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Five Hot Spots In The Cook Islands For Your Wedding

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Kia Orana!  Last month, Mr Polka and I took a fun trip to the Cook Islands to discover all that this much underrated country has in store for honeymoons and destination weddings. Check out part one of my adventures on the Expedia blog

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When Mr Polka and I touched down after our flight, the sense of merriment was high. Our plane was filled with travelers returning home for the holidays to their families and our sense of the spirit of these islands was evident with every jolly laugh, every hummed tune and the various headdresses that made their way onto the plane (with no-one but me blinking, I just wanted to steal it and wear that sparkling beauty!). Our host Papatua met us at the airport with a floral headdress as bright as his vivid purple shirt and we knew this trip would be something special.

We spent a day exploring some of the best resorts in the Cook Islands. Each one making the most of the crystal blue waters and brilliantly blue skies. My top picks?

Nautilus Resort – Best for a sophisticated wedding without losing the tropical vibe. Best for honeymooners who are quite happy to lounge on their decks all day (with their own private plunge pools) and then wander a mere ten steps to the restaurant for dinner.

Crystal Blue Lagoon Villas - Best for the intimate wedding. Book our all four double story villas and have the entire property to yourself. Honeymooners will love the fully self contained villas complete with full kitchens, bath tubs and laundries.

Pacific Resort Rarotonga – Best for a big guest list. With so many levels of accommodation to choose from and a well equipped kids club you can bring everyone you love to this venue. Active honeymooners will love the huge range of water sports and activities this resort has to offer.

Crown Resort – Best for an adults only wedding right on the beach. Honeymooners who are after a sunset view every night will love the views from this resort.

Muri Beach Resort- Best for the wedding away for it all. This eco friendly resort has a calm and quiet vibe with beautiful tropical gardens. Honeymoons will love the easy access to Muri Beach and the myriad of places to recharge their batteries.

My full report on the resorts and all they have to offer is over on Expedia

Don’t think this is the end of it – I have much more to share about the Cook islands, including cocktails (of course!) our visit to Aitutaki (the honeymooners paradise) and my Cook Islands bucket list.

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The Polkas traveled to the Cook Islands courtesy of Expedia. My tan (Mr Polka doesn’t tan  – he remains neon white) is courtesy of the Cook Islands sunshine and still remains. Meitaki for the amazing trip and long lasting memories.

Images taken by Ms Polka Dot.

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Friday Roundup

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Photo by Mr Polka Dot via Five Hot Spots For Cook Islands Weddings (more on that later today).

Wouldn’t you like to be in that pool right now? I know I would! Mr Polka and I were lucky enough to head off to the Cook Islands last month for some heavy wedding and honeymoon research. I’ll be sharing the first of my posts later today, but before I do, let’s just take a minute to appreciate that glorious view as we head into a long weekend!

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Food & Desire, the caterers behind popular Melbourne wedding venues Carousel, The Harbour Room and the new Aerial are holding a host of showcases so you can see their venues set up in all their wedding glory! Carousel will be open on Wednesday 28th January 2015, Harbour Room on Thursday 29th January 2015 and Aerial on Thursday 12th February 2015. If you book your wedding on the day you’ll have a choice of three wedding upgrades for your special day plus you’ll see displays from the venues’ favourite suppliers, live entertainment, drinks and canapes! Head to their wedding showcase page for more information!

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Gm Photographics are holding a  wedding seminar for Sydney couples! To be held on  Wednesday 4th February, 2015  from 6.30pm for 6.45pm start, to conclude by 9:45pm. The photography studio is teaming up with leading Sydney wedding vendors such as  Galia Lahav and Berta ….Francesca Brides of Francesca,  Kathy Apostolidis from Nightingales Wedding Planners,  Elizabeth Moody from the Grand Pacific Group (Sergeants’ Mess, Gunners’ Barracks, Dunbar House and The Tea Room QVB) and Graham Monro of gm photographics himself to give you the lowdown on everything you need to know about wedding plans including:

  • Timings on the day
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Tickets are $60 and include the seminar, drinks and canapes, discounts and a generous gift bag!  Click this link to book.

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Music, photography and cinematography super vendor The White Tree are holding Summer showcases next month so you can see what they’re all about! Catch their 3-12 piece band performing live in action to see exactly what entertainment you’ll be getting on your wedding night, but also have a great night out!

Melbournites! Head to The Toff In Town  (2/252 Swanston St, Melbourne). on Tuesday February 3rd at 7pm – The White Tree will also be showcasing their extensive photography and film work and creative content from sister company Treehouse Studios.

Sydneysiders! Your showcase is at The Bourbon (22 Darlinghurst Rd, Potts Point) on Wednesday February 4th from 7pm.

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The video of the week this week is one that made me smile – it’s an ad for Melbourne made by The National Film Board produced in the 1950s and somehow manages to show all the Melbourne sights and sounds! I can’t decide if my favourite line is “To be like the boats tied up in the bay I am racing on my way”.  Actually anything the groom sings seems to make me giggle.

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Terleah and Adrian’s Modern Brisbane Wedding

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There is a sense of comfort about today’s wedding. A sense that Terleah and Adrian not only had the time of their lives, but did so in a way that truly reflected the day that they dreamt of. From finding a venue above their favourite bar, to spending the bulk of the day together – if I could get a seat on that party bus, you can bet I would! Tricia King was there to capture it all!

Terleah tells the story of how they came to be. “We were introduced through friends and bonded over our shared love of laughing and trying to out quote each other with movie quotes.”

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Terleah chose a gown and hairpiece by Bo & Luca, her bridesmaids wore mismatched nude pink gowns of their own choosing, complete with a wrist corsage by Bella Bloom Floral Design who also created the bride’s bouquet.

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I love the way Terleah and Adrian settled on a wedding day scheduled that worked for them, the bride noting, “The boys and girls got ready separately in the morning, then everyone got together at the bride’s parent’s house for lunch, to then be whisked off in a party bus to have all the photos wrapped up before the ceremony. The idea of spending the day apart from the person you are about to commit to spending the rest of your life with didn’t really gel with us, so we made it our own. It also meant that all of the bridal photos were done before the ceremony, so we got to enjoy the entire party with our guests.”

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The couple hired a bus from Murrays Bus Line to transport the bridal party.

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Cocktail bar, The Loft, West End was chosen for a one stop shop venue. Terleah explaining, “Archive Beer Boutique is one of our favourite pubs, great beer, great food and a great venue. They had recently opened up a cocktail bar upstairs, The Loft, so we decided where else to get married but at our favourite pub! The venue itself is already beautifully styled and it’s got plenty of rich red brick walls and polished concrete floors. We had the ceremony and reception all in the one place and because we had our photos done before the ceremony it meant we could join the guests post ceremony and roll straight into the fun.”

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Of their photographer, Terleah notes, “We pretty much booked our date for the wedding based on Tricia’s availability. I had seen some photos online of hers before we were engaged while she was operating under The Itchy Eyes, and I knew that when the time came she was our lady. We did an engagement shoot as well with Tricia which culminated in a giant water fight, it was so much fun. Tricia’s work is so honest and she captures moments and lets you be your true self, no posing or cheesy set ups.”

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Paul Voge performed the marriage ceremony, the bride noting, “We were very lucky to have snagged Paul Voge as our marriage celebrant, we only had a short engagement (7 months) and he is usually booked out well in advance of that. Paul is so incredibly hands on and really makes the ceremony very personal to you. He also makes you think about what you want included in the ceremony and makes sure it’s significant to you (read no Googled loved poems). But it almost didn’t go ahead as his wife was due to give birth to their second daughter two days before the wedding! Luckily little Molly came into the world safely and we were able to still have him on the big day!”

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Terleah walked down the aisle to  “Simply the Best” by the Citizens – a modern cover of the Tina Turner classic.

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Terleah explains, “Both of Adrian’s parents have passed away over the last couple of years, so it was important to incorporate them into the day as much as possible. We got a lot of inspiration from their wedding photos, one of our favourites is of them cutting the cake, they look so happy and excited. They are also standing in front of a red brick wall, which ended up being the background for our day. Our invitations featured a red brick wall and the venue has red brick walls. It meant a lot for us to have these little touches of them in our day.”

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“We aren’t overly crafty or creative people so we avoided DIY at all costs. The only part of the day that we did DIY were spray painting the place cards (which were little toy animals) gold, painting the candles gold and typing up the place cards with my mother in law’s type writer.”

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The first dance didn’t quite go as planned but was still a highlight of the night, the bride remembering, “Our first dance was to Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic by The Police. Two days before the wedding Adrian ruptured his quad muscle (which he had surgery to repair it when we got home from the honeymoon) so due to his limited movements it was very much a stand and sway dance. The rest of our guests then joined us on the dance floor to dance the night away.”

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Roost Film Co were on hand to film the couple’s day. From including their personal music choices to the parts of the ceremony that had me crying over my tea- it’s definitely worth a watch!

Congratulations Terleah and Adrian! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Tricia King for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Tricia King / Cinematographer: Roost Film Co / Bride’s Dress: Bo & Luca / Bride’s Shoes: Zizi by Florsheim / Groom’s Attire: MJ Bale / Groomsmen Attire: Their Choice / Bridesmaid Dresses: heir choice, all except one was from Zimmermann / Hairstylist: Risc Hair Design / Makeup Artist: Hannah Louise Beauty / Flowers: Bella Bloom Floral Designs / Invitations & Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Venue: The Loft, West End / Ceremony Officiant: Paul Voge / Cake Baker: Flour and Chocolate (Brownies) / Engagement & Wedding Rings: Canturi / Transport: Murrays Bus Line / Backdrop: Peachy Flamingo

Alana Aoun Le Reve Bridal Hair Pieces

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Nothing says “bride” like a stunning hairpiece and the new “Le Reve” collection from bridal designer Alana Aoun is truly something special.  Her 2014 couture collection was filled with beautiful gowns in shades of gold, champagne with bold and intricate beading and the accompanying hairpiece collection follows in its footsteps.

From champagne coloured chiffon blooms, fabric embellished crowns, beaded bands and hats, this collection reflects Alana’s love of couture and sense of design.

Each piece with its own personality, each  piece designed for the attention to detail loving bride who wants something truly special to finish her look. The structured, floral embellished hat (aptly named “Bouquet”) is my favourite – so different it would look amazing paired with a sleek pant suit or a structured, alternative gown. The feminine “Angelique” a band of layered, floaty flowers would suit a more free flowing gown with feminine flair.

Alana Aoun are available to view by appointment.

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