7 Elements We Loved From The Bali Wedding Of Christian Bautista And Kat Ramnani
There was something in the way he looked at her, indeed.
"Asia's Romantic Balladeeer" and "The Way You Look at Me" singer Christian Bautista couldn't take his eyes off his beautiful bride, Globe Telecom executive Kat Ramnani, at their destination wedding in Tirtha, Bali.
The dashing groom, on the other hand, was a dream come true for Kat who once told Metro.Style, "I never really wanted to get married. And then I met Christian, and that really changed everything they say, that cliché, gross, icky love stuff is true—when you're with the right person, you'd know."
Our feeds were filled with snaps from the #LetsGetReadyToRamBau event last weekend, and there's no denying how perfect everything looked—from the ceremony, the couple's outfits, the reception, the food and drinks, the cake, the special performances, to the after-party. It was dreamy and fun at the same time.
On being a "proud bridezilla," Kat says, "I had a hand in everything—from the guests’ experience, to the loot bags, to hand-dying my hair extensions! I was really trying to ensure that the 'customer' experience of the guests is felt by all their senses—from the taste, to the smell, to what they’re seeing."
Here, we break down all the details we loved about this wedding:
With photos from @patdy11 @iamfperez @chitoines @carloorosa
1. The venue. The couple tied the knot in Bali, Indonesia. Why Bali? Aside from the fact that this island is fast becoming the favorite wedding destination because of its beautiful scenery and paradise-like ambiance, the place also holds a special place in the hearts of both Christian and Kat.
Kat shares with Metro.Style, "Our first out-of-the-country trip together was in Bali. I just remember Bali being such a magical place. It completely captured us, and we were enamored with the place. It’s a beautiful venue, and we felt that it was the right place for us to celebrate our love and express our love for each other."
To make things easier and hassle-free, the couple worked closely with Luckynine, a Bali-based wedding coordinator, that ensured everything would go smoothly and according to plan.
2. The bride's wedding outfits. Kat looked extra gorgeous on her wedding day, clad in an intricately embellished mermaid-cut gown for the ceremony and a sheer, sultry dress for the after-party, both of which were created by Israeli fashion designer Inbal Dror. Kat got both pieces off-the-rack.
3. The groom and his attire. Christian always looks good in a classic suit. To make him look more dapper on this special occasion, he turned to fashion designer Francis Libiran, who created for him a green velvet coat paired with a white button-down, a black waistcoat, a pair of black trousers, and a black bowtie.
4. The reception styling. What added more drama to the whole occasion was the glasshouse reception venue. The ceiling featured plant chandeliers and round fringed accents with fairy lights. Long tables were set up. Ghost chairs were used to lend the overall look an elegant feel. So simple yet magical!
5. The food and drinks. Apart from the music, Kat says Christian was also helpful with the menu and wine pairing for each dish. They served their guests European cuisine—an amuse bouche of foie gras flan with port wine sauce (paired with Aromo Viognier 2016 from Chile), an appetizer of steamed blue lobster and potato salad with tomato sauce served with chili sherbet (paired with Bogle Vineyards, Chardonnay from the US), main course of coq au vin (paired with Chapelle de la Trinite Saint Emilion 2014 from France), and a dessert of maccha pudding with mascarpone cheese ice cream, sweet stewed red bean, and maccha crumb (paired with Aromo, Artemisa Moscatel de Alejandria Late Harvest from Chile).
Photographer Francis Perez from Team Pat Dy talks about the dining experience, "Christian and Kat's reception was the epitome of class, style and elegance... a four course dinner wine pairing treat for their guests, a Japanese sommelier on the side, Daisuke explaining each vintage every step of the way."
6. The cake. One of the highlights of the evening was the cake cutting ceremony, featuring a visually delightful and delicious 4-tier semi-naked donut cake embellished with mini donuts, blueberries and rosemary. "The frosting was buttercream. And in total, there were 27 sticks of butter used for the cake," the Naked Patisserie's Christian Mark Jacobs tells Metro.Style.
Sketch courtesy of Naked Patisserie's Christian Mark Jacobs | Photo courtesy of Pat Dy
Screenshot from a video courtesy of Naked Patisserie's Christian Mark Jacobs
Screenshot from a video from @carloorosa
6. The entertainment. Christian's closest friends from the local music industry were present to witness this milestone in his life. And to make him and Kat feel loved on their special day, three of his friends—Mark Bautista, Erik Santos, and Sam Concepcion—performed at the reception.
Of course, Christian also had some moments onstage and treated their guests to great music; he performed alongside a local band. Perhaps the biggest surprise during the evening was when the bride herself entertained everyone with a ukulele number.
And as a cool twist to the after-party, guests participated in a silent disco!
7. The groom's speech. During the reception, the couple thanked everyone who made their wedding possible, but the person Christian is most thankful for is his wife, who meticulously planned every little detail of their wedding. All of Kat's effort was worth it, because not only did her husband appreciate her, the guests also took home lots of happy memories from this trip.
Congratulations, Christian and Kat!
Photos from @patdy11