Caroline & Matt ♥ Bali, Indonesia
Photographer: Windee Winata – PhotoFactory Bali
Elopements have become increasingly popular in recent years. Many of the elopements featured on You Mean The World To Me have been of couples that want to get married and legally bind their unity but they simply didn’t want the fuss, the expense or the stress of organising a traditional big white wedding.
This is also true of most of the destination wedding couples featured on the blog too, they get hitched overseas as they want to do things a little differently, escape the complications of planning ‘normal’ nuptials back home and they get to enjoy a trip of a lifetime with their loved ones whilst they’re at it!
Whatever your personal reasons are for eloping or getting married abroad, there is no denying that the beautiful island of Bali creates one of the most breathtaking backdrops for saying ‘I Do.’ Once you see the stunning scenery from today’s elegant elopement you’ll find it hard to want to tie the knot anywhere else!
Caroline and Matt wisely chose magical Mick’s Place for their elopement in Bali. Positioned on the cliff at Binging Beach, this Polynesian-influenced bungalow resort enjoys unrestricted views of the Indian Ocean.
I guarantee that you’ll love everything about this laid-back wedding day; from Caroline’s graceful gown that she teamed with beach-ready barefoot sandals, to the bright tropical blooms and traditional Balinese ceremony, from the casual surfing influences to the enchanting sunset wedding dinner that the couple shared, this is truly a dream destination wedding.
Gabrielle & Gareth ♥ Phuket, Thailand
Photographer: Hilary Cam Photography
Of all the beautiful sandy shores there are in the world upon which to tie the knot, the destination ceremonies in Thailand always look like pure wedded bliss.
The gorgeous Gabrielle and Gareth, like many couples, decided to get married abroad as it provided a midway point for their families who are from opposite corners of the globe – South Africa and Australia. The picturesque island of Phuket was their destination, the secluded beach of Kata Noi Bay was to be their dreamy big day setting.
Gabrielle looked every bit the beautiful boho bride with a delicate headdress, floating veil and a chic and unique layered gown. Oh and of course, who could forget her strappy gold Choo’s and matching clutch bag – the ultimate in finishing touches!
As always, today’s flyaway couple added their own personal touch to their destination wedding with brightly coloured sunglasses and fans as favours for their guests and they enchanced their blissful beachfront wedding ceremony with traditional Jewish customs. The wedding party then headed on to the pure white sands to watch with wonder as the sun set over the ocean to a vibrant display of pink, violet and scarlet hues – destination wedding perfection!
Leanne & Luke ♥ Bali, Indonesia
Photographer: PhotoFactory Bali
You’ve got to love a good international love story! The chance encounter’s halfway around the world, where a lovely pair randomly meet and find the one they’re going to marry; it’s what the word serendipity was surely made for!
Well, today’s darling duo has an equally lovely tale of fate to tell. Leanne is from Wales in the UK and Luke lives in Tasmania. Travel brought them to each other in Tasmania (where they were introduced by a mutual friend) as Leanne was travelling the world. They had a whirlwind romance, fell in love and decided to get hitched, so Leanne started planning to move and set up a new life in Tasmania with Luke and his adorable twin boys. I know…it’s like the perfect romantic movie script!
Due to them both being travel fans and since the guests that would be invited to their wedding would be from every corner of the globe, they decided that a destination wedding somewhere neutral would be the most suitable big day for them.
Leanne had dreamt of saying “I Do” in breathtaking Bali and it seemed the picture-perfect place for friends and family from around the world to meet and celebrate their nuptials. And a dream wedding it was too, from Leanne’s dazzling Jenny Packham dress to the magical cliff top venue, they had their day their way and it was literally a dream come true.
Farrah & Shamus ♥ Bali, Indonesia
Photographer: PhotoFactory Bali
Bright and bold weddings have been a huge hit this year and they make for a very colourful affair, but when you stumble across a classic all-white or magical monochrome soiree like today’s elegant beach ceremony, you can’t help but fall in love with chic black and white tones.
Farrah and Shamus chose Bali for their destination wedding, and it’s not hard to see why. What could be more romantic than saying ‘I do’ on bleached-white sands, the glorious sun beaming overhead and a slight ocean breeze? Even just thinking about it makes me want to hop on the next flight out to this tropical paradise!
“When it came to planning our special day, we wanted to do something a little different so we decided a destination wedding in Bali would be perfect. The flights and accommodation costs for guests was very affordable from Western Australia and Northern Territory, Australia (where most of our close friends and family live) and we gave everyone more than a year’s notice to prepare.”
Emma & Brady ♥ Bali, Indonesia
Photographer: PhotoFactory Bali
If ever there were a wedding fit for a fairy princess, then it would be today’s sunlit soiree in Bali, captured to perfection by PhotoFactory Bali.
Emma and Brady’s love story began when they met at just seventeen, giving Emma plenty of time to dream the bridal dream and form the vision of their perfect destination day.
Soft pastel petals and twinkling fairy lights decorated the day, along with a vintage twist to their pretty personal touches. The bridesmaids sparkled in the sunshine in sequined dresses, sporting elegant updo’s, and of course the bride stole the show in a fairytale-esque, bespoke bridal gown fashioned with romantic ruffles.
The stunning ocean-view Bali venue gave them the happy ever after ceremony they both wished-for and a fairytale wedding that they’ll never forget…
Tianjin & Ben ♥ Koh Samui, Thailand
Photographer: Sarah Christensen Photo
Calling all boho brides-to-be! Today’s private villa wedding in Thailand is bohemian wedding bliss.
The setting was a secluded beachside villa on the idyllic island of Koh Samui, surrounded by nothing but sunshine and bleached white sand.
Tianjin is every bit the beautiful boho bride. She looks effortlessly chic, barefoot on the beach with her unique two-layered dress swishing in the slight sea breeze. To finish her relaxed look Tiajin wore her hair in long loose curls with a fabulous statement flower crown – perfection!
Having first met at a festival in London, Tianjin and Ben rocked a festival theme at their weeklong wedding celebration with their closest family and friends.
DIY-done-right details ensured that the day reflected their personalities and in true festival fashion, the party continued until dawn with the guests dancing under the pale moonlight, the sky full of stars.
What a wedding! True boho bliss…
“Ben & Tianjin first met at Lovebox festival in London and their love took Ben across the world to Sydney, Australia where they both now live.”
“Their passions are music, fun and yoga and so they created ‘Lovebox’ the wedding, a four-day celebration in Koh Samui, Thailand. Friends and family from all around the world came together to celebrate the love of these two beautiful spirits.”