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Lauren and Gerard’s Parisian Elopement

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

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Lauren & Gerard

There is nothing more romantic than a Parisian elopement and Lauren and Gerard’s secret wedding in the ultimate city of love certainly captured the complete and utter romance of their story! As studio manager of Sydney photography studio gm Photographics , Lauren chose lead photographer Graham Monro to capture her secret Paris marriage to Gerard!

Of their story, Lauren tells. “We went on a blind date set up by our mutual friends that thought we should meet. We went for dinner and quickly realised there was something very special. Within 6 months we had planned our future, bought a house within 12 months and started renovating and planned for a baby. When we met we both said we weren’t very interested in being married we were happy just to be together – what we soon realised was that it wasn’t that – we just didn’t want a big wedding. We wanted the commitment without the fuss. Mitch proposed on the 26th May that we get married in Paris – our favourite city and we kept it a secret. We had the ring made by Affinity Diamonds and I was wearing at home only until we got on the plane.”

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Lauren wore a gown by Steven Khalil which showed off her 17 week baby bump! She accessorised with vintage Chanel gloves and jewels from Tiffany & Co.

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Lauren and Gerard were married at Hotel Raphael noting, “We wanted everything at the same place which is why we booked a hotel. The venue was a beautiful Parisian hotel with character and charm. We wanted it to be totally authentic.”  Lauren walked down the aisle to John Legend’s “All Of Me”.

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Lauren remembers “We wrote our own vows which were love notes to each other, we didn’t want anything religious and this was a way of us saying to each other exactly how we feel.”

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Of their day Lauren says, “It was totally magical and self indulgent..the day was only about us and our commitment to each other. It was so emotional and special.”

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The couple’s first dance was on the rooftop terrace to Christina Perry’s “A Thousand Years”.

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Of their photographer, Lauren tells, “We flew Graham from gm photographics over to be with us. We wanted the natural and candid style that reflected us. To travel all that way meant we had to have the best photographs and it would be our only lasting memory. The gm photographics style is so photojournalistic and unrehearsed, which we just love.”

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After photographs, the newlyweds returned to Hotel Raphael. Lauren remembering, “We had a private lunch/dinner in our suite with our own butler – a 7 course degustation.”

Congratulations on your marriage Lauren and Gerard! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Graham Monro of GM Photographics for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Graham Monro of GM Photographics / Bride’s Dress: Steven Khalil / Bride’s Shoes: Prada / Bride’s Jewelry: Affinity Diamonds (Rings) / Bride’s Jewelry: Tiffany & Co (Bracelet, dress ring and earrings) / Bride's Gloves: Chanel (Vintage) / Bride's Bag: Louis Vuitton / Groom’s Attire: Soho / Hairstylist: James / Makeup Artist: James / Flowers: Hotel Raphael / Venue: Hotel Raphael

48 Hours In Broome

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location Australia

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Broome Sunset 48 Hours In Broome

In September, Mr Polka and I were lucky enough to head over to Broome to experience the romance and beauty of this West Australian town. You can read all the details over on the Expedia blog today, but I thought I’d give you a quick rundown of my way of spending 48 hours!

Day One:

Upon arriving at Broome airport, take a taxi or arrange a bus pickup with your hotek.

We stayed at Bali Hai Resort & Spa, an Indonesian inspired oasis on Cable Beach. There are two areas to stay in Broome – one more near Broome’s town centre and the Cable Beach area (which is all within ten minutes walk of the beach). Make sure you’ve pre booked a spa treatment at the resort’s onsite spa – it will be just the relaxation kick-start you need for your honeymoon break!

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After a quick lunch at the resort’s onsite café, await your pickup for Intombi Sunset Cruise. This historic pearl lugger cruises along Cable Beach with a plentiful food and drink to make sure you enjoy the sunset in only the most romantic of ways. I have to admit, this was my favourite Broome sunset and quite possibly my favourite Broome experience. Nothing says romance like watching the sun drop into the ocean with a gin and tonic in hand, a cheese platter at your feet and the sails above your head.

For dinner, ask Amy (from Intombi) to drop you in town! There are plenty of restaurants to enjoy in Broome. 18 Degrees has become a local favourite for their delicious tapas inspired menu.

Day Two:

There is no time in Broome for sleep ins, rather the town seems to wake up early to beat the heat so book the 8am pickup for the Willie Creek Pearl Farm Tour 38km north of Broome.

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After enjoying a brief education session about just how a pearl is created (including plenty of hands on action!) enjoy a damper morning snack before heading out on the boat to the pearl farm for more education and possible crocodile sightings. End your time at Willie Creek with a shop around the pearl showroom – which features some of the best and most beautiful of Broome’s pearl collections.

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After the drive back to Broome, ask the bus driver to drop you at local brewery Matsos for a beer flight tasting (our damper earlier that day had been made with their Mango beer), an icy cold (non alcoholic) ginger beer and an award winning steak sandwich.

There will be just enough time to explore the beautiful Cable Beach and get some serious sun time in before heading to Cable Beach for your next must do – a sunset camel ride with Broome Camel Safaris. After you meet your camel and hop “onboard” the gentle rocking motion lulls you into a deep sense of peace as the golden sun drops into the ocean. As the sun says its final farewell, the camels stand to attention allowing you to really take it all in.

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Head up the beach to the Sunset Bar (Part of Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa)- it’s said to be the best place in Broome to watch the sunset and is always bustling once that golden hour hits. Cocktails and food are well deserved (even if you probably do smell a little like camel, I’m sure it’s something the staff are used to!).

Day Three:

Pack up early and head to Broome’s Dampier Terrace. Pearl shop after pearl shop – Willie Creek Pearls, Kailis Pearls, Galwey Pearls and Allure South Sea Pearls (formerly Linneys), to the loose pearl hub of Cygnet Bay (which also houses Broome’s largest South Sea Pearl at a massive 22.24mm in diameter).

A wander along Broome’s main shopping strip before you bid adieu and head to the airport.

 

Read my top five romantic adventures in Broome with the full reviews over on Expedia today!

 

The Polkas traveled to Broome courtesy of Expedia and Australia’s North West Tourism.

 

Honeymoon Style Guide: Broome Adventuring

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Ah, the sweltering heat of Broome! Mr Polka and I recently took a little jaunt to the North West to visit this amazing town and to get you ready for the plethora of posts about our adventures, I put together a little style guide!

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Skirt from Gorman, Modern linen tee from Trenery, Halogen Leather Belt from Nordstrom, gold Saltwater sandals from The Iconic,  gold button studs from Witchery, Mim Duo Hip Bag from Mimco

Broome’s heat is scorching but for me, I’m not one to wear shorts (I’m always a girly girl!) so instead opted for light, flowing midi skirts with a simple top and coloured belt.

I always love a hip bag when I’m traveling to keep my hands free (especially when I’m normally lugging a heavy camera bag!) and my Saltwater sandals (which my mother calls my school sandals) are incredibly comfortable (something I don’t often find in a shoe!) and beach friendly. With Broome’s coast to rugged dirt landscape, flexibility and keeping cool is key!

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