Bride: Kylie Ella
Groom: Robbie Tait
Lives: Darwin, Australia
Wedding Date: 3 June 2017
Lovebirds Kylie and Robbie locked eyes and met at a friends’ Pre Wedding party in Bali. After a Hollywood proposal on top of a thundering waterfall, they tied the knot themselves in beautiful Bali.
This Tropical Luxe Bali Wedding was executed to perfection by her Bali Wedding Planner, Kylie literally raves about and claims “has ALL the Super Powers”!
Tell us, how did you meet? Was it Love at first sight?
Funnily enough, we met at mutual friends’ pre-wedding party in Bali, on Nusa Lembongan. We sort of saw each other across the garden, and then spent the rest of the night, and following five days together. It was an unforgettable time.
What about the engagement story? Can you give us a snapshot?
The engagement was incredible! Robbie is terrible at lying or keeping secrets, so i’m still not sure how he pulled it off. He organised a helicopter out over Litchfield National Park. We landed at the top of an otherwise inaccessible waterfall in the middle of the most beautiful outback scenery – it was breathe taking. We went for a swim, and then Robbie snuck off up the rock to the helicopter under the guise of ‘getting a snack’… he returned with a ring! It really was a wonderful moment – and if the adrenaline was not enough, following some champagne, brought down by our pilot, we then set off across the national park in the helicopter. A beautiful hotel suite, filled with champagne and our closest Darwin friends awaited! It was an incredible day.
So you decided to become Mr & Mrs… Why Bali?
Aside from meeting there and subsequently travelling there together, we both really love Bali – the people, the nature and the overall atmosphere. As Robbie is South African, and we both have lots of friends and family who live overseas, we also saw it as a great opportunity to have a ‘wedding holiday’ and spend quality time with our family and best friends.
How did you choose your Bali wedding planner? What was her/his Super Power?
The Villa Manager at Villa Anugrah gave me a list of wedding planners. Tracey Williams, from OoLaLah events immediately came across as very genuine and caring.
She had ALL the super powers! I was blown away at the amount that Tracey did. She was incredibly resourceful, patient and lovely through the entire planning process. Just when I thought i’d asked for one too many changes – she was always there with a ‘yes- no problem, let me see what we can do”. She had great inside knowledge of things that I would never had thought of. She was also really aware of budget constraints, and did her utmost to ensure to research the most valuable options for us.
There was a lot to organize – with three events back to back. But everything was organized so well it all ran like clockwork thanks to Tracey’s pre wedding organizing skills and all the amazing local Bali vendors she sourced that worked at all the events. Tracey was more than a wedding planner, she was like a cross between a fairy godmother and a good friend.
I had a rather hilarious incident on the wedding day, where following a pre wedding event accident, my big toenail had come off! Tracey managed to have the problem solved, organising someone to be there in time to resolve the situation- all the way to Uluwatu. She assured me that there was no problem she has not been able to solve. It was true.
Robbie and I were honestly so grateful for Tracey. She filled in all the forgotten gaps and details, like the glue between your vision for the day and making it a reality. I couldn’t recommend her highly enough. She will make your wedding what it really should be- fun!
Did you have a theme for the wedding? And was it a late night Pinterest obsession?!
It sort of evolved into ‘tropical luxe’ – lots of tropical greenery, natural materials like bamboo with gold details. The dress code was ‘Island Formal’ – where I provided a photo board on my wedding website for guests. It allowed people to dress up, but also be playful and not overheat!
How involved were you in the creative process?
I was very involved, and really enjoyed that aspect of the planning. I spent many hours on pinterest and Bali sites (like BEH!) Tracey, my wedding planner – made my vision come alive by sourcing everything locally in Bali.
Did you sit down for a formal dinner or party the night away with canapés and cocktails?
Both! We had 2 hours of cocktails and canapes, followed by a sit down dinner. However, we opted for a buffet dinner- which as first I was skeptical of – but it was a great choice. There was so much delicious food, and guests could get up and mingle between speeches, go to the bar etc. They could also eat as much as they wanted! It felt like a tropical fairy-tale festival on the cliff.
Tell us about your music. Did you have a special song to walk down the aisle to?
We had Lydia Rose play at the pre wedding party the night before, and then Silean, followed by a DJ on the wedding night. The song I walked down the aisle to was Heartbeats, by Jose Gonzalez.
What was the most challenging aspect about planning a destination wedding?
The logistics of the wedding were not challenging for me, as I had such a great wedding planner, who was able to source everything, and answer all the tricky questions. The most challenging this was probably the difficulty in sourcing wine due to the huge tax – it’s about 4 times the price. So we opted for a cocktail bar, and asked all our guests to bring a bottle of our favourite champagne – so we could drink it on the night.
Did you get to spend much time with your guests who travelled for your wedding? Did you host a day after party or a night before welcome dinner?
Yes! We were so lucky in that regard. Our many parents (both our parents are separated with new partners) had not met before, as they live in a mix of places in Australia, South Africa and the UK. The first few nights were spent having family dinners, and different groups of friends and family meeting up at beach clubs, restaurants and bars (sometimes in large numbers!) It was really exciting because each day we would “such and such has arrived!”
We both had our bachelorette/bachelors a few days before the wedding. The day before we had a welcome party, with a band, cocktail bar and canapes. It was so much fun, and a great way for guests to meet and for us to spend more time with everyone before the wedding day.
The day after the wedding we had a Recovery Party – with a taco stand, bloody mary’s, mojitos and lots of blow up pool toys. It was a perfect way to recover and chat about the days before!
Talk to us about your hair and make up. Who was your muse?
I really just wanted to be as natural as possible, so went for minimal make-up, and had my hair out with soft waves. The humidity was a little tricky – as hair drops and get sweaty- but you just have to embrace it!
Tell us about your D R E S S ?
My dress was the Hollie 2 from Grace Loves Lace. It was very comfortable all night long.
What was THE most memorable part of your big day?
There were of course many, but for me it was the speeches from family and friends. The emotion I felt hearing them was overwhelming, which I think really leaves its mark on your memory.
If there was one piece of advice you could give a Bali bride planning their big day, what would it be?
It would have to be – have Tracey Williams from OoLaLah events as your wedding planner. I am not trying to drum up business here- I am being completely honest. There is no way you can organise it all yourself AND have an amazing time.. there’s too many factors that come up which you don’t plan for. You really want to be able to enjoy the moment and allow someone who is very confident handle those details.
Any other big news since your wedding?
We travelled for three weeks following the wedding for our honeymoon- first to Nusa Lembongan where we met, and then over to Sri Lanka. It was great to relax after all the planning and excitement.
Little List of Loves
Cocktails or Bintangs? Cocktails
Wedges, heels or Flats? Heels
Suntan. Fake it or bake it? A little bit of both – but if you bake, bake safe!
Hotel people watching or Villa alone time? Villa alone time
Nails. Nude or bold? Nude
Sand between your toes or poolside fab? Poolside fab
Nalu Bowl & Green Juice or Eggs & Coffee? Eggs and coffee!
Sunrise or Sunset? Sunset
Bikini or One piece? Bikini
Favourite Instagram account? Was BEH and Grace Loves Lace
Wedding Planner: Tracey Williams, OoLaLah Events
Venue: Villa Anugrah, Uluwatu
Florist: Tracey Organised this!
Photographer: The Palms Agency Photography
Caterer: Amazing Bali Catering (ABC)
Cake: We didn’t have one!
Furniture Rentals: Bali Event Hire
Hair & Make up: Anja Buerck
Sound and Lighting: Our wedding planner, Tracey organised this
Bridal Dress: Grace Loves Lace
Bridal Shoes: Marc Ellis
Jewellery: Two gold bangles, one from Robbie and the other from my brother, both birthday presents. Gold earrings by Vanessa Mooney, also a birthday gift from dear friends.
Bridesmaid dress: Show Me Your Mumu
Grooms Suit: Declic and Hugo Boss
Stationary: Paperless Post