BARE­FOOT PRINCESS

Model and de­signer LINDY RAMA-EL­LIS may have royal Ba­li­nese roots, but she chose to marry her new beau in fab­u­lously un­done style, and with min­i­mum pomp, in the Tus­can coun­try­side. She tells all to GE­ORGINA SAFE

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In­side Lindy Rama-el­lis’s Tus­can wed­ding. Pho­tographed by LISA POGGI By GE­ORGINA SAFE

YOU MIGHT AS­SUME be­ing a red-car­pet reg­u­lar would in­ten­sify the pres­sure to have a ‘per­fect’ wed­ding. But if there’s one thing that shone through in the nup­tials of Lindy Ra­mael­lis (nee Klim), it was an at­ti­tude of,you might as well re­lax and en­joy it. “Be­cause I go to so many events and have to get dressed up and all that stuff, my wed­ding was the com­plete op­po­site,” Lindy re­flects. “I did my own hair and makeup, I had no flow­ers, and I even had no shoes.”

What the model, in­flu­encer, Rama Voy­age cre­ative direc­tor and mother of four did have when she mar­ried Bri­tish prop­erty devel­oper Adam El­lis was an idyl­lic venue in­tus­cany,the lux­u­ri­ous wine re­sort Conti di San Boni­fa­cio, nes­tled among tum­bling hills. Sur­rounded by vine­yards and olive groves, Lindy said “I do” in front of close friends and fam­ily — in­clud­ing Lindy’s three chil­dren from her pre­vi­ous mar­riage (to cham­pion swim­mer Michael Klim), Stella, 12, Rocco, 10, and Frankie, seven — as well as her ninemonth-old daugh­ter, Goldie, whom she had with Adam in De­cem­ber. “We had 37 adults and 17 kids, and just see­ing the kids all run­ning around to­gether hav­ing a great time was re­ally beau­ti­ful,” she says. “Any­one who was there would have thought it was Stella’s day be­cause she was so ex­cited!” Stella ac­tu­ally played a part in find­ing the rus­tic-luxe prop­erty, which sits on 50 hectares in the Maremma, thanks to her at­ten­dance at the in­ter­na­tional eco-ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tion the Green School in Bali (the fam­ily splits its time be­tween there and Mel­bourne).“the Green School kids are from all over the world, so Stella’s got th­ese friend­ships that are just in­cred­i­ble and a lot of the kids are from Italy,” Lindy says. “One of the dads is the fa­mous pho­tog­ra­pher Ste­fano Azario, and his el­dest daugh­ter had just got mar­ried at Conti di San Boni­fa­cio, so he set it up for us.” While many peo­ple choose Tus­cany as a wed­ding des­ti­na­tion for its ro­man­tic ap­peal, Lindy and Adam had a more pro­saic and per­sonal rea­son. “Adam’s fam­ily

“It took me back to my [run­way] mod­el­ling days, when if a shoe came off on the run­way you just took the other shoe off and kept on go­ing.”

were al­ready rent­ing a villa for the whole fam­ily there and we were orig­i­nally go­ing to visit them, so I thought, Why don’t we

tack [the wed­ding] on at the end? be­cause that way, his fam­ily don’t have to fly all the way to Bali or Aus­tralia — my fam­ily was only my mum and my step­dad,” Lindy ex­plains.

For her vows, the bride wore a wed­ding gown by Mel­bournebased de­signer Toni Mat­icevski, a tulle dress with a plung­ingv neck­line. “I wanted some­thing quite el­e­gant, flowy and su­per-tus­cany,” Lindy says. “I sent him lots of ref­er­ences, then I had one fit­ting be­fore he sent the dresses to Italy. It suited the day per­fectly and I loved it.”when the dress ar­rived, there was a sur­prise in the box.“toni dressed all of the kids, and Stella was so naughty, she texted him,‘just so you know, I want a dress and my girl­friend wants the same dress, too.’ So when I opened the box up, there was an ex­tra dress for Stella’s friend as well.”

There was an­other un­ex­pected mo­ment when Lindy put on her wed­ding gown. “I hadn’t or­gan­ised shoes to go with the dress be­cause I didn’t have time, so my girl­friend said, ‘Just bor­row mine,”’ Lindy re­calls. When she put on the Rochas dia­manté slides — which were two sizes too small — the dia­man­tés caught the puffs of tulle at the bot­tom of her dress like a prickle patch snags a sheep­dog’s coat.“i was com­pletely stuck, and when I tried to move, all the tulle just ripped. It took me back to my [run­way] mod­el­ling days, when if a shoe came off on the run­way you just took the other shoe off and kept on go­ing. So I just took both shoes off and got mar­ried bare­foot.”

She opted for a sim­i­larly un­fussy ap­proach with her hair, which she did her­self, in a sleek low bun, be­fore ap­ply­ing min­i­mal makeup. “When I looked in the mir­ror, I could see a mas­sive storm com­ing in, and all the chairs were blow­ing over, and it started to rain,” Lindy says. “I could see guests get­ting out of their cars and get­ting whooshed away, but within half an hour it was gone, and thank­fully it cooled down

what was a 38-de­gree day, so it ended up be­ing a per­fect night.”

The cer­e­mony was held on the lawn, where Adam pre­sented Lindy with a di­a­mond-and-moon­stone ring — by Ital­ian jew­eller Pomel­lato — with the as­sis­tance of ring­bearer Rocco. “ev­ery­thing in Bali works around the moon, from the cal­en­dar to the cer­e­monies,” Lindy says. “The moon re­ally messes with me and my men­tal state, and the moon­stone is sup­posed to level you out, so it was the per­fect choice.”

Fol­low­ing the cou­ple’s union, guests en­joyed cham­pagne, prawns, cheeses and cru­dités by the pool, be­fore din­ner be­neath fairy lights. Long Ital­ian-style ta­bles were fes­tooned with olive branches and Jo Malone can­dles as bom­boniere for guests, who dined on a four­course meal of pasta, lamb, veg­eta­bles and sal­ads, washed down with wine from the prop­erty’s own vine­yard. When it came time for the speeches, Adam “was so ner­vous that he had to do his speech in two parts,” Lindy says. “he lost it, and started cry­ing, so he had to go to the bath­room and com­pose him­self. then he came back and said, ‘right, part two!’ Of course, that led to an open mic ses­sion when ev­ery­one else thought they could stand up and give a speech, but I didn’t mind that. It was nice.”

As the Tus­can sun fi­nally dipped be­low the hori­zon, a white-choco­late mud cake from a lo­cal pas­tic­ce­ria was served, be­fore cel­e­bra­tions con­tin­ued well into the night.

The Maremma land­scape and stu­pen­dous views of Conti di San Boni­fa­cio had mir­rored the equally splen­did lo­ca­tion Adam chose for his pro­posal, the bucket-list des­ti­na­tion of Scarabeo Camp in Mar­rakech. Dur­ing their time in one of the world’s ul­ti­mate glamp­ing des­ti­na­tions in the arid Moroc­can desert, Adam asked Lindy to take a walk. “He made me climb this mas­sive moun­tain so early in the morn­ing, I hadn’t even had a shower,” Lindy re­mem­bers. “i’m think­ing, There’s noth­ing to even see up there, but he was like, ‘come on, let’s just go.’ any­way, we get to the top and he’s like, ‘Oh, look at the view,’ and I’m like, ‘All I see is more moun­tains.’ and then he took out the ring ...”

So the lesson in life and love? “Al­ways climb the moun­tain,” Lindy says, laugh­ing.

Adam and Lindy with chil­dren (from left) Rocco, Goldie, Frankie and Stella.

Right: the bride did her own hair and makeup.

Lindy was mar­ried with a Pomel­lato di­a­mond-and­moon­stone ring, in a Toni Mat­icevski gown and bare feet.

Guests al­fresco in the Tus­can coun­try­side. Above, in­set: Jo Malone can­dles were bom­boniere.

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