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Polka Dot Travel Lounge With Becky From We Are Travel Girls

Becky is the founder of a popular female travel community called We Are Travel Girls. Together with her co-founder Vanessa Rivers, We Are Travel Girls carefully curates and publishes travel stories from their growing community of over 175,000 Instagram followers. They provide daily travel inspiration as well as promoting and connecting female travellers all around the world.

In 2017 We are Travel Girls will be launching retreats where they will have inspirational speakers and daily workshops to help women trying to break into the travel industry, as well as meet one another and travel together! With such an exciting year ahead we were lucky to chat to Becky about what destinations you must visit for your honeymoon or next escape.

What is your favourite region?

I travelled through South East Asia when I was 23 for six months and fell in love with the region. So much so that over ten years later I am now living in Bali so that I can explore Indonesia and go back to all of the countries that I visited in Asia once again.

A highlight for me during that trip was our time in Laos – my friend and I were young and adventurous and made sure that we got off the beaten path into the country. Getting around Laos at the time was certainly not easy and we have some great stories to tell from the trip!

I am still yet to see images on social media of some of the places that we visited, such as Ponsavan – a town built almost entirely on the shells of bombs left behind during the Vietnam War – or the Four Thousand Islands, an area of thousands of tiny islands where you can cruise around in search of the allusive Irrawaddy dolphin! There is so much history and culture in Asia that it has to be my favourite region.

Top resort recommendation?

I recently stayed at The Andaman Resort in Langkawi, Malaysia. The resort is absolutely beautiful and suits all types of travellers –  from young families, to couples (perfect for honeymooners!), or even a girls’ getaway.

Set in a beautiful bay, the resort offers a perfect white sand beach and turquoise waters to rival any other popular island resort. I especially loved the conservation efforts here at the resort, where they have a coral sanctuary and are transplanting corals back into the ocean to recover damage to the reef in 2004 by the tsunami.

Plus there is so much wildlife at the resort, the hotel offers morning and evening rainforest walks; we loved the story of a team from National Geographic spending three months in Borneo to observe flying lemurs. They only saw three in that time at Borneo but between their room and walking to breakfast at The Andaman they saw five! So the perfect place for a nature lover. But if lying by the beach with a cocktail in hand is more your speed, you certainly won’t be disappointed.

Suggestions for great honeymoon activities?

Get outside! On your honeymoon you should definitely take the opportunity to do a once in a lifetime trip and that probably means something outside. Antarctica to see the penguins, Alaska to hike on a glacier, South Africa for a safari, China to walk The Great Wall or the Galapagos to dive with hammerheads!

The ideal location for a proposal

The ideal location for a proposal would be somewhere personal to the relationship – the first city you visited together, the first beach where you watched the sunset, a favourite hidden spot only you know about. Personally I would always want it to be private and a special moment between me and the person I love, so a simple proposal at a beautiful beach would be perfect!

Best kept secret honeymoon location

Finnish Lapland! What could be more romantic than a honeymoon in the snow, sleeping in an igloo with Northern Lights twinkling above you and then curling up in an ice hotel for the night?! During the day there are so many activities – think husky and reindeer sledding, horse riding, snowmobiling – and in the evening you can gaze at the stars or enjoy Champagne in a snow hot tub!

All images via Becky from We are Travel Girls.

 

Ms Chinoiserie Says: How beautiful would a sleigh ride through the snow be?! Followed by a night in an ice hotel with the Northern Lights dancing overhead – perfect!

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Chelsey & Rob

The desert plains of Las Vegas set the scene for Chelsey and Rob’s Las Vegas destination wedding. The couple, who met through a mutual friend, Tony Evans was there to capture the hot, sunshine filled day. Chelsey and Rob wanted their wedding to not just be one day, hiring a Las Vegas homestead and inviting their friends and family from across the world to join their celebrations.

Chelsey chose the beautiful “Valentine” gown by Jane Hill  as her wedding dress.

Of their photographer, Rob remarks “Anthony was unbelievable, very organised and clear on what we needed to do before the wedding and made the day awesome, best thing he did was convince us to bear the 40 degrees heat and head out to the desert for some pre-wedding shots, they could not have come out better!”

Chelsey and Rob chose a private homestead, Red Rock Mansion Las Vegas  for their wedding, noting “Red Rock Ranch was found online as we wanted a place that our friends and family could both stay and enjoy the day and recovery!”

The bride and groom walked down the aisle to Sam Smith’s “Latch”.

Pastor Shane officiated the ceremony, Rob noting “We wanted a very relaxed, fun and quick ceremony. We chose to have no readings.”

Guests enjoyed an outdoor celebration catered by Diamond Events “Our caterer Maurice from Diamond Events and his staff were so accommodating, as we had minimal time before the wedding to set the house up there were many things we hadn’t thought of and they went out of their way to make things run very smoothly! They even brought over lunch for our recovery and didn’t charge us!”

Rob remembers “Being an overseas wedding, I had the awkward position of meeting my father in law for the first time just after I had married his daughter! It was great to finally meet them!”

Rob tells “There was no first dance, we had a DJ and most of our friends were up dancing first!”

Congratulations Chelsey and Rob! Thank you for sharing your day with us, thank you also to Tony Evans for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Tony Evans / Bride's Dress: Jane Hill / Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Groom's Attire: Briggins / Groom's Shoes: Briggins / Hairstylist: Kirsty White / Makeup Artist: Glammed Up / Flowers: Rose Shack / Venue: Red Rock Mansion Las Vegas / Hire Items: Diamond Events / Ceremony Officiant: Pastor Shane / Catering: Diamond Events / Wedding Ring: Larsen Jewellery

Cynthia & Yoko

Cynthia and Yoko planned their intimate Auckland wedding around the beautiful leafy venue, Mondays Wholefoods. Keeping things simple, the cosy and foliage laden cafe hosted their romantic nuptials, and we love every moment! On hand to capture everything was talented photographer, Coralee Stone.

The bride and groom met through a mutual friend when Cynthia was least likely to be looking for love, as she shares, ”I was telling my friend that I was single and it was not my intention to get a boyfriend!” They met for a blind date and became firm friends. The rest, as they say, is history!

Cynthia struggled to find her dream dress when she first went looking, especially as she had in mind something short and simple. She tells, ”I went to a couple of bridal gown stores but unfortunately none matched my dream dress. I then went to the Miss Crabb boutique and found the perfect wedding dress! I even had it tailor made as it didn’t come in white. I was so pleased, happy and excited to wear the wedding dress I loved!” The bride wore Valentino heels and a foliage wreath in her hair.

There was no doubt in Cynthia’s mind she had found their photographer when she came across Coralee Stone on social media, as she shares, ”I first encountered Coralee’s work via Facebook and Instagram. We fell in love with her honest and beautiful pictures and from that moment, we could not wait to to contact her!” The bride knew what she was looking for in a bouquet too, requesting amaranthus and flowers that flowed from The Floral Stylist. She tells, ”I told my florist that I love red and purple flowers. On the day, I was so happy that everything turned out exactly how I wanted!”

Holding both the ceremony and reception at Mondays Wholefoods proved no problem at all, with the bride recalling, ”The cafe was covered with vine leaves and we wanted to make use of the beautiful, intimate environment. For the tables, we were so grateful that the staff were so friendly, and happily discussed with us the best seating arrangement for the reception and the setup for the ceremony. We wanted the ceremony to be at the back of the cafe in the courtyard, and the dinner just beside the courtyard with long tables.”

Looking for a simple but beautiful venue, Cynthia chose Mondays Wholefoods in Auckland for the lush foliage and welcoming atmosphere. ”We didn’t want to use too many props or decorations as we thought the cafe itself was a really unique, warm and cosy place for our small wedding. The staff at Mondays Wholefoods were beyond amazing! We couldn’t have asked for more as they worked extremely hard to meet our needs. We would definitely recommend them!”

And despite the rain, the couple cherish everything about their wedding, with Cynthia sharing, ”It was a funny and memorable day, and still a perfect day for us to remember. Some of our family came all the way from Indonesia and also Australia. We were just so grateful that they could make it to our wedding.”

Thank you to our gorgeous bride and groom for sharing their day with us, and congratulations on your wedding! A special thank you also to Coralee Stone who captured their day.

Photographer: Coralee Stone / Bride's Dress: Miss Crabb / Bride's Shoes: Valentino / Bride's Shoes: Overland / Groom's Attire: Rembrandt / Groom's Attire: Bartle Tailor / Groom's Shoes: Florsheim / Hairstylist: Sophie Beddoes / Makeup Artist: Sophie Beddoes / Flowers: The Floral Stylist / Invitations & Stationery: Vistaprint New Zealand / Ceremony Venue: Mondays Wholefoods / Ceremony Officiant: Tess Carter / Reception Venue: Mondays Wholefoods / Favors: Handmade by Children's Cancer Organisation in Indonesia / Catering: Mondays Wholefoods / Gift Registry: Mondays Wholefoods