Real Wedding – Beachside Boho Bliss In Bali

05/02/2014 | 4

You Mean The World To Me

Amity & Alex   ♥   Bali, Indonesia

Photographer:   Windee Winata – PhotoFactory Bali

 

This blissful beachside wedding is boho chic at its best – with delicate flower crowns, floaty bridesmaid dresses in nearly nude hues and an effortlessly beautiful boho bride.

 

Amity and Alex chose Bali as their destination wedding location – possibly the most perfect setting for a boho beach wedding!

A relaxed reception with family-style dining added to the informal yet-oh-so-elegant feel of the day. Tables were filled to bursting with flowers, vintage birdcages, Balinese gifts for the guests, and of course a plentiful supply of twinkling candle light and low-slung lanterns, whilst Moroccan leather pouffes provided chill-out areas to gaze at the stunning sunset and enjoy the bonfire party that ended the evening.

 

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

 

Amity says:

“Neither of us are very religious so a church wedding was never an option. Bali is a special place to both of us and before we met we had always thought we would get married there…I saw a wedding on a photography blog I follow and just knew I had to get married on that beach!”

 

“We sent out of invitations quite early to give our guests plenty of notice to start saving! The invite contained a small information booklet on Bali with tips and suggestions for where to book accommodation. It also had a RSVP postcard with song requests as a part of it – these in addition to the actual invitation, were bound in lace and twine.”

 

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

 

“I had always thought I was going to be the most indecisive bride, especially when it came to my wedding dress. However I saw a photo of this dress on Pinterest and knew it was the one and I had to have it! Luckily it turned out it was by an Australian designer in Melbourne so I booked in to see her straight away! I tried on a few other dresses just to make sure but nothing came close.”

 

“I asked one of my bridesmaids who lives in Melbourne to come along with me to try the dress on and as I lost my mum when I was 19 I asked my future mother-in-law along. I was so stressed on the day thinking ‘I love it so much what if it looks terrible on me’ but thankfully when I put the tatty sample on and turned around, both of them burst into tears and we all knew it was ‘The One’.”

 

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

 

“I thought I would be indecisive about my dress – turns out it was the girls dresses that I really struggled with! I played around with these dresses a bit and ended up going up a size for each girl as I really liked the relaxed fit on them, changing the feel of the dress which fitted in perfect for the Boho beach look I was going for!”

 

“To fit with the ‘beach’ theme of the day we wanted something that was relaxed for the groom and groomsmen too – I couldn’t imagine making the boys wear a full suit in the tropical climate of Bali being 30 degrees plus!”

 

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

 

“As the dress was so intricate I wanted to keep accessories to a minimum. I used off cuts of the lace of the dress to pin in my hair as a headpiece and one of my beautiful bridesmaids gave me a gift of drop pearl earrings which matched perfectly so I wore those instead of the other ones I had picked. Completely unintentional but they matched perfectly!”

 

“My bridal bouquet was made up of white roses and orchids bound with twine. I attached two charms – both with pictures of my beloved Mum so she could walk me down the aisle too!”

 

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

 

“My new Father-in-law met me at the bottom of the inclinator with a gift from Alex – a beautiful silver heart on a chain!”

 

“The most memorable moment of the entire ceremony was Alex saying ‘I suppose so’ instead of ‘I do’ to get a reaction from me…and the guests!”

 

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

Ceremony music:

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

 

“I always wanted a really relaxed feel to our reception – more of a big party rather than anything formal. That’s why we went for the two long tables and no bridal table.”

 

“We had set off to the side another little area with beautiful Moroccan leather pouffes in natural tan, silver and white from one of my very talented bridesmaids company Ames collective and then another area where later in the night a bonfire was set up.”

 

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

 

“The flowers were all white with light greenery on top of burlap table runnners. Scattered along the table were little silver tin lanterns with tea light candles amongst them which complimented the birdcages with flowers on top. The little silver tins with a jasmine scented candle inside and wooden fans that we were giving to our guests as gifts created a real Balinese feel.”

 

“The location was so spectacular it didn’t really require much decoration, just lanterns over the tables and then a ring of tealights in the sand around the dining area and the dance floor. As part of our wedding package we were given a wedding planner named Lauren, who helped realise my vision perfectly.”

 

“All of the speeches were so touching – we both had tears in our eyes the whole time. My maid of honour gave a speech which started with a poem about our friendship was definitely the highlight! We and our guests were blown away by it! Also my darling father dedicated a song to me which we ended up dancing to – ‘You Are The reason’.”

 

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

 

What were your highlights and your favourite memories from the day?

  • “Too many to list! Can I say the whole day? I think the two main stand outs were coming down the side of the cliff, peeking over, and seeing all my closest friends and family waiting for me and my amazing husband-to-be standing nervously at the front! The other was when we were taking photos, a freak wave came up and absolutely saturated us all – luckily my bridesmaid dove for the bottom of my dress and managed to get the lace before it got wet but the underlay got absolutely saturated! Everyone was screaming and laughing but we knew it was just my darling Mum letting us know she was there in her own cheeky way! She most definitely didn’t want to be left out!”

 

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

First dance:

  • David Gray – The One I Love
  • I think we changed our song about 20 times! Struggled to find something we both loved and that the words were right…this just ended up being perfect.

Dance floor classics:

  • Uluroots – An amazing Balinese reggae band, got the dance floor going! We loved them so much, we followed them to their other gigs after our wedding!

You Mean The World To Me

You Mean The World To Me

 

Do you have any advice for couples who are looking to get married in Bali?

  • “Make sure you get yourself a planner and a stylist who you trust. Being so far away from the venue it is hard to keep track of all the little details and you can’t just ‘run and check on something’. You may not be familiar with the country that you are getting married in which makes it hard to source items for decoration and styling, and with a destination wedding it can be hard to DIY and bring it all over with you.”

 

Would you do anything differently?

  • “Not stress in the lead up!”

 

Venue and suppliers:

 

Comments (4)

  1. Chris

    Hi, love this wedding, thanks for sharing. Do you have the contact details of the wedding planner you used or did the resort provide one for you?

    Thank you,

    Chris

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