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Anna and Casey’s Villa Botanica Wedding

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

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Anna and Casey

Anna and Casey chose the stunning Villa Botanica for their wedding day, indulging their guests in incredible scenery, incredible food and a whole lotta love! The day was captured by Milque Photography & Films who captured both photographs and a film for the couple’s memories set against the incredible Whitsundays.

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Anna chose a crystal embellished gown by Hilde Heim.

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Amanda Fern Hair Design styled the bride and bridesmaid’s hair, while  Loll Doll Make Up and Beauty took care of their makeup. Anna remembering, “Loll Doll Make Up and Beauty did an amazing job on my make up. I was so scared of being over done and she did my make up perfectly.”

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“From the planning stages to the actual wedding day, we honestly never could have imagined how amazing our day would turn out. Many people told us about the stress and craziness leading up to the wedding day but Villa Botanica took care of all this and made the planning process fun.

Jane our coordinator was there guiding us every step of the way and ensured the lead up to our wedding was enjoyable and a seamless process. The venue was perfect! We wanted our wedding to be a loving, fun, relaxing day with a beautiful setting and what we got was so much more. All our friends and family had traveled a long way, some more than others, and the venue and the day really made it all worth it.

We had many guests comment that it was the best time they had ever had at a wedding. The ambiance was amazing and everyone had so much fun!”

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Anna walked down the aisle to Ronan Keating’s “When You Say Nothing At All”.

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Of their photographer, Anna remarks, “We have always admired Milque’s work and knew as soon as we set at date we wanted them to be there to capture our day. They were some of the best people to have around and made us feel so comfortable and relaxed throughout the day even during the bad weather. We were blown away at how amazing both the video and photos turned out. The special moments they captured as well as the fun crazy moments are amazing!”

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Bouquets and arrangements of white orchids were styled by The Flower Hut Airlie Beach.

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Sweet Ideas, Airlie Beach created the three tier wedding cake with bow detailing.

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In place of favors, the couple made a donation to Movember and Cancer research.

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The grand entrance was a lot of fun says Anna. “Our Bridal party entered into the reception venue to 30 seconds of a song of their choice (pop, to hard rock to hop hop) and did a dance to it , as they were introduced. It was a great introduction and the guest got to know them all a bit more.”

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The speeches had their fair share of nostalgia, Anna remembering “One of my bridesmaids had saved a letter I wrote her back when I was a teenager that included a poem I had written to my “Prince Charming” once I had met him. She had saved all these years and read it out to Casey on our wedding day and it scarily sounded like I had just wrote if for him.

My Dad’s speech (Father of the Bride) included an amazing song “My Daughter is a Bride”. It didn’t leave a dry eye in the whole reception venue.”

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For their first dance, Anna tells, “Our first dance was to Etta James – At Last. We both wanted an ageless classic for our first dance and this described our situation well. We’d been friends for such a long time and then had many hurdles to get through once we got together and our wedding day was a chance to show everyone how much we love each other.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Anna and Casey! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Villa Botanica and  Milque Photography & Films for sharing today’s destination wedding with us!

Photographer: Milque Photography & Films / Cinematographer: Milque Photography & Films / Styling/Hire: I Do Events Airlie Beach / Bride’s Dress: Hilde Heim / Bride’s Shoes: Forever New / Groom’s Attire: Armani / Groomsmen Attire: Saba / Bridesmaid Dresses: Seduce / Hairstylist: Amanda Fern Hair Design / Makeup Artist: Loll Doll Make Up and Beauty / Flowers: The Flower Hut Airlie Beach / Invitations & Stationery: Papers Of Distinction / Venue: Villa Botanica / Ceremony Officiant: Whitsunday Catholic Parish - Father Bill / Favors: Donations to Cancer Research & Movember / Cake Baker: Sweet Ideas, Airlie Beach

Top 5 Travel Bags

by | Honeymoon Essentials, Honeymoons

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Travel bags are not as simple as they seem and a good travel bag can make a long haul flight that much easier. Here’s our top 5 picks for fabulous travel bags to help you start your honeymoon on the right note!

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1. Bric’s “Esmeralda” Luggage Collection  2. Rolling Tote from Baggallini 3. Ada G Leather Bag: Mustard 4. Rimowa Salsa Air Navy 77cm Multiwheel 5. Hidesign Jacob Leather Overnight Bag

Sun & Snow In A USA Honeymoon

by | Honeymoons, Location USA

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Teagan
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Teagan and Jay

We spent our honeymoon (which took place about two months after the wedding) travelling across the USA for three weeks, experiencing snow for the first time ever, the infamous ‘polar vortex’, deep dish pizzas, very interesting people, and finishing up with some Hawaiian sun before coming back home. A whirlwind of planes and packing for every type of weather, but just brilliant! An amazing way to start our lives as husband and wife, with lots of memories and stories to bring back with us after all the excitement of the wedding is over.

Our USA honeymoon itinerary was: Los Angeles, Las Vegas (including the Hoover Dam), Denver (for New Year’s Eve), Chicago, then we were meant to go to Toronto to see the Niagara Falls but we were snowed in, so more time in Chicago, then New York, and finally a week in Hawaii to warm up with a day trip to the Big Island in the middle of the week.

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Highlights: Cirque du Soleil in Vegas, hugging Eeyore at Disneyland, the amazing vibe of New Year’s in Denver which turned into one big fantastic street party where the new hubby and I felt like one of the locals, the fresh postcard-style snow on the Rocky Mountains (where I made my first snow angel!), the deep dish in Chicago where we absolutely stuffed ourselves with cheesy food, the view from the top of the Empire State Building along with the regular New York sights like Central Park (squirrels everywhere!), Ground Zero and Times Square… and finally the coconut pancakes and pulled kalua pork in Hawaii, as well as a day trip to the Big Island volcano to see the lava glowing at night and a visit to the powerful and moving Pearl Harbour memorial. Too many things to go into detail, but it truly was the holiday of a lifetime.

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Things I learned along the way: I learned what ‘cold’ really means. It means close to 50 below zero, where you wear all of your clothes at once and still feel cold. And even through all those layers your skin gets chapped and itchy. Annoying, but we weren’t going to waste our days inside! We still got out and about to explore, powered by several Starbucks hot chocolates. I learned that if you’re going to a museum or gallery in the US, you should probably set aside at least a full day because they are HUGE (wear comfy shoes – you’re in for a long walk). I learned that being a passenger in the car when your Australian husband is driving on the American side of the road is terrifying, and that from this experience I know that I definitely married the right man

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I learned to not take selfies at the circus when there are people threatening to throw you into the fire for taking photos (very interesting ushers in Vegas!), and that the Hoover Dam is an incredible feat of engineering. I learned that ice hockey is surprisingly awesome, but not as awesome as being upgraded to premium economy on the longest flight of your whole trip (I don’t know how it happened, I’m just glad it did!).

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Finally, I learned that I want to always keep travelling and experiencing as much as I can.

Images from Teagan and Jay’s collection

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Ms Gingham says: It’s been such a joy following your journey Teagan. We wish you the very best of luck for your future life with Jay!

Teagan says: “I am 26 years old and teach English to high school students. I live in Melbourne and I divide my spare time between marking essays, planning classes, researching wedding ideas and gazing at my sparkly engagement ring, which I am still not used to seeing on my finger! Now that I am finally engaged I feel like a lot of things are falling into place in my life – it’s a very good place to be. “

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