Destination weddings make me feel so warm and fuzzy. Perhaps it’s the warm weather, the absolute relaxed feel of the event or perhaps it’s simply because it’s a holiday and a wedding combined (two of my favourite things!) Whatever the reason, Tashi and Kristian certainly encapsulated it when they wed in Bali!
The bride chose tropical blooms for the flowers, she explains” I carried closed lotus buds, the bridesmaids had phalaenopsis orchids”
The bride and bridesmaid’s hair was styled by Tashi’s friend Courtney Treyvaud while the makeup artist was organised through the wedding planners.
Tashi’s bridesmaids wore floor length orange gowns from Barbarella Vintage. As a gift, Tashi purchased a bracelet for them from Fiorina.
Kristian and his groomsmen wore an ensemble from Maxi Dupla with Converse sneakers.
Music was an important factor of the day. Tashi explains ” Walking down the aisle we played RHCP – ‘Hard to Concentrate’. Then when signing the docs we had MJ Cole– ‘Be Sincere’, on leaving the ceremony it was Florence and the Machine’s ‘You’ve got the Love’, on re-entering the reception we played Masters at Work – ‘To be in Love’. Our first dance as ‘Spellbound’ – Rae and Christian and then for the cake cutting we had Empire of the Sun – ‘Walking on a Dream’. ”
Of their photographer, Tashi says ” We found Julian online and were blown away by his photos. We didn’t want just stilted, posed wedding photos and Julian’s photojournalism style was just what we were looking for. He was fabulous. Looking through our photos now it was like he was everywhere at all times. And he was just a lovely guy too. ”
The reception was catered by Bali Catering Company. As favors, guests were given gorgeous sandalwood fans.
Continuing with the importance of their music, the newlyweds hired an band and DJ to keep guests entertained. Tashi says “We had an awesome Jazz band called the Rio Sidik Quartet. They are world class. And a DJ called Rock Solid, he got everyone up and dancing. Our first dance was rather impromptu. We had no idea what we were doing but just got down and boogied. Neither of us can dance in a classical sense and we didn’t do any classes or anything. We were just having fun!”
Congratulations Tashi and Kristian! Thank you for sharing your gorgeous destination with us! Thank you also Julian Wainwright for sharing today’s photographs.
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Joel and I really weren’t sure whether we would end up having a honeymoon, with the epic-ness that was our DIY wedding and a budget that was already way out of control. For two students an extravagant overseas holiday was definitely not going to be on the cards however hard we might wish… so when we won 2 nights free accommodation through the Holidays For Couples website we jumped for joy!
It still wasn’t going to be an island paradise holiday or a wonderful trip overseas but we would be able to spend a few days away together and bask in the happiness of our first days as newlyweds. We contemplated the different hotels we might be able to stay at and their proximity to Valery (where our wedding was held) and decided on the Gold Coast.
Yep a little corny and cheap but there was one place we were dead set on visiting. Dreamworld.
It was an awesome day all round, though we got there early the crowds got pretty big pretty quick so we went and grabbed a Q4U buzzer. Best investment ever! The Buzz Saw had just opened up so the lines were massive. We went on some of the other less popular rides while we were waiting and then hopped on when they were ready for us. Unfortunately the flash wasn’t working properly so we didn’t get a very good picture but as you can see the others were great.
For our free accommodation we stayed at the Crowne Plaza Gold Tower, the room was lovely and we had a great view from the balcony. We had tons of wedding food leftover so we lived on cheese, bread, ham/turkey and chutney while we were away, a welcome change from my pre-wedding dieting.
Unfortunately the nice weather didn’t hold out and the rest of the holiday had us looking for indoor pursuits to stay out of the rain. Luckily we both LOVE shopping so we headed out to Harbour Town for the day and some epic shopping. After bagging some bargains we were both well and truly ready to head home and back to reality albeit without the wedding planning shenanigans.
Photography from Joel and Emma’s collection.
Ms Gingham says: I love seeing our couples so relaxed and happy after their weddings. Be sure to check out Joel and Emma’s wedding here for some beautiful DIY inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing your honeymoon with us Emma!
Emma says: “I’m a little bit of a planner, it started out with small things like planning my birthdays a year in advance then progressing to planning my wedding, now I relish the opportunity to plan more things be it small gatherings of friends to holidays and big birthdays.”
If you are considering an overseas honeymoon destination, than look no further than Waikiki Beach in Hawaii’s capital city Honolulu. Romantic yet exuberant, Honolulu offers a little piece of America wrapped up in a surprising parcel of tropical excitement. It’s warm tranquil waters, near perfect temperatures and breathtaking natural scenery have regularly attracted many tourists, yet it’s the appealing blend of active volcanoes, adventure activities and amazing shopping experiences, which make Hawaii an essential must-see honeymoon destination.
Hawaii is one the youngest geological formations in the world, and is represented by six islands: Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii’s Big island, the island of Oahu is where Hawaii’s capital city, Honolulu is located. Renowned for its first class surfing and home to one of the world’s most active volcanoes Hawaii’s vibrant attractions and unique landscape leave many visitors in awe, It is though, the warmth of the people and the “Aloha Spirit” which compels so many to embrace the Hawaiian people and their culture.
Things to do in Honolulu
Visit the island’s many tourist attractions including:
• The USS Arizona and USS Missouri memorials in Oahu’s Pearl Harbour
• The active Kilauea Volcano at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii’s Big Island
• The Honolulu Zoo (Images below).
Drive a convertible and check out the amazing scenery
Hire a convertible and enjoy the stunning scenery from Diamond Head. Its vantage point offers some incredible panoramas of Honolulu. Explore the off road paths and hidden hiking trails Hawaii has some of the best hiking trails surrounded by beautiful scenery. Get off the beaten path and discover Hawaii’s hidden gems and the charming local neighbourhoods, places you won’t find on a postcard, for a deeper understanding of the history of Hawaii.
Experience the world-class surfing action Hawaii has to offer. Waikiki beach also promotes the hire of surfboards and provides lessons for the avid surfer enthusiast teaching the skills of surfing the waves of Hawaii.
Relax and be Pampered
Hilton Hawaiin Village boasts Mandara Spa, the largest spa in Waikiki, provides one of Hawaii’s most beautiful and complete spas. Be transported into a world of relaxation and rejuvenation with a host of spa treatments that incorporate Hawaiian, Asian, Western, European and Polynesian beauty and relaxation concepts. Discover a world of soothing treatments and rejuvenating therapies at our comprehensive Honolulu spa resort. Mandara Spa offers exquisite Balinese-style service, as well as Asian spices and oils for masques, scrubs, wraps and other treatments. This restful Waikiki Beach spa provides relaxing therapies sure to inspire pure contentment.
Shop til you drop!
If you do get tired of sipping cocktails by the beach or exploring the scenic paradise, there is of course the sensational shopping on offer. Hawaii has the world’s largest open-air shopping destination “Ala Moana”; with over 290 luxury brand name shops and local speciality stores. A haven for the shop-a-holic and an experience to remember, Honolulu offers some of the best shopping available. The main strip on Waikiki is lined with designer stores and exquisite shopping attractions and most shops trade until 11pm each night. Whether you spend days soaking up the sun and the amazing atmosphere on Waikiki Beach, or exploring the exhilarating shopping precincts and designer boutiques that line the streets, Hawaii will leave you wanting more, and once you visit you may find it hard to leave.
Where To Eat
Waikiki and downtown Honolulu is filled with an amazing array of sensational food offerings, a vibrant food scene with casual dining experiences and a relaxed atmosphere. The iconic Los Angeles originated restaurant ‘The Cheesecake Factory” is a must visit with an unlimited menu the restaurant offers generous size portions, inventive menu choices and a trademark cheesecake too good to miss. “The Californian Pizza Kitchen” in the centre of Waikiki translates America’s favourite flavours and tastes onto a sensational pizza crust; the result is a complete redefinition of America’s traditional concept of pizza. Thai, Greek and Japanese influences are present in the gourmet pizza selections combined with a tempting combination of traditional Italian pasta dishes. The American diner chain “I-Hop” is a must experience for the pancake lover, offering pancakes and crepes like you have never seen before. Endless plates of mouth watering buttermilk pancakes served with traditional maple syrup and fruit is pure delight and a taste sensation to die for.
When To Go
Anytime of year is a good time to visit Hawaii. Summer, between April and November, is warmer and drier (average temperature is 23-32˚C) while winter, between December and March, is a bit cooler (20-27˚C). Trade winds keep things comfortable all year round.
Over 1500 years ago, Polynesians from the Marquesas Islands first set foot on Hawaii’s Big Island. With only the stars to guide them, they miraculously sailed over 2000 miles in canoes to migrate to the Islands. 500 years later, settlers from Tahiti arrived, Hawaiian culture flourished over the following centuries and in 1778, Captain James Cook, landed on Kauai at Waimea Bay, naming the archipelago the “Sandwich Islands” in honour of the Earl of Sandwich. In 1820, the first Protestant Missionaries arrived on the Big Island and Hawaii became a port for seamen, traders, and whalers. Throughout these years of growth, western disease took a heavy toll on the native Hawaiian population. Western influence continued to grow and in 1893, American Colonists who controlled much of Hawaii’s economy overthrew the Hawaiian Kingdom in a peaceful, yet still controversial coup. In 1898, Hawaii became a territory of the United States. The Aloha State became the 50th State of the United States of America in 1955.
For further information on Hawaii visit Hawaii’s Official tourist information site www.gohawaii.com
Ms Gingham says: Oh how I love Hawaii and with the Australian dollar so strong at the moment there’s no better time to wax that surf board (not to mention other types of waxing) and get going!
About Calli: Calli moved from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast and operated a home based photography business for a few years before moving into the boutique Maroochydore studio in 2008. Calli’s style of photography could be described as natural, candid and romantic. Calli has a beautiful daughter who she loves to spend her spare time with. Calli is a member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP).