What a magical celebration this one was. So many beautiful details came together to realize Elisa and Michael’s vision for their Bali Wedding. A fresh white and green palette set a sublimley elegant scene with an abundance of lush greenery and hanging bulbs twinkling in the warm air. Elisa’s wedding dress though.. and the scotch shots for the guests! Read on for all the details..
Bride Name: Elisa Camerelli
Groom Name: Michael Della-Verde
Where do you live? Adelaide South Australia
Wedding Date: 20th April 2017
Tell us, how did you meet? Was it Love at first sight?
I wouldn’t say love at first sight, although I know he was asking about me through some mutual friends and it was one night 6 years ago bumping into one another at a bar. We just clicked over our love for the TV show Friends, numbers were exchanged and the rest is history really.
What about the engagement story? Can you give us a snapshot?
It was the night before Christmas Eve a few years ago and I came home from some last minute Christmas shopping to a house full of candles creating a pathway to the bedroom where he was waiting on one knee in a suit and tie, with champagne and the beautiful ring.
So you decided to become Mr & Mrs… Why Bali?
We are both from European backgrounds and we knew we weren’t going to avoid a large over the top wedding back at home. All I have ever heard is that your wedding day flies by and we wanted more of an extended celebration for our closest family and friends so a destination wedding was the best plan. We both also love Bali and have been many times so couldn’t think of a more perfect destination for our guests to find an excuse to go on a holiday even to bring the kids along.
How did you choose your Bali wedding planner? What was her/his Super Power?
We sourced a few suppliers and after skyping with Kira from Hitch’d we knew she understood our vision and would meet all our demands while still being laid back and stress free.
Did you have a theme for the wedding? And was it a late night Pinterest obsession?
Pinterest and Instagram was my obsession!! I loved everything that I saw but I was keen to keep it to the simple with lots of whites and greens and let the beautiful surroundings at venue speak for itself. We did incorporate a touch of pink and burgundy which was the colour of the bridesmaids dresses for a bit of a pop.
Did you sit down for a formal dinner or party the night away with canapés and cocktails?
It was a sit down dinner but not as formal with a beautiful buffet with chefs cooking at live stations such as satay, pasta and sushi. We didn’t want our guests flying all the way to Bali to have a sit down 3 course meal which you get at most traditional wedding backs at home. We wanted the best of both worlds and Maya really achieved that and more.
Did you have a special song to walk down the aisle to?
I did, I picked the song I can’t help falling in love with you by Haley Reinhart which was sung by the absolutely incredible talent Lydia Rosa Gypsy Songstress.
What was the most challenging aspect about planning a destination wedding?
For us there were some dilemmas with an airline cancelling all booked flights and the chaos lead to the unknown of how many guests could now attending 4 months out. Other than that there actually weren’t many challenging aspects – we were very lucky.
Talk to us about your hair and make up. Who was your muse?
Hair was a lovely Aussie girl Hayley who lives in Singapore and flies to Bali to do hair – she was recommend by Heidi from Eve and Austin who was unable to do my hair due to falling pregnant with twins. She did a trial for our Hux Day (hens/bux) it was a natural wave which even with the heat and humidity had to be place up in a bun for the reception in the evening. The makeup artist was a very good friend of mine who I flew over for the occasion, she was incredible and did natural nude make up that didn’t move all day.
Tell us about your D R E S S ?
The dress was a beautiful masterpiece created by the wonderful and amazing team at Pallas Couture Sydney. It was a special trip my maid of honour had organized to find the perfect wedding dress and it was the 3rd one I tried on. We just knew it was the one with tears and all!
What was THE most memorable part of your big day?
I believe it was when we started the traditional Greek dancing and having shots of scotch off the floor. The Balinese staff were in awe.
If there was one piece of advice you could give a Bali bride planning their big day, what would it be?
I would say do your research, I found the best suppliers all from social media and made sure I compared and found the best price that suited our budget. Liaise with all those involved in your planning; they are your saviors. If you have a mutual respect for one another it makes the process run smoothly without any drama or tension.
Any other big news since your wedding?
Just waiting on our honeymoon really. We are spending Christmas in New York and New Year’s Eve in Vegas with our cousins – we cannot wait!!
Little List of Loves
Cocktails or Bintangs? Cocktails
Wedges, heels or Flats? Heels
Suntan. Fake it or bake it? Bake it
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? Egg and coffee
Sunrise or Sunset? Sunset
Bikini or One piece? One piece
Favourite Instagram account? Kim Kardashian
What song makes you smile? Pink – What about us
Wedding Planner: Hitch’d Bali
Venue: Maya Sanur Resort and Spa
Florist: Flora Botanica
Photographer: Axioo Andreas Permadi
Caterer: Chefs at Maya Sanur
Cake: Pastry Chef at Maya Sanur
Furniture Rentals: Bali Event Hire
Hair & Make up: Nour Harb and Hayley O’Donnell
Sound and Lighting: DJ Halim Ardie Pulse Radio Indonesia
Bridal Dress: Pallas Couture
Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaid dress: Shona Joy
Grooms Suit: Politix Men’s Wear