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To Construct Drama in Wedding Photography

Wedding photography is essentially included in documenting activity. But now, with a little touch of art in documenting wedding event, the photos resulted are not monotonous anymore. After dealing with fashion and wedding photography in Jakarta and Surabaya, in 2006 I started to establish “Why Imaging” in Bali. Certainly, it is aimed to satisfy my passion in making wedding photography that is not monotonous. Several styles like candid wedding photography, wedding photojournalism and fashion photography are combined into one photography style.

For me, wedding photography has to contain other elements beside merely documenting. So I started to collaborate four main elements in my wedding photography: drama, lighting, composition, and moment.

Dramatization is the most essential element to me. On it we can see a distinctive element distinguishing a photographer’s work to another. As human, we have drama in our life, and we seem to love drama since it makes our life livelier.

In 2002, my mentor taught me to use portable flash to make photo more dramatic than using heavy studio flash. For pre-wedding photos, this method can save more space, time and give more creativeness to our works since it is possible to use eight flashes at a time. Imagine if we have to bring eight studio flashes.

Combined with technology that is capable to minimize noise at high ISO, portable flash with small power can be used to shoot wedding ceremony. What for? To obtain dramatic lighting.

Since 2006, I consistently use portable flash in Bali. In this island people mostly have wedding parties at gardens or seashore with minimum light. It is different from wedding parties in big cities usually held indoor or at ballrooms with sufficient light. With several flashes, we can create 3-D lighting effect. One flash on camera just creates flat lighting result.

I always try to dramatize “some” of my works to make photography artwork. Why “some”? Because if I dramatize all the photos, they can be boring.

In my business, I classify wedding photography into three categories; they are pre-wedding photography with specific brand image “wedding portraiture;” wedding-day photography with “wedding story;” and post-wedding photography with “love story portraiture.”


Wedding Portraiture

I adopt high speed sync technique to shoot wedding portraiture with portable flash. High speed sync is a technique using flash with speed exceeding the shutter speed recommended by camera.

Wedding Story

In several photos, especially make-up session and first dance, I frequently use backlight technique to get unusual mood in photos usually considered monotonous.

Love Story Portraiture

Here I do not apply a lot of photography techniques, but rely more on posing the moment and composition by telling a short scenario to client.


The Best 5 Wedding Venue in Bali

Bali, This beautiful island offer many places to get married. The question is: which one is fit with your dream wedding.

We've sent our wedding planner to find a perfect place for you and choose the 5 best place to hold your big event, your once in a lifetime memory.

They discovered a few that will blow your mind your spouse or even your big family and guests

Our valuations are based on Value, View, Capacity, Uniqueness, Design. 5 heart is the top


Alila Uluwatu

Alila Uluwatu is design by WOHA, one of the top Singapore Based Architect Company. Eagle's Nest as a Venue of wedding ceremony has a unique open air design. Here you can feel the sea breeze flowing while enjoying the view of southern Indian Ocean from above the Cliff.


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Tirtha Uluwatu 

Name as one of the first wedding chapel in Bali, Tirtha Uluwatu never lost its charm. Still one of the best Chapel in Bali. Very good maintenance keep this venue always neat and clean. Breathtaking view never failed, the chapel itself overlooking Indian ocean. 


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The Istana

Located in a Suluban Beach Uluwatu, make The Istana one of the sunset wedding venue in Bali. Sits on the cliff edge, overlooking Bali best spot for enjoying sunset.


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The Hanging Gardens Ubud

Hanging above Ayung River Valley, Hanging Gardens Ubud offer you the fabulous natural beauty of the mountains. Surrounded by dense rainforest, HGU propose you a different kind of atmosphere for wedding in Bali


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Pandawa Cliff Estate

Hanging above the cliff of Pandawa Beach, this venue offering a stunning view of Indian Ocean. You can held a dinner reception with up to 200 pax. 


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Introducing, Hidden Palace by Hanging Garden Ubud

Another new Bali Wedding Venue, Hanging gardens Ubud is proud to introduce the Hidden Palace, its five star luxury private villa set deep in the heart of the jungle. This exclusive five-bedroom suite villa enjoys breathtaking rainforest views and will be available as a remarkable one of a kind wedding venue; a private villa or guests can occupy individual suites such as the supremely romantic Presidential suite or the spacious and luxurious Royal Suite.

Positioned uniquely adjacent to the world famous Hanging Gardens Ubud, the Hidden Palace enjoys ultimate privacy with the benefits of the resorts’ five star hotel service such as the fine dining Restaurant, the hugely acclaimed Spa, fully stocked library, Jegeg Restaurant, and our River café with views over the Ayung. The Hidden Palace can be reached by its own dedicated private funicular. This is the ultimate in privacy and luxury; guests are miles away from the stresses of modern lifestyle and can relax and unwind with the backdrop of nature and beauty. The villa’s lush tropical gardens provide a sanctuary for beautiful wildlife, flora and fauna.

The newly renovated villa has its own stunning oversized outdoor infinity pool with a beautiful Bale overlooking the jungle. The traditional Balinese pool Bale has been designed with wedding ceremonies and blessings in mind. Couples can renew their wedding vows or take part in a blessing with only the local wildlife as guests – no paparazzi here. The Bale is also set up for yoga and meditation. The peace and silence offers complete serenity for those inspired by nature and spirituality.

The villa comes with five bedrooms, made up of a super luxury Royal Suite, a Presidential Suite, and 3 Executive Suites, all with contemporary en-suite bathrooms. The Hidden Palace is fully staffed with highly professional and trained personnel. There is a five star qualified chef, an in house team of spa technicians, dedicated butlers, a private secretary and a crew of assistants. Business centre services are available on request.

The villa has its own spa lounge with four on hand beauty and massage therapists offering a range of treatments using only the best natural oils. Many of our treatments are locally inspired using ingredients from the hotel estate.

Wedding packages can accommodate 150 seated guests and 350 cocktail guests/standing. Unique wedding packages incorporating make up/hair do/nail art are available in house.

The expansive open-air lounge area is perfect for guests to read, enjoy the views, socialize and dine. For corporate guests, the villa staff can transform the area into a conference area, fully equipped with all high tech meeting facilities, amenities and equipment and a private secretary and assistant.

For those who are keen to start their luxury escape immediately, a helipad is available just 15-minute drive away from the resort, the International airport is just 8 minutes from the helipad.

All guests will enjoy 24 hour Butler Service at, daily canapé, English Afternoon Tea, evening cocktails, access to the resort facilities, daily fruits basket, turn down service, 24-hr security, outdoor Jacuzzi, wi fi, satellite tv, laundry and dry cleaning services is available.


— aerial video on the opening day beautifully shot by Chandra Wiguna from Point One Design


About Hanging Gardens Ubud

Hanging Gardens Ubud in Bali, owned by PT Buahan, was designed and built in 2003. The hotel is set in 3.2 hectares of stunning jungle landscape on an almost 45 degree incline, with 8 levels accessed by twin funiculars. It is located 20 minutes North of Ubud, Bali’s cultural and spiritual centre. The five-star luxury hotel has 38 private villas and suites, each with its own heated infinity pool. The hotel’s twin tiered cascading pool has been voted #1 in the World by both TripAdvisor and Condé Nast Traveller. The estate’s fertile grounds produce chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, jackfruit, coconut and lemon grass, all of which are used in the hotel’s recipes and spa products. Our three five-star restaurants offer a range of cuisine Balinese influence and the hotel spa on the edge of the Ayung River has a mix of luxury massages and treatments.


The Shabby Chic Sunset Wedding of Adi & Wike

Adi & Wike are lovely couple from Jakarta. They fell in love with shabby chic style, and wanted their weddings in Bali full of shabby goods. With help from Milka, they arrange their shabby chic style wedding in beautiful cliff front venue of Tirtha Bali. The vow ceremony which held at the Tirtha Luhur was warm, elegant, and simply overflowing with joy accompanied by famous artist Hedi Yunus singing “Terima Kasih Cinta by Afghan

Relatives from all over the world shower them with love, joy and happiness. A beautiful Sunset of Bali add the excitement and emotion of this beautiful couple which surrounded by their best friend. The famous Singer Hedi Yunus from Kahitna, warm up the night by singing “Terima Kasih Cinta by Harvey Malaiholo” for Adi and Wike first dance

Wedding Planner: Chroma Wedding
Dessert Table: Creme De La Creme
MC: Boni Rompas
Band: Djampiro
Catering: Lumbung Catering
Make Up Artist: Tanti Lay
Sound and Lighting: Djakarta Sound
Bar: Chroma Bar
Florist & Decoration: Redifa
Venue: Tirtha Luhur

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