When thinking of the perfect wedding location, don’t you also dream of something exotic and beach-y? So did our real bride Chelsey, who planned a stunning beach wedding in Bali. It’s interesting how the wedding experience varies from bride to bride but it’s always fascinating to explore how each woman handles this overwhelming journey:

What would you say your style is? Did it change during the journey?

I’m all about a relaxed, feminine, bohemian look. I knew I wanted something laced and untraditional and I thought I’d pick a strapless dress with little to no train, but ended up with something completely different instead.

How did you begin your dress hunt? What social/ web/ magazine titles inspired you?

Being a part of the wedding industry myself, I’m exposed to everything bridal related on social media. Some of my favorite Instagram accounts are The Lane, Once Wed, Festival Brides, Love Stoned Bridal and Ivory Tribe. Rue De Seine always stood out to me and was at the top of my list – their detailed lace is stunning.

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Where did you buy your dress from?

I purchased my Rue De Seine dress from Loho Bride in San Francisco.

Tell us about your bridal boutique experience:

After getting engaged, Loho Bride was having a trunk show for the new RDS ‘Love Spell’ collection and they had a last minute open appointment the following day. I was so excited for my first wedding dress experience and had no idea what to expect. My stylist grabbed a dress from a past RDS collection that I really wanted to try, thinking it is the one. She also picked a couple other styles from the new collection.

It feels really cliche to say, but the first dress I tried on I instantly knew was the one. Once it was on and zipped, it felt so good and I loved how it looked on my body. What made this dress even more special was the inspiration by the beaches of Bali, as explained by my stylist – and I was getting married on a beach in Bali! That’s all I needed to hear; I was done shopping after dress #1. However, I tried on the other four dresses just for fun and they were also gorgeous but confirmed my love for the the first one.

It was an exciting, happy and overwhelming experience. But I wanted to be safe and not make an impulsive purchase, as I make a lot of those! I decided to go home and sleep on everything before making my decision. The next morning I woke up, emailed Loho and purchased my Moon Gown.

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What accessories did you use to complete the look?

Choosing accessories was tough, because I’m minimal and picky with my jewelry. One of my favorite details of the dress was the plunging neckline, so I didn’t want to take away from that and opted out of a necklace. I was planning to wear my favorite diamond bar studs, but at the last minute I decided on a pair of curved baguette stone studs instead. They added a little glam to my bohemian look, so I loved it!Rue De Seine Bride_Ivy Road PhotographyRue de Seine Bride_Ivy Road Wedding Photography

How did you style your look when it comes to hair and make up?

Since my dress was so relaxed, I didn’t want my hair and makeup to look too polished. I’m a wedding makeup artist, so ended up doing my own hair and makeup. I kept my look close to my everyday one but more enhanced – glowy skin with a pink cheek, bronzed eye with lot of lashes and a nude lip. My best friends are all hairstylists so I’d like to think I know what I’m doing when it comes to styling my hair. I was slightly nervous that my wedding day would be the one day my hair didn’t turn out right, but I was equipped with every tool, spray and product needed to give myself the perfect beach waves.

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Tell us about the venue – did it influence your decision on your dress?

My venue would be on the beach and surrounded by lush greens, so I knew my dress had to be comfortable, lightweight and easy to fly across the country with.

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What advise would you give to other brides who are beginning their wedding dress search?

My experience was quick and short, but I would advise them to have an open mind! Have some ideas to what you’d like to try but be open to a stylist selecting other options. I went to my first appointment with zero expectations and just wanted to enjoy the process. Also, go with your hair and makeup done, it really helps to envision the look in a dress.

Lastly, would you do it all over again ?

Get married or try on dresses? Yes to both!

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Wedding credits

Wedding planning: Isla and Smith (www.islaandsmith.com)

Photography: Ivory Road (www.ivyroadphotography.com.au/weddings)

Wedding dress: Rue De Seine (www.ruedeseine.com)

Dress boutique: Loho Bride (www.lohobride.com)

Hair and makeup: Chelsey Cueva (www.chelseycueva.com)