This Couple Brought Classic Romance to Their Beachy Wedding in Phuket, Thailand
After dating for a little more than a year, Jeffrey proposed to Jada on a beach. Ten months later, the couple wed on January 19, 2019—this time, at another beachy location: Rosewood Phuket in Phuket, Thailand, a resort that stood out to the duo for its elegance and architectural details. In fact, from the moment she saw it, Jada—a wedding photographer—knew it would be the perfect place to execute the couple's vision of a sophisticated, timeless wedding, she says.
"When I created my mood board, I wrote down on the first page: elegant, dreamy, classy, timeless, intimate," she explains. "I have always been someone who knew very clearly what I want and what I like, both aesthetically and mood-wise. And this is probably enhanced by the nature of my work as a photographer. This theme and mood is also my own photography style and branding—as my brand portrays who I am as well."
With the help of event planner The Bridal Planner, Jada brought her mood board to life with a palette of ivory, nude, blush, latte, a "tint of dusty gray-blue, [and] a touch of gold," Jada says. Her hard work and vision paid off—evidenced not only by the gorgeous images you're about to see, but also by the reactions of the couple's guests. "It was magical to see everyone so excited about our wedding," Jada says, adding that many friends and family members contributed to the day. In total, 85 attendees joined the couple for their celebration; many traveled from around the world to be there, Jada says.
Choosing the Engagement Ring
Jeffrey proposed with an oval diamond he helped design. But he also had a little assistance: "Jeffrey is a very picky and particular person, and when it comes to the engagement ring, he's no different," she says. Jada's friend guided him toward an oval design with a halo, and luckily, "Jeffrey came to his own conclusion that he finds an oval halo very pretty," she says.
The couple appreciated Rosewood Phuket's "elegant designs, thoughtful details, and impeccable standards," describes Jada. "As a wedding photographer who [has] shot at many venues in Thailand, I have never seen a venue like Rosewood Phuket."
For the invitations, Jada turned to her friend at Written Word, a bespoke stationery and calligraphy business. "I knew even before I met her that I loved her work and wanted her to be a part of my wedding dream team," Jada says. The bride gave the designer her color palette and otherwise let her run wild. "She worked her magic," she says. "We both love it!"The invitation suite features gold script, ivory-and-blush paper, and deckled edges.
The bride turned to another friend—the owner of The Lace Atelier—for her and her bridesmaids' lace robes, which they wore on the morning of the wedding. "She also surprised me with a special edition, spectacularly beaded robe on the day for a few portraits," Jada says.
This Is It
"Searching for my wedding dress was a long journey," Jada admits, adding that she tried on many gowns over many months without ever getting the "this is it" feeling, as she says. But when a friend sent her an image of what would become her wedding dress—a Yaniv Persy number with a nude lining and lace appliqués—Jada knew she had found the one. "Everyone loves my gown," Jada says. "It truly represents who I am."
As for her shoes? Jada knew she wanted them to be special. She ended up selecting a pair of Dior heels (she'd purchased them many years ago) straight out of her own closet. This worked well, since she hadn't wore them yet.
There was only one designer Jeffrey trusted for his tuxedo: his favorite tailor, Dream Bespoke. "He chose his favorite Zegna fabric as he wanted a black that is deep and rich," Jada says of the suit's classic color.
When it came time to select the bridesmaids' dresses, Jada stuck to her original plan: "I have always wanted a mismatched theme," she says, so she allowed her friends to help choose their Adrianna Papell and Jenny Yoo gowns. She wanted them to have something that fit both their bodies and personalities, she explains.
A Blooming Gift
Jeffrey and Jada held their 4:30 p.m. ceremony on the grass lawn of the Rosewood Phuket. "I love all the trees, which gives it an intimate and enclosed feeling," Jada says of the space.
Grounded flower arrangements—made of roses and greenery—lined the grassy aisle.
Down the Aisle
Jada's father walked her down the aisle to "Canon in D," Jada says. "I have photographed so many weddings with this processional song, yet it never ceases to move me to tears every time I hear it. I always knew it would be my song."
After a religious ceremony and hand-written vow exchange, Jada and Jeffrey recessed back down the aisle to "Oh Happy Day," for "a lighter, happier mood," says the bride.
Following the cocktail hour, guests entered the reception area—another grassy lawn, near the ceremony site. "I absolutely love the dinner reception setup—it was so perfect with the lawn and trees at Rosewood Phuket giving a vibe of an intimate dinner setting in the woods," Jada says of the party's scenic space and decorations.
Iamflower created low centerpieces in the couple's color palette; they topped latte-colored table runners. Taper candles cast a romantic glow on the reception.
Jada and Jeffrey served a white three-tier cake decorated with fresh flowers. The cake was red velvet, "as we thought it would be a favorite for both the ladies and gents," Jada says.
As the day turned to night, dripping lights strung above the tables lit the reception area—creating the perfect ambience for the rest of the romantic celebration.
Photography, Erich McVey
Venue, Catering, Cake, Lighting, and Transportation Rosewood Phuket
Videography, T.art Wedding
Officiant, Jason Young
Stationery and calligraphy, Written Word
Bride's gown, Yaniv Persy
Hair and Makeup, Chiali Meng Artistry
Bridesmaids' robes, The Lace Atelier
Flower girl dresses, Etsy
Groom's suit, Dream Bespoke