Set high on a remote clifftop in Bali, with outstretched Indian Ocean views to the south and overgrown rice paddies and silhouettes of volcanoes to the north, an intimate celebration takes place.
An effortlessly chic bride wearing a custom Casey Tanswell gown, carrying a bouquet of long stemmed white roses with beautifully natural hair and makeup marries her love beneath an arbour, cascading with lush greenery.
A free-spirited flower girl wearing a whimsical Tea Princess dress floats barefoot across the lawn, accompanied by bridesmaids wearing sheer whites and page boys in adorable khaki chinos with handmade bow ties to match the groomsmen.
As the afternoon sun begins to sink towards the horizon a lavish, yet understated cocktail reception unfolds under a string of festoon lights, styled with raw timber furniture from Bali Event Hire. Family and friends dance the night away under a canopy of hanging ivy and fairy lights, while they indulge on signature cocktails served in fresh coconuts. As with all good tropical weddings the night ends with everyone, including the bride, in the pool!
The personalised touches including the hand penned vows, natural colour palette, hand picked blooms from the local flower market, batik inspired invites and organic hand-made favours, perfectly match the style of the bride Courtney Scott, co-founder of Dos Ombre (a luxe bohemian homewares and lifestyle store), and reflect the couple’s innate connection with Bali.
Capturing each fleeting moment of intimacy against a backdrop of natural beauty is the incredibly talented Courtney Illfield (hand selected for the White Edit Directory).
Wedding date: 15 May 2015 | Number of Guests: 70
How you met: We met 9 years ago through a mutual friend and instantly had a spark. We dated for a couple of months but both our lives went in different directions and we parted ways for a couple of years. During this time I moved to the UK but Dean and I kept in contact almost every day. After I arrived back to Australia our connection was stronger than ever. We booked a trip to the US 6 years ago and have been inseparable ever since.
The proposal: It was our anniversary, and after a surprise trip to Byron for the day we ended up back at the beach near our house with our dogs. It was sunset when he proposed, so it was very relaxed and romantic.
When we got engaged we knew Bali would be the place we would marry as it has such a relaxed, tropical vibe. After months of searching we found Villa Tantangan near Tanah Lot. It was everything we dreamed of and more. We knew we wanted both our ceremony and reception on the grounds so our guests could enjoy the lush green gardens, elevated grassed area and breathtaking panoramic views of Nyanyi beach and Indian Ocean. What we loved most about the villa was that it was completely off the grid! The entire villa produces its own electricity through solar and is architecturally designed to minimize energy consumption. The living area is completely open and the flat roofs have been planted with shrubs for insulation.
At the end of the night the entire wedding ended up in the pool! I was even floating around in my dress. It was a lot of fun and a pretty memorable moment with all our friends and family.
Courtney Illfield was our photographer and she absolutely blew our minds. We’re both quite shy and Courtney made us feel comfortable and at ease from the moment we met her. What drew us to Courtney was her experience in both editorial and wedding shoots. I loved the way she photographed light and shadow, and Dean loved her black and white photography. Courtney captured us, and our guests, candidly throughout the entire day without missing a single special moment.
Bride’s Gown: I was fortunate enough to have my dress custom made by the ridiculously talented Casey Tanswell, who I can also call a friend. Casey’s designs are feminine, romantic, and accentuate all the right curves. She knows how to work with your body, and I felt like a goddess. Casey and I worked together to create the design of my dress and veil. I opted for a deep plunge, full-length, backless gown. We later added the mesh paneling into the sides and lower half of the dress, which was one of the features I loved most.
Bridesmaid’s dresses: I wanted the girls to feel comfortable in what they were wearing and pick a dress for themselves in a neutral palette of white or cream. They found their dresses on Torannce. The fabric was sheer and flowy which was perfect for the Bali weather, and the girls both looked amazing on the day.
Groomsmen attire: Our wedding was quite relaxed so we wanted the groomsmen’s attire to suit this. The boys wore khaki green chinos with a white button up shirt, assorted bow ties, lace up brown boots and roses on their shirts to match my bouquet.
JEWELLERY + ACCESSORIES
Wedding rings: Dean had my engagement ring custom made by his friend Nick Drakes who is a jeweller, so he made my wedding band as well. Dean’s ring is his father’s wedding band, who passed away a few years ago. His mum gave him the ring after we got engaged and we were so honoured to have it. Not only is it unique, it has such special meaning.
Accessories: For the reception I wore a Sarina Suriano zodiac pearl headpiece. I wanted something a little more on trend that reflected my style and personality. My mum had a ring made for me, which she surprised me with on the day. It was my great grandmothers, my grandmothers and my mums gold melted down, holding my mum’s favourite opal at the centre of it. It was my something old and something new, and means the absolute world to me.
On the day: Dean and the guys had breakfast and a swim in Canggu in the morning and I got ready at the villa with my bridesmaids, my mum and my close girlfriends. We had a beautiful breakfast together, wrote speeches and refined my vowels. It was a really special day and I’m surprised at how mellow and calm I was feeling. I was so grateful to have the girls by my side.
Hair: I always prefer my hair down so I had soft waves on the day, which my friend Roxy did for me. We knew the heat was going to be an issue on the day, what we didn’t predict was the wind. My waves didn’t stay in too long after the ceremony unfortunately.
Makeup: My bridesmaid and bestie Sophie from Peppahart is an ex-beauty therapist and surprised me a month or so before the wedding with a gorgeous pack filled with new makeup products and offered to do my makeup for the day. We went for a bronzed natural look and added smokey accents for the reception.
Style: Our location was so stunning on its own, so we went for a simple, modern, tropical style with lots of greenery, flowers and mood lighting.
Florals: My flowers were a bouquet of creamy white long stem roses and the bridesmaids had tambourine bouquets. A few days before the wedding we went out to the flower markets in Denpasar and ordered bunches and bunches of gorgeous blue hydrangeas to be delivered to the villa. We also used a lot of greenery for the arbour and the dance floor canopy, which we sourced from a nearby jungle.
Stationery: Our Save the Dates were letterpress cards designed and printed by the talented Dana of Birds of a Feather. We loved them! Our wedding invites were designed by my other bestie and bridesmaid Sophie who is a graphic designer. We used the traditional Balinese batik fabric as inspiration for the print on the invites, which looked beautiful. She created the logo ‘Lets run away together’ to use on all our stationery and built us a website for our guests.
Decor: Our square frame arbour was covered in tropical greenery, elephant leaves, banana palms and two huge purple banana flowers hanging each side as a feature. We hired natural wood bench seats, a white signing table and matching white wire Mexican chairs for the ceremony plus timber tables for the reception all from Bali Event Hire. Our reception was lit up with festoon string lighting and featured a separator wall made from Balinese chicken baskets that were strewn with festoon string lights. Our dance floor featured a canopy made from ivy, greenery and fairy lights. It was incredible and so much fun to dance the night away under the stars.
Favours: Our wedding favours were divine natural handmade soaps with organic ingredients by the uber talented Beige/Dusk/&/Greys on Etsy. Each one was hand wrapped or boxed and decorated with paints, stickers & colourful washi tape.
FOOD + COCKTAILS
Catering: We had a cocktail style menu, which created a relaxed, less formal vibe, and 2 signature cocktails for our guests to enjoy – vodka, coconut water and lime, served in fresh coconuts, and a lychee martini.
Cake: We adorned a two-tier naked cake with gorgeous hydrangeas.
Processional: I walked down the isle to Wonderwall by Ryan Adams, which has special meaning to us.
Signing of the Register: California by Led Zeppelin
Recessional: Busy Earnin’ by Jungle
First Dance: Only to be with you by Roachford which is a song we both love. It’s an oldy but a super fun song, which perfectly suited the reception.
Reception Soundtrack: Our friend Adam Bennetts is a DJ in Bali and knows how to create a fun vibe!
READING + VOWS
Our best friend Luke said a reading from Tyler Knott Gregson that we thought was fitting for us a couple. We both wrote our own vows, which were 5 promises to each other. Neither of us knew what the other was writing, but somehow they matched up perfectly on the day and actually turned out quite funny.
Cinematography: Andrew Elliot of Andy Six String shot our wedding and we were so fortunate to have him. His style is very relaxed but professional, and the video is a lot of fun and not too formal, which we love. He did an amazing job. My brother also captured part of the day on his drone. The overhead footage takes in all the scenery, the sun setting after the ceremony and a pretty amazing group shot of us and our guests from above. Andy included these incredible images in our video, which is pretty special.
Celebrant: Our celebrant was Natalie Bovill and I couldn’t recommend her enough. She was so professional and made us both feel at ease.
We flew straight from Bali to Paris, Venice, Croatia and Turkey for 4-and-half weeks. It was the trip of a lifetime and the perfect time of year to visit Europe. We hired a private yacht charter on the coastline of turkey for 4 nights and it was a definite highlight of the trip.
WORDS OF WISDOM… Soak it all in. You hear it from everyone and it really is true. Take some time out together on the day/night and really appreciate everything that’s happening around you. It’s a really special moment.
Photography: Courtney Illfield | Cinematography: Andrew Elliot | Wedding Venue: Villa Tantangan Bali | Bride’s Gown: Casey Tanswell Designs | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Torannce | Flower Girl Dress: Tea Princess | Wedding Rings: Nick Drakes | Jewellery & Accessories: Sarina Suriano | Hair: Roxy Smith (best friend) | Makeup: Sophie Bell from Peppahart (best friend) | Stationery: Birds of a Feather & Andrea Horvatt from Dos Ombre (best friend) | Celebrant: Natalie Bovill | Decor: Bali Event Hire | Entertainment: Adam Bennetts | Wedding Favours: Beige/Dusk/&/Greys/