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A Heavenly Honeymoon Glasshouse Mountains Ecolodge

by | Destinations, Honeymoons

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Francesca
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Standing at Glasshouse Ecolodge the quirky, quaint and green accomodation that sits in the shadow of Mount Tibrogargan (the 364 metre high monolith which is not only higher than Uluru but 23 million years older) and surrounded by the 12 peaks that make up the World Heritage listed Glasshouse Mountains Range range, the Church is an example of how the past and present, natural and man made, are all welcomed and fused together to make this the resort that it is.

Once situated at Wivenhoe, a few kilometres down the road, the Church fell into disuse and disrepair. Owner of Glasshouse Mountains Ecolodge, Keith Murray, purchased the 120 year old church 20 years ago, relocated it from Wivenhoe to Barrs Road, Glasshouse Mountains, and painstakingly restored it wooden slat by wooden slat.

For 12 years it was his family home and later became accommodation for guests. The Church features a kitchen, library, mezzanine bedroom – and the pulpit in the corner. It’s huge (sometimes used as the yoga studio for tens of yogis to come and bend and stretch, to give you an idea), and is a luxurious, relaxing and magical space. Like the rest of the resort.

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There are lovingly restored train carriages available, one being the dining area and kitchen where breakfast featuring locally produced honey, coffee and jabonica jam can be munched upon. I stayed in an 1880 Victorian train carriage, one of only 23 built between 1882 and 1886, that was once at risk of destruction and is now a quirky haven for holiday makers, with original signage and sash windows. Even the bedside tables are from timber sourced from the property.

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All around the grounds are art assembled from pieces from the local Beerwah scrap yard, forcing a reconsideration of what waste really is. ‘Flestering’ it is called – an example of seeing your world with imagination and desire to create. There are no televisions. There is a library, board games, bush walking, bird watching, and star gazing. The plant-a-tree initiative has seen over a thousand trees added to the site, attracting new wildlife and bird life to the area, and is a clear manifestation of the belief that visitors should positively add to their holiday location, not just leave as it is.

Come dinner time, managers Robyn and Rick will recommend local spots, or you can cook your own dinner together, picking herbs from the community garden to enhance even the plainest of ingredients, raiding the ‘Garden of Eaten’ and finishing it off with one of the 65 fruits in the orchard and coffee grown on site.

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All of this is part of the eco-tourism philosophy that the resort and its owners and managers practice. Tourism can have a positive effect on the world, and not only should any destination not harm its environment, but rather enhance it, working with it to improve the landscape, the community, and the lives of those who visit.

Sleeping in a restored church, star gazing with your new partner, planting a new tree to symbolise a new start cooking dinner with ingredients picked from the ground, climbing a nearby mountain and marvelling at the beauty of your world – can you imagine anything more romantic?

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Ms Gingham says: This ecolodge will give anyone a new appreciation for the old. The idea of cooking from an organic garden will be pure heaven for the avid cook!

About Francesca: Francesca Baker is a freelance writer currently wandering the world with her eyes wide open and scribbling about. Partial to music, reading, culture, walking, cycling, wine, crazy events, smiling, and life, you can read her musings here and follow her on twitter.

Honeymoon Under the Tuscan Sun

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location Europe

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Ms Chevron
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Despite our love for Rome (the first leg of our trip), I was looking forward to getting some fresh air and seeing what Tuscany was all about. We had rented an apartment within a Tuscan farmhouse – Agriturismo Incrociata – complete with pool, outdoor dining, and views of rolling hills.

 Honeymoon Under the Tuscan Sun

 Honeymoon Under the Tuscan Sun

After a lazy morning sleep-in, we ventured to nearby Siena to explore the town. It is backdrop to many a movie, and its hilly winding streets finally lead to a flat open square. Back on the road again in search for lunch, and we stumbled along a small place called Casanova di Ama. Shame, I’m pretty sure we interrupted their siesta with our grumbling bellies, but they were kind enough to feed us the usual Italian affair of breads, meats, and cheese, accompanied by local wine and grappa.

 Honeymoon Under the Tuscan Sun

 Honeymoon Under the Tuscan Sun

One of the best days we had in Tuscany was simply taking time to relax and read by the pool. We had an early BBQ dinner with fresh meat from the only place in town that seemed to sell any, and simply enjoyed each others company.

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 Honeymoon Under the Tuscan Sun

Our last full-day in Tuscany saw us taking a 2 hour journey to Castello di Banfi in Montelcino – a castle with beautiful manicured grounds, lunch with an amazing pinot grigio, and some pretty good views as far as the eye could see. Considering ourselves explorers by now, we left in pursuit of natural hot springs in a town named Saturnia. We had no address so were excited when the first signs appeared leading us in the right direction. The springs were as always, a little on the nose, but after you got used to it then you enjoyed the warm streaming waters.

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 Honeymoon Under the Tuscan Sun

That evening saw us returning to a recommended nearby restaurant with a friendly waiter who we encouraged to try the wine we had bought. In Italy they pop the cork and smell it, and ensure it is good wine before pouring. Luckily he gave his approval through broken English and we thanked him for his hospitality in piecemeal Italian. Communicating in a foreign language isn’t always easy, but with time comes experience and the use of certain words or phrases shows you are trying, which they appreciate.

 Honeymoon Under the Tuscan Sun

For me, a Tuscany honeymoon is the perfect destination to slow down, unwind, and give yourselves the break that isn’t often found in the months prior to your wedding. It has fine wine, fresh produce, vineyards for days, and surprising places such as the hot springs we found. Better yet, why not consider Tuscany for a destination wedding too!

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Amity and Alex’s Relaxed Bali Wedding

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

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Amity and Alex

Bali is certainly the place to go to unwind and today’s relaxed Bali wedding pretty much encapsulates the entire feeling that a destination wedding brings to life! The wedding day photographed by Windee Winata – PhotoFactory, Bali took place right on the beach, set against sky high cliffs in the most beautiful of locations. The couple chose Amity’s late mother’s birthday to marry, setting off two paper lanterns after dark – one in memory of her and one to celebrate their marriage.

Amity tells the story of how they met – which also happened in Bali! “We met around a hotel pool in Bali..Bit of a sliding doors moment as my friend and I weren’t meant to be staying in that hotel nor were Alex and his friends and their families. Apparently he had tried to talk to my friend and I, but we ignored him a few times, then unfortunately she got sick so I was hanging by the pool by myself when Alex and his best mate struck up a conversation and it went from there!”

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Amity’s bridesmaids wore gowns by Thurley while Amity chose a lace Anna Campbell gown.

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Amity and Alex married at Karma Kandara, Bali. Amity tells, “Both the ceremony and reception were held in the same spot – the most amazing little beach at the bottom of some pretty majestic cliffs…it felt like it was only us in the world that night! Neither of us are very religious so a church wedding was never an option…Bali is a special place to both of us and before we met we had always thought we would get married there…I saw a wedding on a photography blog I follow and just knew I had to get married on that beach!”

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The day was planned by Lauren from One and Only Bali Weddings and styled by Island Hitched. Amity noting “We loved Island Hitched – a bespoke styling and hiring service in Bali who created the magic you see in the photos. Lauren, our incredible wedding planner from One and Only weddings Bali – could not have been done without her organisation and care!”

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Amity remarks, “Going down the inclinator to get to the ceremony peeking over the side to see all my loved ones at the bottom of the cliff was something I will never forget!”

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Amity walked down the aisle to “Not fire, Not Ice” by Ben Harper.

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Of their photographer, Amity tells, “I had seen some of Windee’s work previously and was always impressed with the quality and style of the pictures! Not always the ‘typical’ weddings shots, with more of a photojournalistic style.”

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“The funniest moment of the day was when we were all posing for photos and a freak wave came rushing in absolutely saturating everyone. Luckily my dutiful MOH dove for the lace so only the underlay of the dress got sandy and wet. We know it was mum reminding us that she was there as no other wave came anywhere near that height! Can just picture her giggling to herself watching us run around screaming and laughing.”

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“We loved the fact that almost 60 of our closest friends and family made the effort to fly to Bali for our day – we knew it was a big ask and thought we would get half that! Looking around that night with my Husband, we knew we were loved and have some of the most amazing friends and family in the world! It was perfect as we got to spend our hens and bucks days over there, as well as a recovery party the day after. Spending time with everyone in one of our favourite places in the world! ”

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Amity and Alex wanted a certain feel to their reception, Amity tells. “I always wanted a really relaxed feel to our reception – more of a big party rather than anything formal. That’s why we went for the two long tables and no bridal table. We had set up off to the side another little area with beautiful Moroccan leather pouffes in natural tan, silver and white from one of my very talented bridesmaids company Ames collective and then another area where later in the night a bonfire was set up.

The flowers were all white with light greenery on top of burlap table runners. Scattered along the table were little silver tin lanterns with tea light candles amongst them which complimented the birdcages with flowers on top. Along with the little silver tins that we were giving our guests as gifts created a real Balinese feel. The location was so spectacular it didn’t really require much decoration, just lanterns over the tables and then a ring of tealights in the sand around the dining area and the dance floor.”

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Of their first dance, Amity remembers “The One I Love by David Gray…I think we changed our song about 20 times! Struggled to find something we both loved and that the words were right…This just ended up being perfect.”

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Photographer: Windee Winata - PhotoFactory, Bali / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Lauren from One and Only Bali Weddings / Styling: Island Hitched / Bride’s Dress: Anna Campbell / Groom’s Attire: Pants from Sportscraft and Shirt from Saba / Groomsmen Attire: Pants from Sportscraft and Shirt from Saba / Bridesmaid Dresses: Thurley / Hairstylist: Bali Edge Hair and Makeup / Makeup Artist: Bali Edge Hair and Makeup / Flowers & Decor: Karma Kandara / Invitations & Stationery: Anna Michelle Cards - Etsy / Venue: Karma Kandara, Bali / Band: Uluroots / Favors: Silver tin jasmine scented candles - Island Hitched / Cake Baker: Ixora Cakes / Wedding Rings: Bilingual Designs
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