Not all love stories start with “it was love at first sight” and this is especially true in the case of Mat and Vicky. It took time, patience and a streak of determination for everything to come together. When they finally managed to go on their first date together, things clicked and it was clear to both of them that a truly special relationship was in the making. A couple of years of dating, a romantic proposal by the Sydney Opera House and a majestic wedding held in the picturesque Villa Bayuh Sabbha in Uluwatu, Bali later, we get the chance to share in the joy and beauty that is the wedding of Mat and Vicky.
Wanting to portray a modern sense of style by going with a dapper grey suit, it was Mat who indirectly set the colour scheme with the wedding with Vicky deciding to add a chic soft pink to match. The couple had no particular theme in mind, just that it should be beautiful, I think we can all agree that not only is that an idea that actually works, but also one that was executed wonderfully on the day. Such is a true reflection of the couple, who complement each other so well in every aspect of their relationship that their love and their thoughts are so in-tune and fluid.
Hailing from opposite corners of the globe and having lived between the both of them in New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Japan, the US and the UK, Mat and Vicky knew right away that they wanted a destination wedding. This way, they could bring together their family and friends from all over the world to one place to create a wedding truly memorable for the couple and guests alike. Being fans of Bali and recognising Uluwatu as a premier location for having a wedding there, the couple were advised to check out Villa Bayuh Sabbha. This time it was love at first sight as upon the first step into the property, the couple just knew they had found the right place.
Vicky’s dresses were designed by Celest Thoi. We’re always delighted to see brides in Celest’s gowns and Vicky is certainly no exception. Vicky’s experience working with Celest was nothing short of wonderful with Celest incorporating every detail that Vicky desired in absolutely inspired and beautiful ways. Vicky’s three dresses consisted of a white bridal gown, a cheongsam and a cocktail dress, all of which were romantic, dreamy and elegant, exactly what the bride wanted. Oh, and we mustn’t forget to mention that Vicky’s gorgeous shoes were by Celest too!
Mat and his groomsmen’s outfits were tailor made in Singapore by Oxford Tailors, which we have to say ‘bravo!’ for the bold choice of going for the non-traditional grey colour and the smart lines which the lads sported.
The gorgeous bridesmaids and cute darling flower girls wore soft pink dresses in line with the colour scheme, the design of which had a distinctively Chinese flair, incorporating Mandarin collars which look delightfully modern yet familiarly traditional too.
The couple’s rings are engraved with the date of the wedding as well as ‘always’ for the bride and ‘forever’ for the groom, which encapsulate the last part of their vows.
We asked Vicky if there was anything that happened during the wedding which the couple would love to share and upon reading this cute little story, we felt it is so wonderfully charming in Vicky’s own words:
I am a dance teacher so I decided it would be really cute to do a little choreographed dance, Mat was really nervous and mentioned a couple of times that he wasn’t sure about doing it, but I encouraged him to do it. We only had four rehearsals and the last one before the wedding was two weeks prior to the wedding. We were so busy we didn’t have time to practice. On the wedding day, just moments before we had to do our dance, I was so nervous I told him I couldn’t do it. It was very funny because all this time, I was the one who was encouraging him and on the day, he had to encourage me. And the funniest part is, he remembered all the steps but I messed up some of our cues and we ended up improvising the whole dance. Everyone thought it was supposed to be that way but in fact, it was so different from our actual dance. But it was so much fun and we had a blast
Finally, Vicky has these tips to share for any couple planning on having a destination wedding:
You must have a wedding planner based in the destination and one that you can connect with. Make sure you take a few trips down to meet all the vendors and know exactly what you’re paying for
We’d love to thank Axioo for the amazing photos, and of course, overflowing gratitude to Mat and Vicky for allowing us share their absolutely amazing, beautiful and romantic wedding with everybody.
- Wedding planner: Teneale Harley from Chic Events
- Venue: Villa Bayuh Sabbha, Uluwatu, Bali
- Photographer: Adi Permadi from Axioo
- Videographer: Yosep Sugiarto from Axioo
- Florist: Bunga Ayu
- Stationery: Paper Source
- Baker: Ixora
- Caterer: Bali Good Food
- Attire: Bride – Celest Thoi / Groom and Groomsmen – Oxford Tailors / Bridesmaids and Flower Girls – Stage Image