These two lovers met as University students, and knew way back then that their forever was meant to be together. If you asked us what was our favourite part of Lucy and Nick’s wedding we wouldn’t be able to pick just one thing. A destination wedding in beautiful Bali with close friends and family as witnesses, their day reflected their worldliness and excitement for a life full of adventure together.
How we met and how he popped the question…
We met at University in 2003 and I thought he was this super laid back guy riding around campus on his skateboard. He studied Film and Television like I did and we just connected straight away. I was drawn to his relaxed and honest attitude and felt like I had known him for years. We both knew it was something special.
It was when Nick was in Bali on a holiday with his mum that he tells me he decided he wanted to marry me.
However it wasn’t until 7 years after we first met that he popped the question when we were in Perth visiting his family.
We had talked very openly about getting married and above anything else we both knew we just wanted to be and experience life together.
The proposal was the most beautiful thing anyone has ever done for me.
He concocted an intricate plan that resulted in me peering through binoculars from his mum’s beach apartment, to find his mum and sister on the back of his step-dad’s yacht with a massive hand painted sign that said “Marry Me Lucy” I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and when I turned around Nick was on bended knee and asked me to be his wife and of course I said “YES!” . Such a magical experience.
Why we chose our venue…
Our ceremony and reception was held at Ombak Luwung Beachfront Estate, Canggu, Bali.
We wanted to keep the wedding intimate and after toying with the idea of holding it at a hotel in Bali, we decided for a private residence in gorgeous Canggu. We wanted a garden wedding with ocean views and a nice breeze. Ombak Luwung gave us exactly this. It also meant that we didn’t have to go anywhere for our photos because the estate had so many gorgeous areas for us to use.
Bali is an incredibly spiritual and peaceful place that it immediately created the perfect tone for our wedding. Being there with our friends and family was such a unique and beautiful experience for both of us and one we will remember and cherish dearly.
My dream dress…
My dress was a white silk chiffon strapless gown with a jewel embellished satin bodice by Australian designer Rachel Gilbert. I wanted something less formal but still enough glam that I felt like a bride. Having the simple cut yet with some detail easily complimented the tone of our wedding. I wore flat sandals as well so it was less formal plus I could dance all night!
Photofactory were our photographers and were incredible. We wanted photos that weren’t staged or traditional. We ordered a 6 hour package with 2 photographers. They arrived at 3pm and had two hours of pre-wedding photos, the ceremony at 5pm and an hour of photos before the reception where they were for another 2 hours which means we didn’t have to stage the cutting of the cake or wedding dance and they just captured us in the real moment.
The turnaround was unbelievable. We received the online album, two CD’s and two albums within 5 days of the wedding! I trusted them wholeheartedly and they delivered above and beyond what we could have imagined.
My caterer and styling…
Our caterer was Bali Good Food. What is a good wedding without good food? It was so important to us to have a yummy menu and people were talking about the food for weeks. We started with canapes and cocktails and then had a seated 3 course dinner with alternate drop and buffet dessert (which included the wedding cake).
Because we had such a small guest list – 42 people – we had one long rectanglular table that was set up under a beautiful white marquee on the decking area beside the pool. We hung fairy lights in the trees and had 2 bamboo floating platforms in the pool filled with flowers and candles. We also lit the grounds with 100 candles in banana trunk shades to go along the entrance, the dinner area, along the edges of beach front lawn and around the pool.
There was a giant size chessboard on the grass area next to the marquee so we added some lights and used this as our dancefloor.
My favourite memory…
My something old was my mum’s veil and flower headpiece that she wore at her wedding in the 70’s. They were in perfect condition, so beautiful and I felt incredibly happy to be able to wear them!
Also, walking down the aisle with my dad was such a surreal but beautiful experience and when I saw Nick standing under the canopy I was beaming ear to ear and I couldn’t help but sneak in a quick kiss after my Dad gave me away.
My advice for other brides…
Stay true to yourself and go with your gut instincts. Don’t be afraid to make changes and ask questions. This is yours and your fiancé’s special day so make it one that you will look back on with no regrets. Oh and have fun organizing it! That’s part of the experience too!