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Destination Wedding at Navutu Dreams: Alex & Jake

Sparkles of romance filled the air last weekend at Navutu Dreams Resort, when we had the privilege of hosting the beautiful wedding of New Zealanders Jake and Alex. Set amidst their very own lush tropical paradise in the Kingdom of Wonder while surrounded by their family and friends, it was an unforgettable celebration of joy and love.
Destination Wedding at Navutu Dreams: Alex & Jake

The Perfect Location

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Newlyweds Jake and Alex knew exactly what they wanted for their wedding, and Navutu Dreams Resort had it all – the perfect fit. “We decided on Cambodia relatively early in the process because we’ve been here a few times and really love Siem Reap,” Alex said on the big day. Having visited three times in the past, Alex and Jake wanted to share the experience of Cambodia with their family and friends.

For Jake, Navutu Dreams was the perfect size. The grounds, boasting the largest green space of all Siem Reap hotels, had all the right elements. “It’s really important to have a proper reception area; to have a poolside; to have someplace to go,” said Alex.

“Because some hotels have, say, just a small garden area. But here you’ve got several areas, so you can move things around, keep it fluid, keep it interesting.”

The resort caters to a maximum of 56 guests in 28 luxurious and uniquely decorated rooms across five separate pavilions. Jake and Alex had the resort all to themselves – including more than 40 of their nearest and dearest.

Tailored for your Taste

Navutu Dreams Resort offers a variety of luxury wedding programs, and each can be tailored to suit each couple’s own preferences. When it comes to the most important day of your life, Navutu Dreams believes in taking care of all the minutiae – from the number of flowers to the items on the dinner menu – so you can focus entirely enjoying your special day.

Already won over by the location of Navutu Dreams, Jake and Alex also appreciated the ease of creating the perfect experience which matched their personal sense of taste and style. “It was easiest,” said Alex. “A lot of people have their own spin on the day; you have a lot of egos in management. We’ve got very specific tastes.”

“Everyone is different,” said Alex as she explained their preference for a more pared-down and minimalist wedding. “Navutu really gave that to us and we are really grateful.”

Attention to Detail

Navutu Dreams Resort is renowned for the luxury accommodations, its location, and attentive, diligent team who are constantly ensuring that everything is just right – down to the smallest detail. This is never more true of the Navutu team than when they are preparing for a wedding.

When planning a destination wedding, couples sometimes worry about being left out of the preparations leading up to their big day. Not so at Navutu Dreams Resort. The detailed collaboration process begins from the moment a booking is made, and no effort is spared in ensuring the couple is consulted on their vision of their special day – from recommending entertainment options, deciding on floral fixtures, and the even the way they prefer the dinner napkins to be folded. Thanks to our team’s experience and expertise, any new requests or changes are easily adapted upon. When the Navutu team realised different platters were needed for the couples’ preferred Russian dinner banquet style, new ones were brought in immediately.

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Infused with Cambodian charm

The menu for Jake and Alex’s ceremony was set with options given to them by Navutu’s chef, combining comforting dishes from home with local flavors. Amidst an awe-inspiring display of fire-twirling with live music from world-class saxophonist Steve Cadd, the wedding party enjoyed a three-course set meal incorporating traditional Khmer flavors such as passionfruit and mint caipiroska, a prawn, pineapple and mango cocktail in Jack Daniels sauce, and Bunchhou’s grilled sea bass amok in spiced nhor leaves.

Surrounded by tropical palm trees, the entire ceremony was awash in Cambodian touches. After Jake and Alex exchanged wedding vows, the couple and wedding party was brought to the foyer for a traditional Buddhist blessing. It was a moving and sombre moment for everyone present, as the ceremony of chanted prayers ushered in the new phase of their lives.

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It was a pleasure for the Navutu Dreams Resort to have been a part of this momentous event in the lives of Jake and Alex, and we wish them much happiness. Everyone at the resort is looking forward for the pair’s fifth visit to Siem Reap – perhaps, for a reunion on their fifth anniversary?


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