When it comes to planning a destination wedding, choosing the right vendors is paramount. “We couldn’t have gone without our photographer and wedding planner,” say today’s couple, who entrusted the role of lenswoman to the talented Lara Hotz for their stunning Bali wedding.
Originally hailing from Darwin, Sydney-siders Vanessa and Roger chose Bali as the perfect spot to bring far-flung friends together. Being surrounded by ocean was a priority for these beach-lovers, and with sweeping vistas of pristine waters, the cliff-top Semara Luxury Villas in Uluwatu well and truly delivered.
“It was stunning,” recalls Vanessa. “Surrounded by palm tress, the ceremony overlooked the ocean. We could hear the waves in the background and the view was just breathtaking.” Global Weddings took care of the styling, with white tiffany chairs and a textural floral arbour to frame the magnificent setting.
Roger wisely took into account the tropical heat and humidity when choosing his outfit, opting for a cool linen suit by Sydney designer, Brent Wilson. When it came to Vanessa’s dress, it took many a try before discovering her gorgeous Tanya Anic gown at Marry Me Bridal. Finding a bridesmaid dress for her sister was decidedly easier. “I’ve always loved Rachel Gilbert’s designs and when I came across Averie Gown, I knew I had to get it.”
After roaming the ‘hood with Lara for those stunning portraits (and a few snaps with the local kids), the picture-perfect bridal party returned to the villa for a beautifully-styled poolside reception. “The pool was dressed with floating flowers and candles, which looked amazing,” says Vanessa. “White lanterns swayed in the breeze and created beautiful twilight mood lighting. It was perfect.”
Photography: Lara Hotz | Venue: Semara Luxury Villas | Planning & Styling: Global Weddings | Bride’s dress:Tanya Anic from Marry Me Bridal | Bride’s shoes: Zomp | Bridesmaids dresses: Rachel Gilbert | Bridesmaids shoes: Tony Bianco | Groom’s suit: Brent Wilson | Groom’s shoes: Florsheim | Rings: Parade Jewellers | Jewellery: Samantha Wills | Hair & Makeup: The Bronzer | Catering: Bali Catering Company