How did you meet your partner? Richard and I met at high school, we were best mates for many years before it turned into a relationship, although Richards’s parents would tell you otherwise!
How long have you been together? We have been together for 9 Years this December!
Do you have a proposal story? Richard proposed at the start of our summer Christmas break. We had the day off together and so drove out to the piece of land we had purchased the year prior and sat on a picnic blanket eating cheese and drinking wine along with our dog Arnold watching the sun go down. We went to take a walk and as I turned around there he was on one knee.
What was your wedding date? 10th September 2017
Ceremony & Reception
Location? Arnalaya Beach House, Canggu Bali Indonesia
What made you choose there? We both wanted a destination wedding so everyone would be in holiday mode and feel really relaxed on the day. Richard actually took me to Bali on our first ever holiday together and so the island has always held a special place in my heart. Also, with Bali being so accessible from Perth it made it an easy choice. Canggu, in particular, has an incredible vibe that wanted to share with our friends and family.
How did you find it? I was on a 'girls only' holiday in Bali the April prior and came across the Villa on Instagram. I booked in to view it whilst I was there and after sending photos to Richard we both agreed it was exactly what we wanted! Within a week the villa was booked and date chosen.
How was the weather on the day? The weather was always a big factor that played on my mind in the planning process, as Bali weather is so unpredictable. We were so lucky as we had the most amazing weather start to finish. With our reception being outdoors we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect balmy evening to be dancing the night away under the stars.
Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? September is a good month weather wise in Bali and after we took into account fathers day and grand final we were left with our weekend. Sunday is my favourite day of the week and so it was, September the 10th.
The Wedding Details
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I am not one of those brides who has dreamt about their wedding their entire lives so when it came to planning mine it was literally from scratch. My inspiration was mainly drawn from hours scrolling on Instagram. Looking at other weddings and drawing ideas and piecing together elements that were us made the process a lot easier.
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? No. My amazing wedding planner Tia sourced everything from local businesses. With her help, there was no need to DIY.
Bridesmaids – who/relationship? My bridesmaids were my two amazing sisters and best friends Elisha & Leanne.
Groomsmen – who/relationship? Richard chose his two best mates Jordan & Luke to be his groomsman.
Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? Our beautiful niece filled the role of flower girl and our gorgeous nephew Joshua was our Paige Boy. Joshua and my Mum Samantha did the best job of holding Islas hand down the aisle so she couldn’t take her flower crown off. A last-minute decision that paid off!
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
Kylie wore our 'Rosemary' lace gown and nude slip.
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? A friend of mine had purchased her gown from Karen Willis Holmes and it was so beautiful. I was sure there would be something for me there.
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Yes! Not only on a friend but also on Instagram as I have been following for a while prior to our wedding. I love how all the gowns are so unique and effortless.
How many gowns did you try? The first store I went into was Karen Willis Holmes and the first dress I tried on was the Rosemary gown which is the gown I ended up choosing. In between, there were a few more appointments where I tried on around 10 gowns but I was drawn back to Karen Willis Holmes and am so glad I did.
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? I purchased my gown from the Karen Willis Holmes store in Subiaco and was helped by the lovely Ash who made the experience so effortless and fun.
What did you especially like about your gown? Where do I start! I loved everything about this gown. To the sexy low cut front matched with the conservative high mesh neckline. The back is so beautiful with the line of buttons and it just hugged your body so comfortably. The only alterations I made were to the train and it was a tad long and heavy for the weather in Bali. I felt like me in this dress and I remember looking in the mirror thinking Richard would love this as much as I do.
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Shona Joy
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? David Jones
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? The girls all wore earrings from Kookai. We wanted statement gold earrings to make our look more modern. The bridesmaid's shoes were from Tony Bianco and were nude in colour as we didn’t want to clash with the colourful, tropical bouquets. We finished our look all wearing the same bright coral Chanel lipstick to brighten up our looks.
Where did you get your shoes from? I purchased my shoes online from Senso for a bargain! From the beginning, I wanted a shoe that wasn’t your ordinary wedding shoe. The chunky gold heel made them so easy to walk down the aisle that was grass and I was also able to dance the night away!
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Yes, I purchased my veil with my dress from Karen Willis Holmes.
What advice would you give brides organising their wedding? If planning a destination wedding I would definitely recommend a wedding planner if it's in your budget. My planner Tia was absolutely amazing and worth every penny. Other than that don’t sweat the small stuff and enjoy the process. It’s a once in a lifetime event so enjoy every single moment in the lead-up and the planning process as much as you can as soon enough you will be looking back wishing you could do it all over again.
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? I think the main piece of advice I can give is to just be you. I found myself trying on lots of different gowns and styles trying to portray a certain look that just wasn’t me. Be yourself and go with what expresses your personality and style the best as that’s what will make you feel amazing and beautiful on the day.
Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day? There were a few little additions to our wedding that I absolutely loved. In particular the leaf wall backdrop for our ceremony. The backdrop was made by hand and took locals over 4 hours to complete. We watched them place leaf by leaf until it was complete using local Bali palm leaves and greenery. It truly was a vision. We also sourced Customized coconuts for when the guests arrived and then had vegan ice pops for after the ceremony.
Photographer – Katie Harmsworth, 2nd shooter Eric Ronald. I cannot thank these two enough for all the hard work they put into our wedding photos. Right from the start they were both so easy to get along with and made the process so natural and effortless.
Florist – Through our stylist – Bali Event Styling
Music – DJ Arshard
First Dance – Delete, DMA
MC – Family Friend, Aleisha Michaels
Celebrant – Local Indonesian Priest
Stationery – The Little Press
Menu – Dijon Catering
Cake – Butter Bali
Bombonieres – N/A
Wedding Bands – Charles Edward Jewelers
Ice pops – Mad pops Bali
Wedding Planner – Tia from Bali Exclusive Weddings. Tia was by far the best decision I ever made when planning our wedding. From sourcing quotes and vendors to coordinating the day and dealing with my thousands of emails. This woman is beyond amazing at her job and I recommend her to anyone planning a Bali wedding!