With glimmering tea lights amongst lush, tropical greenery, a traditional villa which oozed authentic Balinese style and an aisle adorned with rose petals, the wedding of Emma (nee Trezise) and Nathan Francis was nothing short of breathtaking. Here’s our little chat with this beautiful bride, and an insight into her magical day.
Bride: Emma Trezise
Groom: Nathan Francis
Wedding Date: 20 May 2016
Currently residing in: Perth, Western Australia
Was it challenging to plan, given it was a destination wedding?
With guidance from our amazing wedding planner – Global Weddings – it really was a very smooth and enjoyable ride for us. This was undoubtedly our best decision, they were fantastic and guided us through the process from choosing our venue, all our vendors and bringing our vision to life. We began the planning process about 12 months prior, and kept everything organised via Pinterest, Instagram, Spotify and emails.
What theme did you have for the day?
We wanted to fully embrace Bali so decided on a tropical theme: greenery and tropical foliage. Everything else we wanted to keep quite subtle and classy with wooden furniture and white and rose gold accents.
What furniture did you choose to compliment it?
For our ceremony we had their gorgeous bench seats with white cushion covers which were perfect. For cocktail hour we had two separate areas set up with their gorgeous white/grey rattan furniture range mixed with wooden pieces which were perfect for our tropical vibe, this included lounge chairs, tables, stools and cocktail tables. They also beautifully fitted out our reception with long teak wooden tables and gorgeous Crossback chairs with cushion covers.
Tell us about the day itself…
The venue – Seseh Beach Villa’s in Canggu, which have been especially designed with weddings in mind; the music – fun, enjoyable and relaxed; with our friend Ghassan Zammar MCing and DJing providing upbeat tunes after dinner; the flowers, which received endless compliments, were provided by WiB Flowers, after a stellar recommendation of my planner. And the drinks.. overflowing! One of the big advantages of a Bali wedding is the flexibility you are afforded in comparison to Australian venues when it comes to food and drinks.
And of course.. we are dying to know… that dress…
My wedding dress was by New Zealand designer Rue De Seine Bridal and was called the Seven Gown. Fittingly, and something I didn’t learn till many months after I’d bought the dress, its design was inspired by the beaches of Bali. It had a romantic silhouette covered with a bohemian style lace, a structured bustier bodice, figure fitting skirt from waist through to knee, bias cut lining with fluting lace hemline and full train, along with gorgeous detachable lace arm bands. The lace was ivory but the underlay had a bone grey tone to it.
And your accessories?
I wore deco style pear-shaped studs by Samantha Willis, my solitaire engagement ring custom made by Sinclair Jewellers in Applecross and later that day of course my custom wedding band, a fine, full-circle, 18ct white gold band with diamonds and a subtle art deco style to it.
Best part of the day?
I would have to say our ceremony when we exchanged our vows, it was just like tunnel vision and I can still remember it so clearly.
And finally, any advice to brides-to-be considering Bali as their choice of destination wedding?
A reputable and experienced wedding planner is an absolute must. You still have full control over your day without the onslaught of working through a million possible options for every little decision. They will be able to provide a number of vetted recommendations for venues and key vendors (photographers, videographers, hire furniture, decorators, florists, caters etc.)
Wedding Planner: Global Weddings | Venue: Seseh Beach Villas | Florist: WiB Flowers | Photographer: Alma Photography | Catering: Bali Catering | Cake: Butter Bali | Furniture: Bali Event Hire | Hair & Makeup: Renee Pettit | Sound and Lighting: via Global Weddings | MC/DJ: Ghassan Zammar | Bridal Dress: Rue De Seine Bridal | Veil: Wild Love Bride | Shoes: Senso | Jewellery: Samantha Wills | Bridesmaid Dresses: Shona Joy | Groom Suit: MJ Bale | Stationery: Ink & Anchor