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Sophisticated and sublime, this celebration was inspired by its luxe location.

It was a case of smitten at first sight when Pandora and James spied their wedding locale. “We saw the chapel on a website and fell in love,” says Pandora of Conrad Bali’s showstopping Infinity Chapel which frames dreamy ocean views and appears to float above the beachfront on shimmering reflection pools.

Beyond a picture-perfect venue, bringing families together for a holiday wedding was also a priority for the couple. “We wanted to get married somewhere between both our home countries of Australia and England, explains Pandora. “Bali wasn’t quite halfway but worked out perfect.”

The beautiful chapel was a wedding winner, especially paired with the couple’s chic black and white palette and masses of fresh blooms. “No one could believe how amazing it looked in person,” says Pandora.

As sunlight streamed in through the soaring glass windows and 50 loved ones gathered around, the couple pledged their devotion — with a lighthearted moment only making the ceremony more memorable. “When the priest asked if we had written our own vows, we both answered at the same time ‘NO’” laughs the bride, noting her most precious memory was “becoming James’ wife, forever.”

Joining their crew for a breathtaking photo shoot around the resort, the newlyweds revelled in the elegant surrounds and their first moments as Mr & Mrs. “Perfect pictures and lovely sunshine,” recalls Pandora, whose cascading waves and beautiful gown and veil captured the day’s classic-meets contemporary themes.

That walking-on-air feeling then flowed into a magical evening of dining and dancing under a star-lit sky in the resort’s Floating Garden. Hello, Champagne tower! Because Pandora and James had not even tested the wedding menu, there was an extra thrill in enjoying its delicious flavours and superb presentation.

For these lovestruck sweethearts, a destination “I do” segued effortlessly into honeymoon bliss. “We travelled around Bali for three weeks and it was amazing!” says Pandora who has some heartfelt advice for other couples considering a holiday wedding. “Go for it,” she says. “It’s totally worth it!”

The Details:

Ceremony & reception: Conrad Bali // Wedding planner: Indah // Photography: Maria Shiriaeva //Videography: Leura Film //  Gown: Kenneth Winston // Honeymoon: Ubud, Seminyak, Gili T (Trawangan), Nusa Dua

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