When planning a trip to Bali, Indonesia with her husband, photographer AUDRA WRISLEY realised it was the perfect opportunity to put together an editorial shoot in this beautiful part of the world so she set about finding local vendors to help her bring her vision to life. After many emails back and forth with HARI INDAH WEDDING PLANNING & DESIGN, the shoot started to take shape. They envisioned a shoot that would capture the authentic Balinese and Javanese styles of PELANGI ESTATE, with a vintage-colonial flair using accents that they added in themselves. To balance the lush jungle scenery, they opted for a softer, faded tonal palate of pink, orange, greens and blues.
So here's where this shoot gets interesting. Putting a model call out on social media, Alex & Magdelena who at the time were travelling through Thailand, replied to Audra's post and decided to be implusive and travel to Bali. Audra says, "It was their free-spirited presence and courageous love that turned the shoot from being simply beautiful, into something truly special. Alex, who left his desk job two years ago for a trip around the globe with no end in sight, had met Magdalena at a hostel in Warsaw in the summer of 2014. As they arrived at Pelangi Estate on the morning of the shoot, they completely fell in love with its beauty and serenity. When Magdalena was in make-up, they decided that they could not imagine a better scenario to actually tie the knot."
Yes you read that right! Originally just there to model for a shoot, once the scene was set they threw caution to the wind and actually got married! You've gotta love the spontaneity in that!
Audra continues, "An hour later, on the breathtaking sundeck right outside the main villa overlooking the river, Magdalena and Alex improvised their vows and sealed their commitment to each other with a local priest overseeing the beautiful ceremony. A magical moment to all of those present, instantly engraved in our memories forever."
New bride Magdelena tells us, "It was the best day of my life and I will never forget that. I think that pictures from that day show how happy I was. On that day, when my husband asked me if I wanted to marry him right there and then, he made me the happiest person in the world, and he has made me feel this way every day since."