“Because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” That was a very famous love quote that we often hear. But when I know how Miguel proposed Yessa, I immediately remember that quote.
“Paco and I met in 2009 at a picnic in Central park, New York, when we both lived there. He proposed to me last March 2015 in the bathroom of the W Sentosa in Singapore where we were checked in for the weekend. I was sitting by the edge of the bathtub waiting for the water for my bubblebath to cool. He suddenly approached me, reached into his right pocket, went down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. It was the sweetest surprise of my life. He sheepishly admitted shortly that he was supposed to propose in California at the Coachella Music Festival the following month but could no longer wait when he got the ring that he ordered from New York based designer, Satoru.”
Coming from the Philippines and belonging specifically to the Filipino-Chinese community, weddings with 500 guests are considered standard. When Yessa and Miguel started wedding-planning, they knew that they wanted a much more intimate affair and so decided to have it abroad.
“Bali was an easy choice because we fell in love with the charming island when we visited a few years back. We wanted an outdoor wedding to take advantage of Bali’s beautiful weather in September and took it to the next level by having it cliffside. On our wedding coordinator’s recommendation, we saw photos of Semara Uluwatu’s sweeping views online and immediately booked the place even before seeing it in person. When we finally saw the place, my jaw dropped as I took in the unbelievable landscape – it was truly paradise right before my eyes. The vision of twinkling light bulbs at the dinner reception made us feel like we were dining under a million stars while being serenaded with the smooth sounds of the saxophone was soothing. The ambience put people in such a genuinely good mood, we were so happy to sweep them off their feet even if only for one night – that’s what made it so special to us.”
Photo by Bonjo | Venue at Semara Luxury Villa | Organiser by Bali Exclusive Wedding