Celebrated Balinese Painter and Museum Owner, Nyoman Gunarsa gave the hand of his first-born daughter, Noni, in marriage on July 2, 2002, followed by a gala wedding reception 3 days later on July 5th.
Noni, who is more formally known as Luh Estiti Adarawati Gunarsa, is a graduate level student in environmental and biological studies at Mill's College in California. She was taken in marriage by a young American computer expert, James Alley, who she met while studying in the U.S.A.. Together, they were married in a traditional Balinese Hindu ceremony celebrated by the two families and their friends, many who flew in to Bali to join the joyous occasion.
Drs. Nyoman Gunarsa
The Father of the Bride, Nyoman Gunarsa is the Owner of the Museum Seni Lukis Klasik in Klungkung, East Bali. Nyoman Gunarsa's bold expressionistic renderings of Wayang Puppet Figures and Balinese dancers are prized parts of major museum collections around the world, fetching high prices whenever they come up at auction at Christies and other major sales rooms abroad. His painting have been exhibited in solo shows in over 9 countries internationally and Gunarsa has been the recipient of numerous awards for his achievements in the arts.
A Night to Remember
Hundreds of guests were welcomed to the family compound in the village of Angkam, just south of Klungkung, and adjacent to the multi-storied painting museum established by Nyoman Gunarsa. A massive Balinese gateway leading into the house was carpeted in blue for the evening and a giant stage was installed to accommodate a formal receiving line of the bride, groom and their respective families together with performances by troupes of dancers and musicians from STSI - the Balinese Academy for the Performing and Fine Arts. The gifted students of the Academy performed a number of traditional dances, accompanied by a full gamelan orchestra to mark the occasion.
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