“Weddings, especially here in America, have gotten impersonal,” says David Zito. “They’ve lost a sense of romance. All you’re doing is worrying about what everyone else wants.” As he planned his nuptials with his fiancée, Amber, he knew that they both wanted something intimate and spontaneous. The Pasadena, California–based couple bucked tradition, booked a flight to Thailand and headed to Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok, where they planned to get married in a private ceremony. It wasn’t until they arrived and spoke with an on-site wedding coordinator that the couple decided to wed at Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Thailand, just south of Burma and west of Laos. “It was one of the most magical places we’ve ever been,” says David. “In terms of romance, it can’t be topped.”

Buddhist Monks . . . Elephant Rides . . . Thai Jungle

The Scene: “It’s rare someone exceeds your expectations,” says David, “but Four Seasons did that. It was amazing.” Just before sunset, the couple—dressed in traditional Thai wedding attire, which they rented in Chiang Mai—ascended via elephant the mountain overlooking Thailand’s majestic bamboo jungle. There, they were guided through a traditional Thai Buddhist ceremony, which included the blessings of nine monks. Not wanting to throw all of their home traditions out the window, the couple added a Western-style vow and ring exchange.

Magical Moment: After the ceremony, the newlyweds drove off into the sunset in a rustic Land Rover adorned with wedding cans tied to the bumper, and then capped off the night with a private candlelight dinner among roaming elephants. “It felt like we were royalty and someone had thrown this wedding for us,” says Amber.

The Bride & Groom: David took a page from one of the couple’s favourite shows, The Amazing Race, for his scavenger-hunt proposal throughout Los Angeles. Along the way, the two revisited important places and events from their three-year courtship. The citywide hunt culminated in a proposal on a small footbridge in the Venice Canals, followed by an engagement party with Amber and David’s closest friends and family in Palm Springs.

The Bride Wore: The bride paired the traditional magenta Thai wrap with white leather Pour La Victoire sandals, leaf-shaped gold earrings and matching hair jewellery. Her makeup was minimal, with a pop of MAC lip stain that coordinated with her vivid wrap.

The Honeymoon: After spending several days at Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, the newlyweds moved south to honeymoon at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai. There, they enjoyed one of the property’s ultra-private villas with polished teak floors, rich Thai cotton decorations and beautiful Siamese artwork, along with a private pool and views of tropical gardens and the Doi Suthep mountain range. “You’re in the middle of this Thai jungle, and you feel like you could stay there forever,” David says. “It was so peaceful.”

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