DESTINATION REAL BRIDE SERIES - WITH STEPHANIE


An intimate destination celebration set on the breathtaking Pandawa Cliff, in Bali Indonesia, a location the couple had never visited despite many trips to the Island. High above the Indian Ocean and white sands, the couple shared the magic of their intimate celebration with their closest family and friends. 

DESTINATION: Bali, Indonesia 

WAS A DESTINATION WEDDING ALWAYS THE PLAN? 

Not always the plan but we were going to Bali so much and fell in love. So we decided to make it happen!

HOW DID YOU CHOOSE THE LOCATION? 

A friend of ours lives in Bali and took us on a day trip to hunt for the perfect location. It was very hard to choose because they were all so amazing but as soon as we walked into Pandawa Cliff Estate, we knew that's where we wanted to get married.

HOW MANY PEOPLE TRAVELLED ACROSS?

We had a total of 55 people

DID YOU GO WITH LOCAL SUPPLIERS OR DID YOU FLY OVER YOUR VENDORS? 

We used all local suppliers, with the exception of the photographer who we flew over for the wedding.

HAD YOU BEEN THERE BEFORE?

We have travelled to Bali many times but it was our first time around that area, Pandawa Beach. 

DID YOU HAVE A WEDDING PLANNER? 

Yes we actually had to have a wedding planner to have a wedding there. Most of the locations we looked at were that way in Bali.

HOW WAS PLANNING FROM AFAR?

It was so much easier than expected, in saying that I knew exactly what I wanted. I created a inspiration story board with the theme I wanted to aim for. We had a few Skype calls and the rest was via email, which was convenient. Our wedding planner was Australian but lived in Bali, so she was very easy to communicate with.

DID ANYTHING NOT GO TO PLAN/DID THINGS GO WRONG? 

Two things went wrong but didn't ruin my day! One being I accidentally purchased the wrong length bridesmaid Zimmermann dress and didn't realise until I got to Bali, I had to take it to alterations which was a little bit of mission but my wedding planner picked it up and had it nice and ready for my bridesmaid on the day of the wedding. So ensure you triple check everything! The second issue was the cocktails that were served, they were only putting in half shots or less. My husband found out and sorted that out straight away! 

ANYTHING YOU WISH YOU KNEW BEFORE PLANNING A DESTINATION WEDDING?
1. The time it would take to get the marriage certificate, it took a good 4 hours to travel to get the photo's and go to the embassy. Not too bad but I would rather spend time by the pool with my family and friends. 

2. Getting out the invitations well in advance so people can prepare their flights and accommodation early and maybe get better deals. 

YOUR BIGGEST TIP TO OTHERS TRYING TO MAKE THE DECISION?

If you decide to do destination, take your time. Allow yourself to truly enjoy the process, not stress over it. Also, a destination wedding is likely going to be naturally beautiful, so don't feel the need to go overboard on decor. Simple flowers and candles will go a long way. 

THE MOST CHALLENGING MOMENT: 

There was a little rain in the night period of my wedding, it was a bit disappointing but I tried not to let it ruin my night!

THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: 

Of course those first few steps walking down to see my new husband. Also seeing all of my family and best friends at my wedding in another country!

LOOKING BACK WOULD YOU CHANGE ANYTHING? 

I wouldn't change a thing. But if I had to not pick I would say avoid getting too much sun before the wedding day, my face was a little dried out from the sun.

WHERE DID YOU HONEYMOON? 

We stayed in Bali for another 2 weeks and moved around the island to different beautiful locations. Then we flew to Singapore to finish off our amazing wedding holiday. 

Images by Joseph Wills To see more of Steph & Josh's beautiful destination wedding head here or to her beautifully bohemien curated Instagram here

Leave a comment