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Tasmanian Heritage Honeymoon

by | Destinations, Honeymoons

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Chloe van der Werf
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As I’ve recently come back from yet another lovely trip to Tasmania, I thought why not check out some of the stunning luxury accommodation the state has to offer. On researching, I stumbled upon the gorgeous and bespoke Red Feather Inn. This inn is located in Hadspen, approximately 18 mins from Launceston, Australia’s third oldest city and 14 mins from Launceston airport.

This exquisite heritage listed sandstone inn is absolutely breathtaking. Built with convict labour in 1842, it is full of old world charm. Think French provincial and Georgian dancing but with today’s modern-day luxuries.

You have the choice of either a suite or room, 7 in total. All of which are appointed with a gas log fire and state of the art bathroom. Each room overlooks the stunning French inspired garden.

Not only do they offer luxury accommodation but also a unique dining experience. Serving local Tasmanian produce and an abundantly stocked cellar with local and mainland wines.

If you enjoy cooking or would like to improve your cooking skills, Red Feather Inn also offers a cooking and lifestyle school. Ensure your stay coincides with one of the cooking school dates, these can be viewed on Red Feather Inn’s website.

The local area offers guest plenty to see and do. There are many historic buildings and gardens to meander through, cute markets to browse, world-class restaurants for the palate, snow fights/skiing at Ben Lomond (season permitting), ziplining through the tree tops at Hollybank or maybe a trout fishing adventure would be more up your alley, there is bound to be something you’ll both enjoy.

While all times of the year are stunning in Tasmania, my favourite time to visit is Autumn. The colours of the gardens and surrounding country are just magical and the temperature is perfect for a nice red by the cosy fire.

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Red Feather Inn isn’t just a whimsical honeymoon destination and cooking and lifestyle school but they can also hold small to medium weddings.

Credits: All images supplied by Red Feather Inn

Natalie and Alex’s Cook Islands Engagement Photos

by | Honeymoons, Inspired Engagements

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Natalie & Alex

When I visited the Cook Islands in December, I’m not sure I realised how much I would fall in love with this  paradise. So seeing others who love it just as much, who choose it as the backdrop for their engagement photos makes me oh so very happy. The couple hired Gemma Clarke Photography and wandered around the island at sunset for what turned out to be a stunning engagement session.

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Of their proposal, Natalie remembers “Alex surprised me with a weekend away to Queensland and popped the question on the last night we were there.”

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On what Natalie loves about Alex, she says, “I love the security and safety he brings to my life, I love the life we have built together over the past 8 years, I love that I know what he is thinking without him having to say anything, I love that I don’t have to ask for compliments, he gives freely. I love that he is the calm in our life to help control my ‘control freakness’ and constant over thinking of things.”

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Natalie recalls, “Our sunset photo shoot was set up as an opportunity for us to feel more comfortable in front of the camera prior to the wedding day and also a great opportunity to explore the island. Gemma had spent a few days scouting the island for the best spots and discussed the options with us. On our way to the first spot Black Rock we passed a little gift store with flower head leis out front, a lot of the women in the Cook Islands wear these so we thought it would be a nice addition to my outfit and to embrace the culture.”

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On what Alex loves about Natalie he says, “I love that she puts her family first and look after the needs of others, I loves all the little things she does that make a big difference and how she make a house a home, I love her motivation for making her dreams a reality (planning things in our life), and I love how open, honest and trustworthy she is.”

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Natalie tells, “We don’t have any really funny relationship stories but the best part of the photo session was having fun with my husband, which started with him dropping me in the water! I don’t have one place in particular that is my favourite as the whole island is just so beautiful. The views of the mountain were amazing and watching the sunset go down over the still waters was breathtaking, such a lovely moment to have captured. This photo session really captured the love we have for each other.”

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Amsterdam A Romantic City

by | Destinations, Honeymoons

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Chloe van der Werf
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Amsterdam, the Dutch capital. This city is like no other city I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. From the moment you step out of Schiphol airport and take a 20 min car ride (buses and trains are also available) to the city you will understand what I mean. Now, you may have the view that Amsterdam isn’t a very romantic city but push what you have heard/read aside for a few mere moments to let me show you what it can offer.

Amsterdam is made up of Golden Age canals, parks and seventeenth-century buildings and a mind-boggling number of push bikes. Push bikes are the local’s and tourist’s alike main mode of transport. Amsterdam is rather flat other than the curve of the bridges that cross what feels like an infinite number of canals, so bike riding is a breeze not to mention a great and cheap way to sight see. Picture you and your new spouse riding side by side down cobblestone lane ways and winding your way through lush flower and tree-lined parks. You will have no problem finding a shop to hire your bikes from. Just ensure you always lock your bikes up as theft does occur.

With all the exercising you will surely work up a thirst and hunger and Amsterdam will not disappoint. Cafes, restaurants and bars line the cobblestone streets and many overlook the canals where boats spilling with friendly locals and sightseers float on by.

The Bloemenmarkt is a must see if you love all things flowery. These flower markets are the only floating flower markets in the world and are conveniently located in the city centre. I suggest grabbing yourself a beverage and strolling through the markets as soon as they open as to avoid the crowds and you will really be able to take in the amazing aroma on a crisp early morning. While you are there, drop in to one or maybe all of the cheese shops that lay opposite to the market.

Want to learn a little about Amsterdam and Holland’s history? Why not visit the Anne Frankhuis or for a theatrical experience covering 500 years of Amsterdam’s horrible history, check out The Amsterdam Dungeon (word of warning, you may be chosen as a member of the cast!).

The city has many parks to lounge about in and they are perfect for a romantic picnic. Load up your picnic basket with some local cheeses and wine and head to Vondelpark, 47-hectares of english style gardens complete with ponds, footbridges, sculptures and meandering paths. Or if you want to picnic and people watch, Museumplein Square is the place to be, where dogs frolic and people kick about a soccer ball. This large grassy square is surrounded by famous museums such as the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk Museum. While you are there check out the famous I AMSTERDAM sign located at the back of the Rijksmuseum. (Hint: The morning or late evening is the best time to see this sign as there are less tourists).

You don’t have to venture indoors to find amazing art in Amsterdam. Graffiti, stencils, stickers and sculpture to name a few can be seen on show around the city. Venture down some of the smaller unknown alleyways to find some real gems!

The city really comes alive in the late afternoon and evening, and it’s no wonder as during the Summer months the sun doesn’t set until 9-10pm. Bars and restaurants spring to life as the sun begins to set and you will be sure to find a place to wind down for the day whatever your mood.

After dinner a private canal cruise and a few glasses of wine or maybe some champagne could be on the cards. Once the sun goes down the city really begins to twinkle. As the many street lamps and lights from the buildings bounce light off the water of the canals, it really is a magical time to see the city and ever so romantic.

Amsterdam isn’t short on accommodation, no matter your budget or taste. Expedia is a great sites to get amazing deals and honest reviews. AirBnB is also a good site to find quirky and cute private accommodation for a longer stay.

Image credits: Talitha Crawford and Chloe van der Werf

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