Tom and Pearl

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.

Tom and I held our wedding at The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa in beautiful Bali. I wore a La Sposa Barcelona Fashion Gown Igartua Style, collection 2014  from Penrith Bridal Boutique.

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 Paspaley pearl earrings with diamonds. Hair and make up was by Stacey of Bali Edge- Hair & Make up.







My bridesmaids wore the Anabel dress by White Runway in dusky pink to go with the romantic vintage bridal theme. Tom and the groomsmen wore Tarocash suit 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 Bali was 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.

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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.

Images by Photo Factory Bali

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!

Photographer: Photo Factory Bali / Bride's Dress: La Sposa Barcelona / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: Bo&Luca / Bride's Jewellery: Paspaley / Hair & Makeup Artist: Bali Edge- Hair & Make up / Bridesmaid Dresses: White Runway / Groom's Attire: Tarocash / Wedding Planner: Dream Weddings In Bali

Are you planning a wedding in a hurry? Or are you, like our lovely Bride Kate in preparation for her Fun Country Wedding, taking an extended engagement period to ensure every detail is locked in?

Kate has provided some great advice for anyone deliberating how much time you may need (or want!) to ensure things go to plan!

“I originally thought it would be good to have a long engagement so that I had more time to prepare things, but I think the longer you have, the more you put things off, so I would say there is nothing wrong with a short engagement! I would also say to make sure you enjoy every moment of the day, as it goes so quickly and will be over before you know it!”

Images by Erica Cummins.



Sean and Katherine

Sean and I had a clear vision of our perfect wedding. We always adored the old world charm of vintage, the relaxed vibe of rustic, and the ancestral connection of traditional themes. I believe we jelled these themes amazingly and this reflected in the atmosphere and happiness of our day.

On the morning of the wedding, our emotions were polar opposites. Sean was flustered, anxious and nervous. Whilst I was cool, calm and collected. I guess this is what makes us such a great couple; the ideal yin and yang. But despite feeling so different on the inside, on the outside we agreed that getting ready with close friends and family was a memorable part of the day.









I think I was the first bride in the history of brides to arrive on time! I knew Sean would be nervous and I didn’t want to keep him waiting any longer than necessary. We got married in the chapel at Tatra Receptions in Mount Dandenong. The grounds were magical and the service was impeccably high. I couldn’t recommend this venue enough.

I walked down the aisle to Your Hand In Mine by Vitamin String Quartet and my bridesmaids to Renesmee’s Lullaby by Global Stage Orchestra. It’s fair to say there wasn’t a dry eye in the house; including my husband’s. It was so sweet to see him react the way he did – even though he was a bit embarrassed!






After signing the marriage certificate to Ellie Goulding’s How Long Will I Love You and Your Song, we retreated to the grounds where Frank Vlahos worked his magic on our photography. We couldn’t recommend Frank enough and plan to use him for all our future events.




Sean was in charge of choosing our entrance song into the Reception. He’s a huge Manchester United supporter so he chose their theme song. It got a lot a few laughs which set the fun, relaxed mood for the evening.

The reception was held in the Ballroom where our stylist Jess from Sassafrass Flower Design really brought our vision to life. Rustic elements of wood slices and burlap met the vintage charm of blue mason jars and crystal decanters. Jess also created our candy bar which was a big hit!

We also paid homage to my Polish heritage with a few vodka shots throughout the night. Let’s just say the Poles really know how to party!






We danced to Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars for our first dance – a song my husband chose as it was released the year we started dating.


Eighteen months of hard work and planning really paid off. Our wedding day was perfect, and everything went according to plan. The only negative is the day passed far too quickly!

Images by One2One Photography

Ms Gingham says: What a beautiful wedding! I just love that headpiece! Thankyou for sharing your day with us today Katherine and Sean.

Katherine says: “I’m 23 and married to my partner of eight years, Sean. We  planned a vintage wedding with a rustic twist which was held in The Dandenongs in 2014.”

Photographer: One2One Photography / Bride's Dress: Fairytales Bridal Boutique / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: Doloris Petunia / Bride's Shoes: Vivienne Westwood / Dressing Gowns: Homebodii / Groom's Attire: Andrej J / Groomsmen Attire: Julius Marlow / Bridesmaid Dresses: Wedding Outlet / Bridesmaid Accessories: Summerblossom / Hairstylist: Sara at Hennesylane / Makeup Artist: Natalie Tullio / Chapel & Ceremony Decor: Sassafrass Flower Design / Bouquets: Flowers Forever After / Invitations & Stationery: The Print Fairy / Venue: Tatra Receptions / Transport: Hot Rod Heaven / Ceremony Officiant: John Byrne / Cake Baker: AbFab Cakes / Wedding Rings: Michael Hill