2 Sep

Morning, all! Hope your Labor Days were filled with lots of sunshine and friends. We’ve sure got a healthy dose of both today with this beautiful story: After experiencing a broken engagement, Nabila finally realized that she needed a little time away to heal and help let go. After a quick two weeks of planning, she headed to Bali with 8 of her friends for the trip of a lifetime. Seriously, how cool is that?! Videographer Wade Koch was one of those lucky 8 and we’re sure happy he sent Nabila’s inspirational story our way…

Nabila agreed to share the deets of her amaze trip with us today, along with lots of travel tips for those of you thinking of doing a little jetsetting yourselves. Thanks to Hazmiljapilus Photography for all the pictures below.

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For the first two days, the crew stayed in Kuta, a busy town brimming with both tourists + locals. Then it was off to more peaceful Uluwata for the next week. Nabila says, Airbnb was definitely a lifesaver. I knew that I didn’t want to stay in a hotel during this trip and I wanted to be somewhere that felt like home. We chose to stay in a three-bedroom villa in Uluwatu, Villa Bingin.  

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Some highlights of Uluwatu, from Nabila:

Uluwatu Temple. One of the 6 most important temples in Bali, it’s located at the southernmost point of Bali (Bukit Peninsula).

Kecak Dance. Held daily at sunset, it’s a performance of the Ramayana epic.

Uluwatu beaches. Nabila says, I remember going to one of many beautiful beaches in Uluwatu, Padang Padang beach. We arrived at this café right before sunset and it has the most breathtaking view of the ocean. I remember my friends and I just sitting there and not saying a word, just staring at the ocean, soaking it in and remembering how calm and peaceful everything is. At that moment I decided to let go of all my worries and just enjoy the moment that was in front of me. It was then I realized that I will be okay.

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One of the highlights of the trip was definitely going cliff jumping with my friends. We didn’t even think about doing a cliff jump until Wade suggested it! We asked the locals and surprisingly nobody knew where it was. We searched high and low and did some research and we finally found out the nearest cliff-jumping place is in this remote island called Nusa Lembongan. Our driver, Ketut, arranged everything for us and drove us to the jetty and from there we hired a boat to bring us to Nusa Lembongan. The boat ride was approximately 30 minutes from mainland Bali. The island’s lack of commercial influences made me fall in love with it even more and for $5 you can jump from a limestone cliff (13 meter leap or 6 meter – depending how brave you are!) into the most amazingly blue waters you have ever seen. I don’t know if I will ever do it again, but it was definitely an amazing bonding experience between my friends and I. 

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They then rented a 2 bedroom villa in the serene town of Ubud and woke up to amazing views of paddy fields, breakfast, and even a traditional Bali massage that only cost $10 for 1.5 hours. (Um, yes please!)

What to see in Ubud:

Monkey forest sanctuary. Visitors can feed the monkeys roaming around the temple.

THE Ketut Liyer. Nabila and her friends met Ketut Liyer, a traditional healer or “medicine man” (Eat Pray Love, anyone?) at the suggestion of their driver. He read each of their palms and gave advice on life, love, and health. Nabila’s reading: “Just let go of the past, and everything will be okay. Let go and you will be happy again.” Needless to say, I was quite taken aback with what he said, and my mind began to think about what I went through a few months ago. 

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Villa Sungai in Ubud

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Traveling to Bali, I brought two things with me – a backpack and an open mind. Bali was indeed everything I imagined it to be and so much more. The sense of calmness that exudes from the beautiful quaint town and the gentle way of life from the Balinese people taught me to appreciate the beauty of simplicity. Most importantly, what this journey has taught me is to never underestimate my own strength as a person. I am definitely stronger than I often give myself credit for. For that reason, this trip will forever be etched in my heart and I will always feel homesick for Bali.

Thanks for taking us on your incredible journey Nabila! xo.

Photographer: Hazmiljapilus Photography / Videographer: Wade Koch

 
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2 Sep

Elegant Texas wedding | Photo byJen Dillender Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77843

R + S wanted a wedding in their fave place with their fave people, simple as that. Rebecca explains, I have this view on life that there is always more room at the table, so we went big and wanted everyone to feel at home. With a 300 person guest list, they were thrilled that their friends, owners of Rockin’ R River Rides, could accommodate their large, yet intimate wedding, right there by the river they both grew up near.

Thanks Jen Dillender Photography to for the photos below!

Elegant Texas wedding | Photo byJen Dillender Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77843

Elegant Texas wedding | Photo byJen Dillender Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77843

Elegant Texas wedding | Photo byJen Dillender Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77843

Elegant Texas wedding | Photo byJen Dillender Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77843

Elegant Texas wedding | Photo byJen Dillender Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77843

Breathtaking blooms!

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Elegant Texas wedding | Photo byJen Dillender Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77843

Elegant Texas wedding | Photo byJen Dillender Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77843

Elegant Texas wedding | Photo byJen Dillender Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77843

Elegant Texas wedding | Photo byJen Dillender Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77843

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So presh.

Elegant Texas wedding | Photo byJen Dillender Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77843

Elegant Texas wedding | Photo byJen Dillender Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77843

Stunning handcrafted greenery hung from the chandeliers and as garlands around the venue. Shawn’s parents hung the draping around the ceremony site, and his dad built the altar and table.

Elegant Texas wedding | Photo byJen Dillender Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77843

Elegant Texas wedding | Photo byJen Dillender Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77843

Elegant Texas wedding | Photo byJen Dillender Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77843

They knew the wedding’s location would be a bit unconventional, but it really made the perfect space for these two and their crew.

Elegant Texas wedding | Photo byJen Dillender Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77843

Elegant Texas wedding | Photo byJen Dillender Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77843

Elegant Texas wedding | Photo byJen Dillender Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77843

Elegant Texas wedding | Photo byJen Dillender Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77843

Elegant Texas wedding | Photo byJen Dillender Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77843

Elegant Texas wedding | Photo byJen Dillender Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77843

Elegant Texas wedding | Photo byJen Dillender Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77843

Elegant Texas wedding | Photo byJen Dillender Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77843

Rebecca says, Jen felt like an old friend who had always been a part of our big, loud crew. I loved having here there! And, she totally hit it out of the ballpark with the pictures… really… wow!

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A fave moment, from the bride: We did a little group communion during our ceremony and all of our wedding party gathered in close with our officiant. This was really special to me as our friends really show us so much of Jesus and we got to honor our God right there together. It reminded me of how special these people are and how loved Shawn and I are. These people lift us up, carry us, and make us laugh so much! They’re there with bucket trucks, stringing garlands together by hand, doing hair, crying, praying, buying drinks… So much love. It moved me to get to share such a big day in my life with so many people that mean the world to me and to Shawn.

Cheers!

Photographer: Jen Dillender Photography / Venue: Rockin’ R River Rides on the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels, TX / Day of Coordinator: Johnell Huebner with Clearly Classy Events / Florist: Sheri Jentsch with Blumen Meisters / Chandeliers and Garlands: Matt Tsang (groomsman) / Hair & Makeup: Lauren Daunch / Invitation Designer: Groom, Shawn Bueche / Cake: Tammy Rodriguez with Nana’s Cupcakes / Catering: River City Catering / Rentals: Austin Party Tent and Event / Band: More Cowbell / Bride’s Dress:  Hayley Paige from Serendipity Bridal in Austin, TX / Shoes: Antonio Melani / Bracelet: Bride’s Aunt / Engagement Ring/Wedding Band: Tacori / Groom’s Suit: Combatant Gentleman / Shoes: Cole Haan / Wedding Band: Ernesto’s Jewelry / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Mostly BHLDN / Flower Girls’ Dresses: Laura Ashley / Groomsmen Suits: Combatant Gentleman

 
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1 Sep

Copper and cobalt wedding inspiration | Photo by  Lavender and Twine | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77687

Don’t you just love how a single color can inspire an entire event? Photog Danielle of Lavender & Twine has a thing for copper and couldn’t wait to see it in action: While I do love gold and other metallic tones, I’ve yet to see copper used much in weddings. I started daydreaming about a wedding day palette that could incorporate its simplistic beauty, and I ran my idea by Joelle of A Charming Occasion. I’m happy to say that she ran with it.

With a cobalt, burgundy, and copper color story in mind, Joelle styled a most elegant shoot:

Copper and cobalt wedding inspiration | Photo by  Lavender and Twine | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77687

Copper and cobalt wedding inspiration | Photo by  Lavender and Twine | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77687

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Ah, how we love us a romantic, intricate dress like this Rebecca Schoneveld number.

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Copper and cobalt wedding inspiration | Photo by  Lavender and Twine | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77687

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A dainty little collection of paper products by Umama.

Copper and cobalt wedding inspiration | Photo by  Lavender and Twine | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77687

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Joelle says, We have an amazing venue, McCormick Home Ranch, near us and it was the perfect backdrop for this sweet, garden inspired look. I wanted something soft but with pops of color, and got to work with an amazing team of vendors to make that happen! This venue is a beauty, for sure!

Copper and cobalt wedding inspiration | Photo by  Lavender and Twine | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77687

Copper and cobalt wedding inspiration | Photo by  Lavender and Twine | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77687

Copper and cobalt wedding inspiration | Photo by  Lavender and Twine | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77687

Copper and cobalt wedding inspiration | Photo by  Lavender and Twine | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77687

Copper and cobalt wedding inspiration | Photo by  Lavender and Twine | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77687

Copper and cobalt wedding inspiration | Photo by  Lavender and Twine | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77687

Copper and cobalt wedding inspiration | Photo by  Lavender and Twine | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77687

Copper and cobalt wedding inspiration | Photo by  Lavender and Twine | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77687

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Copper and cobalt wedding inspiration | Photo by  Lavender and Twine | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77687

Copper and cobalt wedding inspiration | Photo by  Lavender and Twine | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77687

Copper and cobalt wedding inspiration | Photo by  Lavender and Twine | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77687

Copper and cobalt wedding inspiration | Photo by  Lavender and Twine | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77687

Copper and cobalt wedding inspiration | Photo by  Lavender and Twine | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77687

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There’s a centerpiece for the books, friends.

Copper and cobalt wedding inspiration | Photo by  Lavender and Twine | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77687

Copper and cobalt wedding inspiration | Photo by  Lavender and Twine | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77687

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Thanks to Joelle + Danielle and the talented team below!

Photographer: Lavender & Twine / Venue: McCormick Home Ranch / Planner & Styling: A Charming Occasion / Flowers: These Buds a Blooming / Hair & Makeup: Dreamcatcher Artistry / Stationery: Umama / Cake: MJB Cakes / Rentals: Party Pleasers / Tabletop Rentals: Borrowed Blu / Dress: Rebecca Schoneveld / Accessories: Hushed Commotion

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