Anantara Koh Samui Wedding
Tanya and Bobby celebrated the finale to their spectacular wedding celebrations at Anantara Koh Samui. A truly international affair, wedding guests arrived from three continents to celebrate the bride and groom’s fairytale wedding in Thailand. Our beautiful bride, Tanya, described her wedding in her own words, originally published on HELLO! Magazine’s Wedding Blog featuring Koh Photography.
‘Both Bobby and I were born in the United States but have strong ties to our parents’ home countries. Bobby’s family is from Iran and my family is from Thailand. Out of respect for our families, we had three ceremonies – one Persian ceremony, one Thai ceremony, and we also decided to combine all three cultures into our third and final ceremony in Koh Samui.
Organizing a wedding is a tough task on its own, but organizing three ceremonies – with three groups of people coming from four different parts of the world – is a task on a whole different level! But Bobby and I are extremely lucky that our respective families love each other as if we were truly one family.
This wasn’t just my wedding, it was his wedding, too… and this wasn’t just our wedding. It was a celebration of the union of our two families, and a celebration of our friendships that have spanned our entire lifetime.
We had around 60 people come to our wedding ceremony in Koh Samui… and it was the perfect size! Many more of my family and friends were on hand for the ceremonies in Bangkok. For us, this was not just about planning our ceremony, this was about planning a celebration for all the important people in our lives, especially for those who made an effort to share in our union.
I bought my dress from a store in St. Louis named Clarice’s, a wedding boutique with fantastic service and wide array of dresses for all brides. Recognizing that wedding dress shopping is a pinnacle moment for all brides, Clarice’s allowed me to come back four separate times with my mom, now mother-in-law, now sister-in-law, and my closest friends to help me select the perfect dress.
It was important for me that not only did I feel beautiful, but that Bobby would think I looked stunning as well. I was thrilled to find this dress which perfectly hugged my figure – a mermaid style, strapless, all tulle dress, which was absolutely perfect for me, the beach, and for Bobby. The best party was that I was lucky enough to get this dress for under US$800.
My bridal party consisted of my closest friends. Two close friends from college, my sister-in-law, and the remaining bridesmaids I’ve known for over 10 years. Bobby’s groom’s party also consisted of his very close friends. Each of Bobby’s friends are just like him – loyal, loving and hilariously funny.
This ceremony meant different things to different people. For our families, who were unusually close even before our engagement, this ceremony was a celebration of two families joining into one. For Bobby and I, this was a celebration of all the relationships we have formed in our lives – from our friendships to our own relationship.
For me personally, it was the moment that I have been waiting for since I met Bobby – to be lucky enough to wake up every day next to this amazing man, who never fails to surprise me with his loyalty, his love and his passion.
Anatara Koh Samui
The beach location was surreal. Anantara Koh Samui went to great lengths to create the best beach location, building multiple platforms, covering the platforms with sand, and decorating each item – from the menus to the flowers to the table decorations. It was better than the pictures, better than we expected, and far better than we could have ever dreamed.
Very clearly the venue itself is stunning and has a great natural beauty, but most importantly the wedding coordinator was extremely experienced, knowledgeable and shared my excitement as if she were the bride herself. I loved her enthusiasm and of course, she made sure the wedding ceremony was perfect. Everything about the ceremony, reception and every small detail was far better than we could have ever imagined!
The reception was straight out of a fairytale: each table was decorated like a formal wedding – white table cloths with full formal place settings and stunning table decorations, all perfectly arranged to our table seating chart.
Small lanterns made the whole area glow and Anantara Lawana lit up the water, emphasizing the white sand and crystal ocean. The buffet was extensive and delicious, the dance floor was perfectly sized for our group.
After our perfect experience at Anantara Lawana, Bobby and I set off for a quick honeymoon to Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau.
The highlight of our reception was the firework show, a gift from me to Bobby, to remind him that our marriage will never have a dull moment!’
It was truly a pleasure to photograph Tanya and Bobby’s wedding at Anantara Koh Samui. If you are looking for a wedding photographer on the Thai islands, we look forward to you contacting us at Koh Photography!