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Tina & Wayne’s Chic Bali Destination Wedding

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


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Tina & Wayne

There is nothing quite like the party atmosphere of a destination wedding and when Tina and Wayne chose a chic Bali destination wedding for their special day, they made sure it was nothing less than the party of the year. Milque Photography and Films were there to capture the day!

Tina tells the story of how she and Wayne came to be. “Interestingly our two sons went to school together on the Gold Coast where my son and I lived. After holidaying together in Bali, with my now new husband, they wanted us to meet. We started taking over the phone whilst the boys were in Bali and continued to chat for 5 months before Wayne (my husband) flew back to the Gold Coast to take me out for lunch and meet me for the first time!”

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The bride chose a gown by Justin Alexander, noting, “Inspired by old world Hollywood actress screen siren – A-line, cream Alençon sheer lace embellished neckline, cream satin fitted and gathered bodice, embroidered chiffon floor length gown with court length lace beaded train…”

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Florette Bali  styled the wedding and floral arrangements for the day, Tina noting, “I had a Swarovski crystal and fresh flower chandelier made to hang over our ceremony walkway.”

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The bride remembers, “We did something a little different and had our guests walk down the aisle to us – where we were standing on a glass stage in the pool so it looked like we were floating – our song was the acoustic version with violin, Sam Smith, Latch.”

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Of their ceremony, Tina remembers, “We wanted romance with bit of humor, I have a good friend who is a celebrant however could not marry us as Bali has strict rules on legal marriages so I got her to do a reading for us that I designed myself – it was so beautiful.”

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Of their photographers, Tina remembers, “We had the best in Australia “Milque Photography and Films”. We flew the technician over from QLD and she also attended our festivities for the evening! She really took the time to find out what we wanted.”

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Tina and Wayne chose Batujimbar Estate for their wedding, noting, “We chose a private villa on the beach overlooking the ocean and Mt Agung. It had 7 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms. It had Balinese contemporary pavilion style dining by the pool, outdoor bales for entertaining – we stayed as a family for 3 days in the lead up to the wedding.”

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Tina says, “So much made it special. The fact that I waited so long for “the one” My family all staying together in our private villa so we could all bond before the wedding. Our friends taking time out from their busy lives, flying all the way from Australia to watch us exchange our vows. My brother being our MC and the speech he made for us… My son playing a special song on acoustic guitar for me during dinner.”

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“We wanted to stray away from tradition – so we decided not to have a first dance. Instead we danced the night away with our guests until 4am!”

Congratulations Tina and Wayne! Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us! Thank you also to Milque Photography and Films for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Milque Photography and Films / Stylist: Florette Bali / Bride’s Dress: Justin Alexander / Bride’s Shoes: Alan Pinkus / Bride’s Jewelry: Vera Wang / Groom’s Attire: Tommy Hilfiger / Groom’s Shoes: Tommy Hilfiger / Hairstylist: James Hewson / Makeup Artist: James Hewson / Flowers: Florette Bali / Invitations & Stationery: Giant Invitations / Venue: Batujimbar Estate / Musician: Jay Bishoff / Catering: Komune Bali / Cake Baker: Bee Cup

Adventurous Honeymoon: Abseiling

by | Honeymoons, Location Asia, Location Australia, Location New Zealand, Reviews


Samantha Chua


Image via The Professional Hobo 

What better way to take the trip of a lifetime than on your honeymoon? For couples who are seeking for an adventurous honeymoon, abseiling in these beautiful destinations sure brings a whole new meaning to “taking the plunge”!

1. Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

Just two hours south of Auckland, Waitomo Caves in New Zealand is highly rated by nature lovers and thrill-seekers alike. In fact, Tom Cruise loved the caves so much he visited four times! Adventure seekers can start their descend into the caves with a 100 metre free-hanging abseil, surrounded by lush rainforest. The further you drop, the less sunlight shines through, creating an other-worldly, dusk-like atmosphere.

Once you soak in the magical surroundings, spend the rest of the day wading, walking and swimming through the cavernous passages of the famous underground cave system. Discover giant fossil oysters and rock formation with your beloved and conclude the tour with a magical glow worm display.

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2. Ulu Gerentum Waterfall, Malaysia

Two-hours west of the bustling shopping mecca that is Kuala Lumpur is the Ulu Gerentum Waterfall where thrill-seekers can experience waterfall abseiling. A 30-minute ride away from the laid-back town of Gopeng, the Ulu Gerentum Waterfall is surrounded by tropical rainforests. Standing at 13 metres, the abseil down Ulu Gerentum Waterfall is perfect for beginners. After a morning introduction and safety briefing by the instructors, you will be abseiling down the rocky waterfall with cool water splashing on you – a welcoming reprieve from the afternoon heat!

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3. Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Closer to home in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, couples seeking adventure can abseil down waterfalls, or take the multi-pitch abseiling trips overlooking the iconic Three Sisters rock formation. A great spot to escape from the everyday life, revel in the quietness and remoteness with your new spouse. There are many abseiling points within the Blue Mountain ranges for adventure seekers with different levels of difficulties, offering spectacular views. The guides at Blue Mountain Wild Adventures will even set up a little cliffside picnic during the descent with tea, coffee and delicious homemade treats. What a great way to celebrate your love and sense of adventure!

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Guaranteed to get the adrenalin flowing, abseiling is a ‘must do’ for adventure-seeking honeymooners!

Honeymoons A – Z: Amalfi Coast

by | Honeymoons, Honeymoons A-Z, Location Europe


Naomi Neilson


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Lying beneath the endless blue skies and surrounded by iridescently clear blue sea is the Amalfi Coast, Italy’s breathtakingly picturesque collection of colourful houses and spectacular views.

The beauty of the coast, the white sand you can sink your toes into, and the many wonderful places to visit makes the Amalfi Coast one of the most beautiful and romantic destinations for a honeymoon. Take a relaxing trip around the coast to check out the too-beautiful-for-words honeymoon location. Here’s our pick of the ‘Top 5s’ when visiting the Amalfi Coast.


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5 Places to Stay:

There are so many beautiful places to stay when you visit the Amalfi Coast. The spectacular coastline allows for breathtaking views and you’re guaranteed to see them all at any number of Amalfi Coast’s hotels and villas. Here are our top five favourite places to stay to take advantage of these picture postcard views.

1. Monastro Santa Roca, Conca dei Marini

Set amongst tiered gardens, the renovated 17th century Monastery has been decorated with beautiful furnishings and a view that can only be achieved when perched dramatically on the edge of a cliff. There are so many wonderful features to discover at this absolutely gorgeous hotel!


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2. La Sirenuse Hotel

This gem is incredibly romantic, and definitely worth every cent. The luxurious rooms and renowned restaurants are only some of the amazing features up for offer. This is an excellent choice for those seeking central locations, wonderful spas, and spectacular views all around!


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3. Casa Angelina Priano

This absolutely stunning hotel is a breath of fresh air compared to the more traditional alternatives. With stunning artworks, white-furnished rooms, and an excellent rooftop restaurant, this is a rare contemporary hotspot on the coast.


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4. Conca D’Ora, Positano

Previously an ancient villa in Positano, the hotel is now a romantic and relaxing escape for couples. Enjoy the hotels central location, beautiful views, and enchanting candle-lit dinners overlooking the bay.


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5. Belmond Hotel Caruso, Ravello

The Belmond Hotel is an absolutely gorgeous choice for your honeymoon; from the rooftop’s well-renowned restaurant, the Belvedere, to the fairytale-like architecture and the pool-side panoramic views. In the heart of beautiful Ravello, this hotel is a big favourite for couples enjoying the Amalfi Coast.


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5 Places to Visit:

There are so, so many places to visit on the Amalfi Coast, and so many of them are perfect for a honeymoon. Here are our favourites.

1. Villa Cimbrone Gardens, Ravello

If you’re in Ravello (and we highly recommend that you visit), stop by the Villa Cimbrone where you can visit the gorgeous gardens and experience all of the spectacular views that Ravello has up for offer.


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2. Amalfi Cathedral, the Duomo

This charming Cathedral is the cultural heart of Amalfi, and is surrounded by beauty and history.

3. Castello di Arechi, Salerno

For Salerno’s world-renowned landmark, head up to the dramatically towering Castello di Arechi. Here make sure you enjoy the views and, if you’re lucky, attend a concert of two.

4. Sentiero delgi Dei, Amalfi Coast

It’s a bit of a hike—but it’s so worth it! All the places listed here can boast some wonderful views, but for the best head up the ‘Trail of the Gods’ where you will come across vineyards and caves and be greeted with the most spectacular views in all of the Amalfi Coast!


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5. Pompeii

Although not technically the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii is most easily accessible via Sorrento. This is perfect for history buffs or adventurous couples. Take a couple of hours to visit the unique world frozen in time.

5 Things to Do:

Although it would be easy to simply lay by the luxurious pools overlooking the breathtaking coast for the entirety of your stay, there are loads of things to do on the Amalfi Coast.

1. Rent a Vespa and Explore!

The Amalfi Coast is a treasure trove of gorgeous locations and breathtaking views, and it is possible to see it all in one trip (if you plan it right!). Renting a Vespa is the most romantic (and convenient) way to tour the coast, but it’s just as accessible by car or on foot. There are a ton of places that rent out Vespa’s for your convenience, and one of our favourites is Penisola Rent in Sorrento.


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2. Eat Pizza in Naples

The birthplace of pizza… the crème de le crème of pizza bars! If you want a real, mouth-watering slice, the likes of which you’ve never tasted before, then stopping by Naples is an absolute must! Our favourite place to get pizza, and other delicious Italian dishes, is the Pizzeria Starita.


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3. Capri Cruise from Sorrento

Venture out into the turquoise waters and explore the Amalfi Coast from afar! This is an absolutely breathtaking experience! Either charter your own boat or hop on a tour, like the spectacular cruises which Oceania Cruises offers, and take in the sights from beautiful coastal waters.

4. Wine Tours and Tastings

What’s more romantic than vineyard tours and wine tastings? Especially on the Amalfi Coast? This is a must-do on your honeymoon! For the best experience, take a private, intimate tour of the vineyards across Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello with a sommelier from Swirl the Glass.


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5. Just… Explore!

Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, the Amalfi Coast has so much to see and do. Don’t just settle in one spot—take a detour and discover some of the more secluded hidden gems. Take the off-the-beaten-track, or just walk along the coast… and just explore everything!


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With some of the most breathtaking views imaginable at every turn, luxurious hotels and villas to stay in between exploration of the coast, and its overall relaxed, romantic vibe, the Amalfi Coast is an absolutely stunning option for a honeymoon – just heaven!


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: With a unique history and picture postcard views at every turn, the Amalfi Coast is a honeymooners’ paradise; definitely worth a visit if Italy is on your list!

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