btb174_001_cover_v3_digiTHAI STYLE ‘We have family located all over the world, so Thailand offered a halfway meeting point,’ says Nikki. ‘We also wanted a week of celebrations and a destination wedding provided everything we ever wanted — having our friends and family in one place for a holiday!’ Nikki put her trust in Jeanette from Luxury Events Phuket, who planned and styled the event.

‘To this day I’m blown away by how amazingly everything came together,’ says the bride. ‘Jeanette delivered the most “wow” set-up anyone had ever seen!’

5 MAY, 2015

In Italy on holiday, Andrew, 34, told Nikki, 31, he had booked a group tour. ‘It didn’t appeal to me in the slightest,’ she says. As it turned out, he had actually arranged for a private cruiser to take them along the Amalfi Coast, and under the Fiordo di Furore bridge, he popped the question.

LACE EFFECT ‘I always knew I wanted something simple and stylish, but appropriate for the humidity,’ Nikki says of her gown. It was her mum who gave the backless lace dress by Katie May the seal of approval. ‘I flew her to Melbourne to try it on. We both knew straight away that this was the one.’

Andrew chose a Hugo Boss suit in the perfect blue hue for a relaxed, beach affair. The ceremony took place under a glass arch covered with blooms. ‘We wrote our own vows,’ says Nikki. ‘That was by far the highlight of the ceremony – declaring our love in our own words.’

AFTER PARTY The bride wanted a vintage theme, but needed to make sure it suited the beach surroundings; she chose soft pinks, vibrant blue and nude tones. The 60 guests enjoyed a sit-down meal. ‘It was a family share-style menu, because Thai food is typically shared cuisine,’ says Nikki. ‘Our guests loved the food.’ The couple’s first dance was to Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud and, instead of a gift registry they asked their guests to bring a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, duty free. ‘Champagne is taxed 300 per cent in Thailand, so we thought this was a great way to celebrate in style and keep costs under control!’ Celebrate they did, the party wrapping up at 2am.