagement in Bali. I vividly recall every moment of that trip and am so happy to be able to share them with you, in the form of stills taken by my close friend Melvin and his team from Multifolds.

I’ve travelled to Bali a few times before our engagement, both on my own and with James. It’s awe-inspiring scenery, handy crafts, amazing villas and incredibly aesthetic cafes are right up my alley. Hence choosing Bali has a destination where I would show my friends and family a great time and to celebrate such a joyful occasion was a foregone conclusion.

Leading up to the trip, we spent many sleepless nights and worked hard with our engagement party team from Bridestory and our stylist and Friend, Phillane from the Med Karlek, to ensure everything would be in place for the event. I am eternally grateful for Ivana and her team as well as Phillane, without whom such a spectacular party would not have come to fruition.

We planned the engagement party with the intention of bonding our bridal party together and to give our families the chance to relax, unwind and enjoy each other’s company with little to no distraction. Hence our decision to hold the party in Uluwatu, a less populated region in South Bali.

The actual day’s line up of events started with ice breaker games led my both our siblings, my brother Kit Kuan and James’ Sister Grace. We also had games throughout the evening to keep everyone entertained and engaged (some times at our expense haha). We had ice breakers at the start while our guests’ were mingling and also jenga blocks where they could give future baby name suggestions. We played the ever-so-classic shoe game during the party and another ‘Guess Your Partner’ game where I scored 100%.

Many will remember our engagement for the fireworks and the magical cliffside sunset view at Bracha Uluwatu. But, above all, my fondest memories are those of James’ 78 year old dad joining in the mass dance and the youngest of my family Jade and Joan learning it as well, how members of our bridal party came through for us to plan games and to write last minute but heartwarming speeches and the crazy laughter from when everyone decided to jump in the pool after letting loose on the dance floor. Those moments are what I will hold on dearly to.

The night was spectacular, from the sunset we witnessed to the amazing food prepared by our caterer, to the surprise fireworks and most of all the most treasured company of our nearest and dearest.

Recalling an event from a year ago, also makes me realise how far we’ve come and grown. Then, James and I had just start out working together and now we’re happily married with our own home and are back in Bali working on the latest collection of run after, something we both pour our heart and soul into.

Our Engagement Party was perfect in our eyes and we hold the fondest memories to it.

Wedding consultant: Hilda by Bridestory / Venue: Bracha Uluwatu, supported by Ohana Bali / Decorations: Ailuosi Wedding Design Studio / Photography: Multifolds / Videography: Axio / Catering: Al’s Catering / Invitations & Stationeries: Pemberley Paperie / Souvenir: Topi.nara / Conceptualized: Med Kärlek Inc / Dresses: Amanda Lee Weddings & Jessicacindy / Suit: Common Suits / Bridesmaid dresses: Juillet / Hair Accs: Le Ciel Design / WO: Ohana Bali by Ohana Enterprise / Lighting: Lightworks / Sounds: Agspro / Cake: Creme de la Creme Bali / MUA: InaLie Make Up / Hairdo: Noey Make Up / Wine: Sababay Winery / Shoes: Charles & Keith

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