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Alisha and Vinnie go tropical in Thailand

Alisha Vinnie Real Wedding
If you ask this bride and groom how Vinnie's proposal went, you'll hear two different stories. 
For Alisha, it was perfect - think a lush resort in Thailand, spending the day lounging by a come-hither pool and then being treated to a sumptuous five-course feast in the resort's presidential suite. "I mentioned to our waitress that I was so full and couldn't possibly fit any more in. She insisted that I continue with the dinner, especially the 'special' dessert," Alisha remembers. "The chef came over to the table and placed two steaming bamboo dishes down in front of us, and swiftly lifted the lids. I looked down, and nestled on a banana leaf was a princess-cut diamond, and Vinnie was down on one knee." According to Vinnie, however, the proposal hadn't gone to plan. "I had to think on my feet," he says. "I'd organised a private island proposal from Australia and when I got there the Australian contact hadn't passed it on to the people at the retreat. It still turned out to be a beautiful night."

Alisha and Vinnie knew they wanted to create an extraordinary experience for their guests, and knowing their nearest and dearest would have a blast on the big day was a top priority. "The reception was a highlight with everyone taking a spot on the dance floor and busting moves until the wee hours," says Alisha. "It was one big party. The special fire dance show was also a hit with everyone." There was one, unplanned surprise at the reception: a coconut tree caught alight when a lantern, lit by Alisha and Vinnie, was swept into the tree by a gust of wind. "The tree lit up quite quickly, which sent a number of our guests scrambling for a hose. Two guests tried to climb the tree to put it out," says the bride. "Watching men scale an 85-foot coconut tree in wedding attire is certainly a moment our guests won't forget!"
SUPPLIERS Bride's dress Rapsimo // Bridesmaids' dresses Nid Dressmaker // Groom and groomsmen's suits Regent Collection // Ceremony InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort // Reception La Lagune Private Villa // Flowers Mulberry Blue Weddings // Invitations Brighton Design // Photography Dan Evans Photography
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