Sarah and Mark

Destination weddings are such a special breed of wedding. There is a lot to be said for a week long celebration with your loved ones- sun, surf and plenty of cocktails by the pool! Sarah and Mark (who met through a mutual friend at a birthday party) chose Bali as their wedding destination- specifically the stunning Ayana Resort & Spa for their big day, Set overlooking Jimbaran Bay,  the resort provided the most beautiful backdrop for the celebrations of Sarah and Mark’s wedding.

Sarah and Mark’s wedding was captured by Photo Factory Bali. I love the captures of the beautiful destination the studio took!

Sarah wore a strapless gown by Suzanne Hardwood with Christian Louboutin heels. The resort provided the bouquets.

Organika Hair styled Sarah and her bridesmaid’s hair and makeup.

Sarah’s bridesmaids wore gowns from Style Stalker with Robert Robert black heels.

The best part of a destination wedding is that the celebrations are not just the wedding. They last for days before and days afterwards. Sarah remarks “We organised a pre-wedding brunch the day before to ensure everybody got to know each other before the wedding day. We got a large Bus to the venue which was an experience to get a full-sized bus through the tiny streets and roads of mayhem to our venue where we enjoyed a great brunch and introduced family and friends in a relaxed atmosphere.

The wedding wasn’t just the actual wedding day – it was a culmination of the Bucks and Hens party, two days before, our introductory wedding brunch the morning before and the wonderful wedding day. All this spend with our closest family and friends.”

Of their photographer, Sarah remarks “They were very professional and got some exceptional shots in a very difficult environment. Amazingly quick to send through our Album which was also very well finished. Overall – very happy.”

The resort provided a decadent wedding cake.

Sarah describes the wedding as “A magical backdrop to a surreal evening filled with love and laughter.”

Sarah and Mark made their own stationery. Sarah notes ” We made our save the date and invitations. We also made our own guestbook in the form of a hand drawn tree with our guests fingerprints for leaves. We also had photos from our past as placeholders for the tables.”

A makeshift photobooth was setup by the couple. Sarah explains “We had a section setup for props. We asked our guests to use the props and pose for photo’s which proved to be an entertaining highlight and provided some very funny photos and memorable moments.” Guests were gifted silver elephant statues as a token of the wedding day.

Sarah and Mark had 44 guests make the trip to Bali to celebrate with them.

DJampiro provided tunes for the guests to dance under the stars to, Including the first dance. Sarah explains “We danced to Michael Jackson – I Just Can’t stop loving you played live by the wonderful band. Several weeks of dancing lessons did nothing to calm the nerves and we just improvised something casual and funny. Great fun.”

Thank you for sharing your destination wedding with us Sarah and Mark! Thank you also to Photo Factory Bali for sharing today’s images!