Mikala and Julian

Mikala and Julian were married at Villa Botanica on the 27th April 2010. A number of their wedding images captured by the very talented Todd Hunter McGaw became some of our most prominent promotional photos over the following years. This month marks their 6 year wedding anniversary and to help them celebrate we are reliving their wedding day with you.

Can you tell us a little bit about your love story?

We met in 2006 in Dubai.  I was living there whilst working as a Flight Attendant and Julian was living and working in Bahrain.  He flew to Dubai for the weekend with his step brother and we met in an English pub!  Funnily enough I wasn’t going to go out that night as I had spent all day in the sun at the beach but for whatever reason I changed my mind at the last minute.  We had a long distance relationship until he asked me to move to Switzerland with him 1 year after we met.  It was scary but obviously paid off.  Julian proposed to me early 2009 while we were on holiday in Australia.  It was the day we flew out back to Switzerland, it had been difficult to get me alone!  He took me to a local forest where we fed some wild Wallabies and then next thing you know he was down on one knee with a beautiful ring.

You have been married 6 years now, can you tell us your secrets to maintaining a happy and healthy marriage and love for one another?

It’s hard to answer that as 6 years is still kind of fresh, it feels like yesterday we were at the villa saying I Do.  I think it’s important to make time for each other, especially when children come along (we have 3 now!).  It’s difficult for us as we don’t have any family in the same country to help out but it’s important to make the effort to spend time alone.  It’s important to keep having fun together and also to remember why you married each other in first place, before you were parents etc.  Trying not to take each other for granted is also something we make an effort not to do.  Luckily for us we made the right decision to marry each other and we love and appreciate each other more now than we did 6 years ago.

Did your wedding have a theme or a particular style? If so do you look back at this style and feel it is timeless or was a trend?

We went for an earthy, natural theme with a wee bit of bling.  We didn’t have particularly traditional flowers or table decorations (for example we had brown table covers) but we were so happy with how it turned out.  We feel it was a timeless style and really suited the feeling of the Villa in it’s tropical surroundings.  We wouldn’t change a thing!

Why did you choose Villa Botanica?

I first saw it while googling wedding locations in Australia, from Switzerland.  I saw one picture of the aisle and fell in love with it.  Nothing else compared from what I could see.  I sent my mother and sister to have a look for me and they knew straight away it was perfect for us.  It’s such a beautiful, unique, world class place to get married and suited us perfectly.  It’s still the best venue we’ve ever seen.

If you were to hold your wedding in April this year, what would you do differently?

There isn’t really anything that we would change honestly.  We had such a magical day and some of our guests still comment on how beautiful it was and how amazing Villa Botanica and their staff were.  As it was a destination wedding, there were a few people we would’ve liked to have come that couldn’t make it but apart from that it was perfect for us.  We only wish the day was a bit longer so it didn’t have to end….and a little less hot!