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French Chic – Spicers Clovelly Estate

by | Honeymoons, Location Australia, Reviews


Chloe van der Werf

I can’t wait to introduce you to the stunning, elegant and oh so French Spicers Clovelly Estate. Located in the breathtaking mountains on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, where you’ll find sweeping views of the coast line, Glasshouse Mountains and Brisbane City on a crisp, clear day.

This French inspired Estate will wow and woo you as you make your way between the grand figs, sprawling jacarandas and orchard of gardenias and magnolias that surround the beautiful French-provincial main guest house and property. You are absolutely spoilt for choice too with the selection of four ever-so elegant accommodation options for your stay. All situated on the Estate for absolute privacy and sweeping country views, my pick is the contemporary European luxury spa suite, with separate lounge area, marble bathroom, King bed, Appelles skincare products and heated floors and towel racks (bliss!).

Spicers Clovelly offers guests a range of packages to suit different budgets and length of stay. I’m personally sold on the two night romantic getaway package. You will arrive to champagne and chocolates, followed by a five-course degustation dinner at Clovelly’s own award-winning Long Apron Restaurant (one night only), a one hour massage or facial for two at Spa Anise, a picnic hamper (plenty of pretty picnic locations nearby) and gourmet a la carte breakfast daily. You’ll never want to leave!

If you find yourselves wanting to venture off the Estate and immerse yourself in Hinterland culture there is plenty to explore, taste and do in the area. One of my favourite spots, and just a stones throw from Clovelly Estate, is Montville. The main street is perfect for a bite to eat or some light shopping. For those wanting to be at one with nature, Mapleton Falls National Park has several walks that weave through the local fauna and flora  – or for the avid and keen adventurer, take on one or many of the Glasshouse Mountains hikes. If lounging is more your style (I get that, you are on your honeymoon after all!) jump in the car and take a 40 minute drive to one of the many pristine beaches the Sunshine Coast has to offer.

Images via Spicers Clovelly Estate

Spicers Clovelly Estate is not only a stunning honeymoon location but an elegant and unique setting to say your ‘I do’s’ to that special someone. For information on their delightful wedding packages visit Spicers Clovelly weddings where you can view their wedding brochure.

The French say, ‘joie de vivre’ which translates to a feeling that life isn’t just good, it’s something to be embraced and enjoyed every day. A feeling you’ll be sure to experience during your stay at Spicers Clovelly Estate. So why not immerse yourselves in the elegance and style of Europe for your honeymoon without having to travel very far at all!

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: What a wonderful oasis of calm; absolute luxury on the Sunshine Coast – and such a perfect spot for honeymoon romance!

Audrey & Guillaume’s Tuscany Destination Wedding

by | Honeymoons, Inspired Destination Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Location Europe,


Polka Dot Bride

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Audrey & Guillaume

With Italy such a stunning place for a holiday, it makes sense that for a celebration, it’s equally as amazing. Audrey and Guillaume’s Tuscany destination wedding is completely proof of it – a historic sandstone church setting the scene for a traditional style ceremony and a long feast under the Tuscan sun planned for the celebration. Of course, there was dancing under the stars to top it all off. Audrey and Guillaume, who met at college, worked with photographer Massimo Bonon and Chiara Sernesi, Weddings in Tuscany to created their romantic destination wedding.

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Audrey chose a strapless gown by Pronovias.

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The couple chose  Sant Appiano Church for their ceremony, noting, “We were married in a Catholic intimate ceremony at Sant Appiano Church, often indicated as the oldest church in Chianti. We had classic music interpreted by violoncellist and violonist. The decoration was soft, only white flowers, so we could appreciate the beauty of the church.”

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Audrey walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon In D.

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Of their photographer, Audrey remarks “Massimo is very talented. The photos are natural and reflect emotions.”

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The reception was at a private villa in Chianti, with guests served a sit down dinner at a long table under the verandah. Chiara Sernesi, Weddings in Tuscany planned the details of the day, Audrey remembering “Chiara Sernesi, my wedding planner was amazing and devoted. Even though she was in Italy and I was in Canada, it was easy with her. She had all my trust.”

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Of their first dance, Audrey remembers “We danced under the Tuscan moon and stars. It was very romantic. Our song was “Fly Me To The Moon” by Frank Sinatra.”

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Congratulations Audrey and Guillaume on your marriage! Thank you for sharing your stories! Thank you also to Massimo Bonon and Chiara Sernesi, Weddings in Tuscany for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Massimo Bonon / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Chiara Sernesi, Weddings in Tuscany / Bride’s Dress: Pronovias / Bridal Salon: Anne Jean-Michel / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s Jewelry: Bijouterie Italienne / Groom’s Attire: François Riccaud / Groom's Shoes: Allen Edmons / Groomsmen Attire: François Ricco / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dress Couture, Montréal / Hairstylist: Antonella Picollo / Makeup Artist: Antonella Picollo / Flowers: Nel Giardino di Giulia / Ceremony Venue: Sant Appiano Church, Chianti, Tuscany / Reception Venue: Private villa in Chianti / Catering: Roberta Catering / Cake Baker: Roberta Catering / Wedding Rings: Bijouterie Italienne

Honeymoon Road Trip – New Zealand

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location New Zealand


Christine of Christine Lim Photography
Find me on Ms Polka Dot's Directory

I spent two weeks on a road trip around the South Island of New Zealand with my partner and best friend – and we left feeling that we have barely scratched the surface of this amazing country! To say it was picturesque would be an understatement..

Here are 5 reasons why New Zealand would be a great place for a honeymoon:

1. You can have nice relaxing romantic holiday, sit by Lake Wanaka with a cup of coffee, take in the calm turquoise water and snow-capped mountainous views.

2. If you want an adventurous, adrenaline filled trip, you can ski, snowboard or jump off a cliff (safely by bungy jumping of course!) There are also amazing hikes you can do.

3. Road trips are my favourite – as you get to explore and see a new place at your own pace and time. New Zealand is one of the best place for road trip adventures. We rented a campervan where we cooked, ate and slept. We did the initial research of places to see around the South Island, but we didn’t have an actual itinerary – it was all plan and drive as we went! We booked caravan parks as we drove to the next location. If we loved a particular stop, we would spend an extra day or two. We stopped countless times to take photos, making a six-hour drive often into eight.

What better way to spend your honeymoon than with the love of your life next to you, singing repeats on the radio, admiring the view as you drive and just enjoy being married!

4. Baby seals. Think big cute eyed pups! Friends were telling us to head to Kaikoura to see the seals; I was thrilled and thought we would see some by the coast, from a distance. My partner Ethan was insistent though that we see the Oahu waterfalls; it is a short walk and you will see the seal pups playing and swimming in the streams by the waterfall, about a metre or two away from you. It was so tempting to reach out and pat them. It was unreal!

5. Lastly, New Zealand is only a short flight away from Australia. It is only three hours from the east coast – you’ll get there sooner than a long haul flight and start your honeymoon without any more wait!

Images by Christine Lim Photography

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Just beautiful photography; what an unforgettable honeymoon destination to experience by road!

About Christine of Christine Lim Photography: I’m a photojournalistic and vintage inspired wedding photographer based in Perth, Western Australia. It’s hard to explain why I love what I do, but have you seen a photograph or maybe a video clip where you thought wouldn’t it be nice to be at that place at that particular time? That’s what I strive for in my photographs, to capture a moment where you’ll look back and remember, gosh that was such a good day and the great thing is that the photo will always be there, memories, yours to keep.

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