Faraway Weddings is fortunate to have a full-time team of dedicated and vastly experienced staff who all work and combine their skills to ensure your wedding is smoothly and professionally organized from booking, through the planning stages and all the way to the actual running of the wedding day itself.
Richard has been involved with Faraway Weddings since 2005 and has performed a number of different duties within the company. As an ex writer he’s responsible for producing or editing all of our text and his main job title is General Manager, taking care of the daily running of the business. He also performs the duty of Master Celebrant for the majority of our wedding ceremonies.
Sophia brings with her some great skills and experience. However, more importantly, she brings a very friendly personality and a permanent smile.
Originally from California, she regards Michigan to be her home place, at least until she found Samui. She graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Hospitality and Event Management, specializing in Event Sales, and has also worked in London, firstly as part of her degree and then again after her education was completed. Her long-term aim now is to build a life and a career here on Samui.
Events Manager and Coordinator
Yan is a small but active team leader and despite his youthful appearance is actually older and more experienced than you would believe. Yan has excelled and grown in ability and confidence since joining and together with Gop they form an excellent management partnership to ensure that everything organized by the wedding planner runs as smooth as possible on the big day.
Assistant Events Manager and Coordinator
Gop is another of our team who is original from the Isaan Region in the northeast of Thailand and he has fitted into the Faraway family very well. He is a long term Samui resident with over 15 years’ experience of working in the hotel industry on the island. He joined us from the Six Senses Resort and brings a smile and a fun personality to complement his experience. Gop speaks English well and plays a vital part on the wedding day by assisting Yan.
Wedding Reservations Manager
Jai initially joined Faraway in a different role. However, her English skills and work background make her ideally suited to her new role as reservations manager. Originally from Phatthalung, she graduated from University in Bangkok with a Bachelors Degree in marketing. She has a wealth of hotel and guest relation experience and out of work she loves music and dancing.
Wedding Service Team
Boy joins the team bringing with him great hospitality experience from his previous work on Samui and more imporatantly a fun personality and a permanent smile. Boy is extremely hardworking and a valuable team member. Originally from Chiang Rai but now lives on Samui with his family. His mom is also part of the Faraway Team and keeps the offices clean and tidy.
Bang is a great addition to our team and brings with him spelialist expertise. He has been one of the island’s top sound engineers responsible for providing the sound for numerous weddings, small and large concerts, nightclubs and Thai boxing stadiums. Bang has been a member of the team for a long time and he brings an extra element of fun with his bright personality.
Wedding Service Team
Rin is in his second spell with Faraway Weddings. He is always fun to be around, very helpful and willing to take on any jobs he’s presented with. Rin also works as part of our dedictated set up team making sure everything is perfect on the day.
Wedding Service Team
Bas is a valuable team member who works hard on the wedding day set up and is generally on hand to assist with any task required on the day. His wife is part of the catering team and so Bas fits in well as part of the Faraway family.
Financial Controller and Office Manager
Pen, or Penpi, as we call her, is one of the original Faraway Weddings team and, as the Office Manager, is in charge of managing and mothering all the other team members. Originally from Bangkok, Pen moved to Koh Samui in 2002 and one of her main roles is taking care of the company’s accounts and finance. Pen is a busy character who is always full of fun and energy. She has two bachelor degrees from a Bangkok university, teaches aerobics in her spare time and currently lives on the island with her growing collection of dogs.
Oui is also from Nakhon Si Thamarat and enjoys working near her home province. Having previously worked as a cashier at Big C supermarket, she joined Faraway to assist Pen with the company accounting and administration. Oui is another staff member who always has a smile at the ready. She’s a bright and happy team member and an asset to the company.
Wedding Service Team
Pat joins the team and brings with her a natural artistic award-wining talent. Her main role links well with this ability as she is responsible for creating menus, table plans, chair decorations and in general ensuring all of the little touches on the wedding day are right. She is from Pitsanulok but worked in Bangkok before moving to Samui in 2010.
Thip is one of the key members of the Faraway Weddings team. Her gentle and talented touch can be found in every part of a wedding from the handcrafted floral chair decorations to the delicate finishes of a canapé. Originally from Korat, Thip moved to Koh Samui in 2006 to join Faraway Weddings and quickly established herself a popular and vital addition to the team.
As part of Faraway’s expansion Rin has joined us as a full-time florist. Rin has been a florist on Samui since 2007 and has worked at resorts as well as florist shops around the island. Rin was part of our original floristry team and has vast experience of preparing floral wedding decorations as well as all other aspects of flower work. He is extremely creative and this has been especially noticeable when creating the decorations for our green wedding experience.
Pen is the Faraway Villa manager and a long term resident of Samui. She is young, keen and an excellent worker. She takes pride in making sure the villa looks its best at all times. Pen always finds time to be friendly and helpful to everyone attending the Faraway Villa.
Originally from the UK, Dennis came to Koh Samui in 2001, via San Francisco, after spending 25 years working for a high-tech computer firm in the Silicon Valley. He is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Faraway Weddings and is responsible for all things technical, both in the office and with all of our websites.
The other co-founder and Managing Partner of Faraway Weddings is Darren. Darren is a Samui veteran having lived and worked here since 1995. Prior to this, he was a professional tennis coach in the UK, and he also trained as a chef. Darren plays a principal role in a variety of tasks from the general running of the business, to creating one of the most interactive and user-friendly websites available, and even to designing and making new canapés for the weddings.