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Jess and Rick’s Modern Bali Destination Wedding

by | Honeymoons, Inspired Destination Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Location Asia,


Polka Dot Bride

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Jess & Rick

Jess and Rick chose Bali for their wedding- their all white colour palette and modern touches created a dance that was not only theirs but also spectacular and at home with the amazing Bali landscape. They chose Veli Photography to capture every moment of their day.

Jess tells the story of how they met. “When I was living on the Gold Coast we came in contact with each other through mutual friends.”

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Jess remembers, “My something old was a very special surprise from my groom on my wedding morning. When my very special grandma passed away she left me her opal collection. My husband to be made contact with my mum to get these opals. From the collection he chose a white opal and took it to a jeweller, designed a setting for it and got it made into a beautiful ring with a diamond halo framing the white opal. It was such a special and meaningful gift.” Jess chose a strapless gown from Karen Willis Holmes, her bridesmaids in ivory Zimmermann frocks.

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Jess and Rick chose Tirtha Uluwatu for their wedding ceremony.

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Jess walked down the aisle to Jason Mraz ‘I won’t give up’.

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Jess remembers, “Probably the most significant story of the day was when the groom forgot the rings, he only realised just before the groomsmen entered the chapel. Because the traffic was so bad in Bali they had to get the videographer to get on a motorbike and scoot back to the villa and get them…this was all unbeknown to the bride who was wondering what was taking the boys so long.”

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Of their photographer, Jess tells, “Our photographer was called Veli, he was a creative and emotive photographer who lives in Bali.”

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Jess and Rick chose Pandawa Cliff Estate for their reception which also doubled as accommodation for the bride and groom and their families who all stayed on site. Global Weddings decorating the pool with candles.

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Jess notes, “Our wedding day was indescribable….. Words do it no justice, it was a day that felt magical, filling us with an overwhelming sense of happiness, perfect in any way we could have imagined and never ending lifelong memories. It really was ‘the best day of our lives’.”

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Of their first dance, Jess tells, “We decided we wanted something different from the slow romantic first dance songs, so we chose ‘And we danced’ by The Hooters. The beginning introduction was slow which then lead into the chorus where all our guests were invited in, this set the tone for the dance floor. It was so much fun and very unexpected by all our guests.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Jess and Rick! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Veli Photography  and Karen Willis Holmes for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Veli Photography / CInematographer: Point One Designs / Bride’s Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Bride’s Shoes: Nine West / Bride’s Jewelry: Karen Willis Holmes / Groom’s Attire: Made in Thailand / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Hairstylist: Renee Pettit / Makeup Artist: Renee Pettit / Catering: Bali Catering / Ceremony Venue: Tirtha Uluwatu / Reception Venue: Pandawa Cliff Estate / Pool decor, fire dancers & dessert buffet: Global Weddings

Sundance Mountain Resort

by | Destinations, Honeymoons


Chloe van der Werf

Sundance Mountain Resort, where you can have your cake and eat it too. Ok, so maybe you can have your wedding and a holiday too. If you haven’t noticed yet I love to travel and destinations that involve stunning snowcapped mountains, majestic towering pine trees, cascading waterfalls, quaint ponds and the opportunity for me to strap on my snowboard amongst all off this and I am sold!

Sundance Mountain Resort is my kind of heaven. But there is a catch to this amazing location, as you may have noticed Australia doesn’t have such beautiful alpine areas. Sundance is located in Utah, America. Now a destination wedding can be a little elaborate but if you see this as not only a destination wedding but a holiday or honeymoon and just a general awesome experience it doesn’t seem like such a crazy idea.

This resort can cater to couples who are after either a quaint ceremony to an extravagant weekend long wedding. Whichever you choose you and your guests will not grow bored. This unique mountain destination has an array of ceremony and reception areas, with the choice of spaces ranging from a 4200 square foot opulent hall to a delightful 800 square foot log cabin. All buildings were designed to reflect the cloistered beauty of its natural setting. If an indoor wedding isn’t for you they also offer beautiful outdoor ceremonies, picture perfect snow covered mountains framed by awe-inspiring pines.

If like me, you believe food is an extremely important part of any celebration then you will be thrilled to know Sundance offers custom catering by an award-winning chef to keep everyone satisfied on your day. You can checkout sample menus here.

Want something to do before or after your big day? The resort offers guests an array of activities whether it be Winter or Summer. From snowboarding/skiing, fly fishing and snowshoeing in the Winter to scenic lift rides, horseback riding, mountain biking or hiking in the Summer there is bound to be something for everyone. Not to mention an art studio where you can learn the fine skill of jewellery making, wheel-thrown pottery, watercolour, acrylic or oil painting, printmaking, photography or drawing.

Now I know this is your wedding so I completely understand if you would prefer to be wined, dined and pampered and the Sundance nature inspired eco-spa can cater to your every need. Whether you need a quick wax, a pre or post-wedding mani or pedi, a facial treatment, or just want to be pampered for 240 min straight this spa will leave you feeling rejuvenated.

The resort offers a number of different accommodation options ranging from rooms and suites to large mountain homes. Whichever you fancy you can be sure that you will have the utmost privacy as all cabins and homes have been discreetly tucked into the mountainside just above the Sundance Village. Staying true to the resort’s rustic and natural setting the cabins and homes integrate with the mountainous environment. Warm tones, Native American accents and stunning wood-work all combine to create a luxurious rustic warmth.

Recognised among the top resort destinations in the world and in such a stunning setting I can’t think of a better place to spend my big day.

Credits: All images supplied by Sundance Mountain Resort

Reception Venue: Sundance Mountain Resort

Lord Howe Luxury

by | Destinations, Honeymoons


Chloe van der Werf

Pristine white sandy beaches, turquoise waters and towering green volcanic mountains. Lord Howe Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Listed island off the coast of New South Wales and is the pinnacle of luxury honeymoon destinations. On this quaint island that only ever boasts a maximum of 400 visitors at one time, sits Capella lodge.

This lodge is perched atop the aptly named Lovers Bay and has breathtaking views of the magisterial twin peaks of Mounts Gower and Lidgbird as well as the ocean and reef below. Featuring nine intimate yet contemporary suites, you will not feel overlooked and is a serene refuge from the bustling world you have left behind.

Each suite offers spacious, light filled interiors, homely timber floors, statement furniture pieces, king beds with fine linens and a Bose music system to name a few. Not to mention an in-suite bar that offers locally-sourced treats. The ensuite features striking stonework that complements the mountainous cliffs beyond, handcrafted ceramic and resin bathware, slick slab vanities, oversized rain shower head and luxury toiletries and bathrobes. An evening turn-down service and daily housekeeping are also included.

Now when you tire of your little piece of paradise and are feeling a little peckish you can pop on over to the beach-house inspired restaurant with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, where dining is reserved for in house guests. The restaurant prides itself on the use of regional cuisines which allows them to serve the finest and freshest of produce. The menu changes daily ensuring your palate won’t grow bored during your stay.

Staying true to the island’s intimate feel Capella’s petite spa offers guests a signature menu of rejuvenating and relaxation treatments. You have the choice of being pampered outdoors in the Kentia Pavilion or indoors surrounded by quirky designer chic. Either way this spa experience will be sure to get you and your partner into a relaxed and peaceful frame of mind. 

Whether you prefer to soak up the island from the comfort of your own suite, the deck of the restaurant or the stunning horizon pool or you want to get out and explore the private lagoon style beaches, tropical rainforests or hiking to the summit of Mount Gower, Lord Howe Island will provide you with a honeymoon experience you will not be forgetting anytime soon.

Rates at Capella include a gourmet breakfast daily, sunset drinks, canapés and a three course dinner including selected wines and non-alcoholic beverages each evening. As well as airport transfers. Lunch is available in the restaurant or as a BBQ or picnic depending on what you desire.

Capella is currently offering a 4 night and 7 night package deal perfect for a blissful honeymoon escape.

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