Talia and Hartley

A destination wedding against a painted sky, dancing with your friends all night long with tropical cocktails, a mint, handpainted wedding dress, palm trees, and sunsets. Is there anything better than a destination wedding like the Phuket celebration of Talia and Hartley?

These Australian architects traveled all the way to Thailand for their big day and enlisting the help of photographer  Danae Herrmann Photography and wedding planner and stylists  Wedding Boutique Phuket. Their day was filled with stunning colour, plenty of glam details and more than enough holiday vibes to make it absolutely unforgettable.

The bride worked with her sister in law, designer Tiff Manuell to create her mint green wedding gown. Tiff also created chic slip dresses for the bridesmaids who each carried an accompanying clutch.  Talia sharing “My wedding dress was designed and hand painted by Hartley’s sister, Tiffany. Along with designing and hand painting my dress, Tiffany also created and designed the nine bridesmaids handbags in a variety of vibrant colours. Due to the originality of the mint coloured dress, all the bridesmaids and guests were asked to wear white to this colourful beach wedding.”

Beachside villa Villa Jia was chosen as the venue for the day. The beachside location proving a stunning setup for sand on the toes ceremony, cocktail hour on the lawn and marquee reception.

Phuket Flower & Wedding Studio created bright floral details for the day, in tones of pink, purple and apricot to complement the mint tone of the bride’s handpainted dress.

Talia and Hartley enlisted Wedding Boutique Phuket to both plan and style their day, looking after all the details from afar.

One of the styling focuses for the day was “Raw details” wooden chairs, a black wedding cake, paper cones for petals made of book pages and wax candles all complementing the vibrant colour tones.

And the finishing touch to end this grand celebration? A film of course!

A big congratulations to you both Talia and Hartley! Thank you for allowing us to share your day and thank you to Danae Herrmann Photography and Wedding Boutique Phuket for sharing the celebration with us.



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If you’re currently planning a honeymoon, or next holiday, you may be considering Bali. It’s a short hop skip and jump from Australia and a favoured destination of many. Today, Sally Bloomfield shares her tips to make the most of your holiday and find the best spots to hang out, drink cocktails and eat until they have to roll you out!

The former Melbourne editor of Harpers Bazaar, Sally, started her love affair with Bali over 3 decades ago. Having travelled back many times, Sally and her late husband Ian Robertson put down roots and purchased the beautiful land in the Umalas in 2012 – which makes her a pretty good expert in all things Bali. Since then, their home has become the realisation of Sally’s dream to open a wellness-style, boutique, holistic lifestyle hotel. Her recommendations are certainly not to be missed!

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Your Favourite Place That Only Locals Knows About 

Sunday’s are most expats day off and family day and we often head to Geger beach between The Westin and Mulia Hotel’s in Nusa Dua. It’s a little stretch of beach with cute little local restaurants and massage girls. You feel like you are a million miles away..

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Your Favourite Popular Place that is a Crowd Pleaser for a Reason 

I love Ulu Cliffhouse. It’s a fabulous beach club perched on the cliffs at – you guessed it – Uluwatu!!! It’s a fun and cool place to hang out. They have fabulous international DJ’s and it’s a great place to go and book the lounges that have amazing views of the coast.

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Your Favourite Restaurant 

My great friend Jane Lindsay has just launched Botanica in Seminyak with a beautiful garden oasis vibe and a modern Australian menu. They also have a wine bar called Rose Social, dedicated to all things Rose! I also love Mason and Fishbone in Canggu, both have a super cool relaxed vibe and great food and drinks. There are just so many to choose from but I also love La Lucciola in Seminyak, it is a bit of an institution and they also have a sister restaurant called Bambu around the corner and I love it there as well, they have more upmarket Indonesian food.

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Your Favourite Bar 

I love the cocktails (and the view) at Ji in Canggu. Da Maria (the guys from Icebergs in Sydney) also do fab drinks and it has a cool scene there. I also love Mano on the beach in Seminyak. Perfect for afternoon cocktails!

Your Favourite Store 

My favourite homewares stores are Souq and Kimsoo in Seminyak and Jungle Trader in Berawa. For fashion I always pop into Magali Pascal and Uma & Leopold, I also love Daun located at the top of Jalan Oberoi. My new favourite shopping retail space is The Find in Uluwatu!

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Your Favourite Hotel 

Well obviously my own hotel Bloomfield!! It is a truly special piece of land in the heart of Umalas with breathtaking views. It was our home for six years before we turned it into a hotel, so it really feels warm and inviting and like being in someone’s home. It is also a great venue for weddings or for honeymooners! We have a beautiful Bale Bale in the rice field in front of the hotel which is a perfect place to get married. We can accommodate up to 60 people for sit down dinner or up to 80 guests for a stand up event.

The Best Way to Spend Time Outdoors 

By a beach, by a pool, by a waterfall.. basically anywhere near water!

The Most Interesting Person You’ve Met in Bali 

Bali is one of those incredible places that brings the most interesting people from the most interesting places all thrown together. You can be at a dinner with a 17 year old skater from LA on one side and a 60 year old business mogul on the other and it all just works!  I have made lifelong friends here from all around the world..

Ideal date night in Bali ? 

It’s been a long time between dates for me but I would love to climb Mt Butur and have a beautiful picnic breakfast at dawn! I think that would be an amazing date and more interesting than dinner!!!

Anything else that a honeymooner needs to know about Bali?

Pamper yourself!!! We have world rate spa’s here, so now is the time to indulge! Have massages and facials as it is so affordable here in Bali – so why not spend a whole day dedicated to making yourself feel fabulous?! At Bloomfield we have partnered with Glo Day Spas and have our own mini version called Glo at Bloomfield. Our menu has beautiful treatments, such as our Bloomfield Signature Massage, which is a four handed experience that truly transports you to another level of relaxation. We also offer Hot stone therapy and the Ancient warm bamboo massage along with facial treatments and other packages.


About the author Sally Bloomfield: Sally and her late husband, Ian Robertson, owned and operated the 85-room hotel, The Albany and Bloomfield, in Melbourne, Australia. More recently, Sally starred in the latest season of The Real Housewives of Melbourne. Bloomfield Hotel and Spa is the beautiful former private residence of Sally and Ian and provides boutique accommodation and spa to discover physical and spiritual wellbeing in the heart of picturesque Umalas, Bali.

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Have you ever wondered what your engagement party might look like if you lived in another country? Or how you could incorporate international trends into your upcoming event?

This month we are looking at engagement party trends and traditions across the globe stretching from Europe, America, Asia and of course Australia.


In France an engagement party follows a different format. Traditionally the proposal would not involve a ring and instead the couple would purchase the ring together. After the rings have been purchased the couple will arrange a gathering, similar to an engagement party, with families from both sides and some close friends. Here the bride will be presented with the ring and they celebrate together.

Antipasto platters will always be a favourite for an Italian engagement party and it’s an easy trend to incorporate into your own. Pair olives with cheese, prosciutto and breads, it’s a simple crowd pleaser!

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The honey-fund is fastly replacing gifts at engagement parties and even at weddings. The idea is the couple provide their bank details on the invitation or at the event and guests would provide a gift in the form of a bank transfer allowing the couple to spend the money on whatever they would like. Alternatively, sign up for an online registry through a website like Honeyfund.

Gone are the days of pretty papered invitations for an engagement, we are all going online and your engagement party invitations can too! Paper invitations are notoriously difficult with people losing them or forgetting to RSVP. Whilst online invitations have been a thing for a long time now it seems that in 2019 their popularity will grow.


If you’re looking for a sweet tradition to incorporate into your engagement party, then look to India where it is tradition for the families to exchange sweet foods and gifts at the engagement party. At the party it is also common for the bride and groom to exchange rings.

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Like most countries around the world, family is an important part of an engagement party in Thailand. The tradition is called Thong Mun where a bride would be presented gold jewellery (which doesn’t have to be a ring) at a ceremony surrounded by friends and family. The couple are not considered to be engaged until after the engagement party has finished.


In the last year or so we have seen engagement parties shift from something quite formal to a more relaxed outdoor party with your closest friends and families. This year we expect to see more outdoor games, floral decorations and our personal favourite new trend, upside down balloons which help add some colour and a whimsical feel.

Anything with Prosecco will continue to be a hit next year with many people creating a ‘pimp your Prosecco’ stand giving people the opportunity to personalise their drinks.

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Ms Zebra Says: If we know anything, it’s that Australia is a true melting pot – so why not bring traditions from around the globe into your own celebration?! Great tips from our writer Bec Lawrence!