by Catriona Mitchell

Wanting to be at the palace ahead of the crowd, Rio and I arrived at Ubud’s double royal wedding by mid afternoon last Friday, decked out in our finest.

It was twilight before most of the glittering guests – VIPs from around Indonesia – and the priests had arrived, but this period of respite (while dark-purple clouds gathered and rain spat intermittently, threatening to ruin the local Ibus’ hair-dos) gave me ample opportunity to wander around the palace and take in the resplendent set-up. Weeks of work had gone into preparing the offerings and flower arrangements. Never had I seen such ravishing, extravagant detail, which was in danger of being outshone later on by what became an evening fashion parade.

I quickly became aware of the dangers of taking photos in towering high heels, particularly when positioned next to a tower of ripening hand-carved pig fat!

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Photos © Catriona Mitchell