Not even heavy rain could dampen the beauty of Yunalis Zarai and Adam Sinclair’s solemnization. Their bohemian wedding with tropical flair was a celebration of their cultural roots and most importantly, true to themselves, as individuals and as a couple. The lush green mountains subsumed with rolling mists that served as the backdrop gave an other-worldly quality to the ceremony, and were set off spectacularly with the floral arch of tropical flowers in hues of tangerine, white and coral pink with trailing moss… Their celebration was clearly a product of considered thought and planning and every single detail came together in perfect harmony to create a breathtaking wedding…
How did you meet We met for the first time at a commercial shoot in 2013, Adam was the director, I was a talent and we hit it off, we couldn’t stop talking, but when it was over we went our separate ways. We remained as friends, and somehow lost contact for about 2 years. We had dated different people at that time, and when we both were single again, I reached out to him. We were living in two different countries but we decided to give this relationship a try, and we were together for 3 years before he proposed. I knew that he was the one when he came to visit me in LA and loved the idea of moving out to LA with me, and I realized that I didn’t really want to be without him! I would miss him so much!
Tell us about the proposal Adam proposed to me in February 2018 in Los Angeles, and it was very private and sweet. It was not in public spaces, there were no candles, no flowers, no over the top proposal.. just him, me, his words, and the beautiful ring. He knew i was not really into cheesy romantic things.. we were able to just be ourselves so it was perfect!
Tell us about your wedding We wanted something that represents both of us. I’m Malay and I love Malay culture – I wanted a ‘kampung’ vibe, a gamelan band, tropical setting.. and Adam’s half English, so we thought maybe for the reception we’ll do a simple western style reception. I wanted our wedding style to be “Tropical – Bohemian”. Tropical flowers, coconuts, gamelan band… and family members wearing champagne and burgundy. We hired a wonderful team – The Calla for decor, and YSA Events for the transparent tents. Both of them were very helpful, and so lovely. They understood that the venue was already so lush and green – they worked with the venue so well. We went with woven tote bags for wedding favours, and in them were batik printed fan, a copy of a prayer book, and cookies. The bags – made from recycled plastic was from a company called Jari Indai. Woven bags are very Malay but at the same time I wanted something that is eco-friendly.
On the day of our wedding it rained! We were delayed by 3 hours! The bridge that our guests had to cross was overflowing with the river because it had rained earlier, so people weren’t able to cross over. We had to remain positive so to kill time, instead of stressing out, i just spent time talking to my US friends. Luckily the rain stopped, and cars were able to cross the bridge again. We got married a little bit before sunset but the sky was so gloomy.. i was hoping that we would get a nice sunset, but because it had rained earlier, we were blessed with beautiful misty weather.. it was beautiful.
Advice for brides/grooms-to-be I think just plan a budget earlier, it helps a lot to know what you’re willing to spend for things like flowers or decor.. or catering. And don’t rush to get married, Adam and I waited for a couple of years into our relationship because we knew we wanted a beautiful wedding, those years enabled us to save money! And remember that your wedding is yours, so enjoy the process! have fun! I have a wedding planning book so I don’t miss anything out or forget anything.
Words on marriage Understanding and respecting each other is so important.. it what makes our bond as husband and wife strong because we understand that we’re both flawed but we’re trying our best. And humour. You gotta make each other laugh!
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