Bree & David
One of the best things about a wedding on holiday is that plans can change and the flexibility means everyone is there regardless! Which is exactly the story behind Bree and David’s Bali Summer Nights style wedding. Their original day was met with pouring rain – so they simply moved it to the next day. They chose PhotoFactory Bali to capture it all.
Bree tells the story of how they came to be. “We met through Dave’s sister Laura. Laura and I worked together for 6 months and clicked straight away. After a year of being friends, Laura decided to venture overseas and it was on the night of her going away drinks where I met Dave. As it happened, he was the manager of my gym and we bumped in to each other several times and not long after he asked me out on a date. That was 8 years ago and since then we’ve had nothing but adventures, overcoming challenges together and celebrating our achievements.
I will never forget the day he proposed. Dave and I love to go on adventures, weekend camping trips, day trips, driving along the coast…what ever it is we love exploring. In October 2010 our explorations took us to Bali for the first time and we stayed in Seminyak. Dave loves the ocean, waves and surfing and we had heard about an amazing surf break down south called Uluwatu. We hired a motorbike and navigated our way along the windy roads weaving in between the Balinese traffic chaos.
We passed by Jimbaran bay and knew we were going in the right direction. As we got closer to Uluwatu there were a number of dirt roads coming off the main road and our curiosity got the best of us, deciding to explore one of these dirt roads. At the end of this particular pothole ridden path, we stumbled across a hidden oasis called Mick’s Place. We instantly fell in love with the view and tried to book a couple of nights however there was no availability. At that moment we said to ourselves, ’the next time we come back to Bali we’re staying here!’
Fast forward to October 2013, we booked a few nights at Mick’s Place and on the last night, Dave had prearranged for the pool area to be ours for 10 minutes at sunset. While we were in the infinity pool, watching an unforgettable sunset, talking about how amazing the place was, Dave proposed. I think I was in shock because I started laughing, as it seemed surreal and he actually had to ask me a second time. Second time lucky! Straight away we knew that this was where we were going to get married, it was already a special place for us and we wanted to share it with our family and friends.”
Bree remembers, “Who would have thought going to Bali in May you would need to be looking at the weather! When I woke up on the morning of the wedding, it was pouring with rain. I wasn’t stressed because I knew it was going to be one of Bali’s tropical storms that would last an hour and then it would clear up and the rest of the day would be beautiful. The morning started with Dave’s mum getting her hair and make up done while I put some finishing touches to the photobooth.
Suddenly Dave popped his head in and said he needed to speak to me. We were doing the tradition of not seeing each other until the ceremony however I realized quickly he wouldn’t want to speak to me if it wasn’t serious. He said that we needed to make a decision on whether to postpone to the next day, Sunday, because the weather was looking horrible. My heart just dropped and I didn’t know what to think. Luckily he quickly told me that all of our suppliers had been contacted by Sascha and could do the next day. What a relief and just amazing!
If we were anywhere else this would not have been an option. Before we confirmed the change we had to check with the best man and one of my friend’s (she had flown in the night before) as they were both leaving on the Sunday. We were fortunate enough that they could change their flights and stay one more day. I woke up on Sunday morning, wedding take two, and it was a glorious day. It was meant to be.”
Bree chose an Anna Campbell gown. “I wore the ivory Amity gown from Anna Campbell, which I loved and couldn’t wait to wear.”
The couple chose Micks Place for their wedding. Planner Sascha organising everything from the celebrant to the catering and decor! The place also happened to be where Dave had proposed!
“One of my favourite moments was walking down the aisle to Heartbeats by Jose Gonzales, seeing all of our family and friends and then looking up and seeing Dave with the biggest smile on his face. My handsome husband to be.”
“The ceremony was lovely, full of laughs and beautiful words said and shared. The moment we were announced as husband and wife, it was just perfect. All of our favourite people were there and we had this amazing view of the ocean and the sun beginning to set.”
“Straight away the party began for our guests with ice cold beverages and delicious canapés whilst enjoying the setting sun. My friend Graeme put together the background music playlist which had a great mix of chilled out tunes, 80’s, 90’s and current songs.”
“I wanted to put my touch on our special day and set the scene for all of our loved ones so I created all of the printed materials. This included the save the date, invitations, table numbers, menu & thank you cards down to the guest seating plan & signs for the day.
For the design, I chose to use a sketch of a Balinese flower (for a touch of Bali), and then used a natural recycled stock. For the signs, I wanted something that was fun & I was initially looking to use chalkboard signs however making these was so much more fun. We had one for the dancefloor (I love dancing so had ‘rules of the dance floor’), a hashtag and strike a pose for the photo booth.”
“I wanted minimal decorations because of Mick’s Place, the setting and the view were enough! I chose to do small touches here and there. The centerpieces on the tables were beautiful mason jars of varying sizes with white lace & twine wrapped around them with a combination of white roses, snapdragons, baby breath and green hydrangeas.
Tying in with the white and green I had some little hanging bottles that were tied to some of the ladders which were used to display the guest seating plan and acted as a photo board for the photo booth pictures. Mick’s Place also put up some lovely white lanterns that spanned above the seating and dance floor and added some bamboo leaf candles… after dark it looked magic!”
Bree tells, “The Traffic Blues Band danced us into the night and surprised me with a rendition of You’re the Voice, by John Farnham. As the night went on there were plenty of laughs, numerous dance offs and amazing memories made. It was the perfect day.”
Congratulations Bree and David! Thank you for sharing your day with us Thank you also to PhotoFactory Bali for sharing today’s wedding with us.