Amity and Alex

Bali is certainly the place to go to unwind and today’s relaxed Bali wedding pretty much encapsulates the entire feeling that a destination wedding brings to life! The wedding day photographed by Windee Winata – PhotoFactory, Bali took place right on the beach, set against sky high cliffs in the most beautiful of locations. The couple chose Amity’s late mother’s birthday to marry, setting off two paper lanterns after dark – one in memory of her and one to celebrate their marriage.

Amity tells the story of how they met – which also happened in Bali! “We met around a hotel pool in Bali..Bit of a sliding doors moment as my friend and I weren’t meant to be staying in that hotel nor were Alex and his friends and their families. Apparently he had tried to talk to my friend and I, but we ignored him a few times, then unfortunately she got sick so I was hanging by the pool by myself when Alex and his best mate struck up a conversation and it went from there!”

Amity’s bridesmaids wore gowns by Thurley while Amity chose a lace Anna Campbell gown.

Amity and Alex married at Karma Kandara, Bali. Amity tells, “Both the ceremony and reception were held in the same spot – the most amazing little beach at the bottom of some pretty majestic cliffs…it felt like it was only us in the world that night! Neither of us are very religious so a church wedding was never an option…Bali is a special place to both of us and before we met we had always thought we would get married there…I saw a wedding on a photography blog I follow and just knew I had to get married on that beach!”

The day was planned by Lauren from One and Only Bali Weddings and styled by Island Hitched. Amity noting “We loved Island Hitched – a bespoke styling and hiring service in Bali who created the magic you see in the photos. Lauren, our incredible wedding planner from One and Only weddings Bali – could not have been done without her organisation and care!”

Amity remarks, “Going down the inclinator to get to the ceremony peeking over the side to see all my loved ones at the bottom of the cliff was something I will never forget!”

Amity walked down the aisle to “Not fire, Not Ice” by Ben Harper.

Of their photographer, Amity tells, “I had seen some of Windee’s work previously and was always impressed with the quality and style of the pictures! Not always the ‘typical’ weddings shots, with more of a photojournalistic style.”

“The funniest moment of the day was when we were all posing for photos and a freak wave came rushing in absolutely saturating everyone. Luckily my dutiful MOH dove for the lace so only the underlay of the dress got sandy and wet. We know it was mum reminding us that she was there as no other wave came anywhere near that height! Can just picture her giggling to herself watching us run around screaming and laughing.”

“We loved the fact that almost 60 of our closest friends and family made the effort to fly to Bali for our day – we knew it was a big ask and thought we would get half that! Looking around that night with my Husband, we knew we were loved and have some of the most amazing friends and family in the world! It was perfect as we got to spend our hens and bucks days over there, as well as a recovery party the day after. Spending time with everyone in one of our favourite places in the world! ”

Amity and Alex wanted a certain feel to their reception, Amity tells. “I always wanted a really relaxed feel to our reception – more of a big party rather than anything formal. That’s why we went for the two long tables and no bridal table. We had set up off to the side another little area with beautiful Moroccan leather pouffes in natural tan, silver and white from one of my very talented bridesmaids company Ames collective and then another area where later in the night a bonfire was set up.

The flowers were all white with light greenery on top of burlap table runners. Scattered along the table were little silver tin lanterns with tea light candles amongst them which complimented the birdcages with flowers on top. Along with the little silver tins that we were giving our guests as gifts created a real Balinese feel. The location was so spectacular it didn’t really require much decoration, just lanterns over the tables and then a ring of tealights in the sand around the dining area and the dance floor.”

Of their first dance, Amity remembers “The One I Love by David Gray…I think we changed our song about 20 times! Struggled to find something we both loved and that the words were right…This just ended up being perfect.”