Feeling a little stressed at the planning stage of your big day? Trying to pack in a huge amount into the one day? Gorgeous Bride Erin shares her words of wisdom after her Romantic Heide Wedding to Will.
“A wedding is just the start of your journey together. So don’t forget to just stop and enjoy the day with your partner as it is a day you’ll never be able to repeat.”
The 9th May 2014 was a very special day for us as it was the day that we began our happily ever after as a married couple. What an absolutely incredible day we were, blessed not only with the stunning weather but also with how smoothly everything ran. I come from working in the wedding industry so I definitely had an advantage when it came to planning our perfect wedding day. I found that it really came down to being super organised and trusting the suppliers that you pick to do an amazing job.
It is important to remember how crucial the role your celebrant plays in your big day. They not only are their to make the whole thing legal but will be there to help you create the perfect ceremony and stand by your side on the day. We chose Clarah Luxford to officiate and we are so glad we did. Having worked with Clarah in the past I knew that she was amazing at her job and a genuinely stunning person. Little did I know how many hours she dedicates to each and every couple she works with. She works with you to write a very personalised ceremony and ensures every aspect is perfected prior to the big day. On the day she is your support when you are feeling nervous or emotional and she is the one that is by your side while you are marrying the love of your life. Nothing can be more special than that! Clarah is professional, exceptionally talented and an absolute pleasure to work with. Our wedding day would not have been the same without her!
We chose to have our wedding photography covered by White Pearl Photography and cinematography by Motion Art. What excellent choices these were! Josh from White Pearl Photography works a lot with candid moments that happen throughout the day rather than all posed photos. He is amazing to work with, very laid back, professional and easy to get along with. There was not one time in the day that we felt like he was intruding. He captured all of the perfect moments throughout the day without us even noticing a photographer being there. It is important when choosing a photographer to know what style of photography you are looking for. There are many amazing photographers out there in the wedding industry, however they all have a different way of catching the big moments and their style can differ greatly. For us White Pearl was the perfect choice!
We chose to have Beautiful Weddings style our reception room at the Sanctuary Cove Country Club. Having a styling team, especially Beautiful Weddings was one of the best decisions that we made. Knowing that we did not need to even think about decorating the room on our wedding day was such a relief. It meant that we could both sit back, relax and enjoy our wedding day. Nicole & Justine from Beautiful Weddings are masters at what they do and we knew that everything would be styled to perfection. They offer a personalised service and work with you to create the perfect setting. Every tiny detail was looked after and when we walked into the room our breath was taken away. It was the elegant and romantic setting that we had imagined it to be! Many people may decide to DIY the decorations for their wedding to save a bit of money but at the end of the day with the amount of time it takes to source everything you need and the help that is required the day before your wedding or on the day to put it all together can sometimes become way too stressful. Having a professional styling company can alleviate this stress and you will be so happy that you’ve spent that little bit extra to have it done for you.
It was also important for us to have a video of our wedding day as we wanted to be able to look back on our wedding day and be able to relive the whole experience through sound and motion. In 10 years time being able to show our children our wedding ceremony is such an amazing thing to have. Geoff from Motion Art is such a talented videographer and his work is flawless! Again, he is incredibly professional in his work and ensures that he knows what is important to the couple when it comes to their wedding video. We purchased a highlight video as a part of our package which gives snippets of the day. Geoff has put together this highlight in such a clever way that it literally transports you back to your wedding day and you are able to feel the emotion again that you felt on the day. What he has done for us will be treasured forever! We would highly recommend having both a photographer and cinematographer to capture your wedding… it is not something that you will regret!
We really wanted our wedding day to be an intimate affair and with only 66 guests I think we made this happen. We had all of our immediate family and closest friends there to celebrate with us and it was nice to be able to not only say hello and have a chat with all of our guests but also have the time to jump in our photobooth by In the Booth and dance the night away to tunes by our fantastic DJ. It is important to be able to take a moment as the bride and groom and really take in the night and what is happening as it all goes by very quickly. At the end of the day your wedding day is such a personal event and you need to make it suit your personalities. There is no right or wrong way to do it.
Tom and I met in Sydney Eastern Suburbs on a sunny Sunday while I was out to lunch with quite a few of my girl friends. Being the cheeky guy he is, he walked straight up to me and introduced himself to me and then greeted all my friends. To me that was a bold move as I was with a big group of girls and sometimes we can be intimidating. He was not phased and did it was ease and charm. Me on the other had, I was taken aback, flattered and just trying to concentrate on not saying anything silly. You could say it was love at fist sight
From that day on my friends and I frequented our Sunday lunch spot regularly to bump into Tom. As we met more and more we swapped numbers and became and item.
A few years later Tom popped the question in a way any girl would dream of. I received a phone call one morning from Tom asking me to pack an overnight bag and a nice dinner dress. He would be picking me up that afternoon. He arrived home in a beautiful navy blue suit and yellow long stem roses and he took my breath away. He then whisked me off to the executive suite at Shangi La with a magnificent view of the harbor. On the bed was a love heart of rose petals and a letter that we had dinner booked at Aria. We had our own private table with harbour views and french champagne and I felt like a princess with her prince. As I couldn’t imagine anything else more perfect Tom had arranged a water taxi to take us across the harbor to Luna Park where we had our very own ferris wheel ride. It was like something out of a fairy tale. As the ferris wheel reached the top it stopped and Tom got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife! It was a magical moment and one that I will never forget. Of course I said yes and we both cried. As we were descending we heard claps and congratulations from down below… we had drawn a crowd.
I had my gown altered slightly to suit the Bali climate. I fell in love with my gown due to the delicate fine beading on the bodice that shimmered in the sunlight with fine lace detail that trickled down my waist and disappeared into the fairy floss like tulle that made up the bottom of my dress. I liked to call it the Tinkerbell dress as the tulle floated away when I walked and made me feel like a fairy princess. My head piece was Bo & Luca and I wore Paspaleypearl earrings with diamonds. Hair and make up was by Stacey of Bali Edge- Hair & Make up.
My bridesmaids wore the Anabel dress by White Runwayin dusky pink to go with the romantic vintage bridal theme. Tom and the groomsmen wore Tarocashsuit pants in light grey and white long sleeve fitted shirts. Tom had beige suspenders and bow tie while the groomsmen had light blue. All tied in well with a very vintage feel.
We had our ceremony in the Purnama Chapel which is made of glass afloat an infinity pool that meets the waters edge of Seminyak beach. It was truly magnificent. We went with a all white crisp theme for the ceremony. My mother did me the honor of giving me away as my dad had passed away a few years earlier. He was never far away though. In my personal vows I read to Tom ‘If my father were here today he would be so proud and he would approve, he would be honored to call you his son” there was not a dry eye in the chapel during our vows. It was such an emotional time full of happy tears and love.
We had sunset wedding photos by the Photo Factory Bali on Seminyak Beach as we both love the water and sunsets. It was nice to kick our shoes off and bury our feet in the sand. We liked it so much that we kept our shoes off and it turned into a bare foot wedding.
Our photography company was brilliant, they had our photos edited and printed into a beautiful hard cover box, which was lined and two hard top sleek silver photo albums in a turn around of two days. They gave us two copies of the photos on disc free of charge to give to our families. It was excellent service and quality photos.
Photo Factory Baliwas recommend to us by our wedding planner Chris Goulding owner and manager of Dream Weddings In Bali. He has over 19 years experience in weddings and was a pleasure to work with. He made our wedding a Dream Wedding. The entire day from start to finish ran seamlessly. Tom and I got to sit back and really take it all in. Nothing was ever too hard for Chris and his team. They were there for the entire day, coordinating and double checking. I was able to enjoy this special time with Tom, our family and friends without a worry.
Our reception was held in the Sanji Sunset lounge next to the chapel where we said our vows. The infinity pool ran under and between the reception area and chapel. We had both ceremony and reception in the one spot so our guests didn’t have to travel anywhere. We had a string quartet playing in the back ground to set the mood. Our guests were invited to the buffet area where they could choose from fresh fish or meats cooked which ever way they preferred, we had a carving station, a salad bar and table service for beverages.
Our first dance was to City and Colour “we found each other in the dark”. The song has quite a lot of meaning to Tom and I. Tom first asked me to be his girlfriend to this song. I softly sung the words to Tom as we danced as he is the one who usually sings to me. It was a special moment that will always play over in my mind.
After all the eating, speeches and cake cutting Tom and I wanted to treat our guests to something a little different. We had fire dancers enter the reception on the floating stage to perform. They were spectacular to watch and our guests were blown away. It was a real surprise that nobody expected. What better way to party than with fire dancers and to top it off fireworks! Peoples faces lit up with the fireworks. It just made our dream wedding into more of a fairy tale.
Tom and I had our dream Bali wedding thanks to all our wonderful little helpers on the day that made it all come together. Thank you and special thanks to all our family and friends who made the trip to Bali from Sydney and New Zealand.
Ms Gingham says: Destination weddings are truly the stuff dreams are made of. Divine.
Pearl says: Originally from Sydney now living in Broome at picturesque Cable Beach. I work for Paspaley Pearls and my husband Tom works as a high dependency clinical nurse for Broome Hospital. I love traveling, being married and living in paradise where it’s beautiful one day perfect the next!