Bandara Resort & Spa Samui Wedding: Rhea + Gavin

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March 25, 2016 / By / / Post a Comment

Gavin saw Rhea across the room in a crowded bar and instantly knew he wanted to get to know her. It was easter weekend, nearly six years ago. Rhea was out with a group of her friends celebrating the start of another great season of Gaelic Football with her teammates. They chatted for a while and sparks flew 😉

A few days later Gavin turned up to his first day of practice with the mixed football team he’d joined and -I didn’t get the exact details on this- but I think his jaw must have dropped when he saw Rhea jog past. They’ve been adventuring together ever since.

They had decided on the Bandara Resort & Spa as the place to get married a they loved everything whole 2 years ago! They loved Gie, the resident wedding planner extraordinaire there at Bandara and everything she came up with.

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The day started off nice and hot and relaxed with the girls getting ready in one of the villas. Rhea and her bridesmaids did their own makeup and they had their friend do their hair, she did a stunning job… wait till you see!

bride getting ready at Bandara, Koh Samui wedding photographer

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wedding ring and dress detail with bouquet, Koh Samui garden wedding

Meanwhile Gavin and the boys got ready together in a seperate part of the resort…

Groom getting ready for his wedding, Koh Samui professional wedding photographer

Rhea had chosen white + blush for her and the bridesmaids…

Koh Samui wedding white and pink rose bouquets

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Thanks to Don for the awesome photos of the boys getting ready!

Groom getting ready, putting on shoes

I love Gavin’s tie!

wedding details brides dress and groom's tie

Gavin came backpacking through Thailand with a great friend, Jono,  who was one of his groomsmen 8 years ago. They said they had one of the best times ever, and loved every minute of their 3 month Thai experience. That was one of the reasons why choosing Thailand as the location for thei destination wedding was so easy!

groom getting ready looking in mirror tying tie

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Rhea is originally from New Zealand, and Gavin from Ireland, so Thailand is almost halfway for both side of their families to travel, the perfect destination!

bride applying makeup in mirror, Koh Samui bride doing her own makeup

Rhea’s bridesmaids helped her into her dress, and she looked stnning!

bridesmaids helping the bride get into wedding dress before ceremony, Koh Samui wedding photographer

Koh Samui wedding ceremony detail photos, wedding bands and ceremony gazebo for garden wedding

Koh Samui bride getting into dress

The Banyan Tree Lawn, where Gain + Rhea decided they wanted their wedding ceremony to take place in the gardens of the Bandara resort.

Bandara Samui Banyan Tree Lawn wedding

The groomsmen chilling before the ceremony…

candid image of groomsmen waiting for the ceremony to start

Bandara Samui Banyan Tree Lawn wedding, beautiful Koh Samui garden wedding location

Rhea looked so, so beautiful!

bride and groom during wedding ceremony

Beautiful Koh Samui wedding ceremony under Banyan Tree in a garden

Koh Samui wedding ceremony in a garden, Samui wedding photographer

Koh Samui wedding photographer ring exchange, groom putting ring on bride's finger


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Pop the Champagne!

groom about to pop champagne after the wedding ceremony

bride holding her bouquet, Koh Samui wedding, white rose and lilly bridal bouquet

After the ceremony we headed to the gardens for some bridal party photos…

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Koh Samui wedding party photos in a garden, Bandara Resort and Spa wedding photography

bridal party portraits, bridesmaids in blush dresses and groomsmen in navy pants

We had a whole lot of fun chatting + getting some fun photos.

groomsmen having fun together, Koh Samui garden wedding ceremony with beautiful light

bride and bridesmaids holding bouquets with beautiful sunlight filtering though behind them

groomsmen laughing and showing socks, natural and fun wedding photographer on Koh Samui

Just LOOK at these beautiful women!!!

lovely portrait of beautiful bride and her bridesmaids at Koh Samui garden wedding, Koh Samui wedding photographer

This is what we called the model pose photo… quite vogue, don’t you think?!?! Haha!

cool bridal party photo, bridal party having fun looking like models

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bride and bridesmaid details of shoes, dresses and bouquets standing on grass

bride and her friends walking away from the camera, Koh Samui garden wedding

Then Rhea, Gavin and I headed onto the beach for some quiet time <3

bride wearing lace head piece on one side, beautiful bride and groom portraits on the beach, Koh Samui wedding at Bandara

And FUN times… 😉

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This is the look of a couple who are not only best friends, partners in crime, travellers but also teammates, literally.

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And just beautiful moments that leave me speechless in the moment, feeling the love between these two 🙂

beautiful bride and groom walking on the beach, Koh Samui wedding photographer

bride wearing a lace beaded headpiece on one side, beautiful portrait of the bride looking down, bride standing on the beach, Koh Samui wedding

Rhea wanted heaps of fairy lights for their reception by the beach, and I must say, it kinda took my breath away, just like a fairytale!

Bandara Samui wedding reception, Love sign, beautiful wedding reception set up

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'love' marquee light sign, wedding reception details, Thailand wedding, Samui wedding photographer

Then we quickly let off a few lanterns at the end of dusk…

Thailand wedding lantern release, Koh Samui wedding photographer

And these two rocked their official entrance as a married couple to their friends and family cheering them on.

bride and groom entrance to reception, fun wedding photo of bride and groom dancing to entrance song

cake cutting for Koh Samui wedding, groom cutting the cake and bride laughing uncontrollably

One of the sweetest first dances <3

Koh Samui wedding reception first dance, bride and groom romantic first dance with friends onlooking

And what awesome wedding is complete without a wedding cupcake for all the guests to share in the yumminess.

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Mr & Mrs sign at the bridal table, wedding reception details, Koh Samui Thailand wedding


Happy Friday In LOVE <3 <3

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