How did you meet your (now) husband?
My husband and I met when we began teaching at the same school in 2009. We remained friends for a few years, going out for drinks every so often with mutual work friends then sparks started to fly in 2011.
How long have you been together? We have been together for 4 years.
Do you have a proposal story? Yes! Jamie and I travelled to the States in 2013. We went on a five week holiday to LA, San Francisco, Vegas and New York. We were in New York for Christmas and New Years. 2 days before Christmas, it started to snow! I was so excited. I was SO excited about going ice skating in Central Park (as I had seen it in so many movies!) so we went on Christmas Eve. We skated around the rink in the snow and then started to get very cold so Jamie suggested we go for a walk. He was adamant about finding a certain bridge – I had no idea what he was talking about, I was beyond cold by now – and he took us to the Gapstow Bridge. He asked me to hold his phone and read out some facts about the bridge (you can imagine that I was thrilled as I couldn’t feel my feet) and then he quickly got down on one knee and pulled out a beautiful ring! I couldn’t believe it!
I found out later that Jamie had my engagement ring in a box in his (unlocked!) backpack for the first three weeks of the trip.
What was your wedding date? 12.th December 2014
Location (Ceremony and Reception) Legian, Bali. Ramada Resort Camakila.
1. Where? Ramada Resort Camakila in Legian, Bali.
2. What made you choose there? Jamie and I had our first holiday there as a couple a few years ago. It was a special place for us.
3. How did you find it? We found the resort on the internet a few years ago.
How was the weather on the day? Very hot and humid!
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We needed to get married in the school holidays (we are both teachers) and the wet season begins in Bali in late December.
The Wedding Details
Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)? I wanted a classic, simple day. I chose white as my theme colour. I have always loved the colour blue so I dressed my bridesmaids in ocean blue dresses.
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I just knew what I wanted. I worked closely with our planner from the resort to help guide me with flower choices.
1. Bridesmaids – who/relationship? My sister, Amy (Maid of Honour) and my old friend Maddie.
2. Groomsmen – who/relationship? Jamie’s brother, Simon (Best Man) and his old friend John.
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I loved the femininity of Karen’s gowns and I loved the feeling that I got when I looked on her website. This absolutely resonated with me when I walked into the Paddington boutique in Brisbane.
How many gowns did you try?I tried on 3 gowns at KAREN WILLIS HOLMES and 2 gowns in the city.
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? The Paddington store in Brisbane.
What did you especially like about your gown? I knew that I wanted a gown with cap sleeves. I also knew that we were getting married on the pool deck so I didn’t want something with too much tulle (although I do love tulle, but not for this occaision!) As soon as I tried on the Kayla gown, I knew it was the one!
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Portmans
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Country Road
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I chose Nine West heels and Oroton earrings.
Bridesmaids: Nine West heels and Lovisa earrings.
Groomsmen: Florshiem shoes and belts.
Where did you get your shoes from? Nine West
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Be organized! Print off wedding planning guides from the internet and collate what items you need for your own list. Tick it off as you go.
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Don’t settle for something that you don’t love. Keep searching! Also, once you get your dress home, don’t keep trying it on!
Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day.
Once you start walking down the aisle, lock eyes with your groom and focus on him. This will ease any nerves that you have.
Something Old: My Dad’s blue hanky.
Something New: My dress.
Photographer –Terralogical Photography. We paid for an 8 hour package with 3 photographers. The range of photos that we got was fantastic.
MC – We asked our brother in law, Chris, to MC the day for us. He did a great job!
Wedding Invites – Invitations by Dawn
Thank you cards – Pink Frosting
Menu, Music, Florist, Celebrant – All organized via the resort
Cake – Ixora Cakes
Bombonieres – I put together Balinese silver tin boxes for each person/couple to receive at the resort’s reception when they checked in. Our guests all stayed for 7-10 days with us in Bali so we were really touched by everyone’s effort to travel. In each box, I wrote a handwritten letter from Jamie and I thanking them for travelling to Bali. I also compiled a ‘survival kit’ for the week of sunscreen, sanitizer, hand wipes, Berocca, Panodol (in case of sore heads) and Immodium (in case of Bali Belly!). I also put in personalized bottle openers and stubby coolers.
Hair and Make up – Bali Make Up and Hair
Wedding Bands – Blue Nile
Other: We had Balinese fire dancers included in our package and they were amazing! We also released lanterns on the beach which were an extra cost, but we are so glad that we did them.
We also had hand-held fans on every second seat at the ceremony for the ladies to fan themselves in the heat.
We had a stand up reception rather than sit down dinner, as we wanted people to be up and dancing during the night.