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
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.