With beachside sophistication, fragrant tuberoses and a bohemian bronze muse for our radiant bride Kylie, we were thrilled to see her dreams transpire into reality for ‘the best day’ of both her and groom Chris’ lives. Join us as we ohh & ahh over their gorgeous pics, and are swept away by their romantic lovestory.
Bride: Kylie Burtenshaw
Groom: Chris Chard
Where do you live? North Bondi, NSW Australia
Wedding Date: 6th November 2016
Tell us, how did you meet? Was it Love at first sight? We met on a blind date set up by friends – drinks at The Establishment followed by dinner at Sushi-E. The night was full of laughter and conversation, resulting in Chris inviting himself on my overseas trip 6 months later.. it turned out to be 8 weeks in France & Italy then home via Koh Samui! It was a holiday of a lifetime and cemented our future.
What about the engagement story? Can you give us a snapshot?
Chris proposed the night before my birthday. He presented me with 2 stones on the front of a card. On opening the card it read…. Let’s turn these stones into a rock and get married. He then presented me with a 2.5 carat diamond ring. Everyone knew I was never going to say no!
So you decided to become Mr & Mrs… Why Bali?
We choose Bali because we are both beach people and love warm climates. We are regular guests of The Legian Bali, it’s the best hotel in Bali and the sunsets are magical. Everyone is so busy with day-to-day living; we wanted to spend some quality time with our closest friends and family. So it made sense to for us to take our friends away with us – we titled the invites “a Holiday with a Hitch”.
How did you choose your Bali wedding planner? What was her/his Super Power?
Wiwid Paporakis had planned Chris’ best friend’s wedding in Bali 2 years prior. We met Wiwid then and have been friends ever since. There is nothing Wiwid cannot achieve, but her super power is organizational skills and lightning speed. Everything happens in the blink of an eye.
Did you have a theme for the wedding? And was it a late night Pinterest obsession?!
Our theme was white, elegant, and intimate. The only requests were white flowers, vows at sunset and blue plates. No pinterest for me actually, more instagram stalking about how to wear my makeup!
How involved were you in the creative process?
Not at all, I left all the details up to our wedding planner Wiwid. It is her skill not mine, so leave it to the experts I say.
Did you sit down for a formal dinner or party the night away with canapés and cocktails?
We had a seafood BBQ with seating at a single long table for 30 guests, The bar was free flowing with lots of cocktails. Signature cocktails were Aperol Sprtiz, Frozen Espresso Martinis, and Lychee Mojitos
Tell us about your music. Did you have a special song to walk down the aisle to?
The week before the big day we went through our music collection and agreed Ed Sheeran – Photograph to walk down the isle to, and Betty Who’s – I will Love you Always Forever to exit the ceremony. Our bridal dance song however – Big by Sneaky Sound System – we chose 5 years ago! Everything else, we left in the control of the DJ.
What was the most challenging aspect about planning a destination wedding?
Putting your utter trust and faith in the hands of someone else – It’s a special day that you will remember forever, and you have an image in your mind of how it should be, how it will look. Given the distance, it is important that whoever you chose, know you and your partner inside and out. For me, it was made easier knowing Wiwid; her style, and capability. We were in great hands.
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, that was the purpose of an overseas location. Our ‘Holiday with a Hitch’, was to ensure our guest took the time to holiday as well as join us for our exchange of vows. Most guests stayed a week (some as long as three) allowing us all to spent time together before and after the wedding. Our wedding was on Sunday afternoon, and in addition we hosted Welcome Canapes and Cocktails at Metis on the Friday night, and Recovery Beachfront Brunch on Monday morning.
Talk to us about your hair and make up. Who was your muse?
Beach blonde and bronze – my muse…. Natalie Roser. My dress was detailed so I wanted to keep my hair and face natural, so not to compete for attention.
Tell us about your D R E S S ?
My dress “Mia” was by Alon Livne, a leading designer from Israel. I bought the dress through Helen Rodrigues. Eight weeks before the wedding I walked in picked 5, it was the first dress I tried on, I tried one more as I thought it couldn’t be that easy, but it was. It was a perfect fit and I knew it was the one.
What was THE most memorable part of your big day?
Walking into the reception and seeing all our closest friends and family cheering for us; and my grooms speech, which featured such heart-felts words that touched everyone. It was honestly the best day of our lives.
If there were one piece of advice you could give a Bali bride planning their big day, what would it be?
Don’t sweat the small stuff, stay relaxed and trust your wedding planner.
Any other big news since your wedding?
In September we are looking forward to our honeymoon – the European summer is calling.
Little List of Loves
Cocktails or Bintangs? Cocktails
Wedges, heels or Flats? Heels
Suntan. Fake it or bake it? Bake with a bit of Fake on top
Hotel people watching or Villa alone time? Hotel people watching
Nails. Nude or bold? Nude fingers, bold toes
Sand between your toes or poolside fab? Poolside fab
Nalu Bowl & Green Juice or Eggs & Coffee? Eggs & Coffee
Sunrise or Sunset? Sunset
Bikini or One piece? Bikini
Favourite Instagram account? parlourx
Wedding Planner: Wiwid Paporakis | Venue: The Legian Bali, Seminyak | Florist: Flowers by Susy | Photographer: Ferry Tjoe Photography | Caterer: The Legian Bali, Luke MacLeod | Furniture Rentals: Bali Event Hire | Hair: Hair by Ita | Make up: Wendy Nixon | Sound and Lighting: DJ Yuyu | Bridal Dress: Avon Levine (Helen Rodrigues) | Bridal Shoes: Valentino | Grooms Suit : Amarni | Grooms Shoes: Tods | Jewellery: House of K’Dor | Stationary: Designed by the Bride