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Caroline & Matt’s Tropical Bali Elopement

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

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Polka Dot Bride
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Caroline & Matt

I love a beautiful elopement – the romance? It is definitely there and it’s always incredibly overwhelming. Caroline and Matt’s tropical Bali elopement had them wed against the ocean and enjoy an intimate dinner for two by candlelight. They wanted to get back to what matters and they did it the way that worked for them. PhotoFactory Bali was there to capture their so very romantic wedding day.

Matt tells their story. “I am an Engineer and Caroline is a Dental Nurse, Caroline is a keen traveler and has been to many places in east Asia, Europe and Australia. She is interested in alternative therapies, and is trained masseuse and has also trained and practiced in reflexology. I am a keen sportsman, interested in football, running and surfing.

I have traveled to many places around the world surfing including lots of places in Europe and Asia. We met in 2011 however we didn’t get together until 2012 when Caroline had returned from traveling around Asia and climbing Mount Kinabalu. For our 1st date I took Caroline surfing and we hit it off from there. We have a similar outlook of life and are best friends and we are very much in love.

I proposed to her whilst in London on a short Holiday at Christmas in 2013. I proposed in St James Park by Buckingham Palace. I had made a short video of lots of pictures from the first time we had met to that moment…..then I got down on one knee and proposed and she said yes. We spent the weekend in a posh hotel in London.”

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The bride chose a gown by Sophia Tolli.

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Caroline and Matt chose Micks Place for their elopement – the venue looking after everything from styling, to flowers, hair and makeup and even dinner! Matt notes, “The honeymoon suite at Mick’s Place was more beautiful than we ever imagined, the view was breathtaking. Caroline cried when we arrived and cried when she left she loved it so much. Sascha from Micks’s Place arranged everything brilliantly and we couldn’t of asked for more! It was so laid back I even managed to go surfing the morning of the wedding.”

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Congratulations Caroline & Matt! That you for sharing your special wedding day with us! Thank you also to PhotoFactory Bali for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: PhotoFactory Bali / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Sascha Hansen / Bride’s Dress: Sophia Tolli / Venue (Including hairstylist, makeup artist, stationery, flowers & styling: Micks Place / Wedding Rings: Drakes Jewellers (02) 9875 4600

The Best Of Polka Dot Honeymoons 2014

by | Blog News, Honeymoons

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Ms Gingham
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Dream locations and romantic sojourns are at the heart of Polka Dot Honeymoons. Whether it be sharing stunning destination weddings or discovering new locations for your honeymoon, we delight in our subject matter on a daily basis! Who wouldn’t? Here’s a look back on our most popular posts of 2014.

1. Amity and Alex’s Relaxed Bali Wedding

A stunning wedding at the base of the cliffs. Amity and Alex return to the place where they met to join their lives.

Image by Windee Winata – PhotoFactory, Bali

2. Kirsty and Ferg’s Italy Destination Wedding

On the other side of the world, the setting is different but the intent is the same. Another stunning destination to inspire us!

Image by Oli Sansom Photography 

3. Karla and Corey’s Vanuatu Destination Wedding

The stunning backdrop of Vanuatu is our next destination.

Image by Kellee Walsh

4. Siri & Neel’s Ubud Destination Wedding

Back to Bali but this time we’re off the coast and in the mountains. Siri and Neel celebrated their wedding in style in Ubud.

Image by Nikola Janev

5. Luxury Honeymoons At The Mulia Resort Bali

This year I was lucky enough to join a famil at The Mulia Resort in Bali. Of course I ate too much, lounged too much and had way to much of a good time to truthfully say that I was working. This amazing resort is the ultimate in luxury and indulgence and perfect for the honeymooning couple or as a destination wedding location.

6. The Polka Dot Travel Lounge – Honeymoon Travel Advice with Judy from Trivago

Judy from the huge booking website Trivago joined us with her advice and tips on traveling for your honeymoon.

7. Honeymoon In Italy – Italian Villa Vacations

Dreaming of a honeymoon in your very own villa in Italy but have no idea where to start? This post is for you!

8. Australian Honeymoon Ideas

Why go all the way overseas when our own backyard offers such stunning settings? Here’s some ideas to inspire you!

Merribrook Retreat

9. Kara and Bart’s Eco Beach Wedding

Kara and Bart kept their destination wedding in the country with their gorgeous wedding on Eco Beach.

Image by Lakshal Perera

10. Luxury Honeymoon Destination – Point Yamu by COMO

We finish our top ten with this stunning vista from Phuket. I don’t think we need to say anything else.

Caribbean Honeymoons

by | Destinations, Honeymoons

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Jaime Macmillan
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Nothing screams ‘honeymoon’ more than the Caribbean. Crystal clear water, snow-white sand, a tropical backdrop, rum punch and a laid-back atmosphere. Perfection!

What’s especially great about the Caribbean is that the collection of 7000 islands that make up this region (only 10% are inhabited) all vary from one to the next – in culture, influences, activities on offer and general atmosphere. So no matter what type of honeymoon you’re after, you’re bound to get it here.

All you have to do is choose which islands you want to explore!

All Rounder Honeymoon

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Image by 4Corners via TripAdvisor

If you’re after a honeymoon that includes a little bit of everything – nightlife, shopping and adventurous activities, then look no further than…

Aruba

Aruba is a popular island with tourists. It has perfect weather year-round, plenty of beaches and a lovely main town. Activities include: snorkelling, hiring a catamaran, hiking and jeep tours. Or simply relaxing on a picturesque beach with a cocktail in hand.

Puerto Rico 

Puerto Rico is the perfect way to combine both big city pleasures and island seclusion. Here you can enjoy romantic candlelit dinners and dance the night away in a salsa club. Alternatively you could take it easy by visiting a rum distillery, or taking a dip at one of the many beaches.

Dominican Republic

If you want your honeymoon to be jam packed with adventure then you would be best checking out the Dominican Republic. Hiking, all sorts of water-sports and cycling are on offer here. But if you’re after a fine dining, luxury honeymoon as well, then this might not be the best choice.

Pure Romance

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Image by Eat Your World

No matter what you choose to do or where you go, all honeymoons are romantic. But it’s true to say that some honeymoons are more classically romantic with plenty of alone time and relaxing activities. On these types of honeymoons you can truly wind down after all your wedding preparations and process the life changing step you’ve both taken.

Antigua

What’s great about Antigua is the fact that it’s not overly commercial so it’s perfect for honeymooners. Take in breathtaking views at one of the many secluded beaches and enjoy exploring the romantic ambiance many of the resorts have to offer.

British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands are another great option if you’re looking for plenty of peace and quiet. Here you can learn to sail, or for the more experienced, hire a yacht of your own for complete privacy.

Turks and Caicos

Just over an hour’s flight from Florida, Turks and Caicos is perfect for ultimate honeymoon romance. Grab a picnic, hire a yacht and sail to a secluded island – heaven! Be warned, Turks and Caicos is incredibly quiet, with no real main town!

A Cultural Experience

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Image by Anguilla-Beaches.com

Do you consider yourself a culture vulture – someone who likes to immerse themselves in the cultural landscape of wherever they are visiting? If this sounds like you, then these Caribbean islands are a must see…

Anguilla

If you consider yourself a bit of a foodie and prioritise meal-time on your holidays then you should definitely check out Anguilla. Considering its small size, Anguilla boasts a plethora of places to eat. Ranging from local street food, right up to fine dining – here there is bound to be something to suit every taste and budget. Besides, there’ll be no reason to eat at the same place twice.

Curaçao

However, if you’re more into art and architecture, then hot-foot it over to Curaçao. Curaçao has a real cultural mix, with various nationalities and ethnicities all represented here, in what makes for a real cosmopolitan place to visit.

St. Kitts & St. Lucia

If you could give David Attenborough a run for his money in the nature loving stakes, then St. Kitts and/or St. Lucia are must-see places for you as both locations boast breathtaking scenery and wildlife. On St. Kitts you can wander through rainforests, explore sugar plantations and even a volcano, while on St. Lucia, you can take in the glorious beauty of the sea by exploring the island’s coral reefs.

High-end Luxury

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If you have your heart set on enjoying your honeymoon in total style, then fortunately the Caribbean specialises in luxury getaways! If you’re keen to go all out on your honeymoon, then these islands have your name written all over them.

The Cayman Islands

Despite being a British territory, these islands are more reminiscent of mainland America -Florida in particular. And if it’s a luxury resort you’re hoping to stay in, then the Cayman Islands have plenty of choices. Blissfully relax while enjoying beautiful coastlines, botanical gardens and even explore their underwater marine park…via submarine!

St. Barthélemy

St. Barthélemy, or St. Barts for short is famous for being the island of choice for the rich, the famous and the beautiful, so if this describes you or the company you like to keep then make this gorgeous place your honeymoon location. Here you can do all your usual island activities but in exclusively high-class settings – and you may do so while rubbing shoulders with celebrities!

Travel Tips

The Caribbean is notorious for being hefty on the hip pocket, but don’t let that put you off. Accommodation can be expensive, but there are ways around this if you’re on a budget. Save by trying local street food, use public transport, or look out for all-inclusive deals. However, it is your honeymoon, so when is there a better time to splurge on a holiday?

When to go:

The peak tourism time is December to April, when the northern hemisphere leaves behind their frosty weather for the sunnier climes of the Caribbean. It’s particularly busy around Christmas, Easter and school holidays, where prices spike up, and many islands sell out!

You can save money by travelling during the low season (April-December), where accommodation is heavily discounted and the islands are much quieter. However, some places close and the weather can be quite muggy. Remember to also be aware that hurricane season is most prevalent in August and September, where again some places just won’t be open.

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