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Eleanor and Jason’s Hamilton Island Wedding

by | Honeymoons, Inspired Destination Weddings, Inspired Weddings

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 Eleanor & Jason

A destination wedding on Hamilton Island might be just the ticket for the cold weather blues I know many are experiencing this week. Eleanor and Jason chose somewhere special to them for their wedding locale, Eleanor explaining, “I have been to Hamilton Island many times over the years, and it was always a special place. In fact, 7 years ago, a long time before Jason came along, I looked at that little white chapel on the hill and told my friends I was going to get married there, so I did! Jason was very happy with the decision too, he much preferred a tropical island, than the winery’s I was looking at when we were originally thinking of getting married in Melbourne, where we live. In his words long after the decision was made, was “why would I want to get married in a winery, I don’t even like wine”!

We actually met online! After a few weeks of emails, we finally met up at Little Creatures on Brunswick St Melbourne, and we hit it off straight away!”

Wesley Beelders captured today’s beautiful images!

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“We did all the stationery ourselves, which had a travel theme. We sent out save the dates shaped as airline tickets, our proper invitations were presented as passports, and our RSVP cards were luggage tags! We also did our own menus, place cards and table plan. I am proud that we could do it all ourselves, but it was certainly very time consuming, so there were a few stressful tears along the way, but as long as you give yourself plenty of time, it doesn’t have to be that way, and so rewarding at the end.”

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Eleanor chose a strapless gown by Mariana Hardwick. Noting, “It was so hard finding a store that I felt I could choose a number of dresses, not just finding one if I was lucky! Beautiful dresses, made in Melbourne.”

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For the processional, Eleanor remembers, “My bridesmaids and myself walked down the aisle to ‘Beloved One’, by Ben Harper. Such beautiful lyrics, it had a few people in tears! ” The ceremony was held at All Saints Chapel.

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Of their photographer, Eleanor tells,  “He did a great job, above and beyond what we could have hoped for. There are so many wedding photographers out there, but there are few who I believe are really talented. We were even very lucky to be able to use him, because Hamilton Island is actually a private island and you need a license to work up there. We originally were told we couldn’t use anyone external (they have there own photographers) but they ended up making an exception in this case. ”

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“We headed up a week before the wedding and told our 79 guests that they were more than welcome to join us, and many of them did! It was so nice sharing the lead up to the wedding with them, especially on a tropical island! It really allowed us to catch up with people properly, because on the day itself it is almost impossible to get around to everyone to say hello, let alone have a decent conversation with them.”

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“A special moment was when Jason stole me away from the reception for 5 minutes just to have a moment together to take it all in. The day flies by, and you just have to stand there sometimes and watch it, otherwise you might end up with great memories of the two of you, but not everyone else.”

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Hamilton Island Yacht Club was chosen for the reception, Eleanor noting, “We had our reception at the Hamilton Island Yacht Club, Ketter and Cutch rooms, and it was amazing! Such beautiful views out over the water and there was a deck that our guests could go out on, which is where they had canapés and watched the sunset whilst we had our photos taken. Everyone keeps telling us how amazing the food was there too, and it was! Everything was simply delicious, it turned into a highlight for us!”

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“My 80 year old Nanna, who was petrified of flying, and couldn’t fly alone was determined to come up. It wasn’t until about a month before the wedding that my Aunty (who couldn’t take any time off work) decided she also had to come, so they flew up Saturday, and flew home Sunday, that’s an enormous effort for anyone, let alone someone petrified of flying, 80 and not very well! Also, Jason (who is South African) had a surprise guest from South Africa that we managed to keep a secret right until the end. It was so good to surprise him like that, he was so happy! I wished we had kept a few more a secret!”

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“There were a few “traditions” that we didn’t have, and the first dance was one of them. Some people were a bit shocked by what we were leaving out (particularly the first dance and no cake!), but we don’t think anything was lacking on the day, and if anything allowed people to really enjoy themselves and let their hair down early on, as we got the formalities out of the way quite quickly!”

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Congratulations Eleanor and Jason! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Wesley Beelders for sharing today’s images with us!

Photographer: Wesley Beelders / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Sarnia Rose of Hamilton Island Weddings / Styling & Hire: I Do Events / Bride’s Dress: Mariana Hardwick / Bride’s Shoes: Alan Pinkus / Bride’s Jewelry: Tiffany & Co / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Ganton & Tommy Hilfiger / Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way / Hairstylist: Island Hair & Beauty 07 4946 8244. / Flowers & Decor: Hamilton Island Florist / Invitations & Stationery: Hanamade using materials from Cristina Re & Paper Point / Ceremony Officiant: Wayne McHugh / Ceremony Venue: All Saints Chapel / Reception Venue: Hamilton Island Yacht Club

Bombshell Bay’s “Pacifica Botanica” – Honeymoon Swimwear

by | Honeymoon Essentials, Honeymoons

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Natasha Pavez
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With summer coming, Bombshell Bay is about to release their new collection, the gorgeous “Pacifica Botanica”. It features Bombshell Bay‘s trademark “sexy without the skimp” style paired with exotic colours, patterns and print, making you feel like a goddess from honeymoon to home.

All Bombshell Bay fabrics have been designed in Australia and are of the highest quality, so you know that you’re getting a piece that will last. The collection’s signature print, “Pacifica Botanica” fabric, is available from resortwear to honeymoon swimwear.

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Bombshell Bay‘s owner and designer, Emily Doig, explains the inspiration behind the current collection. “When designing this latest range, I wanted to create a new twist on the Hawaiian tropical theme with darker, more mysterious patterns that reflect lush jungles, birds and exotic flowers. It’s a little piece of paradise that will ensure you make a statement and feel great at the beach.”

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Every piece designed by Bombshell Bay creates the most flattering silhouette possible, so you’re always looking stunning either poolside or at the beach. High-waisted bottoms, underwired cups and removable straps make these swimsuits versatile for all body shapes (all designs are offered from sizes 8-16). The range of designs makes choosing the perfect swimsuit for you as easy as could be.

“Pacifica Botanica” offers striking one pieces, high-waisted bikinis for that retro feel, and even rash shirts (designed with UV50 and sun protection) that coordinate with your swimsuit.  I’m in love with ‘Island in the Sun’, a one piece with a cute peplum trim. This one’s available in coral and fuschia.

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Looking for something to throw over your bathing suit? Yep, Bombshell Bay have you covered. Shorts, harem pants, a pretty shift dress and a funky jumpsuit are all available, giving you pieces that work anywhere from the beach to the bar.

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The new collection is available to preorder now, and will be released in September. Check them out online (you can order them here too!), see their stockists, or follow them on Facebook.

Photos by Bombshell Bay.

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My ‘Big Five’ of South Africa – Top Five Places To Visit In South Africa

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location Africa

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There is something incredible about going far out of your own country – away from everything familiar – and venturing to see another part of the world. When one of my cousins came to Australia for our wedding over 6 years ago, he mentioned that Brisbane was ‘flat’. I didn’t understand what he meant until we unfolded our cramped legs after a 27 hour flight and got to see the beauty that surrounds Cape Town, South Africa.

Everywhere you looked there were mountain ranges and rugged coastline. Agapanthus littered the scape, and every now and then a baboon would peak out its head and remind you… this is Africa. So if I’ve peaked your interest and you’re thinking of travelling to this amazing land, here are my top five places to visit in South Africa.

1. Table Mountain
I have to start with the obvious, after all, it has been voted as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. The city and suburbs surround this magnificent mountain, and so, on a clear sunny day, we braved the throngs of tourists and headed up. After queuing for some time and chiding ourselves for not bringing sunscreen, we moved forward with a surge into the revolving cable cart. Five minutes later we stepped out onto a maze of pathways, landscaped gardens, and picture-perfect views. We spent three hours basking in the sunshine and taking in the sights below us. Clouds started to creep across the mountain and fell softly over the edge like a misty waterfall. Being up so high simply felt magical!

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2. Wine Country
A day out in the vineyards? Yes please! A group of six of us wound our way an hour east to Solms Delta Wine Estate in Franschhoek. Our first impression = gorgeous! The restaurant has see-through flooring to the original foundations, and there is a tractor willing you to hop onboard with picnic basket in hand and secure a private spot within the vineyard. With a wine rep in our midst, we opted for wine tasting and a cheeseboard underneath a canopy of trees. I may not have ever liked red wine in Australia, but South African reds have converted me. A walk through the grapevines followed by a Chocolate Discovery Tour at Huguenot made this day one of the best I experienced on our holiday.

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3. Safari
A week and a half into our trip, hubby and I set off by ourselves for safari (yes, you can’t not go on safari when in Africa!). This deserves its very own post so read all about Botlierskop Private Game Reserve here in Sundowners and Safari. P.S. I want this big kitty!

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4. Boulders Beach
I am SO glad that we decided to extend our trip before we left, otherwise we may have missed out on this gem of a place. Boulders Beach was ranked in the Top 10 Beaches in the World in 2012, and it definitely did not disappoint. For a small fee, you could enter Boulders and see African penguins at their finest. These little guys were everywhere and cameras were clicking in overdrive. Sure, they may not be the fastest on land, but they are torpedos once they hit the water. Although these furry creatures were a main attraction, I think I was impressed more by the crystal clear turquoise waters… and the warmth. Finally I had found a place to swim where I could still feel my toes!

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Boulders Beach South Africa My Big Five of South Africa Top Five Places To Visit In South Africa

5. Cape of Good Hope
This was a tricky fifth choice. I dabbled between the Cango Caves, Biscuit Mill Markets, and an array of other places we visited. However, my judicial decision came down to the fact that this was the first time I felt like this was the Africa I had anticipated. We were surprised by many things during our time, but those trees fulfilled my expectations. They were wild and beautiful and the crisp air was refreshment in itself. We took a rail-cart to the top and saw a dassie nibbling flowers from a shrub (basically a giant guinea pig cross wombat). The views were again amazing – I don’t know if you could get tired of staring out into the elusiveness of the ocean. Even the drive was memorable with colourful pincushion trees dotting the landscape.

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Cape Town and its surrounds truly left a mark on my life, and I would encourage you to consider this incredible location for the honeymoon of a lifetime!

Images taken by Ms Chevron

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