{destination wedding} Elora & Rajiv ~ Bali

I tell stories.

I’ve resisted the label storyteller for the longest time, but the truth is that is what I am. What I’ve always been. People invite me into their stories, be it for a moment, and I try and re-tell them my way. Often the stories tell themselves, they lead me by the hand and all I do is listen to what I’m given.

But this time.

Man.

I really don’t even know where to begin. The story I’m about to tell is more complex than any other, yet it’s as simple as breathing. A couple of years ago, Jacqui and I went to Ubud in Bali for the first time. Serendipity lead us on winding roads to the small village of Sayan. We rented a beautiful house for a week, overlooking the Sayan Gorge and as soon as we arrived there, my whole body reacted in a way it never had before. I have never felt more in tune with a place, it felt like the world and I were finally breathing in sync. When we had to leave Sayan, I knew I had to come back one day.

When Elora and Rajiv contacted me about their Bali wedding, they never mentioned where in Bali they were getting married, but from their first contact, I knew I had to shoot it. I was meant to shoot it. It took me months to understand why. As it turns out, Elora grew up in the house next to where we had been staying that time in Sayan. As a girl she had been playing in the rice paddies of the Sayan Gorge dreaming that she’d one day would marry her prince charming there.

Elora’s father, John Hardy, raised his family in the heart of Bali, and once you visit Sayan, you will understand why.

Elora met Rajiv in NYC. There he was, the prince of her dreams. Because that he is, a very, very charming prince. I ramble now, and I realise I will never to explain everything about this wedding to you, all the ins and outs, so I’m just going to present it to you. I need to explain a few things though. The wedding took place over three days. The first day John took the guests of a wondrous hike, explaining how the Balinese irrigation system works, showing us all how the farmers grow and harvest rice. It was hot, wet and extremely humid, but i still felt a strange connection with everything I saw, my senses turned on the max, the hairs on my arms tingling. After the hike we finished up with lunch down by the river before people took a soothing dip in the spring pouring over the cliff from the Hardy residence.

Later that night, all the guests met up at Bambu Indah for the first celebration, an Indian ceremony and the craziest dance party I’ve ever seen.

Day two started early. Elora’s dress was made from fresh Jasmine flowers and she was later sewn into it. A bridge had been made from bambu and on that Elora and her father walked across the river to the ceremony. Later we shot the portraits in the rice paddies where Elora had played as a little girl before me met up with the guests in a village close by for the reception. And here I know my images can’t show you the glory of what I saw. The reception that night took place under a large Banyan tree, I have never seen anything like it before. As you’ll notice, there aren’t too many traditional wedding details in this post and that’s because Bali itself is the detail, the fabric of these days, and that’s why the images can’t show you what it was like.

Day three. Elora and Rajiv were blessed in a local ceremony before they invited the locals to a feast under the stars. About 500 people were fed and several times I had to remind myself to shoot the magic in front of me. It was just so much to take in.

I know these images can’t tell you the whole story, there’s no way they can explain it to you, but hopefully they will give you an idea.

All I can give you is a glimpse, show you a fraction of what I saw, a taste of what we all felt.

The week before the wedding Elora sent me an email with a  photo of herself.

It simply said,

It will be just like this.

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Today’s wedding is today featured on Oncewed here and here and was also published in American Vogue last month.

music credit: Balmorhea – We Will Rebuild With Smooth Stones (iTunes)

 

  • November 27, 2012 - 7:25 am

    Michael Wachniak - so effing good, Jonas. Amazing imagery, beautiful storytelling. Art.

  • November 27, 2012 - 7:26 am

    nirav - One of the best wedding stories ever told. Incredible work my friend.

  • November 27, 2012 - 7:28 am

    Tracy Morter - There are no words!

  • November 27, 2012 - 7:29 am

    Erica Margan - first wedding blog I’ve started crying as I went through. thank you for sharing

  • November 27, 2012 - 7:30 am

    Jacki Bruniquel - You always blow me away. But Bali is my special place ….. Sigh ……. These pics are heaven in a vision!

  • November 27, 2012 - 7:31 am

    Brennan - Just wow, man. This looks uh-mazing.

  • November 27, 2012 - 7:32 am

    Dean Govier - “Dear Jonas, Thanks for continually raising my bar.
    Yours faithfully,
    Wedding Photography”

  • November 27, 2012 - 7:33 am

    Hector Mora - Oh my word! this is just sublime. You are a lucky man Jonas!

  • November 27, 2012 - 7:36 am

    Sandy - just jaw dropping gorgeous !

  • November 27, 2012 - 7:37 am

    Joy - Amazing is an understatement. Well done.

  • November 27, 2012 - 7:43 am

    vikki - ugh!!! simply stunning. Your work is breath taking, it always leaves me in awe.

  • November 27, 2012 - 7:44 am

    coler - The way you described how in tune you feel with Bali is precisely how I feel about Iceland. But more to the point of the matter, this is a masterpiece. Sheesh….

  • November 27, 2012 - 7:46 am

    Crystal Skrupski - This just may be one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. You’re brilliant.

  • November 27, 2012 - 7:46 am

    Martin Hambleton - Incredible. Absolutely incredible. Completely mind blowing.

  • November 27, 2012 - 7:47 am

    Emily Greenwood - This. is. Unreal. Embrace the term “storyteller,” because you truly are one. The emotion really comes through.

  • November 27, 2012 - 7:50 am

    Stig - Thanks, everything feels so integrated, the story, the nature, the people, your vision.

  • November 27, 2012 - 7:52 am

    Jonas Wall - You are truly gifted. How you always manage to give me chills and make my eyes moist..thank you.

  • November 27, 2012 - 7:53 am

    Gedas - amazing story.

  • November 27, 2012 - 7:53 am

    Fotografo de boda - Out of me, absolutely amazing!

  • November 27, 2012 - 7:54 am

    André - That’s nuts. You rock Jonas! Tack!

  • November 27, 2012 - 7:58 am

    Carolina Lindsay - Absolute life changing work…May God bless you to continue on this journey..we will follow you through it. thank-you so much for sharing. Story-teller you are :)

  • November 27, 2012 - 7:59 am

    Lee Bouras - Gasp!!!!! this is amazingly beautiful Bali Bali Bali in love with everthing there. You have captured this stunning wedding with so much love through your lense. I am of course in awe of the incrediable flower dress they really know how to construct and weave flowers over there. You are a true story teller <3

  • November 27, 2012 - 8:01 am

    James Frost - Wow Johns this is incredible !!!

  • November 27, 2012 - 8:01 am

    Steve Fuller - A master of storytelling, simply stunning photography

  • November 27, 2012 - 8:03 am

    Beccy - Wow! Oh wow! You must have been in heaven!

  • November 27, 2012 - 8:06 am

    Dan O'Day - toward the end i started to smell bali.. that means its working. great job brother

  • November 27, 2012 - 8:15 am

    Lev Kuperman - Holy Moly! This is the definition of an EPIC Wedding.

  • November 27, 2012 - 8:17 am

    Nic Duncan - Extraordinary. Speechless and teary :-)

  • November 27, 2012 - 8:30 am

    Stefano - so, so good man. The images made me feel like I was there.

  • November 27, 2012 - 8:40 am

    ivan - Genial un enorme trabajo en un mundo espectacular …….

  • November 27, 2012 - 8:45 am

    Jesper Anhede - Jonas, you kick ass.

  • November 27, 2012 - 8:50 am

    Flávia Monteiro - If I could, I would choose you as my wedding photographer. You’ve come to Brazil?
    Your work is very very very beautiful!!

  • November 27, 2012 - 8:57 am

    Sanna Ek - Helt galet vackert! Vilken storytelling.. Känns som man hör musik Och trummor! Mäktigt.

  • November 27, 2012 - 9:03 am

    Dave Sundstrom - Stunning work as usual Jonas … I can totally understand why Bali makes you feel that way. To shoot a wedding there must have been amazing!

  • November 27, 2012 - 9:07 am

    Zosia - Oh this is GLO-RI-OUS!! Awesome stuff, Jonas! Breathtakingly awesome!

  • November 27, 2012 - 9:10 am

    Kristin Moat - *blank* – nothing I type can match what I’ve just read and viewed. fact.

  • November 27, 2012 - 9:18 am

    Belinda - Wow, the most beautiful wedding I have ever seen – captured beautifully.
    No wonder you fell in love with Bali, what a way to experience it.

  • November 27, 2012 - 9:18 am

    Rebecca - I agree with Dan O. I could almost smell Bali.
    Now THAT is how you do a Destination Wedding.
    Amazing.

  • November 27, 2012 - 9:32 am

    Simon Dewey - This is the most inspiring wedding photography I’ve ever seen

  • November 27, 2012 - 9:32 am

    Ajeng - this is AMAZING! you captured the essence of Ubud very well, definitely a magical place to be, it looks spiritual and I love that it was held outdoor everyone blended with nature. They look very happy, looks like a very well planned wedding.

  • November 27, 2012 - 9:38 am

    Hope Copeland - Jonas, wow. Words escape me.

  • November 27, 2012 - 9:48 am

    benj haisch - incredible. yes, incredible.

  • November 27, 2012 - 9:48 am

    Faith - Wow. This is the reason to be a destination wedding photographer. Incredible, Pulitzer worthy work.

  • November 27, 2012 - 9:59 am

    Vicki - I am sat here listening to that beautiful guitar playing and looking through what can only be described as such a stunning set of photos. Incredible. Incredible. Incredible.

  • November 27, 2012 - 10:00 am

    Cam - What an incredible story Jonas, you’ve captured it with heartfelt emotion. Amazing stuff.

  • November 27, 2012 - 10:01 am

    rizal - 3 days of awesomeness !!! great beautiful works jonas… :) if you are on my budget, i’d hired you to re-tell my wedding stories for sure….

  • November 27, 2012 - 10:10 am

    Tova - Amazing…

  • November 27, 2012 - 10:15 am

    Nikki Bezel - Epic doesn’t even begin to describe it. Bravo Jonas!

  • November 27, 2012 - 10:17 am

    Jack Chauvel - Totally amazeballs and we had a wee list from Jacqui of places to visit when I went to Ubud in August. Did not disappoint.

    :)

  • November 27, 2012 - 10:21 am

    Heidi Vail - Amazed as always! Thank you for sharing and inspiring!!!

  • November 27, 2012 - 10:41 am

    onald - this is so magical!

  • November 27, 2012 - 10:46 am

    Mike Ibarra - without words, amazing!

  • November 27, 2012 - 11:30 am

    e - these images are like stills from a hollywood film – correction – not even hollywood could imagine or create something this breathtaking………..

  • November 27, 2012 - 11:49 am

    Darren Miller - Jonas! This is amazing and gives me new inspiration for the ways to reflect the feeling and atmosphere of the wedding event. The image of the wedding ceremony by the river is the most beautiful ceremony image I have seen. Gorgeous. Thank you:)

  • November 27, 2012 - 12:00 pm

    Ed Atrero - Amazing!!!

  • November 27, 2012 - 12:04 pm

    Matt - What an experience!…..and amazing photography, yes you sure do tell a good story.

  • November 27, 2012 - 12:08 pm

    Danny - Everyone of these photos could stand on their own. These are simply fantastic congrats on the publication Jonas you are amazing!

  • November 27, 2012 - 12:35 pm

    Sonia Jansson - This is pure magic. This is certainly a piece of wedding photography history. Jonas, you are blessed with greatness. I hope you understand that.

  • November 27, 2012 - 2:05 pm

    catherine - Beyond words.

  • November 27, 2012 - 2:07 pm

    Kimberley Hill - beautiful, magical, perfectly captured.

  • November 27, 2012 - 3:10 pm

    Girish - Simply beautiful. I can’t imagine how many photographs you would have taken in those 3-4 days. Truly beautiful. What a place to get married :D. Those 2 vertical shots are my favorites one where she is getting ready and the other is where both of them are standing at the edge above the pool. Too good.

    I have been following your work for a few months now and I am completely bowled over by your style. Very inspiring as always. How you “I try and re-tell them my way. Often the stories tell themselves, they lead me by the hand and all I do is listen to what I’m given.” is what amazed me completely. Very very inspiring work. I am learning to Adapt to your style with my ideas. I don’t know how you do it, but the film-like and feel that you get works so perfectly.

  • November 27, 2012 - 3:11 pm

    Kelly Siler - this is bonkers. well done.

  • November 27, 2012 - 3:38 pm

    Derek Ho - Most enchanting wedding ever seen. The detail and the setting and the photography is breathtaking.

  • November 27, 2012 - 4:57 pm

    Luciano - Awesome movie. (This photos have smell, sound, motion, soul. They are alive.)

  • November 27, 2012 - 5:09 pm

    mike fiechtner - words cannot describe how awesome this post is!

  • November 27, 2012 - 5:11 pm

    Manel Tamayo - Wonderful storytelling !!!

  • November 27, 2012 - 5:28 pm

    Mark Kalkwarf - An Absolutely magical story told by an Absolute master storyteller.

  • November 27, 2012 - 5:40 pm

    Jay Rowden - Insane!!! Love love love

  • November 27, 2012 - 5:57 pm

    Jane Haglund - Mindblowing and breathtaking. Still so poor words to describe what you’ve done. Love it!!

  • November 27, 2012 - 5:58 pm

    todd hunter mcgaw - off.the.chain.

    bravo sir!

  • November 27, 2012 - 6:13 pm

    Jonathan Wherrett - Incredible images Jonas, what an experience. Thanks for sharing.

  • November 27, 2012 - 6:23 pm

    Natelee - This is the most beautiful wedding I’ve ever seen! WOW!

  • November 27, 2012 - 6:39 pm

    Manus - wow!! such an awesome wedding.

  • November 27, 2012 - 6:49 pm

    Matt Streatfeild - There probably isnt a singular word in any dialect that can describe this. I can’t put it into words except it’s just…..

  • November 27, 2012 - 7:11 pm

    Lisa McKinnon - that is the most kick-ass wedding I’ve ever seen! I stayed at Bambuh INdah last year, and it brought back so many great memories for me. Its a special place. So how on earth do you top this?

  • November 27, 2012 - 7:37 pm

    Az - Theses are so beautiful, and what a fabulous setting for a wedding. The whole thing actually looks like a dream.

    Well done JP.

  • November 27, 2012 - 8:10 pm

    Anders Östman - Powerful! Awesome storytelling photography.

  • November 27, 2012 - 10:00 pm

    corey sleap - Dude!

  • November 27, 2012 - 10:19 pm

    Max - This shouldn’t be legal!! Off the hook

  • November 27, 2012 - 10:44 pm

    Peter Bur - What a magical wedding day with such striking images to match- a perfect fit of photographer and wedding- great work Jonas!

  • November 27, 2012 - 11:09 pm

    cara @ lillian and leonard - That’s absolutely mind-blowing. In so many ways.

  • November 28, 2012 - 1:23 am

    Howling Basset - Simply stunning photography:couple; location …

  • November 28, 2012 - 1:45 am

    gabe aceves - im just shaking my head jp. unreal.

  • November 28, 2012 - 1:58 am

    Bond - Stunning! I can feel this wedding. Sometimes you look at photos and it just shows you what happened. Maybe because you were so emotionally seduced by the location and people that it actually came through in the photos.

    Amazing work and what a blessing to have experienced such a beautiful union.

  • November 28, 2012 - 2:00 am

    Alexis - Breathtaking, amazing, wonderful.

  • November 28, 2012 - 2:28 am

    André Fernandes - Um dos casamentos mais impressionantes que vi até hoje.
    Parabéns Jonas!

  • November 28, 2012 - 2:37 am

    Avelaine - So perfect.

  • November 28, 2012 - 2:48 am

    Carlos garcia - increible trabajo Jonas, las fotos te salieron genial!

  • November 28, 2012 - 3:55 am

    Gustavo Urena - Tremendo!

  • November 28, 2012 - 4:23 am

    Naomi G - magnificent storytelling. completely absorbing.

  • November 28, 2012 - 5:09 am

    alana - this is a dream.

  • November 28, 2012 - 5:17 am

    Lise-Marie - This IS the most beautiful wedding you have ever shot. And I really really feel like you have not been able to caputre it in all its glory. But your photos are wonderful, and I love the scenery around this wedding. It is absolutely gorgous. I am very jealous, I would love to attend an amazing wedding like this! You are very lucky!

  • November 28, 2012 - 6:39 am

    Felicity - A standing ovation for this magical story-telling, Jonas. Well done again, friend.

  • November 28, 2012 - 7:02 am

    Vi-Chi Tran - An amazing story told via beautiful photography!

  • November 28, 2012 - 8:40 am

    maria- elisabeth - Thanks for sharing :)
    A M A Z I N G
    I `ve just been to Bali and stayed at Bambu Indah for 3 weeks in Kuning House for three delicious weeks of Yoga.
    I love the “ship” we did our yogapractice there.
    John are truly a faboulus person inside out. His burning soul penetrates the hole place.

    Sayan is breathtaking. And ypu captured everything so well.

    Thanks again.

  • November 28, 2012 - 9:32 am

    Alan Hughes - amazing ‘storytelling’ Jonas, made me (and 1000s of others no doubt) want to go there. I could smell the smells and almost feel the place – let alone the love x

  • November 28, 2012 - 9:45 am

    sarah gerber - this story has completely redefined the word “wedding” for me. i have never seen something so beautiful. and i feel privileged to have seen it. thank you.

  • November 28, 2012 - 11:08 am

    Farrah Allan - far out.

  • November 28, 2012 - 11:08 am

    Hailey - Jonas

    This wedding, and these images, gave my chest a tight lump. I have no words for this. wow. Thank you as always for being such an inspiring photographer, and shooting way, way outside of the box.

  • November 28, 2012 - 7:37 pm

    Kate/MagnoliaRouge - I’m not sure the words exist to describe how utterly incredible this is.

  • November 28, 2012 - 10:06 pm

    Shane Shepherd - Dude, this would have to be my favourite wedding of yours to date. Ridiculously good photography!

  • November 29, 2012 - 2:40 am

    sachin khona - DUDE!
    Never seen anything like it .. wow!

  • November 29, 2012 - 5:29 am

    Melissa Jane - How funny, as I was looking through the photos I was thinking hmm I know I’ve seen these photos before.. And then as I got to the bottom I remembered, oh yeah they were in Vouge :) AMAZING!

  • November 29, 2012 - 7:23 am

    Rachael - Absolutely stunning!! Such beautiful photographs.

  • November 29, 2012 - 8:40 am

    Andrea Y. - Breathtaking! I am in awe. Thank you for such beautiful and overwhelmingly powerful images!

  • November 29, 2012 - 3:32 pm

    Leah Kua - I know I just join the ranks of all the others who don’t even know where to begin, but seeing these images just makes me feel more alive. Like I’ve witnessed something that is truly once in a lifetime. What a magical way for Elora & Rajiv to start their married lives together.

  • November 29, 2012 - 6:02 pm

    Anya J - I am astounded by the beauty of this place, the people and your images. WOW!!!
    Ax

  • November 29, 2012 - 6:19 pm

    Anita Jamieson - That has brought tears to my eyes and helped me to believe in my dreams. Never in a million years could I have thought of a celebration created such as this one… it has filled me with visions I didn’t know existed.
    Your photography captures more than just the picture…you can feel it.
    Thank you for sharing x

  • November 29, 2012 - 9:50 pm

    michelle waspe - incredible images.

  • November 30, 2012 - 9:11 am

    Matt Long - my oh my

  • November 30, 2012 - 10:59 am

    C - Just a question/observation:

    At what point do you decide what photo’s to Blog? What is Beautiful enough to make the cut?
    I noticed that there are several Bridesmaids, yet only three or four reoccur in the photo’s that are posted. Looking at the photo of the Bridesmaids walking along the bridge to the creek ceremony – the left out Bridesmaid is in the very back, this Bridesmaid is not as Thin as the other Bridesmaids that recoccur in many photo’s and even feature in their own shot. In my opinion she is just as important and lovely as the other Bridesmaids. This Bride chose her to stand next to her and be her Bridesmaid, this lets you assume that she is infact of significance in the Wedding – and yet. She can’t really be seen in any other photo’s. If your telling a Story, would you not tell the whole story? If you have the chance to tell the story of a few chosen Bridesmaids, why did that one Bridesmaid get overlooked from the Blog?

  • November 30, 2012 - 11:41 am

    mazwan - awesome picture :)

  • November 30, 2012 - 11:52 am

    Tasj - Well hello! Just stunning Jonas :-) Loved your boys too, they look like such sweet kids.

  • November 30, 2012 - 12:01 pm

    Kirsty Aksentiew - WOW AMAZEBALLS to the max

  • November 30, 2012 - 12:31 pm

    Jessica - no words

  • November 30, 2012 - 12:40 pm

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  • November 30, 2012 - 12:42 pm

    Cjames - SUPERLATIVE ! kudos !

  • November 30, 2012 - 2:58 pm

    Marie - Fantastiska bilder som vanligt :) Men jag satt hela bildserien igenom med ett öga stängt, det andra halvöppet, och tänkte…nu slaktar de snart grisarna…yyyll..men de kanske var vegitarinaner…

  • November 30, 2012 - 4:06 pm

    Emma Sharkey - Just incredible!

  • November 30, 2012 - 6:41 pm

    Jonas Peterson - @C – I’m not telling the whole story, but I most certainly haven’t left anyone out because they’re heavier. The accusation is ludicrous to me. There were six bridesmaids, I just picked three images to show off their different dresses. I could have showed that girl too, they were all equally beautiful. This is still one of the longest blog posts I’ve ever done, I just can’t show everything.

  • November 30, 2012 - 6:58 pm

    jess hay fluvgel - Most intensely beautiful wedding. You are so talented at capturing the most exquisite photographs. x

  • December 1, 2012 - 12:16 am

    Vanessa Sue - Most beautiful and unique wedding I’ve ever seen captured on camera. Wow. Breathtaking. Amazing !!

  • December 1, 2012 - 1:48 am

    Amir | Ottawa Wedding Photographer - Ah Bali! What a dream destination and what a fabulous wedding! Thanks for sharing this story.

  • December 1, 2012 - 5:59 am

    Brian Kraft - Magical stuff, man! So wonderfully done.

  • December 1, 2012 - 2:38 pm

    Steph Bond-Hutkin - Seriously. There are no words. You worked some serious magic on top of a magical couple, magical family and magical place. This one will stay with me for a long time.

  • December 2, 2012 - 12:27 am

    Olivia Sjahrir - There are no words that can describe the overwhelming spiritual experience I felt while going through these images. In a just a few minutes something inside me has changed & for that I’m incredibly thankful. You’re one hell of a storyteller my friend, embrace it :)

  • December 2, 2012 - 3:34 am

    Sara Larsson - Stunning. These pictures brought tears to my eyes. Don´t worry, they tell a lot more of the story than you think.

  • December 2, 2012 - 3:59 am

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  • December 2, 2012 - 4:03 am

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  • December 2, 2012 - 6:53 pm

    Alyda - Yeah it’s ok I guess ;). Holy mother f’ing awesome.

  • December 2, 2012 - 8:34 pm

    Megan Kay - Wow Jonas, this is so amazing, I love the way you have captured this brides journey, makes me want to go to Ubud in an instance. You truly are a storyteller and you get to share the stories of so many, to others that would never even realise these stories existed if it wasn’t for your beautiful images. Love the pics of the boys too, the way you captured J was just so exact, love that little smile of his.

  • December 4, 2012 - 9:27 am

    Jose Luis - this is love, this is magic, this is life…!!!!

  • December 5, 2012 - 9:07 pm

    Antoinette - Fantastic work!
    Definitely my favourite shoot of the year!

  • December 7, 2012 - 7:08 am

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  • December 7, 2012 - 12:26 pm

    Matt - This is why you’re the best mate. Seriously.

  • December 7, 2012 - 1:20 pm

    James Boddington - Awesome story telling. I feel like a guest here

  • December 7, 2012 - 11:45 pm

    thaoski - beautiful beyond words. and the dresses are simply stunning!

  • December 8, 2012 - 2:52 am

    David Jenkins - Wow, if anyone earnt the position to be able to shoot this wedding it’s you. Amazing.

  • December 8, 2012 - 7:44 pm

    Darryn - Awesome photos Jonas – an amazing story :)

  • December 8, 2012 - 11:42 pm

    elisa - whaooo most beutifull wedding I,ve ever seen. Just simply beautifull .
    Johas you are an amazing photographer for capturing this true love and wonderfull story.
    elisasky

  • December 9, 2012 - 8:28 am

    Julia - Gorgeous. Looking at the brides face in these images you can see the high level of emotion and joy that would have been felt on these three days.

  • December 11, 2012 - 12:04 am

    Becky - Wow – Stunning in every way, the atmopshere, the location, the colours – your photography is awesome.

  • December 11, 2012 - 7:23 pm

    roland hale - What an awesome wedding! Truly beautiful.

  • December 12, 2012 - 6:39 am

    Johna - Your work is so beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • December 12, 2012 - 8:15 pm

    Rimba - beautiful!

  • December 14, 2012 - 12:22 pm

    mike - Gorgeous.

  • December 14, 2012 - 6:03 pm

    Ayesha - I don’t comment here much anymore because everything just pretty much leaves me speechless. this time I had to at least say it. bonkers, dude – you, and the wedding. it’s perfect in so many ways; no one better than you for this. drawn in completely.

  • December 14, 2012 - 8:11 pm

    LoCo - I can’t even comprehend what my eyes have just seen.

  • December 15, 2012 - 3:45 pm

    Catharine - I have been feeling SO homesick for Indonesia yesterday and today and then I saw this and the feeling is so much stronger now. The photo with the people holding leaves as umbrellas hit me the hardest. Your photos are INCREDIBLE. (Also, that person complaining about the heavier bridesmaid is really silly.)

  • December 16, 2012 - 5:29 am

    Drew W - I know you’ve heard it before and most likely a few times by me but you are undoubtedly on of the best story tellers in this industry.

  • December 17, 2012 - 8:28 am

    Ellen - So proud to have been some small part of this amazing event. Thank you for this amazing story that I will share with family and friends.it was a pleasure to spen time with you and your beautiful family

  • December 17, 2012 - 2:53 pm

    Kristin - I don’t look at wedding blogs much anymore for the most part. Not yours, not anyone’s. For many reasons. But I wanted to check out your recent work and I started scrolling through this wedding and I cried. and I scrolled again and again. It has touched me like nothing I’ve seen before. Not only is the location heart stopping gorgeous (I have a crush on Bali and long to visit so badly…) but the people involved and the celebrations are just so, seriously I can’t find the right adjective… some words that come to mind, boil these in a soup and add honey and the correct adjective may exist: spiritual, deep, loving, authentic, joyous, connected, virtuous, graceful, natural radiance. What an incredibly unique and precious experience for all involved.

  • December 17, 2012 - 11:27 pm

    nattnee - the mos epic amazing wedding i’ve ever seen…i’m so blown away!

  • December 20, 2012 - 7:29 pm

    Stefan Hellberg Photography - what an amazing dress. Just have to go there some day. Thanks for sharing the story.

  • December 22, 2012 - 8:29 pm

    Hanneke | Oh Beautiful World - Wow. this wedding looks like the best.

  • December 23, 2012 - 3:55 am

    Andrea Van Delden - WOW, unbelievably beautiful!

  • December 23, 2012 - 4:43 pm

    Jared Tseng - The whole set is just unreal! The portraits in the field are especially lovely!

  • December 24, 2012 - 7:07 am

    Camilla - Wow…outstanding :) Och God Jul på dig, här i Sverige så här dagen innan Julafton så är det snöstorm så det var väldigt värmande att titta på dina underbara bilder.

  • December 25, 2012 - 4:36 am

    Rachel Movitz Photography - I just discovered your work and I am totally inspired! What an amazing wedding, lucky you! I am quite jealous ;-)

  • December 26, 2012 - 9:41 am

    HayleyLane - These shots take my breath away. What an amazing experience!

  • December 28, 2012 - 3:33 pm

    abby - Wow. Every image. And her dress!!

  • December 29, 2012 - 11:50 am

    Amanda Basteen - woah. That dress..just..all of it. woah

  • December 30, 2012 - 10:09 am

    Bartek Szmigulski - AMAZING! brilliant light, wonderful couple !

  • January 7, 2013 - 1:47 am

    Keith Flament - This is AMAZING ! I’m completely stunned by such beauties.
    Thanks for sharing this fantastic experience with us !

  • January 7, 2013 - 11:35 am

    Jim - Beautiful wedding.

  • January 11, 2013 - 2:14 am

    roland - wow, just great!

  • January 18, 2013 - 4:42 pm

    Terry - Hi there, Your photographs can tell a story. It’s emotional. Great work dude!

  • January 19, 2013 - 5:35 pm

    Lucie Zeka - awesome

  • January 21, 2013 - 2:03 pm

    Creative image - Beautiful images. We can feel the things from this living photos.

  • January 25, 2013 - 3:05 pm

    Tania Ryan - Absolutely stunning!

  • January 27, 2013 - 4:26 pm

    Ashante - I shook my head in amazement after every single image and the sheer beauty captured in every picture. The details alone made me tear up a little. Absolutely beautiful.

  • January 29, 2013 - 2:41 am

    Kabinava - so awesome jonas!

  • February 11, 2013 - 1:12 pm

    Mang Khris - Greats capture jonas

  • February 17, 2013 - 2:10 pm

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  • February 19, 2013 - 6:20 am

    David Zandén - It´s magic.

  • February 26, 2013 - 5:38 am

    Aric Hoek - Absolutely stunning. Going to read the rest of your blog now. :)

  • February 26, 2013 - 5:37 pm

    Medeniko Diafonia - Beautiful images Jonas! But wedding itself too New Age for my taste…ehh

  • March 11, 2013 - 8:31 am

    Paul - Wow – where do you start! Awesome!

  • March 18, 2013 - 5:02 am

    Shiraz Chanawala - Just Awesome … must have been great time.

  • March 20, 2013 - 11:25 am

    NYC Wedding Photographer - Diego Molina - Amazing photojournalism… brilliant photography

  • March 25, 2013 - 4:33 am

    Derek - Absolutely amazing, phenomenal work Jonas.

  • March 25, 2013 - 2:30 pm

    Emma - That looks like one of the most amazing experiences and weddings ever how lucky are you getting to be a part of that! Amazing shots to well done.

  • March 29, 2013 - 11:20 am

    Shaunna - I’ve long admired your work Jonas and this is so breathtaking! keep writing. love your stories through words and images.

  • April 2, 2013 - 1:45 am

    Voyteck - Love the style of your photography, some truly great photos. keep up the good work!

  • April 10, 2013 - 4:01 pm

    Lucie Zeka - beautiful

  • April 18, 2013 - 3:44 pm

    yewon - this is like my dream..

  • April 26, 2013 - 4:07 am

    WeCreateAmazing - Appreciate you don’t need my 189th Comment to say how stunning this wedding is on the eye, visual attractive and I bet you had so much fun. :)

  • April 30, 2013 - 1:20 am

    Liam - Amazing selection of photo’s capturing the stunning backdrops, the preparations and small details and the beautiful couple. Your style definitely “tells a story”. Lucky couple to have such wonderful images to enjoy.

  • May 1, 2013 - 4:25 pm

    Ayu Putu - Enjoying these pictures is just like being your eyes!! Relaxed and Very Super Photography!

  • May 11, 2013 - 3:26 am

    Sandra - Vilket häftigt bröllop och oh så vackra bilder!

  • May 12, 2013 - 4:04 pm

    Jon Yoder - Amazing storytelling. :)

  • May 14, 2013 - 1:26 am

    roland hale - Too cool. Great work!

  • May 16, 2013 - 12:09 am

    laura jane - This is so inspiring. Obviously a truly incredible experience to take in, be a part of and to document. Beautiful work.

  • May 27, 2013 - 4:59 pm

    anke - I’m speechless beautiful pictures. I would also want to get married

  • June 4, 2013 - 5:52 am

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  • June 5, 2013 - 4:25 am

    Sundeep Singh - You are Amazing!
    I am in love with your work.

  • June 7, 2013 - 9:39 pm

    Missy Miller - The tik-tak-toe with the animals is my favorite. It will just never exist again. It’s what I love about photography…..this will never happen again, and you’ve been the one to capture that moment. I like to go to your site for inspiration. Thank you.

  • June 12, 2013 - 11:26 am

    Achim Drescher - I love this wedding. The scenery is just breath taking and so very well captured.

    Love your style.

  • July 18, 2013 - 12:10 am

    Helen - Your work is so stunning, and you are able to capture the mood of each individual wedding.
    This is my absolute favourite, the bride’s dress is incredible!
    I look forward to discovering more of your work!

  • July 23, 2013 - 4:03 pm

    Wedding Photographer Durban - This is just crazy, how does one’s jaw not drop on the floor after seeing this. It’s ridiculous.

  • July 24, 2013 - 5:14 pm

    Jonathan - Best wedding Photographer in the history of Mankind.

  • July 28, 2013 - 6:26 pm

    Shaun - What an amazing wedding. I’d love to shoot a wedding like this. Perfectly told.

  • August 27, 2013 - 8:34 pm

    Payal - Wow!! Incredible!!

  • September 1, 2013 - 12:42 am

    Heru - You know… this is so amazing… i love all the photos.

    I love all the feel that you capture in this story…
    I can’t stop to amazed.. Great Job..

  • September 8, 2013 - 7:15 pm

    Doniq - Bali seems the same with our lush green places in the Philippines, but you seem to make it look like heaven :) super amazing job! You make me want to marry in Bali!

  • September 16, 2013 - 2:43 pm

    Ottawa Wedding Photographer - Great capture of the culture! love it!

  • October 23, 2013 - 8:09 pm

    Johanna Åstrand - Jag halkade in här av en händelse. Vilka fantastiska bilder du tar! Och vilket fantastiskt bröllop. Är helt hänförd. Vad duktig du är på att fånga bilden och känslan. Jättefina bilder!

  • November 7, 2013 - 6:43 am

    Kat del Rosa - Beautiful.

  • November 29, 2013 - 8:21 pm

    Eva - wow,so amazing and beautiful view and shoots. Love the story. Its like Cinderella dreams come true. Like it so much! I like the themes and idea behind it. Well done!

  • December 12, 2013 - 2:43 am

    Carolina - I’m speechless. Those pictures blew me away. You are amazingly talented!!! I’d love marry my husband again just so you can capture our wedding day.

  • December 17, 2013 - 7:42 pm

    Tomasz - Trully Amazing Work Jonas !

  • December 18, 2013 - 3:56 am

    Andreas - Nice like the new website you have!

  • December 22, 2013 - 11:29 pm

    Carmen - fotografo de bodas en tenerife - Una boda espectacular!! completamente diferente a lo que se ve habitualmente, divertida, espontánea. No hace falta haber estado en esa boda para saber la historia porque ya las fotografías lo cuentan todo.

  • December 29, 2013 - 8:47 pm

    Darryn - Simply stunning photography :)

  • December 30, 2013 - 5:35 am

    Colorblind Production - Super pictures and color tones

  • January 5, 2014 - 1:11 am

    Boyd - Simply beautiful photojournalism!

  • January 12, 2014 - 10:02 am

    Spree-Liebe Hochzeitsfotografie | Hochzeitsfotograf Berlin - Youre one of my biggest heros in wedding-photography. I learned so much only while watching your photos. Thnx a lot!!! Greets from Berlin, Germany :)

  • January 24, 2014 - 9:18 pm

    Gemma - Fantastic work Jonas, just lovely!

  • February 10, 2014 - 1:09 am

    Lorenzo Poli - WoW, i really love this story! Congrats ;)

  • February 15, 2014 - 8:54 pm

    Shine - I’ve always wanted to go to Bali, but after reading this post last year, i was so moved, I wanted to see Sayan and the place where they got married.

    And I saw it today. :) Lovely place, and you capture them SO BEAUTIFULLY! You’re AMAZING! i’m starting to save up so you can capture my wedding someday ;p

  • February 21, 2014 - 8:59 am

    Chad Bromley - Great shots and im sure if was a great experience as well.

  • February 23, 2014 - 7:04 pm

    adamsphotoart - Very good and inspiring shots :)!!!

  • March 8, 2014 - 5:57 am

    Rohit Jhawar - Truly divine

  • April 23, 2014 - 5:08 pm

    Karlos Sanchez - Wooow!! hermoso reportaje, linda manera de ver el mundo a través de una cámara.
    Beautiful story, beautiful way to see the world through a camera.

  • May 2, 2014 - 3:19 am

    Sergey Lapkovsky - This is perfect!

  • May 8, 2014 - 3:42 am

    Michael and Carina | Virginia Wedding Photographers - Absolutely amazing, amazing work.

  • May 10, 2014 - 1:11 pm

    Ashley S. - The most beautiful images I’ve ever seen. Just blew my mind!!!

  • May 12, 2014 - 4:42 pm

    mona - Artomedes Photography - Spine tinglingly stunning and beautiful. I could smell the jasmine and hear all the sounds. So beautifully captured. An epic story.

  • May 22, 2014 - 1:52 pm

    Douglas - thats an incredible :) love the passion and the bravery behind the story :) very successful !

  • June 1, 2014 - 12:31 pm

    Viktor Naidenov - Great pictures, too, want to learn how to take pictures

  • June 5, 2014 - 10:39 pm

    Zaur Yusupov - I want that! Amazing!

  • June 12, 2014 - 10:46 pm
  • June 13, 2014 - 5:59 am

    Anonymous - this is. beautiful.

  • June 19, 2014 - 8:16 am

    Ricardo Nascimento - Parabens Jonas pelo excelente trabalho!!!

  • June 22, 2014 - 2:30 pm

    Noemi Hazel Forti - stunning story. dream.

  • June 25, 2014 - 9:20 pm

    Erwin Beckers - Really great work, i love Bali and boy would i love to shoot a wedding there someday. until then.. i just follow your work :-)

  • June 30, 2014 - 11:24 am

    Leo Fava - Great pictures, you are a genius full of talent

  • June 30, 2014 - 1:32 pm

    Carlos Dominghini - Excellent

  • June 30, 2014 - 7:11 pm

    Olivia Fischer - Stunning photography near the paddy field ! Great wedding !

  • July 7, 2014 - 3:17 am

    Light Studio - Amazing light!

  • July 11, 2014 - 8:58 pm

    Rafa Vazquez - Beautiful work!!!!! You are a true artist. Congratulations!!!

  • July 12, 2014 - 10:02 pm

    Delia McDonagh - Love it!

  • July 14, 2014 - 3:19 am

    Monika Reiter - thats pure love. wonderful captured – stunning. <3

  • July 16, 2014 - 5:11 pm

    Manuel de Castro - Amazing! When I see this I think destination weddings as if one day I could make a similar would be a dream come true. Congratulations!

  • August 3, 2014 - 10:09 am

    Dominika Kalasova - This is really something! Very inspirational people.. Thank you, Jonas, for this beautiful story! :)

  • August 3, 2014 - 10:14 am

    Fraser West - wow

  • August 3, 2014 - 5:28 pm

    Perla Photography - Thank you Jonas for sharing this beautiful wedding one more time. It’s truly gorgeous

  • August 3, 2014 - 8:04 pm

    Jacques Skillie Botha - This is incredible. Amazing photography. This is storytelling.

  • August 18, 2014 - 1:45 am

    Patryk Wolański - Very very good Pictures.

  • August 27, 2014 - 4:56 pm

    Awan - Bellaz, Hermosa.. I dont know what is the best words to describe these photos and the wedding

  • August 31, 2014 - 3:14 am

    Joyce - Hi!

    We will have our wedding 21st june 2015 in Gothenburg. What price can you offer for a whole day?

    Where are you from?

    best regards
    Joyce

  • September 1, 2014 - 9:32 pm

    T Lake - Waa waa wee wah! Shamazing!

  • September 2, 2014 - 10:51 am

    Terence Leong - Hi,

    That’s such a lovely work! My name is Terence, we have a travel blog that tells interesting Bali travel stories and your awesome photography gave me an inspiration for a story idea.

    I was wondering if I could feature 1 or 2 pictures on your site? We will be giving full credit to you and a link back. We also have loyal readers that could be your potential clients!

    Let us know, thanks!

    Regards,
    Terence

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  • September 12, 2014 - 3:43 pm

    Sarah Cruz - This is SO amazing. Great great work.

  • September 30, 2014 - 11:52 am

    Fabiano Silva - That’s not destination wedding, it’s a National Geographic estory!!! Perfect!

  • October 1, 2014 - 9:50 pm

    Fotograf Kraśnik - artist…

  • October 2, 2014 - 11:32 am

    Bodas Costa Rica - bravo!

  • October 11, 2014 - 9:37 pm

    Pam Cook - Your photography makes me feel like I was there—sights, sounds, smells, everything. Artistic, heartfelt photography at its best! Thank you for your dedication to your work.

  • November 6, 2014 - 7:39 pm
  • November 8, 2014 - 8:15 am

    Miguel Hernandez fotografia - Wonderful story in a country with millions of details , good job as always, totally inspiring your work

  • November 9, 2014 - 4:05 pm

    Lutfianna - This is so magical

  • November 13, 2014 - 7:20 am

    Joshua Sim - amazing.

  • November 24, 2014 - 6:10 am

    Noel Deasington - Just been going through your work again! I love your work so much man.

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