• Tash Heyder

An interview with Jess, a Plan A bride.

I remember clearly the thing that made Jess and Dale's vision stand out was their love of colour! They wanted it bright, fun and loud. And it looked incredible! I was so excited to work with a couple who wanted to highlight the colours of Bali through decor, lighting and food.

Jess definitely knew what she wanted, which is always such a welcome attribute in a bride - well I think so - because it gives you, as a planner, not only an insight to the couple and what will make them happy, but a goal to work towards so that there is a clear outcome of expectations.

In addition to this, you could tell that their crowd was going to be a fun one. They wanted neon signs, smoke flares, pyro technics, a band AND a Dj. Our team said it was one of the most fun loving groups of people they had worked with.

Jess and Dale have just recently celebrated their first wedding anniversary and we couldn't be happier for them! Can we go back to this day already??

Dale + Jess | Flipmax

First of all, how did you guys meet?

Dale and I met in High School, we went to the same school but we were in different year levels. We didn’t speak much at school to begin with, but we always ended up at the same parties and would often chat on MSN messenger. Dale finally asked me out at a friend's birthday party when I was 16 and Dale was 17. We were high school sweet hearts and have now been together for 14 years, young love!

How did he propose?

Dale proposed to me in our happy place, which is Bali of course! We travelled to Bali with a group of friends and we were all staying in a Villa together. Dale was super nervous keeping a ring hidden in our luggage but struggled to find the perfect moment. Eventually one night he arranged to get everyone else out of the villa so we had it do ourselves. While I was getting ready to go out for dinner, Dale had made up our favorite drinks and when I came out, I had no clue what was about to happen. In the moment Dale got really nervous and pulled out a ring and kind of just froze. There was no getting down on one knee or asking me to marry him but I knew straight away in that moment what he was asking and said Of course I will, yes! The moment was beautiful and very much our personalities and will be a memory I will cherish forever. We facetimed our families back in Australia who were all very excited by the news! We then went to our dinner booking but neither of us could eat, we couldn’t wipe the smiles off our faces and just wanted to celebrate so we met the rest of our friends at champagne bar. It was a night I’ll never forget!

Dale + Jess | Flipmax

What made you decide on Bali?

Dale and I both love Bali and have travelled there many times together, we call it our happy place! We love to travel so a destination wedding was always on the cards! We really wanted to share the beauty of this Island with our closest family and friends so they too could see why we loved it so much! We also very much wanted our wedding celebration to last longer than 1 day and night so thought why not give everyone the opportunity to have a holiday and celebrate with us for a whole week! It felt like we were able to have a lot of quality with everyone there which I don’t feel you always get on your actual wedding night.

Do you think having a planner helped? If so, why?

I couldn’t have planned my wedding without a wedding planner. Tash was able to answer all of my questions and bring all of my ideas to life. The lead up to my wedding was not stressful at all. Tash covered absolutely everything in the lead up, I wouldn’t have even known where to start, especially considering I was in Melbourne and all the vendors were in Bali. The whole wedding day & night ran so smoothly thanks to her amazing team.

Dale + Jess | Flipmax

What was the most stressful part of planning your destination wedding? (future brides take note!)

Probably putting all your trust into someone else to bring your ideas and vision to life. It can be a bit daunting planning everything from abroad but in the end, there was absolutely no need to stress at all!

What was your happiest moment?

Honestly the whole day and week lead up the wedding was the happiest time of my life! That is the joy in a destination wedding. It isn’t over in a few hours you get to enjoy the lead up with all those you love and it makes you feel so much more relaxed on your actual wedding day so you can soak in every moment! I still remember walking down the aisle and seeing my husband for the first time and instantly feeling so much joy to finally be in that moment, it was so magical!

Dale + Jess | Flipmax

If you could change anything would you? If so what and why?

I wouldn’t change anything about my wedding day, it was actually perfect! Leading up to your wedding day you might stress about the littlest things and struggle to make decisions but on the actual day you won’t even care. It is honestly the most wonderful day of your life and as long as you and your husband are there in that moment nothing else matters!

What was your experience like working with Plan A?

I had a fantastic experience with Tash and the rest of her team at Plan A. From the get go they were really easy to communicate with via email, I always had super quick responses and when I finally met Tash in person, I got the best vibe and knew I had made the right decision!

Any recommendation's or tips for future brides?

I found it really useful going to Bali prior to the wedding trip. Who doesn’t want an excuse for an extra holiday to Bali anyway?! It gave us an opportunity to meet Tash in person which I felt helped with our communication leading up to the wedding day. It also meant we could visit wedding venues in person, do food tastings, I had a hair trial too. Try to keep out of the sun in the lead up to your wedding day, no one wants to look burnt in their photos! My hubby actually ended up with a black eye from his Bali bucks and a sunburnt face on the day of the wedding so my make-up artist ended up having to work her magic on him too haha!

Dale + Jess | Flipmax


Venue: Villa Semarapura

Photography: Flipmax Photography

Videography: Flipmax Video

Florist + Lighting: Bali Tropical Florist

Catering: Lumbung Catering

Bar: Nuno's & Co

Band: Lucky Aces

DJ: DJ Mistral

Furniture: Bali Event Hire

Cake: Butter Bali

Hair: Glo Dayspa

Makeup: Dollface Darlings

Dancefloor: Lucky Aces

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