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The Blackman – Art Series Escape

by | Honeymoons, Reviews, Where To Stay


Chloe van der Werf

Melbourne! My favourite city in Australia. Although I don’t get to frequent it as much as I’d like, every time I do visit The Blackman Art Series Hotel is where you’ll find me staying. This ever so zany and inspiring boutique hotel is the perfect honeymoon destination or wedding night stay for you quirky couples. You’ll find The Blackman only a short drive or tram ride out of the city, along tree-lined St. Kilda Road and you can’t miss it, with a piece of Charles Blackman’s art enveloping the bottom half of the building.

Upon entering this hotel you know it will be like no other you have experienced before, with the towering main wall behind the reception covered in pieces of art from Blackman himself. I recommend keeping an eye out for the cheeky glass bunnies that are hidden throughout the hotel. Boasting 209 spacious rooms all with private balconies, designer furnishings and a vibrant colour scheme, you are spoilt for choice with nine room types, my pick being the Bay Executive Suite!  But if you really want to splurge, you can’t go wrong with the 95 square metre Garden or Reading Penthouses (including a personal butler!)

Whichever suite you choose you will enjoy a cloud-like king bed with art series signature bedding (you can actually buy a signature mattress during your stay!), a personal art library and all the mod cons you would expect to find in a hotel of this calibre. But for me the artwork and quirky, fun colour scheme is a real standout! Charles Blackman’s style is absolutely mesmerising. When booking, ask for a room on the higher floors so you can take full advantage of either the city or bay views.

Once you have finished admiring the hotel and artwork you can hop on a tram (the tram stop is a few short metres from the hotel) and head into the ever exciting Melbourne City or perhaps St. Kilda – or maybe a spot of shopping and of course dining on Chapel Street. Or you could hire a European style bike and cycle your way around Melbourne with its many dedicated cycling tracks. Why not pack a champagne picnic and enjoy it in one of the many stunning parks the city has on offer?

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Images via The Blackman Art Series Hotel 

My top picks for sweet, (literally) city spots are Roule Galette for a morning coffee and crepe. It’s tucked away in Flinders Lane and is quaint, cosy and oh so romantic! And if your sweet tooth lingers be sure to make a visit to Hopetoun Tea Rooms for afternoon tea, you will have to stand in line most days and wait for a table, but trust me the wait is well worth it. If you have never been to Melbourne but love city getaways The Blackman Art Series Hotel will not disappoint!


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Certainly one of the hippest hotels in Melbourne – a very cool escape for honeymoon romance!

French Chic – Spicers Clovelly Estate

by | Honeymoons, Location Australia, Reviews


Chloe van der Werf

I can’t wait to introduce you to the stunning, elegant and oh so French Spicers Clovelly Estate. Located in the breathtaking mountains on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, where you’ll find sweeping views of the coast line, Glasshouse Mountains and Brisbane City on a crisp, clear day.

This French inspired Estate will wow and woo you as you make your way between the grand figs, sprawling jacarandas and orchard of gardenias and magnolias that surround the beautiful French-provincial main guest house and property. You are absolutely spoilt for choice too with the selection of four ever-so elegant accommodation options for your stay. All situated on the Estate for absolute privacy and sweeping country views, my pick is the contemporary European luxury spa suite, with separate lounge area, marble bathroom, King bed, Appelles skincare products and heated floors and towel racks (bliss!).

Spicers Clovelly offers guests a range of packages to suit different budgets and length of stay. I’m personally sold on the two night romantic getaway package. You will arrive to champagne and chocolates, followed by a five-course degustation dinner at Clovelly’s own award-winning Long Apron Restaurant (one night only), a one hour massage or facial for two at Spa Anise, a picnic hamper (plenty of pretty picnic locations nearby) and gourmet a la carte breakfast daily. You’ll never want to leave!

If you find yourselves wanting to venture off the Estate and immerse yourself in Hinterland culture there is plenty to explore, taste and do in the area. One of my favourite spots, and just a stones throw from Clovelly Estate, is Montville. The main street is perfect for a bite to eat or some light shopping. For those wanting to be at one with nature, Mapleton Falls National Park has several walks that weave through the local fauna and flora  – or for the avid and keen adventurer, take on one or many of the Glasshouse Mountains hikes. If lounging is more your style (I get that, you are on your honeymoon after all!) jump in the car and take a 40 minute drive to one of the many pristine beaches the Sunshine Coast has to offer.

Images via Spicers Clovelly Estate

Spicers Clovelly Estate is not only a stunning honeymoon location but an elegant and unique setting to say your ‘I do’s’ to that special someone. For information on their delightful wedding packages visit Spicers Clovelly weddings where you can view their wedding brochure.

The French say, ‘joie de vivre’ which translates to a feeling that life isn’t just good, it’s something to be embraced and enjoyed every day. A feeling you’ll be sure to experience during your stay at Spicers Clovelly Estate. So why not immerse yourselves in the elegance and style of Europe for your honeymoon without having to travel very far at all!

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: What a wonderful oasis of calm; absolute luxury on the Sunshine Coast – and such a perfect spot for honeymoon romance!

Audrey & Guillaume’s Tuscany Destination Wedding

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


Polka Dot Bride

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Audrey & Guillaume

With Italy such a stunning place for a holiday, it makes sense that for a celebration, it’s equally as amazing. Audrey and Guillaume’s Tuscany destination wedding is completely proof of it – a historic sandstone church setting the scene for a traditional style ceremony and a long feast under the Tuscan sun planned for the celebration. Of course, there was dancing under the stars to top it all off. Audrey and Guillaume, who met at college, worked with photographer Massimo Bonon and Chiara Sernesi, Weddings in Tuscany to created their romantic destination wedding.

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Audrey chose a strapless gown by Pronovias.

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The couple chose  Sant Appiano Church for their ceremony, noting, “We were married in a Catholic intimate ceremony at Sant Appiano Church, often indicated as the oldest church in Chianti. We had classic music interpreted by violoncellist and violonist. The decoration was soft, only white flowers, so we could appreciate the beauty of the church.”

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Audrey walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon In D.

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Of their photographer, Audrey remarks “Massimo is very talented. The photos are natural and reflect emotions.”

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The reception was at a private villa in Chianti, with guests served a sit down dinner at a long table under the verandah. Chiara Sernesi, Weddings in Tuscany planned the details of the day, Audrey remembering “Chiara Sernesi, my wedding planner was amazing and devoted. Even though she was in Italy and I was in Canada, it was easy with her. She had all my trust.”

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Of their first dance, Audrey remembers “We danced under the Tuscan moon and stars. It was very romantic. Our song was “Fly Me To The Moon” by Frank Sinatra.”

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Congratulations Audrey and Guillaume on your marriage! Thank you for sharing your stories! Thank you also to Massimo Bonon and Chiara Sernesi, Weddings in Tuscany for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Massimo Bonon / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Chiara Sernesi, Weddings in Tuscany / Bride’s Dress: Pronovias / Bridal Salon: Anne Jean-Michel / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s Jewelry: Bijouterie Italienne / Groom’s Attire: François Riccaud / Groom's Shoes: Allen Edmons / Groomsmen Attire: François Ricco / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dress Couture, Montréal / Hairstylist: Antonella Picollo / Makeup Artist: Antonella Picollo / Flowers: Nel Giardino di Giulia / Ceremony Venue: Sant Appiano Church, Chianti, Tuscany / Reception Venue: Private villa in Chianti / Catering: Roberta Catering / Cake Baker: Roberta Catering / Wedding Rings: Bijouterie Italienne
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