Bree & David ♥ Bali, Indonesia
Photographer: PhotoFactory Bali
The first thing I noticed when I opened up Bree and David’s beautiful destination wedding photos was the piercing clear-blue sky. There isn’t a single cloud in the sunny sky and it’s that deep, vibrant shade of blue that you just can’t take your eyes off, it’s just that perfect.
However…once I started to read this cute couple’s story, I realised that they nearly didn’t have this scorcher of a day as a backdrop to their destination wedding! They were meant to tie the knot the day before but there was a bit of a crazy turn in the weather. Luckily they managed to postpone the entire wedding until the next day.
It just shows that when you’re getting married abroad, it doesn’t matter where in the world you choose, you still can’t guarantee or control the weather! But there’s never any need to stress about these things either, as there is always a solution and it couldn’t have worked out better that Bree and David married the following day as they got to enjoy the most glorious day and said “I Do’ with the best of the Balinese sunshine smiling down on them.
Bree the bride says:
“Dave and I met through Dave’s sister Laura. Laura and I worked together for 6 months and clicked straight away. After a year of being friends, Laura decided to venture overseas and it was on the night of her going away drinks that I met Dave.”
“As it happened, he was the manager of my gym and we bumped in to each other a number of times and not long after he asked me out on a date. That was 8 years ago and since then we’ve had nothing but adventures, overcoming challenges together and celebrating our achievements.”
“I will never forget the day he proposed. Dave and I love to go on adventures, weekend camping trips, day trips, driving along the coast…what ever it is we love exploring. In October 2010 our explorations took us to Bali for the first time and we stayed in Seminyak.”
“Dave loves the ocean, waves and surfing and we had heard about an amazing surf break down south called Uluwatu. We hired a motorbike and navigated our way along the windy roads weaving in between the Balinese traffic chaos. We passed by Jimbaran bay and knew we were going in the right direction. As we got closer to Uluwatu there were a number of dirt roads coming off the main road and our curiosity got the best of us, deciding to explore one of these dirt roads. At the end of this particular pothole ridden path, we stumbled across a hidden oasis called Mick’s Place. We instantly fell in love with the view and tried to book a couple of nights however there was no availability. At that moment we said to ourselves, ’the next time we come back to Bali we’re staying here!’”
“Fast forward to October 2013, we booked a few nights at Mick’s Place and on the last night, Dave had prearranged for the pool area to be ours for 10 minutes at sunset. While we were in the infinity pool, watching an unforgettable sunset, talking about how amazing the place was, Dave proposed. I think I was in shock because I started laughing, as it seemed surreal and he actually had to ask me a second time. Straight away we knew that this was where we were going to get married, it was already a special place for us and we wanted to share it with our family and friends.”
“Who would have thought going to Bali in May you would need to be looking at the weather?! When I woke up on the morning of the wedding, it was pouring with rain. I wasn’t stressed because I knew it was going to be one of Bali’s tropical storms that would last an hour and then it would clear up and the rest of the day would be beautiful.”
“The morning started with Dave’s mum getting her hair and make up done while I put some finishing touches to the photo booth. Suddenly Dave popped his head in and said he needed to speak to me. We were doing the tradition of not seeing each other until the ceremony however I realized quickly he wouldn’t want to speak to me if it wasn’t serious.”
“He said that we needed to make a decision on whether to postpone to the next day, Sunday, because the weather was looking horrible. My heart just dropped and I didn’t know what to think. Luckily he quickly told me that all of our suppliers had been contacted by Sascha (the wedding planner at Mick’s Place) and could do the next day. What a relief and just amazing! If we were anywhere else this would not have been an option. Before we confirmed the change we had to check with the best man and one of my friend’s (she had flown in the night before) as they were both leaving on the Sunday. We were fortunate enough that they could change their flights and stay one more day.”
“I woke up on Sunday morning, wedding take two, and it was a glorious day. It was meant to be. I spent the morning with the mum’s while they got their hair and make up done and then my three beautiful bridesmaids.”
“The boys wore chinos with a white shirt rolled up and my bridesmaids wore lovely watercolour dresses. I wore the ivory Amity gown from Anna Campbell, which I loved and couldn’t wait to wear.”
“We went for minimal decorations because with Mick’s Place, the setting and the view are enough! I chose to do small touches here and there; the centerpieces on the tables were beautiful mason jars of varying sizes with white lace & twine wrapped around them with a combination of white roses, snapdragons, baby breath and green hydrangeas.”
“Tying in with the white and green I had some little hanging bottles that were tied to some of the ladders which were used to display the guest seating plan and acted as a photo board for our photo booth pictures.”
“Mick’s Place also put up some lovely white lanterns that spanned above the seating and dance floor and added some bamboo leaf candles… after dark it looked magic!”
What were the highlights and your favourite memories from the day?
- “One of my favourite moments was walking down the aisle to Heartbeats by Jose Gonzales, seeing all of our family and friends and then looking up and seeing Dave with the biggest smile on his face. My handsome husband-to-be. The ceremony was lovely, full of laughs and beautiful words said and shared. The moment we were announced as husband and wife, it was just perfect. All of our favourite people were there and we had this amazing view of the ocean and the sun beginning to set.”
Do you have any advice for couples that are looking to get married in Bali?
- “Having a #hashtag is a great way to capture photos from all of your guests and have them located in the one place. Just make sure you create one that is short enough for your guests to remember and check it isn’t already being used.”
- “Enjoy the moment! Take some time between your husband and yourself to step away, and appreciate the day and night with all of your friends and family there for you. It is such a special moment and doesn’t get to happen too often.”
- “Have a polaroid camera and photo booth props – this will be a big hit and you will have some funny and unforgettable shots. Both you and your guests can take these memories home with you.”
- “Give your guests plenty of notice if you choose to have a destination wedding, to make sure your guests have plenty of time to organise everything. This includes passports, time off from work, saving money to getting a good deal on flights and accommodation. It’s a big commitment for them to come to your wedding and this is something that is in your control and will make it easier for them and more likely to be able to come.”
“We would like to give special thanks to Sascha the wedding planner at Mick’s Place, for her endless support, time and making our wedding the best day (even when it was stressful with the weather), as well as Mick’s Place and the fantastic staff there, all of our suppliers for their flexibility in changing the date and our family and friends for making the trip and being part of our perfect day!”
Venue and suppliers:
Photographer – PhotoFactory Bali | Venue, catering, cake and wedding planning – Mick’s Place, Bali | Bride’s dress and cuff – Amity by Anna Campbell | Bride’s shoes – Tony Bianco | Groom’s outfit – Ralph Lauren | Gant | Aquila | Bridesmaid dresses and accessories – Cooper St | Flower girl dresses – Tea Princess | Hair and make up – Luxe Hair & Bodhi |