I’ve been looking forward for a long time to doing my first wedding at the amazing Conrad Samui, most well known for it’s stunning over water weddings. Whilst over water weddings aren’t new to me, Conrad wins a lot of awards for their weddings and I was super excited to host my first one here in July.
Logistically, Conrad is one of the most difficult hotels I’ve worked at due to it’s location on an extremely high hill. But how else are you going to get those amazing views? However, with a lot of planning and plenty of buggies, it’s certainly worth it.
Not only was this my first wedding at this venue, it was also my first African wedding. Ruvimbo originally comes from Zimbabwe and wanted to incorporate a lot of her roots into her Dream Wedding to Alex on 4th July 2018.
After two years of planning, the big day finally arrived. There were plenty of nerves, but surrounded by her favourite girls, they had plenty of fun getting ready doing each others hair and make up.
Mr rain wanted to keep us on our toes but he decided to play nicely and give us a beautiful day. Simple but elegant was what Ruvimbo wanted and The Flower Factory provided exactly that.
Live saxaphone was played for the arrival of the Bridesmaids and Ruvimbo who entered to Christina Perri – A Thousand Years, a favourite for many brides.
The ceremony was conducted by the wonderful Alfredo who always manages to make everyone both laugh and cry, often at the same time!
After the ceremony, guests mingled with drinks and canapes whilst we did the set up for dinner on the beach.
Fairy lights covered the area and the red and gold theme continued to the reception.
The bridal party made their grand entrance with a choreographed dance between the bridesmaids and groomsmen to lead Ruvimbo & Alex into dinner in traditional Zimbabwe fashion. There were many whoops and hollas as they worked their way through the guests to Brenda Fassie – Wedding Day
A week before the wedding I had been in Vietnam and the local beer in Hue was Huda beer, which also happens to be the newlyweds surname. So I bought them some beer mugs as a small gesture which they could drink from. I always think the little touches sometimes mean the most.
We had many emotional speeches and after dinner we had the first dance to Eta James – At Last where we had volcano fireworks behind the lovely couple light up the night. We went straight into the entertainment of the night which was a fantastic fire dance performance from the exceptionally talented Boonsuk team To end we did the cake cutting in front of the grand finale
A magnificent 4 tier cake with many flavours which more than fed all of the guests made by the wonderful Cake on Samui fitting in with the colour theme with wonderful gold glitter and white and red roses to decorate the cake.
Another dance performance by Ruvimbo and the bridesmaids led us into the party with everyone dancing, singing, whooping and cheering with music from Koh Samui Events, until the last dance to end the party, an all time favourite of mine Time of My Life from Dirty Dancing.
Once the festivities were over we managed to transport all of the guests to their respective hotels courtesy of Samui Explorer
A wonderful wedding to be part of and I wish Ruvimbo & Alex all the best for their future lives together.