Why did you choose a destination wedding?
We wanted a beautiful backdrop, something that would be (relatively) stress free to organise, and a place that our guests could enjoy for a relaxing vacation after the wedding. A destination beach wedding met all our criteria and allowed us to make a little holiday out of it ourselves.
Why did you select that destination and venue?
We knew pretty early on that we’d marry in Thailand, so it was more a matter of choosing a location from all the wonderful places in the country. As soon as we arrived at The Racha however, we knew we’d found our island. The crystal-clear water, perfect sunsets, stunning beach, and of course the very friendly (and helpful) staff made it a very easy decision.
How did your guests react to you choosing a destination wedding?
We had about 40 guests fly in for the weekend, and they loved it. It was the first time that many of them had been to Thailand (well Asia for that matter) so they turned the trip into a longer holiday by staying on to see other parts of the beautiful country.
Your favourite memory of the day?
It’s difficult to choose just one memory from such an amazing day – the ceremony, dinner by the beach, fireworks, Chinese lanterns, the after party – it was all very special. If we had to choose one memory though, it we would be the ceremony itself – being able to get married in paradise, surrounded by our closest friends and family members is a memory that we’ll cherish forever.
How did your coordinator help you?
Our coordinator, Whan was amazing. We planned the majority of the wedding via email and she was always quick to provide answers to our questions and share what could be done based on our ideas. From the ceremony to the after party, there was nothing that she wasn’t able to provide guidance on.
What was the best thing about having a destination wedding?
Getting married in a beautiful location and spending several days (as opposed to a few hours) with our closest friends and family members.
Where did you honeymoon?
We spent the weekend at The Racha and then went to Phuket for a few days. It wasn’t actually a honeymoon – it was more of an opportunity to continue celebrating with loved ones that we hadn’t seen in a long time.
The Couple: Penny Shen & Marcus Westling // Wedding Date: 28 March 2015 // The ceremony: Beachside, The Racha // The accommodation: Grand Pool suite at The Racha // Wedding coordinator: Wassana Suwanbenjapon (Whan) // Bridal gown: ‘White’ by Vera Wang // Photographer: Jaran Kewklam