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Amy and Chris’ Romantic Fiji Destination Wedding

by | Honeymoons, Inspired Destination Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Location South America,

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Amy & Chris

Amy and Chris chose a romantic Fiji destination wedding to pledge their vows to one another. They chose a flame tree to marry under, with their friends and family taking a holiday to enjoy their wedding in the warmest and most tropical of locations. Leezett Photography was on hand to capture their romantic beach wedding.

Amy tells the tale of how they came to be. “We have known each other for over 10 years and one night 7 and 1/2 years ago we got together, fell in love and we haven’t looked back since.”

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Amy and Chris chose Musket Cove Fiji on Malolo Lailai Island for their wedding, utilising the resort’s wedding planner to coordinate the ceremony, reception, flowers, music and cake. Amy remarking, “It was such a beautiful place and our wedding planner Gloria Osborne did such an outstanding job creating our dream wedding. She over delivered on everything we asked for. We stayed at Musket Cove along with all of our guests the week before the wedding and it was just perfect in every way – the hospitality and accommodation was outstanding, we could not have chosen a better place for our special day.”

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Amy chose a strapless ball gown from Briony Leigh Bridal Miranda . Her bridesmaids wore mint green gowns from Review.

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Hair and Makeup Perfectionist styled the bride and bridesmaid hair and makeup. Amy remembering, “We would like to thank our amazing hair and makeup team – The hair and makeup perfectionists. Ash and his team are just brilliant and everyone just looked stunning. We were all so amazed at their talent and we would recommend them to anyone who is planning a wedding in Fiji.”

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The couple chose a flame tree for their ceremony location noting, “We chose to get married under a beautiful flame tree in one of the gardens over looking the lagoon. We were the first couple to be married here and we chose the location as we felt it was perfect and the tree was stunning.”

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Amy walked down the aisle to Bruno Mars “Marry You”.

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Amy notes “The day was beyond our expectations, there was not one hiccup and everything just ran so smoothly. We were so blessed to have so many of our beautiful family and friends travel so far to share our special day with us. We were so grateful for the help and support of our families without them our special day would not have been possible.”

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Of their photographer, Amy notes, “Our Photographer Leezett Birch was absolutely amazing, she was so easy to work with and made everyone feel so comfortable – especially Chris who is quite camera shy. When we received our photos we were completely blown away! She did such a great job and is very talented, we couldn’t be happier.”

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The ceremony and reception spaces were decorated simply in greens and whites. The newlyweds noting, “Knowing we were having an overseas wedding Amy opted to use local flowers, banana leaves and limes as decorations as she felt that it would fit perfectly with the beautiful surroundings and we were conscious of the limited amount of decorations we could bring with us on the plane. We did bring a few extras like our gorgeous place cards, the Amy and Chris wooden sign (which Amy painted white) for the bridal table, the Mr and Mrs Innes sign for the cake and also the fairy lights.”

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Of their first dance, Amy remembers, “Angus and Julia Stone’s Big Jet Plane was the song we danced to, we chose this as it is very special to the both of us and is ‘our’ song. Our reception was held outside on the beach, our first dance was completely magical under the stars on such a beautiful night.”

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Guests danced the night away under the stars to the sounds of DJ Ranjit. Amy remarking “Our DJ, DJ Ranjit was also fantastic and he kept the great tunes coming all night long. Our close friend Jordan Green was our MC on the night and we couldn’t have asked for a funnier man to take the role. He did such an outstanding job and kept the night flowing perfectly. We will be forever grateful.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Amy and Chris! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Leezett Photography  for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Leezett Photography / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Gloria Osborn - Musket Cove Fiji / Bride’s Dress: Briony Leigh Bridal Miranda / Bride’s Shoes: Debut Shoes / Bride’s Jewelry: Camaruti Jewellers / Bride’s Jewelry: Inspired Tribe / Groom’s Attire: Ron Bennett Menswear / Bridesmaid Dresses: Review / Hairstylist: Hair and Makeup Perfectionist / Makeup Artist: Hair and Makeup Perfectionist / Venue: Musket Cove Fiji / Flowers & Decor: Musket Cove Fiji / Ceremony Musicians: Island Band - Musket Cove / DJ: Pacific Sound - DJ Ranjit Fiji / Cake Baker: Musket Cove Fiji / Wedding Rings: Camaruti Jewellers

Villa Botanica Bali – A Honeymoon Gift to You

by | Destinations, Honeymoons

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Recently I experienced the stunning Villa Botanica Whitsundays (read all about it here), so it’s no surprise that I was more than happy to learn of their overseas expansion into Bali. Janet Hogan, co-owner of Botanica Weddings, is enthusiastic about their latest venture:

“Nowhere else on this planet is there a place where the beauty of nature and the art of man come together in such delightful harmony. When we decided to expand our wedding business in Australia, Bali was the obvious choice.”

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“We know how difficult it is trying to organise a wedding yourself, especially from overseas. You simply wouldn’t know where to start. Hiring a wedding planner helps, but because it’s a commission based system over here, you can never be sure that what they’re recommending is what’s actually best for you. We simply charge a flat fee for our services and work only with those people we have hand-picked as the best. You hear some funny stories, like the florist who simply pulls out the spray paint if his roses don’t arrive in the colour you ordered! We guarantee that will never happen at a Botanica Bali wedding.”

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It’s this promise that reassures couples that their day truly will go smoothly. Their Australian-based team liaises on your behalf with their bilingual on-the-ground Balinese office, so there’s no risk of misunderstanding due to language barriers.

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“What we can offer you in this wonderful island where you can always expect the unexpected, are two things. The most beautiful and culturally exotic venue of all. And the security of knowing that your most precious day is in very safe hands.”

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If that hasn’t whet your appetite, then how’s this for an exclusive offer for Polka Dot Bride readers – be one of the first five brides to book a Botanica Bali wedding, mention ‘Polka Dot Bride’, and you’ll receive a $3,000 honeymoon package!

Your 5 star Bali honeymoon package includes:

  • 5 nights accommodation at the 5 star Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort, staying in a luxurious Deluxe Pool View room
  • Tropical breakfast daily
  • Romantic cliff top dinner for two
  • Couples massage in the resort spa
  • Guided tour of Tanah Lot, Bali’s most famous temple
  • Airport pick up

How’s that for Botanica Bali’s wedding gift to you!

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For more information, go to www.botanicabali.com and contact one of their friendly team members.

Images provided by Botanica Bali

Romantic Getaways At Lindenderry Estate

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location Australia

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A couple of weeks ago, Mr Paisley and I were lucky enough to be treated to a wonderfully indulgent and relaxing mid-week night away, at the lovely Lindenderry at Red Hill Boutique Hotel (just an hour from Melbourne and made particularly easy to reach with the new Peninsula Link freeway).

This was truly a “holiday at home” for us, however, as we actually live about 10 minutes down the road!

After a busy day at work, we bid adieu to the toddler and babysitter (thanks Mum!) and were soon turning down the tree-lined driveway of the hotel, admiring the winter vines as we drove.

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A chilled bottle of estate-grown sparkling wine was awaiting us in our very spacious and comfortable Garden Room. All rooms have been recently refurbished in what could only be described as country luxe – a gorgeous pink velvet footstool, large desk, plump sofa with coffee table and quality bedding being the highlights! Lovely Appelles Apothecary & Lab goodies in the bathroom and a wide selection of T2 teas completed the feeling of being very well cocooned.

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There are 40 guest rooms available in the hotel, which really makes it the perfect venue for a beautiful wedding weekend amongst the vines. I really like the intimacy of being able to “take over” an entire venue for a weekend of fun and frivolity with your nearest and dearest – no one need miss a minute of your special celebration. The hotel boasts several gorgeous lounges (all with open fires), a day spa, indoor swimming pool and stunning gardens so the opportunity to unwind and relax (in between the celebrating!) presents itself in many ways.

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The Hotel would equally present itself as a wonderful location for a weekend getaway with your soon-to-be-spouse, or an indulgent mini-trip for your best girlfriends/bridal party, to say “thank you”.

Sharon (the Events Manager) and team genuinely love weddings and love where they work, so it is evident that any bridal couple would be in the best of hands.

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We decided to order up an antipasto platter to enjoy with our wine, and the kitchen arranged it to be delivered to a nearby lounge with a beautiful roaring fire (the staff here are really keen for you to explore all of the areas of the hotel and nothing is too much trouble). Laden with brioche rolls (baked fresh at Lindenderry – yum!), cured meats, pickled vegetables, dips and a wonderful salmon terrine, I was most concerned that dinner was still ahead!

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Very few winery restaurants are open mid-week around this area, so it was a treat to be so well looked after at The Linden Tree on a Wednesday night. Our waiter Dan, was knowledgeable about the menu and very helpful with suggesting wines to match our food. Mr Paisley enjoyed a restorative spring onion soup for entrée, followed by a duck main (with accompanying Pinot Noir, of course!), whilst I enjoyed a delicious and perfectly cooked blue eye fillet. We both finished the evening with an indulgent Affogato – coffee, ice-cream and a night-cap in one!

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After a very pleasant sleep (probably a combination of supremely comfortable bed, a couple of vinos and the toddler at least 7.5 kms down the road), we had breakfast back in the Linden Tree Restaurant. A large buffet spread is on hand (every cooked item imaginable plus croissants, danishes, fruit etc) and the staff are attentive enough to send out that double espresso pronto, to really get the heart pumping first thing!

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Having breakfasted, we decided to do a quick walk around the beautifully maintained gardens… past the little orchard (wave to some cows) and down to the lake (hello, geese!) Although being late Winter, there were vibrant Camellias, Jonquils and Early Cheer bursting forth. It was around this time that I declared to Mr Paisley that I was definitely the lady of a grand house in a previous life. I could get used to this… We are already planning a return visit in the glory of Spring, to really appreciate the grounds (the Cellar Door does wood-fired pizzas on weekends, so there is always an incentive to eat and then walk off the deliciousness!)

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After a change in cast members (exit Mr Paisley, enter Grandma Paisley), we returned to the Hotel for a sumptuous High Tea. Andrew, the head of catering, was very obliging (another glass of that sparkling… no problem at all!) and again reiterated that every combination or permutation of catering can be arranged. We enjoyed gorgeous light and fluffy scones, savoury tartlets, handmade marshmallows, and mini fruit parfaits along with excellent tea. All in a luxury lounge with the fire going (yes, again) and the crazy, bitingly cold rain pouring outside.

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But alas, as the adage declares, all good things must come to an end. I think it’s fair to say that Mr Paisley’s comment that “it felt like we were away for three nights” sums up the experience at Lindenderry. You will truly be taken with the beauty and decadence of your experience and with the professionalism and kindness of the staff.

 Polka Dot Bride stayed at Lindenderry Estate as a guest of Lindenderry Estate for editorial consideration in accordance with our disclosure policy.

Images by Lindenderry At Red Hill

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