Waking up to news that Hideo Muraoka and Fatima Rabago tied the knot certainly jolted me out of bed with excitement. With the few photos the couple has shared, we found ourselves smitten. In an intimate wedding in Villa Chameleon in Bali, the two said their I Do’s while their daughter Danda brought the rings. For years now, we’ve always loved Hideo and Fatima, particularly the respect and graciousness they have towards each other, the love and devotion that is constantly evident in their family life, as well as the talent they show in both modeling and the businesses they run. Being beautiful inside and out, it wasn’t a surprise how stunning their ceremony was.
Seeing how they chose to tie the knot is simply breathtaking and honestly quite refreshing. They opted for a wedding that was simple and unassuming yet looked so powerfully moving. Both were in chic resort attire that was perfectly cast against the greens. The dress and shoes of Fatima were simply exquisite! Hideo meanwhile looked clean and fresh in khakis and a white cotton button-down shirt. Of course their lovely daughter Danda was a ray of sunshine in that little white dress. Congratulations to your family Hideo, Fatima, and Danda! Scroll through to see the beautiful snippets from this special day, and read about why Fatima and Hideo decided to go for this type of wedding.
Why did you choose Bali? Is there a special reason behind it?
Fatima: We wanted to do it far away to make it intimate. We’ve always wanted to go to Bali, and after researching, we found that it had many options for intimate weddings like ours.
Why did you opt for this kind of wedding? Who attended?
Fatima: We’re always in events, surrounded by people, but we are very private people. We wanted to make it just for us, and we knew we would only enjoy every minute of it if it was only us–me, Hideo, and Danda.
What advice would you give brides who want a small wedding but are afraid to do it?
Fatima: Do it!!! I’ve heard many friends say their dream wedding is intimate and small, but they have to invite so many people for their family, relatives, etc. Everybody has their own choices, and your wedding is the time for you to have YOUR day the way YOU want. Those who really love you will be happy that you are making your dream day, either big or small. It’s your day, have it your way.
What was the most memorable thing about that day?
Fatima: Everything–how chill it was, how laid-back, no stress, all laughs, the moment of the ceremony was perfect, us surrounded by nature–it was the most memorable moment as a family, and it was our special moment.
True story–we are obsessed with your whole family’s wedding look! Can you tell us about it? Why did you opt for that style of dress?
Fatima: I’m not a conventional bride–that’s obvious–I wanted it to be me. I’ve never fit in the conventional dress, I knew I had to choose a designer who is close to my heart and really gets me, and that’s where my dear friend Rhett Eala comes in. He is not only an amazing designer, but a real good friend and supporter of our relationship ever since we started. It was sooo easy to decide on it–only a 30 minute chat, two fittings, and that was it! A dress for me is more about where it comes from, and it has to represent you, and I couldn’t have chosen a better person to make it.
Any other stories you want to share about your big day?
Fatima: I’m truly happy that we chose the way we got married. We were grounded, comfortable, and not worried about anything else but the moment of our ceremony. It was truly magical, and the fact that we were close to nature made it even more special.
Fatima shares on her Instagram:
November 2, 2018: I married my life partner, my best friend, the love of my life.
Our vows: You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.