I crack the window open a bit and a warm breeze makes its way into the car, cooling down my face, my neck and my hair. The air conditioning is on full blast but it’s a choice of brain freeze from the overhead vents or boiling on the leather seats in the back of the car. “Rice field! Best view!”, our driver informs us and stops in front of a little kiosk on the other side of the road. We all tumble out of the car, take in the truly amazing view of yes, a rice field, and after a quick purchase of some wonderfully cool Pocari Sweat from the kiosk we are back on the road to Tampak Siring, the holy spring water temple.
Wanlyn and Thibaut went to Bali for their honeymoon. And so did I. Before you enjoy visions of me camping out on the foot of their bed, successfully crashing and ruining the best holiday of their lives I need to stop you. Since their friends and families came to their wedding from all over the world they thought it would be great to have everyone go on a trip to Bali together afterwards. And asked me to come along as well. I stayed at a different hotel though as to avoid any threat of me coming across like a honeymoon crasher. A few days in Wanlyn and Thibaut rented a car for us three to go see Tampak Siring, only 20 minutes from Ubud where we were staying, so we could visit this amazing place and take some portraits along the way.
After a wedding day full to the brim with things happening it was incredibly peaceful and relaxing to just be wandering around and spending a little time together. When on Bali, do as the Balinese do. Be happy, relax and soak it all in. That’s exactly what we did. Having taken Honeymoon portraits before I’m starting to think this idea is really catching on – and why not? You are on the first trip of your married life together, unwinding after the wedding and still feeling that buzz. It sounds like the perfect time to remember.
A few hours later I sat in their hotel bar, wide fans rotating above me and couldn’t help but feel a little sentimental. Coming to Singapore and Bali was an amazing experience for me and it’s all because of these two. The price to pay for this is that we live in opposite parts of the world so it was a bitter sweet moment to say goodbye. As I sipped my lime mint soda I made a silent vow to be back – possibly camping out on the foot of their bed after all. Next time.
Shot on Kodak Portra 400 with aContax 645 and Nikon F100, scanned and developed by the FIND lab.
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