Genevieve & Chris ♥ Bali, Indonesia
Photographer: PhotoFactory Bali
We don’t know where to start, we’re so excited about this destination wedding!
It’s in Bali for a start – swoon – and check out the beautiful beachside scenery. Bali is not one of the world’s most popular island destinations for nothing. Known as The Island of the Gods, Bali is a fierce contender in the competition for being crowned as paradise.
This wedding has everything that we feel makes a destination wedding so special: unbelievable scenery, a to-die-for venue, the weather (okay so they had a little rain shower, but we can pretty much guarantee that it was hot rain!) and as Genevieve and Chris showcase, you can add all of the personal touches to a destination wedding that you would have done back at home.
“I met Chris roughly 5 years ago, not long after he emigrated from England to Australia. When the time came for us to get engaged and start the wedding planning process and where it was going to be held, Bali was a fairly easy decision to make with it being on ‘neutral ground’.”
“Bali is also a place that is held very close to the hearts of my family, who travel up there regularly. The idea of an overseas wedding was also quite appealing to us as we could make it a holiday for those attending. We hosted a pre-wedding event, so all of our guests could mingle and a post-wedding lunch the following day back at the villa, so everyone could enjoy the surroundings.”
“We chose Ombak Luwung for our wedding venue, as it has the wow factor. The grounds and view of the ocean are spectacular. It was also special for us to have both families staying there together, in the lead up to our big day.”
“Bearing in mind the age old tradition of the bride and groom not seeing each other until the ceremony, it made the morning of the wedding quite interesting! However, we did manage to avoid seeing each other until the ceremony! I was very relaxed and I spent the majority of the day in the master villa with my mum, aunty, bridesmaids and flower girls. For my hair and makeup, I chose a simple, classic look to tie in with my French lace gown and vintage-inspired Samantha Wills bridal earrings.”
“With the ceremony and reception all taking place at Ombak Luwung it made the getting ready process very easy, although we did have to do so with the window blinds down! The heavens opened not long before the ceremony, which delayed the start of it slightly and while we had a wet weather contingency plan in place, we were still able to be married on the beautiful lawn overlooking the ocean. With it being so humid in Bali in April, we provided personalised fans to our guests to use during the ceremony!”
“After the ceremony, guests enjoyed canapés and cocktails on the decking, while Chris and I had photos in the grounds of the villa. We also had a DJ and saxophonist during this time, which created a cool, beach club vibe.”
“With having so many guests travel from all corners of the globe for our wedding, we thought it would be a fun idea to have a signpost made with the distances that all of our guests travelled to be there. We also had a polaroid camera to take shots of our guests, which were hung on twine with little pegs for everyone to look at as the night progressed.”
“Our reception took place in the grounds of the villa. We had marquees set up, with two long tables for our guests and the bridal table, which also included the partners of our bridal party. I drew styling inspiration from The Lane, an Australian website. I wanted a classic, romantic look for the reception, so we used warm lighting and candles amongst our table runners of moss, rose balls & orchids, to create an intimate atmosphere throughout the marquee.”
“Our wedding planner extraordinaire Lynley Marston, also has her own catering business aptly named Fabulous Foods, which we used for our food and beverages on the day. Everything was perfect and the service on the night was flawless. She was also responsible for our stunning coconut wedding cake, which tasted incredible!”
- Jamiroquai – You Give Me Something
Entrance to the reception:
- The Beatles – Love Me Do
Dance floor classics:
“As a surprise for our guests, Lynley arranged for Orange Productions to put on a spectacular display of dance and fireworks before we declared the dance floor open.”
“PhotoFactory did an amazing job with our photos, and we still get goosebumps every time we look at our pictures. We look back at the photos with fond memories and are so lucky to have had so many of our family and friends travel from far and wide to be part of our wedding celebrations.”
What were your highlights and your favourite memories from the day?
- “Our bridal dance! We chose a funky Jamiroquai song, with words that are relevant to us as a couple and sprung the dance on our guests during the DJ set in the evening. Everyone created a circle around us and danced and sang along with us, which made it so much fun.”
Do you have any advice for brides-to-be who are looking to have a destination wedding in Bali?
- “If you are getting married overseas, I would highly recommend hiring a wedding planner (Chris is still talking about me being the most relaxed bride he has ever met!). A friend recommended Lynley to us, and we knew we were in safe hands. The suppliers she uses all had our best interests at heart and were prepared to tell us if they thought something wasn’t worth the cost.”
- “We did find personally that the cost of our wedding was comparative to getting married in Australia, however our money went further and enabled us to create a truly unforgettable experience for us and our guests.”
Would you do anything differently?
- “As the wedding started a little bit behind schedule, it did have a knock on effect on the rest of the day, and we were short on daylight hours for photos. However, Mother Nature can’t help these things sometimes and there is no point getting stressed out about the little things on the day!”
Do you have any wedding budget tips?
- “If you are getting married in a country where there is a significant duty tax on champagne, I recommend purchasing the champagne before you leave and distributing it between family and friends to take in their suitcases.”
Venue and suppliers:
- Photographer – PhotoFactory Bali
- Venue – Ombak Luwung
Wedding planner – Lynley Marston
- Caterer – Fabulous Food by Lynley Marston
- Florist – Heliconia – Bali
- Musicians – DJ Kevin Kloer, Guitarist Tah Riq
- Entertainers – Orange Productions
- Hair and make up – Yeanne
- Brides dress – One Day Bridal by Kyha
- Brides shoes – Zara
- Brides jewellery – Samantha Wills bridal earrings, Swarovski & Frederick Alan Designs bracelets
- Bridesmaid dresses – Zimmerman, shoes – Hobbs and jewellery – Nicole Fendel
- Groom and best man suit and accessories – Alta Moda Tailors, Bali
Genevieve looked stunning (we have all kinds of velvety-soft, glowing skin envy going on!) and we’re huge fans of her dress – it’s all about bringing sexy back!
We would love to have been a bridesmaid – it took a lot of debating, but we think we would fight for the patterned, strapless bridesmaid dress out of the four fabulous frocks!
We hope this beachside wedding in Bali has inspired you as much as it inspired us.