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Have you always wanted to get your wedding photoshoot done in Bali, but don’t want the typical beach or cliffside photography?

Also read: I planned 150 weddings in Bali and here’s everything you need to know before planning yours

14 of the coolest wedding places in Bali where you can marry in style

Who says you can’t have an atypical fairytale photoshoot?

Sometimes, all you need is simply some tucked-away locations and a sprinkle of magic with the camera.

So come along now – we’ll show you some hidden spots where you will fall in love, all over again.

1. Where romance truly awaits – AYANA Resort and Spa, BALI

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Wandering around AYANA, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a spot that doesn’t ooze romance.

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Photo by Dominik Photography

Simply going down any pathway in AYANA, is a picturesque experience worth a photo for your pre-wedding album. And apart from wandering AYANA with your photographer, there are many other places within AYANA you need to check out for your pre-wedding photos.

First, the AYANA Jetty. Exuding rustic elegance, the wooden Jetty contrasts wonderfully with the view of the ocean in the back, providing the perfect backdrop for several pre-wedding photos.

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Next, there are various glass chapels, beautiful pavilions, and even a 350 year old traditional Javanese Joglo for you to get those gorgeous pre-wedding images with stunning architectural details in the background.

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Photo via Bali Pixtura, D’sight Photography, Earth_colors

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Photo via Bali Pixtura

And if not glass chapels, and pavilions – how about quirky photos with the resort’s buggies, or quaint horse-drawn carriages?

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Still not quite sure? AYANA Resort provides the best of three worlds, as Bali’s only integrated resort – AYANA Resort & Spa Bali, The Villas at AYANA Resort, and RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA.

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Infinity pool at RIMBA Jimbaran

Photo via photofactorybali.com

Your pre-wedding photos may be taken at any of these places – most noticeably, the private Kubu Beach. Accessible from RIMBA, Kubu Beach makes a truly exquisite setting for pre-wedding photos.ayana-kububeach-by-nordicaphotography.com

Photo via nordicaphotography

Take a moment as you descend midway down the 197 steps to Kubu Beach, and make sure to get some shots with the glamorous Indian Ocean background.

Once you’ve finally reached Kubu Beach, that’s where the fun begins – as you and your photographer explore the rock formations and take some of what will probably be your favourite photos of this memorable time.

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There are much too many romantic spots in AYANA that you should most definitely check out, if you’re on the hunt for a pre-wedding photoshoot location.

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Photo by Iwan Photography

With romance waiting around every corner in AYANA – this resort truly takes the cake for the ultimate location to hold pre-wedding photoshoots – not to mention destination weddings, and romantic escapades!

Also read: 8 romantic reasons why you must stay at AYANA, Bali at least once in your lifetime

AYANA Resort and Spa, BALI

Location: Jl. Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80364
Contact: +62-361-702222
For your wedding planninghttp://ayanaresort.com/en/weddings/wedding-venues

Official Site

2. Of limestone cliffs and epic towering statues – Pandawa Beach

Pandawa beach may be the best kept secret on this list, being far less famous than Kuta or Dreamland it is the ideal beach for a pre-wedding shoot. Located in Kutuh village in the south of Bali, Pandawa is hidden behind rugged limestone cliffs.

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Photo via Gusde Photography

There is one road leading to the beach: a path cut out of the limestone wall.

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Photo via Sun Photography

The rest of the beach is beautiful, secluded and untouched: white sands, roaring blue waves. There are 5 towering statues carved into the cliffs that you can pose with: Yudhistira, Bima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sadewa who are the Panca Pandawa, 5 brothers from shadow puppet theatre.

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Photo by Maxtu Photography

But the best part of this beach has got to be the unusual road leading in and out of it: stand in the middle of the path with limestone faces rising up on either side of you for an epic photo.

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Photo via Gusde Photography

Pandawa Beach

Address: Jalan Pantai Pandawa. Coordinates here.

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3. A whimsical wandering – Bukit Teletubbies

Located on Nusa Penida (an island off the southeastern coast of Bali) – Bukit Teletubbies is an undulating pasture covered in verdant green grass, ferns, and lavender.

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Photo via Gusde Photography

Some people think it reminds them of New Zealand, but the popular name for this wonderland is Bukit Teletubbies because it looks just like the hill the Teletubbies lived on.

Just sunlight, trees, hills, you and your partner, a good photographer – all the good stuff.

Your pre-wedding photos will have a magnificent open sprawling quality, bathed in golden yellow sunlight.

Do be sure to avoid the dry season between May and September, as the grass dries up and turns brown.

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Photo via Gusde Photography

And another thing to note, as this area is less developed and commercialized than Bali’s mainland, do not expect many modern amenities or to be able to buy luxuries, so do bring them along.

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Getting there: Reach Nusa Penida on your own via boat services from Sanur or Padang Bai. Once on the island, you can hire a motorcycle to take you to the Bukit Teletubbies.

Ask for directions to the closest village, Julingan, in the far south of the island.Reach Nusa Penida on your own via boat services from Sanur or Padang Bai.  Once on the island, you can hire a motorcycle to take you to the Bukit Teletubbies. Ask for directions to the closest village, Julingan, in the far south of the island.

Coordinate here

4. It’s naturally magical! – Suluban Beach

Descending down a short flight of steep rock stairs, the journey to Suluban Beach is made worth your while – with amazing sights of little natural rock pools dotting the beach far out to the ocean.

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Photo via tuulavintage.com

The way the sunlight hits this peculiarly beautiful beach at all the right angles, definitely makes it a glowing recommendation for a pre-wedding photoshoot location.

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Photo by Pietraliberato

Whether you’re taking photos by the stairs under Suluban caves (which resembles a set out of Pirates of the Caribbean), or taking photos by the gorgeous rock formations further in – photos at Suluban Beach will give you beach vibes that are utterly different (read: more magical) than the usual beach wedding photoshoot!

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Suluban Beach

Getting there: Located at the Bukit Peninsula, Suluban Beach is connected to Kuta and Denpasar through Jimbaran by the busy Jalan Bypass Nusa Dua and this is the only route in, approximately 34 km from Denpasar. Coordinates here

5. Revel in Retro – Cosmic Diner

Do you love all things retro; are Rebel Without a Cause and Rear Window your favourite films; do you obsess over cat eye sunglasses, poodle skirts and letter jackets? Or maybe you’re just attracted to bright colours and unusual themes.

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Photo by Maxtu Photography

If what you just read strikes your fancy read on.

Cosmic Diner is a 1950s-styled American diner, stepping into it is like heading into Edward Hopper’s famous painting, Nighthawks.

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Photo by Maxtu Photography

Every detail is perfect: retro art posters, the shiny checkered floor guaranteed to pop in your photos, red booth seats, the vintage radio, that cute payphone (that uses coins, with numbers that you dial in). The restaurant’s large windows allow for plenty of natural light.

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Photo via lismakeupbali

Be sure to get a photo of yourselves in the stairwell, flooded with yellow lighting, covered floor to ceiling with bold posters on one side – and a full-length mirror on the other this is the perfect place to memorialize yourselves.

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Photo by Maxtu Photography

The art crowds the frame making for the perfect shot. Also there are no photo fees required to hold your photo shoot at the Cosmic Diner, the only requirement is to spend at least $30 on food, which you can do for lunch.

Cosmic Diner

Address: Pertokoan Sunset Star Blok C, Jl. Sunset Road, Kuta, Bali 80361
Contact: +62 361 8947389

Official Site

6. The beautiful: misty and mysterious – Lake Tamblingan

An already dramatic location for photography, Lake Tamblingan can look either cheery or moody depending on the weather. And if you go there at first light, you may even catch the morning fog rising off the lake.

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Photo by Bali Pixtura

Lake Tamblingan is located on the north slope of Mount Mortar, and apart from being beautiful – it is also an interesting geological phenomenon.  Called a caldera, Lake Tamblingan was created when volcanoes caused the area to collapse!

Another thing located on Lake Tamblingan’s shores, Gubug Temple will add some mystery to your photos. This abandoned temple was left to watch over the lake forever, when it was flooded due to heavy rainfall.

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Photo by Apel Photography

For added fun, and an interesting and unexpected element in your photos,  rent a rowboat and sail out to a platform in the middle of the lake. Boats can be rented for $30.

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Photo by Apel Photography

Take amazing photos on the boat, or on the platform rising out of the middle of the lake, this wondrous pre-wedding shoot location is perfect for those who love a little mist and mystery.

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Photo by Apel Photography

Lake Tamblingan

Location: Desa Munduk, Kecamatan Banjar, Bali. Coordinates here

7. Exclusive, adventurous, and really unique – Menjangan Island in West Bali National Park

West Bali National Park has a lot going for it even if you may not have heard of it. In fact, that’s one of the perks of getting your wedding photos done there.

Being somewhat off the beaten path, there are not many tourists and you’ll get plenty of admiring questions about where exactly you found paradise.

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Photos by Axioo Photography

The national park has very varied habitats, from dry savannah, acacia scrub and lowland forests, to lush forests in the centre which is high – as well as mangrove forests and extinct volcanoes.

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The coast is also lined with beaches and coral reefs, so according to how you plan your shoot, these environments can be incorporated into your theme just about any way you want.

Want something beachy and marine-inspired – or lush green forests in your photos? No problem!

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There are even horses, and vintage rides for you to take your photos with – and another interesting thing to note?

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Wild deer often wade out to sea to drink the water. Imagine wedding photos with herds of wild deer in the ocean? Surreal.

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West Bali National Park

Getting there: West Bali national park can be easily accessible from Gilimanuk, the ferry port in West Bali where the ferries go to and forth Java. From Gilimanuk take a minibus or Ojek to Cekik for the last three kilometer. Here you will find the PHPA headquarters. Coordinates here
Permit and hiring of guides: at the PHPA headquarters at Cekik, at the PHPA office in Labuhan Lalang or at the PHPA office in Denpasar.
Office: Kantor Pos Gilimanuk, Cekik 82253, Bali
Tel. : +62-365-61060 or 61173
E-mail: [email protected]

8. Have a zany camel adventure – Hilton Bali Resort

Hilton Bali Resort is located on a secluded beach, which means your epic wedding finery will have a setting of bright blue skies, white sand and no people.

The best part about getting your pre-wedding photos done at the Hilton Bali Resort has to be the camels. To shoot with a pair of camels, book in advance and be sure to arrive on time for your half hour slot.

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Photos by Photo Factory Bali

Ride on them and pretend to be a Bedouin, or with their long necks towering over you. In any case, camels and their humps and long eyelashes will definitely add zany charm to your photos.

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Hilton Bali Resort

Address: Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Nusa Dua, Badung, Bali 80363, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 773377

Official Site

9. Hide away in a Mangrove Forest

The exotic and unusual nature of the mangrove forest appeals to many couples, and not just because it is incredibly beautiful.

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Full images credit: GP-Bali Photography

Metaphorically, the mangrove is a barrier, a safe haven for many creatures to develop, just as a relationship gives you a safe space to grow.

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Photo via HeryPortrait

Perhaps this hidden mangrove forest, with its charming boardwalk and lush surroundings is the secret spot you’ve been dreaming of?

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Full images credit: GP-Bali Photography

Getting There: Located conveniently along the Bypass, the Mangrove Forest is just 15 minutes from Kuta, and 20 minutes from Denpasar.

10. Embrace the tropical beauty on Lembongan Island

Want the sun, trees, cliffs and sea all in your wedding photoshoot?

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Lembongan Island, a sparsely populated tropical beauty, is a stunning mix of different locations and experiences.

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Wander on the seashore, float out into the ocean or stand on the incredible clifftops – these will be incredible moments to be memorialised, that neither of you will ever forget!

Getting There: To travel to Lembongan Island you’ll need to take a ferry or fast boat from Sanur or Benoa Harbours.

Full images credit: Diktat Photography via The Wedding Notebook

11. Dance in the water at Tukad Unda

If you think this is a waterfall, think again!

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Tukad Unda is actually a dam, left behind from the Dutch colonisation of Bali.

It’s the perfect place to take wedding photographs, with the soothing running water creating a misty and romantic atmosphere – so much love is in the air!

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Full images credit: Stories in Bali

Getting There: The Tukad Unda Dam is located in Klungkung, just over 30 minutes from Denpasar.

12. Live the fairytale at the Royal Water Palace

If you love fairytales and ruined castles, you’ll love the Water Palace of Taman Ujung, a royal residence located in the Karangasam area of Bali.

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Full image credits: balifotografer.net

This romantic spot, with its maze of pools and fountains, was almost entirely destroyed when Mount Agung erupted in 1963.

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Since then, this ruin has attracted lovers seeking to memorialise themselves amidst its crumbling glory, timelessly beautiful like all love should be.

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Getting There: Located in the Karangasem regency of Bali, the Water Palace can be reached in less than 2 hours of driving time from Denpasar.

Full images credit: Dennis Yap Photography via The Wedding Notebook

13. Discover magic at Sayan Gorge

The beautiful Sayan Gorge is home to numerous exclusive luxury villas, and a magnet for travellers looking to get away from it all.

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Where better to get stunning wedding photos than in this lush rainforest, forever growing and blossoming like your love?

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As you stand in the gorge, the river runs all around you – that magical moment will be a precious memory to keep.

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Full images credit: Jonas Peterson

Getting There: On the outskirts of beautiful Ubud, the Sayan Gorge is just a 30-minute drive from Denpasar.

14. Step into a dream at the Tulamben Shipwreck

Isn’t this simply surreal?

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The Tulamben Shipwreck is one of the most gorgeous places to take your wedding photoshoot, underwater. It’s every girl’s dream.

Recreating it might be a challenge (you’ll probably need to practise holding your breath for a really, really long time), but trust us, it’s completely worth it.

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As long as you aren’t afraid to take the plunge, dreams can really come true.

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Getting There: Isolated in Bali’s beautiful north east, the wreck is more than 2 hours from Denpasar, or longer with traffic over the mountain.

Full images credit: Von Wong

15. Go all classic at the Tirtha Uluwatu Chapel

Who says a traditional wedding photoshoot in a chapel can’t take your breath away?

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The Tirtha Uluwatu Chapel is a masterpiece of glass, showcasing the stunning cliffs of Uluwatu and the glittering ocean beyond.

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Isn’t it the best place to capture the moment of your everlasting love, just like the never-ending horizon?

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Full images credit: Iwan Photography & Evermotion Photography via The Wedding Notebook

Getting There: Set in stunning Southern Bali, Tirtha Uluwatu is just 40 minutes from Denpasar.

Special Mention: Get away from it all – Gili Trawangan

Gili Trawangan is one of three islands off Lombok in Bali, and is pretty much the best place to go to ‘get away from it all’ while still remaining in Bali.

The Exile is a small inn just 25 minutes from the harbor. You can go by bike or by horse cart (both of which present interesting photo opportunities).

The Exile is the perfect place to catch the sun going down behind Bali’s Mount Agung. For any other traveler, this means it’s the best place to kick back and have a beer – while for you, this means gorgeous sunset photos, and your silhouette in stark contrast to the brightness.

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Photo via clomears

If you come here for your pre-wedding shoot you can be assured of photos oozing rustic charm, with thatched roof bungalows in the background, bicycles and dramatic pieces of driftwood to pose with.

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Photo via mooretravellingtheworld

But you haven’t heard the best part. The Exile probably has the most fabulous props in this list: a swing and a hammock in the sea.

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Photo via Ddbald

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Photo via Doyoutravel

Think of what you could do with them. You could be a tropical themed Ophelia, mermaid and merman (or mermaid and mermaid, or merman and merman or just anything!) chilling in your hammock. The possibilities are endless.

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Photo via The Exile

The Exile

Address: Jalan Raya Trawangan, Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Nusa Tenggara Barat 83352, Indonesia
Contact: +62877-6593-5031

Official Site

Do you know of any other secret places where you can take beautiful wedding photos? Let us know in the comments below!

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