BACK TO TOP

Crystal & Don

Everyone is a big fan of a holiday and everyone’s a fan of dressing up in their finest gear, so when Crystal and Don combined the two in beautiful Bali, it was a celebration that was pure and utter destination wedding magic. The bride, in the dreamiest of gowns (can we talk about the sleeves?) the groom in what has to be one of my favourite suits (pink linen!) beautiful, endless blooms and a reception under the stars. Combine it all with beautiful imagery by photographer Jason Corroto and we’re well and truly ready to kick off our shoes, grab a cocktail and join in the fun!

The pair met in their twenties through mutual friends at a club – it was adoration at first sight for the bride to be, who tells us their romantic proposal story. “Don proposed while we were on holiday in Bali in 2017. It was completely unexpected and was such a nice little surprise, he did it while we were biking around the town of Ubud. It is also partly the reason we decided to have our wedding there.”

Let’s talk about THAT pink suit! Don chose a pink linen number from MJ Bale, the breathable fabric just the ticket for the tropical weather and the colour something different from the usual bone coloured linen.

This was a wedding full of black tie glamour. “Tropical black tie was our theme.. although it was SO humid on the day that it was more like sweaty black tie! It was a really relaxed vibe, our wedding planner did such a fabulous job bringing my vision and multiple Pinterest boards to life! The atmosphere was incredible, it was an overseas destination wedding and 90% of guests had never been to Bali before so everyone was on a holiday high, it was great.”

The bride wore the dreamiest of gowns designed by Christie Nicole, although it wasn’t what she had originally planned! The bride explains “I actually bought a gown off the rack a few months earlier but the more I looked at it, the more I realised it was not very “me”. I scoured Instagram for inspiration and came across one of Christie’s brides – the detailing on the gown was incredible. Once I met with Christie for our first bridal consultation I was sold! She was so warm and lovely and we got to pick the fabric and applique and design the dress from scratch – an experience I was determined to have since I don’t think I would ever go through a process like that again. The sleeves of my dress were my favourite part and Christie was so great about bringing my vision to life.”

The beautiful Royal Pita Maha set the scene for the day, Crystal and Don planning their day with the help of Botanica Weddings. Crystal telling “We chose to get married at The Royal Pita Maha in Ubud, in the middle of the Ubud jungle. It was such an amazing venue, we had our ceremony there, a garden party with drinks and canapes and our reception all at the same resort which was absolutely huge. We had a late afternoon ceremony and guests were escorted around to various locations within the resort for other activities before being ushered to the reception area. Don and I were adamant we would spend minimal time taking photos so that we could enjoy the day with our guests.”

“I chose a mix of white/pink roses and trailing orchids” tells the bride of the fresh, lush floral details of the day. “The florist and my wedding planner brought my Pinterest dreams to life! I like to think that overall, I was a pretty low-key bride and I put a lot of trust into the experts to execute my vision with minimal input from me. We were truly blown away with how the day panned out.”

Crystal walked down the aisle with both her mother and her father to  Des’ree “Kissing You”.

The ceremony was relaxed, kicking off the celebratory vibes for the day. “We wanted our ceremony to be non-religious, casual and quick. We didn’t want any long-winded readings and/or over the top vows. Prior to our vows, I had one of my bridesmaids read a short extract from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.”

Crystal and Don really couldn’t have been more impressed with photographer Jason. “Jason was amazing. We met him for coffee before deciding to lock him in and basically an hour after our meeting we had made a decision. Given it was an overseas wedding, he was SO easy to deal with and booked his own flight/accommodation without us having to get involved – one less thing for us to worry about!

On the wedding day, we barely noticed him and he got on really well with the videography company we hired for the day (who were Bali based). The two were able to capture the day without stepping on each other’s toes which was great.”

With flames and dancers, the newlyweds were led to their reception with plenty of Indonesian tradition.

Guests were seated at one long table under the stars for the evening reception. The scene and planned with thanks to Botanica Weddings “Our wedding planner (Sanita) from Botanica Weddings was a godsend!” exclaims the bride. “She was so incredibly patient and lovely during the whole process and blew us away with her level of organisation. Could NOT fault her one bit!”

“All guests were on holiday mode with us – it was honestly the best high” reminisces the bride.

And an epic dance floor was definitely on the cards, Crystal and Don kicking it off with their first dance to Angus & Julia Stone’s “Chateau”.

Advice from the newlyweds? Perhaps hold your after party somewhere different than your villa! This is a story Crystal has to tell! “We made sure to include an after-party at our honeymoon villa afterwards for anyone who wanted to party on! It was so great to go for a swim and chill out with our besties after the formalities but in hindsight, perhaps we should have organised the after party elsewhere. Our room was a BOMB afterwards and we barely slept (hardly romantic!)”

A big congratulations you both Crystal and Don! What a day, what an honour to share! Thank you also to Jason Corroto for sharing this beautiful day!

Polka Dot Dream Team...

The below wedding vendors made this magic happen and are an approved part of the Polka Dot Directory. Visit their portfolios to learn more and enquire about their services!

Credits

This post features the following wedding vendors. If you've been featured below, we'd love to get to know you. Click here to join Polka Dot Bride.

Polka Dot Honeymoons Directory Mid Banner

Serena & Taylor

For Serena and Taylor, they wanted a day that focused on the non-traditional. They chose Serena’s gown together, they got ready together, they ditched a wedding party and they invited just a few of their favourite people to celebrate with them as they eloped to Tasmania. The date and location? On the very anniversary and the very place, they had their first date.

This in itself is just the beginning of what is endearing about today’s story, and what we fell in love with. Luckily for us, they invited Agape Media House along to capture every photo to accompany their tale.

Their paths first crossed in Hobart, even though the pair are from completely different cities. Serena explains “Taylor is from Melbourne and I’m from Sydney, but we met in Hobart. We were both doing 3-month internships for the same company but didn’t meet through work – we met in the kitchen of our student accommodation. We talked for 4 hours straight that night and became inseparable ever since.”

The groom popped the question one romantic eve. “After two 12 hour days working away from home, Taylor took me out to dinner in the city” shares the bride. “We had a romantic stroll in the rain before returning home. Suddenly Taylor gets down on one knee and proposes – turns out he picked up the ring from the jeweller that morning and asked my parents for permission over dinner the night before. I had no idea and was completely over the moon. He told me that he thought about proposing during dinner or our walk but decided it was too public. I was so happy that he chose to propose at home!”

After a few disappointing in-store experiences, Serena found her gown online at Esther & Co. She explains “I wore a dress I purchased online through the Iconic. It was sheer luck because I managed to buy the very last item and when it arrived it fit perfectly, no alterations needed. It was probably the 6th wedding dress I’d bought online and it was absolutely perfect. I’m of a petite build and 150 m tall, so most dresses swamp me or have too large of a bust. I previously tried walking into a bridal store with Taylor but found the experience to be confronting and very unenjoyable. Those dresses were too extravagant, super expensive, and just weren’t “me”. Taylor and I chose the dress together and at the time of the wedding, no one but him and I knew what I was going to be wearing on the day.”

The bride walked down the aisle with her father.

St David’s Park set the scene for the garden ceremony, and the garden also ticked all the boxes for sentimental value. “We chose St David’s Park as our ceremony venue as we had our first date there 4 years ago. We had the ceremony inside the rotunda which is elevated from the rest of the park and very private.”

Serena and Taylor chose Tracey Bruce to officiate proceedings, telling “We wanted our ceremony to be intimate and totally focused on the love we had for each other. We wrote our own vows together in the month leading up to the ceremony and memorised them for the day. Our celebrant Tracey also spoke about our three favourite things about each other which we loved as it really gave a personal touch to our ceremony.”

Serena and Taylor enlisted the help of Pop Up Weddings Tasmania to make their wedding come to life “Pop Up Weddings Tasmania was wonderful to work within the months leading up to the wedding and on the day” tells Serena. “Tracey was always there to answer our questions and keep the wedding planning rolling while placing zero stress on us. My favourite detail of the day was the styling that they put together at the rotunda for the ceremony. It was simple, elegant and didn’t overshadow the event taking place in front of it. It also matched the park setting perfectly – there were lots of natural colours, greenery and even some romantic candles.”

These two skipped having a wedding party, sharing “We decided not to have a bridal party. We thought it was unnecessary as we wanted to keep the focus on each other as a couple. We also wanted every guest to just turn up and enjoy the celebrations and not feel obligated to perform any roles or duties.”

The flowers were kept simple, Spoil Me Gifts creating a bouquet and boutonniere of white. “We chose ivory white roses and lots of greenery” explains Serena. “We wanted a classic and contemporary look with some greenery to keep it really natural and fresh.”

Of their photographer, the newlyweds were thrilled. “His approach was relaxed and non-intrusive which was really lovely as it allowed us to focus on other aspects of the day.”

And after photos, the party continued with an intimate reception dinner at the Henry Jones Art Hotel. Serena remembering “Our first dance song was “Is That Alright?” from the soundtrack of A Star is Born. We loved the movie and thought it was the perfect first dance song. We figured out a simple dance routine the night before using YouTube tutorials. It ended up being a mix of basic steps, turns, and swaying.”

A big congratulations to you both Serena and Taylor! Thank you to Agape Media House and  Pop Up Weddings Tasmania for sharing today’s beautiful celebration.

Credits

This post features the following wedding vendors. If you've been featured below, we'd love to get to know you. Click here to join Polka Dot Bride.

  • Hair & Makeup Artist
  • Bianca Wells

Photography by Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service

Whilst the weather might be getting cooler and for us living further south the frost has already begun and winter is a fabulous time to explore some of Tasmania’s hiking trails without the summer heat! We have rounded up some of our top hiking trails and now it’s over to you to start exploring.

Cradle Mountain Huts Walk

This multi-day adventure will have you starting at the picturesque Cradle Mountain with several overnight stops along the way. Cradle Mountain can be found in the Central Highlands of Tasmania and is the sixth highest mountain in the state.

Photography by Emilie Ristevski

Take the hike with just you and your partner and enjoy the peaceful surrounds – or if camping is not your style, you can join the Tasmanian Walking Company and stay in a private hut enjoying the evenings and get to know your fellow hikers.

Three Capes Track

At a total distance of 48km spaced over four days and three nights is the Three Capes Track. Start and finish in Port Arthur for a round trip that will require a boat cruise and a bus during particular points of your hike.  Enjoy seaside views and a landscape that looks like another world! This hike is rated easy to moderate and there are three cabin sites along the way for you to rest and recharge.

Photography by Jason Charles Hill

Wineglass Bay

For a shorter hike that can be done within the day, check out Wineglass Bay. There are a number of different hiking trails within the region, so make sure you do your research to ensure you select your favourite one. Wineglass Bay is one of the more popular hiking locations in Tasmania because of the incredible landscape. The lookout can be found within the Freycinet National Park surrounded by the Hazards, an incredible mountain range. Take your time and enjoy the location, bring along a picnic and look out over the crystal-clear waters.

Photography by Matt Donovan

Mount Field National Park

One of the lesser known but still equally as awe-inspiring hiking trails can be found within Mount Field National Park. These hikes can be completed within a day and you have three to choose from, all varying in length. Some of Australia’s most impressive flora and fauna can be found in this park and you might even have the opportunity to spot some of our native wildlife including platypus and wombats. Gaze up at some of the tallest trees in the world or take a break by one of the waterfalls.

Photography by Tourism Tasmania & Michael Walters Photography

Many hiking trails in Tasmania are open year-round though it’s worth researching the terrain to ensure you are prepared for any weather. Some fees might apply for entry into national parks.

Where will your hike take you?

Ms Zebra Says: From the many people I’ve known to hike in Tasmania, everyone raves about it. There doesn’t seem to be a short supply of great hikes and this list is a great selection if you’re planning a secluded but activity filled honeymoon with your new spouse!