Belinda: A ONE DAY BRIDE
A distinctly beautiful Bali wedding. Crystal quarts, soft grey tones and crisp white Orchids set the tone for this beautifully styled ceremony and reception.
WHEN AND HOW WE MET
I distinctly remember seeing Abe for the first time. It was from a distance and in an instant everything else in the room faded behind him. It was clear in that moment that I had fallen in love. We were sixteen and at a mutual friends birthday dinner, however we did not officially meet until weeks later. For Abe, the connection came a bit later when we were finally introduced. For me it simply confirmed what I knew all along, he was the one. Whether it was coincidence, fate or sheer blind luck it certainly makes me believe in some kind of magic.
Fast-forward ten years Abe organised a weekend down the coast in Geographe Bay for our anniversary. It was a cold July evening and we were wrapped up in wool blankets drinking red wine under the stars. We found ourselves reminiscing over stories from when we were younger and trying to predict where our future would take us. All of a sudden Abe was on one knee, eyes full of emotion as he asked will you marry me? It was a perfect evening knowing we were the best of friends and we were madly in love about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
OUR WEDDING LOCATION
Bali has always been our happy place. We wanted a relaxed and memorable wedding where friends and family really got to know each other with the added bonus of being on holiday. I stumbled across Semara Resort on Instagram and straight away the feel of the venue spoke to us. The white washed colonial property set against tropical green palms and perched high on a cliff exceeded all of our expectations upon viewing it in person. We had the jaw dropping moment walking into Villa Tamarama and seeing the hazy horizon framed by the pergola in the distance. Just when we thought it could not get better we were blown away with the panoramic view of the Indian Ocean as we walked down the pathway to the cliffs edge. We hoped this venue would capture the hearts of every guest and that is exactly what it did.
We wanted to tell the story of an effortless and modern love story. The venue was already the perfect basis for the beachside reverie we wanted to create, so it really came down to refining the elements on the tables and crafting a scene for the ceremony that we could perform our vows under. The colour palette was made up of soft greys, crystal quartz, burnished silvers which all complimented the tropical green leaves which adorned the pergola and reception. The flowers were a mix of orchids, roses and ranunculus. We had two long tables that were dressed in grey linen cloth and lined with raw edged marble platters. Glass vases held flower arrangements and crystal quartz clusters were placed down the centre of tables alongside cathedral candles and silk napkins. I had rectangle name cards produced with each guests name engraved in white which sat on the plate framed by gold utensils. While we used white colonial deck chairs for the ceremony we decided on the more contemporary ghost chair for the reception. A canopy of icicle fairy lights enveloped the reception area and spot lights were used in the palm trees to softly light the lawn set beside the cliff.
The Lane was an infinite source of inspiration followed by Instagram accounts Olympia Design, The Style Co and KYHA the creative director at One Day.
THE BEST ADVICE I WAS GIVEN
A dear friend of ours told us that many people will say how quickly the day will go and that it will all be over in the blink of an eye. His advice was that we are in complete control of the pace, and we can slow it down by keeping our breathing in check and maybe a shoulder roll or two! Just by putting the right energy out there we were able to take in all the love, laughter and happiness the day had to offer.
WHAT WAS YOUR NON NEGOTIABLE FOR THE DAY?
I would say I had two! Without question the styling elements and wedding planner. Having a design and administrative background these aspects really interested me more than anything. I was excited to go through the research and design process and refine our vision but it was a worthwhile exercise having someone to add the finesse to elements and take charge on the day. It was important for Abe and I to feel relaxed in the lead up and especially on the day so having creative director of Paper Diamonds, Natalie Palmer on board made such a difference when it came to achieving the details.
We arrived in Bali a week early so that I could run amuck with my nearest and dearest family and friends. The bridesmaids arranged yoga on a rooftop overlooking the rice paddy fields with a local instructor the morning of the hens. This was followed by a few hours at Spring Spa getting massages and facials. We then went back to a private villa to get ready for dinner and games. The girls went to every effort in making sure the villa was beautifully decorated with flowers, candles and banquet grazing platters. All of the guests were asked to wear black so I felt extra special in my white outfit for the evening. After champagne and many laughs later we had a delicious dinner at Saigon Street upstairs in their private dining room. The end of the evening was spent dancing the night away.
BRIDES SUPPLIERS OF CHOICE
WEDDING PLANNER: Paper Diamonds
CEREMONY + RECEPTION: Villa Tamarama Semara Luxury Resort Uluwatu
CELEBRANT: We used renowned celebrant Kim from Bali Wedding Celebrants.
Our photographer recommendation was gifted to us by our wedding planner who had worked with Joey Willis before. She knew his laid back approach would be a good fit for us and after we viewed his work we were so impressed by his casual style we got him on board straight away. It was one of the easiest decisions we had to make! On the day Joey and his partner Tane moved like feathers in the wind capturing every beautiful moment so nonchalantly it felt like we had known them forever.
Daphne Wedding Gown
From the beginning I knew I wanted something very simply and modern. The clean lines of a slip really appealed to me so I was searching for something with a spaghetti strap and loose fit. I looked through magazines although in the end I found Instagram, runway edits and designer look books more helpful. One Day Bridal was the very first label I looked at and fell in love with.
HAIR & MAKE UP
I was lucky enough to be able to spend some solid make up sessions with my sister Rose who is a makeup artist. It meant we had time to play around with different looks and colour palettes. I wanted a soft elegance to my look so we made sure the base was flawless then went with a subtle smokey eye and matte nude lip. The natural brown/burgundy hues made my blue eyes the focal point.
I generally dont wear any jewellery so on the day I accessorised with just a couple of fine pieces. I wore handcrafted earrings by Laurie Fleming, which I purchased during one of my fittings at ONE DAY BRIDAL. They were petite studs with hand-faceted marquise and rose cuts along with delicate mother of pearl stones. In the days leading up to the wedding I was also presented with a very special family heirloom. An art-deco diamond that has been in our family since the 1920s. It was a sweet reminder that my granny was watching over me on my special day but also a massive gesture for my mum and sisters to pass it down to the youngest in the family.
I knew I wanted shoes that made a statement, something to set off the clean lines of my dress. I chose a white pair of Aquazurra wild thing high heel sandals. Unfortunately, no Australians stockists had the white in stock at the time so I purchased them online at Matches.com.
Each of my bridesmaids have an incredibly discerning and strong sense of style. It was important for me to highlight their personalities and let their own interpretation of our vision shine. The only condition being that I wanted them all in white to contrast against the tropical hues around us. My maid of honour Jen chose a Stone Cold Fox long sleeved lace dress, Tyler a soft silk Magalie Pascal slip and Bridget a Shona Joy off the shoulder loose top and matching culottes. The result was stunning and felt more like a resort collection coming down the aisle.
We wanted a semi-formal look for the guys and so we opted for cotton chinos and a white linen shirt. Both items were purchased from Industrie. Abe wore a navy tailored jacket from Rodd & Gunn along with caramel brown suede shoes from Aquila.
Paper Diamonds sourced and arranged all of the floral arrangements. I explained the vision I had and what flowers I wanted her to incorporate and from there we ended up with teardrop shaped bouquets full of orchids, roses and ranunculus wrapped up with silk chiffon ribbon.
YOUR ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES
My advice would be to start planning as soon as possible to ensure your design process naturally develops and no details are rushed. The first thing I did was create mood boards and this helped me to pin point exactly how we wanted the day to look. It can be really overwhelming in the beginning on where to start so I found this helped me to get the ball rolling.