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Escape To The Bahamas

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location USA, Reviews


Bec Lawrence


Welcome to the island country of the Bahamas, a tropical paradise that you are sure to fall in love with! White sands, blue ocean and the warm sun are enough to make you never want to leave. Let’s see what the Bahamas has in store for us.

Destination Number One: The Atlantis Resort. This luxurious resort officially opened in 1998 and has since added upgrades and new suites. The resort surrounds a 141 acre water park named ‘Aquaventure’. For somewhere more private to stay, ‘The Cove’ at the Atlantis Resort will have you covered. This area is a little more secluded and won’t be as busy as other parts of the resort.



Included in your stay for a small daily fee, guests are given access to some of the resort’s best features. Included in the charge are: 18 waterslides, 11 different pools for you to visit at your leisure, 14 lagoons which the hotel prides itself on as they showcase 20,000 tropical fish and other marine animals, 3 stunning white sand beaches, 2 river rides, Wi-Fi, access to the fitness centre, 2 bottled waters per day, unlimited access of the resort’s movie theatre, daily casino lessons, a shuttle bus between towers, unlimited local calls, tea and coffee and self-guided tours.




The resort also offers special honeymoon packages. There are a range of packages offering activities like massages, romantic dinners and dolphin interactions for you and your loved one to experience together.


There are plenty of other things to do too while on your stay. Snorkel among 20,000 fish and explore the ruins inspired by the legend of Atlantis. Relax at the spa or abroad a yacht and sail your surrounds.



Grab a meal at Casa D’Angelo where Italian and Caribbean flavours combine. This fine dining experience is perfect to splurge on for a romantic night out. Make sure you reserve a table – with such a delicious menu tables fill up fast!


If you’re after a more casual meal, head over to The Point restaurant. You can watch the sunset as you eat and gaze out to the deep blue ocean.


Images via Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Set against a backdrop of mesmerizing blue water, The Bahamas are a wonderful honeymoon destination for romantic, action packed adventures!

Dreaming Of A New Zealand Winter Honeymoon

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location New Zealand


Bec Lawrence

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Image via Queenstownnz Instagram

There’s nothing more romantic than snuggling up next to a fire and watching the snow fall with your one and only. If you’re dreaming of a winter honeymoon we know the perfect place. We’ll give you a clue – it’s known for its beautiful landscapes, amazing snow season for those ski and snowboard fanatics and the best part, it’s not too far from home. Pack your bags and don’t forget your scarves, we’re going to Queenstown New Zealand!

A place to stay:


The Hilton in Queenstown is a luxurious resort packed with features that will make you never want to leave. Relax in the Lake Wakatipu Suite where you have perfect views of the grandeur that is the lake.


The resort offers in room dining 24 hours a day meaning you can sit by the gas heated fire place and enjoy a delicious meal.

For something a little more luxurious, stay in the resort’s Relaxation Room. You’ll still get to enjoy the comfort of a fire place, in room dining and those uninterrupted picturesque views but there’s an extra bonus to this room… located on a private deck you can enjoy a hot tub at your leisure.

If you’d rather eat out of your room try one of the resort’s restaurants. At the Wakatipu Grill you can expect to be tasting some of Queenstown’s local produce. Each month the menu celebrates seasonal foods whilst still offering a range of dishes that are bound to tickle your fancy.


There’s loads to do around the resort with plenty of dining options, an executive cinema that you can book for just you and your loved one and a 25 metre indoor heated pool.


Images via Hilton Queenstown

What to see and do:

A helicopter tour of Milford Sound is an absolute must! Your tour lasts one and half hours where you’ll have a few stop offs and your guide will direct you to the magnificent sights. Enjoy the rugged mountains from above and take in all that is the Fiordland National Park, a UNESCO listed site.

If you prefer keeping close to the ground, there are plenty of other ways to see Milford Sound. Real Journeys offer kayaking, bus journeys, nature cruises and an overnight cruise of the Sound. You could always mix things up a bit by flying in and stoping off for a cruise.

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Image via Real Journeys

Why not have a snow day? Less than a 90 minute drive from Queenstown are five ski fields for you to choose from. From June to October you can ski and snowboard at these parks. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not experience some of the finest heliski routes in the world.


Image via Southern Lakes Heliski

If you’re looking for a day of relaxation why not check out the Queenstown Spa and Wine Experience.  Indulge in a spa massage of your choice and once you’re feeling rejuvenated, head off on an afternoon wine tour. On the wine tour you’ll be treated to a cheese and wine tasting as well as a delicious lunch. Here you’ll get to tour an underground wine cave – now that sounds exciting!

Wedding venue:

If you’re looking to host your ceremony in Queenstown, we also know the perfect place! Skyline Queenstown has so many options to make your wedding beautiful and unforgettable. Make an entrance and fly in via helicopter, or perhaps catch the gondola to your ceremony! If you are a fan of beautiful landscapes, Queenstown is just the perfect backdrop. Skyline Queenstown boasts uninterrupted views and outstanding food. Keep this one in mind if you’re hunting for the perfect venue.


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 Images via Skyline Queenstown

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such a beautiful honeymoon destination with breathtaking views at every turn – and even better, it’s not far from home!

Gillian & Brad’s Hawaiian Destination Wedding

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


Polka Dot Bride

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Gillian & Brad

What happens when you’re both from different countries? And all of your family and friends want to celebrate your wedding with you? You meet in the middle like Gillian and Brad did – that’s what! Gillian comes from Canada, Brad Australia and together they chose a Hawaiian destination wedding to celebrate their nuptials. The happy couple worked with photographer Krista Fox Photography  and planner Crystal Adair-Benning to plan their tropical celebration.

The newlyweds share the story of how they came to be. “It must have been in the stars! A fortuitous string of events had to line up for us to even be in the same place but it happened like this in 2010. Gillian, a Canadian teacher, had been working in Australia for three years in the outback mining town of Kalgoorlie, WA. She had just returned from a holiday in Canada when she was invited to a colleague’s house under the guise of planning for the upcoming term. Little did she know her colleague was also playing Cupid.

Brad, an Australian living in Perth who was originally from the south coast of Western Australia was visiting his best mate, the husband of Gillian’s colleague and from this meeting, the story of the two together started where two hearts would be joined for a lifetime.”

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Gillian and Brad chose Maui Gardens  for their wedding, remembering, “Maui Gardens was the most breathtaking spot for a wedding! It was private, intimate and on a cliff, on the north shore of Maui. Our ceremony and reception was all in the one spot- ceremony by a waterfall and our reception was steps away on a higher terrace. Although it was a drive from Lahaiana, where our guests were staying, when they arrived, they were just in awe of the beauty that surrounded them.”

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The wedding ceremony, officiated by wedding planner Crystal Adair-Benning was described as, “Personalized and inspired by Hawaii. We wrote our own vows and let Crystal, our wedding planner add special touches – lei ceremony, message in a bottle, ukulele player.”

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“We had our vows as messages in bottles and Brad hurled them into the ocean.”

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Of their photographer, Gillian tells, “We were so thrilled to have Krista Fox as our photographer. She was so nice to work with and is amazing with what she does. We constantly feared for her life as she took bold moves to get the best positions for shooting pictures from rocky cliffs to being in the rainforest. Krista was so dedicated and researched spots and the best times for lighting for our day after shoot. We can’t thank her enough for capturing our day!”

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Stemz styled tropical arrangements for the day, the bride remembering, “Our florist had pretty much culled the entire island for particular flowers she wanted and handmade leis for all our guests.”

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The couple worked with wedding planner Crystal Adair-Benning who not only planned and styled the wedding, but also officiated it! The bride remembers,”Crystal took great care of us and our guests. She’s a wedding extraordinaire! Crystal always took the time to source things for us and consulted us along the way to ensure that our day was perfect! And we mean perfect! Even though she was in Canada and we were in Australia, we held Skype dates and messaged each other leading up to the date. Crystal was a lot of fun to work with and she had an idea for everything! We were really pleased to have her plan our big day.”

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Guests were in for a festive treat, says Gillian. “Instead of a cake, we had a giant pineapple piñata with our wedding favours inside – Ray-Ban sunglasses.”

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“We had hula dancers and guests got up to hula as well. Our guests were also entertained with fire dancers.”

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Congratulations Gillian and Brad! Thank you for sharing your special day with us! Thank you also to Krista Fox Photography and  Crystal Adair-Benning for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Krista Fox Photography / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Crystal Adair-Benning / Bridal Salon: Pearl's Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Georgie's Bridal Shoes / Groom’s Attire: Ben Sherman / Groom’s Shoes: Florsheim / Groomsmen Attire: Ben Sherman / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo / Hairstylist: Stemz / Invitations & Stationery: Paleterra / Venue: Maui Gardens / Ceremony Officiant: Crystal Adair-Benning / Ceremony Musicians: Hugh Elstone / DJ: Hugh Elstone / Favors: Ray-Bans / Catering: Maui Gardens / Wedding Rings: Tiffany & Co.
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