This Couple Returned to Bali, Where They Met at a Friend's Wedding, for Their Own Big Day
With their son as the guest of honor, these two celebrated their union over several days, surrounded by the ones they love the most.
Timothy Tang and Sherry Lu first spoke at their mutual friends' 2015 wedding in Bali, when Timothy asked Sherry to take a picture of him and his pals. Though she was little more than a convenient photographer to him at the time, Sherry was already smitten with the "tall, handsome" music-and-hospitality entrepreneur. Several months later, in a Taipei, Taiwan, club with those same friends, the pair had a real conversation. Fast-forward two whirlwind years, and their son, Ari, was born. "The arrival of our baby boy was the best marriage proposal!" says Timothy.
The couple, who split their time between their home in Los Angeles and family in Taiwan, wanted Ari to be old enough to participate in their nuptials in a meaningful way. ("How cool is it to be able to attend your parents' wedding?" Timothy says.) So on September 4, 2019, on the same Indonesian island where Sherry snapped that fateful picture, the groom pulled their nine-month-old down the aisle in a wagon festooned with local white roses. While some Taiwanese couples have two weddings—a destination one for their family and close friends, and a larger ceremony and celebration with family and parents' friends—Timothy and Sherry put all their effort and resources into one weeklong blitz of beach-hopping, sunset parties, and local delicacies. "This was for us," Timothy says. "Me and my wife."
Sherry, a former fashion public-relations and marketing specialist, found their locale on Instagram: the Khayangan Estate, a resort set atop limestone cliffs and featuring traditional Javanese architecture. The day before the ceremony, their approximately 100 guests got welcome baskets filled with sunblock, after-sun gel, rosewater face mist, and honey-dipped sun-dried banana chips—modern-day essentials for a vacation in paradise. Later, loved ones arriving from all over Asia and the United States were greeted by the couple at the Manarai Beach House, the very spot where they'd met four years before.
The next afternoon, following a ceremony overlooking the Indian Ocean, and officiated by Timothy's close friend Eric Lo, guests found their table assignments—on a wall lined with shot glasses of tequila that had been laser-cut with playful nicknames for all. "The purpose was to get people loose," Timothy says. "A party always follows tequila." As does beer pong—at least for this crew, who have a weekly tournament in Taipei. "There was a huge line for it," he says. "I should have gotten two tables!"
A four-course dinner featuring local fare, including lobster, lychees, and seaweed from nearby Jimbaran Bay, gave way to the pair's fondest memory of the day: dancing with their parents. "I don't remember the last time I saw my mom that happy," Timothy recalls. For Sherry and her dad, the father-daughter moment included her saying "I love you" and thanking him for her upbringing and education. "I whispered to him half-jokingly, 'Sorry. I spent so much of your money.'"
In the wee hours, the couple threw most of the remaining revelers in the pool and slipped back to their room to recap the celebration. "We thought we'd be drunk, but we were the last two people standing," says Timothy. "It was too short, too fast, and too much fun."
"It was love at first sight," Sherry says of her blush Vera Wang tulle wedding dress, which she complemented with a simple updo, Mizuki pearl earrings, and a diamond necklace her mother gave her. (Her bridesmaids wore dusty-pink chiffon dresses from Birdy Grey.) Timothy had a black tuxedo custom-made in Taipei in a lightweight material, to keep him cool in the tropical heat, and matched his bride with a Dolce & Gabbana bow tie.
A Moment with Ari
The couple shared a quiet moment with baby Ari on the morning of the wedding. His print shorts were by Bonton.
Take a Shot and a Seat
Table assignments were displayed on personalized shot glasses of tequila-and-lime that doubled as fun souvenirs.
Table centerpieces included lavender clematis, 'Bullit' tulips, soft-pink nerines, 'Picasso' scabiosa, 'O'Hara' garden roses, and white Japonica anemones. Locally foraged acacia branches hung overhead.
Table for Two
Purple lathyruses and white roses anchored the couple's table.
Beat the Heat
The striking cake was red velvet with white fondant icing, since buttercream would have melted in the heat and humidity.
Venue, Khayangan Estate
Event Planning, Natalie Palmer at Paper Diamonds
Photography, Kurt Boomer
Videography, Leura Films
Catering, M&M Innovative Concepts
Cake, Butter Bali
Flowers and Stationery,Paper Diamonds
Bride's Dresses, Vera Wang
Hair and Makeup, Yeanne Makeup Art
Groom's Ensemble, Custom (shirt and tuxedo); Dolce & Gabbana (bow tie); Dior Homme (shoes)
Rentals, The Host Table
Sound and Lighting, Virtuoso Productions Bali
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