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Anna & Paul’s Lisbon Destination Wedding

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


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Anna & Paul

We do adore a destination wedding here at Polka Dot Bride and Anna and Paul’s choice of a Lisbon destination wedding may have just enchanted our Portugal loving hearts! Anna and Paul worked with Piteira Photography  to capture their beautiful day.

Anna tells, “We met at London at a house party.W e chose Lisbon as the destination of our wedding as it such a beautiful old city with steep hills and vintage trams and it was also the city in which we got engaged!”

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Anna wore a cream lace dress by Dolce & Gabbana while the groom chose to have his suit custom made by  Beggars Run London . The bride telling, “My dress was made by Dolce & Gabbana and purchased from their Old Bond Street store in London. I chose it because I thought it would suit the Lisbon theme with the vintage trams etc. I was also looking for a short wedding dress and something different. The experience was great, I was treated to a little bottle of Moet Champagne and all the staff made the whole experience lots of fun.”

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Of their photographer, Anna notes, “We loved their style of photography, it was exactly what we wanted and everyone has made comments that our wedding photos looked like something from a magazine shoot. They really looked after us and took us to some great locations for our shoot, they were really friendly and had some great ideas. They made our day lots of fun.”

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Anna and Paul were married at Lisbon City Hall, noting, “We chose to get married at the Praça do Município (city hall) because it was such a beautiful and grand old building which overlooked one of the main squares.”

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“We wanted our wedding day to be relaxed as possible but we also wanted to do something different as everyone travelled to Portugal from various countries so we organised a vintage tram tour to take the guests from the wedding venue to the restaurant. The tour included guides who provided Port and pasteis de nata (traditional custard tart) along with a brief history of Lisbon landmarks.”

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Guests adjourned to for the reception to Pharmacia Restaurant. “We chose the Restaurante Pharmacia for our wedding reception as it is set an amazing building with a quirky pharmacy theme, which appealed to Anna who is also a pharmacist. The dining room had a balcony with a terrace garden which overlooked the whole bay. The food was exceptional and traditional.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds! Thanks for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Piteira Photography for sharing today’s destination wedding!

Photographer: Piteira Photography / Wedding Planner: Wedding Portugal / Bride’s Dress: Dolce & Gabbana / Bride’s Shoes: Emmy London / Groom’s Suit: Beggars Run London / Groom’s Shoes: Grenson London / Ceremony Venue: Lisbon City Hall / Ceremony Officiant: Jorg Helms / Reception Venue: Pharmacia Restaurant / Favors: Chocolate Sardines
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Post Wedding Bliss At Pier One Sydney

by | Honeymoons, Location Australia, Reviews


Lisa Perkovic


Image via Expedia

If you’re getting married in Sydney you’ll know all about Pier One Sydney Harbour. Not because of its chic event spaces, which coincidentally are booked out almost every weekend of the year, or even because of its fabulous suites that have a bath tub and a view just crying out for a special occasion, but because of its location. Pier One sits right in front of one of the city’s most coveted wedding photo opportunities. In a city as photogenic as Sydney, that’s saying something.


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On any given Saturday you’ll find the line of bridal parties outside the hotels sometimes three or four deep, all waiting for their turn to pose on the small wharf at Ives Steps jutting out over the harbour at Dawes Point, almost right under the Harbour Bridge, and right next to the hotel. It’s a backdrop money can’t buy, literally, it’s one of the few locations around the harbour where you don’t need to pay for a permit to take photos.

The day after this bride’s wedding, safely ensconced in one of the Harbour View Suites, was spent looking down at the newlyweds waiting to be snapped. The voyeuristic lure of watching other brides on their big day, the day after my own big day was surprisingly strong. I spent about an hour checking out everything from dress and makeup to flowers and bridal cars (Hummer limos seemed to be the vehicle of choice at the time) and demolished half a block of chocolate at the same time (no more bride diet!) The last wedding car drove off just as the sun was setting.

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Pier One is the perfect Expedia hotel to make you feel as if you’re in a little bubble of happiness – deep, egg shaped bath tubs, beds softer than clouds, fridges you can fit a bottle of champagne in and staff with an understanding that bridal bouquets need their own ice buckets.


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Location, location, location! The perfect hotel for post wedding bliss – and amazing photo opportunities!

About Lisa Perkovic: I am the Expedia Australia blog editor and have spent the past decade getting out there, discovering the world and sharing my experiences. I make sure Expedia’s blog is always stocked with the best and most up to date travel stories, tips and news from our team of travel experts!

Honeymoons A-Z: Maldives

by | Honeymoons, Honeymoons A-Z, Location Indian Ocean & Maldives


Naomi Neilson

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The beautiful islands of the Maldives are a stunning paradise like nowhere else! Expect to enjoy your honeymoon underneath the year-long warmth of the sun, surrounded by iridescent clear, turquoise waters. The beaches along the island are always picture-perfect, as are the above-water suites and restaurants, the shopping and dining districts, and, as always, the world beneath the surface. There is nothing quite like the Maldives—and almost nothing as romantic!

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5 Places to Stay

In the Maldives, almost all honeymoon suites and villas are secluded in your own private sanctuary above the breathtaking turquoise lagoons. Stay in any of our favourite villas and enjoy the comfort and relaxation, the exquisite dining options, and, of course, the romance.

Niyama Maldives

This stunning resort mixes together contemporary comfort with private luxury. Lounge in your private villa and don’t be surprised when you start sinking into absolute relaxation among the soft colours of blues, greens, and white. In this resort, enjoy your own slice of paradise; and when you’re ready to escape, boat out to the over-water restaurant and the world’s only underwater bar.

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COMO Cocoa Island

This stunning boutique resort is a completely unique, incredibly beautiful, and gorgeously romantic choice for your honeymoon. Not only does this resort offer a world-renowned spa service, but you can also expect to enjoy long, romantic nights dining under the stars before retreating back into a private suite.

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Gili Lankanfushi Maldives

Located in an aqua lagoon, this resort allows guests to find comfort and romance in their own above-water villa. All your needs and wants are easily met by your own guide and the exceptional service of the staff. The friendly vibe and the natural beauty makes this resort the perfect island escape.

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Shangri La Villingili Resort and Spa

In this beautifully contemporary resort, honeymoon goers are treated to a pick of three gorgeous lagoons, a golf course and island playground, white sandy beaches, and spaciously luxurious comfort. The resort is located conveniently close to the Maldives restaurants, shops, and activities.


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W Retreat

The W Retreat has the “Whatever Whenever” philosophy—that is, expect to find yourself with all you could possibly want or need at this vibrant resort. The retreat has three unique restaurants, resort pools, and is surrounded by clear turquoise waters that are home to above-water spas, activities, and marine life. It’s the ideal location for couples looking for a private, calm escape.

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5 Places to Visit

There are so many places to visit in the Maldives—so make sure you start with the city and work your way up to the extraordinary natural wonders! Head out into the islands and take the time to explore the beauty!


Male is the capital of the Maldives and home to a range of activities to keep you busy. Consider taking in the culture by visiting the Islamic Centre, the Friday Mosque, Sultan Park or the Medhu Ziyaarai Shrine. There’s never enough time to see everything, so opt to walk along the water’s edge and stop in at the places that best suit you—all the while admiring the Maldives beauty.

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Mulee-Aage Palace

The Mulee-Aage Palace was the official residence of the President of the Maldives and is now open to the public. It’s definitely one of the most important places to stop in during your visit! Not only is its architecture simply spectacular, the building is steeped in some of the most incredible history of the Maldives!


The 25 natural atolls in the Maldives are all incredibly extraordinary. The vibrant natural wonders makes the water of the Maldives look like a complex explosion of colour and it’s very possible to immerse yourself in this beauty. Organise the trip out to the lagoon with your resort and be sure to pack a camera!

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Maldives Beaches

No matter where you are in the Maldives, you’re sure to come across an abundance of beaches – all of which are incredibly beautiful! Take your pick and relax into the tranquillity of the white sand, the turquoise waters, and the natural perfection of the tropical environment. The serenity of the beaches is unlike any other, so be sure to bask in the sun for hours.

Maldives Resort Museum

The Loama Resort is now open to the public as a museum that’s home to the art, culture, and heritage of the Maldives. The museum showcases a collection of ancient artefacts from key periods of history, and it’s still building up its extensive collection. While you’re in the Maldives exploring the history and culture, it will be worth making a brief stopover to the resort’s museum.

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5 Things to Do

With the many, many islands that make up the Maldives, there is so much to do. It is almost too difficult to narrow it down to just five of the best – so be sure to test out the following on your honeymoon and then go out exploring for more! Be spontaneous and be adventurous – and enjoy every moment!

Scuba Diving

It’s always the way with islands to expect that the marine life below the surface is just as beautiful as it is above. And in all cases, it is. That is especially true for Maldives, islands blessed with hundreds of popular dive sites. If you haven’t already, consider learning to scuba dive with professionals like PADI. Or go solo and rent the equipment, head out into the water, and enjoy the world below.

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Water Sports

The Maldives is one of the leading water sports destinations in the world so don’t be shy to test out your skills above the water before taking the dive to explore below. Some of the many activities available include canoeing, water skiing, windsurfing, and jet ski tours. Have a go at one of the many options available, and, if you need that little bit of help, check out Water Sports Maldives.

Island Exploring

The Maldives consists of 1190 coral islands and each one houses a new and exciting hidden gem worth exploring. Take the time to explore the islands that are home to natives, the islands dedicated to industrial and resort locations for visitors, and, most importantly, the inhabited islands. Make the most of your stay by visiting as much of the Maldives as possible! To make things easier for you and your significant other, consider hiring a boat with Dream Yacht Charter.

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Maldives Shopping

Although most of the boutique resorts house shops within, it’s always a good idea to explore the rest of the island and the shopping districts available to visitors. Not only does it give you and your other half the chance to explore more of the island at your own pace, but you’re also sure to pick up a souvenir or two to take back home with you. There are an abundance of shops on the resort islands, but we highly recommend that you go on an excursion with Kuramathi out to the inhabited islands to pick up a souvenir from the natives.

Sunset Cruises

The Maldives is known for having year-long sunshine so it’s no surprise that the island lights up at sunset and sunrise. There really is no better way to take in the beauty of the island then out on the water, watching as the sun sets on the horizon. There are many options for this adventure, but we recommend Kuredu for the job. With them you’re sure to have a breathtaking experience. If you’re lucky, say hi to the pods of dolphins!

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The Maldives is an incredibly vibrant set of islands home to a world of hidden gems. Enjoy the ultimate relaxation in any number of the resorts, enjoy the activities both below and above the surface, and just enjoy being a part of the magic in this sun-filled honeymoon destination!


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Perfect white beaches and stunning luxury makes the Maldives a honeymoon of a lifetime!

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