Real Wedding – We Both Thought Of Bali

16/04/2014 | 1

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Missy & Murray   ♥   Bali, Indonesia

Photographer:   PhotoFactory Bali

 

Missy and Murray both had Bali in mind as their perfect destination wedding location long before they were even engaged, proving that they were made for each other and that Bali was the perfect fit.

 

After travelling the island of Bali together on holiday, the couple chose the tropical paradise (and surfing hotspot) of Bingin Beach for their nuptials. Mick’s Place was the venue of choice as it offers the ultimate Bali getaway; secluded bungalow accommodations with infinity pools are situated on top of a cliff with uninterrupted vistas of the vast Indian Ocean – amazing!

 

They kept their wedding theme simple and let the venue and the views do the talking – one of the distinct advantages of getting married abroad is that the location delivers the ‘wow’ factor.

 

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Missy says:

“We chose Bali as both of us had been there separately. When we were first dating, we had a conversation that started with, Bride: ‘I’m not thinking of getting married, but IF we did, I have a place in mind.’ Groom: ‘Oh really…I actually have a place in mind too…if we ever got married.’  We both thought of Bali. Then we vacationed there a year later, touring the island by scooter and living out of a small backpack. It was there that we planted the seed. Bali was the perfect place for us because the people are so genuine, with deep smiles that come from their souls. Of course it’s beautiful offering diving, hiking, and many picturesque activities as well.”

 

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“We both were inspired by the culture and people of Bali. We knew in this place with such acceptance and love of others we could truly be ourselves. We had Balinese Prince Dewa and his wife Kartika help officiate our most beautiful ceremony. We wanted our guests to feel the culture of Bali and they did. The Prince brought a native Hawaiian flute, an African horn, his amazing chanting and grounding voice, and special offerings as a symbol of our ceremony.  It took place on a 300foot cliff-side overlooking an amazing surfers playground (the Indian Ocean) with the most killer sunset.”

 

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“We didn’t want to get too caught up in all the details of a wedding and that is why a destination wedding was for us. Mick’s Place took care of so many of the details. Some details that were important to us were a remembrance table/altar of friends and family who have either passed on or couldn’t join us for our celebration. Also we had white lanterns that were as beautiful and festive during the day as they were lit up for the evening reception.”

 

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“I went to 15 dress shops (and I do not like shopping) and finally I came full circle back to the first store I went to and told my mom ‘I’ve made a decision.’  She said, ‘Are you sure this is your favorite.’  I said, ‘Its good enough, it’s in my budget, and I’m all done.’  She said, ‘Have you looked at this rack?’ I said ‘No’ and that is where I found the dress that made me cry as soon as I put it on!  It wasn’t necessarily in my budget, though it was a gorgeous vintage looking Watters dress that made me melt.”

 

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“There was never really a theme, though I fell in love with the idea of lace. Our invitation had a lace pocket it went into, so it gave a bit of a secrecy feel. My dress also had that same theme to it with lace underneath a sheer overlay. The bridesmaid’s dresses were natural colors and also had a lace feel to them.”

 

“I decided on colorful flowers because the entire wedding party was wearing cream and beige.  I also asked the other guests to wear colorful outfits, so the wedding party’s color would stand out more.”

 

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Ceremony music:

  • Entrance of the bride: Elvis Costello – She (played by a live guitarist)
  • First dance: Bright Eyes – First Day Of My Life

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“The tables were a natural theme with banana leaf runners, white orchids in tall vases, white candles on the table and we used slate colored flat rocks (that we found in Bali) as name places. Of course the beautiful white lanterns draped over us too.”

 

“We had a local Balinese band called Evening Tea play for us – they did a great job. They left before dinner and we played the IPod with our favorite dance music afterwards.”

 

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What were your highlights and favourite memories from the day?

  • “While some of our friends went surfing early morning, we began our wedding day by doing yoga in the morning with some friends, and taking a relaxing walk. This set the tone for the day, and allowed us to really ground in and be present while chaos lurked. We enjoyed breakfast afterwards with our family that were staying at Mick’s Place and had some private time hanging out at our private honeymoon bungalow pool and caught some rays. It was the most relaxed wedding day I sense anyone could have had, as we enjoyed watching the vendors starting to decorate Mick’s Place. The weather was gorgeous, sun beaming down from a bluebird sky while surfers gathered for Uluwatu glory below the cliffs. A live band playing the wedding march and songs during the photos was absolutely perfect!”

 

  • “The ceremony was more incredible than we could have dreamed…and we did dream. We began by centering our nerves with a collective Ohm. Then the incense, our vows and the importance of our commitment were articulated by Prince Dewa. He played the Hawaiian flute (which had significance as Hawaii is the sister island to Bali, both being 17 degrees from the equator) an African rhino horn, finally sealing the ceremony with Tibetan bells. We were then circled by all our family and friends who offered a single word/wish and we went around the entire circle.”

 

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

  • “I highly suggest a destination wedding because it is much less stressful, though if you are a type A person this might not be for you. You truly don’t know how everything will turn out because you don’t see it in person in advance. It was less expensive and much more intimate.”

 

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Would you do anything differently?

  • “We would have had a band for the entire night, so people could have been entertained the whole night through. This was truer for us with a smaller wedding, and it would have created better ambience.”

 

  •  “I would have preferred to set aside private time with my mother and father before I walked down the aisle.”

 

  • “I would have brought a nice hanger so the pictures of my dress hanging from it would’ve been more elegant.”

 

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Do you have any wedding budget tips?

  • “Ask a videographer to film and deliver raw footage only (a much cheaper alternative than them editing a full video), then bring back to your country to have friend/family who is a professional put together a montage. I personally think that the photographer doesn’t need to be there more than 3 hours (1.5 before wedding, 1.5 during and after), as from that point the pictures only capture the dancing, speeches, etc.  Finally, we saved quite a bit by packaging a bottle of alcohol or wine for each friend, and having them transport it in their luggage, which gave us great quality wine for an affordable price.”

 

 

Venue and suppliers:

Photographer – PhotoFactory Bali / Venue – Micks Place, Bingin, Bali / Wedding planner –  Sascha Hansen at Mick’s Place / Bride’s dress – Watters / Bride’s shoes – DSW / Bride’s hair and make up – Bali Make Up and Hair / Grooms suit – Bonobos / Bridesmaid dresses – Jenny Yoo and BCBG /

 

 

 

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