Carly & Nick

How I met my man

Born only a month apart, I believe we were destined to be together! We first met when we were babies… Our parents even arranged for a joint baptism and from then on things never looked back …we started dating when we were 16 and have known each other all of our lives!

Then, he proposed…

After being together for 10 years, Nick booked a getaway to Bali for the two of us. At the beautiful “La Lucciola” restaurant, Nick got down on one knee at sunset on the beach. We decided to keep it a secret from our family and friends for 3 weeks and then flew back to South Australia to tell them in person! They were overjoyed!

My kind of wedding!

We loved the idea of a destination wedding. Not just one day of celebrations, but the holiday of a lifetime for all of our family and friends. A trip to the tropics and warmth of Bali to escape the winter, sounded like a dream so we decided in July! We teamed up with our amazing wedding planners, Hitchd, and after lots of internet searches, we arranged a trip back to Bali to view some venues. We finally decided on Villa Shalimar in Canggu. With a backdrop of the beach on one side and rice paddies on the other, it was the perfect setting!

The best wedding decision I ever made… and also the worst one!

The best decision was hiring a wedding planner and an amazing one at that! When I first started planning my wedding, I had no idea what I wanted it to look like! Kira brought all these ideas to the table and then we had the fun part of choosing what we liked best! Her style is impeccable. It also made the wedding experience relaxed and not one bit stressful.

If I had to choose one favorite moment!

It’s hard to pick one moment, the whole day went so fast! Walking down the aisle and seeing Nick’s face light up would have to be a highlight… It was truly the happiest day of our lives.

Magic lies in the details

I would say I’m a minimalist, nothing too over the top. Our wedding was tropical, bright, fun and romantic, all in one! The scenery in Bali is so beautiful with all the greenery, so we didn’t want to overshadow that. Our wedding was relaxed, we wanted our guests to feel like they were on a holiday and experience a wedding like no other!

As for the flower selection, I left this all up to our wedding planner. We went with a bright bridal bouquet and softer blues for the bridesmaids to tie in with the color of their dresses.

I really loved the lighting the most – the canopy lighting was phenomenal in such a romantic setting. My family and guests enjoyed dining under fairy lights, with full-length floral table runners – it was really stunning.
The giant light up with our initials, “N&C”, paired perfectly with the floor pyrotechnics during our first dance!

If I could give some advice to a bride-to-be…

Relax – don’t sweat the small details. People remember your smile, not the color of the napkins!

Oh, my wedding dress!

I wasn’t keen on going to any bridal expos but I thought I should try and visit one to get a few ideas. It was where I met our wedding planner and also where I was first introduced to the bridal world of the Zolotas collection. I arranged an appointment with Sophie and from that moment on, the experience was wonderful. Sophie was so relaxed, (which helped me relax!), kind and helpful. I had in my mind that I wanted to wear something different and the Zolotas gowns are all that and more. “Hera” was the first dress I tried on… I loved the idea of a crop and skirt. The dress was so comfortable and I felt like a real-life Greek goddess when I first tried it on! Most of all, I loved the detail in the crop and the delicacies of the back.

I loved the Zolotas experience! It was amazing skyping with the designer, VG Zolotas and getting his thoughts on the dress, and any modifications I wanted. The customer service was wonderful. I even had the chance to look at photos of my dress being handmade during its making! It was so special, as was the handwritten note I received from the designer when the dress was delivered!

Sophie went above and beyond to make my experience of acquiring a wedding dress such a special one. Her personal approach and genuine happiness when she saw the photos of our special day have made me so happy and proud to have worn a Zolotas dress!

I would like to thank the following people, for turning my dream into a wedding reality…

WEDDING DRESS: Zolotas Australia – Hera Crop Top dress | BRIDAL SHOES: Nine West | JEWELRY: Thallo | GROOM’S ATTIRE: Ralph Lauren & Industrie
MAKEUP ARTIST: Ranny the Bronzer | HAIRSTYLIST: Inspired Cuts on Hove |
WEDDING PLANNER: Hitch’d Weddings and Events | WEDDING RECEPTION: Villa Shalimar | CATERING: Dijon |

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