REAL BRIDE: Carly & Nick in Bali

How did you two meet?
Born only a month apart we were destined to be together. Our parents 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.

How did Nick propose?
After being together for 10 years Nick booked a getaway to Bali for the two of us. At the beautiful La Luciola restaurant Nick got down on one knee at sunset on the beach. We kept it a secret from our family and friends for 3 weeks and then flew back to South Australia to tell them in person.

Where did you decide to get married and when?
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 on July. We teamed up with our amazing wedding planners Hitchd and after lots of internet searches, a trip back to Bali to view some venues we 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.

Tell us about your wedding dress! What was it that made you choose it?
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 here that I met our wedding planner and also where I was first introduced to the Zolotas dresses. 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 I wanted to wear something different and the Zolotas gowns are all that and more. The 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.

How would you describe your Zolotas Bridal experience?
 I loved it! It was amazing skyping VG and getting his thoughts on the dress, and any modifications I wanted. The customer service was wonderful, being sent photos of my dress being handmade was so special as was the handwritten note I received when the dress was delivered

Sophie went above and beyond to make my experience buying 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.

What was the style of your wedding and the choice of colors?

I would say I’m a minimalist, nothing too over the top. Our wedding was tropical, bright, fun and romantic all in one! The setting 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.

Which was the best decision that you made regarding the wedding preparations and which was the worst one? 
The best decision – hiring a wedding planner and an amazing one at that! I had no idea what I wanted my wedding to look like, Kira brought all the 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.

When you think of your wedding, which is the moment you will never forget?
 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.

What advice would you give to a bride-to-be who is now starting to plan her wedding?
Relax – don’t sweat the small details. People remember your smile, not the colour of the napkins!



GROOMS ATTIRE: Ralph Lauren (Top) & Industrie (Shorts) | PHOTOGRAPHER: | MakeUp Artist: Ranny the Bronzer | HAIRSTYLIST: Inspired Cuts on Hove | WEDDING VENUE: Villa Shalimar | WEDDING PLANNER: Hitch’d Weddings and Events | CATERING: Dijon | BRIDESMAID GOWNS: Shona Joy


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