Real Wedding – Breathtaking Bali

14/08/2013 |


Deanne & Adam   ♥   Bali, Indonesia

Photographer:   PhotoFactory Bali

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We have very quickly fallen in (Eat, Pray,) Love with Bali weddings and today’s idyllic, intimate affair is no exception.

Bali’s beautiful scenery creates a dramatic backdrop to this stylish occasion and what could be a better place to say ‘I do’ than the spectacular Tresna chapel, with its gorgeous, green glass altar – it will take your breath away.

With the tropical sun setting, the wedding party dined al fresco on a cliff edge, the waves of the Indian Ocean quietly crashing below and the Balinese stars watching overhead – simply stunning. Enjoy!

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Deanne says:

“After deciding that we wanted to marry overseas we settled on Bali, and very quickly we found the most breathtaking place to say ‘I do’, at Ayana Resort and Spa in Jimbaran Bay. We had previously been to Jimbaran Bay, and knew the location was ideal. Ayana, set on top of rocky cliffs that overlook the water, a warm breeze and the feeling of space and seclusion was exactly what we were after. We sent out invitations that were designed as mini passports, with the details for the entire Bali experience on the pages, along with tear out sections to RSVP and make music requests.”





“All of our guests had arrived in Bali the day prior to our wedding, so we held a dinner for our 45 guests to socialise at KuDeTa in Seminyak (another amazing Bali venue) and we found that the atmosphere from the day before the wedding flowed beautifully to our wedding day – lots of scrumptious food and delicious cocktails. The staff really looked after us!”

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“The theme we had for our wedding was intimate, with a vintage-casual vibe. Our attire for the day was classic and vintage – I wore ivory lace and Adam (the groom) wore a sharp navy suit and bow-tie. The lightweight fabric of the bridesmaids dresses was specially selected for the climate (a balmy 27 degrees!). Hair for the bridal party was casual glamour, and provided by one of the bridesmaids. All of the girls did their own make-up.”

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“The staff at Ayana and KuDeTa were so helpful – the transport for ourselves and guests, dietary requests, a last minute dash for flowers along with other requests were easily and professionally sorted. They recommended a spa ritual during the late afternoon on the day prior – and it was the perfect start to our Ayana wedding – absolute bliss!”




Ceremony music: 





“On the morning of our wedding we had a special breakfast in our room, a morning swim and then we moved to the wedding pavilion with our wedding party and parents; a purpose built villa next to the chapel with huge, well-lit bathrooms and dressing rooms, with the bride and groom separated into different ‘wings’ and a communal space in between. It was such a nice, casual way to get ready to get married!”








“For our guests, our wedding began with pre-ceremony drinks at the classy Rock Bar – a bar that uses the natural cliffs and ocean as its draw card feature. The cocktails are rated the best in Bali too! The view is so amazing.”

“As we didn’t want the usual fuss of a huge wedding with all of the formalities, the guests assembled in the Tresna Chapel with the bridal party before the bride arrived. The ceremony consisted of the traditional marriage vows, with three readings from close friends and family. I’m a teacher and my students wrote their ideas about ‘love’ and ‘marriage’ which were shared as part of the ceremony – these were very humorous and reflected the relaxed feeling of the wedding theme.”









“After the ceremony the guests took the funicular back down to the Rock Bar to watch the sunset from a private area, enjoying canapés and drinks until the bride and groom arrived back from photos (we were taken all around the resort). After sunset, we all moved back up onto the cliff-top lawn area adjacent to the chapel, where a single long table was set with fresh flowers and photos of the family who could not attend the wedding. We dined on a three-course dinner (eating the wedding cake as dessert!). After speeches, the first dance was held on a dance floor that was lit softly to show the outline of the cliffs.”

“After the wedding was over, the bridal party returned to the Rock Bar with the wedding guests to dance with an international DJ until the early hours of the morning.”







“I can recommend PhotoFactory as a photographer – they had two photographers follow us from the morning until we went to the Rock Bar at the end of the night. What we loved about their style was that it was unobtrusive and lacks the usual ‘posed’ photography. They simply documented all of the moments of our wedding.”








“The resort is such a jaw-dropping venue, but the thing that set it apart from other places is the attention to detail and the sheer amount of staff that they have – every whim was so easily accommodated. We’ll definitely go back for another visit!”




First dance:

Dance floor classics:




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

  • “Our highlight was having our family, friends and each other to share the most magical day, all together. Everything was amazing – people say time on your wedding day flies by, but ours felt like it was a normal pace, but filled only with the good stuff!”




Do you have any advice for brides-to-be who are looking to get married in Bali?

  • “Enlist the help of a wedding planner if planning an overseas wedding. Ririn from Bali Wedding Expert took care of all of the documentation, consulate appointments and legalities, and even took us grocery shopping and recommended places to get spa treatments and nice dinners!”




Would you do anything differently?

  • “Stayed for longer after our wedding, and arrive earlier to have more time to relax at the start. We allowed 5 days before our wedding, but we were a bit rushed with everyone arriving and organizing the wedding ‘stuff’ that we didn’t get much time to chill out before the big day!”




Do you have any wedding budget tips?

  • “Cut all of the unnecessary stuff! We were lucky in that our wedding was quite small and we bargained for things like drinks packages, flowers and better food with the help of our wedding planner. Just getting married overseas is a huge cost saving because things like photos and food cost sooooo much less! Also, we didn’t give bonbonaire or worry about trivial things like place cards or wedding booklets – we just provided a polaroid camera to catch the candid stuff!”


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Isn’t Bali the lushest location for a destination wedding? 

Deanne has fiercely fueled our lace crush too, looking picture perfect in her graceful gown. 

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