From the moment we got engaged Bali was always going to be the location of our wedding. We loved the friendliness of the people, the scenic destination and the idea of having our guests experience another culture whilst enjoying our wedding nuptials. We only ended up visiting one location when we were scoping out potential venues and that just so happened to be the Royal Pita Maha in Ubud.
From the moment we walked out onto the balcony overlooking the cliff and valley below we were mesmerised and sold!
As we live in Darwin it is cheaper for us to fly and holiday in Bali in comparison to anywhere else. Needless to say both of us have visited Bali multiple times.
We were in Bali 4 days prior to the Wedding to organise paperwork in Kuta before heading up to Ubud where we relaxed for a few days and greeted our guests as they arrived before the big day. Nath and I spent our honeymoon in Bali scuba diving the USS Liberty site in Tulamben and then relaxing in resorts in Uluwatu, Seminyak and Sanur.
We were stuck in Bali due to the Volcanic Ash Cloud, so our honeymoon was extended by a week... It was great!
My dress was purchased at the Big Day here in Darwin. It was a Stella York design. I chose the dress as I loved the intricate lace, love heart open back and delicate train.
I really wanted a dress that was simple, modest yet was unique, classic and timeless.
My 5 bridesmaid all wore full length black dresses that I felt worked fantastic against the abundance of greenery at the Royal Pita Maha.
We went for a very simple, classic style as we wanted the beautiful venue to do the talking for us. Although I did decide on giving the groom and groomsmen their AFL socks as gifts to wear on the day under their pants, however they ended up tucking their pants into their socks for the duration of the reception!! Not my wedding style intention, haha.
We had 75 guests. We wanted a classic style sit down wedding as we had a mixture of older and younger guests and felt it was a great way for everyone to get the opportunity to sit and really take in the beauty of the Royal Pita Maha. I think that idea worked well!
Nikki's favourite memory: If I had to choose my favourite memory it would have to be walking into our reception and seeing all of our wedding guests seated under the hundreds of fairy lights and lanterns. We hadn't seen the reception set up before that moment and to be honest it was the most awe-inspiring view I think I've ever seen.
Nath's favourite memory: The night was just ending and all our guests formed a tunnel with their arms for us to walk through. Once we got to the end we stood and looked back at all our guests from the entrance and waved. It was truly a mesmerising experience seeing all of those people that we love and care about smiling after having such a great time.
Images by Light and Love Photography