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Planning an unforgettable African honeymoon? Enjoy chance encounters with Africa’s iconic wildlife, dine and dance underneath the brilliant shine of thousands of stars, relax into the incredibly epic landscapes that stretch into miles of beauty, and, above all, fall right back in love over and over again in a country where history, tradition, and culture transcend time. Africa is rich in romance for newlyweds looking for the ultimate getaway so believe us when we say that if you’re looking for that once-in-a-lifetime memory, there is no better place than Africa.

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Praslin Island, Seychelles

This stunningly gorgeous island is the most perfect place on the planet to just relax. The sleepy, incredibly peaceful slice of paradise is home to some of the most unforgettably beautiful white sandy beaches and lush tropical forests. The picturesque views and dreamlike atmosphere almost looks too good to be real. Here, you won’t be too far from a beach—a beach that you’ll never tire looking at. Pick one, or spend a day hopping from one beach to another. Wherever you go, you’re bound to find someplace that feels like your own piece of heaven. When you’ve finished watching the sun set over the horizon, return to the luxury resorts of Raffles or Lemuria.

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Image via Raffles

Victoria Falls, Zambia

Waterfalls are often the perfect backdrop for romance. Maybe it’s the way the orange and pink light of the setting sun bounces off the rushing water, or maybe it’s because they are almost always surrounded by the picturesque view of a rainforest where colours are heightened so much that it’s like another world. Whatever it is, waterfalls, and especially Victoria Falls, are the perfect honeymoon dream spot. Victoria Falls shows off the beauty that dubbed it the greatest curtain of falling water in the world. If you’re lucky, you may get to experience the Flight of Angels, courtesy of Sobek and Safari Par Excellence. For somewhere close to stay, consider checking into the Toka Leya Camp for a safari tent overlooking the incredibly beautiful Zambezi and its islands.

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Cape Winelands, South Africa

Cape Winelands in South Africa is the best known wine-producing area in Africa, and with a stunning mountain range and an explosion of colours, it’s also one of the most incredible. It is possible to explore the entire region in a day, but we recommend taking your time and checking out some of the events—like whale watching, swimming with seals and skydiving! Book direct with Winelands Explore and then return to any number of the extraordinary places to stay, like the Grande Roche Hotel. While you’re there, don’t forget to test and taste the amazing array of wine choices!

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Image via Grande Roche Hotel

Great Rift Valley, Kenya

The Great Rift Valley is world renowned for its spectacular views and scenery that stretches 6,000 miles over towering, snow-capped mountains to tundra landscapes, and it is home to an abundance of breathtaking lakes that lie along its length. The Great Rift Valley is also home to over 500 species of bird, which makes this part of Africa one of the most colourful. You may also see black rhinos, giraffes, lions, cheetahs, and more! For a bit of adventure on your honeymoon, consider a safari or tour with African Budget Safaris before winding down back at the Hotel Great Rift Valley Lodge.

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Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Madagascar is one of the most wonderful—but underrated—honeymoon destinations in Africa. The incredible island offers honeymooners the option to relax and enjoy the turquoise-blue waters on the white sands of their beaches, or enjoy an adventure in the numerous forests that stretch out to accommodate wildlife lovers. For a honeymoon with equal parts of both, consider the private island of Tsarabanjina where you and your significant other can enjoy diving and snorkelling, luxury accommodation, and spontaneous searches for lemurs! Take a tour with Imagine Africa for the best experience, or start your own at the Constance.

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For an unforgettable honeymoon that’s full of iconic wildlife, exotically exciting landscapes, ancient wonders, and a beautiful culture, you absolutely have to travel to Africa! There are so many incredible locations across the country that are rich in romance for newlyweds—so what are you waiting for?

 

Ms Chinoiserie Says: Superbly beautiful, Africa is at the top of my list for romantic honeymoon adventures! Imagine seeing Victoria Falls from high above in a helicopter  – unforgettable!

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When you and your new beau are busily organising and packing for your romantic honeymoon, don’t forget about what to take on the plane. Whether it’s only a quick two hour flight or a longer haul, here are some honeymoon essentials to take with you on board.

1. A decent handbag. A number one essential for when you are jet setting off to your romantic destination is a decent sized handbag so once you have checked in your luggage you still have a good sized bag to hold all your goodies for the airplane. A great, versatile bag that would be suitable to take on board with you, whilst looking still stylish, would be the Marc Jacobs Wingman Tote. The essential leather carryall, the Marc Jacobs ‘Wingman’ tote, is ideal for use as a handbag or stylish transport companion. Image via Marc Jacobs

2. An organiser. Another asset to add into your handbag would be an organiser – just perfect to hold your passport, boarding passes and any other essential things you may need to keep you organised before, during and after your flight. The Pink Lavender leather organiser from Kikki K keeps everything all together in one stylish place. Image via Kikki K.

3. Travel size beauty essentials. To guarantee you’re always looking your best when travelling, travel size beauty and toiletries products are a must have. Sephora has plenty of mini cosmetics, beauty products and fragrances that will slip easily into your handbag to take on the plane and are ready whenever you need that little makeup touch up or clean face feel. Image via Sephora.

4. Reading essentials. A good book is a must have when going away on a holiday. Whether it be your honeymoon or not, a bit of quiet time and a nice read is the perfect combination either on the plane or by the pool. My top three books  – from romance to biographies – that would be ideal to pack include ‘The Vacationers’ by Emma Straub, ‘The Phantom of Fifth Avenue’ by Meryl Gordon or ‘The Choice’ by Nicholas Sparks. Image via Amazon

5. Go to travel outfit. When jet setting off for your honeymoon, being comfortable is a number one priority when travelling. A great go to outfit that is ideal to take you from the plane to the resort is a pair of boyfriend jeans with a white oversized button up shirt and a pair of mules. A super trendy, casual look that basically screams ‘I’m on Vacation’! Image via LOOKBOOK

 

Ms Chinoiserie Says: I love the idea of the mini cosmetics – definitely on my essentials list for the plane!

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Brooke & Paul

The romance of an elopement always gets our hearts beating a little faster in these parts. Brooke & Paul flew No Limit Pictures and Playback Studios to capture their day as it unfolded (you might also remember their engagement photos we featured earlier this year).

The couple met at home – they grew up on the same street! Brooke tells “We actually both lived in the same street and met when we were 13 years old. We had a crush on each other for years and finally got together at the age of 20.”

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Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

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The couple got ready together at the beautiful Luna Baglioni. Brooke remembering one of the funnier stories of the day. “Paul was unable to tie to bow tie! Everyone tried and for some reason no one could get it right. All males in the hotel came to our room and tried their best, but …..nothing. An employee grabbed Paul’s hand and ran him over the street to a designer suit store and the owner of the store gave Paul a new completed bow tie which was 200 euro! But insisted it was on the house and to have a beautiful day. Such a kind heart that man had.”

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Brooke chose a strapless ballgown from Miss Gowns, noting “My dress way tulle overlay-ed with lace, it had a sweet heart neck line with a removable lace bodice. The dress was A-lined and moved beautifully.”

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Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Brooke and Paul were married at Cavalli Palace. Brooke noting “We were legally married in one of the buildings which is the only place you can legally sign the documents.”

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Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

 

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

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Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Of their photographer, Brooke remarks “Daniel from No Limit Pictures was simply amazing, I loved having him around and still miss him. He was our friend when we needed him to be, always making us laugh and then serious and professional when he was working. I was relaxed around him and he made me laugh constantly. I can’t even explain how much he nailed the brief.”

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

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Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Back at their hotel, Luna Baglioni the couple exchanged their vows privately.

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/
Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Paul and Brooke worked with My Italian Wedding Wedding Planner to plan every element of their day – right down to an intimate reception for two.

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

Venice Elopement | Photo by http://www.nolimitpictures.com.au/

The couple flew Playback Studios to Venice to capture their wedding day in motion, the snow capped mountains setting the scene for the story to be told in a very special way.

Congratulations Brooke and Paul! Thank you for sharing your beautiful elopement with us! Thank you to  No Limit Pictures for sharing today’s festivities with us!

Photographer: No Limit Pictures / Cinematographer: Playback Studios / Other: My Italian Wedding Wedding Planner / Other: Miss Gowns / Other: Nine West / Other: Bliss Design / Other: Oscar Hunt / Groom's Shoes: Nine West / Hairstylist: My Italian Wedding Wedding Planner / Makeup Artist: My Italian Wedding Wedding Planner / Flowers: My Italian Wedding Wedding Planner / Ceremony Venue: Cavalli Palace / Wedding Rings: Michael Hill / Accomodation: Luna Baglioni