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We are so often swept away with the bright blue and white of Greece that we don’t stop to think about the country’s other beautiful backdrops. The team behind today’s Athens Riviera bohemian romance styled shoot aimed to do just that.

Ageliki of Eclectic Events Greece designed the shoot (also planning it and supplying the rental furniture and linens) teaming up with Dimitris Giouvris Photography and Wed Memories to capture the shoot (with Theofilos Venardos Photography and Nox Lumos capturing the behind the scenes), the planner telling “The grand peninsula of the Athens Riviera was the backdrop of the styled photo-shoot we performed, for the Bohemian Chic and Romantic celebration of Love! The feeling of being on a Greek island while only 40 km away from downtown Athens was magical and absolutely breathtaking.”

At the beautiful Grand Resort Lagonissi Resort, floral designer Harmantas Flower Creations, Party Mobile Services, Zazoo Event Rentals, Just Invite By Art & Vision and bridal gown designer Kathy Heyndels Haute Couture with suiting from Giannetos Handmade, shoes by Kokos Shoe Design and hair and makeup artists Gemini Hair Artists made our models Angelique and George sparkle and shine.

The fingerprint motif invitation suite was designed by Just Invite By Art & Vision  and set the scene for the shoot. “The plain and modern Save The Date, Calendar style invitation, designed by Just Invite, with the colored heart-shaped fingertips and the setting name cards “Me” & “You”, speaks eloquently of love and it is ideal for couples who love holding each other’s hand and celebrate their love every day.”

Harmantas Flower Creations styled the floral arrangements for the day, placed with rental furniture from  Zazoo Event Rentals, Ageliki noting “The fresh, vivid and carefully chosen flowers by Harmantas Flower Creations, that include Senorita-Giardina-Pompidou roses, lisianthus buds, antique hydrangeas and a variety of foliages such as eucalyptus, asparagus, blumoze and dusty miller, create a boho and aerial sensation. In addition, the elegant wooden monastery-style dinner table, that accommodates our exotic centerpieces, combined with the oak-Louis style dining chairs, by Zazoo Event Rentals, add a certain mix-and-match, modern, sophisticated but also rustic twist to our story.”

Wed Memories captured a film of the shoot, capturing all the magic of the day in motion.

Photographer: Dimitris Giouvris Photography / Cinematographer: Wed Memories / Backstage Photographer: Theofilos Venardos Photography / Backstage Cinematographer: Nox Lumos / Concept: Eclectic Events Greece / Wedding Planner: Eclectic Events Greece / Venue: Grand Resort Lagonissi Resort / Flowers: Harmantas Flower Creations / Bride's Dress: Kathy Heyndels Haute Couture / Groom's Attire: Giannetos Handmade / Bride's Shoes: Kokos Shoe Design / Hairstylist: Gemini Hair Artists / Makeup Artist: Gemini Hair Artists / Rental Furniture: Eclectic Events Greece / Linens: Eclectic Events Greece / Rentals: Zazoo Event Rentals / Invitations & Stationery: Just Invite By Art & Vision / Event & Entertainment Production: Party Mobile Services
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6 Things To Love: Turtle Island

The exotic Turtle Island in Fiji is the perfect honeymoon destination. Home to only 14 couples at a time, Turtle Island is one of the most sought after honeymoon spots in the world. The sweet tropical scent, warm, crystal blue waters and your own private beach at the foot of your private Fijian villa is the most ideal backdrop for a romantic getaway. Here are six things to love about Turtle Island.

Villa bliss. These beautiful hand crafted villas are nestled along the famous Blue Lagoon, each with their own slice of white sandy private beach. These exquisitely intimate hideaways offer indulgent accommodation and a once in a lifetime experience.

Water time. Turtle Island is your own private tropical playground. Why not take a dip in their tropical waters or windsurf along the Blue Lagoon. If you and your new hubby are looking for a bit of adrenaline then windsurfing is a great activity for you both to do to explore the island’s waters. You will be able to explore all the island has to offer from the comfort of your board. You can soak up some sun and take a look at the beautiful beaches as you are carried away by the island wind.

Another great activity you two love birds can do together is paddle boarding. Go past the break of the waves and paddle around and watch the fish swim beneath you. Or why not grab a pair of flippers and a snorkel and swim amongst the breath taking ocean life and clear waters.

Romantic sunset cruise. Hire a glass bottom boat late afternoon and pack a picnic filled with fresh produce and a bottle of champagne and watch the sunset whilst fish swim beneath you. The staff at Turtle Island will be more than happy to help you organise this romantic cruise for the two of you. This is a great way for you to create lasting memories with your new husband. Honeymoon bliss!

Dining. Every evening on Turtle Island there is a dinner party held at several different locations. Cuisine, fine wines and cocktails are served under the stars and lantern light. In addition, there is the prospect of guests enjoying remote private dining for two in romantic and intimate settings. After dinner, enjoy the talented, entertaining Fijians as they perform their favourite traditional songs and dances.

Get active. If you two love birds are looking to get moving whilst on your blissful vacation then why not hire a couple of bikes and go and explore the island. There are a number of trails with great scenery for you two to experience and the terrain is just as mesmerising as the crystal blue waters.

Discover waterfalls pouring into cool crisp swimming holes as you marvel at the beauty of the surrounding native plants and wildlife. Fiji’s forests are home to a wide array of unique birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, insects and other invertebrates. Why not get up early one morning and watch the sunrise as you pedal around the enchanting island.

Unwind and revive. If you and your new husband want to unwind and revive yourselves after all your wedding stress then a traditional Fijian massage is the perfect way to relax. Vonu Spa is a romantic retreat nestled along Turtle Island’s Blue Lagoon. Scents of lavender, rosemary and lemongrass, the pleasures of candlelight, and the warm breezes of the South Pacific pervade this hidden jewel. With a luxurious range of massages to choose from, you and your partner are bound to find one to help you de-stress and maintain the honeymoon glow.

All images via Turtle Island

Ms Chinoiserie Says: Crystal waters and powdery sand, a champagne beach picnic followed by a romantic dinner under the stars – once in a life time memories to treasure!

The Polka Dot Travel Lounge with Jarryd and Alesha from NOMADasaurus

Alesha and Jarryd run Australia’s top adventure travel blog, NOMADasaurus, and work as professional writers, photographers and destination marketing consultants. The pair have been travelling together since 2008 and have inspired us to pack our bags again and visit all the beautiful countries around us. We loved catching up with this jet setting pair in The Polka Dot Travel Lounge as they shared some of their favourite destinations with us. Which one will you go to for your honeymoon?

What is your favourite region?

Central Asia! It’s so unique, raw and beautiful, and the Silk Road history and culture is fascinating.

Top resort recommendation?

Give us a tent by a river in the mountains any day.

Suggestions for great honeymoon activities?

Getting lost in nature, trekking, camping and disconnecting from the world.

The ideal location for a proposal?

Inside Hang Son Doong, the largest cave in the world.

Best kept secret honeymoon location?

The national parks in British Colombia, Canada!

All images via NOMADasaurus
Ms Chinoiserie Says: Tracing the Silk Road’s history would be so romantic; so many beautiful things to discover!