Photo Courtesy: Natalie Palmer, Katie Grant and Sally Pinera
Hellobali talks to Natalie Palmer of Paper Diamonds about her work as a wedding planner, Ubud magic and trend for the upcoming year.
Tell us about Paper Diamonds. How do you differ from the other wedding planners?
Paper Diamonds believes in refined details and grand plans. We are a full service wedding planner, stylist, florist and on occasion, the stationer. My background in art and design has paved the way for our style to be focused more towards custom designed weddings. I have helped picking wedding dresses, shoes, designed the stationery and of recent, created the arrangements as the florist alongside planning things like finalizing your menu, booking venues and arranging your guest shuttles. It really is all-inclusive. another close friend and muse/mentor I made from the industry, Katie Grant Photography.
Give us your top wedding venue recommendation in Ubud and why?
I love COMO Shambhala Estate for an intimate wedding. Its location is reserved, overlooks the river and offers a variety of views and rooms types. The food there is also taken seriously, with health and wellbeing as the main inspiration. Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve is also another favourite with its impeccable service and its proximity from the Ayung River bank. Another Staying on trend, finding problems and solving them creatively, working with teams who bring their own set of skills & tools to learn from and most importantly, working with so many different couples— should consistently mean new things. We try to push ourselves every event and to break new ground.
How many weddings that you handle in a year?
We take on a limited amount of weddings and it all depends on available dates, needs and ideas but we try to stay between 10 to 15 weddings a year. Most of our couples will plan on average three events per wedding which can be a variety of events such as welcome dinners, rehearsals, recovery parties, farewell dinners. We consider these as events as well, so in total we can be doing anywhere between 20 to 40 events per year.
Why is it important to have a wedding planner in Bali?
Wedding planning alone is already loaded with unknowns. Add a remote destination and a language barrier, and something simple could turn into the impossible. A wedding planner should be able to help you translate through all the information and make things a little bit easier to do. Trust is an absolute key.
Ubud is fast becoming a favorite place to tie the knot. Why do you think is that?
Magic, pure and simple. The air is different, the energy is rich, the soul is enriching. My favourite place to be in Ubud is as close as possible to the Ayung River.
Is there any particular wedding in Ubud that leaves an impression on you?
Katie Grant and I were fortunate enough to plan and style an incredibly intimate vow renewal for a native Ubudian and close friend, Feby to her husband Tipi at Mandapa. One of my favourite pieces to date, lovingly shot by favourite is Maya Ubud Resort & Spa, a tranquil venue with a killer view. Other notables include Amandari, Kayumanis Ubud Private Villa & Spa and The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah.
Can you share some wedding trends insight that will happen in Bali this year?
Tableware design! Beautiful dinnerware, linen or patterned tablecloths, crystal glasses, designer flatware, chargers, napkins all amongst the candles and flowers. Other big trends are rose gold, bold plates, deep tropical greens, sans serif minimal graphic design layouts, dusty pinks, and layers of grey. For the last few years I’ve seen this trend continue to grow. Check out my passion project at www.thehosttable.com for event tableware pieces.
To learn more about Paper Diamonds and their services, please go to www.paper-diamonds.com
In collaboration with Katie Grant Photography
Wedding dress Pallas Couture
Make-up Odelia Sarre Make-up
Hair Kayla Marshall Hair
Headpiece Three Sunbeams
Stationery Plume Calligraphy
Tableware La Luna Seven
Fabric Silk & Willow
Model Ebony Walton represented by Vivien’s
Planning, styling & flowers Paper Diamonds