Our hearts are literally melting seeing the captivating smile on beautiful bride Leah’s face – her sheer joy, exuberance and smile which beems from her face says this is nothing but true love. Join us as we share in the before, the during, and the after of what was the day of her dreams…
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Bride: Leah Camenzuli (Case)
Groom: David Camenzuli
Resides in: Dubai
Wedding Date: 03rd November 2016
Tell us, how did you meet? Was it Love at first sight?
We are actually both cabin crew working for an United Arab Emirates airline. We met on a flight to San Francisco where David was my senior and I, very new to the company. We got along like a house on fire but the love didn’t begin there. It was a year later in a dingy bar where we recognized each other from opposite sides of the bar and the rest is, as they say,.. history.
What about the engagement story? Can you give us a snapshot?
A year ago on the 13th of November, David and I, along with another couple were in Bali celebrating their resignation and big move back to Australia. Our first dinner was at the renowned Starfish Blu, Seminyak, where David quietly ordered a ‘dessert’. Within seconds out came a silver tray with flowers with the ring intertwined. I would love to say I clearly remember the words he said but in a flood of tears and feeling overwhelmed I managed to say the words YES at the right moment. Simplicity is often the most beautiful.
So you decided to become Mr & Mrs… Why Bali?
I (Leah) made the easy decision to move to the beautiful isle of Malta where David spent most of his childhood. Because of this, David without question allowed me to make the decision of where our day will take place. Our families come from all corners of the world – Sweden, Malta, London, Dubai. Australia was that little bit too far, and what a destination other than Bali to throw a beautiful wedding.
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How did you choose your Bali wedding planner? What was her/his Super Power?
This is one question which is hard to answer. A lot of the decor for the day was DIY but the major elements could not have been possible without choosing the best. We actually met our one of our organizers, in search for a celebrant. The multi talented, Greg Egli from Amethyst Bali allowed me to use him still allowing us to create our own vision. He was a star. He assisted us with catering, the bar and obviously officiating us on the day. Along with Greg we had Sharon O’Keefe (Savois Faire) who worked with us tirelessly from Dubai. She’s a friend, a colleague and ‘right hand man’. She coordinated the day and gave valuable advice. Both amazing people to work with, and would recommend them to anyone and everyone for their upcoming events in either Bali or Dubai.
Did you have a theme for the wedding? And was it a late night Pinterest obsession?!
Definitely a late night Pinterest obsession! I was concerned that I would rock up on my wedding day with bags under my eyes and collapsing at the alter. But honestly I stand by the fact when it comes to wedding planning it’s a healthy obsession and on the day you run on pure adrenaline and excitement to marry the love of your life. Who needs sleep right?! David, my husband (eeeek) was my right hand man through all this, sitting up late at night going through boards and pinning everything we both loved. We had a deal, I look after the wedding and him the house we are building back in Malta. But, we agreed on the concept of ‘less is more’ – simple, cocktail, untraditional white wedding. Considering we had so many people coming from all over the world. We wanted our wedding resemble a party. And that is was!!
How involved were you in the creative process?
I was involved with majority of the creative process… DIY at its utmost. When it came to furniture, Bali Event Hire was a no brainer. And everything else I got from Australia, Dubai and London.
What was the most challenging aspect about planning a destination wedding?
I think the only major challenge was not knowing how it will all pan out. But to be honest the people from Bali and who work there are such beautiful people I think it’s just the overplaying the worst case scenarios. I have no regrets planning a destination wedding, and would recommend it to anyone.
Talk to us about your hair and make up. Who was your muse?
I have to say my headpiece by Jennifer Behr was everything, the cherry on top. I based my hair around it and also having it down seemed the best and with beach waves gave that effortless look. As for my make up I did it myself, natural and very me. David said he would love me to walk down the aisle still looking like the girl he fell in love with 3 years ago. Plus, I must admit took me years to perfect the winged eyeliner and it was my moment to shine!
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Tell us about your D R E S S ?
My Dress. What can I say! Though I’m sure this will be said laced with bias but this simple, cropped style seemed like perfection. I travel the world on a day to day basis but it was the home roots that brought me to finding my dress. On a 24 hour stop over into Brisbane (my home city) my parents took me to Babushka Ballerina. I went in with one dress in mind – Zara crop and Zara skirt by Love Found True and came out with it within half an hour. I must admit, I make it sound so easy, but it was obviously with the assistance of google, Pinterest and Instagram. For me, I felt it was perfect. Perfect for me and for Bali.
What was THE most memorable part of your big day?
Walking with my father and seeing my fiancé standing at the top of the aisle. Also, knowing that people travelled so far for us was overwhelming.. this memory will last a lifetime. Especially because I will be packing up moving to Malta in the next year it was so nice to share in a milestone before we head off.
If there was one piece of advice you could give a Bali bride planning their big day, what would it be?
Everything you choose you chose for a reason. They say your first instinct is always the right one. Have faith in your choices i.e. Dress, flowers, theme etc. It’s all about you and your fiancé. As long as it’s what you both want and envisioned everything else will fall into place and it’ll be perfect. Enjoy the day, and let it soak in – it’s once in a lifetime.
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Little List of Loves
Cocktails or Bintangs? Cocktails
Wedges, heels or Flats? Flats
Suntan. Fake it or bake it? Bake it
Hotel people watching or Villa alone time? Villa alone
Nails. Nude or bold? Nude
Sand between your toes or poolside fab? Sand between our toes
Nalu Bowl & Green Juice or Eggs & Coffee? NALU BOWLS #obsessed
Sunrise or Sunset? SUNSET
Bikini or One piece? One piece – Kendal Jenner Style
Favourite Instagram account? Bali event hire.. and anything fitness
Wedding Planner: Sharon O’Keefe – Savois Faire; Greg Egli – Amethyst Bali | Venue: Villa Bayu Gita | Florist: Bride supplied – Melbourne Artificial flowers and Koch Flowers Australia | Photographer: Jo Yu Photographer (Bali Based) | Caterer: Bali Bakery Catering | Cake: The Harvest | Furniture Rentals: Bali Event Hire | Hair & Make up: Hair – Doreen Gera (Maltese Hairdresser/family friend) Make up – Bride | Letter Lights – Bali Event Hire Bridal Dress: Love found true – Babushka Ballerina Brisbane | Bridal Shoes: Wittner – Gold Sandal Heel | Jewellery: Lovisa | Grooms Suit : Armani Exchange – styled by Groom | Stationary: signs written and framed by Bride | Guestbook – Vera wang from Man of Honor