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Sundance Mountain Resort

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Where To Stay


Chloe van der Werf

Sundance Mountain Resort, where you can have your cake and eat it too. Ok, so maybe you can have your wedding and a holiday too. If you haven’t noticed yet I love to travel and destinations that involve stunning snowcapped mountains, majestic towering pine trees, cascading waterfalls, quaint ponds and the opportunity for me to strap on my snowboard amongst all off this and I am sold!

Sundance Mountain Resort is my kind of heaven. But there is a catch to this amazing location, as you may have noticed Australia doesn’t have such beautiful alpine areas. Sundance is located in Utah, America. Now a destination wedding can be a little elaborate but if you see this as not only a destination wedding but a holiday or honeymoon and just a general awesome experience it doesn’t seem like such a crazy idea.

This resort can cater to couples who are after either a quaint ceremony to an extravagant weekend long wedding. Whichever you choose you and your guests will not grow bored. This unique mountain destination has an array of ceremony and reception areas, with the choice of spaces ranging from a 4200 square foot opulent hall to a delightful 800 square foot log cabin. All buildings were designed to reflect the cloistered beauty of its natural setting. If an indoor wedding isn’t for you they also offer beautiful outdoor ceremonies, picture perfect snow covered mountains framed by awe-inspiring pines.

If like me, you believe food is an extremely important part of any celebration then you will be thrilled to know Sundance offers custom catering by an award-winning chef to keep everyone satisfied on your day. You can checkout sample menus here.

Want something to do before or after your big day? The resort offers guests an array of activities whether it be Winter or Summer. From snowboarding/skiing, fly fishing and snowshoeing in the Winter to scenic lift rides, horseback riding, mountain biking or hiking in the Summer there is bound to be something for everyone. Not to mention an art studio where you can learn the fine skill of jewellery making, wheel-thrown pottery, watercolour, acrylic or oil painting, printmaking, photography or drawing.

Now I know this is your wedding so I completely understand if you would prefer to be wined, dined and pampered and the Sundance nature inspired eco-spa can cater to your every need. Whether you need a quick wax, a pre or post-wedding mani or pedi, a facial treatment, or just want to be pampered for 240 min straight this spa will leave you feeling rejuvenated.

The resort offers a number of different accommodation options ranging from rooms and suites to large mountain homes. Whichever you fancy you can be sure that you will have the utmost privacy as all cabins and homes have been discreetly tucked into the mountainside just above the Sundance Village. Staying true to the resort’s rustic and natural setting the cabins and homes integrate with the mountainous environment. Warm tones, Native American accents and stunning wood-work all combine to create a luxurious rustic warmth.

Recognised among the top resort destinations in the world and in such a stunning setting I can’t think of a better place to spend my big day.

Credits: All images supplied by Sundance Mountain Resort

Reception Venue: Sundance Mountain Resort

Lord Howe Luxury

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Where To Stay


Chloe van der Werf

Pristine white sandy beaches, turquoise waters and towering green volcanic mountains. Lord Howe Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Listed island off the coast of New South Wales and is the pinnacle of luxury honeymoon destinations. On this quaint island that only ever boasts a maximum of 400 visitors at one time, sits Capella lodge.

This lodge is perched atop the aptly named Lovers Bay and has breathtaking views of the magisterial twin peaks of Mounts Gower and Lidgbird as well as the ocean and reef below. Featuring nine intimate yet contemporary suites, you will not feel overlooked and is a serene refuge from the bustling world you have left behind.

Each suite offers spacious, light filled interiors, homely timber floors, statement furniture pieces, king beds with fine linens and a Bose music system to name a few. Not to mention an in-suite bar that offers locally-sourced treats. The ensuite features striking stonework that complements the mountainous cliffs beyond, handcrafted ceramic and resin bathware, slick slab vanities, oversized rain shower head and luxury toiletries and bathrobes. An evening turn-down service and daily housekeeping are also included.

Now when you tire of your little piece of paradise and are feeling a little peckish you can pop on over to the beach-house inspired restaurant with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, where dining is reserved for in house guests. The restaurant prides itself on the use of regional cuisines which allows them to serve the finest and freshest of produce. The menu changes daily ensuring your palate won’t grow bored during your stay.

Staying true to the island’s intimate feel Capella’s petite spa offers guests a signature menu of rejuvenating and relaxation treatments. You have the choice of being pampered outdoors in the Kentia Pavilion or indoors surrounded by quirky designer chic. Either way this spa experience will be sure to get you and your partner into a relaxed and peaceful frame of mind. 

Whether you prefer to soak up the island from the comfort of your own suite, the deck of the restaurant or the stunning horizon pool or you want to get out and explore the private lagoon style beaches, tropical rainforests or hiking to the summit of Mount Gower, Lord Howe Island will provide you with a honeymoon experience you will not be forgetting anytime soon.

Rates at Capella include a gourmet breakfast daily, sunset drinks, canapés and a three course dinner including selected wines and non-alcoholic beverages each evening. As well as airport transfers. Lunch is available in the restaurant or as a BBQ or picnic depending on what you desire.

Capella is currently offering a 4 night and 7 night package deal perfect for a blissful honeymoon escape.

Kate and Mark’s Relaxing Uluwatu Destination Wedding

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


Polka Dot Bride

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Kate & Mark

Kate and Mark wanted nothing more for their wedding than for it to be about relaxation and their relaxing Uluwatu destination wedding was captured by PhotoFactory Bali. A day that was spent in the sunshine, with their favourite people and a lot of love.

On how they met, Kate tells, “Mark and I met working on a research vessel off the coast of Japan. Filming a documentary about the Giant Squid! – When and how did sparks fly? Jugs of Gin and Tonic at a karaoke bar in Yokahama. The rest they say is history – How was the proposal and who proposed? – Mark proposed in the Tanonga eco lodges near our home town on the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia. He had the ring made but was holding off as my brother had just got engaged, he waited a few weeks for our little weekend trip away. We were in front of the fire enjoying a glass of red and he quickly ran outside to call my Dad for permission before he proposed!”

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Kate and Mark chose Mick’s Place for their wedding Kate noting, “We chose Bali, and the Bukit area as we felt we wanted a high emphasis on RELAXATION and a memorable holiday for our guests. We wanted Bali vibes without the hustle and bustle of further North. So we chose Bingin Beach as we just love that area.”

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Kate chose a delicately beaded gown from Jenny Packham and paired it with a flower crown.

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Kate chose not to have bridesmaids, instead she invited some of her closest friends to be with her when she got ready.

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The couple met before the ceremony for a first look.

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Kate remarks, “The day wouldn’t have been what it was without our family and friends that traveled over. Mark’s sisters surprise arrival from the U.K was such a highlight. Everyone made an effort to be there and we are forever grateful for that. What a such an amazing combination of people from all over the world. Many new friendships were made amongst the collaboration. What more could you ask for really!! ”

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Kate recalls, “I walked down the aisle to “Somewhere over the rainbow”, the Israel Kamakawiwo’ole version. played on a Guitar-lele by Mike and sung by Kat, they also played “Budapest” by George Ezra after the ceremony.”

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Of their photographer, Kate says, “We finally got home at the morning and watched our video. We were both speechless for quite sometime after! All the photos are magnificent, the albums are absolutely stunning and the video is something that will treasure for the rest of our lives. We will recommend PhotoFactory to anyone heading to Bali.”

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Kate remembers, “The crowd was treated to an acoustic version of “Lost in my mind” by the Head and the Heart, played by Derek and accompanied by the bride on a tambourine after dinner!”

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Congratulations Kate & Mark! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to PhotoFactory Bali for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: PhotoFactory Bali / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Sascha Hansen, Mick's Place / Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham / Bride’s Jewelry: (Antique Cuff) eBay / Bride’s Jewelry: (Earrings) Pedemonte Jewellers / Groom’s Attire: Tailor Made in Singapore / Hairstylist: James David Hewson / Makeup Artist: James David Hewson / Invitations & Stationery: Made by the groom / Venue: Mick's Place / Decorations: The Wedding Shop Bali / Wedding Rings: Paul William Goldsmith
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