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Abby and Ryan’s Fiji Destination Wedding

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

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Abby and Ryan

Escaping for destination weddings is always once of my favourite ways to spend a Wednesday on Polka Dot Honeymoons and when you head to somewhere like Fiji I am in even more of a dream land! Abby and Ryan invited their guests and their photographers- The Follans to be there on their special, tropical inspired wedding day in beautiful Fiji.

Abby tells the story of how they came to be. “I met Ryan when I was 15 and he was 18 (16 & 19 by the time we were dating)…. We met while Ryan was holidaying in my home town Toowoon Bay on the central coast. I walked past his caravan on the way to the beach & we got chatting he put his number in my phone & after a few months of talking on the phone non stop we decided to start dating spending alternate weekends on the coast & Sydney. We got married on our 13th anniversary. ”

Abby and Ryan  chose Wananavu Beach Resort for their wedding, Abby remarking, “It was perfect – Ryan & I had an amazing time! The staff at Wananavu beach resort are so lovely & welcoming- they knew all of our 50 guests by name from day one. It’s such a beautiful destination!”

Abby walked down the aisle to ‘I wanna grow old with you’ – Adam Sandler.

Abby describes the wedding as, “A fun outdoor tropical oasis, laid a back mood with our closest friends & family.”

 

Of their photographers, Abby remarks, “The Follans were amazing, we highly recommend these guys!! Our photos turned out fantastic! They put so much effort into our wedding! They took such natural beautiful photos everyone comments on how great our wedding photos are!! They were really friendly, relaxed and professional! ”

Abby made her own jewels for the day, explaining, “I’m a jeweller and own my own jewellery business; made designer jewellery (Made Designer Jewellery) so it was exciting to make our wedding rings, my engagement ring, my earrings & necklace! I also made Swarovski crystal bling for my bouquet.”

Guests dined under palm trees and paper lanterns, Abby remembering, “The reception was a lot of fun.. Because we choose not to have a bridal party we had two seats at each table & rotated around to sit & chat to all our guests! Also I loved how much everyone was up dancing all night I think bare foot on the sand had something to do with it …”

 

For their first dance, Abby remembers, “I really wanted to get some dance lessons but we ran out of time so I was quite nervous about our first dance but it was amazing it felt like we were in our own little bubble just enjoying the moment and had fun with it! We both thought it was perfect, we danced to Alicia Key’s if I ain’t got you. ”

Abby loved, ” Having a live band! we have always been big fans of live music so we were so excited about Kulture Band and they were fantastic.”

Congratulations Abby and Ryan! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to The Follans for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: The Follans / Cinematographer: Skeletonkeymedia / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Keleni Vukunisiga / Bride’s Dress: Cizzy Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Bride’s Jewelry: Made Designer Jewellery / Hairstylist: Hair N Mkp Perfectionist / Makeup Artist: Hair N Mkp Perfectionist / Flowers & Decor: Wananavu Beach Resort / Venue: Wananavu Beach Resort / Band: Kulture Band

Luxury Honeymoons – Cremorne Point Manor Sydney

by | Destinations, Honeymoons

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Natasha Pavez
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Maybe you call the city home and couldn’t bear to leave. Maybe you’ve never really spent time in a city and you’ve decided your honeymoon’s the best time to visit. Whatever your reason, Cremorne Point Manor is a small slice of luxury surrounded by all the best Sydney has to offer.

Entrance

Cremorne Point Manor is, to put it simply, beautiful. The 19th century Federation-style hotel is set on Sydney Harbour’s prestigious North Shore. Only five minutes walk to the unique Cremorne Reserve parklands,  Cremorne Point Manor also has breathtaking views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and the city skyline – something every Sydney honeymooner should experience!

Cremorne Point Manor is also close to a variety of shops, cafes, restaurants and theatres – you’ll never be lost for something to do! They’re also only a 10 minute trip from Taronga Zoo, definitely one location you’ll want to check out. You can spend lazy days on nearby Manly Beach and North Beach, or indulge in some fish and chips on Balmoral Beach. The world is your oyster!

Breakfast

Now you know what’s nearby, let’s check out the Manor itself! Unlike larger hotels, Cremorne Point Manor doesn’t charge its guests for the simple things, so you’ll be able to enjoy free wifi in your room and free local and national calls from the lobby – one less cost to worry about! Most rooms come with stunning views, but guests are also treated to unrivaled Sydney Harbour views from the guest balcony, located on the Manor’s upper floors. You’ll also be treated to a continental breakfast every morning of your stay. Have any special requests? The staff at Cremorne Point Manor are more than happy to help however they can!

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There are a range of rooms at Cremorne Point Manor for you to choose from, each beautifully appointed so you’ll be in absolute comfort every moment of your stay. For ultimate luxury, try the King Spa Suite. With a luxurious Jacuzzi tub built for two and separate lounge, this large room is the perfect hideaway for newlyweds. If the harbour views are your cup of tea, check out the Queen Bay View Room – views of Mosman Bay will greet you every morning and night!

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Sydney’s never looked so picturesque, has it? Old-world charm meets new world conveniences – it’s luxury on your doorstep. For more information, check out Cremorne Point Manor’s website.

Eleni and Sean’s Greece Destination Wedding

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

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Eleni and Sean

A Greece destination wedding always gets me inspired- there is something about the incredible contrast of white buildings against the beautiful blue sky and water that makes for a stunning wedding location. Eleni and Sean traveled to Greece to celebrate their marriage with their loved ones and were captured by photographer Theodoros Chliapas.

Eleni and Sean tell their story. “We had a chance meeting in Athens seven years ago. Eleni was traveling with a friend (her matron of honour, Emma) in Europe, and it was the last night of her holiday. Sean was also on the last night of his trip after 10 days in the Greek islands with friends. We spent just under 24 hours together in Athens before returning to our homes in Sydney and London. After six months of getting to know each other from opposite sides of the world, Sean moved to Sydney to be with Eleni.”

Of their decision to wed in Greece, Eleni and Simon tell, “We decided to return to Greece to be married as it is such a special place for us. We both have more family in Europe than Australia – Eleni’s father is from Greece and Sean’s mother is from Scotland. We were able to meet many of each other’s family members for the first time in the days leading up to the wedding. Once our immediate families in Australia told us they would like to come to Greece, it was an easy decision.”

The bride’s father did her hair! ” Eleni’s dad has owned a hair salon for over 40 years. Despite him being on holiday, he had six non-paying clients on our wedding day!”

Of their photographer, the newlyweds tell, “We found Theodoros after a fairly exhaustive search online. We absolutely loved the way he captures the true spirit and special moments of weddings. We waited with bated breath to hear whether he was available and, to our relief, he was. We are so pleased with our initial photos and cannot wait to see the rest.”

Eleni chose a wedding gown by Karen Willis Holmes with her bridesmaids in green frocks from Rodeo Show.

The bride and bridesmaids took a boat to the ceremony, with only a minor hiccup. “Sean arranged Eleni’s boat to the wedding (on the day of the wedding!). He remembered everything other than to leave her some cash to pay for the taxis to the port. Eleni had to go to an ATM in the middle of town in her wedding dress and her pin wouldn’t work. After many phone calls, Theo (our photographer) came to the rescue when we met him at the port.”

“In Greek weddings, you walk down the aisle as a couple after meeting for a kiss at the door of the church. Sean’s mother is a singer and sang ‘Feeling Good’ by Nina Simone as Eleni walked up the steps to the church with her father.”

Eleni and Sean were married atPanagitsa tou Pirgou. They tell, “Panagitsa tou Pirgou (Παναγίτσα του Πύργου) is the most prominent church in Skopelos Town. It is impossible to miss as you catch the ferry into the port. It was an easy choice!”

Guests enjoyed a sunset cruise following the ceremony.

Molos Taverna was chosen for then reception, Eleni and Sean tell, “Molos Restaurant was just about the only restaurant with a website on the island. We just went with it and couldn’t have been happier with the lovely family who run it and helped us with whatever we needed. Nothing was too much trouble!”

For wedding favors, the couple went with something traditional, remembering, ” We put together some boxes for the ‘koufeta’ (sugared almonds). In Greek tradition, they are given to guests in an amount that is indivisible. This represents the concept that the number cannot be divided and as so, the new couple will never be divided or break up. The sugar coating represents the hope that life will be blessed with more sweetness than bitterness.”

As for their first dance, they tell, “We didn’t really do one, but some Greek dancing did happen after dinner.”

Congratulations on your marriage Eleni and Sean. Thank you to Theodoros Chliapas for sharing these beautiful images.

Photographer: Theodoros Chliapas / Cinematographer: Vasilis Lotsios / Flowers & Decor: Ioanna Micheli / Bride’s Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s Jewelry: Karen Willis Holmes / Groom’s Attire: J.Crew / Groomsmen Attire: J.Crew / Groomsmen Attire: TM Lewin / Bridesmaid Dresses: Rodeo Show / Bridesmaid Shoes: Their own / Bridesmaid Accessories: Nadri / Hairstylist: Eleni's father - Salon Philippe Woollahra 0293632510 / Makeup Artist: Eleni had a tutorial from Lien Davies and did her own / Invitations & Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Ceremony Venue: Panagitsa tou Pirgou / Ceremony Musicians: Sean's mother- Isabella Miller Bell / Reception Venue: Molos Taverna / Cake Baker: Tourtes / Wedding Rings: 1791 Diamonds
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