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This week on Polka Dot Honeymoons we saw Gabbi and Julio’s Fiji Destination Wedding which inspired us to compile this six things to love about Fiji! Ta da!

1. The Meke – A traditional Fijian dance. Image via FijiMe

2. The Fragrant Franjipani Flower. Image via Gardentropics

3. Fiji Water … of course! Image via Fiji Water

4. Fijian Kokoda is a refreshing coconut and lime fish soup served  regularly in Fiji. Image from MindFood

5. The beaches! Image via Vatulele Island Resort

6. The Cocktails! These ones are Evening Delight and Midori sunset… just keep them coming I say! Image via Lonely Planet

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Gabby & Julio

While I am completely freezing, a good dose of destination wedding bliss is the perfect tonic. Gabby and Julio decided they would wed in Fiji, not only embracing the local culture as much as they could, but celebrating their love within it.

Gabby tells their story. “We met one fateful night at Alumbra (bar located in Docklands, Melbourne). Julio was working behind the bar one night when I happened to accompany my friends on a lady’s night out. His eye was caught and the rest is history!”

Photographs today are by Katie of Love, Katie & Sarah– Katie’s clean, classic style is so beautiful for this Fijian celebration. Troy from Encore Media shot a film of the day.

Gabby and Julio chose Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji for their wedding and used the resort’s wedding planner Moreen Manjita to coordinate the day.

Gabby’a bridesmaids wore floor length red gowns from Forcast. Gabby’s hair & makeup was done by a friend Christopher Ngo from Glitz Hairworkz Singapore and hair and makeup for the bridal party by Gabby’s best man Aaren Hafidz Shaffi . Gabby wore three gowns for the day all custom made. Julio also wore a custom made suit.

Gabby came down the aisle accompanied by a traditional choir and eight Fijian warriors carrying her on a traditional bridal sedan raft. Gabby recalls “As I got onto the raft, one of the warriors sneezed and stained my dress. It sent the bridesmaids into a frenzy but I kept calm. The 1 minute delay it caused turned out to be a blessing in disguise because the my 2 year old nephew fell and hurt his head and was wailing about a minute before the bridal entrance.”

Gabby advises “It’s not easy planning a destination wedding, especially when you don’t get to view the venue beforehand. A lot of research is required beforehand, but on your wedding day, just enjoy yourself even though not everything goes to plan.”

Gabby remarks ” Having a small & intimate wedding, meant that we shared our most special day thoroughly, without the need to create ‘small talk’ with acquaintances.” The cake and flowers were both arranged by the resort.

Gabby and Julio incorporated as many traditional Fijian elements as possible into their day. Gabby remarks “We wanted to have the wedding as authentically Fijian as possible, embracing their culture and living the experience.”

Gabby and Julio performed a traditional Fijian dance they learned just one day before the wedding. They both wore traditional Fijian dress for the reception performance.

Troy from Encore Media shot this stunning wedding film for the couple.

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Congratulations Gabby and Julio! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Love, Katie & Sarah for sharing today’s images and  Encore Media for today’s film!

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  • Bride's Dress
  • Custom made
  • Groom's Attire
  • Custom made
  • Hair & Makeup Artist
  • Glitz Hairworkz Singapore
  • Hair & Makeup Artist
  • Aaren Hafidz Shaffi

Sally and Michael’s third part to their European honeymoon is the inspiration behind this collection of 6 Things To Love. It’s all about Rome!

1. The Colosseum – Built in 80AD and capable of seating 50,000 spectators, it was the arena used to host gladiatorial contests, executions and also the venatio. This was an event in which hundreds of wild animals including elephants, lions, bears and camels (to name a few) were realeased in the arena and hunted by the “bestiarius” (hunters of wild beasts). This was done as a form of  entertainment and also as an exhibition of the power of the Roman Empire.  Image from What’s On In Rome Blog.

2. Via Margutta Roma – The Artist’s Street – Located in Campo Marzio this is a small shopper’s paradise right in the heart of Rome. Full of local businesses you will find unique products ranging from handmade leather articles, vintage furniture from the 1920s and a Gianni Bulgari store. Keep walking and you arrive at the renowned Spanish Steps. Image from What’s On In Rome Blog.

3. Ice Cream – Home to some of the most renowned ice cream parlours such as the Gelateria San Crispino offering flavours such as ricotta, chestnut with rum, lime, armagnac or cinnamon and ginger. Other poplular places to get your ice cream fix in Rome include the Gelateria Fior di Luna, Bar San Calisto and the Gelateria del Teatro. Image from What’s On In Rome Blog.

4. San Pellegrino Mineral Water – What meal would be complete without this iconic Italian beverage? Image via San Pellegrino

5. The Opera – The Teatro Dell’Opera Di Roma produces ballets, concerts and opera and is definitely worth visiting if you love the performing arts. Check out the website for current productions and to book your tickets. Image from What’s On In Rome Blog

6. Carlo Menta Talevi Luigi e Luciano Restaurant – Looking for a good and inexpensive eatery to sample the local cuisine after all the sightseeing? This restaurant is highly regarded by the locals and tourists alike. Image via Trip Advisor