MY STYLE – THE DRESS
Asia Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine
21 November 2013
Amidst Bali’s lush tropical jungles and shimmering fields of golden tasseled rice, Elora Hardy’s wedding combined her ingenious dress fashion with a fusion of cultural and unique creative style. Images by Jonas Peterson
With Bali’s tropical jungles and breathtaking vistas of rolling rice paddies, it is no wonder that Elora gave the traditional wedding ceremony a miss in favour of a more earthy approach. The three days of festivities combined her individual style with a fusion of cultures to create a truly original ceremony.
Building on her family’s passion for a green lifestyle and her background in design, Elora is the CEO and creative director at Ibuku, a Bali-based team behind some of the most eco-friendly homes and furniture on the island.
BALI The best place to make our dreams come true and get close to nature. We wanted to create a wedding our own way and give everyone amazing memories.
RICE I grew up playing in the rice fields, so for me rice holds a sense of nostalgia. It’s beautiful how it changes though the seasons—from when it is a seedling to harvest time. It’s funny how the smallest, most beautiful things also have a purpose and a function.
THE DRESS The idea originated with a Balinese offering—the woven palm fronds, leaves and flowers. Then I discovered the Yogyakarta wedding tradition of fresh melati (jasmine) flower shawls. The dress was woven the day before the wedding by Javanese flower weavers, and stitched onto me over a simple silk lining just before the ceremony. I loved the scent of the flowers and delighted in the care and craftsmanship that went into it. I will never forget the rush I got the moment we realised that the dress idea actually worked.
THE CEREMONY The ceremony took place on an island in the middle of the Ayung river. We had friends and family seated on stones that we dug up from the sand, and one for Rajiv and I to stand on. We built temporary bridges to the island from the bamboo that grew on the banks.
RICE BOUQUET The dress was made of flowers so the rice bouquet came as an extension of that idea. My brother was the one who went into the field to gather the rice tassels the morning of the ceremony.