Ellie Bullen, popular vegan blogger of Elsa’s Wholesome Life, married Alex Watson on October 20, 2018—and we photographed the fairytale event.
Ellie and Alex, who own an online-commerce store, met eight years ago through mutual friends, and when the time was right, Alex proposed to Ellie during a trip to Joshua Tree National Park in California. They live in Canggu, Bali, and often travel the world.
The wedding, held at Orchard Estate in Byron Bay, was a bohemian dream filled with wildflowers, lace, and of course, delicious food catered by Greenhouse Canteen (pulled jackfruit sliders, eggplant parmigiana, DIY nachos, buffalo cauliflower rings, and more). The decorations were completed with natural-toned flowers (cream, dusty pink, wine red, deep greens) arranged by Bower Botanicals. The inspiration for the theme came from a trip the lovebirds took to Cappadocia in Turkey.
Ellie said “I do” in a delicate dress designed by Rue De Sei Bridal. It was the first dress she tried on, and she knew it was “the one”. For the reception, she wore an off-the-shoulder dress with lace stars embellished throughout by Grace Loves Lace.
The bridesmaids wore pastel-colored dresses to match the serene, airy environment. These dresses were designed and dyed with plants by Spell Designs. To complete the look, Alan Buki created the party’s effortless locks, and Luciana Rose completed the look with flawless, glowing makeup.
Ellie and Alex said their favorite moment from their wedding day was the private dinner they shared away from the guests. “Our planner and caterers set us a table of food overlooking the party and sunset. The one piece of advice we were given was to have a moment where it’s just the two of you to soak up the day. This moment was really special because we got to enjoy the incredible food, have a private conversation and look back on all of our guests at our wedding reception.”
No matter how hard the happy couple tried, though, there were a few hitches. Ellie recounts the funniest story: “[With] Alex being an extremely punctual man, I knew I couldn’t be late to the ceremony. With some road closures near our bridal party accommodation, there was a delay to our hair and makeup, and so there was some last-minute rushing. To get to the venue it was another 25-minute drive, of which we drove ourselves (my sister, maid-of-honor, driving us). Once we got to the venue we had to change into the beautiful EH Holden, again with my sister driving, being a vintage car and in the stress of how late we were, starting the car was another adventure. I was extremely anxious knowing how Alex would have been feeling standing up there waiting for me. Although Alex allowed this to be the last time I can be late, we would agree that this did build up some extra excitement for what would be an emotional ceremony. It was also really funny because Alex had already written in his vows to promise to ensure I would always be on time. We were 25 minutes late.”
Their advice for engaged couples? “GET A WEDDING PLANNER!”