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An Italian Love Affair – A Look At Where To Stay In Italy For Your Wedding Or Honeymoon

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location Europe

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Simon Of Simon Peter Taylor Photography
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Varenna, Lake Como

Hello there!

Recently my wife Simone and I were lucky enough to be invited to photograph some destination weddings in Italy. The country is dotted with the most picturesque locations for weddings and honeymoons so I thought I would share with you some of our favourite places from our trip to Italy. We’ve also included a few places of accommodation if you’re wondering where to stay in Italy. Of course the best time to enjoy these locations is the European Summer…enjoy!

AMALFI COAST

This winding rugged coastline is dotted with chocolate box towns jutting out of the mountains. Positano and Ravello are the most picturesque. We suggest staying at La Sirenuse or Palazzo Murat in Positano. Also, the island of Capri, only a 30 minute boat ride from Positano is the playground of the jet-seters and has the best shopping and dining to match. You will feel like you’ve stepped back to the 1950’s on the Italian Riviera! Suggested hotels are JK Place and Capri Tiberio Palace.

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 View of Positano from La Sirenuse

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 Capri

LAKE COMO

The most beautiful location we have ever seen for a wedding was Villa Balbianello on Lake Como – it was in the James Bond and Star Wars movies. The amazing thing is that anyone can use this stunning villa and gardens for their ceremony. Villa Melzi in Bellagio is also gorgeous and what better way to tour the local towns or arrive to your reception than by boat! A luxury honeymoon at Villa Deste would be divine, or for more budget options try the pretty town of Varenna.

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Garden of Villa Balbianello, Lake Como

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Villa Melzi, Lake Como

VENICE

Venice is heaving with tourists through the day but once the sun goes down the streets seem to empty and you can get lost amongst the back lanes and canals with your lover. So romantic! Hotel Cipriani is a beautiful place to stay.

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Venice by day and night

TUSCANY

Hiring a villa in Tuscany is a great way to do a destination wedding – everyone can stay at the same property and enjoy the festivities over a few days. Driving to wineries around the countryside or chilling by the pool make for a relaxing holiday. Villas include Tenuta di Sticciano, Villa Palagina, Villa Bordoni, and Catureglio.

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Catureglio – villa outside Lucca, Tuscany

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Tenuta di Sticciano, Tuscany

Images by Simon Peter Taylor Photography

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Ms Gingham says: Fantastic article with lots of useful accommodation leads, not to mention the amazing images!

About Simon Peter Taylor Photography: “By now you know my name is Simon and that I am a Brisbane Wedding Photographer. I love all things music, design, architecture and contribute to a blog called notcoolyet. Above else, I love my model / muse / wife – Simone, and my new darling daughter – Sophie.”

Anna and Dmitry’s Intimate Seychelles Destination Wedding

by | Honeymoons, Inspired Destination Weddings, Inspired Weddings

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Polka Dot Bride
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Anna & Dmitry

Anna and Dmitry flew all the way from Russia to marry on Silhouette island, Seychelles. Apart from the fact Seychelles looks warm and dreamy right now in the midst of winter, it looks like the most beautiful place to pledge your i dos.

Claire Morgan captured the wedding photographs- the stunning location and the intimate moments.

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For their wedding, Anna says “We chose the Hilton Labriz on Silhouette Island which is just a short boat ride from the main island of Mahe. It is a marine national park, with only 200 inhabitants and the Hilton is the only hotel on the island. We loved the intimate and secluded feel, and of course the beauty of the beaches and landscape!”

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“We actually experienced very stormy and rainy weather during our time on the Seychelles, which is common for that time of year. It was raining heavily on the morning of the wedding thus the ceremony was moved indoors (it was supposed to take place on the beach). However as soon as I was set to depart (by buggy) to the ceremony, the weather cleared and we were blessed with beautiful sunshine!”

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Anna chose the Papilio by Alena Goretskaya for her wedding gown.

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“We had local creole dancers and a band perform for us after the wedding, and we happily joined in the dancing and fun! In the evening Dmitry’s parents sang Russian songs for us and his brother provided the music.”

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Of their photographer, Anna says, “Photography was a priority and one of the vital parts of our wedding as we wanted to capture all the emotions and impressions of the birth of our family. After receiving our photos from Claire it is hard to say all the emotions, memories and feelings that were awoken in me. She is an amazing person, a true professional and an outstanding photo-artist. We are so happy and proud that she was our wedding photographer. I felt as if she put a bit of herself behind the photos and as if she went through the same swirl of emotions and worries of the day as we did! ”  Intimate Seychelles Wedding 36 Anna and Dmitrys Intimate Seychelles Destination Wedding

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Anna describes the day as, “An intimate family affair in a dream destination”.

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“For our first dance everyone helped to lay out tealight candles on the dance floor in the shape of a heart. The lights were dimmed and we performed a special dance in the middle of the heart for our family to the ‘Irish Wedding Song’ by Andy Cooney. I used to be a ballerina so incorporated some ballet twirls and moves into the dance.”

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Congratulations Anna and Dmitry! Thank you for sharing your day with us Thank you also to Claire Morgan for sharing the wedding with us today!

Photographer: Claire Morgan / Bride’s Dress: Papilio by Alena Goretskaya / Bride's Shoes (Ceremony): Carlo Pazolini / Bride's Shoes (Reception): Loriblu / Venue: Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa

The Polka Dot Travel Lounge – Halina from Greece and Mediterranean Travel Centre

by | Destinations, Honeymoons

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Today we are joined by the well-travelled Halina, Managing Director of Greece and Mediterranean Travel Centre. A destination specialist that deals with, you guessed it, Greece and the Mediterranean – bliss! Halina travels to Greece on a yearly basis, so is the go-to lady for the best accommodation and beautiful scenery. They also help organise weddings in Santorini! So prepare to be whisked away the breath-taking and ever-romantic places with Halina in the Polka Dot Travel Lounge!

What is your favourite region? The Mediterranean with its clear aqua waters and exquisite beaches offers everything you could want in a honeymoon or a fantastic getaway. The Greek Islands are the perfect place to indulge with amazing authentic Greek recipes to Michelin star restaurants. There is an array of spa treatments on offer and water sports for the more adventurous. I visit every year and can’t wait to get back every year. We also help organise weddings in Santorini and the photos undoubtably bring a smile to my teams’ faces. Always so beautiful with the amazing Mediterranean waters in the background that seems to go forever.

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For the romantics, Santorini is often the first choice for travellers. The sunsets over the Caldera and the most photographed worldwide and it’s not surprising because they are breath taking. It’s a magical feeling. My resort pics would have to be Canaves, located in Oia, offers freshly renovated rooms and a friendly warm environment. On The Rocks is a delight to behold as you soak away your worries at the pool bar or sit on your private balcony and watch the ships sail by.  Carved into the side of the rock Sun Rocks is an amazing romantic holiday. All three have exceptional service by lovely staff that want to make your holiday a memory you want won’t to let go of. In Mykonos, The Mykonos Grand and Petasos Beach offer the ultimate hidden experience on an island known for partying and celebrations.

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Your suggestions for great honeymoon activities

Walks through Oia as the sun sets over Santorini, sipping cocktails by the pool as you soak in the sun, visiting one of the many beautiful beaches with the black, red or yellow sand. You can also take a sunset dinner cruise on a small catamaran with a maximum of 16 people in Santorini or do tours from Mykonos to Delos, cruise around the island or take a day trip to Super Paradise Beach with its spectacular blue water and where you arrive by boat.

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The ideal location for a proposal?

We just had someone propose on a sunset cruise in Santorini, the captain and the crew was involved in the moment and were minding the ring while the couple swam. As the sun went down the groom got down on his knee. Beautiful! For me I think on the privacy of your balcony overlooking the water in Santorini would make for a magical moment, with the hotel providing a private dinner and champagne.

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Amorgos! It is such an amazing and untouched paradise! You can discover the island on foot, spend your days at the local Tavernas or at the 5 star resort. It offers the best of everything and best of all the lack of tourists makes it the perfect escape.

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I’m now dreaming of the Mediterranean sunshine and crystal clear waters – thanks so much Halina! If you’d like to spend your Honeymoon discovering the delights of this amazing part of the world, head over to Greece and Mediterranean Travel Centre for all the best spots!

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